2020 was the year of family time.  Time spent at home. Time growing closer as a couple, as siblings, as a family. This is the first blog post in the “2020 Best Of” Series. We are starting with families today and then we will continue with engagements and weddings! This post was so much fun […]

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2020: The Best of Families

It’s the time of year again! Senior portraits! I feel like the class of 2021 learned so much about what is important by watching the class of 2020 this past year.  They know that senior dances and even an in person graduation aren’t a given.  They have learned to savor the moment, not take anything […]

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Catholic Central High School Senior Portraits in Steubenville, OH | Margaret

One year (and a few months) into marriage and these two still radiate so much joy! I was so excited for Vanessa and Steven’s anniversary session in this gorgeous location overlooking Fernwood State Forest near Steubenville, OH.  We picked the date for their session a while back, not knowing what the weather would be.  Well, […]

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Fall Fernwood State Forest Anniversary Session | Vanessa + Steven

Springtime and motherhood seem to just go together.  Maybe it’s the fact that Mother’s Day falls during this season or maybe it’s because the world is bursting with new life:  delicate blossoms dot the landscape and the bare trees become green with new leaves. Many animals give birth to sweet babies in the spring and […]

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Spring Maternity Session in Wheeling, West Virginia | Diana + Michael

These two! This session was just filled with laughter! Tom and Juli are two very joyful people who I know very well! We took advantage of the spring blossoms around campus and I’m just LOVING their images! There’s nothing like spring blossoms! Spring is my favorite season and I love watching the world come alive […]

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Navy and Peach Spring Blossom Inspired Portrait Session | Steubenville, OH

The delicate morning frost was still sparkling on the crunchy grass and crispy leaves during this late fall family session in Steubenville, OH. Though it was a chilly November morning in the Ohio Valley, it was a beautiful morning for photos! The warm sunlight glistened through the leaves that were still on the trees.

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Kujawa Family | A Frosty Morning Family Session | Steubenville, OH

This shoot was SO MUCH FUN. I collaborated with some awesome small businesses to put together a styled engagement shoot with a gorgeous couple!! Eve and Nick are engaged and I was so pumped when they agreed to be my models for this shoot!

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Eve + Nick | Teal Styled Engagement Shoot | Steubenville, OH

Julie and Eyad were such a joy to work with! We met on a fall evening on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville for their engagement session and I loved chatting with them about what they do and where they are from! Julie is from close by, just across the river in Weirton, WV but Eyad is from a little further away…….Jerusalem! How cool is that?!? I told them that it’s the one place in the world that I MUST go to before I die! I’ve never been and it’s at the top of my bucket list!

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Julie + Eyad | Fall Engagement Session | Steubenville, OH

I SO enjoyed getting to know this sweet family of 7!! I had met Amy a few times but it was at their session that I learned that she and her husband Greg have 5 kids and that they were originally from Minnesota! I loved chatting with them about MN since Matthew is from there!! It was so wonderful to meet all their sweet children too….they have awesome Irish names!! We had a great time, enjoying the last of the warm fall weather and playing in the field behind Franciscan University. I loved their jewel toned outfits, perfect for a fall family session!

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McDonnell Family | Fall Family Session | Steubenville, OH

When Julie reached out to me about her scheduling her fall family photos, she mentioned that they were expecting a new baby in February!! SO EXCITING! I photographed this family last year and boy, that day was COLD! Her kids were such troopers and we had a great time last year!! Thankfully this year it was incredibly warm, sunny and the fall foliage at Settlers Cabin Park in Pittsburgh, PA was stunning!!

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Hilzendeger Family | A Fall Family Session at Settlers Cabin Park | Pittsburgh, PA


5 tips for choosing the perfect outfits for your session 

Picking out outfits can seem overwhelming and most people don’t know where to start! In this guide, I’m taking out the guess work and sharing my best tips on picking out and pairing outfits for your next portrait session. 




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