Media Newborn Photography | Baby Luca

From their wedding, to the arrival of this little guy's big sister, to quite a few sessions in between, I've always really enjoyed working with Karla and Greg and watching their family grow. This was the first shoot we've done in their new home once they moved out of the city, and it's a gorgeous place with incredible light and lots of character. That's nothing, though, compared to their newest family member and the way he's been welcomed. Check out the latest Media newborn photography below...

Urban Family Portraits | Drew at 6 Months

Any photographer who posts images regularly will tell you that it's sometimes challenging coming up with new and original things to say about them. Yes, we had amazing light that day! Yes, I have worked with John and Keiran and their boys quite a few times in the past, and it's such an honor that they continue to call me about family pictures! Yes, these kids are full of energy and  while it can wear you out chasing them around while they scoot all over the art museum area, it's absolutely worth it. Yes, I'm fortunate to be able to do this and support my family with it.

So how's this for stuff I've never written about clients before?

  • John and Keiran, the sparkling water you gave me to drink on my way back to my car absolutely hit the spot. Thanks for having my back!
  • I didn't get yelled at during this shoot, even one time, for shooting somewhere I shouldn't have been. So that's something!
  • It's not every day I get to shoot at a place like this in Philly, then walk a few blogs to capture some images in front of my clients' home, so their kids can look back on these pictures and get a wonderful sense of nostalgia at the sight of their family walking along that familiar street.

Thanks again, y'all. See you in a few months!

Processing B/W film at home

Years ago, when I was first getting heavily into photography, I'd spend perhaps more hours than I needed to at used camera shops, talking to people who knew more than I did -- usually guys who pursued the craft in their spare time and who loved looking at a pretty stack of lenses as much as I did. It was right before digital photography took off. DSLR's were not something you saw every day, and I was quite excited at that point to get rid of film if I could ever afford a digital camera.

One of the guys I was talking to said, "Digital has made photography fun for me again." Oh, how times have changed.

Today, of course, it's all digital, all the time. So what to do to make photography fun again? For my personal work, I've started processing film at home... old school, lo-fi, analog. It took a little while to get my chemistry right, and I ruined a few rolls in the process, despite the fact that this is high school level stuff, which I used to do if not in my sleep, then with some ease, anyway.

Finally, some successful steps back down the analog road. Digging out old cameras that haven't seen action in over a decade. Doing what every photographer does who has more than zero children: capturing my kids in whatever way they'll let me. Slowing down, knowing that every click of the shutter now costs me a quarter or so. But I love the look I'm getting. Just a few rolls from the past week, around the house and out and about. Sure, they're imperfect, and that's part of the appeal.

I'll also say that one of the best parts about shooting film is the element of anticipation and surprise. No more instant feedback... we have to wait, and somehow that makes it even better.

The first few frames are Kodak Tri-X 400, pushed to 1600. Nikon F100, 35/1.4, processed in HC-110.

And these last few images, Kodak Tri-X, shot and processed normally in HC-110.

I'm sure there will be lots more like this in weeks to come...

Erica, Jeff & "F" | Family Portraits

We had initially tried to make this family portrait session happen last year. After a series of false starts, bad weather, and realizing that late November might be just a bit too chilly for a 4-month old to happily ham it up for the camera, Erica and Jeff decided to hold off until spring to make their shoot happen. It turned out to be a great decision. "F" has grown a lot since then, is scooting around all over the place, and has developed a personality that you can clearly see in these images!

It was back in 2011 that I first shot their wedding, and I'm thrilled to be capturing their family moments now as well...

Downingtown Family/Newborn Portraits | The "V" Family

Enter baby girl...a few years pass by...enter another baby girl. I know this scenario well! It's fun enough to take pictures of a brand new baby, but when she's got an older sister around to ham for the camera as well, it becomes a whole new ballgame. I shot these Downingtown family / newborn portraits a couple of weeks ago, and I'm loving how clearly this family enjoys being together. Love the colors in these shots as well!