West Chester Baby Pictures | Benno

Get together with people to take pictures often enough, and eventually they become more than clients, they become friends. I met Justin & Chrissy back in 2008 (right? or was it 2007?) to take their engagement pictures. And their wedding pictures. We lived in the same town, so we stayed in touch, went out for meals in some of Pottstown's finest establishments.

I was sad to see them move to Rhode Island, but the siren call of the sea is hard to resist. But a few years later as their family grew, I watched on Instagram as they spent the first days with their son. A few weeks ago, they made a trip back down to Pennsylvania to visit family and friends. Happily, they also made time for a newborn session while they were here.

Congratulations, Chrissy and Justin. It was a pleasure meeting Benno, and seeing you again. Hope you enjoy these.

Main Line Newborn Photography | Baby "H"

This guy.

Main line newborn photography - Henry

I photographed his older brother's newborn portraits a couple of years ago right around this time of year, and it's amazing to see how these tiny little guys grow over the course of 24 months.

Henry arrived and once again a family has grown, and mom & dad have once again traded sleep for the privilege of changing diapers. Any parent will tell you, that trade is worth it.

Here are some favorites from this Main Line newborn photography session.

Autumn Family Pictures in Philly

I love a good snowstorm as much as -- no, more than -- the next guy. But it does seem rather cruel to be on the receiving end of thee to five inches of snow on this, the first day of spring. Google, your Doodle today mocks me!

So it seemed appropriate to post a few autumn family pictures in Philly, which I shot a few months ago. We met up in the morning. Shooting portraits generally works best in the first hour or so after the sun comes up, or right at the tail end of the day before it sets. It's easier to do morning shoots in the autumn since the sun rises a lot later than it does on, say, June 21. So as we walked around the area by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, dodging tourists running up the steps and doing the Rocky pose, we did get some pretty incredible early morning sunlight.

Here are just a few favorites.

Day Out at Longwood Gardens

It's been a winter, and we've needed to get outside for some time now. More importantly, Kelly needed a day to herself to get some stuff done. So on Saturday, I packed up the girls, some stuffed animals, books for the car, raincoats, rain boots, and an umbrella, and we trucked on down to Longwood Gardens for the day to spend some quality dad/daughter time.

I surprised myself by bringing a camera along, too. That doesn't happen as much anymore, though I'm trying to be better about capturing my own kids as they really are. I'm glad I did.

One camera, one lens: Nikon D750, 35/1.4. Such a light combo to carry around, I love it.

Family Portraits at Cape May

Photographing families at the beach has its own set of challenges and rewards. Do it right and you'll get beautiful colors, warm light, amazing scenery and great motion and emotion. Do it wrong, and you could wind up with cold light (even in August), washed out backgrounds, unflattering shadows on faces and wind blowing hair all over the place, and sand in your shorts... and that's assuming you can even make it through the crowds to get to where you want to shoot.

They key is picking the right spot (for these family portraits at Cape May, we picked a beach that was a bit farther from town, which was less crowded) and the right time (just before sunset, so most of the people had left and the light was much nicer). Additionally, unless you want to wake up crazy early to shoot right at sunrise - which can be a good option, mind you - on the east coast we usually miss out on beautiful sunsets over the water. But because Cape May is at the very southern end of New Jersey, and this beach in particular is right at the end of the cape, we could work with a sunset for which you usually have to travel to the west coast.

This family is one that I've shot a few times in the past. Each time we've chosen a different place... Hibernia Park for one, the John James Audubon Center for another. This year, they were already at the shore, so it seemed natural to capture them in vacation mode for once.

We had to work quickly, of course, since the sun was setting. That was fine... young kids usually give only a relatively brief window of time in which to work, so I'm used to it.

Here are some favorites.