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Let’s dive back into autumn for a bit, shall we? Autumn is far and away my busiest season of the year. The turning leaves, the beautiful temperatures, Christmas is coming up and people want pictures for holiday cards, the list goes on. I photographed these Delaware county senior pictures for Lydia back in October at one of my favorite places: Ridley Creek State Park.

Sometimes even when I’m shooting in daylight I’ll light my images with a simple off-camera speedlight with a white shoot-through umbrella, which is what I did here. That makes for really nice catchlights in Lydia’s eyes, and allowed me to create more three-dimensional images.

Love how these turned out.

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Here’s a little lady who’s been featured here before… we gathered in Old City to take some chilly but fun winter Philly pictures a little while before Christmas, and she was a trooper. When everyone started feeling the cold, we stopped in for some hot chocolate to warm up, and who knew Cosi would be such a fun place to shoot?

I love watching my clients’ kids grow, develop personalities, and start to explore the world.  Looking forward to the next time…

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Do you remember what you were doing exactly four years ago this minute?

Kelly and I were busy welcoming this one into the world.

Four years of joy and laughter. Four years of chasing no-longer-one-but-two energetic daughters. Four years of showing grace and receiving it back. Four years time outs, four years of breakfast dates. Four years of getting one more glass of water before bed, searching for one more stuffed animal before the lights go out. She with the ability to make you laugh, any time and anywhere. She with those big gorgeous eyes. She who thinks farts are funny.

Piper: your mom and I love you. Delight in you. Adore you. Pray for you and with you. We’re proud of you, grateful for you. Here’s to the next four years.

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Here’s a little guy that I got to photograph just a couple of days before Christmas. I had worked with his mom & dad before doing some family pictures for them, but that family is now one person bigger. Because it’s been a few years since my girls have been this age, it’s easy to forget just what a fun, scary, joyful, exciting, sleep-deprived, life-rearranging, diaper-budget-using barrel of wonder it can all be. His parents are handling it all quite well. Here are a few shots I enjoy from the session.

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For the past couple of years, it’s been my practice on New Year’s Day to jump into the Schuylkill River with a bunch of other adventurous folk at the Pottstown Polar Bear Plunge. I was all set to do it again today, but it turns out my compatriots (yeah, you know who you are) all bailed on me. I admit I was happy to stay warm this morning, and instead of a beach towel, I took a camera.

Next year, I’m back in the water.

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pottstown polar bear plunge 2015
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Seble & Biruk are new parents: Hopefully soon I’ll blog their newborn portraits, since they recently welcomed a beautiful daughter into the world. For now, though, allow me to present their Philly maternity photos, which we shot in some classic Philadelphia locations. Although they’re originally from Ethiopia, this great couple now calls our fair city home, and as you can tell, Seble wore her pregnancy quite well. Some favorites…

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byfaithOnce in a while, an opportunity comes along to use what abilities I have for something greater. This past summer, I spent whirlwind week in Togo, West Africa, after an organization called the Chalmers Center asked me to come along to capture what they’re doing there.  Chalmers works with local churches in economic development, working to heal the broken relationships that are at poverty’s root, and empowering people in community to help meet each other’s physical and spiritual needs.  They had seen the images I took in Uganda a few years ago, and so I accompanied a few journalists and other people who were interested in the Chalmers Center’s work, trying to tell the stories of ordinary people taking part in God’s redemptive work, and doing extraordinary things.

I haven’t posted any images from the trip yet as I didn’t want to take away any impact from the publications that may wish to use them in their stories.  But I’m posting a few now because an article featuring some of these images was just published in the Winter 2014 issue of By Faith, a magazine from the Presbyterian Church in America.

I’m excited about this, since it’s the kind of work I’d love to do more of. Anyone interested in how and why the Chalmers Center does what they do can read more in the fantastic book, When Helping Hurts.

I’m posting just a few of my favorite images that appeared in the story. There are so many more I’d love to share, perhaps at some point in the future. I’m not posting the whole article here either, but if you’d like to read it, I’ll be glad to send it to anyone who asks.

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