Popsicle love!

One of the things I remember from camping as a child was walking to the camp store to choose a Popsicle. I usually came back with a chocolate scooter crunch bar or the strawberry version. I still have a soft spot for those treats!

We are camping this memorial day weekend and it is hot! We took our girls and 2 extras down to the store and bought some Popsicles. Emma thoroughly enjoyed hers and michayla inhaled it so fast it never had a chance to drip.





*all photos were taken with my iPhone


Michayla’s Last Day of 3 Year Old Preschool

Today was Michayla’s last day of her first year of preschool! She absolutely loved her teachers and they were awesome for putting up with ALL of her drama and roller coaster of emotions. If you don’t know Michayla, this girl has to be destined for some sort of theater in her future! She can turn a marker spot on her finger to an all out production… no lie! This morning started out with a minor meltdown, followed by a few more, until she completely lost it when I dropped her off. Why? I have no idea! She soon cheered up though and did a great job for her program. I could hear her loud and clear through the whole thing!

I wanted to show Mrs. Berkey and Mrs. Knight how much we appreciated them, but I wanted to avoid the traditional candles, lotion & plants… so of course I went to pinterest! That is where I found this awesome idea! It was very easy to do and cost less then $10 each. I’ll tell you how I made them below.

Here are just a few of her last day!


Directions for Crayon Letter Art!

In word, fill a whole page with the letter that you’re going to make. Color the font so that it is the lightest possible grey. then use word art to overlay the person’s full name. You can do it to the side or on the top/bottom. Print it out on card stock. I also recommend printing another on regular paper for laying it out. Carefully cut the crayons using a sharp knife and cutting board. I found that if you rolled the knife over the crayons, causing the crayons to roll, you got a cleaner cut. if you try and push straight down, it is jagged. Lay them out on your practice page and then using tacky glue, start gluing! After drying all night, I placed it in an 8×11 shadow box. That’s it! Super easy and not to time consuming once I got a rhythm of cutting crayons down!

Hitched! Lakin & Gavin

I was beyond excited to shoot Lakin & Gavin’s wedding. I had a chance to meet them on Gavin’s family farm to shoot some engagement photos and we had a blast! I knew that their wedding day was going to be great! Their wedding was held at the gorgeous Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA. The bride and her girls prepared for the big day at Falling Rock, a 5 star luxury hotel located on the resort grounds. Talk about gorgeous! The couple opted for a first look in the tea room at the chateau. I could tell that Gavin was a little nervous, but as soon as he saw Lakin, that all melted away. They had a fabulous wedding party and our portraits and the ceremony went off without a hitch. The reception was help in the Grand Ballroom at the Chateau and much dancing was enjoyed by all. Thank you Lakin & Gavin for choosing me to help capture your big day!

Flowers provide by Hope Valley Gardens – http://www.facebook.com/HopeValleyGardens

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – http://www.nemacolin.com/

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Coming Soon – Baby K!

I had the privilege of  photographing this wonderful couples wedding last fall. I had a blast at their wedding and it was great to catch up a bit at their house as they prepare for their honeymoon surprise! I can’t wait for Baby K to arrive sometime in June. Lakin spent a lot of time working on her gorgeous nursery and I know much of it was re-crafted hand me downs and crags list finds. It is amazing! Best of luck to you two as your family of 2 becomes 3!

Head on over to http://www.f2photographystudio.com/Portraits/Maternity/Strait-Maternity to check out the full gallery!