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  • Welcome to my blog!

    I'm supposed to write something about myself here...which I'm not good at! I'm Diane, a lifestyle portrait photographer in the Palmyra, PA area. I first really got into photography so that I could stop taking my kids to the "box" studios for their images...and I wanted good action shots. As I started learning some of the basics of how to use my camera and the light around me, I really became intrigued...and here I am today, creating what I hope are images of a lifetime for my clients. Some of my favorite sessions are seniors and babies and I enjoy making people look good in intimate sessions as well (these are featured on a separate blog).

SO long!

It has been such a long time since I’ve blogged! That doesn’t mean that amazing things aren’t happening, it just means that logging into the blog is one of those steps that just feels overwhelming some days. Hang in there, great things to come!

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Matilda Jane does it again!

This week, we were asked to review another outfit from Matilda Jane’s newest collection. Once again, my daughter and I are both completely in love with what they sent. She’d wear her MJ outfits to school every day if she could, but alas, Mom isn’t that good at keeping laundry done.

This time, we had the Marjorine Top in Arctic Ice paired with Madeline Bennys and the Lauren Rose headband.

Despite some pretty doggone cold weather, she wanted to go outdoors for her pictures, so….we did! Enjoy, don’t don’t forget to take a peek at MJ’s website. Even if you’ve got little boys, its fun to look at all the different ways to put their outfits together.

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Johnc980 - April 28, 2014 - 10:44 am

I loved your blog article. Really Cool. kfeegdccdekd

Diane - December 11, 2013 - 3:05 pm

Wow, such a pretty smile when her teeth should have been chattering ;) And the chicken!

Jennifer - December 11, 2013 - 12:31 pm

She has GOT to stop growing! She’s totally adorable and the outfit compliments her personality for sure! I miss you guys bunches and bunches!!!!!!!

Peachick Games – Tomato Chase

Big news today! I got one of the peachicks to eat from my hand, rather than from the dish. They’re shy and hesitant to get too close to the humans, so this is a big deal. I have to admit…they’re strong! The peachicks have been with us for about 3 months now, and are about 6 months old, so it has taken some time for them to be willing to come this close.

The other fun was giving them 3 pieces of tomato. You would think that they’d eat it and not care too much that their buddy was eating from it as well….but no, it turned into a game of “you can’t have it!” Pretty hilarious to watch!

The end of the tomato game:

I try to feed them from my hand again:

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Janet McNamara Houck - September 28, 2013 - 5:34 pm

So fun. Thxs for sharing

When should I schedule a senior’s session?

High school senior photography is FUN! Many students, both male and female, come into the pre-session consult just DREADING their session. Thankfully we can almost always turn that around and make it fun, or at the very least, painless.

I’ve gotten lots of questions about WHEN to schedule the session. To a point, that’s a matter of preference. If you or your senior has a favorite season, does a lot of snowboarding, waterskiing, surfing, ice hockey or other seasonal activities, that can play into your decision. If you love fall and want lots of leaf color, obviously that will limit your outdoor session choices to a fairly short amount of time, but I’d recommend scheduling it fairly far ahead of the predicted color dates. Weather and higher demand factor into scheduling.

As a rule though, mid-summer is a great time to schedule a session for most people. It gives you time to choose outfits, locations and weather conditions. It gives your photographer time to really be creative and get the best images for you as well as take their time and do a great job with retouching. It also takes the pressure away when choosing a yearbook image, because you’ll have time to consider all your options before making a decision. It also helps make your advisor happy, because they don’t have to worry about “chasing” an image or sending extra letters that your image hasn’t been received. Really, it even gives you time to get your favorite pet involved in the session. (I’m saying that especially so that I can add the following image)

A little bit of planning ahead will make your high school senior photo experience a fun one. After all, its your last year! Make it a fun one! Take the time to be a little silly during your session, take the pressure off!

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Limelight, Big Ruffles and a Peasant Top {Hershey Children’s Photography}

Each tag has a tiny little paint-by-numbers coloring fun!

What in the world does limelight have to do with peasant tops and big ruffles? It just so happens that they’re all elements of Matilda Jane’s newest clothing line for girls, “Paint By Numbers.”  Matilda Jane approached me about being part of their blog party and I happily accepted. Another photographer that I follow just RAVES about their clothing, and I have to admit, I’m pretty impressed! The service was fantastic, communication about the project was pretty fabulous (especially considering the distance, they’re based in Indiana!) and I’m just all-around impressed.

Still being sweet....

So, our daughter and neighbor girl just happen to be the same size? Serendipity, maybe? Either way, it was a BLAST to watch them modeling the outfit that MJ sent for us to review. Both girls loved it, our daughter said how comfortable the pants are (seriously, she wanted to keep wearing them!) and the craftsmanship is great, too! Those who know me know that I’ve sewn professionally, so I do tend to be kind of picky about that!

Of course we had to play with peacock feathers!

Just a little sassy!

Limelight peasant top, Pointillism Big Ruffles and Nancy headband in Chocolate

This was such a fun “project.” Thank you to the ladies at Matilda Jane who made it possible and for being patient when the package didn’t so up quite when we expected it to be here! The links below are shopping information, if you’re curious and want to check them out! This is SUCH a cute combination and it’ll be fun to see what some of the rest of you come up with! That’s the joy of Matilda Jane, you really can mix and match!

If you’re as weak at putting outfits together as I am, then don’t worry, the MJ website has some suggestions for you, like the one below!

Each collection has outfit suggestions for those of us who aren't confident when mixing and matching

Here are the links to tonight’s outfit!

Limelight Peasant Top – https://www.matildajaneclothing.com/t1406-limelight-peasant-top

Pointillism Big Ruffles – https://www.matildajaneclothing.com/b1428-pointillism-big-ruffles

Nancy Headband in Chocolate  (this may be my favorite part of the outfit….it TIES!) – https://www.matildajaneclothing.com/ac14146-nancy-in-chocolate

So go check them out….let me know your thoughts! Do you love unique, whimsical clothing for your daughter? It makes me feel a little bit like a kid again!

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