Mommy & Me in Lancaster, PA

Covered Bridge Snow Session at Willow Hill Covered Bridge located in Lancaster, PA

Again the winter weather had definitely not been on our side this year as on location photographers.  This session had been rescheduled twice already.  We decided to move up the time this day and change the location to a closer one to both of us.  Since we had rescheduled already, we went with the snow this time!  I am so glad we did it.  These are some of my favorite winter photos.

This mom and her little guy found me last year for the Mother’s Day Tribute in the Lancaster Newspaper.  I have found a client and friend for life in her.  Her family is great!  I have had the pleasure of working with quite of few of them.  I will be shooting her wedding next year!  I am so happy for her that she finally found her happily ever after!

So we decided to make a plan in the cars and we jumped out took a few shots and got back in to warm up.  This worked really well for them!  The fiancé was just happy he wasn’t in the shots this time.  Don’t worry Will, you will be next time!

Its crazy what a difference a year makes.  How fitting that the snow was on the ground last year as well!  Here is a peak from last year’s session!

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I love getting feedback from clients and this is what she had to say about working together:

“What a wonderful experience it was working with Carole! Very professional and fun!! Have been recommending her to everyone I know. Multiple different family members have used her for our photography needs as well with gorgeous pictures coming as the end result. Will be using her for my wedding as well!!”

Feedback like that is what makes this job worth it!  Building friendships and relationships to last me a lifetime!  Please don’t forget to like my Facebook page and share with your friends!

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25 Woods Avenue, Conestoga, PA 17516

Specializing in  Newborn, Wedding, Maternity, Family, Portrait, Engagements

Family Session in Southern Lancaster County PA

In Home Mother’s Day Session

When I got to this house I wanted to stay!  The room I shot these pictures in was all windows!  I could create a total natural light studio in this house!  I joked with them about doing that.  I worked with the mom of the 2 little ones many years ago at my first job.  I love that I can take photos for people I have known for years!  I did their photos once before at my Christmas Mini Sessions.

Here is what she had to say about that session:

“We have known Carole for many years, and were more than happy to have her take our family pictures! We are so pleased at how our pictures turned out!”

These 2 littles one are so well behaved.  I need to have her give my kids a lesson!  Sometimes you wonder how they can behave so well?  I know my kids would behave differently for someone else.  Hard to imagine it though.  How do you prep your kids for a photoshoot?  Sometimes I think parents do no prepping at all and others make sure to prep the kids.  It is important to explain what is expected of them and what is going to happen so they know how to behave and what is going to happen.

I really loved borrowing this background from a friend.  She hated it so didn’t mind loaning it to me.  I think I will be getting some of my own brick backgrounds to offer soon.  They have so many options.  The possibilities are endless and I keep trying to decide on the right colors so I have a variety but don’t have to spend way too much money on something people won’t like.  I think I might pick 3 and have a vote on my Facebook page to see what my fans/clients like.  That could be a way to handle this.

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25 Woods Avenue, Conestoga, PA 17516

Specializing in  Newborn, Wedding, Maternity, Family, Portrait, Engagements




Family Session at Herr Park in Lancaster PA

Mother’s Day Session Fun

I remember the days of having to hold them and not let them down or they would run!  Who is with me?  That is what the little guy did in this session.  Put him down and he is off and running!  Notice how he is in her hands in almost every picture?  If it wouldn’t have been so muddy from the massive snow we got this winter, it wouldn’t have been so bad!

This park has a nice walking path and gorgeous landscapes for portraits!  My kids have their sporting events right next door and so it was a walking path for me during those.  Every time I would walk the path, I would think about how amazing the photos could be taken here.  I can’t wait to experience it when everything is blooming and the weather cooperates!

A mom and her boys!  This was her first experience at outdoor portraits.  She has always wanted to do them and finally has!  I hope she enjoyed her experience even though Mother Nature didn’t want us to!  We had rescheduled twice because of the snow!  This winter was tough here i Pennsylvania!  I hope to get a studio up and running by next winter so my clients and I have no need to worry about the pesky weather!

The sky was overcast this day which made the lighting perfect!  Not having to worry about changing light, shadows and shade make such a big difference.  I just attended a lighting class last week and can’t wait to put my new knowledge to use!  Lighting is key to making a good photo great!  Understanding it, how it falls and how to use it to your advantage is so important.

I have so much to learn because with photography and I love doing that!  Classes, workshops, tutorials have all taught me so much and I can’t wait to learn more to keep improving!  Don’t forget to like my Facebook page and share with your friends!

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25 Woods Avenue, Conestoga, PA 17516

Specializing in  Newborn, Wedding, Maternity, Family, Portrait, Engagements

Family Session at Willow Valley Pond in Lancaster, PA

Mother’s Day Session for Lancaster Newspaper’s Mother’s Day Tribute

I was able to fit this family in right before the deadline for the newspaper.  Mom was willing to shoot at Willow Valley so I could fit it in before my girls dance classes.  We expected a beautiful spring like day, but got a windy winter like day instead!  The children were so well behaved and dealt with the condition like champs!

We walked the pond and took shots all around it and got this done fairly quickly so they could warm up in the car.  Shooting at this location now a few times, I am fairly comfortable with all my setting and compositions.  I never get too comfortable though, because every day is different.  Your lighting and weather conditions constantly changing.  It was a very windy day too.  We were dealing with Mother Nature not wanted to cooperate for us!

This are for photos is gorgeous and very easily accessible.  Perfect for the elderly or handicapped to get some pretty scenic shots but not have to hike a mile!  There is a little wedding chapel right beside the pond area, many wedding photo shoots have taken place at this area.

I did a family session once here before that couple had been married in that chapel, so the pictures were extra special to them because now they had 2 children and could pose in the same locations they did when they got married.  How neat is that?  I like that idea.  Show the progression of marriage to kids!

Back to this family though!  This mom is so organized.  She picked out her digital images and prints within an hour of receiving her gallery!  She is a decisive woman!  Have to love that about some people, they know what they want and can decide immediately!  Here is what she had to say about our session:

“Such an amazing photographer!!! Carole is very patient, friendly and down to earth. I thought my kids would be shy but Carole does such a good job with kids…my kids felt relaxed around her. Pricing is affordable and reasonable!! We had an awesome experience and will definitely look forward to having our next family pics taken by her!!! We loved our experience working with her and our beautiful pictures!!”

I love getting responses like that!  My goal is to make the client happy and produce images they love!  They have visions in their mind of the way they want things to look and I am totally fine with showing them my camera and making sure the session is going in the direction they wanted!  I also have no problems using my vision if they have none!  Very easy to work with and flexible!  Enjoy and please like my Facebook page and share with your friends!spanish family collage Latino Family in park


25 Woods Avenue, Conestoga, PA 17516

Specializing in  Newborn, Wedding, Maternity, Family, Portrait, Engagements

Family Session in Southern Lancaster County PA

Mother’s Day Session in Lancaster, PA

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful lady’s wedding as a second shooter.  It was great to meet someone with such a big heart and strength.  She, like myself, battles food addiction.  She is down almost 100 lbs now and looking as good on outside as she has always been on the inside.  What I found out is it isn’t so much what others think about you, its what you tell yourself about you that matters!

She has been on a journey and her transformation is amazing!  Your personality really starts to shine through once you get your confidence back!  She is certainly showing that here with her son and step children!

This was a Mother’s Day Shoot for the Lancaster Newspaper Mother’s Day Tribute.  I traveled to her house on a very foggy night and they were all in the living room waiting for my arrival.  Her husband and I went to high school together and discussed football as I set up.  We are both diehard NFL fans.  He likes the Eagles and I am a Bills fan!  They just had made a huge trade between each other so we were both fired up about that.

I set up my background and lights and got started.  Doing this while everyone is watching always makes me nervous.  She noticed I was shaking.  Its a horrible thing to have, stage fright!  Even if you aren’t on a stage!!!  I always brush it off and try and keep moving if someone notices.  The little guy was such a ham it was easy to capture his personality!  The big sister and brother didn’t hold back either.  I love when they kissed the little one and the face he made!  Glad I caught that one!  I love the unpredictability of someones reaction to what you tell them to do!  Priceless!  Enjoy the photos and please be sure to like my Facebook page!

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25 Woods Avenue, Conestoga, PA 17516

Specializing in  Newborn, Wedding, Maternity, Family, Portrait, Engagements

Mother’s Day Session Family Session

Well doing this family was such a fun time.  Teenage boys are always exciting.  You never know which way it will go.  They either complain the entire time or love it.  Thank god these boys were having fun with it.  Their mom was so nice too.  I love this little location too!  Its a safe, off the road covered bridge to capture some true Lancaster County feel photos.  I really love my job and all that comes along with it.  Please comment if you like them and share.


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Family Session, Mom and her boys



Generation Shoot

Too cute!

This was a quick shoot before a storm.  We did it right at their house and used the surroundings.  I can work with anything.  I will find a way to get the right light and the best background available.  How cute is the little one?  She is so sweet too!  Very quiet and well spoken!  Enjoy!


Too cute!


Love her little face


Such a cute family!


How true is this sign for everyone?


One of my favs by far!


Mother’s Day Session

Having your photo in the Lancaster Newspaper Mother’s Day Tribute is exciting!  I am super excited to have so many participants this year.  I really got a chance to meet some great families.  When I did this family, the little girl was just a ball of fire!  I had so much fun with her!  She was interested in everything I was doing and wouldn’t sit still, but what else would you expect from a 3 year old?  Typical.  I was prepared!  I have 3 kids, nothing phases me!  Kids will be kids!  Check out some of her adorable faces!  I can’t wait to do their photos again!


How can you resist that face?

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Just priceless!


Happy Mother’s Day!





Alicia Generation/Mother’s Day

Its always a pleasure photographing people you went to school with.  You get to catch up and see how they are doing.  Alicia and her husband both went to the same school as I did.  They have kids my children’s ages.  The reaction I got when posting them on Facebook was terrific!  I am enjoying my job and all that comes along with it!  Hope you enjoy!

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Mother’s Day Shoot ~ Brandi

I am a participating photographer in the Lancaster Newspaper Mother’s Day Tribute.  It is a big thing around her to have your photo in the tribute.  I love doing these sessions.  I get to meet new families and build friendships and relationships with them.  Today I am going to talk about Brandi and her wonderful bunch.

This family was a fun group to work with.  Due to the winter we were having here we moved it to an indoor shoot.  Her family was eager for photos, since they haven’t had them done all together like this before.  The colors they wore really look great!  This family was ready for their big day!



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We decided to brave the cold for a few shots!

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Gotta have a fun shot too!