agp collective / the alderman family

You guys, I don't even know where to start explaining how amazing Sarah Alderman is. If you're local to Southeast PA, you've probably already heard of her via her photography business or documentary project (which just released its trailer! go watch it!).

As photographers, we can sometimes be a little protective of our businesses in a way that holds us back from opening up and helping others working in the same sphere--it's understandable when you're working in a saturated market like this one. On the other hand, this field is also home to some really amazing human beings who open right up with a smile, offering support and encouragement the first time you meet. That's exactly the type of person Sarah is.

In addition to running a successful photography business (which boasts an entire TEAM of talented associates), she just launched a photobooth service, is creating an incredible documentary celebrating the unsung beauty of Coatesville, and she also happens to be a single mom to those lovely twin girls up there. She's teaching them firsthand what it looks like to be strong, ambitious and independent, but also that having your heart in the right place is just as important as working hard. Those girls are lucky to be growing up Alderman, and I myself feel pretty lucky to have crossed paths with Sarah. 

the miller family

If this mama's lovely face looks familiar, it's because she is the talented photographer behind Origin Photography. As is the case with most photographers, she spends most of her time behind the camera, not in front of it. But every parent should get in the frame with their babies now and then, especially when you've just welcomed a brand new one into your life; documenting your presence in their lives is as much a treasure for them as it is for you.  Regina, thank you so much for choosing me to capture a little slice of your life in honor of Bryce's arrival--it was such a treat to spend time with you and your delightful family.

arden + james / the brant family

If you live near Philadelphia, you're probably already familiar with Bri Brant's lovely work. Bri is the designer & owner of Arden + James, maker of handmade bags and accessories that perfectly blend form, function and ethics. Bri recently won a Best of Philly award, and she's rightly had her beautiful bags featured several times over the past year by the likes of Urban Outfitters & local news outlets. While her designs have seen some well-deserved limelight of late, here I wanted to dig a little more into the personal stories behind her business, because her family really is so deeply woven into the fabric of Arden + James. Bri is at once a loving mother & wife, an immensely talented designer and a generally warm, thoughtful and kind human being. For all of us who struggle for balance between our personal and work lives, Bri is living proof that it is indeed possible.

occasionette

A couple of weeks ago, Santa stopped by the lovely Occasionette in East Passyunk for their super fun sip & shop event, and I was on hand to help record the event - I had such a ball hanging out with owner Sara and all the fun shop girls, as well as chatting with Santa, who was as jolly and kind as I'd always imagined, and who even recorded an awesome video message for me to take home to my boys. If you're still trying to pick out gifts for the especially-hard-to-shop-for people on your list, I highly recommend a trip to Occasionette (there's also a second pop-up location on 3rd Street in Old City) - I bet you'll even find a thing (or five) to "gift" yourself while you're there.

the singh family

    

Seeing these four lovely people through my lens over the past few years has not only chronicled some of their growth as a family, but it's also shown me that I continue to be most inspired when I'm working with families in their own home, while they really just hang out and do normal family things. I realize how difficult it can be to "be yourself" when there's an outsider with a camera clicking constantly nearby--trust me, I know--but this family just lets me in, with no pretense and no apprehension, and I couldn't be more grateful for that.  Maybe it's because I've worked with them enough times before, and that I genuinely enjoy their company as friends, but their honesty and authenticity makes my job as their photographer an absolute joy, and I truly believe it's what also makes their images come together so beautifully year after year. These moments were all going to happen (mostly) independently of my presence, and I was just lucky enough to be in the right place, at the right time.

girls can tell gift co

     

When Sara of Girls Can Tell messaged me out of the blue a few months ago to ask if I would photograph some of her new summer tea towels, I couldn't say yes fast enough - I've been been a big fan of GCT for a long while, and I was so honored to even be on her radar. I can personally attest to the fact that these towels are as versatile and functional as they are beautiful; perfect gifts to give your favorite people (or keep for yourself!).