Yenma K. Photography: Blog https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Yenma K. Photography ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:12:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:12:00 GMT https://www.yenmakphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u686052631-o306841745-50.jpg Yenma K. Photography: Blog https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog 76 120 The More, the Merrier | Extended Family Photo Sessions https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-more-the-merrier-extended-family-photo-sessions If you can't tell already, I love meeting people! The best part is hearing new stories and turning strangers into friends. As you read through my blogs, you'll notice that I try to find the joy in every photo session! Nothing brings me more joy than getting the opportunity to photograph large groups of people, like extended families. When it comes to photo sessions, I say, the more, the merrier!

Who's Who? 

As you can imagine, getting ready for your photo session with your extended family is a bit more complicated - for your family and for your photographer. For you, decisions may involve finding and agreeing on a date, coordinating the perfect outfit colors, figuring out the style of photos you'd like, etc. For photographers like me, it's doing a bit a of homework and discovering who will be at the session and quickly understanding the different personalities and dynamics.

One of the most important things you can do to help out your photographer is provide a list of who will be attending your session.  Make sure to identify the VIPs and be thoughtful of the combination of family members you'd like for your photos. For example: Grandparents and grandchildren, all the children, all the siblings, all the women, all the men, etc. Having a list will not only keep your photographer on track, but will also help give a framework for your family members to follow. 

Keep it Light and Fun! 

When you have so many people involved, it's easy to get stressed out and focus on the imperfections. With so many different personalities and temperaments, you're bound to have some meltdowns and some unhappy family member. Being flexible and adaptable is key! If you should have an unhappy camper, switch gears and photograph other family members until your little ones (or big ones) are ready for their close ups. Keeping it light and fun without any pressure is the key to getting everyone comfortable enough for the smiles to shine through.

Come Prepared

Besides providing a who's who list to your photographer, what else can you do to be prepared for your family session with your extended family? Similar to your regular family sessions, you'll want to make sure you bring some snacks and treats for the kiddos. Smiling is a lot of work! If your kids have a favorite toy, don't hesitate to bring it along. It could provide comfort throughout the photo session. Remember there could be downtime between photos. Bring activities that could entertain your kiddos during these times. Lastly, don't forget to bring keepsakes or additional props that you would like to use. 

At the end of the day, it's all about capturing that very moment in time. Embrace the craziness, remember the laughs, and enjoy every minute! 

 

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Puppers and Doggos | Family Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2017/10/family-portraits-puppers-and-doggos Families Come in Different Sizes

Through photography I get to have my own little adventure. I get the opportunity to travel, hear new stories, and make new friends. While humans tend to be the most popular subjects of my photography, I have to admit I can't help but squeal when a client brings their furry family member along to their photo session! Nothing makes a photo session more fun than getting snarfed, licked, and kissed by a pupper! 

Dogs & Kiddos

Some may find it chaotic to have humans and dogs at a photo session, but I love the variety! Funny enough, dogs are very similar to kids during photo sessions. You have a small window of time to get the best photos. You need to have treats and snacks on hand to keep their attention and to keep the energy levels up. You need to have some squeaker toys to grab their attention. And lastly, you need to have oodles of patience to get the perfect shot! 

A Kiddo and his Puppers

Preparing for Your Session

Now that you've decided to bring along Fido, now what? How do you prepare for your session? Below are some tips to make your photo session with your dog more enjoyable for everyone. 

1.) Choose the 'Right" Location: Work with your photographer to find the best location for your pupper. If your furry family member is nervous around people, perhaps a busy park isn't a good environment to get the best photos. Be mindful of your dog's disposition and choose a place that best fits it! 

2.) Pack Your Bag: Be sure to pack all the necessary items to make your session comfortable for everyone. These items include dog treats, your dog's favorite squeaker toy, bottles of water, and a drinking bowl. 

3.) Exercise, Exercise, Exercise: As Cesar Millan would say, "A tired dog is a happy dog." Before heading to your session, make sure to take your dog on a walk/run or play fetch to make sure your dog is happily tired. 

4.) Photo List: Create a list of photos that you'd love to get of your dog and be sure to share it with your photographer prior to your session. Sharing it beforehand will allow your photographer to prepare.

5.) Set Your Expectations: While we all have our dream list of photos, sometimes you need to let that go! If your dog is having a camera shy day, don't force him or her to do a specific pose. 

6.) Have Fun: Last of all, have fun! Embrace the unexpected and be in the moment. If your pup decides to have a mind of his or her own, then just go with the flow and make the most of it! 

 

Photo sessions with your furry family members needn't be stressful! With a bit of preparation and taking care to set your expectations will help make your photo sessions with your dog more enjoyable. Did you have a question I didn't answer? Reach out to me and let's chat! 

 

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Creative Portraits | Finding Fresh Ideas https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2017/9/creative-portraits-finding-fresh-ideas Looking at the date of my last blog post, I can't believe it's been two years since I last wrote something! My apologies for being negligent about updating my blog! Time sure does fly by when you're booked with photo sessions, family obligations, and got married!  

Over these past two years, I've met a number of wonderful families, expectant moms, adorable newborns, fun happy hour goers, and fluffy puppers. In-between the busy times, I continued to hone in on my craft by learning more about off camera flash which has been a tough, but enjoyable journey.

But, with such a full schedule, you may wonder is she still enjoying photography? The short answer is... Absolutely! Some weeks are harder than others, but if you can find the humor in every situation and laugh as often as you can, it helps to make the busy times enjoyable. Not to mention, meeting new people and hearing their stories is energizing and helps with getting the creative juices going. Over these past years I worked on keeping my photo sessions invigorating and new. This meant finding new locations and getting my toes wet, literally. I also realized the only thing that kept me from creating fresh ideas was myself. See below for a couple of examples of how I was able to keep my sessions fun and fresh. 

Have Boat. Will Float. 

Kelly and Scot love to get family portraits every year. While the time of year of our photo session changes, there is one thing that always happens - an increase in my creativity. If you are veteran of photo sessions, you're familiar with the poses, the props, the combinations of the family members, etc. Because these family sessions can become routine, they have the potential to become stale. So, how do you keep sessions with veterans like this fresh? I've discovered that it takes a special location, as well as a stroll down the aisle at Home Goods. 

My husband and family laugh at me whenever I tell them I'm heading over to Home Goods. My original intentions is always to find something to furnish our home, but somehow I always end up leaving the store with a prop, blanket, or something of that nature! My latest trip to Home Goods didn't disappoint. On one of the end caps, I noticed a little boating vessel. For most shoppers they probably saw a sweet beverage cooler for a nautical themed party. I, on the other hand, saw the perfect prop for Kelly and Scot's next family session at Willow Park

During photo sessions, I have learned that Toddlers find comfort in being held or contained. Whether he or she is held in their mother's arms or sitting in a crate, feeling secure definitely helps bring out the smiles. Austin, the littlest of the boys, truly enjoyed every moment in the boat. We got the best giggles from Austin while he was floating on land or in the water. Below are a couple of photos from our session. I even included a bonus behind-the-scenes photo for you to enjoy. 

A couple of safety notes, we had four adults supervising this whole process, as well as Austin's 4 year older brother. Additionally, I recommend pre-testing the vessel to make sure it can withstand the intended usage.   

 

Boating down the stream

 

A Little Water Never Hurt Anyone 

Aidan graduates from high school next May (2018) and he couldn't be happier! His intention is to join the Navy upon graduation which is certainly commendable! His parents decided they wanted to have his session at Messiah College. With the backdrop of a red covered bridge and a flowing creek, I couldn't think of a better place to commemorate Aidan's senior year.

 

We decided to begin our session on the bridge, walk along the trails, and possibly end our session in the water. Looking at the creek, I realized the only way to get the shot I envisioned was to actually get in the water with Aidan. As my one friend once said, "You have to suffer for your art!" 

The water was a touch chilly (READ: frigid) and the rocks were uncomfortably sharp, but I had a vision in mind and luckily Aidan was happy to oblige. As we waded out into the middle of the creek, I realized the water was a little swifter than it looked from the shore and the rocks were not only sharp, but also slippery. And yet, we managed to pull it off with Aidan looking relaxed and comfortable! Thanks for braving the chilly water with me, Aidan, so that we could get THE picture. Below is a behind the scenes photo, as well as the final version. I also included my favorite photo from his session. Enjoy! 

High School Senior Portraits | Messiah College

 

 

 

 

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Senior Portraits | Flowers, Smiles & a Puggle https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2015/7/senior-portraits-flowers-smiles-a-puggle Senior Portraits Among Flowers

Senior year of high school, what an exhilarating chapter of our young adult lives! I remember being overwhelmed at the thought of SAT exams, college applications, and honors classes. And yet. . .I was also excited about the prospect of the future! What could be more exciting than to finish a large chapter of your life and begin a new one with a complete blank slate?? This past weekend I photographed a young lady who is now entering her last year of high school and is looking forward to writing the next chapter of her story! Meet Jenna!  Outdoor Girl Senior Portrait Middletown High SchoolSenior Portraits | Yenma K. Photography

Easy going and sweet natured, working with Jenna was incredibly fun and easy! She only a couple of stipulations: 1.) she wanted flowers 2.) she wanted portraits with her dog. After giving Jenna a few suggestions, she and her family explored the various options and eventually fell in love with formal gardens in Middletown, PA. The lush green lawn, reflecting pool, pergolas, and fountains provided the perfect setting for our session. And also, Hannah, the beloved fur family member, was welcome to join the fun! 

Jenna is your typical senior who is involved in a variety of school activities like marching band and tennis. Not only did I want to capture her fun-spirited personality in the portraits, but I also wanted to make sure we showcased as many of her interests as we could. With the late afternoon sun shining on us and the heat of the summer day subsiding for a while, we were able to capture some beautiful portraits that I absolutely love! Thanks to Jenna and her mom Lorie for choosing me for this important milestone in Jenna's life. Savor every moment of your senior year, Jenna! It's going to go by fast! Welcome to Jenna's senior outdoor portraits session!  Girls Outdoor Senior Portrait Pose Middletown, PAA Flower Among Flowers Outdoor Senior Portrait Pose in a GardenBeautiful Senior Girl Senior Portrait with Puppy Middletown, PAPuggle and Giggle Girl Senior Portrait Outdoor Middletown PAOutdoor Senior Portrait | Yenma K. Photography Senior Portrait Pose with Flute Middletown, PAMusic in the Garden Outdoor Garden Senior PortraitSenior Portraits in a Garden Formal Senior Portrait Middletown, PAFormal Senior Portrait

 

 

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A Summer Baby | Newborn Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2015/6/newborn-photography-a-summer-baby Welcome Baby Austin! 

June is the month of weddings. For me, it's the month of babies and I couldn't be happier! I finally have a summer baby to photograph which means we can take pictures outside! Kelly, Scot, and Colton recently welcomed the newest addition to their adorable family. With dark hair, dark eyes, tiny fingers and toes, he is handsome little guy and a future charmer! 

Outdoor Newborn Photo Session Harrisburg, PAOutdoor Baby Session

Perfect Weather

One of the best parts of photographing Kelly and her family is all of her creative ideas! I love coming up with creative photos, but I also enjoy collaborating with families as well. The one thing that Kelly loves is her props! For this photo session we were on the hunt for a round basket, the perfect tree stump, a pretty basket, and an authentic crate. We had success all around! 

Even though the weather started off a little cloudy and cool, by the time we were ready for outdoor photos, the sun popped out a little and we were ready for some close ups! In addition to the props, body positioners (read: bean bags), blankets, lenses and camera, I also brought the most essential item - the space heater. Babies love to stay warm and this space heater made it the perfect temperature to keep the baby comfortable and sleepy.  Newborn pose with FatherFather's Hands Newborn Foot Yenma K. PhotographyTiny foot

Patience, Patience, Patience

Working with children certainly has its moments. The key to remember throughout the entire photo session is to be patient and adapt. Newborns are certainly easier to photograph, but they too have minds of their own. At one point I tried to position the baby on his belly, but he really wanted to be on his side. All you can do is go with the flow and most times you'll get that beautiful photo. 

Thanks to Kelly, Scot, and Colton for having me take pictures of your growing family! It's moments like these that make me love photography more and more. Interested in learning more? Check out more information about my family sessions here.

Welcome to our session!  Older Brother and Newborn Pose Yenma K. PhotographyBaby and Brother Family of Four Pose Yenma K. PhotographyFamily of Four Mom with her newborn Yenma K. PhotographyGlowing Mom Newborn and Father Pose Yenma K. PhotographyA Father's Love Newborn Portrait with Family Yenma K. PhotographyFamily Love

 

 

 

 

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SaraBozich.com Spring Booze Cruise 2015 https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2015/6/sarabozich-com-spring-booze-cruise-2015 Rollin' On a River aboard the Pride of Susquehanna

Being a special events photographer means being in the middle of celebrations and people having a fun time! This past week the I had the privilege of spending happy hour aboard the Pride of Susquehanna with my beer loving boyfriend and a bunch of strangers (who I can now call friends!). This sold out annual event was put together by Sara Bozich, who is a freelance writer for a variety of publications including the Patriot News. From sushi dinners to happy hours, Sara is great at putting on fun parties! 2015 Booze Cruise on the Pride of SusquehannaPride of Susquehanna

Pre-Party on the Deck

Before we began our 2-hour cruise aboard the Pride, the event started with an hour long pre-party on the Overlook deck. Booze cruisers did not enter the party empty handed though! Every reveler was greeted with a swag bag full of fun things - sunglasses, cookies, a Wegman's snack bar, pretzels, coupons to local restaurants like Mezza Cafe, a bottle of water provided by Arooga's, and so much more. With adult beverages provided by The Vineyard at Hershey, Keystone State Wine & Spirits, and Victory, there was something for every palate. While party goers noshed on snacks provided by Arooga's and chocolate samples by Macris Chocolates, Pepka surprised and wowed the crowd with his masterful skills at sleight of hand. 2015 Sarabozich.com Booze CruiseSarabozich.com Booze Cruise Swag Bags Variety of Beverages at the Sarabozich.com Booze CruiseKeystone State Wine & Spirits Summer Love by Victory BeerSummer Love - Victory Beer The Vineyard of Hershey at the Sarabozich.com Booze CruiseMerlot Mike Arooga's at the Sarabozich.com Booze CruiseArooga's Snacks Macris Chocolates at the Sarabozich.com Booze CruiseMacris Chocolates

All Aboard!!

After eating and drinking to our heart's desires, we boarded the Pride ready to continue the celebrations! As we boarded our vessel, we were greeted with leis from Sara and the island-y tunes provided by DJ Geoffro. This really set the tone for the rest of the night. For the next 2 hours we cruised up and down the Susquehanna River enjoying the sights and sounds of the river. Even though it was a little cool on the river, that didn't seem to bother any of my fellow cruisers. If you're ever wondering if this is a fun event, check out the pictures from the event and even better yet, come out and join us on the next one!

Thanks to Sara Bozich for putting this together and I'm looking forward to the next one! Welcome to our cruise! Sara Bozich 2015 Booze CruiseThe host! DJ Geoffro on Sarabozich.com Booze Cruise 2015DJ Geoffro Paddles of the Pride of SusquehannaPaddles SaraBozich.com 2015 Booze Cruise on the Pride of SusquehannaAboard the Pride of Susquehanna SaraBozich.com 2015 Booze Cruise Party GoersParty Goers! 2015 SaraBozich.com Booze Cruise on the Pride of SusquehannaHappy Hour Revelers Pepka the Master of Sleight of HandPepka

 

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Mother-to-Be + Mother Nature | Portrait Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2015/5/mother-to-be-mother-nature-portrait-photography Mother-to-Be + Mother Nature

When planning a photo session, one of the first steps is finding the perfect location! Many factors go into selecting the location, but the most important one for me is can I visualize the family/couple here? For Dan and Leslie, the location decision was a cinch! With a woodland themed baby shower, I had envisioned a photo session outdoors at her Alma Mater - Messiah College. Not only did the college provide a beautiful bucolic backdrop, it also created a sentimental atmosphere, which made the mother-to-be glow even more. Leslie and Dan couldn't agree more!  Maternity Pose at Messiah College Mom and Dad To Be!

Covered Bridge and a Creek 

One of the most beautiful features of Messiah College is their red covered bridge that connects the campus to the sports field. You can't ask for a better background with the red and green hues. Another feature that is very popular is the Yellow Breeches Creek. We had plenty of college graduates, locals, kayakers, and Prom attendees stop by the creek for pictures! As I surveyed the creek, I kept visualizing a photograph of Leslie wading through the water with the covered bridge as a backdrop. With the temperatures in the mid-80's, I had a good feeling that was going to happen (Spoiler Alert: It did!)! 

Keeping It Natural

As we began our photo session, Leslie confessed that she didn't enjoy getting her picture taken. After photographing many families, children, and particularly women, I have found this to be very common. To make our camera shy mother-to-be feel more comfortable in front of the camera, I encouraged her to talk to Dan, relax, and have a good time. Taking the pressure away made it very easy to capture beautiful photographs of Leslie and Dan. We were even able to incorporate some of their treasured belongings, like the sonogram of their baby. We ended our session wading through the rocky creek and these are some of my new favorites of all time! 

I am honored that Leslie and Dan had me take their first set of photographs since their wedding day - 8 1/2 years ago! I enjoyed their adventurous spirit and I can't wait to meet the little one who is expected to arrive this summer! Congratulations to Leslie and Dan!  Maternity pose with husband Yenma K. PhotographyBaby Makes Three Couple Pose on a Walking Bridge Messiah CollegeBeautiful Couple Maternity Couple Pose Messiah College, PABaby Bump Sonogram Maternity Pose Yenma K. PhotographyIt's a Baby-Gram! Wading in The Creek Maternity Pose Yenma K. PhotographyA Beauty and the Creek Water Maternity Portrait Messiah CollegeWaiting for Baby Maternity Session Pose Messiah College, PAHat Adorned Beauty

 

 

 

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The Power Walk for Dress for Success 2015 | Special Event Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2015/5/the-power-walk-for-dress-for-success-2015-special-event-photography The Power Walk for Dress for Success 2015 

Volunteering through my photography is such a rewarding opportunity. I've been asked to photograph all kinds of fundraisers, but my favorite events are the walks/runs. I, personally, am not a runner, but I enjoy being around the camaraderie of these fun-loving, supportive people! This past weekend I was asked to volunteer my photography services to the annual event, "The Power Walk for Dress for Success" which benefits the South Central, PA chapter of Dress for Success. South Centrla, PA Dress for Success Power Walk 2015Dress For Success Power Walk

A Family Event 

Held at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, this annual event is family AND pet friendly! How fun is that? The planning committee really outdid themselves this year by providing music, raffles, Zumba, yoga, face painting, balloon animals, healthy food, and health tent! They even secured a climbing wall through the National Guard! Even furry family members had their own tent which provided water to make sure our furry friends stayed hydrated throughout the event. To add to the fun, we had a few costumed characters join the party, including the Hershey Bar, Coco The Bear, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, and the Penn State Nittany Lion! Nothing says fun like watching all the Hershey characters Zumba.

The Winners are . . .

The race began at 10:00am with the walk following quickly behind. The male overall winner crossed the finish line at a little over 18 minutes (That was fast!). As all the participants crossed the finished line, the festivities continued in the main area. The food tent switched over to serving sandwiches and ice cream, which was perfect on this beautiful, muggy day. While the times were being sorted, race participants and festival revelers continued to partake in face painting, massages provided by KTI and getting their nails painted at the Empire Beauty school tables. 

Many people walked away as winners from the event! Valerie Pritchett, The Master of Ceremonies, announced all of the winners for the race, as well as the raffle and door prizes. The biggest winner of all was the South Central PA branch of Dress for Success! This event raised around $18,000, which is doubled the amount from last year! Congratulations to all the race winners, and also the planning committee who put together this successful, fun event! I hope to see you all again next year! Until then, check out all the photos from the event here

South Central, PA Dress for Success Board Members, Spokes Person, and ChairDress for Success South Central, PA Hershey Characters attend Dress For Success Power Walk in South Central, PA 2015The Sweet Life! Food Tent at the Power Walk for Dress for Success, South Central, PA 2015Got Breakfast? Ballon Animals at the Power Walk for Dress for Success South Central, PA 2015Balloon Lady Pet Palooza at Dress for Success Power Walk 2015PetaPalooza Tent Climbing Wall by the National Guard South Central, PA Dress for SuccessClimbing the Walls Power Walk Dress for Success 2015 Face Painting For KidsFace Painting The Starting Line for Dress for Success Power Walk, Central, PA 2015Dress for Success Starting Line Finish Line at the Dress for Success Power Walk South Central PA 2015Finish Line - First Runner! Winners of the Central PA Power Walk for Dress for Success 2015Winners!

 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) special event photography volunteering photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2015/5/the-power-walk-for-dress-for-success-2015-special-event-photography Mon, 11 May 2015 01:32:39 GMT
Chasing the light. . . and Mikey! | Family Portrait Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2015/5/family-portrait-photography-chasing-the-light-and-mikey Chasing the light. . . and Mikey! 

Photography gives me the best excuse to meet up with friends! Not only do I get to be behind the lens, but I also get to catch up with the recent happenings in their lives. It's a win-win! Recently I had the opportunity to catch up and take photographs of one of my favorite families - Claudia, Mike, Mikey and the new addition to the family - Russell! 

Spring Time Family Portrait in Eastern PennsylvaniaFamily in Bloom

Has it really been a year? 

Oh my, what a difference a year can make! This adorable family grew by one and that meant that I had one more kiddo to entertain. How do you keep a toddler and a ten month old entertained at the same time? Well, you have to bring all the tools in your kit! We brought out one of the most popular tools - bubbles! Who doesn't love chasing and popping bubbles? 

Toddler LIfestyle Candid PoseRunning to Two Two Year Old Portrait 10 Month Old Outdoor PortraitGiggles

Switching Gears

When it comes to photographing kids, sometimes you have to throw your game plan out the window! Before I begin any photo session, I usually write down and plan out all the different poses I would like to capture. However when you have a shy, hungry, or sleepy child, you need to switch gears! Since Mikey had no intention of slowing down for our session, I made sure to include fun poses and took advantage of any moment that he did slow down. For me, the best photographs are the ones with genuine emotions and I think we got them here! 

Thanks to Claudia, Mike, and their two little tikes for having me take photographs! I can't wait to see what surprises next year will have in store for us. I have a funny feeling I'll be chasing two kiddos around next year and I wouldn't have it any other way! Until next year! 

Fun Family Photo SessionFun in the Sun

Family of four candid poseLook at those smiles! Little Boy Running - Lifestyle PhotographyHigh Five! Son and Father Outdoor Spring PortraitDaddy and Son  

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) children family lifestyle photography portraits https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2015/5/family-portrait-photography-chasing-the-light-and-mikey Fri, 08 May 2015 02:33:26 GMT
Giggles, Tears, and More Giggles | Family Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/12/family-photography-giggles-tears-and-more-giggles An Outdoor November Portrait Session

Spring and Fall are my busiest times of year. Being an on-location photographer means having to weather, well, the weather! Spring is definitely the easiest since the only thing we're dodging are rain showers. During the Fall season we're not only dodging rain showers, but also snow showers, the early sunsets, and sometimes freezing cold temperatures. Having a stash of mittens, hand warmers, and tissues is always a great idea! Of course moving the photo session indoors is always an option, but yet the outdoors lends itself to a little more creativity and also the open space is great for the kiddos to run free.

When Krista and Cliff had scheduled a family portrait session late in November, my first question was, "Do you have a location in mind?" Last year we had the photo session in the golden light at the Cloisters in Valley Forge. With this year's photo session scheduled later in the Fall season, we had to settle on an inside location which ended up being their home which was actually perfect! Additionally Mother Nature decided to cooperate so that we could capture a few pictures outdoors! 

Family of Four Portrait in Eastern, PABig Bright Smiles

How Time Flies!

Last year when I met Matty, he was crawling through the fallen leaves and giggling at his mom's funny sounds. What a difference a year can make! Running at full speed these days, Matty has grown into his huge personality and knows exactly what he likes and dislikes. Even though he was a little unsure of me, he was soon ready for his close up! Ben grew a couple of inches as well and I think his energy also grew by leaps and bounds. How do kids have so much energy?? The one thing that didn't change --- their sweet smiles!  Sibling Portrait in Red SweatersTwinsies in Red Sweaters 5 year old Outdoor Portrait5 Year Old Smile Family of Four Holds Hands Portrait PoseHolding Hands Super Dad Carrying His BoysSuper Dad Mother and Daughter PortraitOmi and her Daughter

Moving the Party Indoors 

We grabbed as many pictures as we could outdoors, but soon the 40 degree temperatures told us to head indoors. The kids were ready for a break from being in front of the lens. Naturally a break wouldn't be complete without a mini meltdown. But, it didn't last very long! After the tears dried we were ready for some more candid photos in the living room. We ended the day with smiles and giggles on the couch - a perfect end to the day.  A Family Giggles TogetherGiggles In the Family Room Casual Family Portrait Sitting PoseFamily Snuggles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) children children photography family family photography portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/12/family-photography-giggles-tears-and-more-giggles Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:40:08 GMT
New Family Traditions | Special Event Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/11/special-event-photography-new-family-traditions Celebrating a Life Milestone

My life has truly become fuller and richer as a photographer. I get to make new friends while witnessing significant moments of their lives. How amazing is that? This weekend marked a special time in Eva and Chris' lives: celebrating the baptism of their first child. With unseasonably warm weather and surrounded by friends and family, this day couldn't be anything but perfect.

Held at Chris' childhood church, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, in Mount Joy, the 19th century building provided a beautiful backdrop for the festivities. After the intimate, touching ceremony, we took time to take family portraits to commemorate this auspicious day and to remember all of the loved ones who supported Eva and Chris' little boy. After the ceremony and portraits, we were on our way to the Susquehanna river to begin a new tradition - launching paper lanterns into the sky. 

Baptism Special Event PhotographyAn Autumn Baptism Baptism at St Luke's Episcopal Church in Mount JoySt Luke's Episcopal Church

Baptismal Font at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Mount Joy, PAThe Baptismal Font Baptism of a baby boy at St. Luke's Episcopal ChurchBaby Baptism Friends and Family attending a BaptismFriends and Family Portrait Portrait of BaptismBaptism Portrait Baptismal Shoes Cradled in Family HandsTiny Feet

Creating a New Tradition

To celebrate this day, Eva and Chris decided to do something special for their baby boy. Launching paper lanterns over the Susquehanna was their wonderful idea! We found a spot by the water at Chickie's Rock County Park in Marietta. Each family member grabbed a big blue lantern and began to light the papers to begin filing them with hot air. Unfortunately the wind decided to pick up which made the task incredibly difficult. After a few failed attempts, we finally saw success! It was certainly a triumphant moment for all.  Launching Paper Lanterns over the Susquehanna RiverPaper Lanterns by the Susquehanna River Special Event of Launching Paper lanternsLaunching Paper Lanterns Paper Lantern Glides over the Susquehanna RiverSuccess! Father and Son Baptism PortraitFather and Son

 

A Toast and Breaking Bread with Family and Friends

It wouldn't be a celebration without a delicious meal! Eva and Chris opened up their home to all their family and friends to continue the celebrations. The many heartfelt toasts by grandparents, god parents, and even parents demonstrated how much this little boy is loved and cherished. To end the event, Eva and Chris launched a couple more lanterns together. As the lanterns soared through the sky and joined in the same flight path together, I knew I was witnessing something extra special. This was the start of a brand new tradition for this family and I was there to witness it. Congratulations to Eva and Chris' family and thank you for having me be a part of this special day in your lives. 

Baptism Cake for ChristianBaptism Cake Baptismal ToastA Toast! Celebrations with Paper LanternsPaper Lanterns Paper Lanterns in the Air Lanterns in the Air

 

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Blue Eyes and Gray Skies | Family Portrait Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/11/family-portrait-photography-blue-eyes-and-gray-skies A Chilly Autumn Day at Founders Hall in Hershey

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only days away? Which also means that the holiday season is a little over a month away! Yikes! Where has the time gone? While lines at the department store start to get longer and longer and store parking lots get busier and crazier, this is the time of year when my calendar gets booked solid with family sessions and holiday themed portraits. And, I couldn't be happier! 

The only down side of being an on-location photographer during late autumn and winter is finding indoor locations for family portrait sessions. Some families prefer to have the portraits in the comforts of their own home. While others prefer to have a unique location for their photographs. Sometimes I luck out and have families who are willing to brave the elements to capture the perfect portrait. This past weekend I had such a family!  

Family Portrait at Founders Hall HersheyBeautiful Family of 3

Gray Skies, Rosy Cheeks, and Golden Leaves

I had the privilege of capturing Ed and Stacy's first family portraits with their little tot, Mason. Even though we had tiny pockets of sunshine in the morning, the afternoon skies were filled with a blanket of gray clouds. The chill in the air may have caused some rosy cheeks, but it didn't prevent us from having fun. 

With golden and auburn leaves still on the trees and strewn all around, the beautiful grounds of Founders Hall provided a perfect drop for our autumn themed photo session. This beautifully kept property had everything a photographer could desire: a large gazebo, walking bridges, large rocks, stone archway, a pond, red brick pathways, and beautiful fauna. As you can imagine, I was very excited to start snapping away! 

Autumn Family Portrait at Founders HallAutumn Family Portrait

Elmo Saves the Day! 

While I was super excited to start taking pictures of this beautiful family, Mason wasn't quite ready for his close up. Taking pictures of kiddos certainly requires a great deal of patience, possibly a bag of goodies, maybe a little bit of bribery....but definitely their favorite toys. Ed and Stacy brought along Mason's favorite toy - mini version of Elmo! With the great assist from Elmo and the funny faces provided by his parents, I was able to capture some adorable pictures of this cute tot and his beautiful parents. Thank goodness for Elmo! 

We ended our session in a pile of golden leaves. I'm not sure who had more fun throwing leaves - Ed and Stacy or Mason! I was definitely ready for a cup of hot cocoa when we were finished. But, I couldn't be happier with the way these photographs turned out. Thank you to Ed and Stacy for being such troopers! Special thanks to the almost full-time biped, Mason, for giving us the best smiles. Welcome to our session! 

Father and Son Portrait at Founders HallFather and Son Portrait Black and White Portrait of a Young Toddler at Founders HallCurious Eyes Mother and Son Portrait at Founders HallMother and Son Crawling toddler at Founders Hall Hershey PACrawler! Family Portrait at Founders HallFamily of Three at Founders Hall Family frolicking in leaves at Founders HallA Golden Family Toddler with this ElmoElmo Saves the Day

 

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Inaugural Lung Force Walk 2014 | Event Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/11/event-photography-inaugural-lung-force-walk-2014 Uniting Women to Stand Together Against Lung Cancer

Volunteering through my photography has been one of the most rewarding aspects of this career. I have heard and have been moved by many inspirational stories of beating the odds. This weekend I learned all that I needed to know about lung cancer. Did you know that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women? I personally had no idea! The American Lung Association created Lung Force to help educate and bring awareness to lung cancer and lung health.  American Lung Association Lung Force Walk BannerLung Force Walk Banner

This momentous event took place on City Island at Metro Bank Park. Upon arriving to the park, the first thing I noticed was a sea of turquoise - the signature color for Lung Force. Aside from the one mile (or optional 3 mile route) walk, there were plenty of things to see and do at the event. Open to the four legged creatures and all bipeds young and old, this event participants of all ages and sizes. The kiddos even had their own designated Kids Zone area which was equipped with hula hoops, Zumba lessons, balloon animals and hats, and an educational tent. What more could you need? Even Turkey Hilda from Turkey Hill and Red Robin stopped on by to say hello.

The adults also had plenty of options to learn and have fun. With the numerous props including turquoise feather boas and oversized glasses, the photo booth provided a great deal of entertainment for all participants. The snack area provided various foods to help keep the participants well nourished before the race. I was very impressed with the logo iced cookies that were made and donated by the Pennsylvania Bakery

At 1:15pm the opening ceremony began which included four speeches, the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, releasing of doves, and the cutting of the Ribbon. What a memorable moment! At the conclusion of cutting of the ribbon, the walkers began their path across the walking bridge, down along the river to the Sunken Gardens, and back across the bridge.

Even though the wind was whipping around like crazy across the bridge, I still enjoyed watching all the happy faces walk across the finish line. I am very excited that I was able to be a part of this worthwhile cause. Check out the American Lung Association's website for more information about their cause and how you, too, can help out! 
Mrs Turkey Hill Mascot with Lung Force VolunteersMrs Turkey Hill and the Gang Lung Force Walk logo'd CookiesLung Force Walk Cookies Monkey Balloon Animal HatMonkey'ing Around Lung Force Walk 2014 Photo Booth AccessoriesTurquoise Feather Boas and Oversized Glasses Lung Force Walk 2014 ParticipantsParticipants of Lung Force Walk 2014 Smallest Long Force Walk 2014 WalkersSmallest Participants Four Legged Lung Force Walk 2014 ParticipantFour Legged Lung Force Walker Lung Force Walk 2014 Harrisburg PALung Force Walk 2014 Lung Force Walk 2014 at the Starting LineLet it begin! Lung Force Walkers Jumping with ExcitementJumping for Awareness! Lung Force 2014 Harrisburg, PAWalking Together

 

 

 

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Shy Smiles at the Kings Gap Mansion | Family Portrait Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/10/family-portrait-photography-shy-smiles-at-the-kings-gap-mansion Frolicking among the leaves

For me, the creative process for photography begins with the location. It only takes on stone wall or one set of stairs to get the creative wheels turning. However finding new places that invoke inspiration is tough! What I enjoy most about on-location photography is finding those new gems that spark my creativity.  Luckily this past weekend I was introduced to a beautiful new gem - Kings Gap Park and Mansion. 

This 2,531 acre park is located on top of the South mountain and has beautiful views of Cumberland County.  With 16 miles of hiking trails, this is a playground for the outdoorsy types.  The crown jewel of the park is the Kings Gap Mansion.  Built in 1908, this 32-room Italian style mansion was built as a summer home by James McCormick Cameron. It must be nice to have such a lovely home to summer in!! 

This location was not only chosen for its aesthetic quality, but also for sentimentality. Angi and her husband Jason were married at the Kings Gap Mansion and have taken annual family portraits with their now 3 year old daughter at this location. It's a charming tradition and I was honored to be a part of it. We had a gorgeous, albeit windy, day to take family portraits. Personally I would take windy to cold and rainy any day!! 

We started our photo session at the Kings Mansion and worked our way to the gardens where Kenzie learned the joy of throwing leaves. Even though it took a little bit of time for this shy one to warm up to me, I knew I would get some joyful smiles eventually! Thanks so much to Angi, Jason, and their adorable tike Kenzie for braving the wind. See more from our day below!  Family Portraits at the Kings Gap MansionFamily of Three in The Golden Sun Mom and Daughter Portrait at the Kings Gap MansionGiggles with Mom Couple Portrait at the Kings Gap MansionMom and Dad in the Golden Sun Family Portrait Kings Gap MansionHello from up here! Child Portrait at the Kings Gap MansionSwinging Good Time Casual Family Portrait Pose at the Kings Gap MansionFamily of Three Child Portrait in leaves at the Kings Gap MansionFun with Leaves Family Portrait in leaves at the Kings Gap MansionBlanket of Leaves Black and White Child Portrait at the Kings Gap MansionLong Eyelashes

 

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"F" is for Family | Family Portrait Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/10/family-portrait-photography-f-is-for-family Leaping into Autumn

Getting kids to cooperate in family photo sessions is an art. It's a creative formula of a little bit of cajoling, some bribery, and eventually even pleading. For the Autumn themed family session I had this weekend, it was the promise of leaping into a big pile of leaves that brought on the smiles! Who doesn't love jumping into a a pile of leaves??

Set in the backyard of their beautiful home, Jen and Tony provided the most comfortable setting for their family's portrait session. The surrounding woods and creek served as a great backdrop for our photos. Jen and Tony took great care to prep the back patio for their family session by adding colorful mums, pumpkins, and gourds around the hearth and the fireplace. Not only was the hearth well decorated, Tony even had a fire going in the fireplace. The only thing missing was mugs of mulled wine or hot cocoa. I could not have asked for a better backdrop for our afternoon session!  Autumn themed family portrait in leavesJumping into Leaves

Of course the best part of our session was the grand pile of leaves that were awaiting the kids! The smiles I captured as they leapt and landed into the pile were in a category of their own - pure joy. I had so much fun playing in the leaves with this family, their kids, and the family dog. Ot, the furry family member, may be in the winter of his years, but he still gave the most regal pose.  I hope you all get to frolic in the leaves this Autumn season as well! Enjoy the photos from our day below. Many thanks to Jen, Tony and the kiddos for being such great sports!  Autumn Themed Family Portrait in front of the fireplaceA Family that Laughs Together Autumn Themed Children Portraits in front of the FireplaceGrinning Kiddos Siblings Portrait Pose with Furry Family MemberSibling Portrait Sibling Portrait of Kids throwing leavesThrowing Leaves Sibling Portrait Pose in a pile of LeavesFun with Leaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brought to You By the Number 3 | Family Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/10/family-photography-brought-to-you-by-the-number-three Family Photo Session: Surrounded by Rustic Tranquility

This past weekend's photo session is being brought to you by the number three! Mr. Colton (aka Mr. Shy Guy) turns three this autumn and I was given the honors of photographing this fun milestone. Colton's mom, Kelly, wanted the perfect, fall like background for their family portraits. She suggested the Blair Mountain Bed and Breakfast.

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, this beautiful Bed and Breakfast is located in the countryside of Dillsburg, PA. Rated as one of the best Bed and Breakfasts in the Harrisburg area, it is the perfect location for an outdoor wedding or any special event. Adding to the already charming bucolic setting, the rustic red barn (one of the main features of the property) also provides a colorful backdrop to any photo session, especially our Autumn themed session.  Family Photography at Blair Mountain Bed and Breakfast Dillsburg, PASmiles of Three

With the location decided, the next part was deciding the perfect accessories for our session. To make this day extra special, I brought a few props: a basket of mini pumpkins, colorful leaves, and a 2-foot styrofoam cut out of the number "3". Needless to say the number "3" was the piece de resistance of our photo session!  Similar to most toddlers, we only had a small window of time for Colton's patience and good humor for photos. Luckily for us he is motivated by mini marshmallows, fruit snacks, games of peak-a-boo (with my awesome assistant), and a Mickey Mouse toy camera. In the end we managed to get a bunch of genuine smiles, and even a devilish grin! We may even have a photographer in training! 

Many thanks to Kelly, Scot, and Colton for not being afraid of getting a little mud on your shoes, trampling through the shrubbery, and having me take pictures of your beautiful family and many thanks to the Blair Mountain Bed and Breakfast for allowing us to frolic around your Inn to find the perfect shot. Enjoy the lovely photos from this tranquil, rustic setting!  Children Photography Turning Three The Big Three! Children Photography Fall PortraitBlue Eyed Cutie Couple Photography Couple posing at an outdoor sessionAutumn Love Children Photography Autumn IdeasBasket O' Mini Pumpkins Family Photography with A Mother and SonMother and Son Family Photography Father and SonFather and Son Children Portraits Turning ThreeAlmost Three Family Photography Family PoseCheeky Grin Family Portrait Photographer in TrainingMini Photographer Children Photography Side ProfileSide Profile Family Photography Couple PoseA Loving Staring Contest

 

 

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A Perfectly Autumn Day for Photos | Family Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/10/family-photography-a-perfectly-autumn-day-for-photos A Perfectly Autumn Day: Apples, Mini-Pumpkins, & Colorful Leaves

The crisp air, changing leaves, gourds, apples, and pumpkin lattes, what's not to love about Autumn?? When I'm not gorging and imbibing in everything pumpkin, my next favorite thing during the fall is taking family portraits. The vibrant color of the leaves lends itself as the perfect background for photographs. This past weekend I had the chance to catch up with Miss Reagan and her lovely family. Amazing how much can change in a year! This time around Reagan's little sister joined in on the fun. Miss Teagan is not quite ready to walk, but that didn't stop her from exploring! Reagan didn't seem to mind sharing the spotlight though. She was super busy gobbling up some delicious apples that I brought as props! 

Fort Hunter Park provided the perfect backdrop for our photo session. While the girls loved the playground, I loved the scenic views of the Susquehanna River, the rustic colored covered bridge, the stone buildings, and the fiery red leaves! Even with the slight nip in air that resulted in rosy cheeks and runny noses, we managed to have a good time. We took advantage of all the picturesque spots on the property which included a pair of rocking chairs. In the end it was a perfect day to gallivant through a park! 

Thanks to Mike and Kelly for this fun-filled morning with their adorable girls. And thanks to Buck for being patient with his bi-ped family and friends! Check out all the fun we had below! 

Family Portrait on a Covered BridgeFamily of Four Portrait Children Photography Sisters sitting on a SlideSisters! Children Photography Children Rocking away on ChairsRocking Away on this Autumn Day Children Photography Playground SwingsA look of happiness Children Photography Playground Swings Happiness is a Swing! Family Portrait which includes the furry family memberAll the Kids Pet Photography Mini Australian ShepherdThe Star of the Show Family portrait with Australian ShepherdBuck - The Wonder Dog Family Portrait One year old almost walkingAlmost Walking! Children Photography Photo Session SnackApples in the Autumn Autumn Children Photography Poses with LeavesFiery Leaves and Adorable Girl Family Portraits Black and White at a parkFamily of 4

 

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Celebrating One in Mr. McGregor's Garden | Special Event Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/10/special-event-photography-celebrating-one-in-the-peter-rabbits-garden Turning One

One of the best parts of special event photography is experiencing all the creative ideas of these party organizers! From an "Under the Sea" theme to a "Construction" theme, I get to see all these Pinterest DIY projects come to life. This past weekend one of my favorite little ladies turned ONE! For her one year old celebration, her mother, Tiffany, picked an adorable theme - a Garden Party. I couldn't imagine a cuter theme for Miss Norah! 

The room was decorated in the style of Mr. McGregor's garden which also included a variety of vegetables in green pint containers, miniature pumpkins and gourds, a garden fence, and plenty of pictures of Peter Rabbit. Tiffany and Rob provided a delicious menu for the party that included homemade meatballs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, vegetable tray, and a variety of salads (My favorite being the broccoli salad!). Needless to say we were all stuffed from all the delicious spread! 

No longer the sleeping beauty that I met last October, Miss Norah was ready to mingle with all her family and friends! This lucky birthday girl had all her favorite people to help celebrate her first birthday, including all her grandparents, aunt, cousins, and even the doula who helped bring her into this world. There was certainly a lot of love for Miss Norah in the room. 

The part that I enjoy most during these parties is the smashing of the cake! Up until this point Norah had only had a small taste of the sweet deliciousness of cake. This would be the first day when she would be able to dive into her very own cupcake! She was either going to really love it or really hate. After seeing frosting flying onto the walls and smeared all over her face, I'm going to take a wild guess that she loved it! 

Watching these little ones grow up from being wee little babies to walking and talking humans is such a privilege! Thanks to Tiffany and Rob for inviting me to the party and to be a part of their little girl's life. Happy birthday, Norah!! Scroll through to see additional pics from this festive day in the garden! 

Birthday Party Sign for Norah's One Year Old Garden PartyNorah's Garden Party Peter Rabbit Themed Birthday CupcakePeter Rabbit Themed Party Mom with her One Year Old Birthday GirlMom and Birthday Girl Garden Party Menu Garden Party Menu One Year Old Birthday Picture BannerBirthday Banner with Photos Peter Rabbit Cupcake and Birthday Carrot CakePeter Rabbit Cupcake and Carrot Cake Family of Three at Daughter's One Year Old PartyFamily of 3 One Year Old Tastes Cake for the First TimeFirst Tastes of Birthday Cake Wilmington Doula with ClientWilmington Doula

 

 

 

 

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Special Delivery | Family Portrait Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/8/family-portrait-photography-special-delivery Special Delivery: Pretty in Pink

The anticipation of the arrival of a newborn baby can drive any expectant mother a bit crazy. Many of my close girlfriends have spent the last week of their pregnancy gorging on spicy foods, going on long walks, preparing their homes, and/or simply nesting. Now imagine being in the shoes of a five year old boy waiting for the arrival of his new baby sister! Hayden, the doting older brother, couldn't wait for the arrival of his baby sister!  I am not sure he fully understands what having a little sister means, but he's going to find out very soon! 

Paige finally made her appearance in late August. With ten perfect tiny fingers and toes, long eyelashes, pouty lips, and a full head of hair, she is going to be breaking hearts in the near future! I couldn't get enough of this baby girl's sweet face. I had a wonderful time photographing this little sweat pea. Michelle, who is a sewing machine and craft wizard, made adorable head bands for the photo session which added a sweet personal touch to the photographs. Hayden was a good little helper always on hand to help soothe Paige when she cried. We can't forget about the Paige and Hayden's father, Aenoi who helped out with positioning the baby for all the beautiful photographs. 

Welcome to the world, Paige!! You have some awesome parents and a great older brother. And, welcome to our photo session! 

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We Are . . .Turning Two! | Children Portraits| https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/8/children-portraits-we-are-turning-two Turning Two in "Happy Valley"

What surprises me the most is how fast children grow! I met Miss Bella just about a year ago. At that time she was a smiley little girl who was extremely curious about the world around her. Just about ready to walk, she would crawl or couch surf to her desired destination. Fast forward a year later and she is still a smiley little girl with a desire to explore. However, this time she was a walking and talking machine! Carrying her Ariel princess doll and requesting to watch Miss Piggy on the TV, Miss Bella had some personality and I couldn't wait to photograph it! Bella was definitely ready for her close up this time around. She was already posing and saying "cheeeeeeese!" This was going to be a fun day!

Bella's parents are huge (and I mean HUGE) Penn State fans! Naturally our first stop on the tour of State College had to be the Nittany Lion Shrine. If you're unfamiliar with this sculpture, it is a large mountain lion made by Heinz Warneke which is located on the main campus of Penn State University. Did you know it's the second most photographed landmark in Pennsylvania, behind the Liberty Bell?? I had no idea! Bella didn't know what to think of the nittany lion. Getting her to stand by the lion proved to be a little challenging. We did manage to get a few pictures of her! After our stop at the Lion Shrine we went to the Nittany Lion Inn which is another popular landmark on campus. Bella enjoyed running around, laying in the grass, and playing with the chain fence. Like I mentioned before, she is a curious little girl!

After exploring the Nittany Lion Shrine and Inn, we were off to the Arboretum. Since the last time I visited they have added a whole new area for children and Bella, like me, was very excited to return! We had a great afternoon rolling around the grass, wading in the creek, and exploring the ins and outs of this beautiful garden. At first I tried to get Bella to sit, but after a few pictures I realized this was going to be a "chase and click" kind of session which I love.  Photographing children often involves throwing that game plan out the window and just winging it. I had a wonderful time with Bella and her parents. At the end of our afternoon I was rewarded by a Bella hug! I'm completely exhausted but I absolutely love all the photographs from our day. I hope you enjoy them too. Welcome to Bella's photo session at Penn State University! 

A family of 3 sits by the Lion Shrine at Pennsylvania State University PSUWe are...Penn State! Two year old with the Lion Shrine at PSULittle girl and her lion Two year old portrait by the Nittany Lion InnBella and the Nittany Lion Inn Two year old shows her stuffed dog the fountainsBella and her Doggy Little girl lays in the grass at the parkEnjoying the Sun Little girl playing in the Lily PondPlaying in the Lily Pond Little girl playing in the creekBella and the Creek Family Kisses PortraitFamily Kisses

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Duck, Duck, Swan! | Family Portraits https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/8/duck-duck-swan Family Photo Session: Who doesn't love ducks?

What is the perfect backdrop for a family session? A duck pond! This past weekend I had the honor of taking Stacy and Chadd's first family portraits. Determining the location is always the first (and most difficult) decision to make! Central Pennsylvania offers many different options that include parks, barns, hiking trails, and other landmarks. After consulting with Stacy we choose the Children's Lake in Boiling Springs.  This seven acre lake is not only home to ducks, geese, and swans, it's also the perfect environment for trout. The beautiful gazebo, the crystal clear water, the little ducklings, and the weeping willow tree provided a gorgeous setting for our photo session

Even though this was Stacy and Chadd's first family portrait session, they were such naturals in front of the camera you couldn't tell! Even their Boston Terrier was ready for his close up. My approach to taking family portraits is often an organic process involving getting inspired by my surroundings. With the Radio Flyer wagon in tow, the family and I strolled around the lake looking for that inspiration. We didn't have to travel very far as the beautiful light reflecting off the sparkling water immediately grabbed my attention.

With a pre-teen, a six week old, and a Boston terrier, this could have been a challenging session. Instead I had a wonderful time with this beautiful family. I hope you enjoy the portraits as much as I do! Welcome to the portrait session of Stacy, Chadd, and their beautiful family! 

Family portrait at Children's Lake Family of Five Swan swimming in Children's Lake Boiling SpringsSwan at Children's Lake 6 Week Old Portrait6 Week Old Portrait A 10 Year old and his Boston Terrier DogA Boy and His Dog Family of Four Portrait at Children's Lake Family of 4 Parents kissing their 6 week oldBaby Kisses Dad and Son spending time togetherDad and Son time Ducks at the Children's Lake in Boiling Springs, PADucks! Mom kissing her 6 week old sonMom and Baby A boy enjoying a summer day. Summer Days Couple kissing under the treeKissing tree Portrait of a Boston TerrierBoston Terrier Portrait of a Family at the Children's Lake in Boiling Springs, PAFamily of Four at the Children's Lake

 

 

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A Fourth of July Baby... almost! | Newborn Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/7/newborn-photography-a-fourth-of-july-baby-almost A Few Hours Shy of Fourth of July 

A couple of months ago I had a maternity photo session with Michele at Long's Park in Lancaster. Since Michele and Brian didn't want to reveal the gender of their baby at the time, that opened up all kinds of photo possibilities! We had pink and blue socks, pink and blue balloons, and question marks galore. They were such troopers as my creativity ran wild. Since our fun photo session in the park, I had been looking forward to the arrival of their bundle of joy.

Like most due dates, Michele's came...and went. No baby. Similar to all overdue expectant moms, she was ready for Baby B to make his appearance. Baby B finally graced us with his presence on July 3rd! Tyler was almost a Fourth of July baby - so close! I still consider him a Fourth of July baby. For his newborn session I traveled out to Michele and Brian's home. Once again they let my creativity run wild and we were able to capture some lovely (and fun!) photos. Michele and Brian are huge Steelers fans (Pittsburgh fans in general) which meant we had to get a picture of Tyler with his Terrible Towel! He's going to have Black and Gold running through his veins pretty soon.

This is such a special time in all of their lives. I am so honored that they requested that I capture all the sweet moments for them. Welcome to Tyler's newborn session and welcome to the world kiddo!  Patriotic Baby PortraitPatriotic Baby Portrait Parents kissing their newbornAnd Baby Makes Three Newborn Son PortraitNewborn Portrait Newborn PortraitSleeping Newborn Portrait Newborn waving his Terrible TowelNewborn and his Terrible Towel Family of 3 Nursery PortraitFamily of 3

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) family family portraits newborn newborn portrait portrait portrait photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/7/newborn-photography-a-fourth-of-july-baby-almost Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:55:52 GMT
Welcome to the world, Russell! | Newborn Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/7/newborn-photography-welcome-to-the-world-russell Newborn + Toddler = Fun Portrait Session

Claudia and Mike welcomed their newest addition, Russell, to the family in late June. This little boy is already cherished and adored by his family, even by his older brother Mikey. So adored by his older brother, Mikey was even prepared to welcome his younger brother with kisses. Having watched Mikey grow up, I was absolutely honored to be asked to take Russell's first portraits!

Russell was the perfect subject. Ever the curious little boy, Russell kept his eyes open during most of the photo session. I guess he wanted to see what all the flashing lights were all about! One of the best tricks I can recommend for newborn photo sessions is to bring a space heater or a heating pad. Russell was happy as a clam resting in his little basket as I captured all the sweet moments. 

While Russell was ready for his closeup, Mikey (who just turned two) was not interested in the camera whatsoever! He was enjoying running laps around the house, sneaking into the cupboard for some Nutella, and playing with his Nana. Fortunately we were able to get him to sit still for a few moments and get a few family portraits!

Welcome to Claudia, Mike, Mikey, and Russell's photo session! 

Portrait of Newborn Baby BoyNewborn Baby Boy Newborn in a Basket Older brother kisses newbornBrotherly Love Newborn PortraitTiny Fingers Family with NewbornNewborn Portrait Father and Son PortraitFather and Son Nana and Grandson PortraitNana and Grandson Family of Four PortraitFamily of 4 Portrait

 

 

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Turning One "Under the Sea" | Event Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/7/event-photography-turning-one-under-the-sea Starfish, Clownfish & Lobsters: The Perfect First Birthday Party Theme

July birthdays are the best! Okay, I may be a little biased since I'll be celebrating my birthday this month. What's not to love about July? The weather is warm enough for cookouts or pool parties. Not to mention they have fireworks at the beginning of the month just for us! I am honored to share my birth month with Evan who is turning one! His mom and dad put together a fun theme for his very first birthday party - "Under the Sea". This theme is perfect for me since I love the beach, ocean, sea..etc. Evan's grandparents even brought lobster balloons! 

Casual Family of Three PortraitFamily of 3

The piece de resistance was the birthday cake - of course. Erica, Evan's mom, picked out the perfect cake for her little boy's birthday. Not only did it look festive, it was also layers of deliciousness. I don't even have words to describe this decadent confectionary. While we adults were noshing on this beautifully decorated cake, Evan was trying cake for the first time! He didn't cry during the singing of Happy Birthday which was great! However he wasn't quite sure what to do about his cake. Not to fear Evan did eventually get the hang of it and I got to capture that awesome moment. 

Evan may not remember this day, but there are plenty of loved ones (and photographs) to help keep the memories of this fun day alive. Follow along the rest of our day as we celebrated Evan's first birthday! Welcome! 

Under the Sea Themed Birthday CakeUnder the Sea Birthday Cake Birthday Boy's High Chair with Cake and BalloonsBirthday Boy's Chair! One Year old tries cake for the first timeEating Birthday Cake! One Year Old Eating Cake for the First Time One Year Old + Cake One Year Smiles While Eating CakePosing with Cake

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) baby birthday party children children photography event photography family events one year old birthday party https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/7/event-photography-turning-one-under-the-sea Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:47:45 GMT
A Firecracker Wedding | Event Photography https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/7/event-photography-a-firecracker-wedding Rain + Wedding = Many Years of Wedded Bliss

One of my favorite holidays is July 4th. Fireworks, BBQs, parades, and time spent with family, what's not to love? In addition to all the typical 4th of July festivities, I also had the privilege of attending a wedding. Hine and Jeff had an intimate wedding planned with only parents and close friends attending the ceremony and a small reception at Alfred's Victorian. Unfortunately Mother Nature decided to have her own plans - a hurricane. With a hurricane traveling up the east coast, that meant possible rain, wind, and mugginess. All of which is not great for hair and makeup on a wedding day! Even though the curls fell out of Hine's hair and the rain started to fall mid-way through the reception, Jeff and Hine made the best of their special day and enjoyed every minute. If rain means good luck on your wedding day, this couple is going to have many, many years of wedded bliss.

Everything was perfect at the reception at Alfred's Victorian. Held in the Burgundy room with plenty of bottles of bubbly and a menu full of decadent food, this was going to be a grand affair. The gorgeous almond flavored wedding cake and beautiful red roses were provided by Jeff's mother, Joan. This day was extra special for Jeff's parents. Not only were they celebrating their son's marriage, but they were going to be celebrating 51 years of wedding bliss in the coming week! Hine and Jeff had their own lucky charms with them! 

Even though it was a small wedding, the room was filled with so much love! Congratulations to Hine and Jeff! Enjoy the photographs from their beautiful day. 

 

Newlyweds standing in front of their Wedding Reception Venue with a Red UmbrellaWedded Bliss Wedding rings and bouquetWine and Wedding Bands Wedding Cake in The Burgundy RoomWedding Cake

Cutting the Wedding CakeCutting the Cake Smashing the Cake

 

Newlyweds with their Parents51 Years of Marriage

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) family family portraits portraits rainy wedding wedding wedding portraits https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/7/event-photography-a-firecracker-wedding Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:23:21 GMT
Event Photography | Baptism For Two https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/6/event-photography-baptism-for-two White suit + White Bow Tie
Is there anything cuter than a toddler in a bow tie? This past weekend I witnessed not one, but two baptisms. As a gift to the Khouri family, I was requested to capture all the smiles and tears of this joyous day. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament provided the beautiful (albeit toasty) setting, as Reverend Paul Fisher presided over the ceremony. 
 
Pierre and Nicholas were certainly cherished little boys! They had quite the crowd of family members and friends to support them during this important milestone of their lives. Even though they both cried during the Baptism (who likes having water dripped on their heads by a man in a robe anyways?), they had plenty of god parents, grand parents, and other relatives to comfort them afterwards.
 
The lighting at this venue was a little challenging. The Reverend reminded me that the church was "climate controlled", as in the outside climate controlled the indoor temperature. For this reason I surmised that the lights in the church were turned down to minimize any excess heat could be emitting from them. Through sweat and tears we were able to capture some beautiful portraits at the front of the church. 
 
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Harrisburg, PAOur Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Little boy is getting baptized. Before the tears of Baptism A young boy gets baptized by a ReverendBaptism A toddler is Baptized by the Reverend.Toddler Baptism Large family portrait after BaptismLarge Family Portrait

The celebration continued at the reception which was held at the Hilton in downtown Harrisburg. The family spared no expense on the celebration. With delicious food, gorgeous dessert table, beautiful cake, and lively music, this family knows how to throw a party! The dance floor was constantly filled and the ballroom echoed with vibrant ululations. I want to invite this family to all my parties! I had a wonderful day spending time with this fun-loving family. Enjoy some additional photos from the rest of this memorable day! Best wishes to Pierre and Nicholas! 
Baptism Cake with a Cross Cake TopperBaptism Cake Baptism KuchenBaptism Kuchen Baptism CroquemboucheBaptism Croquembouche Mother and Son at his baptismMother and Son Father and Son at Baptism receptionFather and Son
 
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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) baptism baptismal reception event event photography family photograpy https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/6/event-photography-baptism-for-two Tue, 01 Jul 2014 03:07:04 GMT
Event Photography | Digging into Two! https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/6/digging-into-two Under Construction: Turning Two

     I absolutely enjoy chronicling the lives of kiddos. Being a photographer means I get to be a part of the most important milestones, such as crawling, walking, and first birthdays. Children never cease to amaze me by how quickly they grow and develop personalities of their own. A year has passed since I've seen one of my favorite kiddos - Ian.  Last year during his first birthday party, Ian was a couch surfer who was a little overwhelmed by his birthday festivities. Too shy to smile and scared of the big crowd, he ended up crying during the Happy Birthday song. Requested to come back to photograph his second birthday party, I was very curious to see how much Ian had changed since last year. Boy, was I surprised! 

    Ian was a walking, talking, laughing little boy. He flirted with everyone with his sweet "Hell-o!" and he wasn't afraid to join in the birthday fun! I certainly enjoyed watching him have fun with all his little friends. This year he fully embraced blowing out the candles and eating his smash cake. It was a completely different experience! I think Ian enjoyed his party as much as I did. His enjoyment had a lot to do with the theme of the party. Jen and Andrew threw a Construction themed birthday party for their little boy which was absolutely perfect. I have yet to meet a boy toddler who doesn't enjoy Tonka Trucks and digging in the dirt! Welcome to Ian's Construction birthday party! 

Two year Construction themed birthdayI am 2! Bulldozers and Dump Trucks Birthday CakeConstruction Birthday Cake Construction Themed DecorationsHard Hats Required! Getting presents at a Two year old birthday party! Present time! Two year old blowing out the candleBlowing out the candle! Family of three celebrating a birthday Family of 3

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Portraits | First Birthday with Bubbles, Balloons, and a Tiara https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/6/first-birthday-portrait-with-bubbles-balloons-and-a-tiara Dani's First Birthday Portraits

     I had the honor of capturing this lovely little lady's first birthday. We had a celebratory day filled with white and pink balloons, bubbles, high heels, tutus, flowers, and a tiara. Her big brother wasn't particularly interested in joining us, but we managed to get a few pictures of him frolicking in the whirlwind of bubbles. Who doesn't love bubbles?? Working with Jessica, who is Dani's mom, was a fun experience! She had wonderful creative ideas that we tried to capture. Thank you so much to Jessica and Dan for having me take pictures of your beautiful family. Welcome to our outdoor session to celebrate Dani's first birthday! 

One Year old baby girl sitting in a basket with balloons. Turning One!

One year old baby girl in a cloud of bubblesBaby in Bubbles One year old portrait with tutus and high heels. High Heels and Tutus One year crying about her cake. Tears and Smash Cake Outdoor family portrait 3 out of 4 Smiles!

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) birthday portrait children one year old portrait portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/6/first-birthday-portrait-with-bubbles-balloons-and-a-tiara Fri, 20 Jun 2014 03:47:24 GMT
Event Photography | American Lung Association Annual Pasta Run 2014 https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/6/american-lung-association-annual-pasta-run-2014 Did someone say pasta?

     I have lived in Harrisburg for most of my adult life, but this is the first year that I have ever heard of the Harrisburg Pasta Run 5k race and Kids Noodle Run. This is an annual fundraising event for the American Lung Association which is an organization focused on improving lung health and preventing lung disease. This kid and family friendly event was held on City Island - rain or shine. Drawing over 300 runners including men, women, adults, kids, the barefooted, and the sneakered, this event proved to be popular among a diverse crowd.

    The Kids Noodle Fun Run kicked off the running portion of the evening. Over 30 enthusiastic kids ran the mile loop City Island. Some were garbed in super hero gear, some were accompanied by adults, but all had smiles on their faces as they crossed the finish line. Watching and listening to these parents yelling words of encouragement to their young kids was definitely a highlight for me! These are 5k runners in the making! 

Children starting the Harrisburg Noodle Run 2014Harrisburg American Lung Association Kids Noodle Run 2014 Mother encouraging young daughetr in mile race. Sweet Encouragement Children running in the Harrisburg Noodle Run 2014Kiddos in Mid-Air

      The Pasta 5k Run began 20 minutes after the Kids Noodle Run.  The course for these runners involved running the loop around City Island, going across the Walnut Street walking bridge, running along the Susquehanna River, and finish back across the bridge. Luckily for these runners the rain continued to hold off and there was a slight chill to the air. I would imagine that this type of weather is perfect for runners. (It definitely was not ideal for the photographer!) With a quick explanation from Pretzel City Sports, the race management group, the runners were off! Overall I was impressed by the number of children, young adults, and fur family members who participated in this race.   The start of the Harrisburg Pasta 5k RunHarrisburg Pasta 5k Run The Beginning of the Harrisburg Pasta 5k RunGoing around the bend Harrisburg Pasta 5k Run across the Walnut Street bridgeRunning across the Walnut Street Bridge Dogs participate in the Harrisburg Pasta 5k RunFur Family Pasta 5K Runners Two sisters running the Harrisburg Pasta 5K togetherSisters running together

Older Gentleman participates in the Harrisburg Pasta 5k Run 2014No Age Limit Barefoot woman runs the Pasta 5K run 2014Barefoot runner!

         At the conclusion of the race, a pasta dinner donated by Olive Garden was served to all participants and family members. Afterward the winners of the race were announced. Of course these competitive races have winners, but I think all the runners won something! I personally enjoyed watching the camaraderie among the families, friends, and fellow participants.  Thank you so much to Tiffani for inviting me to take photos of this great event.  Awards for the Pasta 5k Run And the winners are!

 

 

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Family Portraits | A Family that Laughs Together https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/6/a-family-that-laughs-together A Family that Laughs Together

    I receive many requests to donate photography packages to local charities. Because I love giving back to the community and since I can accomplish this with my photography, I usually donate a one-hour photo session. Through these donations I have met some wonderful people! This past weekend I had the chance to meet Rob, Heather, their adorable children and their regal German Shepherd. Since Rob and Heather like to have pictures taken every two years of their family and it was about that time, they took a chance and bid on my photography package that was being auctioned at the American Lung Association's Gala. I couldn't have asked for a lovelier or happier family to photograph!  I would say we were all winners of the ALA auction! Welcome to our outdoor family session. Thank you to Rob and Heather for their generous donation to ALA

Outdoor portrait of a couple and their two children. Outdoor Portrait of a Family of Four

      The best part of this photo session was the children - of course! With varying moods and varying degrees of shyness, working with children can be very difficult. Good thing I'm a big kid at heart with copious amounts of patience! Heather had mentioned that they preferred candid photographs of their kids rather than the posed ones which was great news for me. Photo sessions work best when the kids are very comfortable with their environment. If kids are allowed to run around and be themselves, the photographs will appear more natural.  

      Additionally, it was fun to learn that both kids were gymnasts which meant that they were fearless with oodles of energy!  Both of which make for a fun photo session for me. This was first time that I had kids who climbed trees, jumped on a trampoline, and did cart wheels and handstands like mini-sized Olympians. In the end I learned the best photographs come from a family that can laugh and have fun together. I got the best, joyful smiles in this session (even from Bailey the German Shepherd). 

Two kids swinging on a tire swing in an outdoor portraitKids on a Tire Swing

Outdoor Portrait of 2 Children Hanging from a TreeLittle Monkeys Hanging from the Tree

Outdoor portrait of a family jumping on a trampolineJumping on a trampoline Outdoor portrait of a 7 year old girl sitting on a benchBeautiful Young Lady Outdoor portrait of a four year old boyFour Year Old Portrait

Outdoor portrait of a brother and sister. Brother and Sister 'Tude Outdoor Portrait 15 year old German ShepherdBailey the German Shepherd Outdoor Portrait Family of Four on a Tire SwingFamily of Four on a Tire Swing

       

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) children family portraits outdoor family portraits outdoor portrait family children portraits" https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/6/a-family-that-laughs-together Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:15:04 GMT
Event Photography | How much is too much Zumba? https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/5/how-much-is-too-much-zumba How much is too much Zumba?

    One of the perks of photography is the awesome people I get to meet along the way! What's great is that I can meet a potential client just about anywhere. For me being a photographer means I need to keep in tip-top shape. (Where is this going? I know you're wondering. I promise I have a point!) If I were to count how many squats or lunges I do in one photo session, I would probably surprise a lot of people - including myself! To help keep up with my fitness and to keep my mind from getting bored, I hopped on the Zumba train. And I have loved every minute of it!

    Through these classes I have met such wonderful people including Adrienne Thoman, a local South Central PA Zumba instructor. Adrienne has so much energy I bet she could outlast the Energizer bunny! Not only is she a firecracker during Zumba class, she carries that inspiration outside of class by supporting a number of charitable causes. How in the world does she balance a full-time job, Zumba classes, and all of her charitable causes? She is certainly someone to look up to!

    When Adrienne had mentioned she was hosting a Zumbathon for ALS. My first thought was - what the heck is a Zumbathon? For those of you who don't know, it's a two hour marathon of Zumba taught by a variety of instructors. Yikes! When I learned that Adrienne was holding this Zumbathon to raise money for a family member who lost his battle with ALS, I couldn't help but donate to her cause.  

    With everything I do I try to come up with a lesson or a takeaway. I learned that the community of Zumba instructors are tightly knit and very supportive. If you entered the Zumbathon in a bad mood, you were not leaving in a bad mood, but you were definitely leaving sweaty! We ended up raising $400 towards #TeamPerry that evening. It was worth all the sweat and sore muscles! So how much is too much Zumba? I can't say there will ever be too much. Here are some photographs from this fun event! 

 

Group picture before the Zumbathon began at Progress Fitness. Zumbathon for ALS 2014 Two Zumba Instructors standing back to back in the studio. Zumba Instructors - Kim and Pam 2 Zumba Instructors standing back to back in front of the studio mirrors. Two Zumba Instructors

During a break the Zumba instructors and participants posed. Zumba Instructors and Participants The ladies of Zumba dancing to the beat. Swing Your Hips! Zumba Instructors showing off their #TeamPerry tshirts. Zumba Instructors Supporting #TeamPerry Zumba instructors standing with their arms around each other Zumbathon Instructors

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Event Photography | Supporting Dress for Success' Annual 5k Power Walk https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/5/supporting-dress-for-success-annual-5k-power-walk Dress for Success' Annual 5K Power Walk

      Throughout the year I receive many requests to donate my photography services to charitable causes. Giving back to the community is certainly one of my top priorities and I would love to be able to contribute to every cause. Sadly, like for everybody, time is a commodity and it's tough to be able to participate in every cause. Fortunately my schedule worked out that I could donate my time to the Dress for Success of South Central Pennsylvania's Annual 5k Power Walk event held in Hershey, Pennsylvania.     

    The mission of Dress for Success is to assist disadvantaged women by providing profession attire, support, and career developmental tools. In South Central Pennsylvania, they serve over 7,000 women. What an accomplishment!  If you are unfamiliar with this organization, you can learn more details on the Dress for Success site.

   This year marked the first time the organization add a timed 5k run. Along with the timed 5k run and non-timed 5k walk, the family event included yoga, Zumba, face painting, free food, and massages. We even had appearances by the Hershey's Candy Bar and the Harrisburg Senator's mascot, Rascal! Have you ever seen a candy bar do Zumba? Well you're in for a treat!  I was honored to be asked to photograph this wonderful event. We ended up having a day with beautiful weather and great turn out.  

     If you're interested in donating to this worthwhile cause, please check out their website or just come to the next 5k event next year! 

The start of the Power walk for Dress for Success. Power Walk - Dress for Success

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) charity dress for success power walk event photography power walk south central pa dress for success https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/5/supporting-dress-for-success-annual-5k-power-walk Sun, 18 May 2014 21:22:21 GMT
Family Portrait Session | Spring Giveaway https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/5/spring-giveaway-family-portrait-session Spring Giveaway Family Portrait Session

       Who doesn't love a giveaway, especially a mini-portrait session? I couldn't have asked for a cuter or happier family for my Spring Giveaway than Jessica and Jaime's family. Jessica came up with a great setting for our portrait session - a creek in Goldsboro, Pennsylvania. The kiddos were already familiar with the location which was great since that meant they were comfortable and ready for pictures! By the time I arrived, they were already hurling rocks into the creek! I knew this was going to be a fun session.    

Family portrait with the 4 children standing in the front and the 2 parents standing in the back. A Fun Family of 6

         When you have four children and a finite time limit, it's always best to have a photo shoot list in mind. I had mapped out a photo list ahead of time that had a variety of combinations of children, parents, and children with parents. Even though the thirty minutes breezed by very quickly, I managed to get every photograph I had intended.     

An 11 year old with her 12 year old sister. Sisterly Love A 4 year old hugging his 6 year old brother in a portraitBrotherly Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

Another thing to keep in mind is little boys in this age range (4-6 years old) tend to have an extremely short attention span. In order to keep everyone happy, try to get the photographs with the littlest ones in first and then focus on the older family members. This photograph was taken towards the end of the photo session. I lucked out that they would still pose for me! Next time, I'll be sure to photograph the younger ones first!     

 

A beautiful mother with her daughters portrait. Mom and Daughters A portrait of a father with his 6 year old and 4 year old son at a creek. A father and his sons

Mother and Daughter portrait by a creek. A Mother's Love A portrait of a married couple standing by a creek. Beautiful Marriage    

Thank you very much to Jessica and Jamie for signing up for my giveaway! I had a great deal of fun. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to capture your happily ever after! Stay tuned for the next giveaway. I look forward to meeting a new family and capturing your story. 

Family portrait by the creek displaying a "Our Happily Ever After" sign Our Happily Ever After A spring family portrait of 6 members by a creek. A Family of 6

 

 

  

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Family Portrait | Funny Faces and Patience https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/4/funny-faces-and-patience-a-family-session      Funny Faces and Patience: A Family Session

     Whenever people find out that I take photographs of families and children, the initial reaction is wonderment. I suppose convincing a toddler to stay still during a photo session is like wrangling a cat. Well, I must enjoy wrangling cats because I love working with kids. Copious amounts of patience and funny faces go a long way. But what about the shy kids, you ask? The key to photographing shy kids is to give them time. I know, I know, but what about the schedule? Rushing through a photo session with screaming children has never been my idea of a successful photo session. Making time and being patient not only eliminates your frustration as the photographer, but also puts the family at ease.

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to catch up with a family that I had photographed last spring. Oh my has time flown by! Mikey is now a walking and giggling little boy with tons of personality. But with all that personality comes a bit of shyness. Giving Mikey his space and letting him warm up to me was the key to this photo session. It also doesn't hurt to play peak-a-boo for a few minutes! To give Mikey time to get comfortable with me, we started with taking photographs of Claudia who is expecting a baby boy this summer! We had a wonderful time getting some beautiful creative belly shots. By the time we finished with Claudia, Mikey was ready for his close up!

     I had a wonderful afternoon spending time with Claudia, Mike, and Mikey. I am super excited to meet their newest addition this spring. Welcome to our afternoon family and maternity photo session! 

Family of Three Spring Portrait SessionFamily Portrait Session in Collegeville, PA

Maternity Portrait with Alphabet BlocksAlphabet Blocks Maternity Photo Pregnant Belly Portrait Pregnant Belly Photograph

Family of 3 spring portraitFamily of 3 Spring Portrait Big Brother portraitBIg Brother Portrait Becoming a Big Brother PortraitBecoming a Big Brother Portrait Floral Maternity PortraitMaternity Portrait Session

Maternity PortraitMaternity Portrait Session Waiting for Baby Portrait One year old black and white portraitOne year old portrait

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) family portrait session family portraits maternity portrait sessions maternity portraits https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/4/funny-faces-and-patience-a-family-session Wed, 30 Apr 2014 02:54:37 GMT
Family Portraits | . . .And Baby Makes Four! https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/4/-and-baby-makes-four . . .And Baby Makes Four! 

     As an on location photographer I am used to traveling many miles for photo sessions. I really do enjoy the element of surprise by going to new locations and meeting new people! However, I also enjoy when the location is right here in South Central Pennsylvania. I am truly honored that Danielle and Bill, who were in town from Nevada visiting family, requested a family photo session with me! With their short window of availability and my packed schedule, it should have been harder to schedule a time. I guess it was meant to be!

Outdoor family portrait with a one year old girl Family of 3

     

Since Danielle and Bill live in Nevada, the time difference was a substantial factor in scheduling this photo session. For me it's all about working around the kiddos' schedules. A happy baby equals happy parents. Happy parents + happy baby = happy photographer. We originally had planned for an afternoon schedule, but Ellie had other plans in mind. Instead we moved it to late morning which turned out to be an auspicious decision in the end. Not only were we contending with a jet lagged one and half year old, we were also contending with mother nature who had plans of her own. 

 

Portrait of a One year old, Ellie, in her red wagon.Ellie and her Red Wagon       

Maternity photo with alphabet blocks spelling out girl

      All in all we had a wonderful photo session celebrating the impending arrival of their newest addition and Ellie's promotion to big sister! I couldn't have asked for a more gracious and lovely mother-to-be. Danielle was very patient and more importantly she was game to try anything! By looking at her you wouldn't guess that she was almost seven months along. 

 

     Despite the constantly changing light due to mother nature's forecast for rain and the potential crankiness of a sleepy one year old, I had a fun time with this beautiful family. I always try to learn something from each of my photo sessions. The lesson that I learned from this photo session is: nap time is essential! Even though my photographic eye is telling me to schedule around golden hour, it's best to work around a child's nap time. 

 

     Many thanks to Danielle, Bill, and Ellie for sharing this moment in their lives! Enjoy the rest of the photos with Danielle, Bill, and Ellie. Welcome to our outdoor family session at Messiah College! 

      

Father and daughter portrait at Messiah CollegeFather and daughter portrait

Husband and Pregnant Wife Portrait on a suspended bridgeMaternity portrait

Father holding laughing daughter in the air.Father and Daughter Playtime

Ellie is going to be a big sister in July! Ellie's Promotion to Big Sister Family of Three posing by the creek.Family of Three by the Yellow Breeches Creek

Maternity Portrait with Alphabet blocks that spell out girlMaternity Portrait

Mom and Dad are pulling a little red wagon with their daughter.Baby in a Wagon

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Easter Eggs, Bunnies, and Horses - Oh my! https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/4/easter-eggs-bunnies-and-horses---oh-my Easter Eggs, Bunnies, and Horses - Oh my! 

     The best part of being an on location photographer is I never know where I'll be next! One day I'm touring a mansion converted into an office space, the next day I'm meeting the owner of a local coffee shop, and then the next day I'm photographing a 3 year old. They say variety is the spice of life. For me it's the element of surprise and the variety that makes photography so enjoyable.

     This past weekend I was honored to take photographs of Norah and her beautiful family. Having met this charming cherub when she was a tiny little newborn, it was awesome to see how much she's grown over these past 6 months. What a cutie!! Not only did I get to spend time with Tiffany, Rob, and Miss Norah, but I also got to see some beautiful horses. 

    Tiffany did a wonderful job in selecting a location for our photo session. If you've never heard of Carousel Park and Equestrian Farm (located in Wilmington, Delaware), look it up! It's every little girl's dream.....okay maybe it's my dream! As we turned into the park I couldn't help but squeal with delight at seeing all the white fences and galloping horses. I knew instantly the park would be the perfect backdrop for our Easter themed portrait session. Tiffany even mentioned that she could see the creative wheels in my head turning!! We couldn't have asked for a better location or better weather. Many thanks to Tiffany and Rob! I enjoyed every minute. 

     Welcome to our Easter themed family portrait session! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) 6 month old baby equestrian family farm horses portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/4/easter-eggs-bunnies-and-horses---oh-my Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:51:54 GMT
Turning One: Tutus and a Cupcake https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/4/turning-one-tutus-and-a-cupcake Turning One: Tutus & a Cupcake

     Why do I love one year old portraits you ask? I love sweets, specifically cake. I mean who doesn't love cake?? And, I also love surprises. With one year olds, you never know what you're going to get. It's a surprise each and every time! Cora, the a-Cora-ble (how cute is that!), is celebrating her one year milestone this month. She's a pint-sized package with a big personality and that meant a a fun-filled photo session was ahead! 

     What I enjoy most about these portrait sessions is the creative ideas that parents have for the sessions. I love coming up with ideas, but sessions are more fun when the parents are equally involved. The first question I always ask parents when they are interested in booking sessions is what ideas do you have? The collaboration turns a good photo session into a fantastic one!

     Cora's mom decided to go with a tutu themed photo session and I was thrilled to see all the girly details! Check out the photos from our session below! Welcome and enjoy! 

 

Pigtailed girl celebrating turning one wearing mommy's heels and blue sparkly tutu. All Grown Up at One Year Old

 

How about some cake?? The best part about one year old portraits is the part where we all get messy and smash cakes! 

Pigtailed girl celebrates turning one by smashing a cupcake with her small hands. Cupcake Smash in a Pink Tutu Celebrating turning one with a cupcake, balloons, and a pink tutu. My Dainty Cupcake Covered Hands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time for some family portraits. Cora knows she's the star! 

Adorable pigtailed girl in a blue tutu stealing the limelight in the family portrait.Adorable One Year Stealing the Spotlight This is a family that knows how to have fun together.

Casual family portrait taken on the parents bed. Beautiful family portrait.

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) baby session one year old one year old portrait portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/4/turning-one-tutus-and-a-cupcake Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:38:39 GMT
50 Years of Wedded Bliss https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/1/50-years-of-wedded-bliss 50 Years of Wedded Bliss

     Capturing life's celebrations is one of the best parts of being behind the lens. I get to see the joy, the surprise, the excitement, and the love during various milestones of life. Sometimes I even get so swept up in the touching moments that I find myself crying along with everyone else. This is the case at Vi and Curt's 50th Anniversary celebration! With so much love in the room, it was hard not to to be enveloped and carried away in their happiness.

     The room was filled with many personal mementos from the couple's wedding day. The most impressive piece was Vi's wedding dress which was on display at the front of the room! Many guests remarked on the tiny waist of the dress. Another beautiful touch was a display of the wedding vows they took 50 years ago. Transporting us back to that day, the couple also provided an album of the pictures, the guest book, and the marriage certificate. The couple even cut their cake with the cake knife they used on their wedding day. Considering that Vi and Curt have moved so much in their lives, it was impressive all of these items from their wedding day. Relive this special day with us in the following photos!

 

The Original Wedding Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the lovely cake with its baker - Dottie! She even made delicious and beautiful cupcakes with fondant doves. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renewal of the Vows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pastor that married them 50 years ago! 

A Barbershop Quartet, Razzmatazz, was part of the evening's entertainment. The grandchildren also serenaded their grandparents with a song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Extended Family

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) 50th wedding anniversary celebration event party wedding https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/1/50-years-of-wedded-bliss Sat, 04 Jan 2014 23:31:50 GMT
The More the Merrier! https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/1/the-more-the-merrier The More the Merrier!

     Two words: Family portraits - I can see the eye rolling and whining begin. "How long do I have to stand here?" "When will it be my turn?" "Do I have to smile?" "Are we done yet?" With a mix of personalities, varying levels of patience, and the different combinations of group posing, it's easy to see how family portrait sessions can get out of hand. All of this can be resolved if you go into these portrait sessions with a positive, fun attitude and a game plan. For this family portrait, I had 16 family members. That's right - 16! I was very fortunate that Roy, the brother-in-law, had graciously put together a list of requested photos. This helped us zip through the different combinations of posing family members. I want to thank the Nissly family for having me take pictures during this special time and most importantly for being so patient and laughing with me throughout the session. I couldn't have asked for a better group! Welcome to our session. 

The Nissly family

The centerpieces of the family are Vi and Curt who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year! What a treat that their children and their families were able to celebrate with them.

 

Here are the children of Curt and VI! They were a very lovely group of people. Christian Life Assembly Church provided a great background for our photo sessions. However the lighting proved to be pretty difficult. We either had low tungsten lighting or we had no lighting whatsoever. Learning to work with the existing light was a fun challenge. I took most of the photos with a 35mm prime lens.  

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) children family family portraits portrait session siblings https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2014/1/the-more-the-merrier Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:09:34 GMT
Giggles and Hand Warmers https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/11/giggles-and-hand-warmers Giggles and Hand Warmers

 

    My favorite place to photograph is the outdoors.  I like the challenge of different lighting, finding different backdrops, and the wide open space. Not to mention the outdoors is perfect for the kiddos to run around which also means getting great candids! Mother nature decided to throw a wrench in my weekend plans.  

     Looking out the window it was a perfect partly cloudy day - just enough light and not too harsh. I was getting super excited and then I looked at the thermometer and realized it was only going to be 40 degrees ...and windy! My outdoor session was going to be a challenge. Many questions came to mind. How do I keep everyone's energy up while they are freezing? How do I get the kids to cooperate when they just want to huddle up in their jackets? What's the most efficient way to take the photos and still be creative? Will my camera be able to handle the cold temperature? Good thing I was up to the challenge!  Armed with hand warmers and a pre-planned list of photos to achieve, I was ready to tackle this outdoor photo session with this extended family of 12. Welcome to our outdoor session! 

 

 

 

 

     

     By looking at these photos you would never guess that it's 40°F outside! While I was concerned about the cold temperature and the wind, I had forgotten how far laughter and fun attitudes go. I truly lucked out with this family and their good humor. With a lot of laughter going around we were able to get some beautiful (and fun!) photos. 

 

 

 

 

 

Bringing the Grandparents to the center. 

    All of the kids did a wonderful job! I couldn't have asked for a better group of kids. They adore their grandparents and you can tell in this photograph. It didn't take a ton of convincing to get them to huddle in a group hug. Did I mention it was cold? 

 

Nothing compares to sisters laughing together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt and Becky with their adorable family. Look at all that sass! 

Chris and April with their adorable kids. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Individual portraits of the kids. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) extended family family kids outdoor session portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/11/giggles-and-hand-warmers Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:30:59 GMT
Family Portraits at Valley Forge National Historical Park https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/11/family-portraits-at-valley-forge-national-historical-park Family Portraits at Valley Forge National Historical Park

     For me planning outdoor family sessions during autumn involves a great deal of fingers crossing. The unpredictability of autumn weather could mean weeks of rain, mild weather, or even an early snowfall. Each time I add a photo session to my November calendar I always cross my fingers for a beautiful day! This past weekend the weather gods were kind and we had a perfect mild, sunny afternoon at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

     I met Krista and Cliff's beautiful family at Washington's Memorial Chapel at the park. The Cloisters of the Colonies provided a beautiful backdrop for our photo session, as well as a lovely playground for their energetic 4-year and 1-year old sons. The autumn hues of orange, reds, and yellows added a pop of color to the photos. I couldn't have asked for a prettier day or a lovelier family. Thank you so much to Krista and Cliff! Welcome to our session at Valley Forge National Historical Park! 

 

Ben was full of energy and curiosity! I wish I had as much energy! He was also a perfect model. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have yet to meet a little boy who doesn't love to be thrown into the air by his Dad. Matthew was having a gigglefest in the air! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had the perfect golden light in this picture of Krista and Cliff.

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) fall family family photo session portrait valley forge national park https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/11/family-portraits-at-valley-forge-national-historical-park Tue, 19 Nov 2013 04:33:35 GMT
A Rockin' 1st Birthday https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/11/a-rockin-1st-birthday A Rockin' 1st Birthday

    When it comes to first birthday parties parents tend to go all out! From the cake to the decorations to the food, no expense is spared. The center of all these parties is the theme. I've seen them all - from the cutesy to the modern. With super cool parents like Cozette and Jeff, I knew that Enzo's first birthday party would have a fun theme. And I was right! Welcome to Enzo's Rockin 1st birthday party!

 

 

With a Rock 'n Roll theme, the guitar was the perfect idea for a cake! 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff and Cozette with their one year old cutie. 

 

Enzo is so fancy. He even had his very own cut out of the number one! 

 

Smash cake! 

 

 

 

 

 

Not only is Enzo fortunate to have such fun and loving parents, he is also surrounded by five aunts! How lucky is he to have five awesome aunts and a doting grandmother?! He may not be super pleased in this picture, but one day he'll appreciate all of them.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful family after a successful party. Happy Birthday, Enzo! 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) 1st birthday birthday birthday party children family one year old portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/11/a-rockin-1st-birthday Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:53:46 GMT
Rocking Chair, Teddy Bears, and Puffs https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/10/rocking-chair-teddy-bears-and-puffs Rocking Chair, Teddy Bears, and Puffs

     What does it take to keep a one year old happy during a photo session? For Reagan, it's her dad's childhood rocking chair, her mom's teddy bears, and a handful of puff snacks. What makes a one year old grumpy? Keeping them confined to one spot for too long!

     Photographing children certainly has its challenges. How do I get them to look at the camera? How do I get them to smile pretty? How do I get them to sit still? Throughout all these sessions I have learned you have to throw the expectations out the window. Certainly I would love to get that huge smile, but sometimes the child just doesn't feel like smiling and it's okay!  Going with the flow and letting the photography organically develop is what works best for me. Patience is absolutely key. 

     I had taken Reagan's eight month photos just months prior. What a difference five months make! During her eight month photo shoot, Reagan sat prettily and smiled hugely for her parents. Now at over one year old, she was ready to run around and get into everything. Sit still for five minutes? Forget it! For this photo session, I chased after Reagan and patiently waited for the perfect shots. We did eventually get that elusive smile and Reagan got a belly full of puffs. I think we both won in the end. Here are the photos from her session! Thanks so much to Rita and Mike for having me taking pictures of their beautiful granddaughter.

"Rocky-Rock" 

 

"Stair Climber"

 

"I love Puffs!" 

 

"A CoverGirl Moment"

 

   

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) baby central pa one year old portrait toddler https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/10/rocking-chair-teddy-bears-and-puffs Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:35:30 GMT
Fall Giveaway Session https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/10/fall-giveaway-session Fall Giveaway Session

     Autumn is my favorite time of year for taking photographs. From the golden colored leaves to the orangey pumpkins and brightly hued mums, the colors are ideal for portraits. This is why I decided to have my first giveaway this fall. The lucky winner of the drawing was Leanne and her lovely family!

     Leanne is a HUGE fan of Halloween and enjoys Autumn as much as I do! Having never experienced one of these sessions, Leanne was a little nervous about the details (e.g What to wear? Where to go?). With a little brainstorming, we worked out all the details and came up with some beautiful photos of Leanne's favorite little pumpkin and her family. Here are some of the photos from their outdoor session! 

"Leanne's Little Pumpkin"

"And baby makes three!" 

 

 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) baby family outdoor portrait photo session portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/10/fall-giveaway-session Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:33:20 GMT
Norah - the Sleeping Beauty https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/10/norah---the-sleeping-beauty Norah - the Sleeping Beauty

 Even though photographing newborns can be super tricky, these are among my favorite kinds of sessions. Meeting first time parents is always a delight. Some are frazzled with their new schedule and some are already well-oiled machines.  Tiffany and Rob are the ladder. Absolutely smitten with their baby girl, Norah, they were ecstatic to have photos taken of their sleeping beauty. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiffany had some great ideas in mind. Seeing as it's the beginning of autumn, Tiffany wanted to make sure that we captured the golden hues of the leaves. We had perfect fall like weather - crisp, pleasant, and plenty of sunshine. Norah took to the outdoors and the sunshine like a little sunflower. We couldn't have asked for better weather or a happier newborn! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We wrapped up our session with a few more photos indoors. Tiffany and Rob worked incredibly hard to put this beautiful nursery together for their love bug. With the yellow and gray color scheme and personal touches like Grammy's newborn cards in the frame, Norah has a lovely peaceful sanctuary to grow up in. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And one last photo of our session! Thanks to Tiffany and Rob for having me capture these precious moments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) baby delaware newborn newborn portrait portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/10/norah---the-sleeping-beauty Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:11:01 GMT
An Apple Orchard Engagement https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/10/an-apple-orchard-engagement An Apple Orchard Engagement 

 

Have you ever found yourself taking pictures of a surprise engagement? No? Just something that happens to me :-)? Since surprises are rare in life, imagine my delight to be a part of this special moment in Greta and Matt's lives. One minute we were picking apples and the next minute Matt was on his knee proposing. Wait, I'm getting ahead of myself!! 

The Happy Couple - Greta and Matt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greta's birthday is usually an elaborate affair which involves a train ride to an apple orchard an hour north of New York City. Participants are required to follow a certain dress code, which includes wearing items such as stripes, polka dots, plaid, argyle, 3 items of one color, and much more. The guest of honor even makes homemade cupcakes for all the revelers. This year the flavors included FunFetti, Chai Tea, Snickerdoodle, and Nutella. This year it was extra special since Greta was celebrating the big 3-0. Of course Matt made it even more memorable by giving her the best present. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did it all go down? Our adventure to the apple orchard was coming to a close. I had asked the couple if they wanted a picture under an apple tree to commemorate her 30th birthday. They carefully picked out a pretty apple tree and got ready to pose. Just as I thought we were finished, Matt got down on one knee, presenting the ring to Greta and said, "Keep it together....Will you marry me?" Of course she said yes and the celebrations began. Congratulations again to the happy couple! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) apple apples engagement engagement portrait orchard portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/10/an-apple-orchard-engagement Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:27:57 GMT
"After Dark Booze Cruise" with SaraBozich.com https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/9/after-dark-booze-cruise-with-sarabozich-com "After Dark Booze Cruise" with SaraBozich.com

      It's the end of summer and what better way to commemorate it than to hop aboard the Pride of Susquehanna  for one of SaraBozich.com's After Dark Booze Cruises. Sara does an amazing job of putting together these events. Before we set sail on the Pride of Susquehanna, we pre-partied with the W&L Sales Company who provided Lagunitas beer samples, Alter Ego brewing company who provided samples of their own brew, and Southern Wine who provided some delicious wine samples. Kelly greeted each of us with our very own Swag bag which contained a party lei, tickets to a future event at The Vineyard of Hershey, and other goodies.

     The partied continued aboard the Pride where we drank and danced the night away. DJ Cashmere knew exactly what to play to keep the party going. In addition to the awesome music and the beautiful views of the Susquehanna, Sara also gave away a ton of freebies which included a gift cards to restaurants, spas, and bottles of wine. A great time was had by all! You can check out all the revelry below! 

 

 

 

 

Our hostess and her team: Sara Bozich.

 

Getting ready to board the Pride of Susquehanna! Sara is ready to great all the party goers and hand out tickets for the drawings.

 

It was a gorgeous night on the Susquehanna River. DJ Cashmere had the crowd dancing with his tunes.
The bartenders did an excellent job keeping up with the rowdy booze cruisers. What a fantastic night!

 

 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) beer booze cruise event samples sarabozich.com wine https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/9/after-dark-booze-cruise-with-sarabozich-com Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:53:00 GMT
A Sunny Day in the Park https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/9/a-sunny-day-in-the-park A Sunny Day in the Park!

      My favorite kind of day is full of sun, blue skies, and wisps of white clouds. I couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day to frolic in the park with Nikki, Joe, and their 2 adorable kids! With water fountains, walking bridges, tall reeds, flowers in bloom, and willow trees, the park was the perfect setting for this photo session. Both of the kids seemed to be in good spirits which is always a plus during family photo sessions. Photographing kids takes a great deal of patience and sometimes luck. Keep that camera ready because you'll never know when you're going to get that cheeky smile!

      For this photo session I was sure to bring a step stool, a couple of diffusers, my trusty 50mm, and some extra props. Here are some of the photos that I captured from our day in the park! Enjoy!

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) children family kids parents park portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/9/a-sunny-day-in-the-park Mon, 09 Sep 2013 14:56:54 GMT
A Day in the Arboretum at Penn State University https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/8/a-day-in-the-arboretum-at-penn-state-university A Day in the Arboretum at PSU

    One of my favorite places to explore and photograph is an arboretum and/ or botanic garden. With the variety of plants and flowers, there is always something that catches my eye. Not to mention who can pass up the relaxing atmosphere! Today I was accompanied by Terri and her lovely family. Isabella, who is just taking her first steps, is such a cutie pie. Getting a smile out of Isabella wasn't an easy task this day, but it was worth it in the end! I hope you enjoy the pictures from our day exploring the botanic gardens. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) arboretum baby event family penn state university portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/8/a-day-in-the-arboretum-at-penn-state-university Sun, 04 Aug 2013 15:04:45 GMT
The Art of Horticulture https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/7/the-art-of-horticulture The Art of Horticulture

      Gardening is a fascinating subject to me! Mainly because I am absolutely terrible at it. My mother, aunts, and my sister have always had a knack for this green thumb business. I, on the other hand, have embraced my black thumb status and have grown an appreciation for those that can grow anything! This weekend I learned all about organic farming at Firefly Hills Farm. 

      Sarah, the owner and operator of Firefly Hills Farm, gave me the grand tour of their farm. By the looks of it you wouldn't believe that this is the first year. Even though she mainly has been focusing on test beds, she has seen great success with her experiments. From watermelons to tomatoes to beans to leeks to flower, Sarah has the talent to grow just about anything. All of which are grown pesticide or chemical free. Here are some of the pictures from my trip to her farm! 

 

One perfect tomato!

Beautiful Dahlia flower. 

 

Delicious Leeks & Herbs.

 

                 

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beginnings of a watermelon!

 

Kidney Beans and Tomatillos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackberries are almost ripe for pickin'! The next step in the process is canning. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah and her adorable family. 

 

Little Eva is an adorable farmer in training! 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) baby family farm horticulture organic portrait vegetables https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/7/the-art-of-horticulture Wed, 31 Jul 2013 03:49:04 GMT
A "Very Hungry Caterpillar" Birthday https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/6/a-very-hungry-caterpillar-birthday A "Very Hungry Caterpillar" Birthday 

      Turning one has to be one of the most stressful times in a child's life. Good heavens you have all these people singing at you, staring at you as you play with wrapping paper, and cheering you on to eat a massive piece of cake. So. Much. Pressure! Parents are also stressed out because they want to make the best possible memories for their child, as well as family and friends. The best part of photographing these events is I get to help relieve some of that stress on the day. Instead of worrying about capturing the important moments, parents and family can actually just be in them! 

     I had the honor of photographing Ian's one year old birthday party this past weekend. What an adorable kid! His parents, Jen and Andrew, went with the cutest theme - The Very Hungry Caterpillar. From the cupcakes to the decorations to the games, it was all about the caterpillar and it was fantastic!! Kudos to Jen for putting it all together! Happy Birthday, Ian! 

The delicious birthday cake and cupcakes. 

 

The Dessert Table.

 

Dressed in his finest garb - bow tie and suspenders! 

Ian's first year in pictures. 

The birthday boy's chair.

 

Turning one is hard! 

Sampling his birthday cake with no hands! 

Getting some help from dad.

 

The birthday boy and his parents. 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) birthday caterpillar event one year old party https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/6/a-very-hungry-caterpillar-birthday Sun, 30 Jun 2013 23:17:07 GMT
Spirits + Sushi with Sara https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/6/spirits-sushi-with-sara Spirits + Sushi Night at Fusion Fire with Sara

     SaraBozich.com put together a night of sushi and spirits at one of our local favorite sushi restaurants.  Who doesn't love sushi and spirits, especially organic spirits!? My friend and I RSVP'd early to this sold out event and we were not disappointed! Thanks to Sara Bozich, Fusion Fire Asian Restaurant, and Keystone State Wine & Spirits for having this awesome event. I can't wait for the next one! 

Our hostess for the evening the fabulous Sara Bozich Surra.

 

Our first pairing - Mango Salad with Prevu (an organic French sparkling liqueur).

The salad was crisp, light, and refreshing! Perfect complement to dry tasting French sparkling liqueur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second pairing - choice of sushi roll with Hibiscus Margarita. The margaritas were very tasty, but kind of strong!

(Made with IXA Silver tequila, FRUITLAB hibiscus liqueur, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar and BAR KEEP Swedish bitters.)

Our tasty cocktails were served to us by Jamie!

 

 

These delicious cocktails were provided by Keystone State Wine & Spirits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third pairing:

Our choice of entree (Spicy Basil Fried Rice with Shrimp, Chicken and Beef, Vietnamese Beef, or Mango Shrimp) and Jasmine Lemonade. This was our favorite liquor drink of the night!

(Made with Tru Organic Lemon Vodka, FRUITLAB Jasmine Liqueur and pineapple juice.)

A couple of photos of our fellow sushi and spirits revelers.

 

 

Thanks again to Sara and Fusion Fire Asian Restaurant for hosting the event!

Here is Sara with her husband, Andy Surra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) event keystone organic sara bozich spirits sushi wine https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/6/spirits-sushi-with-sara Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:23:28 GMT
A Vision in Pink https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/6/a-vision-in-pink A Vision in Pink

Having a nephew means cars, trucks, and trains ALL the time! I love my nephew and I love getting down in the dirt with him, but sometimes you just need the girly things in life. Who doesn't love pictures of pretty bows, soft pink blankets, and pink dresses?? Taken in the late afternoon light, here are a few pictures from the session with Baby Lily and her loving parents, Katie & Benn.

 

 

Overjoyed with the arrival of their baby girl, Katie and Benn are already wonderful parents who are smitten!

Benn and his beautiful ladies. Benn, you're outnumbered here!

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) baby family portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/6/a-vision-in-pink Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:24:28 GMT
An Old Hollywood Night of Glam https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/5/an-old-hollywood-night-of-glam An Old Hollywood Night of Glam

        The Lake House Inn was the perfect venue for this old Hollywood themed wedding. The effervescent bride could barely contain her happiness and joy to be marrying the love of her life. The groom, aka Daniel Craig, looked dashing in his white tuxedo as he waited for his bride to join him at the altar. It was a movie worthy moment! In true Hollywood fashion, in lieu of a guestbook the bride and groom had set up a Step and Repeat (aka red carpet) for guests. I had the honor of capturing all the glamorous guests of the night! It was truly a fun experience. Congratulations to the bride and groom! 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) and carpet glam red repeat step wedding https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/5/an-old-hollywood-night-of-glam Sun, 05 May 2013 12:56:22 GMT
How Time Flies! https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/5/how-time-flies How Time Flies!

     Funny how time flies when you're having fun! You blink and over a decade has passed since the last time you've seen your Alma Mater! Today I had a family portrait session that was in the same town as my Alma Mater - Ursinus College. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to walk back under the gateway and explore the campus where I spent four great years! 

 

     After walking around campus and realizing that everything had changed, I was off to my family portrait session with Mike, Claudia and their adorable son, Mikey. Poor little Mikey is suffering through four new teeth coming in, but he was a trooper! It took a little bit to get this little guy to smile. (Can you blame him?!) When he finally smiled, I can see why his parents are so smitten with him. Time flies with these young ones and I am honored that Mike and Claudia asked me to capture the current chapter of their lives! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) baby family portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/5/how-time-flies Sat, 04 May 2013 23:18:31 GMT
A Wonderful Family and its Wonder Dog! https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/4/a-wonderful-family-and-its-wonder-dog A Wonderful Family and its Wonder Dog

     Family portrait sessions can be as stressful or as stress free as you want them to be! When children are involved, it's always going to be a little more complicated. It can be hard enough getting that smile out of that young one. Now add the family dog and you may just find yourself in the middle of a circus!

     Today I had the pleasure of photographing a gorgeous family with their favorite fur family member - Sandy. With two energetic kids and a curious puppy, this photo session could have been hectic and stressful. I was very fortunate to have patient parents and laid back kids. The biggest lesson I learned was to just go with the flow and more importantly go where the three legged dog wants to go! 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) family fort fur hunter outdoor portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/4/a-wonderful-family-and-its-wonder-dog Sun, 28 Apr 2013 23:25:51 GMT
All About Blossoms! https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/4/all-about-blossoms Cherry Blossoms & Baby Blossoms! 

     Spring is my favorite time of the year! With flowers beginning to bloom and the grass turning greener, there is a feeling of rebirth and rejuvenation. Naturally my favorite part of the spring season is capturing the blossoms in bloom. Traveling to the Washington DC area I had the chance to take pictures of the exquisite cherry blossoms that decorate the Tidal Basin. The pink and white flowers add even more beauty to the regal monuments and memorials. Timing is always tricky when trying to capture these temporary beauties. Two weekends ago we would have only seen budding trees without full blossoms and that would have been a waste of a trip. Make sure to check the webcams before traveling! If you aren't claustrophobic and you don't mind crowds, you should definitely venture out to DC to view these gorgeous trees.

 

     This weekend I also had the opportunity to take pictures of adorable baby Reagan in the blossoms! Giggly and curious, Miss Reagan was absolutely adorable to photograph. Mike and Kelly are blessed to have such a sweet baby and I am grateful that they wanted me to take her 8 month photos. Here are a few photos from Reagan's baby photo session! 

 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) baby portrait https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/4/all-about-blossoms Sun, 14 Apr 2013 22:01:26 GMT
Sory's Bridal Shower https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/4/sorys-bridal-shower What a beautiful day for a bridal shower in Philadelphia!

Sory and Ed are less than a month away from their upcoming nuptials! Her lovely bridal party put together a perfect bridal shower, with the help of the groom's culinary prowess. With plenty of amazing food (love Ed's Pesto recipe!) and beverages, this was the perfect way for the ladies to get to know each other and get Sory even more excited for her upcoming special day! Thank you Vasso, Nadeen, and Jessica for bringing us all together on this beautiful day. See you all at the wedding! 

 

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ngkounlavong@gmail.com (Yenma K. Photography) bridal bride event philadelphia shower https://www.yenmakphotography.com/blog/2013/4/sorys-bridal-shower Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:33:12 GMT