confessions from a FANGIRL road trip…

what do you do when your 13 yr old has a christmas list that  looks like this???


my christmas wish list

1. a baby sister or brother*
2. tickets to see hunter rowland**


*not happening

** (hunter rowland -teen social media sensation from you tube and musically)

you try to bargain, plead, and threaten other gifts. to no avail. she.does.not.want.anything.else

i love christmas. the christmas season infects my mind (thank you baby jesus and christmas pageants and candlelight services) ,  my heart (thank you cold salvation army bell ringers)  body (thank you delicious cookies), and spirit (thank you hallmark channel and christmas lights).  i have a serious christmas infection from nov.1 thru jan 1 and  i just cannot make rational gift choices…last year i bought a puppy. a last minute gift of a real live puppy. in the aftermath, the million dollar questions i ask myself…WHY???? WHY???? WHY??? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU???

{fyi i chose option no. 2}

and as i am driving 4 hours away in cold january rain with  two 13 yr old girls…for a HUNTER ROWLAND FANGIRL ROAD TRIP… i am silently asking myself…WHY??? WHY??? WHY??? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU???


according to the urban dictionary :


v. 1. the reaction a fangirl has to any mention or sighting of the object of her “affection”. these reactions include shortness of breath, fainting, highpitched noises, shaking, fierce head shaking as if in the midst of a seizure, etc.2. a gathering of two or more fangirls in which they proceed to waste endless amounts of time ogling, discussing/arguing, stalking, etc. the object of their “affection”


things i learned from this trip…

1) VIP tickets do not mean you get to go right in.  we stood in line for two hours and we had tickets.

2) i was confused about what was going on because there were a lot of girls. some were crying, screaming..screeching…running over other girls.  i was looking to the other parents present for nods of confirmation this was indeed craziness…no one nodded back.  i then told roo & riles-if they acted like that-we had to leave immediately-at least be a respectable stalker fangirl.


they gave him a poster. he gave them hugs and took a picture of them and put it on “his story”.   it was a very big deal in their world.   christmas wish granted.  thank you hunter rowland.


 after all that…going back to the hotel was heaven. seriously pure bliss and pizza delivery.

the teeny boppers even woke up from the hotel the next morning at 5:30 am for a little photo shoot before we left pittsburgh.





                                                  the photo above is a POP SOCKET.  i inherited roo’s old one after the hunter rowland merchandise binge.  listen people…they are NOT JUST FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS.                                                                                       i thought they were but they are not… pop sockets are genius for all ages…not just the selfie/musically age group.
















i survived roo’s  christmas gift this year.

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Jonestown Dance Portraits

It is that time of year again.  Classes of ballerinas and dancers show up at our studio all around the yard twirling, smiling, and jumping for photos…It really is magical.   We love it <3

If you are a dancer’s parent…We have a few tips to make things go smoothly!

*Have your form/payment ready to go.

*Have your dancer ready to go…decide before hand if you want your child’s dance shoes on or you would rather they go barefoot.  Have slide on shoes so they can easily get into dance shoes.

*Try to be on time…We will try to start with group photo so that once your child’s individual photos are taken…you can go.   We will take photos in order of turning in your order form to the table.

*You are welcome to bring a blanket, chair, etc to relax while you wait for your child’s turn.  We will have coloring books, paper, and a prize box for when they are done.

*If you have any questions…Please email us at:

We have some fun new props and a new poster for 2015!   White Shabby Chic frames, a mini piano, a modern black chair, and the princess chair:)

Here are some samples and also some random portraits from last years class!


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Gossamer Blue December Daily Album!

Hello Everyone! I’m here to share some pages and tips from my December daily Album with you! Let me tell you.. this album is awesome! I LOVE every piece in it! I love the stylish yellow striping of the album.. the mix of colorful, neutral and muted papers and journaling cards, the gold doilies and washi tape ( LOVE GOLD!) and the variety of embellishments and cool stamp set!

I am a photographer, so I already had some base photos because I already did my children’s photos to use as samples for my mini sessions.. so you will see a few photos stuck in there as well!






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Missions Trip to Zimbabwe, Africa with the American Foundation for Children with Aids

Here is the link to the slideshow on you tube: QoHmLv4YJUA

My oldest daughter Katie, and I  traveled to Africa this summer… it was a life changing experience for both of us.  We made a slideshow with some of our favorite photos from the trip. 

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baby mine…eastern pennsylvania maternity photography

“No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you’re the only one who knows the sound of my heart from the inside.” ~Kristen Proby

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