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We get so excited when clients pop back into our email inbox to share with us their continuing love and the growth of their families. Carolyn and Mark hired us to do their wedding photography at  Radnor Hunt Club, in Malvern PA back in 2010! Recently we were thrilled to see them contact us again about doing two sessions. The first is what we call a Homestyle Session, a session where we visit our clients homes and attempt to capture a bit of their lives and moments with a new child in the house, before you know it this time in your life has moved on to cute little toddlers destroying the house and then to a teenager who needs $20 and the car keys!!  So we captured some of it for them! The 2nd session was a Modern Family Session, which is basically fun family portraits at the Tyler Arboretum! I’m sure you will agree that their new child is adorable! We’re so excited to know clients for so long and to have opportunities like this! You can check out their wedding photography here!

 

Portrait session in the home of Carolyn + Mark

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Lifestyle family portraits in the living room of Carolyn + Mark.

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Two years ago, Time Magazine validated something most living and breathing humans already knew — baby fever is real .  It can strike at any time — especially when you least expect it:  on the train, trolling Pinterest or stopping by your favorite photography blog.  If you’re particularly susceptible to the fever, beware, the Borger Family is going to send you into a full blown fever pitch with these family portraits.

Borger Family Portraits

As it turns out these family portraits make my heart even more happy than the other family portraits do because Marc and Marcy Borger are two of my dearest friends.  In fact, Marcy is my big sister in my sorority and, when I first relocated from PA, I lived with the Borgers for six weeks — so essentially all the amazing parenting you see here is a direct result of them keeping me alive that summer in 2006.

But back to the family in the portraits!

McKenna — their sweet little girl — and George, their newest addition are two of my favorite children on earth.  The Borgers are a laid back, warm and loving family which is so evident in those photos.

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Yoda hat — that Marcy most likely crocheted — I die.
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Marcy is an amazing and dynamic woman.  She’s also one of the best mothers I know.  I just adore these sweet moments.  How lovely to have such perfect family portraits to remember a time when the children were so little.
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Gah!  Theses sibling photos are beyond perfect!

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There’s something so sweet about men and their children.  I know for sure that George’s arrival was long anticipated by Marc and I can assure the whole internet that George is a very lucky little guy to have such an amazing father.
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Ladybug, you gorgeous pooch, you — looking good with the Borger boys!

I can’t wait to have our family portraits snapped this fall!  Thanks and love to the Borgers for sharing their family with us!

 

An amazing birth photography opportunity we could not pass up.

When I step back for a moment and think of the bigger picture of what my life has amounted to, sometimes I am left with a deep and aching gratitude for all of the goodness surrounding me.  I have a healthy family who eat three meals a day and sleep under a strong roof and love one another without condition.  We have the love and support of many family members, both near to us and far, but all just heartbeats away.  We live in this sweet bubble of Lancaster County where the soil is fertile enough to grow many volunteer fruits and veggies without much nurturing.  Our  friendships are deep, meaningful and supportive.  And our job, what we have chosen to support this idyllic life we live, is often filled with these shockingly sweet moments that take my breath away.

When I offered to come and photograph either during or shortly after my good friend’s birth two months ago, I was so excited that they agreed. They were planning on having Leo at Birth Care, a midwifery birth center near my home.  It is a small building  that is comforting and filled with love and strength. It’s the kind of place that almost makes me want to have another baby.  Almost.  There is nothing sweeter than those hours of anticipation, the sweet cry of new life or the look on a parent’s face as they greet this newest piece of themselves.

There was a quietness in the dim room when I arrived and you could just tell that a miracle had just occurred.  Maile had a beautiful glow that  is a mixture of exhaustion, relief, gratefulness and intense love.  I found myself tearing up just watching her watch Leo and Shawn learn each other’s faces.  They had family there all talking in hushed tones and passing Leo around to whisper their hellos. The privilege of being privy to these moments and capturing them for Leo to enjoy later, is not lost on me.

 

 

Birth Photography of Leo, in Lancaster, PA

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Birth Photo of a newborn being held by his grandpa.

Birth Photography is something I love, so huge thank you to Shawn and Maile, for the honor of including me in these precious moments.  Love you guys so much.  If you would like to hear an amazing account of Leo’s birth from his Daddy’s perspective, please visit Shawn’s great blog post about it.  He is an accomplished author, blogger and biographer in Lancaster, PA.  Be forewarned that you will cry and then you will want to continue reading his blogs and his books until you have swallowed up every morsel.

Do you ever wonder which doctor your doctor goes to?  Or who does your stylist’s hair?  Or who takes a wedding photographer’s wedding photos?  Look no further, friends!  Michael and Sarahwho has no shortage of experience shooting weddings,  chose Sanderson Images to capture their special, a DIY wedding and love filled day.  Before we can dish on the fab details, the beautiful venue and the pretty B+G, let’s swoon over some engagement sessions pics.

Photography by: John + Kimberly

Blog Writer: Lauren Bailey

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Engagement Portraits in Lancaster, PA
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Sarah is a lover of all things birds (especially bluebirds) and Mike is an award winning home brewer. Sarah chose a nest to share in the photos while Mike chose to bring a bottle of his own beer. Love how this captures their personalities and interests!

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Golly, I LOVE a good costume change!

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Hooray for the big day!  I really enjoyed getting the low down on this fete. In her very first email to SI, Sarah revealed that she and Michael had plans for an “unorthodox” wedding — an all day event to get them hitched sans reception.  I love couples legit personalize their day and make it about them, their love and their families.

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Sarah and Michael created a cozy backyard party for their marriage to start.  Their focus was on their transition to husband and wife and how they interacted that day with their families.  What a beautiful and important sentiment.  Per the bride:

[The] ceremony/ritual is what is most important as we celebrate this next step in our lives. I feel like the ritual of entering into a marriage is often looked over these days, we have made it so that our whole day has some sort of element of ritual. We want to be as fully present as we can.

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The key to nailing it is obviously looking fierce!
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I never tire of that first moment when a bride sees herself just as she imagined on the big day.  It is pure bliss.

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Oh goody!  A first look!

First look at a simple DIY wedding

Wedding high fives are FOR THE WIN!

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Alright, let’s go get hitched

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What a beautiful sunshiney day to get forever linked to the person of your dreams.

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Yummy details.  I have on good authority that Sarah and Michael did almost everything for their wedding day themselves.  Love!

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Michael surprised his bride with a song after the guest blessing.  Why people don’t surprise each other with song more often is seriously beyond me.

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There is always time for a few portraits with your love, right?

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I’m a big sucker for the phrase eat, drink and be married.

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Sarah and Michael — congratulations on such a wonderful union.  Your day looked perfect and I am certain that if you approach your lives together as you approached this very special day there will be many, many more happy backyard fetes for years and years.

 

 

Weddings are exactly the way to start the week. Especially weddings where I feel like everyone had the best time ever, because really, aren’t we all just about celebrating love with the people that mean the most to us?  Yes, yes we are.  Laura and Tim’s big day, seemed EXACTLY that — a huge celebration of their love surrounded by the people that mean the most to them in the world.  But as with any good wedding, first we have got to get betrothed!  What better place to highlight true love than the Strasburg Railroad?

Groom portrait at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA Engagement photo at Strasburg RR

 

Engagement photo by old rail car at strasburg, RR

When asked to describe their couple-hood Laura said, “We like things that are handmade and antique, wooden, slightly old fashioned,” and as such I was delighted to see these adorable engagement  photos!

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Alright, on with the big day!  Laura got ready at her parents house and I absolutely adore how cozy and familiar these getting read pics are.  What a treasure!
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Getting ready with Grandma, especially the lipstick and the brooch, were special touches that Laura and Tim incorporated all day. Cork_Factory_Hotel_Wedding_Lancaster_PA_Sanderson_Images_Photographers057 Bridal portraits at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA Groom getting dressed at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

Laura arranged all the flowers for the big day herself (!!!) and I love the capture of Tim doing his part with the boutonnieres!  Well done all around!

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I’m a huge proponent of the first look.  Not only do you get to see your favorite person ever and hug and smooch them, it can calm the nerves and bonus — amazing, adorable pictures result.

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As a woman who had a great bridal party clad in navy I’m kind of biased, but these pictures are just amazing.  Those bouquets are to die for against the navy and their friends and family can strike a pose like it is their J-O-B!
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Hey you, little guy.  You’re amazing.  Call me in 20 years and let’s hang out and have buffalo wings and you can give me advice on how to be the coolest ever. ring bearer at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

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I love the ring bearer and flower girls in these pictures.  So reminiscent of Wills and Kate’s homegirls.  Well played. Cork_Factory_Hotel_Wedding_Lancaster_PA_Sanderson_Images_Photographers037

These Bride and Groom portraits are so deliciously sweet, I adore them!
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Let’s get hitched!  Laura and Tim traded vows and partied hardy at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA.  I love this venue — they have great service, tons of amazing lighting and it’s so moody and romantic!
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As we’ve talked about, the first woo hoo as H+W is very, very important.  Well done, Laura! Cork_Factory_Hotel_Wedding_Lancaster_PA_Sanderson_Images_Photographers021

Laura’s dad is a baker and fashioned their cake for the big day!  How wonderful (and delicious looking!)!
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These details look like they jumped off my dream wedding board on Pinterest.  Yes I’ve been married for 5 years.  Yes, I still have a dream weddings Pinterest board.

decorations at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA
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As my friend Jeremy says, love, live and dance your night away.  Jeremy must have talked to Laura and Tim and their family and friends.  What a party!
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This man is my new spirit animal.  Call me!

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bride and groom dance at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

Laura and Tim – you two are too wonderful for words (which is ironic, because I’m writing about you!).  Days captured like this just ooze with love and emotions of all kinds.  What a perfect way to start a wonderful life together!

 

 

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