Meet Shawn Smucker, a great friend of mine. He is the kind of guy that you just want to be around. His presence is comfortable and interesting. Do you have friends like that? The kind that you can immediately fall into a rhythm with, the kind that not only listen and contribute but really HEAR you, the kind that will offer well thought out advice and well timed jokes; this is Shawn. He is a terrific author who has published quite a few books, most recently, The Day The Angels Fell (a book our kids devoured with when it came out and CANNOT wait for the sequel). This editorial styled photoshoot with Shawn is our bottle of champagne smashed on the bow of a new ship ready for sail. Sanderson Images is setting sail for innovative editorial work and original, well thought out headshots for creative people and entrepreneurs. Our new studio in Lancaster PA is the perfect place to accomplish these new goals. Don’t worry, no literature was harmed in the making of these images. The book that is torn to shreds in the background is actually a 20 year old thrift store dictionary. Please enjoy the images and think about how portraits and imagery can be used to strengthen your brand. Maybe you know someone who can benefit from a creative headshot? Please send them our way!
Grand Cascade Lodge wedding!
Photographers: John + Kimberly
Scott A Designs
The After Party Band
Crystal Springs Resort
Photographers notes: Kerri and Ryan are Part 2 of our blog post about two best friends who got married and we had the honor of photographing both weddings! You can see that beautiful Maid of Honor and her stunning Newport wedding had a much different feel than Kerri’s wedding in the Poconos. That’s one of the reasons we love what we do.. no two weddings are alike.
That dress, that LACE!! I loved this spot to hang it because the ceremony site is just beyond that window.
Kerri was already looking stunning when we showed up. She was also so calm and relaxed.
The girls were so awesome helping her get ready….there was a tiny button snafu and they all pitched in to help.
Hi Jess! Doesn’t she look pretty?
Ryan had his own crew of terrific groomsmen helping him out.
Kerri is stunning. Absolutely naturally stunning.
LOVE. AHHH! Look at the way he is looking at her!
Such a great great day!! Thank you Kerri and Ryan for trusting us with your memories!
Castle Hill, Newport Wedding Photography by: John + Kimberly
Wedding Venue/Caterer: Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI
Florist: Toni Chandler Florals
Cake: Scumptions via Castle Hill
Entertainment: Specialists out of South Easton, MA
Live Music: Driftwood Duet
Invitations/Stationary was by Lauren Chism Fine Papers
Hair and Make-up was by Natural Creations in Newport.
Photographers notes: Jessica + Max’s weddings is our awesome throwback feature today. We are somehow blessed as destination wedding photographers with the kindest, most thoughtful and trusting clients from all parts of the US who plan the most spectacular events! It really makes our work so much fun. Sometimes, during the wedding season we get so busy serving our wonderful clients that blogging has to take a backseat for awhile. We do a lot of Newport wedding photography and we want to share more images with you! We are thrilled to share this one (and can’t believe we have waited this long!) and excited to share the next few we have prepped as well. This post is so fun because the maid of honor in these images is who we are blogging next! 🙂 Will the images and experience be similar? Stay tuned! We really love it when we have the pleasure of continuing our relationships with our clients turned friends.
On to the main event: How amazing is the tent at Castle Hill?! We LOVE shooting there!
Dad looking at the dress brings all sorts of emotions…sniff sniff…
Jessica’s girls were so fabulous, they really took care of her!
Loved the flowers at this wedding! Toni always has a sixth sense for a bride’s style…love love love everything she creates!
Her face!!! She is so happy! I just love the way she is looking at him.
Ahhhh! So excited!
Their bridal party was so much fun!
Gotta get at least one shot with the Newport Bridge in the background!
Hard part is over…let’s party!
All in all, a pretty darn perfect day.
Somewhere, time decided to start turning your baby into a woman.. your little one into a gentleman. While their curiosity bends around experiments and joys, their giggles and belly laughs turn to controlled smiles and poise.
It just happened. They woke up and they’d grown up a little more.
There are hints of the “grown up them” in their looks and their spirit is starting to look different in their eyes.
You can see it in a photograph- and we can help you keep it forever. Let our passion help capture yours. We are excited about the launch of our in studio, fine art, children and teen portraits. Contact us today for more info on scheduling your child to be captured in a way that preserves the memory of these amazing and often overlooked days.
So you know by now.. if you’re at all in the loop with the Sandersons, we love Maple Syrup.. we’re obsessed. So obsessed in fact that if there is a Sugar Maple tree within walking distance of the #Sanderfarm it probably has a tap in it. Known locally as #Sandersyrup, it is a family made gem of Lancaster County. We have so much fun sharing it, make candy with it and of course dumping it on waffles and stacks of pancakes. We also LOVE to sweeten our coffee with it (trust us on this one, but be careful…once you make the switch to maple coffee you can never go back)
We started tapping trees 4 years ago as a homeschooling project and we were hooked. Back then it was a few taps with buckets that the kids would faithfully empty into our big cooking pot. We just boiled down over an open fire and we were shocked at how much sap it takes to produce that precious gold stuff. Every drop of sap spilled we mourned. 🙂 These days, our operation has gotten quite a bit bigger and we have plans to grow it even more.
Take a peek at John’s new sugar shack that he built from mostly found materials. (It doubles as a greenhouse when we aren’t in the thick of maple season.)
The steam that comes from the shack on a chilly day is just awesome. Believe me when I tell you it smells fabulous in there.
The Amish Canner is the star of the show. We have our sap dripping directly into it from the trees and we boil down continuously on warm days. Today we have been boiling outside in the canner since 6:30am and I have been finishing yesterday’s all day boil inside on the stove. We managed to get just about 1.5 gallons of syrup yesterday (which is roughly 40 gallons of sap) and I am hoping for the same today.
Can’t you just smell that pure maple syrup?!
That sweet little girl could probably run the whole process herself, she is Daddy’s neverending helper and knows all things syrup.
These two little Sanderlings are most helpful. #sandersyrup is a family project and a team effort.
As I mentioned earlier, we tend not to use buckets anymore. We use tubing and gravity. The trees are tapped on our neighbors property on the hill behind our house and we have them tubed all the way down to our house. (and yes, we share lots of the finished product with him for his generosity!)
Hope you enjoyed this peek into one of our very favorite hobbies!! Is your family fans of maple syrup? What do you use it on?
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