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You remember Emily & Aaron, right? They had a perfect afternoon engagement session out in Abington last year. Well, this year, they were married at the fabulous Loew’s Hotel in Center City. I have to admit, their wedding was my first chance to get to visit and see the Loew’s and I was certainly nothing short of thrilled. It’s one of those hotels that pays attention to every little detail; which makes it an amazing backdrop for a wedding. And, when Emily & Aaron told me we were allowed to sneak out onto the rooftop for a few images it was a bit like entering a dream of mine. Anyone who has seen the Center City skyline would recognize the iconic PSFS sign. Well guess what? That’s the Loew’s; who knew!? AND WE WERE THERE.

And, Emily & Aaron lucked out yet again on the weather front. Though it was a tad chilly, it proved to be the perfect spring day. Lush greenery, blooming flowers, an empty Washington Square Park; it was like a little piece of heaven. I could go on and on about how much I loved their wedding day – how easy they were to work with, how fun their bridal party was, and how lovely their wedding details were, but I’ll let the images speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Look at that FIRST LOOK. Positively love his expression!

And then it was on to the ketubah signing.

And, the badeken, which is one of my favorite parts!

And then it was on to the reception!

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Emily - Even though I have obviously looked at these pictures a million times, I truly loved looking at this post! I can’t help but smile every time I see them and re-live the day (especially the first look!). Thank you for your beautiful comments and of course for being theee to capture our special day. We can’t thank you enough for how amazing the pictures are :)December 8, 2012 – 9:13 AM

Dee Nikolaidis - Absolutely stunning !December 9, 2012 – 6:26 AM

Dee Nikolaidis - Absolutely stunning !!!December 9, 2012 – 6:27 AM

Bonnie-Kay Marks - Even though I’ve seen these pictures many times before, scrolling here made me cry all over again! – Mother of the Groom and lucky Mother-in-law of the BrideDecember 9, 2012 – 3:02 PM

Carol Nathenson - Simply stunning! The pictures are beautiful. The whole event was perfect and captured to perfection. Thank you.December 9, 2012 – 9:48 PM

Jones sabo they have got five vendors international - I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and could damage your high quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords.April 12, 2013 – 4:14 AM


Despite my big blogging hiatus, I have been quite excited to write this post for quite some time now. You see, Amber & Sterling are two of my favorite people in the whole wide world (remember their adorable maternity session?), and so the idea that one of the kindest, cutest couples I have ever had the pleasure of knowing was going to have an offspring of their wonderful genetics, well, let’s just say I was quite excited. Excited to the point where I basically insisted on making the drive to Washington, D.C. because I couldn’t bear the thought that anyone else would take Foster’s first pictures. (That and – let’s be honest here – with Amber’s crafty gene and wonderful tastes I couldn’t wait to see what his nursery had in store. And, let me assure you, it was no disappointment!

As for Foster, I cannot begin to tell you the joy that he brings to his parents. Amber & Sterling, here with their very first child, appear the most natural parents in the world. Even on his fussiest of days, he radiates cuteness. And, I feel honored to have been his first photographer and cannot wait to watch and capture him as he grows.

I can’t think of a better way to start your weekend than with images of one of the cutest babies on the planet. Enjoy! xo.

Obsessed with EVERY PART of this nursery. Down to the Anthropologie knobs on the dresser. So perfect!

Amber & Sterling chose to infuse their love of books into Foster’s nursery with these display shelves.
So in love with how it turned out!

This (below) is Foster balanced atop several of the books written by his namesake, David Foster Wallace.
Foster wasn’t a particular fan of this set-up, but we couldn’t resist!


Laura - Gorgeous as always Amanda! LOOK at that sweet nursery!!! LOVE!October 17, 2012 – 10:55 AM

Britt - Adorable. I will most likely steal this idea entirely for a someday (long way away!) nursery of my own. Fantastic stuff, Amanda.October 19, 2012 – 7:29 PM

myrtle - WoW! Such a cute little angel. .Awesome photos.=DNovember 16, 2012 – 4:28 AM

Stephanie Ford - Amanda, I am going to say it again! You are so talented! What beautiful shots of a gorgeous family!November 16, 2012 – 2:12 PM

Jenny - This nursery is beautiful! I absolutely love it. Do you mind sharing where you found your curtains and the blue rocker? Thanks!July 23, 2013 – 9:06 PM


Continuing the trend of stunning weather in April, Jessica & Owen were also married on a gorgeous Saturday in April. With the ceremony at Jessica’s neighborhood church, they had the reception at the ever-lovely Horticultural Center in Philadelphia, which acts as the perfect backdrop to their natural soft-toned wedding day. Here are just a couple of my favorites.

Rather than give a reading, her dad played a song for them during the ceremony, which made EVERYONE all emotional. It was so sweet!

Post-ceremony, we headed over to the Horticultural Center (love that place!) and then it was ON TO PORTRAITS.

And then… reception time. See, even the outside of the building is amazing. Love how it reflects light like this!

And then it was party time! Their friend handmade this bag toss set below to match their programs & invitations.
Isn’t that amazing? It was definitely a hit!


This is where you sit here and say, wait May self-portrait? Yea, you could say I’m a little behind. And here’s the funny thing, this image wasn’t taken by me (not much of a “self-portrait”, eh?) nor was it taken in May (it was the veeeeery end of April though, if we’re being totally honest). But you know what? This is my project and so it’s my rules. That’s how this works, right?

So you have January, February, March, April, and now May. We’ll be skipping June, July, and August, since I was a complete slacker with the blog and (shocker!) also all personal projects during those months. And we’ll resume with this month… coming soon!

So, this image is a perfect reflection of my May. Winter was winding down, wedding season was just cranking up and I was totally back in action. Also, this image makes me laugh every time I look at it because my clients frequently tease me at my lack of hesitation to climb on things, over things, into things. You know, whatever it takes… which is more often than not getting my clothes incredibly dirty. Ha. But hey, you do what you’ve got to do, right? This image was taken while I was shooting the lovely wedding of Emily & Aaron on the roof of the INCREDIBLE Loews Hotel. Can’t wait to share all the images of their wedding with you next week (including the image I was taking at this moment). In the meantime, here’s to catching up…

Image taken by the lovely Cait Staiano. Thank you, Cait!

For more information and a full explanation about the self-portrait project, please see this post.

Kelly Rowles - Amanda Young. Photography Ninja.September 27, 2012 – 2:10 PM

Dee Nikolaidis - Worried since you inherited my grace. :-0September 28, 2012 – 7:02 PM

Cait - I just LOVE this picture! It’s so completely you!! You photo ninja!October 1, 2012 – 9:34 PM


I’ll save the story of when I first met Alyssa for when I share their wedding (which is this weekend! – the wedding part, not the sharing), but suffice it to say that Alyssa and I had one of those dang-it’s-a-small-world moments when we realized that we’ve likely seen each other – and maybe even spoken to one another – at some point before in our lives.

I already knew a little bit about her, from reading her blog, which I found before I even moved to Philly and long before I met her in person. And, I got to meet Matt, her counterpart, the day of the session and knew instantly that he couldn’t be a better complement to her. They’re two of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever had the chance to work with and I instantly fell in love with their silliness and their willingness to accommodate. During their session, I made them climb fences, lay in bushes, and hold plastic signs above their heads. A couple that’s willing to do all that, friends, is my kind of couple.

And, I hope you’ll agree, all our trudging and goofing around was worth it for the shot…

This one (below on the right) is one of my all-time favorite images. Alyssa, you are GORGEOUS.

And nothing like ending a session with a little Rita’s, which is practically next door to Alyssa’s house, that lucky girl! 😉

Alyssa & Matt, thanks for being so sweet, understanding, and for completely trusting me with some of my questionable requests. I am positively beyond excited and honored to shoot your wedding THIS WEEKEND.

Alyssa - Thank you for sharing these!! Love this whole post :) Looking forward to Saturday!September 26, 2012 – 11:39 AM

Kate - The photos are gorgeous. I think you captured their personalities perfectly. Can’t wait for the wedding this weekend!September 26, 2012 – 5:26 PM

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