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Graduation Week: Part 3

Our final look back at soon-to-graduate seniors is of two tough rugby players. This was special for me because my husband works with the Penn State rugby players and has shared so much awe and respect for those that play this sport. These two young people were just as passionate. I love meeting student -athletes, after all, I married one. I particularly enjoy getting to know students who participate in less traditional sports. My husband was a collegiate gymnast and through him I met college students who participated in crew and fencing.  Playing a less common sport often creates a pretty tight knit community which has such value for young people. I definitely could see this local seniors had that benefit with the rugby community.


Graduation Week: Part 2

The thing I most enjoy about photographing high school seniors is the amazing diversity of what makes them excited. These two young women are good friends and also share an incredible self-awareness that I certainly wished I had at their age. They both expressed curiosity and eagerness to explore so much when they move on to college this fall — and yet they both also had such focus on their interests.


Graduation Week: Part 1

It’s here — the last week of school. Some of us are lamenting the end of school (like me!). Others are eager to for the beginning of summer. But there is one special group of parents in our community — those who will be celebrating a High School Graduate on Saturday! I imagine it to be an incredibly bittersweet time for these families. What a roller coaster of emotions they must be experiencing!

For myself, I am excited for a special honor on Saturday. As a member of our local school board, I am privileged to participate in the graduation ceremony. I’m so touched to have this honor, and I can’t wait to watch the amazing young men and women that I photographed this year as they accept their diplomas.

It seemed a great week to revisit those amazing sessions. I learn so much about the young people in our community when I take senior portraits. Those sessions are a great antidote for any worries about our modern world. These students show such promise and hope to change the world, and I know they are going to be successful.

I thought we’d start the week with two incredible young men. These guys were quite opposites — one plays in the classical orchestra, the other the electric guitar in a band. Either way, they brought so much to our community in high school and will surely do amazing things in the future.



March 2016 | Belated 10 on 10

I missed posting my March 10 on 10 as well. We took a walk at the local arboretum during our early spring break and were grateful to have a rather warm day with some flowers finally beginning to emerge.  Bring on SPRING!


The first crocuses.

The kaleidoscope sculpture.

DSC_3790DSC_3780The twins.

DSC_3783A hidden fairy town.


This one had quite a time.


They found a soft friend.

February 2016 | Belated 10 on 10

Unfortunately, I had some major issues with my web hosting company the past month or so — thus I’ve been unable to keep up with posting my 10 on 10 project.  However, now that I’m back up and running, I wanted to get these images shared here.  So while I couldn’t participate in our fabulous blog circle, I’m happy to have these images together.

In February I decided to capture the day on Superbowl Sunday.


January 2016 | 10 on 10

Every year I try to find a personal project to push myself into more creative realms or to work harder on documenting my personal life.  In the past I’ve attempted, and once succeeded, at a 365 day project.  With this being a leap year, that was quite appealing, but at this stage of my life I just knew I would only disappoint myself.  The last two years I’ve collaborated with a group of photographers in a project called The Hours, where we documented a different hour of the day each month through the year.  I loved this project, but it seemed concluded for many of us.  So this year I’m working to get back to my storytelling roots with a 10 on 10 project.  It is simple.  Ten images all taken on one day of the month and posted on the tenth day of each month.  Hopefully they come together to tell the story of our day.  There are many of us participating in this project, and I hope you will visit many of them.  You will find the link to the next blog in the series at the bottom of each post.

Admittedly, this months is a little rushed and probably disjointed.  But I enjoyed the pressure to keep my camera handy throughout the day.

DSC_3133Breakfast, she’s typically the last one up.

DSC_3135New games with old toys.

DSC_3138I seem to take this picture all the time.

IMG_1385A fun accident when I realized my flash was still turned on my iPhone in the movie theater!

IMG_1387The picture I was trying to take!

DSC_3143My dirty house.

DSC_3147Outside on a dreary afternoon.

DSC_3150The willow, bare of leaves.

DSC_3151Remains of the summer.

DSC_3156Late afternoon play.

Now visit 7th Sister Photography for her day!

January 10, 2016 - 8:24 am

Staci Lee - Oh my! I love your happy mistake. What a cute bird house- it looks like a tent! Fantastic afternoon of rest and play.

January 10, 2016 - 9:36 am

stephanie - so much beauty in your day Amy! I love the little moments you captured!

January 10, 2016 - 9:49 am

Kathleen Zdenek - I love your work! So much heart in it.

January 10, 2016 - 9:53 am

Lisa - Love your moments of the day.

January 10, 2016 - 10:01 am

deb taylor - what a lovely glimpse ( x 10 ) of your day !! I look forward to next month !!

January 10, 2016 - 10:56 am

Alison - Gorgeous work, Amy. Love the curving block tower :)

January 10, 2016 - 12:18 pm

Jenn Calderon - Lovely! The blocks are my favorite. Such life, animated objects can possess. :-)

January 10, 2016 - 12:26 pm

Lei - The first picture. SO cute. I love seeing the random moments of your day.

January 10, 2016 - 1:49 pm

Molly Dixon - I will be looking forward to your 10 on 10.
Have fun.

January 10, 2016 - 6:34 pm

kim - LOL re: flash in the theatre. Amy, you capture such simple tender moments so incredibly beautifully! And no matter how many times you think you take the same photo (dog on couch), it’s one of my favourites.

January 10, 2016 - 7:44 pm

Meg - What a sweet day to story for us! I love the picture you always seem to take. It’s good to be doing this project with you!

Lovely Evening | State College Senior Photographer

Despite an evening of threatening thunderstorms (which could describe just about every night this summer, right?), I had a lovely evening with this senior and her mom.  This session was a favorite, as I’ve know this young lady since we moved to State College.  She’s getting ready to embark on an exciting year abroad.  It was a pleasure to take these images and show her what a beautiful, sophisticated woman she’s become.


The Hours 2014

Several years ago, as I reimmersed myself in photography, I found an amazing group of supportive creatives on the photosharing website Flickr.  It was a unique experience of that time and place.  But many moved on to new endeavors and platforms, such as Facebook.  So last year, when a sweet soul reached out to a bunch of Flickr alumni and others asking what personal projects we might be considering for the new year, it sparked an exciting conversation — that turned into a collaboration.  From this animated messaging exchange The Hours was born.  Over 30 (women) photographers, photographing during the same hour of the day each month.  We started in January at 7am and walked round the clock to December and 6pm.  The participants spanned the globe and we shared our view of it.  I’m so happy to share a look a my year in review, and I’m eager to start again this January.


December 30, 2014 - 11:55 am

Staci Lee - Beautiful! The light in the top two slay me! And I love that last one!

December 31, 2014 - 6:20 am

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January 5, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Kristen - I just love the direction you went with this project! Love love love all your photos.