Cherry Blossom Family Shoot

Family shoot in the Philadelphia Cherry Blossoms

The Philadelphia Cherry Blossoms are one of my very favorite things about living in Philadelphia.  It’s one of the first signs of spring in our city and beautiful pops of fragrant pink clusters are dusting the newly green grass in various spots around the city.  Every year we get a few cherry blossom shoots, models, dancers, engagements and weddings.  This year I really wanted to spend the whole week in them. I wanted to meet new clients, re-unite with regular clients and celebrate spring with Paul and our cameras, and that’s just what we did.

We’ve photographed more families and kids than ever this season, and our first Philadelphia Cherry Blossom family shoot was with Samson and his son Ernest, to celebrate Ernest’s first birthday! We chose the area behind the Please Touch Museum for it’s ease of access with a little one. Going mid week was key to the success of this one. During the weekend when the festival is in full swing, you have to pay for parking there.  The blossoms are only at their peak for one week, and we timed it with his shoot perfectly.  He was an absolute delight.  We photographed him as he sat in the beautiful trees, smiling and laughing with his dad.  It was quite a special afternoon to celebrate the love of a father and son. I hope we get to photograph them again as Ernest grows!

Would you like to celebrate spring with new photos? Reach out to us! We’ve got some amazing locations we’d love to see you in!

Merchant's Exchange Building

Bride and groom at the Mechant’s Exchange Building

Nothing says classic Philly quite like a Ballroom at the Ben wedding! Natasha and Julian’s stunning day had one amazing surprise for the guests at their reception…Belly Dancers!  Such a beautiful wedding, so many smiles and laughs and pure joy. It was an honor to be part of such an amazing celebration of love.

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Bridal Prep

Bridal Prep

Loews Philadelphia Hotel was the prep location for the bride and bridesmaids.  I was thrilled to once again work with Jenn Haines of Gloss Philly, one of our favorite hair and makeup artists. She’s honestly amazing. I never have to fix facial imperfections when Jenn does the makeup. She’s honestly that good. An elegant gown from Love Couture Bridal and flowers from Jennifer Designs made for a truly elegant look.

Ceremony

Old Saint James is the oldest Catholic church in Philadelphia. It has lots of old wood and beautiful gold and artwork.  I’ve been fortunate to photograph it several times.  You can feel the history of the building just by being there. It’s a very special place. I love that Natasha and Julian left the ceremony to go to our photo stop in a classic Chevy. SO romantic!

Photo Stop

The Merchant’s Exchange Building in Old City is a classic for wedding photos.  I joined the bridal party there for a some beautiful photos after the ceremony. I love the bride and groom portraits we took that day. Definitely make sure you get a permit for this location, so you can shoot undisturbed for a bit.

Reception

Ballroom at the Ben is always a perfect choice for classic Philly weddings. The staff is amazing and the building is stunning. Natasha and Julian surprised their guests with Belly Dancers! The performance was absolutely amazing. They were truly beautiful performers.

Photographed by Lori Foxworth for George Street Photo and Video