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One of the things I’m most grateful for in my life is my grandparents. I’m lucky – I’m 33 years old, and still have all 4 of my grandparents. At my age, I know that’s a rare thing and I never take that for granted.

All four of my grandparents have been such an important part of my life. They’re 4 of the most caring, loving people you’d ever meet. Both sets of my grandparents have such wonderful marriages. I often think about how lucky I am that I had such wonderful relationships to see growing up, as an example for what a good and loving marriage should be. They’re all loving, caring, respectful…..and just plain fun to spend time with:) Jay reminds me of both of my grandpas, in different ways. I like to think that we will have a marriage that also lasts 60+ years, and will be full of the same love and respect as my grandparents’ relationships.

Both sets of my grandparents were married in the same year…..and this year they both celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. SIXTY years, people! That’s crazy to think about! I wanted to document my grandparents now that they’ve hit the “60 years married” mark. When I traveled down to Florida earlier this month, I knew it was the perfect time to make a little photo session happen on the beach with my grandparents.

These grandparents are my mom’s parents. I often think of them as my “beach” grandparents. We went on a beach vacation with them every year since we were little. They also live in Jersey, super close to the beach. So the beach has always been our “thing” with them…..and I knew I wanted to get pictures of them in their element.

I’m so glad I took the time to take these pictures…..they’re some that I’ll cherish forever!

 

If this is what 60 years of marriage looks like? I’ll take it;)

Love you both so much!!!

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One week ago we were hammered with about 16 inches of snow, and this week all of the snow is practically gone already! That’s one perk of a snow storm later in winter….it goes away quickly:)

I had a vision of photographing a senior during a snowstorm in my head for a long time – I had seen snowy senior photos done by other photographers, and I couldn’t wait to bring my own vision to life. It’s a hard thing to plan though – because you obviously need to wait for a snowstorm. And not only do you need to wait for a snowstorm, but you have to make sure the roads are safely drive-able if you’re asking seniors to drive to meet you;)

So I was super excited when we got the snowstorm last week. The first day of the storm, the roads were a complete mess and it was impossible for us to meet. But I lucked out on day 2 – everyone still had off from school, it was still slightly flurrying, and I was able to meet up with two of my Senior Team lovelies for some photos in the snow.

Carina + Sarah, thanks so much for meeting up and being good sports in the 20 degree weather!!! Love the images I got of these girls below:

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Love this one of you Carina!

Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.

Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.

 

So gorgeous, Sarah!

Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.

Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.

 

It was the perfect snowy day:)

Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.Mechanicsburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photogaphs Cumberland valley High School seniors in the snow.

Thanks for an awesome morning, ladies!

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Here we go friends, my first wedding of 2017 is already in the books! I can’t believe I’m heading into my 9th season as a wedding photographer. Sometimes I still can’t believe that THIS is my job…..and it’s been 9 years. I’m so excited for the year ahead, I have lots of awesome things in store!

Last weekend Becky and Ben held their wedding at Penn Oaks Golf Club, and it was a perfect way to kick off the wedding season. The weather here in PA has been so crazy – two days before their wedding, it was 65 degrees. The day of their wedding? It was 25 degrees. Despite the chilly temps, these two were total troopers. We were able to head outside to get some snowy pictures (I love winter weddings for that reason!), and it was totally worth it. Thanks for braving the cold, guys!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from their wedding, and make sure to view their SLIDESHOW for more wedding pictures!

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Becky and Ben

 

Loved all of these soft details Becky chose:

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I just LOVE Becky’s dress!

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So beautiful!

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Becky and Ben

 

You wouldn’t even know it was only 25 degrees out for their First Look;)

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I love the way these two laugh around each other:)

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Becky + Ben were willing to brave the cold one last time before the sun set!

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Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Becky and Ben

 

Loved this soft + simple cake!

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The speeches were heartwarming and hilarious at the same time:)

Philadelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Becky and BenPhiladelphia wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Becky and BenCongrats again, Becky + Ben! I hope you’re having so much fun on your honeymoon!

Don’t forget to view their SLIDESHOW for more wedding pictures!

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Hi friends! Who is loving this snow storm in the northeast??? I never mind the snow since I work from home. Plus, I love any excuse to have Jay snowed in with me:)

Anyway, I’m excited to do a little introduction post on this snowy Tuesday night! It’s a long overdue post, but I wanted to introduce my senior stylist, Sam! All of my seniors have two session fees to choose from: the Chic, or the Luxe. If you opt for the Luxe session, you get access to Sam and all her fashion wisdom:)

With the Luxe session, you also have a longer photoshoot, with up to 5 outfit options. Sam will help you pick out clothes from your closet to pair together, and she can even give you outfit suggestions for new clothes if you want to do a little shopping!

I’m so excited to partner together with her for my Luxe senior sessions for two reasons: 1) She is my best friend in the whole world. 2) She is the most fashionable person I know. Seriously, fashion is her passion, and she always wears the best looks with the most current trends. My seniors who have used her in the past absolutely LOVE her! She is the one to steer you in the right direction outfit-wise…..so you don’t have to worry about a thing when it comes to picking outfits.

Sam is also going to be doing some guest blogging around here, starting VERY soon! So expect to see some more senior style posts coming in the next few months.

Now to put a face to the name, here is my beautiful bestie, Sam!

For any seniors out there interested in a Luxe senior session, text me or email me and we’ll get you all set up! Happy Tuesday, friends:)

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When Jay and I bought our first house in Philly, it was a fixer upper. Not to the extent where we couldn’t live in it, but it needed lots and lots of updating. We were young, first time homeowners, and excited to take on the project. Well two bathroom remodels, one complete kitchen remodel, and working on pretty much every single room in our house wore us out.

So when we moved out to the Harrisburg area, I was thrilled to buy a new construction home. We were the 2nd owners in our house, and nothing needed to be done. There were things we wanted to change to match our personal styles, but nothing was totally necessary. As much as I’d never want to move into a fixer upper again, I kind of missed all of our house projects. It was always fun making a vision come to life, and it’s so much fun to take on projects with Jay. We work surprisingly well together;)

We had always wanted to do a wood wall somewhere in our house, but we always felt like we couldn’t find the time to research the project and make it all come together. On Black Friday Jay came across a product called Stikwood that was running a special, so we decided to dive in and go with that option. It looked like it was easy to install (as easy as it can be installing a wood wall), so we went for it!

We decided one of our bedrooms upstairs would be the perfect spot for the wall. We set aside a weekend for the project and got to work. We painted the whole room first, Jay trimmed out the window, and once that was all complete and painted, we got started.

So here is the before of the bedroom:

 

I’m notorious for choosing the wrong paint colors. We had painted the room the light grey color above, but it was too cool and looked almost blue to me. So here is the after – a warmer, darker grey (Sherwin Williams Mega Greige), the window is trimmed out, and the wood wall is complete:) And yes, I may or may not have asked Jay to help me paint the entire room at 8:00 on a Friday night. It’s how I roll;)

 

Like any home project, we ended up finding issues before we even started. The window had no trim, so we wanted to fix that before we installed the wood. In trying to trim out the window, we realized the window seat wasn’t braced correctly, so Jay had to work on that before we could do the trim. Once all of THAT was complete, then we were ready for the wood wall.

 

I’d say the trickiest part of doing a wood wall is figuring out which pieces to hang where. Stikwood is all real, reclaimed wood, with a finish added to it. So each piece is different – and some pieces were pretty dark, while others were very white. So we had to make sure to space the pieces in a way that made the wall flow, isntead of looking odd and splotchy. We also made sure to use varying lengths of the wood planks as we worked, so it didn’t look super uniform. It helped trying to lay things out on the floor a bit before attaching them to the wall:

 

Here is a close up of the Stikwood:

 

We did a lot of research about where to start the wall – every tutorial said to start in the middle of your wall so you can make sure you’re level, then work from there. But our wall has a huge window in the middle of it, so that wouldn’t really work. Plus we checked our ceilings, and they were perfectly level – that made our lives much easier, and we started at the top:

 

Another thing we loved about this product is how thin the boards are – so you’re not nailing super thick boards to a wall for this look:

 

This product couldn’t be easier to install – it has tape on the back, so you just peel the tape backing off:

 

And stick it to the wall:

 

The tape is SUPER strong, so you have to make sure you’re level and have everything situated before you adhere it to the wall – it’s almost impossible to peel it off once it’s on!

 

Then you roll over the wood with a rubber roller, to make sure it’s super secure.

 

That’s it! The only thing we needed to use a saw for was cutting down edge pieces that either met the wall or the window. And we had to cut around one outlet, but it wasn’t tough to do, because all of these wood pieces are so uniform.

Not sure if anyone else’s dog doesn’t understand the concept of personal space, but this was her preferred position while we worked;)

 

Here’s a close up of the finished product:

 

And one last shot of the whole wall!

Now, all we have to do is furnish the entire room;) One thing at a time!

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