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It’s time to round out the week with another gorgeous senior session! Next up is Saiyeda, I was loving everything about her shoot. From the outfits to the locations, it was all perfect! I loved that she wore these beautiful traditional outfits, it looked amazing for her session. Saiyeda is one of the girls on my Senior Team, and I’m so glad that she has been a part of it! She was a perfect addition to the group this year:)

Here is a little bit about Saiyeda’s definition of true beauty: “The definition of true beauty is about what makes you feel the most happy and most comfortable. What makes you be free and confident. Anything that makes you feel spontaneous and ready to take on the world. That’s what is true beauty. Being happy with yourself and confident and not letting anyone stop you from being you. Being yourself.”

Gosh I love these girls:) Here are a few of my favorites from her session!

Cumberland Valley High School photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Saiyeda in a field in Lemoyne.

 

Such a beautiful girl!

Cumberland Valley High School photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Saiyeda in a field in Lemoyne.Cumberland Valley High School photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Saiyeda in a field in Lemoyne.

 

It was Saiyeda’s idea to bring an orange smoke bomb to her session – and I’m SO glad she did!

Cumberland Valley High School photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Saiyeda in a field in Lemoyne.

 

We had so much fun with the smoke bomb:)

Cumberland Valley High School photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Saiyeda in a field in Lemoyne.Cumberland Valley High School photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Saiyeda in a field in Lemoyne.

 

She is so smiley and has the best laugh, I was so glad I caught this one!

Cumberland Valley High School photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Saiyeda in a field in Lemoyne.Cumberland Valley High School photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Saiyeda in a field in Lemoyne.Cumberland Valley High School photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Saiyeda in a field in Lemoyne.

 

One of my favorites!

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And one last gorgeous photo to round out her blog post:)

Cumberland Valley High School photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Saiyeda in a field in Lemoyne.Saiyeda is such a beautiful soul, and I also loved what she wrote for what kind of impact she’d like to make on the world: “I want to make the kind of impact that helps generations after me. The kind of impact that helps the world overall, environmentally and being at peace with other nations. The impact I want to make is to make the kids that think they don’t have it all, and make them know they have it all. They are at the top of the world, and nothing will ever stop them. Also, make an impact that teaches everyone how important the environment is. If hurt the earth that we live on, we’re only killing our chance at living. Killing our home, which is earth.”

Have an AWESOME senior year, Saiyeda!

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Today is the first day of school for all of my Cumberland Valley High School girls, so it seems like the perfect date to kick off all of my senior blog posts! This month has been crazy busy full of senior sessions, and I’m loving every minute of it:) I can’t even explain how much I love photographing all of these girls – it makes me feel like I’m 18 again, and getting to know each and every one of them is my favorite part. I’ve worked with some amazing girls lately, there is so much senior goodness in store!

Feryal’s session was my first shoot back after my break, and I couldn’t have started it off in a better way:) She’s the nicest, most genuine girl, and I loved getting to know her throughout her whole senior experience! Here’s a little bit about Feryal’s description of true beauty: “When someone has confidence in themselves and everything they do, and help others gain confidence that they are beautiful too. True beauty is shown through the spreading of positivity and encouragement that everyone is beautiful in their own way, and its something that is not tangible but holds a lot of value.”

Isn’t she amazing? I love it! Here are a few of my favorites from her senior session!

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Cumberland Valley High School senior Feryal in Downtown Harrisburg.

 

Isn’t she gorgeous? We started her session off in the streets of downtown Harrisburg:

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Cumberland Valley High School senior Feryal in Downtown Harrisburg.

 

She has the best smile:

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Cumberland Valley High School senior Feryal in Downtown Harrisburg.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Cumberland Valley High School senior Feryal in Downtown Harrisburg.

 

I loved all of her outfits:

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Cumberland Valley High School senior Feryal in Downtown Harrisburg.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Cumberland Valley High School senior Feryal in Downtown Harrisburg.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Cumberland Valley High School senior Feryal in Downtown Harrisburg.

 

We incorporated some traditional looks to represent her culture:

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Cumberland Valley High School senior Feryal in Downtown Harrisburg.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Cumberland Valley High School senior Feryal in Downtown Harrisburg.

 

Gah, love these last two!

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Cumberland Valley High School senior Feryal in Downtown Harrisburg.

And to wrap up the post, here is how Feryal would like to make an impact on the world: “I want to make an impact which helps others and will continue to help others for years. I love helping people out and seeing people happy after doing something kind is one of the best feelings in the world. I hope I can make peoples’ lives change for the better and help out as much as possible. I’m also really involved with gender/racial equality as in Middle Eastern culture many women are oppressed as well as Muslims in the US, and it is something which has affected me, I hope to really make a change with the way women are treated in the Middle East and well as the problem with Islamophobia.”

Thanks again Feryal, I loved getting to know you!

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How is it already August next week?!? This summer is completely flying by. I’m back with my July self portrait – I missed June, and it’s the first one I’ve missed in the 4 or 5 years I’ve been doing this project. But I’ll be honest – June is a month I’d like to forget ever happened, so we’re just going to breeze past that on the self portrait front and pick it up with this month.

The first part of this month was spent relaxing, healing, and just taking the time I needed for myself. Those weeks flew by, but they were much needed and I’m glad I took the time off (and a big thank you again to all of my clients who were SO wonderful and understanding about my time off!). June was by far the most difficult month of my life, but July was spent learning how to move forward after enduring everything that June brought into our lives. These past few weeks have brought heartache and pain, but also a lot of healing, love, and feeling grateful for many things in my life. I also found a lot of strength. A strength I didn’t know I had in me. Also, an even deeper strength in my marriage than I ever thought was possible. Jay is truly my rock, and if I thought I loved him before, well I love him that much x 100 now:)

This week was my first week officially back to work, and it feels great to be back. There’s something to be said for getting back into my normal routine, focusing my mind on the things I’ve always loved to do. These next few weeks are going to be full of lots and lots of senior sessions, which I’m SO excited for! I absolutely love working with these girls, and they’ve been so sweet and thoughtful to me over the past few weeks. Cheers to moving forward, living life, and persevering….

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    Glad to see you’re back in action doing something you love
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Oh, how I love weddings at Ironstone Ranch! It’s one of my favorite venues – it’s such a gorgeous property and all of the people that work there are so amazing, helpful, and nice. I was so excited to be a part of Krystle + Jason’s July wedding at the ranch, and they lucked out with a gorgeous (although hot!) summer day for their celebration.

I absolutely loved all of the details that they put together for their wedding too – it all fit so perfectly with the ranch/orchard setting. Everything about their day was gorgeous! And a special thanks to Hillary and Sarah for stepping in to photograph their day for me – they did an amazing job and I couldn’t wait to share these images!

Here are a few of my favorites from Krystle + Jason’s wedding, and make sure to view their SLIDESHOW for even more wedding pictures!

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I loved the moment shared below:

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Krystle and Jason opted for a first look, it’s always one of my favorite parts of any wedding!

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Such a gorgeous couple!

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Krystle, you’re a beautiful bride:)

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Love all of these colors Krystle chose:

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Ceremony time!

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They lucked out with such a beautiful day!

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Married!

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I’m obsessed with the picture of Krystle below! So gorgeous!

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Love these two!

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I’m obsessed with all of these cute reception details!

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Is there anything better than some gorgeous photos of a couple at sunset? I love it!

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And the night ended with a perfect sparkler exit:)

Harrisburg wedding photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Krystle and Jason at Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown PA.

Congrats again Krystle + Jason!!!

And don’t forget to view their SLIDESHOW for even more wedding pictures!

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There’s nothing I love more than a center city engagement session in Philly! It always makes me miss my time living in the city, those were such fun years. I’m always so glad we still live close enough to the city to still visit from time to time:) Sarah and Joe chose to have their engagement session in the Old City area, where you can always find a ton of awesome spots and hidden areas for a shoot. It’s one of my favorite locations!

Sarah + Joe are getting married in September, and I can already tell it’s going to be an amazing wedding if their engagement session is any preview! A huge thank you to my good friend Adrienne for stepping in to shoot this engagement session for me – she photographed it and I edited:) I couldn’t wait to share all of this gorgeousness, so without further ado, here are my favorites!

Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.

 

So gorgeous Sarah!

Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.

 

Love these two!

Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.

 

One of my favorite alleys in Philly!

Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.

 

So sweet:)

Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.

 

Sarah, I’m totally obsessed with your ring:)

Harrisburg engagement photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Sarah and Joe in Old City Philadelphia.

Congrats you two!!!

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  • Sarah Brooks Ayars - Love these (and not just because it’s another Sarah & Joe)!! 🙂 So many good backdrops!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Gostomski - Tina- love these!!!!!! We are so excited for September! Thanks so much to you + Adrienne!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Norris - Gorgeous couple!! So happy for you both and have fun as you get ready for the big day!!ReplyCancel