Moist {Lewistown, Pa} Family Session

This beautiful family was the winner of my giveaway I ran on my Facebook page a couple of months ago.  Prior to photographing this session, Chelsea not only expressed her excitement for this session but also some apprehension with not knowing how her boys would do.  I promised her I would do my best to get some great photos of her family.

Guys, I was blown away by her review after her session.  I’m so thankful that I get the opportunity to meet such wonderful human beings who trust me to capture their beautiful families.

“The lengths Katie would go to, to get that perfect shot and still make sure the kids were having fun is something we really enjoyed. The kids had a fun time and were laughing and smiling and really engaged in the photo shoot.  They got to have fun while doing something most kids don’t want to and Katie was totally OK with letting them do their own thing. From start to finish Katie goes well out of her way for her clients, from setting up a meeting before pictures, choosing the best location for your family, to sitting down with you after to look at the entire gallery of pictures. Would recommend to anyone, especially families who typically don’t do pictures cause you feel your kids just wont listen or corporate ‘like mine’.  She is just great with getting the kids to have fun and enjoy the photo shoot.  The only problem I had encountered is trying to choose our favorites, because there were just so many amazing shots. We are very pleased and cant wait for the next time we need photos taken!”

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Thank you, Chelsea, for the wonderful review and for sharing your family with me for a little while.  I hope you cherish these photos for many years to come! ❤

Madison is one!

I’ve photographed SO many cake smashes over the years and they are so much fun because you never know how they will react being able to just dive into a cake.  My youngest, Madison, has been eating solids for a while and she has NO problem making a mess so I figured this would be pretty fun to watch.  I even gathered her sisters around to watch!

I wanted to start with a few non-cake smash photos.  I really don’t know how many times my husband and I had to keep bringing her back onto the backdrop.  She was pretty unimpressed with my antics and was more interested in dancing in circles behind me to the music my husband was playing than having her photos taken.  Regardless, she’s pretty cute!

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Onto the cake smash portion of her session.  I really thought she would dive in!  First, she had to  – ONE – BY – ONE –  pull off the cake decorations.  She brought them to her daddy, big sisters and me.  (Again, one by one…) She’d stay on the backdrop for a few photos then mosey on off behind me to dance or try to escape upstairs.  2018-10-02_0003

Here is one of the times that she decided she needed to take a break because being forced to eat cake is tiring… lol!  (Ignore the purple patched wall… one day we will finish it. hahaha!)

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Onto the bath portion of her session.  THIS KID WAS MORE INTERESTED IN THE TUB THAN HER CAKE.  But what I really didn’t foresee was the amount of water she was going to dump all over the floor.  The 1st, 2nd and second to last and last photos had some seriously photoshopping done to hide the amount of water splashed everywhere and to hide the wet backdrop that she decided to tear up, ‘cuz why not! lol!2018-10-02_0001I honestly cannot believe a year of her life has gone by already!  I feel like I just brought her home from the hospital!

Happy Birthday, Madison!  We love you so much!  It’s been such a joy watching you grow and explore over this past year and we cannot wait to see more and more of your personality shine through as you grow!  ❤ ❤ ❤

Yoder {Lewistown, Pa} Family Session

About a year before my oldest, Genesis, went to Kindergarten she sat down and started sobbing because she just wanted to learn how to read.  She couldn’t believe she wasn’t able to yet!  Aside from consoling her little heart and having a pretty good chuckle we assured her that she would be able to read soon.  It wasn’t long into kindergarten she really started to pick up on it.  She was given more and more sight words by her teacher every day and I was told one day as she was handed extra word flash cards that Genesis kind of stared at her like… “that’s it?”  This kid LOVES to read!!

I am so appreciative to this special woman here for not only teaching Genesis to read but for fixing her boo boos and listening to her anxious concerns when I couldn’t be there for her while she was at school.  She truly is an amazing teacher and I will forever be appreciative for all that she taught my daughter.  ❤

Thank you for allowing me to photograph your beautiful family, Amanda!  My hope is that as the years pass and you see these photos hanging on your wall you are able to remember all of the little details of your family when your kids were little… adventurous and curious spirits, silly faces, and the love you all shared.  ❤ ❤ ❤

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I blogged…

Guys, I don’t want to confess this… but it’s literally been almost 8 months since I last blogged.  Since I work from home I feel like prioritizing is a daily struggle — However, I’m sure this is true for working mama’s as well!

Do I try to keep up with the housework?? (Although, I feel like I just maintain a healthy level of chaos over here: not completely clean but not a complete disaster either.)  Or do I make sure that I’m on top of social media posts and blogging while still keeping up with the daily emailing clients back and forth, setting up consultations/sessions and let’s not forget the actual sessions themselves, ordering product, and delivering it to my clients.

Never mind the constant pressure (it feels) from social media to maintain absolute perfection.  Perfect photos, perfect Instagram feed/ Facebook feed.  Post what will interest people to gain interaction so the people who like your page will have the opportunity to actually see your photos you post.  But don’t post on 2 pm on a Wednesday because according to Facebook that isn’t an ideal time to get interaction.  (<—- no idea if that time actually isn’t ideal.  I refuse to do the research or obsess about posting times… with three kids, ain’t nobody got time for that.)  Don’t post too much personal content to your social media accounts… but post some that your potential clients get to know you a bit more and see you rather than just your brand.

I feel like most days I have been spinning in circles between keeping my younger two entertained while I try to finally sit down and edit that last session.  But, oh crap!  It’s 3pm and I still haven’t figured out what’s for dinner…

If you’ve lasted this long into this blog post, Lord bless ya!  I have no idea what the answer is to maintaining the perfect balance between working from home (which I absolutely love to do) and managing life….

But for today… I blogged.

Bachert Sneak Peek {Lewistown, Pa} Family Photographer

This beautiful family came into my life just a little over a year ago. I can’t even begin to describe how incredibly blessed my family is just by knowing them. From Adam spending a Saturday with my husband helping hang drywall, or dropping off a meal for us when we were having a difficult few weeks, to Alexis sneaking coffee and donuts on our doorstep on a rough day…

Thank you for your friendship, sweet friends. It’d be pretty lonely doing life without you.

Enjoy your sneak peek! ❤

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Hostler Sneak Peek {Lewistown, Pa} Family Photographer

One day while I was out for a run, I saw this beautiful barn and property and I thought to myself, “self: you should stop by sometime and ask to take pictures there because it is GORGEOUS!”  I never got around to stopping….

Fast forward several months later and I met this beautiful family and we were discussing locations for their upcoming session.  We got to talking about Casey’s parents property and, would you believe… it was the property I was wanting to take photos at!!  And seriously, ya’ll….. the location did not disappoint!

Check out this seriously adorable session!  And William rocked it!

Thanks so much you guys!  I had an amazing time!

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Miller Family Sneak Peek {Millersburg, Pa} Family Photographer

This beautiful family was such a joy to photograph!  Mom had responded to my model call a couple of months ago and let me tell you… I’m so glad she did because they made my job so incredibly easy!  Thank you so much for such an amazing evening, guys!  Enjoy! ❤

Interested in a family session?  Email me at info@katiebingamanphotography.com.  I’d LOVE to hear from you!447a5747-copy-adv

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Zimmerman Sneak Peek {Port Royal, Pa} Family Photographer

Y’all… I have been dying to share these photos with you all!!!

This gorgeous family came all the way from Maryland for their family session!  Talk about pressure! 😉

We had a beautiful (albeit hot) day for our session.  The sunlight was AMAAAAAZING! Maddie was a gem!  The outfits were on point!  Seriously, everything was perfection!  Y’all made my job so easy!

One of my most favorite things about my job is that when I first meet a client to discuss their upcoming session they are strangers but by the time we finish photographing their session, we are friends.  I just love it!!! ❤

Thanks so much for trusting me to capture your beautiful family.  I had an amazing time! ❤

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Photographing your own children…

When you are the child of a photographer, somewhere along the line you develop something called “PCS” or Photographer’s Child Syndrome.  PCS can be quite irritating. You (as a photographer) have great plans of taking amazing photos of your children… capturing every sweet detail… but your child has other ideas.

Every now and again I can bribe my children with something to get one decent photo but I don’t attempt to get more than a few photos.  And I rarely pull out my “big girl camera” because they typically won’t cooperate when they see that.

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If you have a session coming up and you’d like to use the gown, just let me know! I have one in size 1-2 years and 3-4!

Longing for a baby on Mother’s Day…

I can remember sitting in church on Mother’s Day in 2011.  Mothers were being celebrated for all that they do and I sat with my head hanging and tears falling because I so desperately wanted to be a Mom and yet I still wasn’t.  My husband and I prayed and prayed for a child and, honestly, I was losing faith.

Today is a day of celebrating mothers yet I am so certain that there are many of you who sit today with tears streaming down your face because your womb is empty… and today is just another reminder of it.

…I know you’re hurting

I remember that pain so well.  I so wish I could give each and every one of you a hug.  My heart bleeds for you.

I am so incredibly thankful that a doctor was able to figure out what was going on with me.  A week after I was diagnosed, I had surgery.  And we had our Genesis Faith on March 3, 2012. (Genesis’ name holds great meaning to us.  She was our beginning and we had Faith that we would be blessed with a child.)   And on October 29, 2014 we were blessed again with our Olivia Grace.

…But… for so many of you, your stories of infertility are not as short-lived as mine.  Please know that today you are not forgotten.  I am thinking of you and praying for you…

…praying for your miracle baby…

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”  Psalm 37:4

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All my love,

Katie