Smash Cake Sessions, Welcome!

Logan’s 1st Birthday!

January started off with a bang . . . or I should say a smash!  A Smash Cake Session that is! This adorable little Cubbies Fan joined me to celebrate his 1st Birthday with some playtime, balloons, and (of course) a birthday cake!

I met Logan’s mom in the most unlikely places . . . a garage!  Our cars were both in for an oil change and we started chatting!  She was there with her adorable little girl, Hailey –  Logan’s big sister, and that was enough to spark a conversation.  Turns out we are practically neighbors!  (Of course in our neck of the woods, neighbors can still live a few miles apart!)  🙂  So when her little girl turned one last year we got together for her 1st birthday Smash Cake Session . . . and of course we did it again for Logan’s!

It’s amazing the difference between 2 children from the same parents!  Sweet Hailey had left most of her smiles at home, but still did great up to the time the cake came out . . . . then the tears started.  Nothing seemed to help after that.  Her brother on the other hand was full of smiles and laughter, enjoyed his cake and was even fine with a bubble bath afterwards – as long as it was on his terms!  🙂  He just wanted to make sure the water was good before he was willing to jump in.  So we let him play outside the tub till he was comfortable.  Worked like a charm . . . and perfection happened!

We even managed to get a few smiles out of Hailey this time around too . . . she did make me work for them again!  🙂  Totally worth it though!!  Just look at that beautiful face!


Smash Cake Sessions are different for every child!  It’s important to remember that as you plan your son or daughter’s 1st birthday party AND Smash Cake Session.  Nobody can predict what a child will do . . . not even you!  The best way to help your child prepare for their first birthday is to let them try cake & icing well in advance!  If they are not used to eating something sweet, they will not react well.  If they are not used to getting messy, they will not react well.  Put them in the bath tub with a cupcake, and let them go to town!  Even if you do all that . . . there is still no guarantee that you will get the reaction you are hoping for.  The best thing I can tell you . . . is be prepared for anything to happen at your Smash Cake Session!  I’ve had kids cry when they tasted the cake and love the bubble bath.  I’ve had kids love the cake and cry for the bubble bath.  I’ve had kids cry the whole time.  I’ve had kids SMASH and stick their feet in the cake, but I’ve also had kids that just use one tiny finger to eat the icing with . . . never getting to the actual cake.  It’s different every time . . . but always fun!  Just relax, and let your kiddo have their own kind of fun!

If you are ready to plan your Smash Cake Session, please feel free to Contact me so we can start planning!

Love and blessings,

Mindy 🙂

2017, New Premium Products

Framed Photo Collage

This 16×16 Framed Photo Collage is sure to be a favorite for all my clients!  It comes with a 1 1/4″ Black Onyx frame and all your images are mounted to perfectly fit the frame!  Each image is double matted for a little extra style!

Your Framed Collage will arrive ready to display with finished backing and hanging hardware.  There are also 2 wall bumpers to insure both your walls and your frame are protected.

One of my favorite parts of this Framed Collage, is that you get to choose the number of images in your own collage!  You can choose from 4 4×6 images; 4 5×7 images; 9 4×4 images; 1 8×12 and 3 3×3 images; or 1 9×9 and 5 4×4 images (see images below).  Make it your own and choose the layout you like best!


If you would like more information about my Photo Collections or would like to set up your Senior Portrait Consultation or Session, please feel free to Contact me anytime!

New Premium Products

Image Boxes & Prints

It’s taken me a few years and a lot of research to find my favorite labs and choose my favorite prints and products from those labs.  I have to say, I am THRILLED to be able to share the rewards of my hard work with you!  These have got to be some of my absolute FAVORITE products!!

Let’s start with the prints!

Have you ever had a favorite print that you framed, and it looked like it was warped once you hung it on the wall?  Like it needed something to hold it in place?  I have . . . and I hated it.  I finally had pictures of my kids hung on the walls, and I wasn’t happy with the way they looked.  The pictures were great and I loved the frames, but ugh . . . something was off.  Upon further investigation, I found that the photos wasn’t laying flat in the frame, causing it to look warped and awful.  Well  . . . NO MORE!!

These beauties are called mounted prints.  They are mounted on matboard (1/16″ for smaller prints and 1/8″ for larger ones).  This backing is just enough to provide support and protection for the image without making it bulky or too large for framing.  Most frames still come with a cardboard insert ~ just get rid of that and these mounted prints will fit perfectly in your frames!   These images are also fingerprint resistant so your smaller images will be protected from oily fingers and the less careful ones that might bend your photos!

The Image Box!

When you order the Heirloom Collection, your 5×7 Mounted Prints will come in this stunning Image Box!  With a Custom Photo Cover design, your Image Box will look great in any setting and with any decor.  Display your Image Box with the photos from your Senior Portrait Session for a personalized centerpiece and instant conversation starter.  If you plan to give away your 5×7 Mounted Prints, your Image Box will make a great place to store your Senior Year Keepsakes ~ like your graduation tassel!

The Photo Cover has a smooth Matte Finish and the photo wraps around the entire outside of the box to cover the front, spine, and back with one of your images from your Senior Portrait Session.  The photo also wraps around the inside of the box with tight corners and is covered with a fabric interior to hold it all in place.  There is a ribbon connected to the inside bottom of the box to allow for easy removal of the images or keepsakes kept inside.

Personally, I know my boys won’t want one of these Image Boxes . . . but I do!  I plan to keep little treasures from their school age year tucked inside.  Someday, I’ll show them to their children ~ my future grand-babies!  My daughter, on the other hand, is ready for me to order one for her now!  However you decide to use your Image Box, I know that you will treasure it for a lifetime!

If you would like more information about my Photo Collections or about scheduling your Personal Consultation or Session, please feel free to Contact me anytime!

2017, New Premium Products

The Accordion Brag Books!

Here is another favorite product of mine that has been a hit with my clients!  This little booklet holds a total of 12 individual wallet sized images.  The photo covers have a beautiful matte finish and close magnetically to insure the booklet stays safe and secure. The inside pages are a thick photo paper which feel so nice in your hands.

You have to option to use vertical and horizontal images, and can mix and match them however you like.  All you have to do is choose the images you want, and I’ll take care of the rest.

The Accordion Brag Books come in sets of 3, making it an ideal gift to share with your family members.  That way mom get one for her purse and so do both grandmothers.  Any which way you decide to split them up, you will have a happy family members!

If you would like more information on these wonderful booklets or would like to schedule your Photo Session, please feel free to contact me!

2017, New Premium Products

The Photo Image Cube!

This 4″ image cube can be customized however you like it.  Whether you want 6 individual images, 4 images on one side, or one side customized to commemorate a special event (Graduation Year, Birth Information, etc.).  The design is totally up to you.  This is a fantastic way to showcase your photos on your office desk or at home, and is the perfect gift for grandparents!

This past year, I have had several clients order them and they have always been thrilled with the results.  From newborns to high school seniors, and even a gift for a great-great grandmother.  It’s sure to bring joy to everyone!

If you would like more information about this fabulous product OR would like to set up a Photo Session, please feel free to contact me!

2017, Reviewing Last Years Photography

Remembering 2016

Oh my!  What a year 2016 was!  I am truly grateful for all of my clients and all the wonderful memories we made together.  I can’t begin to thank you enough for all your love, support, and encouragement throughout the year!

So let’s review what all we did throughout the year!

There were 16 amazing Seniors that will be graduating in June this year.  Each one brought a something new for me to work (play) with, which makes their sessions even more fun for me.  I still have a few more that still need to have their Photo Sessions.  There will be one in the winter and a few that wanted to wait till the Spring!

I had 2 fabulous Engagement Sessions and one 50th Wedding Anniversary!!  A destination engagement that was what dreams are made of; a country engagement that stole my heart; and a fabulous couple that was celebrating 50 years of marriage with photos at the church they were married in.  Be still my heart!

Two Maternity Sessions!  There is nothing like celebrating the joy of love with a new life!

Six Newborn Sessions . . . One of which was Fresh 48 in the hospital!

Three 1st Birthdays ~ some with a smash cake and some without . . . but always fun!

And ten Family Sessions!  Some traveled from near and far just to have their photos taken by this Bellefonte Photographer.  What an honor!

WOW!!!  Throw in a few Business, Event, and Product Photos, and you have one truly busy and amazing year of photography!

I am truly blessed to have worked with each one of these amazing clients!  I truly cannot wait to see what 2017 will bring.

Make the most of every moment ~ laugh whenever possible, dream big, and reach for the stars.  Make this the best year ever . . . you are the only thing standing in your way.


A Brand New Year and a Better Photography Experience for You!!

Happy New Year!

This past year, I have been working on finding new ways to serve you better, and I am SO excited to start this year!!  So let me tell you a little bit about what your photography experience will be like with me!

It all starts with a consultation!  I’ve found that your photographs turn out so much better when you and I are comfortable with each other.  The consultation gives us time to get to know each other and we get to plan out your photo session together!  By the time you leave the consultation you will have your session date selected, your locations chosen and we will both be excited about the session!

After your fabulous photo session, there will be a special Reveal Night where we’ll get together again so you can see the photos we created!  This is one of my favorite parts of your photography experience!  I’ll put together a slide show, and then we’ll go through all the photos so that I can help you choose the best photos for your to display in your home.  I can help you choose the sizes that will best fit the space available in your home.  I will be 100% at your service!  Once you have chosen your Collection, and selected the photos that will fill it, I will take care of the rest.  When the photos are ready . . . I’ll be back to hand deliver them to your door!  Service with a smile . . . and a hug!  😀

If you would like more information you can contact me anytime!  I can’t wait to start planning your Photo Session!

Love & Blessings,

Mindy 🙂