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Benny & Bean --- Spreading Cuteness and Love

September 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Dear Friends,

When I come across something that I love, I want to share it with all of you.  Which leads me to Benny & Bean.  This mother daughter-run business is stitching the most adorable, soft, cuddly dolls.  Each doll is handmade with love and comes in a variety of fabric colors and patterns.  With the holidays just around the corner (I know you may not want to hear this just yet but honestly, it's true) now is the perfect time to purchase these sweet friends.  The dolls will make a perfect gift not only for the little ones on your list but also for anyone who likes to snuggle with something soft and cute.  (I've been told that the dolls are a big hit with the college crowd too!)  Benny & Bean's product line also includes bib and matching towel sets, and fabric snack bags.

I recently had an opportunity to photograph the creative, sweet, and fun team behind Benny & Bean, along with some of their products.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from our session.  To learn more about where you can purchase a Benny & Bean doll, and other stitched-with-love items, check out their Facebook page, Benny & Bean.

Finally, meet Team Benny & Bean.  Thanks for the opportunity to share your story!

A Visit to Royal Oak School

July 09, 2017  •  1 Comment

It's always fun to make new friends.  It's even more fun when they are outside, running around playing, chasing one another, or just hanging out on a beautiful summer morning.  Such was my good fortune on a recent morning when I visited Royal Oak School located in Hampton Township (where I grew up!) north of Pittsburgh.  

I was delighted to have an opportunity to photograph the great kids attending the summer session at Royal Oak School.  When I walk into any place, with or without my camera, I immediately get a feeling about the people and my surroundings.  And my feeling about Royal Oak School is that it's a very special place.  The staff was professional and kind, and the kids were great!  They exemplified everything that I love about photographing children.  They were funny, silly, friendly, cool, shy, coy, carefree, confident and sweet.  

Enough talking!  I'll let a few of my favorite photos from my visit speak for themselves.

Royal Oak was founded in 1967 which means they are getting ready to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  That's 50 years of smiles.  Congratulations, new friends at Royal Oak and thank you for allowing me to spend a great summer morning with all of you.

A Wonderful Sunday Afternoon

March 08, 2017  •  1 Comment

I'm not sure how I get so lucky.  The families that welcome me into their homes are just so darn nice!  By the time I walk out their door, I honestly feel like I've made a few new friends.  Such was the case with Jyotsana and Adam who recently invited me to document one of their typical Sunday afternoons.  It was wonderful.  Adding to the Cuteness Quotient in their home is their 14-month-old son Connor, and their sweet dog Lulu.  This session is a perfect example of how a family's "ordinary" moments come to life and unfold in the most beautiful way.  Without further ado, I will let their photos tell their story of A Wonderful Sunday Afternoon.

LuLu showing off her listening skills, 

. . . which paid off big time in getting to help with Sunday brunch clean up.

And what's a Wonderful Sunday Afternoon without a little game of billiards?

Followed by a trip upstairs for a diaper and wardrobe change. First, a quick little cleanup.

Connor's nursery was also the perfect place for some play time with mommy.

Connor modeled his special Nepali hat.

Then it was time for hide and seek.

Connor and Lulu had some more fun together.

Thank you again, Jyotsana, Adam, Connor and Lulu for a Wonderful Sunday Afternoon.  To see more images from this documentary family photography session, please visit the Shaler Township Family gallery on my website, www.katebuckleyphotography.com


Real Families, Real Life

October 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

One of the great things about being a documentary family photographer is the feeling that I have when I realize that a family trusts me to be a part of their daily life.  I consider it a real honor to spend time with a family and capture those moments that only happen when it's "just family" around.  Because as we all know, there are all sorts of moments that can occur on an ordinary day. 

The sweet moments with daddy,

Dads and DaughtersDads and DaughtersWorking at home has its perks as Eva helps her dad send an email. the quiet times to do your own thing, 

Budding ArtistBudding ArtistEva creates works of art in the family office. A Secret KissA Secret KissLucy looks on as Barbie and her prince kiss after their wedding ceremony.  the sad times when only a hug from mommy will do,

Comfort in Mommy's ArmsComfort in Mommy's ArmsBefore nap time everything seems like an opportunity for a melt down. the silly times,

Bunny EarsBunny EarsEva playfully interrupts her dad's work day at the family dining room table. Silly GirlSilly GirlI love this playful image of Eva during a silly moment. the "BUT I WAS PLAYING WITH THAT!" moments,

SistersSistersLittle sister Lena sounds off at her older sister Eva who doesn't seem bothered by a thing. and even the "OK, everyone is tired now" moments.  

Real Family LifeReal Family LifeThe end of the photo shoot and the girls are beginning to show some wear.

But let's face it, these are the moments that make up all of our lives, and I truly believe that these are the moments that we all want to capture and remember.  

So thank you, Jamie, Gabe, Lucy, Eva, and Lena.  Thank you for trusting me to come into your lives and to be there to capture these special moments, so that you have them forever.

Family PortraitFamily PortraitOur busy and fun morning together wrapped up with this great family portrait. To see more images from this great session, visit Cranberry Area Family under Galleries on my website. 

Doubling the Fun with Twins

September 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I have always been fascinated by twins.  Growing up I knew several sets of twins.  There were Jean and Joan in grade school.  The Foley brother twins.  Heck, the Monroe family in our neighborhood had two sets of twins.  While I don't remember ever wanting to be a twin, I thought that twins were the coolest thing.  An instant best friend, I figured.  Someone to switch identity with and fool your teachers.  A constant source of a second wardrobe.

Fast forward several years and I was super excited when friends of mine began to become parents. . .of twins!  So imagine my excitement when I had a chance to spend a Saturday morning with my friends Dana and Christian, and their adorable twin girls, Paige and Emerson!  

One of the most fascinating things about these two cuties is that after spending five minutes or less with them, I quickly forgot that they were twins.  Paige and Emerson are their own unique little beings.  They each have their own adorable look and their own endearing personality.  They just happen to be born on the same day.

Sweet SistersSweet SistersThis portrait captures the personalities of these twin sisters perfectly. I love it when I can hang out with a family and feel like I'm a part of their life, if only for a day, and yet be an observer (and recorder) of their family routines and special moments.  Saturday morning breakfasts that begin with the clinking of cups of coffee and little plastic mugs. .  .

Saturday Morning Family BreakfastSaturday Morning Family BreakfastSaturday morning breakfast begins with a toast. . . .and end with helping daddy make a protein shake so he has the energy he needs all day long.

Time to Make the SmoothiesTime to Make the SmoothiesTwins Emma and Paige bring on the protein powder for the smoothies. Making Smoothies with DadMaking Smoothies with DadTwins Emma and Paige help their dad make fruit smoothies. Licking the SpoonLicking the SpoonDad offers Emma a taste of yogurt as they make breakfast smoothies together.

After breakfast there wasn't a lot of structure to our time together, and I loved it!  I was along for the ride.  Paige and Emerson were up for just about anything, from playing dress-up, to expressing themselves as little artists, to even belting out a few karaoke tunes!

Dress Up MagicDress Up MagicTwins Paige and Emma are ready to make some magic happen as they play dress up. Little ArtistsLittle ArtistsTwins Paige and Emma happily paint and draw on a Saturday morning while clutching their favorite stuffed animals. Karaoke TimeKaraoke TimeTwins Paige and Emma perform their sing along routine.

But eventually, even this dynamic duo needed a little down time.

Daniel TigerDaniel TigerTwins Emma and Paige share a quiet moment as they watch their favorite TV show, Daniel Tiger. Quiet TimeQuiet TimePaige and her mom share a quiet moment relaxing on the couch watching TV together. We sure had fun.  Thank you, Dana, Christian, Paige and Emerson, for inviting me into your home and lives.  By the way, if you happen to run into these two, be sure to wish them a happy 4th birthday.  I heard that it's coming up very soon!

The FamilyThe FamilyI love to take an informal portrait of all of my families. This one captures them perfectly. To see more of our time together, please visit my web site, www.katebuckleyphotography.com, and go to Galleries, Pine Township Family.