Welcome! I'm happy that you're here. This is the best place to keep updated on my most recent work. . .the new families that I've met. . .the latest adventures. You know, the fun stuff. Thanks for following along.
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!
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.
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
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,
the quiet times to do your own thing,
the sad times when only a hug from mommy will do,
the silly times,
the "BUT I WAS PLAYING WITH THAT!" moments,
and even the "OK, everyone is tired now" moments.
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.
To see more images from this great session, visit Cranberry Area Family under Galleries on my website.
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.
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. . .
. . .and end with helping daddy make a protein shake so he has the energy he needs all day long.
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!
But eventually, even this dynamic duo needed a little down time.
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!
To see more of our time together, please visit my web site, www.katebuckleyphotography.com, and go to Galleries, Pine Township Family.
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