I’m small town girl at heart. There, I’ve said it! When I met Ed, my now husband, I didn’t think so though. I’d grown up in a small town in Western New York and spent my summers in another one, so I thought that moving to the city (or at least the suburbs) of a major city would be where I’d want to live as an adult. I went to school at the University of Rochester (a... Read More

The Watson Family had one of the most beautiful evenings for their family session! Summer days…oh how I long for you again…when you stay light until almost 10pm! The days are getting longer now…which means Spring is coming. I just wish they would hurry up and be here already! Anne & Phil have such a beautiful family of young ladies and I was so fortunate to meet them and completely... Read More

Have I mentioned that working with newborn babies is one of my favorite things to do? What better way to break in the new studio then with a sweet baby girl who came to visit!?! Meet Baby Girl Lila! The studio was still in the midst of renovations, but luckily Lila’s Mommy was super understanding and has a vision for remodeling! I was able to test out all of the beautiful natural light in the... Read More

One of the best things about Senior Portraits with students from the Culver Academies is how diverse their lives are, yet how bonded they are due to the amazing boarding school they attend which offers so many opportunities. Because of the many activities they are involved in, having two senior portrait sessions (or more) really captures their personalities! Patience and I met this past Summer for... Read More

Remember way back last April when I shared a blog on the Always Happy Life Photography Studio Progress? Well, since it’s now the beginning of the year, I figured it was time for an update on how the rustic old barn has become my very cool photography studio space. Many have seen a little bit here and there on the Always Happy Life Photography Facebook page (Are you follwoing me? If not, please... Read More

Wow!!! What a busy, busy, busy, busy summer I had! Now that the leaves have started changing and things are settling down a teeny tiny bit before the holiday craziness starts, I have a little time to update the blog and add some past sessions to Facebook for families to share. Bear with me! I always want to make sure my clients have their images and orders first, before I take time to work on the... Read More

MaKennon {Class of 2013} Culver High School Senior Portrait

MaKennon {Class of 2013} Culver High School Senior Portrait Summer is here and that means it’s time to start thinking about the Senior Portraits for the Class of 2013!!! It’s always best to do them when the weather is beautiful, flowers are blooming and everything is green. MaKennon was my first senior for 2013 and we had fun checking out a new location with some great scenery. So close... Read More

This family was one of the very lucky winners of a mini session from the Small Town Savvy, “Helping with the Holidays” Giveaway from way back in December! With Theresa being a school teacher, one daughter in college and busy teenagers, it was tough to try and get their session in before the holidays. So they opted to do it when school was out and the weather was better! They had a perfect... Read More

Fathers are very important in each of our lives. We are reminded of this as we celebrate Father’s Day this time every year. Tomorrow is no different. For those of us who are fortunate to have a loving father figure in our lives, it is a happy time. For children who are growing up without one, it is a painful and discouraging reminder of the crucial influence that is missing in their lives. Luckily,... Read More

Are you planning to have your family’s portrait taken soon? Excellent!!! Did you know there are some do and don’t guidelines for what to wear? Here are a few tips to help create a timeless family portrait that you will treasure for years to come. I promise, this will help you to not have images like some of the ones seen on “Awkward Family Photos“!!! If you need help with planning... Read More