Commercial Photos…photographing and following Exit Lancaster

Commercial photos…  It is a direction I would like to continue heading in as the schedule fits very well with raising a large family.  The hours are better as they typically do not happen on weekends.  This job was no exception and I still got to do what I love.  I got to work with children and use my photography skills to document an amazing story.  This story starts with Lancaster County inner city kids and ends with them going off into the world, being successful, then coming back and giving back to Lancaster City and the surrounding county.

Meet Exit Lancaster!  Exit Lancaster is a program that works with inner city kids over the summer.  These middle school and high school students take classes at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, exercise at the Y, go on field trips, and meet with their teachers one- on-one to discuss and prepare for furthering their education.  I shared a piece of their story on my other blog.  To check out the educational pillar of Exit Lancaster, please click http://www.hersheyphotography.org/commercial-photographer-lancaster-pa/

Here is just another small piece of their story and their journey.  Today I got to spend time with Exit Lancaster as they went to the Strasburg YMCA.  Danielle Woods from News 8 was there supporting Exit Lancaster.  She is a news and traffic reporter who shared her success story with the kids.  She encouraged them to make good life choices and also worked out with them.  This photo below was taken after an extremely hard workout.  Danielle Woods still looks amazing and gorgeous!  Thank you for the countless ways you give back to the community, Danielle!

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The kids started their day with the boys using the cardio equipment and doing individual workouts while the girls worked with Super Trainer, Mr. Jeremy.  I started taking pictures of the girls.  They were doing a step workout with their teachers and Danielle Woods right by their side.  The coordination was way beyond what I would be able to do!  Thank goodness I stayed behind the camera.  Mr. Jeremy worked the girls hard, sweat was pouring off, yet there were still tons of smiles!  He is such a great trainer!  He had them doing partner sit ups, planks, and jumping rope!

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Then they changed places with the boys.  The girls went off to their individual cardio workouts using Strasburg YMCA’s top of the line cardio equipment and the boys came in to see Mr. Jeremy.  The girls had to burn 300 calories on any machine of their choice.  Once they had burned the calories, they were allowed to cool off at the pool!  And let me tell you, the Strasburg YMCA has very nice pool facilities!  The girls enjoyed it after such a hard workout!

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Meanwhile, Mr. Jeremy had a different workout for the boys that included swinging mallets, pushing huge things around the gym floor, swinging massive ropes, lifting logs, and so much more.  The workout included every inch of every muscle and the boys rose to the challenge!  Mr. Jeremy would blow the whistle and the boys would quickly move to the next station.  I loved watching their teachers participate too!  Mr. Jeremy ended their session with planks and a game of basketball.  I was so impressed watching these middle school and high school students rise to the challenges Mr. Jeremy placed before them.

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Exit Lancaster is a program that certainly looks at the whole child!  I am so honored to be hired to document their story and can’t wait to share more about their program through my commercial photography.  For my next Exit Lancaster adventure, I will be photographing them at a farm!  Keep an eye out for my next blog post!

My newest commercial photography job

I am so excited to share I have embarked on a new adventure.  I am working with a non-profit agency, Exit Lancaster.  My job is to be their commercial photographer to document their amazing program.  I sat down with the Exit Lancaster team to be interviewed for the position and was challenged and inspired by what they are doing for Lancaster City youth.  I knew immediately I would love to be chosen for this commercial photography job!  It was an ideal fit because it combines all the things I love:  children, teaching, and photography.  I am honored to say they chose me for the job and I will be following students throughout the month of July.

Let me start by sharing more about Exit Lancaster and their program.    Exit Lancaster is a program designed to provide inner city youth with a variety of choices intended to create a “winning life plan”.  Their mission is to equip children with the skills and aptitude needed to navigate their way through their primary academic career and on to some form of Higher Education, increasing their chances of success.  They believe every child can develop and become positive members of society, when they are given the opportunities to be successful.  Exit Lancaster accomplishes this through five pillars:  educational opportunities, community involvement, appreciation of the arts, wellness and career exploration.  So you can see why I was over the moon to be chosen as their commercial photographer!  

I had just one of my July shoots with them, documenting their program and one pillar, the education portion which focuses on providing youth with enrichment courses in Math, Science, Literacy and and Technology through partnerships with local colleges.  Their goal is to increase students aptitude and attitude towards academics .  And let me share, what I saw and what you see in the pictures below, tell me they are accomplishing their goal with great success!  For this particular shoot, I photographed the middle school students.  One thing you need to remember as you look at the pictures is this is JULY and this is MIDDLE SCHOOL aged children.  Be amazed with me!  I was in awe as I photographed them dedicated to learning and saw their motivation as they worked in math class.  None of these pictures were staged.  These are real classrooms, filled with middle school hormones, in the height of summer with children pouring over books and double checking their math work.  My teacher heart was leaping for joy, my love for children was inspired, and my love for photography was fulfilled in just this short shoot.  I can’t wait for my other days documenting some of their other pillars!  But for now, enjoy the pictures below.

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To follow more of what is happening through Exit Lancaster (and to see more pictures!), please go to my new website and new blog.  I am so excited this is happening in my hometown of Lancaster and that I can be a small part of spreading the word and giving them the professional photos that will share what they are doing for our youth!  As you can see, I am super impressed by what I saw.  Any teacher that works with middle school students immediately has my respect, but to work with middle school students and inspire them during the summer is even more awe-inspiring!  For the rest of July, I will be sharing little bits and pieces about Exit Lancaster and some of their other pillars.  I will be visiting a farm with them, going to the gym with them, and will be back in class with their high school students.  Stay tuned!!!

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Lancaster Wedding Photography…Longs Park engagement session

Here I am still back in the fall of last year.  I debated just moving on instead of trying to catch up, but how could I pass up sharing about this beautiful couple?  I was first contacted through email by Tim.  Even his initial email blew me away and I knew I wanted to meet this dear couple.  When I asked him how he found me, he shared he found me by looking up Best Wedding Photographers in Lancaster.  I honestly don’t know how people even find me by googling Best Photographer anything being that I am a very small photography business.  I do not market myself, I don’t even invite friends to “like” my pages, and social media…well, I do try but I am pathetic at it.  The fact that Tim found me, that in itself, is a miracle from God.  And having the privilege of photographing Tim and Brandie’s engagement and wedding, is an incredible blessing I will never take lightly.  He shared about how he loved my tag line, In His Image, and how he signs his papers with the same closing statement.  We talked about why we both think that is important and we shared our stories of how God has worked in our lives.  I just wish he could write this for me because his writing is beyond eloquent.  I haven’t even talked about Brandie yet.  I don’t know if there could be a more dynamic couple!  Brandie has more style in her little finger than I do in my whole entire body.  She is beautiful from head to toe and is filled to overflowing with love, mercy, and grace.  I have been the recipient of it on so many occasions!  Brandie has a smile and laugh that lights up a room!  I could go on and on but I should just stick to pictures instead of writing and have Tim be my guest blogger!  Anyway, meet Tim and Brandie and I’ll let the pictures tell their beautiful love story!hersheyphotography.org-1

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Do you see what I was trying to say?  Pictures say it so much better!  Brandie and Tim just exude beauty from the inside out.  I am so blessed to have met them and to now call them friends.  They live out of state but absolutely love Lancaster, PA and wanted to have their wedding and engagement pictures done in Lancaster.  I love that they chose Longs Park for their engagement photography.  They had seen another shoot I had done there, and fell in love.  I fell in love with the fall colors!  The gorgeous oranges and yellows, the beautiful fall light, in combination with their amazing outfits and smiles…perfection! Wait until you see their wedding venue.  It is at the beautiful Cameron Estates in Mount Joy!  I was so excited for the opportunity to shoot there and can’t wait to show you their wedding pictures but I am getting ahead of myself!

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Brandie and Tim, thank you for a wonderful time photographing your engagement.  I couldn’t have had a nicer night than the time I spent with you.  It is the sincerest compliment you would entrust me to photograph your love for each other and that you would choose me to photograph one of the most important days of your lives.  I wait in eager anticipation to see how God uses your marriage for His glory and honor!

These verses below remind me of you!  Thank you again for showing me so much of Christ’s love!

2 Timothy 1:7   For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Proversbs 31:10  A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

 

Click Below to Find Hershey Photography’s Newest Blog posts

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There you will find our new website, newest blog posts, and updated portfolio work.  Thank you for taking the time to visit!

Lancaster Engagement Photography…looking forward to the wedding day!

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I have gotten so far behind in blogging.  I thought I didn’t miss it, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed coming back to it.  Rummaging through the images, trying to pick out just a few, brought me back to this warm Lancaster day…a day perfect for engagement pictures.  Fun, laughter, joy, and love running so deeply through this beautiful couple!  You know they would do anything for each other.  Revisiting these pictures made me that much more excited for their wedding day.  I can’t wait to see her in a wedding gown and to see him looking at his bride.  I know their wedding will be magical and I will probably get teary eyed when they say “I do” before God, and all their friends and family.  Thank you for choosing me for your wedding photography!  I count it as an honor and privilege!

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The sun set quickly and we were able to do some night photography and practice dipping for their wedding pictures!  :)

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The sweetest couple married at the sweetest place on earth… Hershey, Pennsylvania.  It doesn’t get much better than that!  Beautiful wedding picture locations, Hershey kisses, and cupcakes topped with Hershey chocolate bars!  I get hungry every time I look at the photos!  And their union, a complete celebration!  I met them about a year ago as they were looking for wedding photographers.  As soon as I met them, I knew I would love to have the opportunity to shoot their wedding.  Their love for each other is just so evident!  Well enough talk, I’ll let the pictures tell their story!

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Okay, I couldn’t decide…The slight dapling of light in the  image above,  pure and untouched but then adding some additional lighting to really help see the moment…Both capture their first dance, both capture their love, but both speak of it in different ways…anyway you look at it, their love is beautiful!

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Alicia, my trusty sidekick (from Alicia Horst Photography) and friend got this awesome picture of the bouquet toss and fire pit picture below!

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Um…yeah…the reception was just a little fun!  We had a blast!

 

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Thank you so much for choosing Hershey Photography for your wedding day pictures.  It was an honor!  You are such a great team and I can’t wait to see how God uses your marriage!

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