My Life

Super Bowl Sunday: Philadelphia Love

I'll admit, I'm not a huge football fan, but you know what I am a fan of? The community sharing in something special. It's been so much fun to watch my daughters' preschool chanting for the Eagles, to hear the Eagles' Victory Song being played on the organ at church, and getting ready to gather with family for good food and good times. So here's the best tribute I've got- Go Eagles!

ALL photos below were taken in Philadelphia OR with Philadelphia in view! What's your favorite place to visit in Philadelphia?

Mike and Rina danced the night away at the South Street Bridge in Philadelphia for their engagement session.

Mike and Rina danced the night away at the South Street Bridge in Philadelphia for their engagement session.

Paula and Frankie found a field of gorgeous sunflowers at their Manayunk engagement session.

Paula and Frankie found a field of gorgeous sunflowers at their Manayunk engagement session.

Mike and Miranda cuddle up at their Rittenhouse Square anniversary session in Philadelphia.

Mike and Miranda cuddle up at their Rittenhouse Square anniversary session in Philadelphia.

Mallory and Steve find the most gorgeous sunlight walking down the streets of Philadelphia.

Mallory and Steve find the most gorgeous sunlight walking down the streets of Philadelphia.

Mike and Rina's wedding at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, overlooks Center City in Philadelphia.

Mike and Rina's wedding at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, overlooks Center City in Philadelphia.

Zane and Deana's super secret location in Wissahickon Trail in Philadelphia. It still baffles me that THIS is Philadelphia!

Zane and Deana's super secret location in Wissahickon Trail in Philadelphia. It still baffles me that THIS is Philadelphia!

Elizabeth and Phil strolling around FDR Park in Philadelphia.

Elizabeth and Phil strolling around FDR Park in Philadelphia.

Paul and Christy at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge. I LOVE that blue!

Paul and Christy at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge. I LOVE that blue!

Clayton and Colleen cuddle up in the Piazza before heading into their wedding reception at Tendenza in Philadelphia.

Clayton and Colleen cuddle up in the Piazza before heading into their wedding reception at Tendenza in Philadelphia.

Jamie and Pete snuggle up for an amazing sunset near the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge leading into Philadelphia.

Jamie and Pete snuggle up for an amazing sunset near the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge leading into Philadelphia.

Deana and Zane are MARRIED and loving every minute of it in Washington Square Park in Philadelphia.

Deana and Zane are MARRIED and loving every minute of it in Washington Square Park in Philadelphia.

Christine and Nick in the middle of the action by City Hall in Philadelphia.

Christine and Nick in the middle of the action by City Hall in Philadelphia.

Jaclyn and Parker spend a summer evening at Spruce Street Harbor in Philadelphia.

Jaclyn and Parker spend a summer evening at Spruce Street Harbor in Philadelphia.

Kate and Jeff visit the quaint and cozy Elfreth's Alley.

Kate and Jeff visit the quaint and cozy Elfreth's Alley.

Are you getting married in Philadelphia and looking for a wedding photographer to capture it all? Email me at diana@styledpink.com!

My Life: A Photographer in Front of the Camera

At least once a year, I force myself (and my family) in front of a camera for our Christmas card photograph. It was especially important this year because of the sweet baby bump I'm rockin.' Oh, and it's so true, your second pregnancy is completely different from your first- so much less documenting, and so much less sleep!

I started the day by having my makeup professionally done by one of my favorite makeup artists- Christine Swope, I recommend her to EVERYONE- she's so talented. I really do believe that having your makeup done for any photo shoot will give you the confidence you need, and makeup artists have such a remarkable talent to bring out each person's natural beauty- it stands out in photos! I'm so glad I did it. 

A fellow photographer and good friend, Danielle of DMotti Photography, captured my family in such a beautiful way. She has a great eye and captures light like nobody's business! Sometimes it can be hard to take the backseat and let someone else pick all of the locations and poses, and I'm so glad I didn't open my mouth- I wouldn't change a thing about how Danielle captured everything! I'm forever grateful for these photos!

Makeup: Christine Swope of Strong Beauty

Photography: DMotti Photography

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My Life: Mom of a Robot on Halloween

My daughter is a toddler. Anyone who knows a toddler knows they can be highly opinionated and not easily coaxed into things (most times). I knew I wanted to handcraft a Halloween costume for her, and I wanted her to have some input, but of course, I wanted the final say. In the beginning of October, she wanted to be a bumble bee, and as the month went on, a dragon, a dinosaur, a "pumpkin face," aka jack-o-lantern, and lastly, a robot. Her desire to be a robot did not waver as I tried talking her into being a pumpkin face again (that costume looked much easier to make, and I wouldn't have to worry about her falling while trick-or-treating with a box around her). Well, she won, and a robot she was :) 

The details- humor me

Medium Moving Box: Home Depot

Tulle skirt/Paint/Wooden Hearts: Handmade by me, tulle from JoAnn Fabric

Silver Bracelets: Dryer vent hose from Home Depot

Reconstructed Antenna: A red headband with hearts, wrapped in hot pink Duck Tape and tulle from JoAnn Fabric

Silver Shoes: Carter's

I hope one day she looks back at these photos and gives me some major mommy credit, until then, I can imagine myself sitting at the kitchen table at midnight, painting Styrofoam balls as planets, because let's be real- we'll do anything for our babes!

Official Business! A Styled Pink Announcement

In just a few days, Styled Pink will officially turn two years old! I'm so excited and this couldn't have been a better time for my official announcement... (no, there's not a sibling on the way for Celeste!) 

I will be working exclusively, 100% for Styled Pink! That's right, my day job... buh bye! Over the past (almost year) I've been on maternity leave and Mike and I have been planning and testing the waters to see if we could officially take the plunge, and I'm so happy to announce, that yes, we can! Business has been great and it's time to take this part-time business into full swing! I'm so excited that I can spend 100% of my work time shooting, editing, designing albums, and keeping my clients happy and doing what I truly LOVE!

When I'm not busy (aka browsing the Internet in bed), I'm looking for new poses, new places to shoot, checking out wedding gowns- this is how I know I'm making the right choice. It's what I love to do. It's my passion. Now I'm lucky enough to do it- all. the. time. 

A huge thank you to my husband, Mike, who encourages me to dream- he is amazing and proof that marriage is the best thing ever! Thank you to my clients- past, present, and future- I couldn't have done it without you! I am so appreciative of your support, referrals, and trust! 

Cheers to a new chapter in this fabulous journey! 

xoxo,

Diana

Because sometimes when a good song comes on at a wedding- you need to bust a move... (PS- this is also my happy dance)

Because sometimes when a good song comes on at a wedding- you need to bust a move... (PS- this is also my happy dance)



Creating a Nursery

It's been a little over a month since our baby girl made her debut into the world. It's funny because the evening I completed the finishing touches of her nursery, and photographing it- I went into labor. She's a smart girl- she wanted to make sure her room was perfect, and I thank her for that! I was so afraid it wouldn't get done on time considering we had just moved into our house not a month prior! I'm thrilled with the way her nursery came out- I have to thank Pinterest for the countless/sleepless nights I spent looking for inspiration. One of my favorite things about the nursery is the gorgeous artwork from my friends and family. It really makes Baby C's nursery feel like it was made just for her!

Lamb Rocker- Pottery Barn White Crib- Pottery Barn Star Mobile- Pottery Barn My First Chair- Pottery Barn Dresser- Ikea

On Labor Day...

This Labor Day is completely different from any other one I've known. Typically, I would be with family and friends, eating delicious food and soaking up rays. This Labor Day, I am doing loads of miniature laundry, and prepping the nursery for a baby! Did I mention we moved last week? Although the move was just five minutes away, we still have many boxes to unpack... all of which have been put on hold until the nursery is complete. Tomorrow, I will be 37 weeks (full term!) and the baby can really come at any time! We are so thrilled, but at the same time, we are racing against the clock- trying to get our house together so when the baby comes we can focus 100% on her. I thought it being Labor Day would be the perfect time to announce that I am officially on maternity leave and so the blog and Facebook will slow down for a little while and also to share my beautiful maternity photographs with you. My amazingly talented friend, Laura, from LuRey Photography took all of the photographs below. I feel super lucky, because typically she only photographs weddings... somehow I convinced her to take time out of her busy wedding season to get some shots of my husband and I before the baby comes. Please take a moment to visit LuRey Photography on the web, and on Facebook- they are absolutely one of the most talented wedding photographers around!

Although I will be on maternity leave, I will be responding to email and am available for client meetings via Skype, so don't hesitate to reach out to me. If I don't get back to you in a couple of days... I may be at the hospital!! Ekk! I will start shooting again in November and cannot wait! I miss it so much! Hope you are having a fabulous Labor Day.

One year ago...

Today is a happy, happy day at Styled Pink! One year ago, we registered our business and made it official. Prior to this, photography was a hobby- but I wanted it to be more. So last year, with my husband by my side- we decided to register Styled Pink and turn it from a hobby into a profession. There were lots of things to learn about (that weren't always fun) like paying New Jersey sales tax, buying insurance, and lots of accounting. We couldn't be happier one year later! We've met so many wonderful clients (some of which have turned into good friends) and helped capture special times in our clients' lives. This coming year will be an interesting one! We'll start off by welcoming a baby in the fall! During this time, we're going to focus on our 2014 brides and booking shoots in between changing diapers and making bottles. We plan on getting back into shooting again in November (just in time for the holidays)- and at that time we'll be back to business as usual. We plan on focusing on weddings, engagements, family and children shoots.

Thank you so much to everyone who has made this first year so amazing! I'm so excited to see how Styled Pink will grow and all of the wonderful people we will meet this year! I think tonight I'll pour myself a fancy glass of apple cider to celebrate!

Pink or Blue??

Let me start by saying, when I got married- there was no Pinterest! So when it came time for our gender reveal party, I started pinning everything! On a Thursday morning, my husband and I went for our 20-week ultrasound. The ultrasound technician put a piece of paper with the gender in a sealed envelope. A week prior, I bought two pairs of mini Converse- one pink and one blue and dropped them off to my neighbor. Only TWENTY FOUR short hours until I would know ... pink or blue. I dropped off the super secret envelope to my trusty neighbor and she wrapped the appropriate pair of Converse. Here are the pictures below that tell a beautiful story about how we got to know the gender of our sweet baby alongside our family and friends. We can't wait for the best part of all... in September when we meet the cutie!

It's a GIRL!

2012 Behind the Scenes

2012 has been a wonderful year for me. Styled Pink was born, it was years in the making and I'm so happy that it's really happening and official! I have shot so many wonderful families this year and was lucky to witness nuptials of 20+ couples behind the camera this year. I have met so many people that have become close friends and have learned so much. I cannot wait to see what 2013 brings. Tomorrow I'll be writing my goals for the year. In the meantime, here are some behind the scenes shots of 2012.

Shooting on a Philadelphia rooftop was a highlight of this year... and a little scary!

Where's Waldo... I mean Diana

Five tips for amazing Christmas photographs

Let's face it, the holiday season is hands down, the best ever! So we've gotta capture it! Read below for five tips for amazing Christmas photographs.

1- Choose a versatile location.. This season I chose to hold holiday mini sessions at Smithville Mansion. There are so many different textures and backgrounds, I could shoot there all day!

2. BYOF (bring your own flair) We came prepared with tinsel, ornaments, and Christmas lights.

3. Get sweet. It's cold outside! If you have a cutie in need of some bribing- a candy cane always helps ;)

4. Santa hats. It's okay to get silly for a couple of shots in a santa hat!

5. Sneak in a couple of non-holiday pictures. So the shots you took in your Santa hats probably won't make the cut for a canvas on the wall. Make sure you get a couple of shots sans decorations.