a rainy lancaster engagement session <> the pinnacle overlook <> lancaster wedding photographer

It thunderstormed and rained for this engagement session in Lancaster Pennsylvania. But this couple embraced the rain for their engagement session at The Pinnacle Overlook in Lancaster Pennsylvania. We had an epic sunset and dark clouds which made for a moody engagement session at The Pinnacle Overlook in Lancaster Pennsylvania.

CELEBRATING 5 YEARS IN BUSINESS <> TIMELINE

HERE IT IS, FRIENDS! 

WE HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 5 FULL YEARS! HOW THE HECTOR DID WE GET HERE? I HAVE NO IDEA. BUT AS A THANK YOU TO ALL OF MY AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, SUPPORTIVE CLIENTS THROUGH THE YEARS, I WANNA GIVE BACK! I WANT TO GIVE TO THE PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO ARE WHERE I WAS 5 YEARS AGO. I WANT TO GIVE TO ALL OF THE KICK BUTT PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELD ME UP DURING THE YEARS. THIS IS ALL FOR YOU, FRIENDS. 

EACH DAY I AM GOING TO SHARE A NEW GIVEAWAY OR A FUN THING IM DOING. SO BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED TO MY WEBSITE FOR THE WEEK! AND I'LL BE ENDING THE WEEK WITH A LIVE Q&A ON MY INSTAGRAM. I'LL BE ANSWERING ALL QUESTIONS, PERSONAL AND BUSINESS. ANYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW! I'LL ALSO BE SHARING MY STORY FROM BEGINNING TO WHERE WE ARE NOW, IN HOPES OF INSPIRING OTHERS WHO MAY NOT BE FULL-TIME. 

I LOVE YOU ALL, PEEPS. 

(below this first photo is a photo of my first giveaway happening right meow!)

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from experience to sharing <> how to share your photographer's work on social media <> instagram etiquette 101

HOW TO SHARE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER'S WORK ON SOCIAL MEDIA. 

THIS POST IS MEANT FOR VENDORS. 

AND THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE SELF-SERVING.

This dawned on me the other week. I was scrolling through my Instagram news feed, as we all do, and i came across a photo of mine. I thought to myself, "hm, thats strange. I don't see a credit anywhere, that doesn't seem right." Seeing as this was another wedding vendor, and we all assume that all wedding vendors know how to share photographers work on social media. Well, think again. Believe it or not, i've gotten approached by a lot of vendors who claim they do not know the etiquette or manners of sharing work on social media. And i get it, we "assume" everyone thinks the same way we do and has the same social media common sense. But they do not! And that's totally okay. This may come off as a little self serving, and i promise you it is not intended to be that. It is meant educate those who may not know the ins and outs of Instagram and what it is they are to do. So i do hope i don't come off as being rough. Forgive me if i do! <3 

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MISHAPS AND MISTAKES AND BLATANTLY NOT CREDITING.

I'm not perfect. There have been a few times where i have been in the hustle and bustle of posting a photo quickly to Instagram and i totally flop and forget to credit the makeup artist, florist etc .. BUT THIS IS VERY RARE! (And i go back and fix it as soon as i realize it) There is a difference between a mistake and literally not crediting a single vendor. Im talking about your Instagram profile being totally empty and not containing a single credit anywhere. YOU ARE GETTING FREE PHOTOS OF YOUR WORK, so the least you can do is to CREDIT the person who  took the photo. And not only just that, were all wedding vendors, so we all should be supporting each other and PROMOTING each other! And by doing so, we tag each other! You never ever know who could be looking at your profile, fall in love with a photo the photographer took, clicks to see who took the photo, and can't find the tag. And just like that, they've lost interest because we all live in a fast environment and want things to be instantly satisfied. So being a step ahead of the clients searching is the way to go. But we can't do so if were not all willing to work together.

THE STEPS TO POSTING TO SOCIAL MEDIA.

Okay, here we go guys. So, i've compiled some steps for all of you vendors and clients so you know just what us photographers are expecting to see when you post to your social media. 

1. Download the photos. And if you have the option, download the web size files.

2. Email yourself the photos that you would like to share on social media. Do NOT screenshot. Screenshotting diminishes quality way to much, so when the photo is posted the quality looks horrendous. And if your photographer sends you a slideshow, like i do, DO NOT PAUSE THAT SLIDESHOW AND TAKE A PICTURE OF THE PICTURE!! 

3. Download them to your phone, from your email.

4. Go into instagram. Go to upload. Now, a lot of people are unaware that you DO NOT HAVE TO CROP PHOTOS ON INSTAGRAM anymore. What you do is you grab the photo you'd like, pull your two fingers inward and you'll see the photo kinda collapse and you can then fit in the entire photo. Now, with that being said, vertical photos do get cropped just a bit, but not enough that it ruins the upload. But horizontal ones do not get cropped at all. 

5. DO NOT PUT A FILTER ON IT!!!!!!!! I can't stress this one enough and it baffles me that i still see this in today's day and age. Photographers are artists. Every single image we create is a piece of art. Would you walk into an art museum and slap red paint all over artists paintings? I don't think so. This is how we feel when clients/vendors put filters on our work. We all work very hard to achieve edits/colors/tones etc that we like, and that we can relate to. Our work is an excerpt of our human selves, and one filter can feel like a dagger in our side. 

6. Now, look at the photo. Who is involved in this photo? The photographer, of course. Is there a bouquet in this photo? A dress? A venue? Etc. If so, credit every single one of them. 

TO CREDIT IN THE CAPTION OR THE "TAP TAG."

 We, as in us photographers, do have a preference. We prefer to to be tagged in the caption. A lot of non wedding industry people do not know that you can tap on a photo to see the tags. So we prefer to be tagged in the caption. This way people can easily see who is involved with the photo as well as WHO took the photo. As i stated above, you never know who is looking at your photos. Instagram is weird, and your photo could now land in front of the eyes of a stranger in Hawaii! So by supporting small businesses, and tagging your small business vendors, your supporting referrals, and possibly helping us book weddings in places LIKE Hawaii! And i can speak from all of the photographers out there, we love and appreciate that more than you know. It truly means the world to us to get an inquiry that says that they found us through a friend, past wedding vendor etc.  

IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE EXTRA ROUTE AND HASHTAG.

This is simple, but if you are looking to add an extra little ounce of sharing and helping, hashtag. Hashtag your vendors name, or the hashtag they have for their business. If your unsure, just check their Instagram profiles and i guarantee you'll find a post they have posted with a hashtag of theirs. And if you REALLY want to keep it going, you can research wedding blog hashtags, and you never know, your photo could land on a blog! Which is pretty cool. 

INSTAGRAM STORIES.

HOLY CANNOLI, this is a biggy. If you follow along with Instagram news and the changes they are constantly making, you'll have realized that Instagram stories is where its at. (For us photographers who rely on Instagram for inquires) If you are posting a photo to your story, the same thing applies. Tag. And/or hashtag if you want to be extra. MORE PEOPLE SEE YOUR STORIES SOME DAYS, THAN YOUR ACTUAL POSTS. So honestly, a lot of people may see a photo on your story and never catch the fact that you posted to your profile. So your story is just another place where you can promote and credit. And again, NO FILTER.

IN CLOSING.

None of this information is made to exhaust you, it is to educate you. I simply just wanted to let you know that there is actually such a thing called Instagram etiquette. And to give you the steps to be sure that your not upsetting anyone but better yet supporting them! If you have any questions what so ever regarding this information please don't hesitate to email me at sarah.b.photography00@gmail.com and i can so totally help you out! I am here to help, love and educate! 

 

gray and green witchy vibes <> wedding styled shoot

so i know i know. I'm way behind with this. this was a shoot put together literally last february. but theres no better time than no time at all to share, right?! so here you guys have it! check out my best friend and her gorgeous self, along with so many talented vendors involved!! 

venue: HMAC -- florals: splints and daisies -- coordinator: heart and dash -- makeup: veroniques creative artistry -- skirt: welcome to royalty -- rentals: modern relics -- stationary: longhand edition -- table: barnes farm tables -- cake: nutmeg cake design

susquehanna style magazine <> weddings in print <> 2017 weddings

this is going an emotional inspirational piece so excuse me while i positive rant.

this coming april it will be a full 5 years (beginning of 6th) that i have legally been in business. back in the spring of 2013, i never ever imagined or even thought out where i would be 5 years down the road. i think, honestly, i never thought i'd amount to anything. but that was because that's what i was telling myself. i just figured i would make enough to get by. i would photograph enough weddings to be able to say i was "experienced" or "established." but never did i ever think that i would make waves, or really find my place in the wedding industry. i had dreams, of course! but those dreams were all fragments of this fantasy world i created. 

well, it wasn't until about two years ago when i really started to think more highly of myself. i started to think "hmmm, maybe i've got something here." maybe just maybe i'll make it big, and travel the world. and then in 2017, i did just that. i traveled to freaking france. my dreams started becoming reality. and inch by inch i began to believe in myself a little more. little puffs of dopamine would be released in my brain anytime i would get positive feedback, or a compliment or anything of that sorts. and those words of encouragement and support slowly turned around my view on myself and my business. 

the people. you all do not realize that YOU are what keep us going as artists. if were not getting positive feedback on our instagram posts, our stories, our Facebook posts, then we begin to feel inadequate. we begin to question ourselves and analyze every single thing we do. even though we know that "lack" of positive feedback does not mean that we aren't doing well at all what so ever. its just how the artistic brain works. its how we critic ourselves. : i have learned that we cannot do that. and every little inch that we dive further into our businesses and the wedding industry we ARE making impressions. whether we see those impressions and the affects of them. THEY ARE HAPPENING. everywhere. all around you. so when you have an off day with the instagram algorithm, don't doubt yourself. because your still making an affect. one person could have seen that post. and that single photo made a bride fall in love with your work. and boom. she hired you. all from that one photo. get what I'm saying? you must not give up. off days are ok, but giving up days are not excused. 

which brings me to this feature. this is really so special for me. this is a local magazine, who only features weddings once a year. and i just so happen to have 2 weddings and a styled look in susquehanna style. :: HOW?! (you may ask. or at least i used to ask myself the same thing back in the day. how the heck are these people getting featured?) WELL ... networking people. NETWORKING. it's all about communicating with vendors who will benefit your business. it's all about making connections with those people. and these connections may me made through other vendors and so on down the line. but the fact of that matter is; you must try. you have to push yourself, and SUBMIT! you never know what an editor is looking for, and what you have may be exactly what they need! how will you know if you don' try? even if you are introverted (which is clearly not me) you need to push yourself to talk with others and create a bubble of people who you can connect with at any given time. you cannot sit around and wait for things to happen. you must REACH OUT and push for what you want. you have to work hard!! and the benefits will come. i swear.

again, a huge thanks to everyone involved in making these features happen. the thanks needs to be given to so many more people than just the photographer. and this goes for every feature.

(first photo) SHANIECE: dress by Posh Bridal * makeup by Veroniques Creative Artistry * flowers by Splints and Daisies 

second photo (amanda and billy) venue is Historic Shady Lane * dress by Tamzen's Bridal * makeup by Theresa Walker Makeup Artist * coordinator was Taryn Blake Events * catering was C&J Catering * flowers by Foster's Flower Shop * videography by JHC Videography * rentals by On a Lark 

third photo (blake and kaisha) venue was the Booking House * makeup artist was Veroniques Creative Artistry * florals by Splints and Daisies * videography done by Monark Films * rentals by Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals * food by Heisey's Diner * cake by

and a HUGEEEEEE THANKS TO SUSQUEHANNA STYLE for choosing sarah b photography to be apart of your 2017 wedding edition. 

trinda & tyler <> an intimate best friend wedding

have you ever wondered what it would have been like if you would have chosen to have a small intimate wedding? like, I'm talking 30 guests. well, let me tell you why its so awesome. because its the most chill most relaxed day of all time. the focus is truly on you and your partner. it really gives you time to soak in your day. and personally i think it goes by a lot slower. giving you more time to enjoy it. 

trinda and tyler are literally the bestest of friends. i mean the best. there is no denying that they are made for each other. 100%, you can see it just seep out of all pores and in every look they throw at each other. the words they choose to say. the touches they give. it was really incredible to witness, and i am so thankful to have had the chance to photograph these two. <3

venue : historic shady lane :: dress : david's bridal :: flowers : rorher's family farm 

fall anniversary session <> hannah & derek <> motorcycles and plaid

when hannah, of sparrow and lace photography, and her husband derek, asked me to photograph their anniversary session i was jumping with joy! hannah is a really incredible photographer and i have actually known her quite some time. and i have known derek too. derek and his friends sat behind me in high school at lunch. and yet here we come full circle years later. the coolest thing. 

hannah and derek have something special. its so clear to see. these two have personalities that can light up a room. what they have together can cheer up anyone. and a style thats to die for. it doesn't matter when and where, hannah and derek are best dressed. stylistic lovebirds. 

september farm wedding <> noah & ashley <> lakefield weddings

when you think of a september wedding, T H I S is what you should think of. lace, sunflowers and a farm. noah and ashley committed themselves to each other in the presence of their really incredible friends and family. and the love was just pouring out of every slice of the day. the bond these two have is undeniable and i literally cannot wait to see what else life brings them. <3 

venue :: lakefield weddings -- H&M :: seven salon (casey) -- florist :: moss and vine  -- caterer :: uncommon caterer

CREEPY HAUNTED TOWN E SESSION <> WALPACK NJ <> STEVE & JEN

IN LIEU OF HALLOWEEN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FITTING TO SHARE AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION THAT WAS TAKEN IN THE HAUNTED TOWN OF WALPACK NEW JERSEY. FULL OF LOVE BUT ALSO FULL OF SOME CREEPINESS. I JUST LOVE THAT JEN AND STEVE ASKED ME TO PHOTOGRAPH THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN A HAUNTED TOWN. I AM ALLLLLL ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHING IN WEIRD DIFFERENT PLACES. SO TRY ME! :) 

rosado verde.

what is life really? people waking up in homes of all sizes, showering to clean our shell, hopping into our little big cars heading to this thing called a job? but all for what? what?? do you love what your life consists of? are you happy with yourself? are you proud to stand for what you stand for? at the end of the day can you say it was a day well spent? and if it was, what made it a day well spent? 

this is a look into my brain. constantly. :: this session was impromptu and i am so happy to have been able to work along side Lavender Fox Florals. her soul is in these flowers. you'd be blind if you can't see that. 

enjoy.

boho glam wedding <> heather and nathan <> york pa wedding

so, this was a really really special wedding. i mean, really special. when heather and nathan drove from DE to my house for a consultation we connected instantly. they stayed for hours and hours of us just talking about all things life, and my husband even made them dinner. it was epic. they are epic. these two though. the love connection they have is completely undeniable. the feeling you get when they walk into a room .. the air is instantly cleared. they walk with this beautiful bubble around them that is like colorful rainbows and ponies. you could be in the worst mood and  all you need is to spend a minute with them and your whole mood is changed. i could go on and on. they make me so flipping happy. i think you'll be able to tell just by looking at these photos that they are soulmates, and they are meant for SO MUCH in this world. there is a reason for these two. heather and nathan, please know how much freeman and i love you both and how you have touched our lives in so many ways!! this is only the beginning ... 

VENUE : historic shady lane // MAKEUP : veroniques creative artistry // VIDEO: jhc videography FLOWERS : splints and daisies // CATERER : mountain laurel catering // PLANNER : taryn blake events // DJ : mixed up productions (adam) // BAKED GOODS : the couture cakery // DRESS : curvaceous couture bridal

happy birthday, veronica <> she's a leo, not a virgo

well here it is! another year with this broad. and what better way to celebrate than posting a really, sweet, but kind of embarrassing blog post about her. she deserves all of the attention today! 

im so SO thankful to have met this, now best friend of mine. and because most people always ask at weddings and such how we met I'm going to tell you our story now. so it was 2014 and it was about two months before my own wedding. i was asked to model for a bridal shoot and veronica was the makeup artist for this shoot. i walk in to her house and she begins playing the song "love never felt so good" - by justin timberlake and MJ. i started signing, she started signing and i was like ok ok, this girl likes good music. something just kind of clicked. we goofed and laughed. so after that shoot i was just like this girl needs to do my makeup for my wedding. and guess what, SHE DID! and then she attended my wedding. she danced with me and my friends in her bright neon green dress. and i am SO EXCITED that she was there to witness one of the most important days of my life. and from then on out we've been best friends. both professionally and personally. i miss her when I'm away from her too long, (even though she works down the road) - she'll party in my office and dance with me for hours when I'm feeling down and she knows thats what i need - she'll make me laugh when i need it most - she literally makes all women look like pure rockstars - she empowers everyone she meets and makes sure of it - she's so freaking creative - her makeup talents is basically pure magic - she's everything and more. and i love her. thank you veronica. <3

now to the photos ..... scroll down for the embarrassing ones. :P 


june summer wedding <> historic shady lane <> heather & kieran

BEST FRIENDS AT ITS FINEST, THESE TWO. WITH AN ADDED THIRD BEST FRIEND. THEIR DOG MOOSE. HES PERFECT. BUT SO IS HEATHER AND KIERAN. I HAD THE HONOR OF BEING GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PHOTOGRAPH THESE TWO AND THEIR WEDDING DAY. IT WAS SO SUPER SPECIAL FOR ME! THERE WERE SO MANY ADDED ELEMENTS TO THE WEDDING DAY THAT JUST SCREAMED PERSONALITY. LIKE THIS NECKLACE YOU SEE RIGHT BELOW HERE, FROM HEATHER'S GRANDMOTHER. AND IRONICALLY ENOUGH, IT MATCHED HER SHOES. ITS JUST THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT CAN REALLY TELL THE STORY, YAH KNOW? AND I JUST LOVED HEARING BITS AND PIECES OF HEATHER AND KIERAN'S STORY AS THEIR DAY UNFOLDED. <3 

VENUE: HISTORIC SHADY LANE - VIDEOGRAPHER: MATT STAMBAUGH MEDIA - DRESS: BHLDN - CAKE: EXQUISITE WEDDING CAKES - DJ: TITUS TOUCH MUSIC - CATERING: ACCOMAC - FLOWERS: ALI MARIE - HAIR AND MAKEUP: FRINGE SALON

water works wedding <> bianca & brad <> philadelphia wedding

A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN. YES. LIKE, I AM SO HEART BROKEN TO BE ALL FINISHED WITH THIS WEDDING AND COUPLE. I REALLY AM. THESE BEST FRIENDS ARE EVERYTHING. THEY ALLOWED ME TO BE ME. THEY TRUSTED MY EVERY MOVE. AND GAVE ME WAY MORE PRAISE THAN I EVER DESERVED. THE MOST HUMBLE HUMAN BEINGS I KNOW. I COULD GO ON AND ON. BUT I WILL ALLOW THE PHOTOS TO SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. BIANCA AND BRAD, THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE YOU MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW.

VENDORS ///

 A HUUUUUUUGE SHOUT OUT TO LANDON WISE FOR HIS INCREDIBLE SKILLS. HE WAS MY 2ND SHOOTER FOR THIS WEDDING || FLOWERS: BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS || DRESS: KLEINFELDS - DESIGNER: MAISON SIGNORE || VENUE: WATER WORKS || BAND: BACHELOR BOYS BAND 

personal work <> think before you speak

as i lay here, a day before my birthday, by the pool, with a yellow notebook and a yellow #2 pencil, i reflect. on everything. i reflect on my business, mental health and being a mom/wife. 

R E F L E C T.  thats it. that's the key word. how much time do we give ourselves to really reflect. we're so busy doing our duties. it leaves no room for change. and out of reflect comes change.

this personal work brought on those "i need to slow down and embrace the reflect" feelings. and the phrase i kept repeating while i shot was "think before you speak." i have always struggled with this. i never really knew what it was like to slow down and think before i spoke. and that has gotten me into some pretty serious and yucky situations. and this can be applied in ALL areas of life. do you think before you speak to your children after they have something to upset you like drop a whole plate of food on the floor? or how about when you have a coworker who tries to bring up politics on the opposing side? or when something your significant other does to get under your skin? all of it. words are daggers. they cut deep. and they matter and can never be forgotten. 

that is what this session was for me. i invite you to interpret it in anyway you see fitting for yourself. these are my feelings, displayed through someone else, in the form of stills. 

kevin & trish <> smoke bomb engagement session

one of my favorite parts of an engagement session: when the couple is nervous because they have no idea what to expect and then .. boom .. within 5 minutes of shooting they are having the time of their life with their partner. they totally forget that a camera is in their faces. and they are focused on loving each other and creating new memories. and these two were all that and a bag of chips. i sincerely love these two. and i could FEEL the connection they give to each other. its undeniable. 

e n j o y.

enchanted forest <> billy and amanda <> engagement session

enchanted forest. as i sit in my consultation with billy and amanda, she was certain she wanted an enchanted forest feel for her engagement session. and i feel like we got just that. goofy. best friends. crazy in love. these things i realized about the connection they had, instantly. walking through the forest, experiencing each other and learning new things. just how i like engagement sessions to be. <3 

heather <> harrisburg boudoir session

i understand. it takes a lot of courage and bravery to muster up the feelings to be photographed for a natural boudoir session. i get it! i've been there. but there is no time like now. not in a few weeks after you've been to the gym for a few sessions. that will do nothing but make you even more body focused and nervous because you'll be so worried about every inch of your body. your body is NOW. your body everything it is, and that everything is enough. 

please, take a moment to soak in and scroll through my beautiful friend heather and her boudoir session. she's what you call perfect. you can see through these photographs that her heart is pure gold. 

so what are you waiting for?