Happy Finch Photography: Blog https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Happy Finch Photography melinda@happyfinchphotography.com (Happy Finch Photography) Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:13:00 GMT Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:13:00 GMT https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u885509217-o177520371-50.jpg Happy Finch Photography: Blog https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog 80 120 Charlotte is 6! {Personal} https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2018/6/charlotte-is-6 It is hard to believe, but sweet Charlotte is celebrating her 6th birthday!  As I was taking these birthday pictures, I couldn't get over how grown-up she suddenly seems.  I felt like I was getting glimpses of who she will be at 16, and 26...  [Deep breath, Mommy.]

I love the vibe we captured in these photos.  Charlotte is both incredibly fancy and incredibly wild, a little nymph straight out of an enchanted forest.  I love that some of her spirit shows up here, and I loved watching her little heart delight in her crown of roses and the feeling of her feet in the water.  

Enjoy these images, and join us in celebrating C today!



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Timeless Navy & Blush Wedding in Berryville, Virginia https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2018/6/timeless-navy-blush-wedding Allison and Andrew celebrated their wedding on a vibrant, but frosty, November morning!  They were incredibly good-natured as we tromped around in freezing temperatures to capture their first look and bride+groom portraits.  Their effort was definitely worth it; we captured so many romantic images in the rosy autumn light! 

Their special day was characterized by classic details, gorgeous flowers, a heartfelt religious ceremony, a very lively reception, and an overarching emphasis on family and friends.  Some of my favorite details were the guys' bow ties and patriotic socks and Allison's use of her mother's bridal veil.  Their reception was also unique in its decor (tables named for historic battle grounds), its heartfelt toasts, its frenetic and fabulous dance party, and the awesome moment where the bride's special dance with her father turned out to be THE TWIST!  

Allison & Andrew, it was an honor to join you to celebrate your beautiful relationship and the beginning of your married life together!  Enjoy these highlights from your day!


Thank you to the other talented vendors who helped to make Allison and Andrew's day so special: 

Historic Rosemont Manor | Evergreen Church | Floral Enchantments | Mission BBQ | Elegant Hair by Cori Campbell & Makeup by Anna Marie | Catherine Mullins Harpist DJ Daniel Heffington | Purple Peonies Stationery | St Anthony's Bridal | JJ's House | Men's Warehouse

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Rustic Golden Hour Lakeside Engagement Session in Crozet https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2018/5/golden-hour-lakeside-engagement-session-in-crozet Molly and Daniel both love to be outside and met while they were studying natural resources together in college.  Now they specialize in forestry and water, which means this forested, lakeside setting was a fitting choice for their engagement photos last fall.  Working with these two lovebirds was a blast, and their happiness and affection made my job so easy.  And how about that gorgeous golden light reflecting off the lake?  Perfection!

Now their summer wedding is just around the corner, and I can't wait to join them once more as they celebrate their love with friends and family!  Enjoy this collection of highlights from their engagement session!


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Spring 2018 Mini Sessions! https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2018/4/spring-2018-mini-sessions

Although it may be creeping up slowly, spring really is right around the corner, and Happy Finch Photography's MINI SESSIONS are back!  I am so excited to announce this spring's mini session openings!  These little sessions are ideal for families and couples looking for a quick, affordable way to update their archives or document a new milestone like an engagement, pregnancy, graduation, or birthday.  These sessions will have a super speedy turnaround time on the final images -- perfect timing for framed Mother's Day prints for all the special ladies in your life!  

• Sunday April 29th - morning & afternoon/evening slots available

All sessions will include 20 minutes of photography and at least 30-40 downloadable retouched image files with a print release for $90 ($94.77 with VA sales tax).  If I get more than 30-40 great shots, I usually include the extras in your collection too.  There are no hidden fees or print purchasing requirements.  Sessions will take place outdoors in the Staunton/Waynesboro area, with the exact location to be announced as the date draws closer and I can see what's blooming.

Please send me a quick message to ask questions, reserve your spot, and start dreaming together about what photos you are most excited to capture!!  I CAN'T WAIT to get to know you!  :)

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Artsy Jewel-Toned Autumn Wedding in Richmond https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2018/3/artsy-jewel-toned-autumn-wedding-in-richmond Kayla and Adam's October wedding had so much style!!  Their unique venues, their rich color palette, their unbelievably gorgeous DIY floral arrangements, and their numerous sentimental and symbolic gestures...  There wasn't a single component of the day that hadn't been carefully perfected by Kayla's artful touch.  Don't miss all the beautiful trees included in the couple's portraits, a subtle reference to another special tree where Kayla and Adam got engaged.  Also, stick around to see the fantastic masquerade dance party at the end of the night!

Kayla and Adam, it was such a joy to join you for your lovely celebration and get a small glimpse into your histories and the events that brought you together!  Wishing you many, many beautiful years together!

Special thanks to Stacie Marshall for her awesome second shooting and enthusiasm!


Happy Finch Photography | St. Joseph's Villa | Montpelier Center for the Arts | Marshall Arts Photography | White House Catering | Hair and makeup by Latei | Zosaro's Bakery | Liz Daley Events 

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Vibrant Autumn Wedding at Whitehall Estate https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2018/2/vibrant-autumn-wedding-at-whitehall-estate Kristy and Jacob are such a sweet, genuine couple!  It was a joy to join them and their families in October for their vibrant wedding at Whitehall Estate.  The deep teal bridesmaid dresses and fiery floral arrangements added so much life and warmth on an otherwise cloudy day.  Old-fashioned details, like Kristy's mother's wedding veil, added layers of timelessness to their celebration.  Kristy's arrival to the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage was an exciting surprise, and their reception was unique in its inclusion of a traditional Polish oczepiny "unveiling."  

Kristy and Jacob, I loved working with you and wish you a lifelong overflow of the friendship, trust, and devotion that I witnessed between you that day!  Congratulations!

Special thanks to Grace Genda for her fantastic creativity and second shooting assistance!


Happy Finch Photography | Whitehall EstateGrace Genda Photography | Celebrations Catering | Flowers by Lisa | Unique Chic | Simply Modern Bridal | Allure Bridals | David's Bridal | Alfani at Macy's | Connie's Cake Creations | Matt Luck at Kirkabee Deejays | Wedding Paper Divas | Shenandoah Carriage

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Fresh, Playful Summer Engagement Session at the Farmhouse at Veritas https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/12/fresh-playful-summer-engagement-session-farmhouse-veritas Jocelyn and Seth are pretty much the most adorable couple ever!  They swore to me that they weren't models, but they were perfect in every single frame, so you be the judge...  We met at the Farmhouse near Veritas Vineyard in Afton, VA on a sprinkly evening in late July.  We enjoyed exploring the beautiful areas around the farmhouse with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance, and they didn't let a few raindrops dampen the warmth of their affection.  Aren't their smiles dazzling?

These two high school sweethearts were a delight to talk to and photograph.  Their joy, mutual regard, and camaraderie are almost palpable in the images.  I can't wait to work with them again for their wedding next summer!!  Enjoy! 



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Happy Holidays 2017 https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/12/happy-holidays-2017 Another beautiful year has passed for me at Happy Finch Photography, and it never gets old to look back over the year's sessions and put together this little collage.  It always warms my heart to remember each couple, each family, each day of celebration...  So many joyful moments frozen in time!

Thank you SO much for inviting me into your lives!  This vocation of mine wouldn't be possible without your trust and willingness to work with me.  I wish each of you the happiest of holidays and hope we get to cross paths again in the new year!  Cheers!

If you feel like sharing the holiday joy, I would love to find your kind review in my Christmas stocking! :)

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Luke Is 2! {Personal} https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/12/luke-is-2-personal Our sweet son Luke turns two today!  Although he's still just a little guy, he has such a big personality and fills such a big place in our hearts - intensely affectionate, curious, physical, independent, opinionated...  Luke has always had a terrific sense of humor; he loves to be part of a joke and tries out his own silly ideas to make us laugh.  This little guy is nearly always hungry, often even "hangry."  He loves putting on his boots and going outside to play.  He loves animals, especially those that ROOOAR!, and vehicles, especially Daddy's tractor.  He is friendly and perceptive, motivated and persistent.

I took Luke out to the woods near our neighborhood earlier this week to capture a few birthday portraits.  Photo sessions with toddlers are predictably unpredictable, and I was braced for a challenging session and a lot of sweat and maybe even a few tears.  However, I was truly blown away at how easy Luke made it and how much fun he and I had together taking pictures and playing with his Moondoggie.  Our one-on-one session turned out to be great quality time that reminded me how amazing this kid is and how much I enjoy him.  Conversing with him in his toddler dialect, observing his funny little quirks, watching his mind work...  Seriously, I was a melted puddle of sappy Mommy feelings by the end of our session, and practically bursting while editing these photos.  I just can't stop looking at his SWEET LITTLE FACE. 

We are so grateful to have Luke in our lives and thankful for an opportunity to celebrate his birthday today!  :D


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Traditional Cobalt Blue & Sage Green Summer Wedding with Historic Downtown Architecture https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/8/traditional-cobalt-blue-sage-green-summer-wedding-with-historic-downtown-architecture Theresa and Will hosted the most fantastic, downtown wedding this summer in Harrisburg, PA!  Full of local Harrisburg spirit, urban details, and historic architecture, it felt fun and fitting that this was my last photo job before moving out of the area - a little celebration of the city I have come to love.  And as someone with a background in architecture, it was a special treat to be able to work in so many beautiful buildings, including the 150-year-old Grace Church, which was a spectacular backdrop for Theresa and Will's exchange of vows.  The Pennsylvania State Capitol was just down the block from the church and a perfect spot for bridal party portraits!  Their intimate reception was at City House Bed & Breakfast, right on Front Street by the Susquehanna River.

Theresa and Will's entire day was characterized by elegantly understated taste and very thoughtfully chosen components that represented their interests and personalities.  Theresa's classic lace veil was her grandmother's, and her elegant multi-layered gown with its long train coordinated with it perfectly.  Theresa and Will's blue and green color palette fit so well with their open, relaxed vibe.  It was so important to these two that they treat their family and friends to a gracious and personal celebration (including some of the most AMAZING catering!), and they opted to keep their portrait sessions short and sweet so as not to miss too much time with their guests.  But don't worry; we captured plenty of gorgeous images together, including their romantic sunset portraits along the Susquehanna Riverfront!

Theresa and Will, thank you so much for the honor of capturing your beautiful day!  I wish you two a lifetime full of love, friendship, and shared adventures!  Cheers!!


The Historic Grace United Methodist Church  |  Pennsylvania State Capitol  |  City House Bed & Breakfast  |  Mountain Laurel Catering  |  Kyrsten's Sweet Designs  |  Garden Bouquet  |  Bombshell Brides  |  Soundwaves DJ Entertainment

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Fall 2017 Mini Sessions near Staunton/Waynesboro, Virginia! https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/8/fall-2017-mini-sessions

It's that time of year again!  Happy Finch Photography's MINI SESSIONS are back!  I am so excited to announce this fall's mini session dates!  These little sessions are ideal for families and couples looking for a quick, affordable way to update their archives or document a new milestone like an engagement, pregnancy, graduation, or birthday.  This round of mini sessions is also perfectly timed for creating holiday cards and gifts!

• Sunday September 24th - afternoon/evening slots available

• Saturday October 21st - morning & afternoon/evening slots available

• Wednesday October 25th - afternoon/evening slots available

All sessions will include 20 minutes of photography and 30-40 downloadable image files with a print release for $90 ($94.77 with VA sales tax).  There are no hidden fees or print purchasing requirements.  Sessions will take place outdoors in the Staunton/Waynesboro area, with exact locations to be announced as the dates draw closer.

Please send me a quick message to ask questions, reserve your spot, and start dreaming together about what photos you are most excited to capture!!  I CAN'T WAIT to get to know you!  :)





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Intimate Courthouse Wedding & Rustic Backyard Barbecue https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/7/intimate-courthouse-wedding-rustic-backyard-barbecue Shana and Tom exchanged wedding vows in June at the Cumberland County Courthouse in historic Carlise, PA, surrounded by an intimate group of their closest family and friends.  Their celebration was one of the most relaxed weddings I've ever attended!  The details and timeline of the day were simple, allowing Tom and Shana's authentic happiness to shine through without impediment.  Their flexible schedule gave us plenty of time to capture bride and groom portraits at a nearby park, and their natural chemistry made capturing romantic images so easy!  The entire day was characterized by such a familiar, contented, comfortable vibe that was so fun to document and experience firsthand.

Following the intimate ceremony, Shana and Tom headed home, where their backyard reception featured delicious barbecue, a well-stocked bar, and a tower of decadent cupcakes.  Cornhole and other lawn games made the party complete.  It was a gorgeous summer evening, and I was so honored to be there!

Shana and Tom, thank you for welcoming me like one of the family and giving me the pleasure of documenting your first hours as husband and wife!  May they be the first of many, many happy hours as you walk through life together.  Cheers!


Cumberland County Courthouse  |  Horner's BBQ  |  Lancaster Cupcake


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Home in the Shenandoah Valley! {Personal} https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/7/home-in-the-shenandoah-valley-personal Friends, we are finally in Virginia!  "Settled" might be generous, but we are definitely already growing our roots in our new community of Fishersville.  

Our family has been preparing for this move mentally and logistically for almost a year.  The past three months, especially, have been a whirlwind of back-and-forth trips, home repairs and improvements in two different states, three weddings, a preschool graduation, a residency graduation, a fifth birthday, happy hellos and heavy goodbyes, highs and lows, hundreds of miles on I-81...  We are so thankful to be in our new home and for the all the family and friends who have supported us through our transition.  Our kids have been amazing troopers, and my husband has proven, as always, that he is my favorite companion for every project of life.  Wherever my people are, I am home, and I'm thankful for the continuity of family in a season of change.

We are looking forward to our future!  My hubs will be starting work soon, my kids have already scouted out new local places they are eager to explore, and I am making connections and reconnections to regrow this little business of mine in a new community.  Please say, 'Hi!' when you get the chance!


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Charlotte is 5! {Personal} https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/6/charlotte-is-5-personal Charlotte is 5 today!  I'm sure I will look at back at 5 and say, "Look how little she was!"  But today, it is hard to believe how grown up my girl is.  So vivacious and self-assured, such a glowing little person with an overflowing heart and an equally overflowing imagination.  So zesty!

My girl isn't afraid to be herself.  If I had to summarize her everyday persona, I might describe her as a fierce fairy princess.  Always so fancy, with a heart of gold, but a self-proclaimed dragon queen full of fiery lava, or a roaring lion on the hunt for blood and bones.  An elegant hostess of tea parties among dragons...  (We don't always know exactly what to make of these games!)  Her current favorite bedtime songs are 'The Sound of Music' (belted with Mommy) and 'The Star Spangled Booger' (a classic with embellishments by Daddy).

She and I had SO much fun with her confetti photo session!  Seriously, it was the most fun session we've done together, I think!  The pink wall in the background is included intentionally - these are the walls of her new room in our new home, freshly painted in the beautiful, happy color that she chose.  The confetti are scraps from stars we cut out to make a banner for her room.  It felt right to include hints of what has been going on in our lives as she makes the transition from four to five and from Pennsylvania to Virginia. 

Happy birthday, Sweet Charlotte!


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Romantic Spring Wedding at Moonstone Manor https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/5/romantic-spring-wedding-at-moonstone-manor I had the joy of capturing Lisa and Nick's beautiful wedding earlier this month at the elegant, historic property of Moonstone Manor in Elizabethtown, PA.  What a perfect day!  Despite a few adjustments 'just in case,' the looming rain held off until the outdoor festivities were finished.  Hallelujah!  The manor and the surrounding grounds provided an enchanting backdrop for the day, and the deep purple tones of the bridesmaids' gowns and decor enhanced the romantic vibe.  Lisa's whispy updo and tiara made her a perfect fairytale princess.

Following the ceremony, the celebration shifted to a more relaxed tone, including barbecue, an enormous tower of whoopie pies, and some wild dancing!  There was also a favor table loaded with Hershey's candies, sweet little reminders of where Lisa and Nick's relationship began. 

Lisa and Nick, thank you for including me on your amazing day!  You are wonderful people, and I wish you the happiest life together!! :)


Moonstone Manor  |  Harvey's BBQ  |  Royer's Flowers  |  Sarena Rhoads of Lavish Salon  |  Desserts Etc.  |  Dutch Country Poultry  |  Occasions DJs 

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Playful Burgundy and Gold Autumn Wedding https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/playful-burgundy-and-gold-autumn-wedding Alyssa and Tom got married on the most picturesque day in October!  Sweeping blue skies, tinges of color on the trees, and just a hint of a cool breeze signaling the arrival of fall...  They couldn't have asked for a better backdrop for their celebration, and I reveled in the incredible light!  Their fall color palette of burgundy, eggplant, and gold was the perfect choice for the warm and elegant vibe they were hoping for. 

These two had such playful chemistry, Alyssa often playing the straight man to Tom's silly shenanigans.  You'll catch glimpses of this in their couple's photos, in Tom's impish expressions and Alyssa's genuine laughter.  It brought me joy to see how much fun they were having together.  Make no mistake, though -- when it comes to their style, they weren't fooling around.  They both pulled off their black-tie look effortlessly, and Alyssa's tousled hair was soft and sweet and everything an updo should be!    

Tom and Alyssa, thank you for the tremendous honor of documenting your beautiful wedding!  I wish you both a lifetime full of genuine laughter and camaraderie as you experience life's highs and lows, and all the funny little in-betweens!  Cheers!


Historic Rosemont Manor | Celebrations Catering | Cori Campbell | Special Occasions Entertainment



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Change in Store for Happy Finch Photography {Personal} https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/3/change-in-store-for-happy-finch-photography-personal It is bittersweet for me to announce that our family will be moving this summer.  We will be leaving Pennsylvania and putting down new roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, near our alma mater, UVA, and closer to our extended families.

When looking back through the last few years of images to find the photos for this post, it really reminded me how happy we've been here and what a beautiful backdrop this community has been for our lives.  It will be hard to leave.  To my dear friends and clients in Harrisburg, I have loved the last 3 years with you, and I look forward to seeing you this spring before we head out.  Please consider reserving a mini session on April 22nd or 23rd so we can capture your family together one more time!

At the risk of being a little cheesy (because who are we kidding - if we've worked together, you know I'm a little cheesy), here's a fun list of FAQs:

Why are you moving?  My husband has completed his medical residency and has found a new position at a great hospital near Staunton, VA, which he will start in July.  I'm so proud of him!

Why central Virginia?  It splits the distance between our extended families, holds our affection from our UVA days in Charlottesville, and is rich with natural beauty, history, and culture. 

Is there time for a photo session in Harrisburg before you go?  Yes!  I am still scheduling some photo work in March, April, and May.  I encourage you to check out my spring mini session promotion!

What about the wedding or session I've already scheduled?  If you've already scheduled it with me, you are covered!  I can't wait to work together!  :)

When will you start booking weddings and sessions in central Virginia?  I'm ready when you're ready!  Shoot me an email so we can connect! :)

I keep thinking back to how much fun I've had and what an amazing privilege it's been to document your relationships and watch your families grow.  I hope to have a few more months of fun here as we welcome spring together.  If you haven't already, please friend me and follow Happy Finch Photography on Facebook and Instagram so we can stay connected.  :)


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2017 Spring Mini Sessions! https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/2/2017-spring-mini-sessions It is always my pleasure to work with so many awesome families for seasonal mini sessions!  This spring's minis will be on Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd.  Each slot will be $90 for a 30-minute session and will include a USB drive with 20-40 retouched image files and a print release.  As always, this is an incredible deal and is well-suited to families and couples!  Contact me to reserve your spot.  There are currently morning and afternoon spots available on both days!  The exact location in the Harrisburg area is still TBD. 

To pique your interest, here are some highlights from my wonderful fall mini session clients!  :)













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Romantic Founders Hall Engagement Session https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/2/romantic-founders-hall-engagement-session Alyssa and Prenice have the best chemistry!  I had the opportunity to document their engagement this fall on the beautiful grounds of the Milton Hershey School.  Not only are they both super photogenic, but they have such a charming blend of playfulness and romance that made the session a lot of fun for all of us.  I find myself smiling all over again as I scroll through their images and think about how much I enjoyed working with them! 

I'm so excited for this awesome couple, who will be sharing an intimate elopement in Hawaii in just a couple short weeks.  Maybe a teeeeny bit envious too; I'm so ready for color and warmth again. :)

Alyssa and Prenice, wishing the two of you an amazing beginning to your marriage and a fantastic trip!  Enjoy this handful of highlights from your collection!



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Dazzling Gold Glam October Wedding in Berryville, VA https://www.happyfinchphotography.com/blog/2017/1/dazzling-gold-glam-october-wedding-in-berryville-va Elisa and Brian and their families hosted such a gorgeous October wedding at Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Virginia.  On one of the last warm days of fall, I had the honor of witnessing these two effervescent lovebirds as they tied the knot.  Elisa was a breathtaking bride in her chic dress with raw cut organza flounces.  Brian looked just as stylish in his classic black tux and bow tie.  Together, they were ridiculously photogenic, made picture perfect by their love and joy, which were bubbling over.

Their wedding had tons of style and personal touches.  Elisa is a talented calligrapher, and you'll notice samples of her lovely script all throughout the event.  There were also beautiful soft pink floral and dazzling gold accents everywhere.  The bridesmaids reminded me of glittering goddesses in their amazing sequined rose gold gowns.  Touches of gold in the autumn foliage added to the warmth.

It was an amazing day, and I was so honored to join these two for their celebration.  Elisa and Brian, I had so much fun with you, and I wish you a marriage as vibrant and joyful as your first day as husband and wife!  Congratulations!


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