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Baylee says she’s always had a difficult time feeling comfortable in her own skin, “hence why I get tattoos to make myself feel beautiful.”

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“I’m not comfortable in my own skin, and I mostly think it’s because I am way too judgmental on myself (but who isn’t lol),” she explained. “I’m always comparing myself to these Instagram models and I’m just like, ‘damn why can’t I have that perfect body with the perfect shaped boobs?’ I just get so down on myself all the time so when I have an opportunity to feel sexy and beautiful for a day I’m going to go for it.” 

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Baylee (who is a self-employed Dog Groomer in Philly and jokingly called herself “the patron saint of dogs”) discovered one of those opportunities when she met Mike at the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention in 2018. But it took her until just last year to strike up the courage to ask her boyfriend to do a Couples Boudoir session. 

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“We did that and I fell in love with the whole vibe of being very sexy, yet classy at the same time. I love the vintage feel of it all. It was so much fun. Being there with my boyfriend, seeing how happy he was…we were just feeding off of each other, the energy was great. Mike was so great making us laugh, telling us we are doing amazing, he was boosting our confidence so much,” she said, remembering that special day.

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Baylee was nervous, but also excited to return to the studio on her own for a solo session!

“When I got to the studio for my photo shoot, Mike and Erika made me feel amazing, beautiful, and sexy. My session was amazing, my makeup and hair were beautiful, the sets were beautiful. They are so down to earth and make you feel so relaxed – I told them I didn’t know how to hold my face correctly for photos. They were so sweet in guiding me, getting me out of my comfort zone. Erika was my own personal cheerleader, she is the sweetest person ever, I love her energy.”

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When Baylee saw her solo session photos debut her jaw dropped to the floor. 

“When we went through the photos upstairs I almost cried, but I didn’t want to ruin my makeup. I never thought in my almost 26 years of life I could be that beautiful. I felt like Audrey Hepburn, just pure beauty,” says Baylee.

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Some of her favorite photos are the ones of her on the bed, the ones with the chandelier, and even the close ups of her body, which completely surprised her!

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Baylee chose her favorite photos and had them enclosed in our glass topped portrait box. 

“I think it’s a classic way to go in case you don’t want to have hanging art,” she said. 

Baylee feels like a completely new woman after her recent session. 

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“I felt like I came away a much stronger woman. I felt like I don’t compare myself to other women as much as I used to and I cannot thank you all enough for doing that for me. I love all of your work and what you can do for people and how you make people feel.”

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To anyone thinking about doing a session, Baylee says, “If you are ever thinking about doing boudoir I will always say go for it because tomorrow isn’t promised. If you have the chance to take the leap I promise you, you won’t regret it and if other people try to change your mind forget them, you’re beautiful.”

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Are you ready to bring out your own inner Audrey Hepburn? Book your session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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“I love myself. I love who I am. I am beautiful.”

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Crystal has very few qualms about her life. She’s looking forward to celebrating her 40th birthday in a few months, she’s happily married to the same man she fell in love with when she was 15 and she has three incredible kids – a nearly married Marine, a seven year old son with autism who is her everything, and her five-year-old daughter who is too smart for her own good. 

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Still, she says she lives a far from perfect life. Like many people, Crystal manages bipolar disorder.

“I have bipolar disorder and the depression and anxiety hit hard sometimes and often puts strains on my relationship with my husband. He does his best to be supportive but I don’t always make it easy for him. With the support of my family, friends, and an extremely supportive therapist I am working on dealing with the depression and hard days one day at a time,” she explained to us. 

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Crystal says she made two changes in her life that have given her a new and extremely fulfilling purpose and helped balance her depression; 1, she started her own business, and 2, she joined some positive, pay-it-forward groups through Facebook, one of which was our Facebook group for VIP members

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“It’s all about positivity and good energy…reaching one end of the country to the other in an ongoing circle of kindness that is just spreading further and further, is an incredible feeling. In the process of starting these new journeys I have made friendships with some of the most incredible people…the groups have helped some of our members, like when some were down and thinking of suicide or in a rut. The group helped them find a reason to keep going and put those thoughts and feelings behind them, and those stories are what let’s you know you are serving a purpose greater than your own.”

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Crystal says our group definitely helped get her into the mindset of her second shoot (yes she had such a great time the first time she just had to come back and see us again!). 

“I did a couple model call before and I absolutely loved everything about it. I was so comfortable with Mike the first time. With such an amazing experience it was easy to decide there is nowhere else I would go for my solo shoot,” she said. 

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Crystal came to the studio in the evening for one of our night sessions and she says she was on the edge of her seat all day waiting for it! 

“I had an evening session which was amazing in itself, I love the dark, so that alone put me at ease, but the session itself was amazing! Erika and Mike are an amazing team together. They have this energy and vibe that you just gravitate to. They make you feel like a queen and you leave absolutely believing you are one too.”

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For this session, Crystal brought a ton of options, from booty shorts, to lingerie and she even surprised herself by doing a few topless and nude shots. 

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“Before I left the house I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do topless shots but since I need to be more comfortable with that part of my body, I wanted to make sure I stepped out of my comfort zone. I’m so glad I did, the photos were amazing and so worth it. Mike and Erika made me feel so comfortable with them and myself that I decided to do some nude photos,” she said. 

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When the time for her big photo reveal came, Crystal was speechless. 

“There is nothing that can top getting to sit down and watch the slideshow as the music plays, to set the most perfect music! I was just in awe of how incredible they were. How incredible I looked.”

She chose 15 images for an album, 15 reminders that she’s a badass!

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“I feel better about myself, I am proud of myself, and I am still feeling the high from my session three days later. When I get down, I remember what Erika had me repeat to myself, ‘I love myself, I love who I am, I am beautiful, I love the bitch I am.’

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She continued, “I think about how good I felt and how amazing the photos came out.. I have a new sense of self-pride and confidence! I just want to thank Mike and Erika for everything! You both are incredible at what you do and I will be forever grateful for everything you have done for me!! A level of therapy my therapist could have never given me!” 

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Ready for your own therapeutic solo boudoir experience? Book your session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Mom Lights Up Seeing Her Boisterous Sons Look Like Angels

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Katy, who is not only a full time working mom but is also in a doctorate level academic program, knows her time with her sons is precious, which is why we truly appreciate her making the time to bring her boys in for a Renaissance session. 

“We keep a very busy schedule so the time we spend together is precious,” says Katy. 

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When she’s not working or studying, Katy enjoys building block towers and art projects like coloring and playing hockey outside with her three year old and her nearly two year old. 

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Katy had seen some of the photos of families and children from our Renaissance sessions and she became quickly convinced that she needed to do a session with her boys. 

“I saw some of the photos online and loved the look of them as true art, like a painting.  They were beautiful and like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The renaissance photos looked like actual paintings in a museum,” she shared with us.  

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The day of the session Katy says she was excited but had some nerves, as she knows how tricky it can be to photograph young children! She was pleasantly surprised by how smoothly the session went. 

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“The session far exceeded my expectations. Working with children can be stressful and you are wanting to have them look cute and smile, and sometimes they just don’t want to cooperate.  Erika was very gracious and could not have been sweeter with my boys. We really had a fun time and they kids were laughing with Erika and thought she was a blast. She really exceeded my expectations of patience and grace. And of course the photos came out wonderful!”

Some of her favorite photos wound up being the ones where her boys were caught in the moment just being silly and laughing. 

“You can’t deny the innocence and smile of a child. Seeing my boys portrayed as angels was perfect.”

She also loves the ones where each of her boys is giving her a kiss. 

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“It just makes me shine on the inside. To see that they love me and I love them and to have it captured is really special. Sometimes the mom is the picture taker instead of the subject, so this was really nice to have some pictures of me with my boys.”

Katy is so happy to have some lasting memories documented that they can look back on. 

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“I just wanted to have something like this to have to look back on the time when my babies were little. In the end, I purchased an album because there were just so many images I wanted to have forever. I picked it up yesterday and it is beautiful. I’ll cherish it all my life,” she said. 

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Katy had such a positive experience with us she says she can’t wait to return for future sessions!

Are you ready to turn your own family into a work of art? Book your own session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Cathartic Moments Suspended In Time For Puzzle Piece Family

Stephanie fondly calls her family “our puzzle-piece family.” Her two girls, who are 9 and 10, were born in Ireland to their Irish father. When her husband passed away in 2015, Stephanie and her girls moved to the States (New Jersey), where she soon met her now fiancé Rich. The two dated for a year before Stephanie felt it was time to introduce him to her daughters. 

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“I wanted to make sure it was right before he met them after everything they had been through,” she said.

It didn’t take long for Rich to bond with the girls and much of it was done while he looked after them so Stephanie could complete her studying and schooling for Massage Therapy. 

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Then, a little over a year after he met and fell in love with the girls, Rich was suddenly diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“It was scary and devastating because we had no idea what the outcome was going to be. We were due to get our first proper photos together that year but his hair fell out from the chemo so we held off-he hated how he looked without hair,” said Stephanie.

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Thankfully, shortly after Christmas 2019 Rich was given a clean bill of health. The cancer scare only fueled their desire for photos together even more. 

“Once I started seeing the photos being created for the Renaissance of Mom, I knew that was something we needed to be a part of. We wanted so desperately to have “real” photos together; we didn’t have any nice photos of the four of us. After all we had been through, it was definitely time to celebrate our puzzle piece family.” 

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She continued, “We have become so close, so essential to each other. I took care of him. He took care of the girls as I went through school. He’s taken sick days for them and comforted them while they were still very raw in their grief over their father. Some days I feel like he is our second chance at life. I didn’t really believe we could truly ever be happy again after their Dad passed away. But here we are. He said he has spent many nights being grateful that he has been given the gift of us, even though it was through tragedy.” 

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 After a few more postponements due to snow, we finally got the four of them into the studio for their long awaited session. 

“Erika instantly became a friend. When the day finally came I couldn’t help but hug her when we met in person. We just sort of fell into playing around and joking around. That’s when she started shooting.”

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As Erika took their photos, Stephanie says moments like watching her beautiful girls laughing and looking lovingly at Rich are now suspended in time for her.

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 “I remember Rich having an especially quiet and beautiful moment with our youngest in his lap and Erika turned around to look at me…we were both crying…then of course at that moment the oldest farted and we all erupted in fits of laughter. Kids really know how to interrupt a serious moment!”

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Stephanie added that, like most moms, she rarely sees herself in photos with her babies.

“I’m one of those moms who is never in photos. Accepting that even though I don’t look perfect…I am beautiful as I live within the joy and love in my perfectly imperfect family.”

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When it came to their photo reveal, Stephanie says she sobbed uncontrollable, cathartic tears. 

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“It was like this physical turning of a page…having gone through such deep grief of losing a spouse, then finding love again and fearing losing him to cancer, all the while watching my girls grow and experience such pain that no children should ever know…to finally being ok. Happy and healthy, all of us.”

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The family selected some of their favorite prints and plan to purchase more in the future after their wedding this fall. (Fittingly after their Renaissance session, they will be married at the Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA.”

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“This shoot was just so unique and perfect. The Renaissance style completely broke the mold of traditional and mundane family photos. The photos Erika took speak volumes of love, passion, and life. I could’ve spent an eternity in that day…laughing and not worrying about a thing. I can’t thank her or Allebach enough. We will treasure these photos for years to come! Thank you so very much.”

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Celebrate the renaissance of your own family! Book your own session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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See How Newlywed Reclaimed Her Identity With Solo Boudoir

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Katerina had just finished planning her wedding to her partner of 12 years when she began looking into doing a solo boudoir session. She’d realized that while kick starting their new life as a couple, she felt like she’d lost a little bit of herself in the process. 

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“What attracted me to doing a solo boudoir session was wanting to do something for myself. We do everything together. I saw something about doing bridal boudoir as a gift to your husband and thought ‘why don’t I do one for myself?’” Katerina said. 

“I love my partner, but I feel that in the midst of wedding planning, I kinda lost a little bit of my own identity as I was so focused on us as a couple. So I wanted to do something by myself for myself,” she explained.

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A quick Google search brought her to Allebach Photography. 

“I saw the photos posted on Instagram and the website and was in awe of how beautiful everybody looked and I wanted that for myself. Then I read up on the blog and read about the stories everybody shared about how they show themselves in a new light and learned to love their body in a different way. So I put my name down for more information and committed myself to doing it,” she said. 

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In some ways, Katerina even surprised herself, as she admits doing a boudoir session is a little more than out of character for her. 

“If you ask anyone that knows me if I would ever do a boudoir session, they would tell you in no way would I do one. Growing up, I was the shy reserved girl who studied hard and copiously read and only dressed up for huge events like prom and homecoming, mostly keeping in my own self-designated lane. I’ve been coming into my own being more and more as I have been doing more self-discovery.”

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Katerina took some inspiration from Pinterest for her outfits, and also brought along a bridal set she had initially planned on wearing the night of the wedding but had never gotten to wear due to the busyness of the night and her own nerves. 

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“The day of the shoot, I was still nervous about wearing these kinds of outfits in front of other people, but after we started my nerves went away. Mike made me feel so comfortable in my skin that I was wondering why I was so nervous to begin with. He made posing so simple and broke everything down into simple instructions. Plus it was a lot of fun playing around on set and trying different things.”

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She added, “I loved how subtly sexy wearing his shirt was and the sweater look.”

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The photo reveal made Katerina see herself in a different light.  

“Like most brides, I was a little more focused on my body for the wedding day and being able to see my body and how the work paid off was something I never thought I’d see. I consider myself a pretty person, but not a sensual person. A small seed was planted at that moment and my appreciation for my body and myself has grown and evolved since that moment. There’s been a huge boost in my confidence and sensuality so it’s spiced up our relationship a bit. But more importantly, I find myself holding my head higher and more comfortable in outfits I would usually feel a bit exposed in. “

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Even her husband, who of course LOVED the photos, noticed a difference in her attitude towards herself. 

“He was a little dumbstruck since it was a little out of character for me. He then said that the reason I’ve been much more comfortable in my body makes a lot more sense now.”

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Katerina selected an album and says she wants to get a couple of prints later this year, after they buy a home, so that she can display them as a daily reminder of how powerful and beautiful she is. 

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“Like everyone who’s done a shoot with Mike says, everyone should do a boudoir shoot so they could see themselves in a new light. This experience challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zone in order for me to learn more about myself.”

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Katerina says right now she is living for our Renaissance of Mom photos and is adding a session to her bucket list once they start their own family. 

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Solo boudoir makes a great gift, not just for your significant other but for yourself too! Book your session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Back when we were known as the Tattooed Bride Photography Studio, Laura followed our Facebook page and got to be a part of a “tattooed stories” model call. So much has changed since 2015, especially for Laura and Glen who now have 2 beautiful kids; Emma and Benjamin.

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When we launched the model call for the Renaissance of Mom, Laura was nervous but excited. Once the session started, Laura let all those nerves go.

“I really felt beautiful and comfortable as soon as we all got changed and the shoot started!”

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“Getting to experience [the shoot] first hand after seeing so many other’s photos, it was so fun! We got to listen to music and be silly and be ourselves….it was less posed than I had anticipated but the results were amazing!”, Laura shared.

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When the family first saw the images, they were blown away.

“It looked like our family just popped out of a magazine! I thought ‘how am I going to choose which ones go on the wall?!’ And seriously how are these so incredible?!”

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One of the best parts of the experience for Laura was how it changed her relationship with her husband, Glen.

“I felt it brought my husband and I closer even though it was a family shoot, because he was so nervous and didn’t want to do the photos at first, then after the experience he raved about how fun and amazing it was and how amazing the photos were!”

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“They are beautiful memories that you will literally have forever! Money comes and goes, but these gorgeous memories cannot be replaced, it’s literally like a beautiful amazing snap shot in time in your life”, Laura added.

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What is it you’d love to get from an experience like this?

I’d love to hear from you!
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Erika Schoof has over 10 years’ experience as a photography studio and production manager. Learn more about our studio at allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920. Join our facebook group here

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Travel Back In Time With A Fine Art Photo Album

One of our clients’ favorites ways to be transported back to the all the feels from their experiences is through our custom, fine art albums.

During the cinematic reveal of your photos, you’ll laugh and cry and work with your photographer to choose your absolute favorite photos.

You may have those top faves that you know are PERFECT for that space in your home so you can see them every single day.

But what about all of those other moments? The candid ones. The funny ones. The romantic ones. The naughty ones even.

Together, they tell a story. A story of your relationship with your partner, or the way you play with your kids, or the journey you’re on right now… how you want to see yourself every single day.

What would it mean for you to be able to go back in time and relive a day where you felt truly empowered, strong, connected, and loved? That’s the power of the printed photograph. It’s a moment in time that holds worlds of emotions and memories. It’s an anchor to a time you cherish.

So, if you’re thinking about booking a session with us, and you aren’t sure how you want to memorialize these moments, a keepsake album is always a solid choice and an investment worth every penny.

I’d like to leave you with a question to ask yourself…

If you could step into a time machine right now, what are those moments you would want to relive all over again?

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Empowering Photoshoot Leaves Mom Realizing How Amazing She Is

Lauren and her husband Bobby were super interested in doing a couple’s boudoir session, but little did Lauren know Bobby had contacted us to participate in our Renaissance of Mom Model Call. 

“Once I found out we were booked for a family shoot I got really emotional. When I talked to Erika over the phone I opened up about how I was so excited to celebrate our family.”

The couple struggled with fertility issues. It took Lauren and Bobby over a year to get pregnant with their daughter. Now they have two children just bursting with life, a 4-year-old girl named Riley and an 18-month-old boy named Jameson.

“To celebrate those two and be able to showcase our family in our house is amazing,” said Lauren, adding that she so rarely gets to be in family photos since she’s the one usually taking them! A sentiment shared by most moms.

When they arrived at the studio Erika greeted them, immediately putting Lauren’s anxieties at ease. 

“We pulled up and Erika met us at our car and offered to carry anything we needed help with. Right off the bat she started talking to our daughter and Riley immediately connected with her. They became best friends in a matter of three minutes.”

Erika led them upstairs to the studio, they put down their bags, hung up their outfits and went right into hair and makeup. 

“They let Riley go first and made her feel like a princess. She got to pick the music we listened to and they listened to all her crazy stories.” 

Riley even hopped back up in the chair for a little blush and eye shadow.

“I felt like I’ve known these two women my entire life. I felt like all the mom stress just went away.” 

The family got into their outfits and then it was time for the fun to begin!

“Erika made both my kids laugh with no effort. She is AHHHMAZING with kids. My son had a wardrobe malfunction so while my husband and I were handling that she was singing a duet with my daughter. We came back to her snapping photos of Riley singing while standing on the couch and that captured the definition of my daughter! She knew exactly what to do to bring out Riley’s true self,” Lauren said. 

Erika effortlessly moved along with photographing their 18-month-old, who can often prove to be unpredictable (like most toddlers!) according to Lauren .

“I haven’t felt so empowered since I gave birth. She let us know each way to pose and in the middle of snapping photos and telling us where to adjust she would shout out compliments. She snuck in these compliments without effort but I heard every single one of them and I felt amazing. I never once felt like I had to hide my ‘double chin’ or my stomach, etcetera.”

Seeing the glow and happiness on her husband’s face was one of the highlights of the day for Lauren. 

“He got to see me fully happy, surrounded by love. We tickled each other, snuggled, swapped kisses, and had some full on belly laughs. It was amazing to just let go for a few hours and not worry about anything in the world. Erika led us upstairs for snacks while we waited for her to edit the photos, which was so amazing and sweet.”

When they got to the reveal Lauren laughed and she cried. 

“The reveal was absolutely amazing. They don’t lie when they say you will laugh and cry. It was stunning. She captured the true side in all four of us. My favorite photo was the four of us all giggling and laughing.  I can’t wait to display it in our new house, hopefully in the near future. We have always worked so hard for what we want and to be able to capture it in photos has been such an amazing experience.”

The session put Lauren at ease and now she is feels even more ready for her and Bobby’s upcoming couples boudoir session. 

“I have a few things to get done before our shoot but this family shoot showed me I really don’t need to alter my body at all. You forget about everything when you are in that studio. You are YOU in that studio, and you are beautiful. They will effortlessly show you how amazing you are.”

She continued, “I literally cannot say enough good things about Allebach Photography and Erika. I also cannot thank her and Mike enough… they were amazing from the door. As a mom, I’m never usually in photos so this was an amazing treat. I cannot thank my husband enough for booking this photo shoot for us and I will cherish these pictures forever. THANK YOU Allebach Photography.”

Celebrate the renaissance of your own family! Book your own session by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Love Birds Get Naughty For The Camera Together

Jay and Kelly joke that they’ve been together since the Stone Age. 

The pair has been together since high school (they were introduced by Kelly’s best friend), which makes for 24 years, 17 of which have been married. They have two boys, a 14-year-old and a 10-year-old.

“We pride ourselves on the strength of our marriage, we work everyday to stay strong and have great communication with each other. We truly are love birds still, even after all these years,” says Kelly. 

When Kelly discovered our studio, it was love at first sight. 

“I found Mike’s artwork on social media and immediately fell in love with his concept and how his pictures had some risk to them, but were still tastefully done. When I found a photographer who could capture our naughty side together, I was like, we must do this!” she explained. 

Kelly ran it by Jay, who was immediately onboard. After all, she says, who doesn’t want to take sexy pictures with their partner all glammed up like a supermodel?

The couple was so game to get a little naughty in front of the camera.

“We looked at the day as a date for something we hadn’t done as a couple before and it was more fun and less stress, I suppose! Jay dressed in a sexy button down shirt and looked so handsome! I selected something naughty and romantic and then something extra naughty. It was fun to be a little vulnerable together. Not everyday you get nakey in front of others,” Kelly said.   

“It was just comfortable. I felt like we could just take our time and Mike always saw the opportunity for a great shot,” said Jay.

Kelly continued, “Jay and I have such a connection, it was fun to just be together with him and aside from cracking jokes and having light conversation with Mike, he sets the scene for sexiness and you really forget he is even there, which was awesome!”

Kelly had a hard time keeping in her tears during the big reveal of their photos afterwards. 

“The reveal was amazing…I shed some tears at how beautiful the shots were.  We were extraordinarily pleased!” she said, adding that they chose an album. 

“I feel like we gained a great memory of us at this point in our lives.  So many people hesitate to get in front of the camera because they aren’t at their fittest or feel those insecurities of their physical appearance…DON’T!!! We had so much fun and after you see your photos you come away from the experience gaining confidence and appreciation and strength for stepping out of your comfort zone!  I’ll be excited for a future session!”


Ready to get a little naughty in front of the camera with your partner? Book your own couple’s boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Couple Opts For Boudoir Session Instead Of Traditional Engagement Photos

We love couples that break the mold and that’s one of the reasons why we had so much fun with Megan and Jake. 

The two felt an instant connection from the moment they met two years ago, through a mutual friend. 

Megan says, “I was a newly single mother at the time, and very hesitant about entering a new relationship. Jake was so patient and kind. He loved me through a time when I was still learning how to love myself. Fast forward two years and I can’t picture my life without him in it. 

Megan was so in love with Jake that this past December she decided to get down on one knee and ask him to marry him.  

“We couldn’t be happier.”

Early on in their relationship, Megan shared the Allebach Photography page with Jake and they’ve both been dreaming about doing a couples session ever since. 

“It was something we talked about as a ‘someday-goal’ frequently but with raising a four-year-old, having the time and money to actually make it happen seemed impossible at times. Especially considering that we live six hours away from the studio, in Erie,” says Megan. 

As their two-year anniversary began creeping up they wanted something really special to celebrate. They had talked about taking a vacation but then it hit them. 

“We NEEDED to do this, to turn this two-year dream into a reality. That’s when we booked our session and made the commitment to travel across the state for this experience. At the time, I had not decided to propose yet. In the end our images ended up being a celebration of our love in place of traditional engagement photos!”

Though they were both in from the get go, Megan says the nerves were real the days leading up to their session.  

“Mine were definitely worse. Ever since having my son four years ago, I have struggled with body image and most of the time I’m the one hiding behind the camera, so stepping out of my comfort zone took a lot of courage”, she explained. “On top of that, being the photography nerd that I am, I was SOOO nervous to meet Mike in person! I follow the work of many talented photographers for inspiration just to admire their artistic abilities. I’ve always been extremely drawn to the beautiful images Mike creates and he quickly became one of my absolute favorite photographers. Meeting my favorite photographer in person felt like getting to meet your favorite actor or rock star. I was totally starstruck and awkward at first.”

Despite their initial nerves, Megan and Jake had a blast at their session, which was filled with giggles and silliness to go with their vibrant sensuality. 

They started out with comfy/casual outfits that they could slip layers off of, then moved to a more polished look where Jake wore his best suit and Megan wore some sexy lingerie. They also brought along a few props to enhance the overall aesthetic of the session. 

“One of our favorite photos was of me pouring Jake a glass of Maker’s Mark Whiskey. It looked like it belonged in a magazine!” says Megan.

Megan says she felt so comfortable during the session that she even surprised herself by stripping all the way down for a few full-nude shots. 

Then came the photo reveal.

“I was not at all prepared for the intense emotional response I had seeing our images for the first time on that great big projector screen. Mike truly captured the love and intimacy between the two of us and getting to see how beautiful that was and how amazing we both looked was so overwhelming that I couldn’t stop crying.”

The couple purchased an album and are still trying to decide which images to use for their wall art. 

“We love them all so much it’s hard to decide which ones to choose for wall art, but we are planning on purchasing a set of the metal prints for above our bed, once we decide. A few of our favorite shots are all the ones where Jake is in his suit and I’m in my red lingerie, and the ones in the stairwell, but it’s hard to choose favorites when every image is AMAZING.”

They left the session feeling more connected than ever as a couple. 

“Our sex life has been better than ever and we both feel more confident in our own skin than we ever had before. I love myself a little more now and that feeling has been life changing”, Megan said. 

“To anyone out there reading this thinking, this sounds so fun but are unsure about doing it, take a leap of faith and trust the process. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!”

Book your own couple’s boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Couple Could Not Wait To Install Artwork In A Prominent Space In Their Bedroom!

Sometimes couples are destined to cross paths twice, like with Kristen and Adam, who reconnected after a six year gap of not seeing or talking to each other. 

“We met many moons ago at an afterschool program. Adam was a grade ahead of me in high school, so we always went to school together. Funny story we worked at Subway together throughout high school and may or may not have been ‘seeing’ each other after work!“ says Kristen.

Kristen then went off to college and the two lost touch.

She continues, “When I moved home, I had been hanging out with my best friend at the firehouse where they had belonged. Her husband had been on my case about hooking me up with this really nice guy. I was totally not ready to start dating after just getting out of a relationship. When he told me who it was, I just laughed! I was like, ‘absolutely not’! Well, after months of hanging around the firehouse, where Adam was a lieutenant, we saw more and more of each other. I had absolutely no interest in even giving him a shot. Months later I finally agreed to hang out, one thing led to another, and here we are eight years later, married for two!”

Kristen loves that Adam keeps her grounded. “I am the person to jump and ask questions later and he is able to reel me back in, to think before I act in certain circumstances. He puts up with my crazy, yet allows me to be exactly who I am. He has held me through some of my toughest days and tries his best to understand me.”

“The thing I love most about you is your dedication to your business, the time and effort you put into your team and helping others. Your constant drive to do better and do more for both us and your business,” Adam tells Kristen. 

 For their couple’s boudoir session, Kristen had ordered multiple items online that didn’t arrive in time due to the holiday/pandemic USPS shipping madness. 

“Outfits, honestly, were a nightmare. Thankfully, I was able to pull it together. I was able to pull an outfit from my own business inventory. My favorite outfit was a simple black bodysuit off Amazon. I typically walk around our house in a crummy old white t-shirt and underwear, so my third outfit was Adam’s favorite underwear and a tight, white crop top!”

Though they both started out nervous, they both warmed up quickly and went with the flow as they got into poses. 

“We were both pretty nervous going into it. The drive down that morning we were both on edge, but thankfully we had a blast and the nerves left pretty quick. Mike and his staff were awesome!” says Kristen. 

Adam says that his favorite part of their session was their steamy shower scene. 

“We loved the down time after the shoot to reconnect and play the card games upstairs. The reveal of the photos, um… I wish I had words. The music Mike played was the perfect fit. In a company where I empower and educate women everyday (she works as a director at Pure Romance), the music and photos almost brought tears to my eyes as I felt so beautiful and so empowered watching the spool of photos, and I am not a crier,” Kristen says.

Adam agreed. “I was speechless when it came to the photo reveal.”

The couple ordered artwork for both their bedroom and master bath, along with a portrait box of 25 photos, which they said arrived more quickly than they expected, and they were just as quick to add them to their walls.

“We planned for a corner in our bedroom but after bringing them home we decided right across from our bed. We couldn’t put them in a corner to hide, they are way too beautiful. It didn’t take long to hang them, they were both up within an hour of getting home. It’s beautiful to wake up to in the morning,” Kristen says. 

Kristen says she hopes this session leads to them spending more intimate time together. 

“Having those pictures on the wall is a reminder that we need to make time for ourselves…that outside of our everyday busy lives, we still have each other and that is one important piece of keeping our marriage strong.”

Adam says he hopes the session makes his wife more comfortable wearing sexy lingerie! He also added that it was great foreplay and pregame for their upcoming vacation. 

The couple says they cannot wait to return one day at a different period in their lives. We can’t wait to have you again, Kristen and Adam!

Book your own couple’s boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Experience The Magic of Boudoir Photography

There’s this magical thing that happens when you are faced with the rawness of a boudoir session. You’re forced to see what you love about yourself. A lot of people come into these experiences worried all they will see is what they wish they could change. But the truth is, you’re actually forced to admit that there are things about you that you can’t deny are fucking beautiful and downright sexy.

When I finally fixed my hair after my quarantine bleach fail, I was feeling so much better and fresher… ‘almost’ confident. I was considering asking Mike to photograph me but was too scared to open that door. It frightened me to think that, while I felt better, none of that would translate because I’ve been photographed many times before and walked away in tears. Well… Somehow Mike has some weird intuition because my first day back in after my fresh new look, he asked if I wanted a portrait done. I said maybe, because I was too embarrassed to admit I had really wanted to ask him.

So as I did my hair and packed up my makeup, I decided to bring the one and only mildly sexy thing I own. What the hell right? I probably won’t do it but at least the option is there. Well as soon as he walked in the office he asked if I was ready for my photos. I felt that embarrassment rush back into my face. I said that I didn’t know and I felt weird. But, just like the moment he made me be in photographs with my daughters, he took a stand for me and said, in so many words, “let’s go”.

So I put the thing on I brought and even threw my oversized shirt over it because I felt silly. I did my makeup as dark and moody as I could, to match the set he was putting together, and I took a few deep breaths and reminded myself that he does this everyday and I have nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of.

Now, I’m someone who has photographed thousands of people and pride myself on finding those angles that really work with the person on the other side of the lens. But I’ll be damned if I know what those angles are that work for me. I believed I didn’t have those angles. A beautiful and flattering photograph of me was extremely rare.

I think you know where this story is going…

As Mike queued up the photos, I wanted to hide behind my hands. I wanted to peek through a sliver in my fingers so it wouldn’t hurt as bad. Like I do when I know a jump scare is about to happen in a horror movie and I want it to be easier to get through. But I watched as photo after photo of me appeared on the screen. “Who the fuck is that?” “Is that me?!” “There’s no way…” I honestly wanted to cry but my makeup was too on point, so I choked back the tears, threw my head back, and I’m pretty sure I whispered “What the fuck” to myself before saying anything else.

I didn’t see all those things I wish I could change. I was forced to admit to myself that I have really beautiful skin, gorgeous eyes, my hair is fire, and that top I was embarrassed about made my 2 breastfed children-chopped up with a breast reduction boobs look amazing. It was uncomfortable telling myself these truths. I never had the permission to do it before this moment. I hear women talk about themselves, confidently complimenting themselves and how amazing they are, inside and out. I’ve always admired that. I’d even look in the mirror and try to declare positivities about myself but always shied from my own eyes in my reflection because it was too uncomfortable.

But now I get to look at these photographs and think, “god damn I’m beautiful”. That’s a first for me and I have Mike to thank for it. Of course his talent is unparalleled. That goes without saying. But his ability to show up for you, push you outside of your comfort zone to see beyond the criticisms you tell yourself and admit you’re worthy of love in all its forms… That’s what you won’t experience anywhere else. That’s something you won’t ever forget. It’s a feeling you will want to chase. And every single moment you need a reminder, you will have your photographs to transport you back to feeling confident, sexy, worthy of love, and worthy of being seen.

When was the last time you felt beautiful and sexy?

Whatever the circumstances, you felt like your hottest self… Nothing has changed about who you are and how amazing you are. It’s time!

Let Mike show you!

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Follow New Mother’s Emotional and Empowering Birth Story

7am-6pm | Eryn planned, diligently, every aspect of her birthing experience. She wanted a natural, at-home, water birth, under the care of a midwife.

For the first half of her over 40 hour labor experience, she was living that plan. With the company of her husband and mother, she patiently worked through every hour and minute of the pain of contractions; and soothed them in the water Mat was carefully monitoring.

6am-11am | Despite all of her efforts, Eryn birthing plan was derailed by her little boy.

Her midwife decided it was time to go to the hospital. Despite the plan changing, the consistent pain, nothing was going to break Eryn’s spirits! She was so close to meeting her baby boy!

3:10pm | Natural birth just wasn’t in the cards for Eryn, and baby Adrian was delivered via c-section.

I wasn’t able to be there so I gave my camera to Mat who did an amazing job (alongside the nurses) capturing what I couldn’t; the first moments of Adrian and parents meeting in the world.

6:00pm-7:00pm | When I was permitted to return, after mom and baby were safe and sound, I got to meet this stubborn little man.

He was so beautiful and peaceful, laying skin to skin with his mama. Eryn, so tired, yet so elated to finally meet Adrian. Two became three that day, and the difficult journey of labor quickly faded in the shadows of this new adventure ahead.

Erika Schoof has over 10 years’ experience as a photography studio and production manager. Learn more about our studio at allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920. Join our facebook group here

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We Need 10 Families To Share Their Stories

OUR LATEST MODEL CALL IS LIVE!!

We are looking for 10 families to model for the day

The spots will go quickly, so first come, first serve

For your participation, you will receive a complimentary session, $200 credit towards artwork for your home, and an experience designed to celebrate your family.

Email Erika at hello@allebachphotography.com and share what an experience like this would mean to you.

Submit your story today! Applications due by January 29th.

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Couple Celebrates Their New Commitment To Each Other

Angie and Diane recently came into the studio as a way to celebrate their new commitment to each other after being together for more than 17 years. 

The two met through a mutual friend 22 years ago. 

“We became very close friends. Upon leaving a 10-year relationship, and not knowing how I was going to make it on my own, Diane offered to let me live with her until I got back on my feet. During that time, our friendship grew closer. Day in and day out, talking, sharing our lives, cooking together, all of those things strengthened our friendship,” says Angie. 

As Angie began making preparations to move out into her own home, she realized that was beginning to develop feelings beyond friendship for Diane. 

“I was terrified to talk to her about them. I didn’t want to ruin the amazing friendship we had. We had helped each other through some really tough times. I couldn’t imagine my life without her, so I kept my feelings to myself,” she said.

The closer it got to moving day, the bigger the knot in Angie’s stomach grew. 

“I had to say something. I risked it all, told her about my feelings, only to find out that she felt the same way!”

Angie decided to still move out and after a year and a half of dating she moved back in as Diane’s partner. 17 and a half years later they are engaged to be married. 

When asked what she loves the most about Angie, Diane says, “Her smile, sense of humor, her eyes sparkle when she looks at me. How she holds me, touches me and kisses me. Her gentleness. She’s very passionate. Her love for animals and her dedication to being a spokesperson for animals.”

Angie said she loves Diane’s “Beautiful blue eyes. Her smile. The way she laughs with her whole face and how she can make me laugh even when I don’t want to. She’s sexy and playful. She’s generous, loving and compassionate. How she makes me feel when she kisses me and touches me. How a certain look can take my breath away and make me wet.”

Like many couples in loving long term relationships, Diane and Angie have struggled to stay connected and to keep things feeling new and exciting. 

“In our relationship, we had been struggling to be and stay connected for several years. Through hard work and a lot of therapy, we started on a new path. The session with Mike was a gift to ourselves to celebrate our new commitment to each other,” said Angie. 

Everything about the session, from the lead up, to the big reveal of their photos was exciting. 

“Once we had the initial call with Mike, we both began to get excited. We started planning our outfits and thinking about poses we wanted. We had so much fun shopping for the outfits and accouterments for the red room,” says Diane. 

Diane’s favorite outfits that Angie wore were her jeans, tank top, and then her blue and silver matching bra and panty set. Angie’s favorite outfits of Diane’s were her lacy black bra with matching panties and knee high leather boots and of course her full body leather harness. 

Angie: “The day started out with both of us very nervous. The makeup artist was wonderful. She was so friendly and calming. She did an amazing job! She made us look so beautiful! After the first outfit change, we were able to relax and really get into it. It became about being in the moment and celebrating us instead of worrying about how many chins were going to show up in the photos or sucking it in so there’s only two rolls instead of three. We had an absolute blast!! At times, we forgot Mike was there.”

Afterwards, at the big reveal, “We were both shocked! We had never seen ourselves on film in that way,” Angie says. 

They decided to create an album of their favorites as well as a canvas. They hope to get even more wall art in the future and have plans for another session. 

“We look at our book every night. We’ve shown it to a few choice friends. They’ve all remarked how Mike really captured our essence. Captured how we are with each other. That is such a gift he has given us. We came away with wonderful memories. Lifelong memories. A renewed realization of how sexy and loved we feel together and about each other. We felt pampered. We felt validated and we felt celebrated. I personally came away from this experience liking my body a little more. I’ve never seen myself as sexy, until now. It has truly been life changing for me. Issues of body image I’ve been fighting my whole life have been lessened by this experience. I am eternally grateful.”

Ready to join Angie and Diane and to see what all the hype is about? Book your own boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or by visiting  http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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Motherhood Session Freezes Time for Mother and Daughters

Sara, like many moms these days, is a full time working mom trying to balance her work with her children’s schedules. 

“Some days are a little crazier than others, but we make it work. The girls’ dad works crazy hours, leaving before the sun comes up and sometimes working past the ‘normal working hours,’” she shared with us. 

This leaves Sara in charge of not only getting her girls (three-year-old Lily and one-year-old Carter) up and to daycare, but picking them up at the end of the day AND making sure that they all have dinner on the table. In addition, the girls have swimming lessons throughout the year they need to be taken to and picked up from. Oh, and did we mention she works full time? Can you say Super Mom?

“I am thankful to have my husband, who helps around the house, so our girls can have my full attention as needed, and I’m not left with everything…. work, kids, household, etcetera. I am definitely an attachment mommy and do my best navigating their emotions to help them better process what they are feeling,” she said. 

“Lily is a full on Mama’s Girl, while Carter is a Daddy’s Girl. We have both girls in swimming lessons throughout the year and we belong to a summer swim club. They are both naturals and love the water. Lily is also showing an interest in gymnastics and loves to ride her bike! Carter is our little funny girl, with so much personality, but is also the love bug, giving hugs and snuggles all of the time!”

When Sara saw our Renaissance of Mom sessions, she thought it was such a cool and unique opportunity to stop and capture her relationship with her girls at this stage in their lives.  

“It just felt like it was something that I wanted to be a part of and the pictures of Erika with her babies was something I haven’t seen offered from other photographers. I am also a breastfeeding mom. At the time I was nursing, (and still am), both girls. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to not only capture these memories for our family, but to show that extended breastfeeding was normal and okay.”

One thing she says she truly appreciated about her session with her girls was how comfortable and natural she felt, which is such an important ingredient to create authentic images. 

“Having done a solo boudoir prior, I know that the studio was a safe place to be yourself. However, my first shoot was with Mike and not Erika, so I wasn’t sure what her style was. When we started I knew right away that Erika was just as wonderful as Mike. I was at ease very quickly, and there were some points that I didn’t have my top on and wasn’t embarrassed, it just felt natural. Overall the whole experience of the Renaissance Mom exceeded my expectations!”

Sara says the session left her with such strong feelings of love; love for both herself and for her little family. 

“Love that my husband was on board with the girls and I doing a session together. The love that comes through in all of the pictures between my girls and I, and the ones of just the girls together.”

She chose an album in a gorgeous peacock blue as well as a canvas of both her girls. 

“We have the book safely stored in the box it came in on our piano bench and the canvas hangs above the piano in the living room,” she said. 

As she mentioned above, this is actually Sara’s second experience with us. She met us a few years back at a bridal show and decided to do a solo boudoir session as a surprise anniversary gift to her now husband.

“Mike was amazing! He made me feel so comfortable right away. He would always ask to try something during the shoot and made sure I was comfortable with it. For example, I had brought some of my husband’s sports jerseys. One was a button down and Mike felt it would be better if nothing was under it. By then I was so comfortable and knew I was in a safe place that it wasn’t a big deal. Following this, we got one of the best pictures of the day using the chandelier!”

Sara is enthusiastic about recommending us to other families.

“I would absolutely recommend that mothers and families book a photo shoot! It was such a magical experience and hope I get to do it again in the future!”

Ready for your own Renaissance of Mom session? Call 610.539.6920 or visit to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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The Gift of Seeing Ourselves As Lovers Instead of Parents

Lindsey and Blanton initially met about 16 or 17 years ago through work, but reconnected several years ago when they were each at a crossroads in their lives. 

“I had recently lost my husband in 2016 and Blanton was divorced and had recently ended a dating relationship,” Lindsey explained. 

At the time, her children were four and two. She had their third child soon after he passed away in November 2016, only two days before the funeral. 

Lindsey was understandably hesitant as a single, newly widowed mom whose children meant the world to her. 

“When Blanton re-entered my life the baby was still very young. We had been quietly dating but were very careful not to be affectionate around my kids due to the sensitivity of the time, trying to be respectful of the situation and just wanting to be sure before the kids got attached,” she said. 

Blanton quickly showed Lindsey not only how much he cared for her, but also how much he cared for her kids. 

“Blanton had come over to hang out and brought me gifts for my home. He was going to get them out of his car and Kieran asked if he could go. Without any experience as a parent or having kids himself, Blanton took that tiny child so craving male connection and sat him down, put his shoes on and took him with him out to his car. And never even needed to ask me what to do or how or anything. I had spent the last months and truthfully even before that in my last relationship feeling alone and without a true partner so the initiative and intuitiveness that showed told me I was ready to talk to the kids and at that point just like Blanton knew it was serious and we were all in,” said Lindsey. 

Blanton jumped right into the role of parenthood and in 2018, the couple surprisingly and happily learned they were pregnant with their own child. They now have four children together and were engaged in December 2019 just before Christmas. 

Lindsey found Allebach Photography on Instagram and showed some photos to Blanton. 

“My previous relationship had left me with quite a bit of emotional baggage and self esteem issues so the fact that I even felt comfortable enough to share it with him was very telling of our relationship. He looked at some of the pictures with me and agreed that it would be fun! And a great way to see each other as lovers and more than just parents which we are pretty consumed by with four,” Lindsey said. 

She bought a gift certificate for a session then “basically waited as long as possible” since she was still nursing to schedule their session.

Separating from their kids for the session was hard, emotionally and logistically, but they felt better upon entering the studio.

“It was the longest we’d been away from the kids in a while and the logistics of that was hard. I cried the whole drive up I think. As soon as we saw Mike though, his smile and tour of the studio started to put me at ease,” said Lindsey. 

Getting into hair and makeup also helped get Lindsey in the right frame of mind to enjoy her and Blanton’s session. 

“It was fun to watch the transformation as I had only had it done one other time,” she said.

The couple then went downstairs to get dressed, where Lindsey promptly set her bra on fire! Not intentionally. “I was changing in the bathroom and took it off and threw it onto a tea light by accident. Once I put that out and sheepishly apologized we got started,” she laughed. 

Lindsey says they trusted the process completely, instead of going in with any preconceived ideas of poses in mind. She even surprised herself by going nude at the end, something she wasn’t necessarily planning to do. 

“I didn’t think I would go nude but I did. I ended the session in nothing but a bright red thong!”

She continued, “Mike was amazingly professional at all times and worked his magic for sure. My favorite part of the whole day was the end of the shoot. Mike had more snacks ready and we hung out and just relished in the day. Seeing the pictures unedited was something I thought I needed to prepare for. I was ready to force myself not to hate them and my body but I loved almost every one and cried.”

The couple chose a large album of all of their favorites, which we drop shipped to make sure they’d have it in time for Christmas. They also chose a few of the “tamer” photos for their bedroom wall.

Lindsey says she can’t wait to do another session. 

“We’re definitely planning on doing it again. I’ve lost weight so I’m anxious for new pictures in my new body to help with some of the dysphoria. My kids are older. The first time we did the shoot, got dinner and went right back home because of the baby. I’m anxious to be able to do a shoot and take the energy from it back to a hotel instead of into the real world with kids!”, she says.

Lindsey can’t say enough about her session with Blanton. 

“Not only did it give us the gift of seeing ourselves as lovers, not parents, it strengthened our already amazing relationship and gave me a new appreciation for my body and my sexuality/sensuality just as is. I can’t really put into words how healing that exact moment was but anyone who has been in an emotionally abusive relationship in the past should understand.”

Ready to see your partner as more than your co parent in crime? Book your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or going to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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“The Most Fun We Had Since Our Wedding Day”

It’s crazy to think that for all of the memories Brian and Jennifer have made together in the past few years, the couple almost didn’t meet at all!

“We met online.  Funny thing about it was that she was logging into her account to delete her profile because she was tired of the types of responses she received from the guys.  She was looking for the right guy (That’s me),” Brian says. 

“When she logged in and saw my write-up, that I actually read her profile, and had something more to say than ‘You’re hot” or “nice boobs’. She really had to think about whether to respond to me or not.  She waited three days to respond.”

When they finally met after talking online for a month, Brian says it was magical. 

“When she walked in the smile she had and the smile in her eyes of the prettiest blue captured me.  She was perfection in motion, but just as importantly, she had a great heart.  She was special on the inside.  She could stand on her own.  She didn’t need me, she is intelligent, and cares about people.  She was confident, but not arrogant.  She had it all.  And she had me from that moment,” he said. 

Jenn fell equally as hard for Brian, and over time she showed him just how much she cared for him. At a low point in Brian’s struggle with depression, she helped him work through it by planning an excursion that featured three places she knew he’d enjoy. 

“I was dealing with some major depression (It was going on long before we met), and she saw what I could be. I’m not perfect, but she knew my heart, and she wanted it.  Little did she know she already had my heart,” says Brian. 

Brian asked her father for her hand in marriage (he agreed). He bought a white gold ring with a pear-shaped sapphire and two wedding bands of white gold with alternating diamonds and sapphires around the band and proposed to Jenn at the bottom of a waterfall at Crabtree Falls, Virginia. They eloped about a year and a half ago. 

Jenn had been following the studio online and showed some couples boudoir photos to Brian.  

“It wasn’t the scantily clad women, it was the fact they looked so comfortable.  It was like Mike had this way of bringing out the confident sexy sultry vibes hidden deep inside their hearts and minds, no matter the body type.  The subjects just looked so comfortable, and the couples seemed to be having such a great time,” he said. 

When we put out a model call requesting 10 couples in their 40s to 60s, Brian jumped on the opportunity. 

“A couple days later Mike emailed me and said he would love to shoot us.  I was so excited to tell Jennifer, and she was having a rough day, so that really lifted her spirits too! “ 

The couple had their phone consultation a couple days later and set their appointment date.  They spent the next few weeks shopping for outfits to wear for the shoot. 

“It was a lot of fun finding the things we wanted to dress in.  I really feel like it was a great pick me up for Jennifer,” says Brian. 

“The session was the most fun we had since our wedding day!  We did bring wine to the session, but had so much fun we forgot to drink it!  The theme I chose was Batman, and I wore my underwear outside of my tights with a sock inside for good measure.  I’m kidding. We really didn’t have a theme other than sexy lingerie and to have fun, which we had in spades.  Jennifer had two or three outfits she changed into and I had a couple different color underwear to compliment her.”  

Brian continued, “The day couldn’t have gone any better.  It started with us enjoying the pictures on the walls going into the studio.  Once inside the studio, we explored the different sets that were set up.  Mike even has an 1800’s bank vault he uses for the “Red Room”.  Can I hear an Amen!  Mike took us on a little tour of the building and then had us get changed out.  The rest was photo session magic, as we had the time of our lives with each other.  It didn’t feel awkward at all having Mike there with us, in fact I think it made things even more exciting in a way.  I feel like we made a friend that day, and we have plans to do a second session with Mike, next time we’re doing a night shoot.  The whole day was a great experience!”

The couple selected an album with many of the photos taken that day for wall art they chose from body scapes, as well as just a few of their favorite images together. 

“Everything has turned out so well.  I mean even beyond the skill that Mike brings to the table – the quality of the wall art is really stunning!  We chose the metal prints and they are absolutely gorgeous.  We put one in our foyer, some on the landing of the stairs, several in our bedroom/bathroom, and trying to figure out where the second session’s photos will go,” Brian said. 

The couple flew in from out of state and so after their session they planned a weekend getaway through the New England days. 

“It was fall and the perfect time to see the leaves changing colors. So not only did we have the most incredible experience with our photo session, we had a whole week in beautiful land to reconnect with each other,” says Brian. 

 “We certainly have lots of great memories.  This was a day for the books!”

Brian is adamant about encouraging other couples to give this experience a try.  

“I would just like to encourage anybody that is on the fence about doing a boudoir session to just do it.  You won’t regret it.  You WILL have the time of your life, and someday your grandkids will see how sexy grandma and grandpa were together.  Don’t talk yourself out of this.  Mike is great to work with, and photography is about catching a moment in time.  When the moment is gone, it’s gone forever.  Why not let Mike capture some of those moments with you.”

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She loved it. Couples Boudoir is the Perfect Birthday Gift

Bryant and Meredith’s Couples Boudoir Story

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We love the words Bryant uses to describe his relationship with Meredith: “Our relationship is built with all of the honest pieces of ourselves,” he tells us. 

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When the two of them met (at the gig of a mutual friend’s who is a guitar player – Meredith on a date with another guy), they were both going through nasty divorces.

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While their divorces gave them something to commiserate on, going through such painful ordeals separately made them both realize how important it was to build a relationship around trust and open communication.  

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“Based off of our shared experiences in our own failed marriages, we’ve really learned to just be honest and super communicative, and it’s been tremendous,” Bryant said, adding that they have their own issues now and then (like everyone else) but it’s without the toxicity that they’d become so accustomed to in their previous relationships. 

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“I love how genuine, loving, accepting, and confident Bryant is. I love and respect him very much as a partner and friend,” says Meredith. 

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Bryant and Meredith have been together for three years and have five kids between the two of them that keep them on their toes! 

When Meredith’s 40th birthday began to come up, Bryant thought a couples boudoir session for her was just what she needed. 

“We came across Allebach on Facebook and joined the page. Meredith had said how much she would enjoy the experience, and with her birthday coming up, I figured that would be a lovely gift. My goal was to give her this opportunity to bask in feeling gorgeous and really get some new wind in her sails,” he says. 

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“I recently got divorced, lost my job and turned 40 all within a few months so it an amazing gift from my partner to get to do this!” Meredith chimed in. 

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The two had such a fun time in the weeks leading up to their session, deciding on outfits and shopping for things on Amazon. They looked through photos to get ideas and inspiration for their own session. They even picked out a small bottle of bourbon to bring along. 

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Since they were coming from Harrisburg (about a two-hour drive), they also decided to make arrangements to turn it into a little vacation. 

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“As the day approached we decided to make it a bit of a vacation, so we booked a hotel, which really allowed us to take our time and not feel rushed. The shoot itself was very much what we’d hoped for. Mike was very professional, and he got some great shots of the both of us!” said Bryant.

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“I felt very comfortable pretty quickly with Mike. It was a fun, empowering experience. Then to see the pics at the end of the session was incredible!” said Meredith. 

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Bryant says, “We really enjoyed the shots Mike got of us on the St. Andrew’s Cross, in addition to one that captures Meredith looking over her shoulder with her new Phoenix tattoo. Mike even got a good picture of just me wearing only sweatpants and a fur, playing my guitar! It’s going to be so much fun to look through them all again.”

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The couple is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the album they ordered (couples typically receive their artwork within 4-6 weeks of their session). They are also planning on ordering some wall art ASAP says Meredith. 

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 “We had such a good experience, and it was good for us to use our session as the focal point for a much needed break in our normal routines. 10/10 would recommend!”

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Ready for your own session? Book your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 or going to http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

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9 Reasons A Family Session Is The Best Gift

If you have children, I’m sure you’ve noticed how fleeting moments are and how quickly they change. Capture all those small but precious quirks they possess or things they do that remind you how special they are, right now, in this moment.

You may live together, and/or spend a lot of time together. But when was the last time you truly spent quality time loving and appreciating one another? Photo sessions are a chance to slow down and just be present with each other.

The value of family portraits increase with time. Lots of gifts are exchanged, opened, appreciated, adored, and then forgotten. A photograph created now, is priceless and precious twenty, even thirty years from now. A window to the past, crystal clear.

It’s sad to say but aging really takes a toll on memory. Our elderly relatives, and us as we continue to age, will have the opportunity to look back upon happy memories. Time-traveling brought to fruition.

What better way to say “I Love You” than a photographic love letter. As your children age, leave the nest, and grow their own families, they can channel your love through those special moments frozen in time.

This one goes out to all those people who are great at taking the photos, but never end up IN the photos. I’m certainly one of those, and as a photographer, I can’t rave enough about how important it was to have my own session. Yes, that’s me below!

There is a lot of beautiful artwork out there to decorate your home and it can be overwhelming to decide what fits your style best. That’s the beauty of photos! They can be designed to match your aesthetic. It couldn’t be a more custom piece of art, nor could it be more meaningful.

Now, more than ever before, you just never know the next time you’ll see someone you care about. Capture the love and connection you share, so you can always be transported there when you need it most.

One of our favorite parts of these experiences is getting to know our clients and all about how they spend time as a family. They become a chance to have fun and be unapologetically yourselves. Sure, we do a little bit of posing to set it up, but at the end of the day, we capture who you are as a family. So be silly, dance a little, laugh a lot, sing loud, and hold onto each other tightly.

Erika Schoof has over 10 years’ experience as a photography studio and production manager. Learn more about our studio at allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920. Join our facebook group here