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From Artist to Mom

I had the honor of meeting Melissa in college. I remember looking up to her as such a beautiful and strong woman and crazy talented artist.

Now that she is this amazing mother of two boys, my respect and admiration of her has grown ten-fold.

Jackson and Memphis are such loving and vicarious little men. They feed off of each other and love their mama so, SO much! They have soaked up so much of her warmth, creativity, and convictions.

I want to get to know you too!
Let’s chat! http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

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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She’s Here! A New Renaissance Album

If you’ve been to Allebach Photography, you know how much we love artwork; from the statement pieces displayed in the most prominent spaces in your home, to the coffee table artwork meant to tell an intimate story.

Since the launch of our Renaissance of Mom campaign, which is now relaunched as a new model call for families, I’ve been excited to create a two-tone cover, sample album to have in our studio!

This new upgrade is such a beautiful way to add a little pop and personality to your album, so you can’t help but want to hold it and relive all of those beautiful moments captured together.

Ready for the gift of family portraits? Let’s chat and get started! Schedule a time that works for you at http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

We serve people from all 50 states!  Our studio is located 1 hour from Lancaster, Philadelphia, Allentown, Delaware County, Berks County and a short drive from Lansdale, Doylestown, King of Prussia

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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Describe Your Child in Three Words

It’s hard to do, right? How can you encapsulate everything about your child into three tiny words?

My three favorite to date describe this handsome little guy:

Tenacious | Precocious | Inquisitive

That is exactly how Amber described her son, Wilson. So let’s break down those words and why they so perfectly describe him.

te·na·cious/ adjective

not readily relinquishing a position, principle, or course of action; determined

Wilson, right off the bat, positioned himself as in control as he could possibly be. He totally ran the session and it was worth letting him do so. He worked the camera and worked every moment to his advantage, in the best way possible of course.

pre·co·cious/ adjective

(of a child) having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual.

Amber being a teacher, Wilson already had a leg up on the other children his age. But you can see in his eyes, his desire to learn and grow. He wants to know it all and soak it in!

in·quis·i·tive/ adjective

curious or inquiring. intrigued.

Going hand in hand with his precocious nature, Wilson is so curious about anything and everything he doesn’t know yet. His mind is buzzing with questions and mom’s got all the answers!

So tell me about your children! http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

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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10 Reasons to Live Stream Your Elopement

  • Planning a traditional wedding is crazy stressful. Every single detail ends up mattering more than it needs to. So with an elopement, you get to focus on that really matters the most in the end. The two of you.
  • Keep it simple, make it weird, design it to be yours. No one, but the two of you, are involved in making decisions. 
  • You get the simplicity of an elopement, while having everyone there. Even people who may not have ever been able to travel for your wedding.
  • That elderly relative that you love so dearly, may not make it to your wedding in 2021 or even 2022. But they can be with you, watching from afar, as you exchange vows.
  • One of you may not be able to wait another year or two for the health insurance or the tax benefits that can accompany the legal binding of marriage.
Elopements
  • Whatever you may have set aside for a traditional wedding, you can put towards a home, a honeymoon, or even an amazing party to celebrate your marriage out of quarantine!
  • Most elopements are hosted at our studio! So rain or shine, you have a beautifully decorated and professionally lit space to broadcast your ceremony. 
  • Want a destination elopement. That’s possible too and we can still live stream it to your guests! 
  • Ever been to a wedding where you couldn’t hear the bride and groom? The entire ceremony is set up with mics so everyone tuning in can laugh and cry along with you as you exchange your vows. 
  • We are your wedding planners, photographers, and videographers. We will be there, every step of the way, to make this a beautiful, intimate experience. From helping with the decor and officiant, to even helping obtain your marriage certificate. Broadcast your love and have gorgeous photographs to remember this day that was just about the two of you. 


If you were planning on getting married this year and had to postpone your reception, or were even planning an elopement to the person you love, we’re here to create a unique experience for you. Our TV and Livestreaming studio is located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. We can help you get a marriage certificate and get eloped easily. Your friends and family will get to join in.

Email us at hello@allebachphotography.com
or shoot us a text! 610.539.6920

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The Renaissance of Family

We’ve primarily focused on one parent up until now.
It’s time to focus on the whole family!

We’re looking for 6 families, to come model for the day! The spots will go quickly. First come, first serve.

Your session would take place at Allebach Photography in North Wales, PA. For modeling you will receive a complimentary photo session and an experience designed to celebrate you and your family! As a special thank you for participating, you will also receive $200 towards artwork.

If you’re interested, please email Erika at hello@allebachphotography.com with what an experience like this would mean to you. Submit your story by July 7th.

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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Unbreakable Bond

I remember the first time I read Gemma’s story, I knew immediately that this experience would be important for her to have.

Liam is her world. Her sun, her moon, and her stars. He is there for her when she needs an emotional anchor and he also knows when she needs a moment alone.

I remember her describing him as a true gentleman and even calling him a “little mayor” and the moment I met him, I understood what she meant. He has a gentle confidence about him that can command a room and calm a soul.

They are truly lucky to have each other and it was an incredible honor to capture portraits showing their love, care, affection, and respect for one another. Sometimes it’s hard to meet a child, or a parent, where they are emotionally, but Gemma and Liam have that down pat!

Tell me your story! http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

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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Beauty & Science

When Yana emailed to have her Renaissance of Mom portrait done, I was ecstatic! Her and her husband, Ryan, had come in previously for couples boudoir with Mike, so I was already familiar with how fun loving they are.

Emma was a total delight to photograph. She loved having her portraits done and her eyes sparkled when I showed her the images we captured.

By far, my favorite part about photographing this amazing family was when we got to recreate one of Emma’s favorites things to do.

SCIENCE!

Seeing Emma’s eyes light up when the volcano erupted was magical! Her exploration of science has only just begun and I can’t wait to hear of all the amazing things she will do with that curiosity!

Let’s chat! http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

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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Grand Reopening!

It’s here! Phase Green is here and we couldn’t be more ecstatic to reopen! To celebrate, we’re offering $100 off every photographic experience we offer.

We’re taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety as they come through our doors. We will have our face masks on, sanitizer pumps stationed all over the studio, and a UV sanitizer for our phones, keys, and payment devices. We are also only scheduling 1 session a day with room to clean and sanitize the entire studio before and after.

We’ve always wanted our clients to feel they are in a safe space and cared for. Now we are just adding on to what we already do by protecting everyone’s health as well.

Let’s chat! Schedule a time that works for you
http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

Call/text 610.539.6920 | Email hello@allebachphotography.com

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Celebrating Single Moms

When Allison shared her story with me, I knew this experience would mean a lot to her. Raising children on your own is never easy, let alone three boys! Speaking with her, I knew she was a total badass super mom. She’s surely got her hands full and she’s a pro; but we were stoked to help her wrangle these little munchkins for their photos.

“I was hoping to just enjoy the experience and not worry about looking posed or getting something “perfect.” The truth is my life is insane with three little boys and if that’s what the photos showed, I would be happy with it!”

“Everyone made it easy to wrangle three very energetic boys and not put pressure on me or them.”

Allison, it was our pleasure!

I want to hear your story too! Schedule a time that works for you at http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

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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The Renaissance of Sisterhood

I met Ashley through her sister, Eryn, who is a wonderful friend of mine. I even flew out to Detroit last year to photograph Ashley’s family! That trip was actually a pivotal moment in my life that lead me to working here at Allebach Photography, so her presence in my life will always be precious to me.

When we launched the Renaissance of Mom, I was ecstatic Ashley responded.

“I have always been the little big sister. The little sister that tried to plan my big sister’s life because obviously I knew better. When she and her husband had a baby, that is where our roles and relationship changed.”


“My sister Eryn made pregnancy make sense. We bonded and got closer than ever and she became the big sister. She became who I leaned on, who I trusted when the stress got to me, who I looked to, to help make things less confusing.

“We are closer and stronger now than ever and want our boys to feel the same. Our sons, upon their first meeting and thereafter, grab hands and light up when they see each other. They have a bond we want to foster until the day we can’t anymore and I want to cherish all moments where they are together.”

Photographing Ashley and Eryn with their boys was one of the most beautiful and emotional sessions for me. I love them both dearly, they are like family to me, but seeing their bond and the love Bash and Addy have for each other is an experience I know they will cherish for a lifetime. Being a part of this is certainly something I will cherish.


I want to hear your story too! Schedule a time that works for you at http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

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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The Renaissance of Motherhood

I remember speaking to Vanessa on the phone about her pregnancy and raising three children, as well as being a stepmom to teenage son. I thought to myself, “How does she do it?” Both Vanessa and her husband are in the military and she is raising their children through such a tough job. To say I was impressed by her is an understatement and I knew how important this experience was going to be for her.

“I was pregnant with my 4th and last baby and determined to get beautiful pictures that captured the beauty and power of motherhood. Knowing I’ll never experience pregnancy again, this photoshoot was extremely important to me. I wanted to capture my family and body in its current state so that I could look back on it years from now when my kids are grown up and be reminded of this incredibly special time.”

“My kids are 5, 3, and 2 and I know how challenging it is to get even one good picture of them. Erika’s energy and playfulness really got them to open up and feel comfortable which resulted in beautiful, natural moments captured on camera! The results were better than I could have hoped for!”

“My favorite part of the whole experience was the reveal at the end of the photo shoot. Seeing myself on the screen looking so regal was one thing, but then seeing the amazing pictures of my babies with Taylor Swifts “Never Grow Up” as the soundtrack was too much to handle, my husband and I both choked back the tears.”

Tell me about what an experience like this would mean to you! http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

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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Punk Rock Renaissance Family Portraits

“I wanted to capture photographs of my family that would become something I’d treasure years and years to come.”

Jenny is a total badass super mom! She’s an incredible tattoo artist, hardcore vegan, and homeschools her kids like a boss. Upon meeting Jesse and Memphis, I could see how much their parents have put into raising them as these empathetic, compassionate people.

I knew how important it was to capture the kids’ personalities and their energy as a family. They really are incredibly connected and it’s beautiful to see the love in these photographs.

“The experience itself was wonderful. I know that every time my children look at the pictures years from now they will still remember the fun we had while capturing the moments. Memories that will last a lifetime all because we have the pictures to remind us not to forget them.”

I want to hear about your family too! Let’s chat! http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

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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What is boudoir and why should you try it?

The word boudoir comes from the French word for a woman’s bedroom or private dressing room. It was a place for her to be alone or to be with someone intimately. In the 1920’s, photographers would recreate this type of environment and photograph the beauty and sexuality of their female models. 

In modern day, these photographic experiences can be incredibly empowering, reconnecting us to our most intimate selves, as well as with our partners, in the case of couples’ boudoir. They also serve as a cherished reminder of each person’s unique beauty and confidence, unveiling a new type of comfort within one’s own skin.

At Allebach Photography, we specialize in creating a safe space to embrace your true and best self. During your experience, we encourage you to peel away your own self judgements and critiques and honor the depths of your uniqueness. From the very first time we talk, right up to the moment you get to see your artwork in person, what we care about  is you and your own story.  

Our goal with each and every person who walks through our doors, is to make them feel like a rockstar! We pamper with hair and makeup. We energize with coffee, espresso, and tea. We nourish with some snacks during your break. And we have a knack for creating breathtaking artwork for your home! We all have a space in our home to retreat to in an attempt to decompress from a hard day. Imagine that space being decorated with artwork that reminds you of your power, your strength, and the love you have to give. That’s what we live for. Creating something that anchors you to those blissful spaces in your heart. 

So let’s break down the Allebach Photography experience. 

We start with a phone call. This is where we get to hear all about what this will mean to you and what you want your photographs to say each and every time you look at them. 

Once we get your experience booked, we will also notify one of our incredible talented hair and makeup artists. We value the wonderful artistry they practice, from light and natural to heavy and punk rock! It’s important to us that you represent the inner badass that you want to channel in these photographs; and that’s why hiring a professional artist is incredibly important to these experience. 

The day of, you get to kick back and get pampered for the first hour. Bring wine or beer or champagne if you’d like. Sometimes that liquid courage can shake out those pre-session jitters you may experience. That’s ok and totally normal! 

During your session, you are free to get as dressed or as undressed as you’d like. We encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone but it is not something you are required to do. This, after all, is about you. That said, we do have a bell you get to ring if you do get fully naked! It’s hung on a wall with handwritten sentiments about others’ experiences and what they got out of it. 

Once your session is complete, we bring out the snacks so you can take a break and unwind, while we create a beautiful presentation of your photographs. In our cinematic reveal room, you get to see a slideshow of everything you did and everything you achieved. You will get to relive those feelings and emotions and empowerment! And together, with your photographer, you will get to design the artwork you will cherish in your home, and in those sacred spaces, forever!

This experience is designed specifically to cater to you and what you want to get out of it. It’s not about us. You deserve to feel empowered. Your strength deserves to be honored. Your story deserves to be told. 

ARE YOU READY?
Call/text us today at 610.539.6920 or message us on our website at https://allebachphotography.com/contact.

Join our VIP group on Facebook to hear about more experiences at Allebach Photography

Free boudoir phone consultations at http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone 

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Let’s Get Eloped Philadelphia!

Planning a wedding can be tough. Especially now, under such unfamiliar and sometimes unpredictable circumstances.

So when Yolanda and Chris wanted to get married this year, Allebach Photography had the perfect solution. We transformed our studio into a beautiful, picture-perfect, ceremony-ready space; complete with decor by Slay Displays, an officiant, Kalie Johnson, and live-streaming capabilities.

The pair arrived in time to relax a little, sip some wine, get themselves ready, finalize their ceremony details with Kalie, then off to a photo session with Mike.

When it came time for the ceremony, all of their loved ones were watching from their homes, all dressed up for the occasion, ready to be a part of such a special moment for Yolanda and Chris.

It was perfect.

Yolanda and Chris got to enjoy an intimate, emotional, and beautiful ceremony, while friends and family laughed and cried and cheered along with us, from a distance.

If you were planning on getting married this year and had to postpone your reception, or were even planning an elopement to the person you love, we’re here to create a unique experience for you. Our TV and Livestreaming studio is located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. We can help you get a marriage certificate and get eloped easily. Your friends and family will get to join in.

Email us at hello@allebachphotography.com
or shoot us a text! 610.539.6920

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Located on the edge of Montgomery County, Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pa

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PPE Support for Superheroes

In partnership with Skippack Pharmacy and their Support Our Superheroes Fund, you can help provide masks for hospital and emergency personnel.

For every gift certificate or artwork purchase, Allebach Photography will donate towards their campaign to help the essential healthcare workers in our community.

$100 purchase = up to 10 masks

$400 purchase = up to 25 masks

$1000 purchase = up to 50 masks

Your support of Allebach Photography can also support those who need our help the most.

Visit our online store here, to purchase your gift certificate today!

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Buddha Don’t Know: Anxiety and Uncertainty

This morning in meditation I got to that point where there are “no thoughts.” As soon as that hits I usually think no thoughts and back to thoughts. Nothing. Then Buddha appears in my mind. Wow, I’m thinking, this is some next-level spiritual meditation shit. This is new for my meditation but okay let’s roll with it.

I asked him “What are you doing here.”

The Buddha responded, “I don’t know.”

Then he sits on my chest.

Immediately it tightens and becomes hard to breathe. Something I’ve never experienced in meditation.

I joke and say, “Buddha, your rolls are beautiful but you know you aren’t light. I’m having trouble breathing. It hurts if I’m honest. Can you tell me why you are sitting on my chest?”

Buddha responded, “I don’t know.”

“Okay, well if you are going to sit here, do you have any idea when you might leave?”

Buddha responded, “I don’t know.”

“Well, Buddha since you aren’t leaving. I’m calling you Buddha Don’t Know.”

I looked up and saw his stupid grin.

“Lesson learned. Well played Buddha, well played.”

I laughed for a bit but the Buddha didn’t leave.

The heaviest space of all is the “I don’t know.” The space of not knowing how things will play out has a weight. Sometimes the scariest place feels like the pause button. When we reevaluate things with questions of “is this working?” or “is this worth it?”

This is the space in life, work, relationships, and health when nothing makes sense. When the final destination seems murky at best, things tighten and breathing becomes labored.

Right now we are sitting with I don’t know. Doesn’t seem like Buddha wants to get off my chest or anyone else’s. Even the leaders of the world don’t exactly know how this will play out. This “I don’t know” is weighing on every leader, business person and every health care worker right now.

I don’t know when this feeling will go away but I do know you are not alone in feeling this way.

Maybe that’s what anxiety is, the space of Buddha Don’t Know 😉

Can you relate?


Mike Allebach is a business owner and portrait artist at Allebach Photography in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

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Renaissance of Family Portrait Albums

So many of our families come with ideas for beautiful wall art in their homes. Above the sofa, climbing the stairs, in a playroom, or family room… So many spaces in their homes where meaningful artwork should be installed and enjoyed for a lifetime.

But of the 5-15 or so images that are created to adorn their walls, what is done with the remaining moments from the session? What should you do with those in-between, meaningful moments that tell their own little stories?

For a majority of our clients, we create a keepsake album to relive the magical moments they shared in our studio. There’s nothing better than cuddling on the sofa, opening up the album, and remembering how much fun you all had together. Reliving one of those rare moments you set aside to just be a family, no distractions, just connectedness and love.

The moments and artwork we create together will be cherished and revisited for a lifetime.

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Cutting Through Life’s Daily Anxieties and Self-Doubt Using RAIN

My anxiety and panic attacks began when I was in college. I don’t know if it was from the pressure of my schoolwork, of graduating without a job, or what, but I began to find it difficult to drive or leave any type of “safe space” without hyperventilating. I spent years gathering up information, trying to understand what was happening to me. Self-help books and online forums became my lifelines and over the years I’ve gradually learned to work through this disorder using mindfulness and a slew of cute little acronyms. 

This is why when I began reading Tara Brach’s Radical Compassion, Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of Rain I came in with the belief that I would be looking at it through the lens of my anxiety and panic disorder. 

Radical Compassion is about using mindfulness tools to teach yourself self-compassion and kindness. She does this by introducing us to the acronym RAIN. 

“Simply put, RAIN awakens the mindfulness and compassion, applies them to the places where we are stuck, and untangles emotional suffering,” the author writes.

Its goal is to cut through the dense fog of our everyday lives, the trance that we find ourselves in when we begin to worry incessantly. When we’re caught in the thick of daily life, when we’re stressed, anxious, angry, terrified or numb, we can’t be present with ourselves and the world around us. RAIN is a way to cut out all of that, to dispel self-doubt so we can live our best lives. 

I immediately thought this was going to be a repeat of so many things I’ve read before. And while, in a way it echoed a lot of what I know about allowing and accepting your own fears and anxieties, what’s unique about her approach is its focus on self-love, not on the fear or anxiety itself. The author wants us to move beyond that so that we can back to living in the present. We do this by acknowledging our fears, allowing them to be there and being ok with that and then by showing ourselves compassion for the way these fears make us feel so that we can move beyond it. 

Trying RAIN

The first step of RAIN is simply to Recognize ( R ) what is going on inside of you. I took a look inward and asked myself what I’ve been struggling with, or overwhelmed by recently. Since having my son last year, actually it’s probably since I got pregnant, I’ve been having this sort of identity crisis over who I am. Not about who I am now that I am a parent, but who I am now that I’ve put the brakes on a career and decided to put raising my son first. As I recognize that I notice the emotions that come up: feelings of inadequacy, laziness, selfishness, restlessness, anxiousness, the list goes on. 

The second step is to Allow (A) what is happening by breathing and letting be. I closed my eyes and allowed myself to just be, breathing in deeply all of the things I love about being a mom and letting myself sit with the uncomfortable parts too. I just let it all float there and tried not to push any of it away. The author tells us it’s important to sit with our discomfort. 

“We inevitably encounter everything we’ve been avoiding – the loneliness, hurts and fears. And yet if we practice regularly, we discover that we can maintain a balanced, openhearted presence in the midst of the storm.”

Next is to Investigate (I) what feels the most difficult. For me, this step initially seemed like a repeat of Recognize but the author asks yourself to go beyond just naming the emotions you’re experiencing, she asks you to identify what hurts the most about them, what ultimately scares you the most. I’m scared that I’m not doing what society says I’m supposed to do. I’m supposed to have the career and the family, to do it all. I’m afraid that this is me settling because anxiety and panic stopped me from pursuing the career I thought I wanted, the one that required traveling. I’m scared of what I’m missing because of the choices I’ve already made.

Lastly, the N stands for Nurturing. This is the part where you send a gentle message inward, directly to your anxious part. The author says it helps if you imagine envisioning your future self as a wise and nurturing presence. I could see myself very clearly, in about 10-15 years, standing in my kitchen, surrounded by my children. I’m happy. I’m in my own domain. I’m taking them to soccer practice, making their lunches, planning summer break trips. It all sounds so boringly suburban but I am unbelievably happy. I’m saying to myself, “it’s ok, every decision has lead you right where you were supposed to be.”  My future self is confident, there’s nothing she would have done differently. She is an anchor. 

The author teaches us several more techniques, guided meditations and reflections, in addition to sharing some personal stories from her students. Overall I felt like I really connected to the text. If I had read this book several years ago, it would have struck me differently and I think that’s what I love about self-help books. One day, I’ll be able to reread this and it will help me deal with something else I’m dealing with.  

RAIN allowed me to get out of my own head, to confront some of my biggest anxieties, acknowledge them and then dispel them so that I can continue living in the present. It helped quiet that ever-doubting inner dialogue in my head that tries to cover “the gold” underneath my negative self-beliefs. 

Christine Wolkin is a freelance writer and writes for our blog. Learn more about our studio at Allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920. 

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Family Photos So Good You Might Just Cry!

Allebach Photography now offers Renaissance family photos! This must-have photo experience will bring joy to your family for ages. Our studio is located only 10 Minutes from Lansdale, Montgomeryville, Blue Bell and Kulpsville. Families from around the United States make the trek to Allebach Photography for their family photo experience. These portraits will be proudly displayed on your walls for years to come! What a beautiful investment into your family’s legacy.

Kids grow up so quickly. Capture their spirit! Document their love and creativity. Your family deserves to be loved and cherished.

Text 610.539.6920 or schedule a call at http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone

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I tried mirror work and here’s what I discovered

“I love you.” I cannot tell you how many times I croon these three words to my infant son in a single day. I can say “I love you,” with ease in the morning to my husband before he leaves for work. Hell, I even tell my dogs how much I love them on a daily basis. But to tell myself “I love you?” I have to admit – my first thought was this sounds a little narcissistic. And my second thought was even worse. “Why should you love yourself?”

Mirror work – also known as the mirror exercise, mirror technique and mirror gazing – is a powerful tool for building self-love and one that I have to admit sounded too silly and too easy to work. 

“Most of us when we look in a mirror we criticize ourselves, make fun of ourselves. We say derogatory things to ourselves. It’s a habit. The mirror, as small as it may be, can really help you connect with yourself,” says Louise Hay, author and self-help advocate. 

The idea is simple; you stand in front of a mirror, stare deeply into your own eyes, and say to yourself, “I love you.” 

There are all sorts of variations to this practice. You can repeat those words over and over again to yourself, or you can add positive affirmations like “I am enough,” or “I am beautiful in my own skin.” You can talk to yourself like you would an old friend – positive self-talk is the key to this practice. 

I decided to start with the mirror exercise first thing in the morning because they say that’s when your mind is the most susceptible. First thing in the morning, by the way for me, meant disheveled bed head, pajamas, and no makeup. 

I stood in front of our full-length mirror and took a breath, already starting to criticize my pores, untamed baby hairs, and saggy chest. All that in just a matter of seconds!

“I love you,” I whispered, not in the mood to be overheard by my husband and having to explain myself.  “I love you,” I say again a little louder this time, looking into my eyes. I cocked my head and made a dumb face at myself. This seems silly. I repeat those words a few more times before deciding to tell myself just what I love, or at least like, about myself. 

“I love your soft, fine hair.”

“I love the shape of your ears.”

“I love the multi-colors of your eyes.”

“I love that you don’t take yourself too seriously.”

“I love that, even though you sort of hate the way your breasts look right now, you are putting your son’s health first by nourishing him with them.”

Boom. 

While it was nice to acknowledge some of my surface traits (like my hair and eyes), what struck the biggest chord with me was when I dug a little deeper and looked at what my body does for me and for others. 

“I love that not only do you have cute ears, but those ears help you to hear the world around you, like your son’s belly laugh!”

“I love that not only are your eyes a fun kaleidoscope of colors, but they also help you see and navigate a beautiful world!”

I left our mirror feeling a little goofy, but nonetheless happier with myself and ready to move forward with my day.

The goal of the mirror exercise is not to become self-centered or narcissistic, I realized, it’s about being thankful for your body and developing a healthy self-perception. 

While I started off small with my exercise, I plan to continue on a daily schedule, moving first from loving my outside to then focusing on what’s inside.  


Christine Wolkin is a freelance writer and writes for Allebach Photography. Learn more about our studio at Allebachphotography.com or by texting 610.539.6920.