One of the biggest components of your high school career is your involvement in a sport or hobby and let's be honest, your parents also invest a lot of time and energy taking you to practice, cheering from the stands or sidelines or wiping away tears when a tough loss happens.  

So it's only fitting to incorporate your love for the game or hobby into your high school senior portraits.  Plus, I love the combo of a glam-ing up your sports look with hair and makeup! During our consultation, we will discuss if you want to incorporate your sport/hobby into your photo shoot and if we need to timing or a specific location plays into how to bring this idea to life. 

Not into sports, but you love to read? I've had clients bring a stack of their favorite books to incorporate into their portraits. Maybe you share a love for photography as well and want to incorporate a vintage camera into your photo shoot - the possibilties are endless!  


Pinch me... I'm dreaming - first look at my new studio space

My heart is exploding with so much excitement! When I walked away from photography two years ago, I kept telling myself the door was closed. The universe would have other plans in store for me.

Almost 2-years ago two incredible ladies, Robin and Brittany, walked into my life or should I say into my training schedule at the gym. (yeah, I was personal training for a hot minute or two) 

These two ladies introduced me to two more amazing people, Cathy and Ron, that have not only helped me reconnect to my creative roots but also presented me with an opportunity of a lifetime.

It's still a work in progress... but I am so excited and happy to call this space home. AKP is officially moving into its own daylight natural light studio this fall.

More progress photos to come as this project takes on new life daily. After seeing a sneak peek at the flooring yesterday, I am even more in love with this space.

Until this space is ready, photo shoot bookings are available on location and I will be making MAJOR announcement next week for models as I expand my portfolio - be sure to check back on Tuesday for the details.   

Curious about the style of work that I'll be moving into - take a look at my Pinterest inspiration board for the dream I am actively working to bring to life. 





Today, I am sharing another album design from a high school senior portrait photo shoot.  I absolutely love collaborting with my clients to design and create these keepsake products. 

When you fall in love with a collection of photographs it can be difficult to decide on how you'd like to display the images.  One of my favorite products to design is an 8x8 Signature Keepsake Album. 

Each album contains 20 pages featuring 25 - 30 photographs that showcase your personality and style in a timeless way to be enjoyed for years to come.  Signature Keepsake Albums are professionally printed on matte finish photographic paper and with a canvas style cover. High school seniors who wish to incorporate an interest or sport into their photo shoot love that they can also include those images into their album. 

During your in-person reveal session we can put together your selection of favorites and within a few days of your appointment a sample design will be emailed to you for approval - we will collaborate to ensure that your favorite photographs are featured prominetly within the album. 




When Hailey arrived for hair & makeup with her wardrobe in tow, I knew her photo shoot would be amazing!  Her sense of style fit her personality and she pulled off each look effortlessly.  She blended urban and causal country in a way that felt seamless.  We started her photo shoot in Columbia before stopping by the river and then off to a local park with high straw grass to give a nice country feel. 

I also love that Hailey added a dramatic red lip to the country casual photos to really transform her look and make the images pop!  



When I told Nichole that I was looking to expand my portfolio and to include women of all ages (not just high school seniors or brides) she mentioned having Grace come in for a photo shoot.  I was so thankful that Nichole asked Grace to join us for a day of hair, makeup & dress up!  We had so much fun creating this collection of images and be the first shoot of this new direction for us! 



I absolutely love this urban high school senior portrait shoot taken in downtown Lancaster.  Emma introduced me to several new locations that I hadn't used before which made for an refreshing change of pace.  One of my favorite locations was on the backside of a coffee shop with a beautiful ivy wall that turned out to be an incredible background!