Thank god it’s Friday!

Do you have any weekend plans? I will be away from Saturday-Monday shooting with some amazing, and sizzling hot models in Ohio. Blogs will kick back off on Tuesday, and I’ll have a special sneak peak for all of my followers from this weekend’s shoots… ¬†If your not following me now, you might want too!

Here are some abs to hold you over ūüėČ

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Thank god it’s Friday!

Wedding Wednesday #3!

Today’s post will be about our WEDDING WELCOME BAGS! Honestly, I think these were my favorite.

We are from Philadelphia and we LOVE our city, my husband has some Philly themed tattoos. We got married right outside of Philadelphia, so we had a block of Hotels¬†at the Crowne Plaza on City Ave (technically Bala Cynwyd) and because of many of our guests stayed the entire weekend – we wanted to have a special¬†thank you for them. The front desk was nice enough to hand them out as our guests checked in also! If you are thinking about this – ASK – most hotels will do it free of charge, and for an additional fee leave them in the rooms. And this only applies to people who booked under the room block, anyone who didn’t they weren’t able to keep track if they were for our wedding or not.

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First we ordered bags from Oriental Trading that said “welcome to our wedding” they were $7 for a dozen. ¬†We also made water bottle labels from there as well. We uploaded our picture, and my Matron of Honor came over one day and helped me put them on our water bottles. Most of our items we bought in Bulk, because we needed about 22 bags. So we went to BJ’s wholesale¬†for a big box of Herrs chips, tasty kakes, and of course the water. We also added some peanut chews, a Philadelphia staple of course. ¬†Each bag was filled with 2 waters, 2 chips, 1 tasty kake ¬†and a handful of Peanut chews. ¬†I’d like to ask if anyone noticed a theme in these foods, if you were thinking they all came from Pennsylvania – YOU WERE RIGHT!! Now I’d like to know which of my wedding guests (who read this) knew that?

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Of course food is the most important part of the wedding welcome bag, but also we included some other fun stuff. I mentioned in the last post that my Husband is a graphic designer and he made a lot of our “paper” items for the wedding. In our bag we included a special welcome note, which invited our guests to a farewell brunch on Sunday and the schedule for our shuttle on the backside. We also included a “door hanger” which was my favorite to see them hanging on the door the next morning – he even created one for me for the wedding day which said “please do not disturb, Bride getting ready for the big day.” We also included some Philadelphia fun facts and he made a map of Philly with our sports team logos, and a list of “top places to visit” in Philadelphia courtesy of visitphilly.com.

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Wedding Wednesday #3!

Yo Philly Author Event

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? With the exception of my 5 day long toothache, true story, mine was pretty awesome. This weekend I had the pleasure of being the official photographer for the Yo Philly Author Event, which was held at the holiday inn on packer ave (near Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.) There was over 60 authors in attendance, who got to meet with readers and models.

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Speaking of Models, meet Travis. Travis was in attendance as well, he is a cover model on A.L Wood’s novel titled Bain. Now I did not do the photo for that cover, but I did do this, among others. There are plenty more to come, so keep an eye on my facebook as I will be releasing them this week!

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anhalt-Photography-Design/637700109694599

Now, last but not least, I need to know… Do you like to read? Tell me some of your favorite authors, or favorite books. I am a PA to an author, avid reader, and book manager for Booktrope publishing, so to say that reading is my passion is an understatement. Introduce me to something new, something I can add to my hoarding addiction on Kindle.

Yo Philly Author Event

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THE GIRL BEHIND THE LENS 

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I have decided to put my heart and soul out on the interweb. I’m no author, so please forgive any grammar errors, or my excited giddiness. I love emoticons and explanation points – I’m not yelling, I’m excited. I consider my clients family, and I feel like you should know your family, right? So if you want – feel free to read below for a little “about me” and a list of my favorite things.

First and foremost, I absolutely love my job! I enjoy every aspect, from the sound of children‚Äôs laughter to their sleepy faces when they have had enough ¬†Aren’t kids the cutest? I started out working at a Philadelphia portrait studio in 2007 after taking photography classes at Community college. After almost five years of working there, they closed and I was devastated. I think that that was the best thing that could have happened to me. The closing of the company pushed me to make my own photographic mark on the world and this business was born. Everyday I find more and more reasons why I am so thankful to be able to do what I love.

In recent years, I started photographing some of my first weddings, which I immediately fell in love with. I adore every part of the process¬†from meeting with my Brides and going over their wedding details, to the day of the wedding and seeing their excitement as they put on their dress, and especially the moment they walk down the aisle to say ‚ÄúI do‚ÄĚ, which in my opinion is on of the most happy and memorable moments. I love that I get to help them celebrate their wedding. If you can’t tell already, I absolutely love LOVE!! Yes, I am the type of girl who draws hearts on note books, loves the color pink, and cries during romantic movies.

I embody many of the qualities that are needed to be a business woman, such as being professional, creative and reliable; but I also want you to know the real me. I shoot with a Nikon; a Canon is great but Nikon is to whom my loyalty lies. My camera is like another limb, always attached.  I was born and raised in Philadelphia, and I love everything about the city; especially the skyline. I am a May baby and I like to think I have a goofy and fun personality. I love to sing and dance (badly might I add), I am an avid shoe shopper, especially if they are glittery!! I think tattoos are works of art, zombies are cool, and drinks are delicious. Something you should know about me is that I am absolutely obsessed with all things Disney! I did an internship in Disney World in 2006, and to add to my love for Disney, my husband proposed to me there in May of 2012.

Last and certainly not least, I have an amazing support system. My Mom is my best friend. I tell her everything and do just about everything with her. No matter what I do in life, just knowing that she is proud of me is one of my biggest accomplishments. In addition, I have some of the cutest nieces and nephews, and the best siblings and cousins. I also have some great friends that I enjoy spending many of my weekends with, and I would truly be lost without them. I have a fabulous husband (who is the other half of Anhalt Photography and Design); he is funny, handsome, and he loves me even though I drag him everywhere to help assist me and carry my equipment. Last, but certainly not least I have my Nan, who is also my rock. I would be lost without all of these people in my life. Plus, I wouldn’t have anyone to photograph when I have an idea that needs to be digitized or when I need a last minute model.

Oh, I forgot to mention one of the most important guys in my life; my dog Bruiser. We adopted him December 2012 from Eleventh Hour Rescue. Isn’t he adorable? and yes, I am one of those Moms. lol.

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A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS…¬†

This list is in no particular order¬†and is strictly materialistic ūüėõ

10.  Anything with sparkles. My nails ALWAYS have sparkly polish.

9. Anything Disney. The mouse owns my heart, what can I say?

8. The Philadelphia Phillies. Don’t say a word. Philly girl until I die. HAHA

7.  Zombies. I just love them. I basically love anything that is Halloween related if we are being honest here.

6. ¬†M&M’s. Oh ¬†my weakness… Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, it’s all good. In moderation of course.

5.  High Heels. Yes please. A woman can never have enough shoes. Right  ladies?

4. Shopping. I love Torrid, Betsy Johnson, forever 21.

3. The color pink. My husband fought tooth and nail about our logo. But it’s a pink, CAMERA! Hello – it’s just amazing.

2. Love. I love love letters. Love stories. Romantic books and movies. Everything and anything about Love, I’m your girl. I’m a sucker for it. lol

1. My kindle. I absolutely love to read, and the fact that I have the opportunity to work with many authors and to be friends with them is an added bonus.

Bonus: My Nikon. Duh, that couldn’t NOT be on the list.

So – I have a challenge for you… ¬†

COMMENT YOUR TOP TEN FAVORITE THINGS so I can learn about you. 

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XOXO

Miles of Smiles.

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