Special People — Special Occasion!

Recently, I was able to attend and photograph a very special occasion – a baby shower for one of my Third Grade students! Well, she WAS my Third grade student some time ago. She graduated from college, PA training, married and now living in North Carolina. Kaitlyn and Brian are expecting their first child, a little boy in a few months. This is the first grandchild for my friend, Laurel and everyone is so very excited to welcome this little child into their family.

The venue was beautiful, the day warm and sunny and everyone there was excited to honor the expectant couple. There was a variety of people attending that day — parents, grandparents, school friends, a past school teacher, siblings and even a couple who flew in special to attend the shower.

Join us and experience how special the days was.

Ralf and Lena

Dear Friends from Germany

Had the privilege to host our friends from Germany, once again. We have been friends for almost 25 years. It began in Germany during a visit my husband and I had to Kusel, Germany. We met these dear friends, one of which didn’t speak English. The following year they came to the U.S. to experience life in America, as interns. They returned home after a year, and we became great friends, during our visits to Germany, and their subsequent visits here. Normally, they came to visit every four years, but Covid got in the way, and it was six years until we saw them again.

During their visit a few weeks ago, where we fed them, took them hiking and laughed so much, I took portraits. The Fort Hunter Mansion never fails to please! I am hoping that it won’t be another six years before we see them again.


I often get requests to photograph families, especially when there are family members who live far away. I “get that”, having family members who live far away myself. It is so enjoyable to have family who was raised together, come together again to enjoy one another.

It is so important to have photographs of those rare times. One member said to me — why are you so particular–it is just a picture! Oh my goodness, I thought. Pictures are memories in print! After these important family times are over, pictures help us enjoy those times long after.

One name I really wanted for my business was “Once Upon A Time”. Once upon a time, our children were little. Once upon a time, there were many celebrations that took place at important milestones: graduations, birthdays, weddings, births. Once upon a time, the grandchildren were little, and then the great-grandchildren.

Pictures prolong that enjoyment way far into the future! This is what I was able to create on that day when the Hollanders came together to get pictures taken. They were laughing, posing, playing, eating and enjoying their time together being with their Mom and Dad. Even Aunts and Uncles came to get in on the act!