Married: Courtney & John 12-5-15

Courtney and John had a beautiful day for their December wedding!  I met the bridal party at the hotel where the girls were getting ready and captured the details of Courtney’s gown and accessories, and the final moments of preparation before the ceremony.  The church was just a short drive from the hotel, and it was one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen.  Sunlight flooded the nave through the stained glass windows, and the gold wall behind the altar was an amazing glittery backdrop for a beautiful ceremony.  Following the ceremony, we were able to brave the cold for a bit to get some fun portraits of the bridal party and bride and groom.  Some of my favorite images from the day were captured just before they hopped in the limo, when  the golden light on the street seemed to echo the warmth of the love and joy coming from the new Mr. & Mrs.  The reception was filled with thoughtful toasts, delicious food, lots of laughter and dancing.  Thank you Courtney and John for allowing me to be a part of your special day!



Married: Erica & Ryan

Erica and Ryan had a beautiful fall day for their November wedding in Mechanicsburg, PA.  When I arrived at the Messiah College Chapel, the guys were enjoying a card game with their coffee, and the girls were putting on the finishing touches for the day.  I was especially excited that the sun was shinning through the church windows, and I was able to capture the ceremony with natural light.  The college campus was a beautiful backdrop, and even though it was a chilly afternoon, we were able to get some fun bridal party photos by the covered bridge.  One of the groomsmen couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play in the piles of leaves on the ground, and I think those photos sum up the fun and playful bridal party that I had the pleasure of working with.  The reception was a short drive down the road at Stocks Manor.  It was my first time shooting at this venue, and I definitely hope it won’t be the last! What a beautiful location and truly a photographers dream!  While the guests enjoyed the cocktail hour inside, we took advantage of the last bit of daylight and sunset.  Erica and Ryan were able to join their guests at the cocktail hour before the dinner and reception began.  And I think the photos speak for themselves about the fun time had by all throughout the night!  The toasts were especially entertaining, as the matron of honor performed a dance for the newlyweds!  She and Erica are both dance teachers, and their love of dance is one of the many things that bonded them as friends in college.  And Erica’s brother gave a toast that allowed Ryan to have the upper hand in their marriage one last time.  I was introduced to a new wedding game, as the bride and groom sat back to back each holding their shoes.  The DJ would ask questions such as, “Who spends the most time getting ready?”  “Which one of you did the most planning for the wedding?”  “Which one of you gives the most thoughtful/creative gifts?”  and so on, and the couple would raise the shoe of the person who they felt was the answer to the question.  It was a really fun game and all of the guests seemed to enjoy it! The rest of the evening was full of dancing and celebrating the new Mr. & Mrs. Quinn! What a fun night, and thank you Erica & Ryan for allowing me to be a part of your special day!





New studio renovation and grand opening party

What a whirlwind the past few months have been! Owning my own studio space has been a huge goal of mine.  I have thought about it and prayed about it for years.  And this summer I found the perfect space!  I actually have my dad to thank for suggesting I look at the building, and I definitely have him to thank for making my vision a reality!  The building was originally home to PT Masonry, and it had a showroom, office, bathroom, and a garage that I knew would have the potential to be an amazing studio space.  I knew it would be a lot of work to make it what I wanted, but luckily I have a very handy dad and amazingly supportive family and friends who were willing to help out all summer.  (I will do another post with the construction and progress photos!)  It took lots and lots of hard work, sweat, and paint, but I am so happy with the transformation.  Here are a few before and after photos of the showroom…


The biggest transformation was the garage which we turned into the shooting space. We removed the 16 foot garage door and replaced it with french doors and windows so now I have tons of natural light!  We also added a wall to create a huge prop closet and dressing room.  The whole studio is white, except for the wall that I shoot against, which is a beige color because I love using that in my sessions.  It’s so nice to be able to shoot against an entire wall and floor and not just a small backdrop.


The office before and after!  I liked the concept of the paneling, but I definitely wanted a light and airy workspace, so all of the dark wood had to go!  I love the shelving that my dad built to house all of my packaging, and now I have a whole work space for sorting orders.  In the second before picture below you can see a little tan metal cabinet under the window.  That was left behind by the previous owners and with a little pink paint it is the perfect to hold the printer! I love repurposing things!  Both of the desks in the office were old desks that we painted white as well.


And the bathroom!  Not the easiest space to photograph, but we replaced the sink and toilet and moved the location of the sink to make a bigger space.  We also relocated the hot water heater and my dad did an awesome job creating a built in for the blue tank that had to stay put.  The walls are the same light mint color as my office, and very calming.


And now some photos of the finished product and the grand opening party!  The shooting space, prop closet and dressing room…


The showroom…


It’s no secret that I love glitter! So of course I love all of the gold glitter accents in the office.  The glitter canvas with the quote “She believed she could so she did” was the first thing that I bought for the new space.  I definitely believe that just believing that you can do something is half of the battle, and then of course the other half is working your butt off to make it happen!  I also love the gold foil print from the very talented Laura Kathryn Creative that says “Every good and perfect gift comes from above.”  Along with the print, Laura sent a little card that states “Start each day with a grateful heart.”  It’s adorable, and I put it in a gold frame that sits on a shelf right beside my desk.  What a great reminder each day!  I spend so much time in my office, that it was important to me to fill it with things that uplift and inspire me.  And my dog Riley loves coming to work with me, so he has a bed right behind my desk.


PictureThisStudio6All of my clients know how much I love my Organic Bloom frames!  I thought it would be cool to do a “tree of life” and put an ornament frame on a tree branch in the studio for every newborn that I photographed this year.  I had been searching online for a metal tree branch, thinking it was unlikely that I would find a real tree branch that would work.  Then one day I showed up to work and discovered that two large branches had fallen off of the tree outside.  I just had to trim them down a bit and they worked out perfectly!


I love how the bathroom turned out, and I think my favorite thing about it is the beautiful flower print from Lisa Ridgely Photography. It is the perfect touch of pink in the room!


We still have a few things to do to the outside, but I love the custom built shutters and window box!  Len Dick Signs did an awesome job with my sign, and had a super quick turn around so that it would be up for the grand opening.


Some of my biggest supporters!  Words can’t even begin to explain how thankful I am for all that they have done for me.  I especially want to recognize my dad, for all of his hard work, time, and talent.  I am so proud of the finished product!


Party details! I made lots of yummy cupcakes with pink pearls and gold glitter!


And I didn’t get everyone that stopped by, but we did have a little photo booth fun!  Thank you so much to everyone that took the time to stop by the grand opening and show your support.  It means so much to me!  And quite a few of the people below played a big part in the renovation process!  Dustin, Shawn, Jaime, Lindsay, Jake, Cameron, Nathan, and Melany,  thank you thank you thank you!



And finally, I would like to formally introduce my amazing assistant who also happens to be my sister-in-law!  You will find Miss Jaime Smith at the studio in the evenings hard at work in the office!  I am so excited for this new chapter in my business, and again, just want to thank everyone for all of your love and support!


Julie Rivera - November 25, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Gorgeous location, Brienna! I wish you much happiness and success in the new spot!

Married: Kathleen & Gavin

I had so much fun capturing Kathleen & Gavin’s wedding day at Liberty Mountain Resort!  Their goal for the big day was for everyone to have a fun and relaxed time, and I would say they accomplished that! The couple arrived at the ceremony site on golf carts, and each walked down the aisle to a special song.  Guests laughed and cried throughout the ceremony as they said their vows written to each other.  And after the I do’s it was time to party!  The kids loved swimming in the pool and playing corn hole and the adults enjoyed dinner and drinks on the patio.  Instead of wedding cake they served mini funnel cakes that guests could garnish with a variety of toppings (so fun!).  The band kept the tunes playing throughout the night, and I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a great time!  Thank you Kathleen & Gavin for allowing me to capture your special day!



Married: Nancy & Bryan

One of the best things about my job is sharing in the joy of so many happy occasions, and I have been honored to capture many happy times for Bryan and Nancy.  Starting with both of their senior portraits years ago, and I remember after Nancy’s senior session her mom said to me, “If there is a wedding in the future you will be the first to know!”  Neither of us would have guessed at the time that when it was time for a wedding I would literally be the first to know.  I was so excited when Bryan asked me to photograph his proposal to Nancy!  So while she thought we were just doing a few photos to celebrate Bryan’s graduation from college, it was really a surprise proposal!  It has been so much fun watching their relationship grow, and being a part of so many happy memories.  And their wedding day was just beautiful!  This was my first time at this venue, Box Hill Mansion in York, PA, and it was the perfect setting for a garden wedding.  Nancy was a beautiful bride, and the whole event was filled with love and joy.  From the flowers to the dresses and all of the little details, it truly was a picture perfect day!




Thank you Nancy & Bryan for allowing me to be a part of your special day!  I wish you many years of happiness, and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of your lives holds!

Melany LaRochelle - August 20, 2015 - 2:07 PM


Not only are you extremely talented, with years of photography experience and dedicated to your career… you are truly a gift to all those that meet you, personal basis or professionally. I have had the pleasure of meeting you when you were just a teenager and blessed with your steadfast friendship ever since we said hello. You are supportive to all your clients, helpful with clothing advice, poses and unique settings. Your imagination and willingness to capture your subjects in just the right light has proven to be as eager to say yes as your clients request. I have seen you in the grasses, behind the bushes, up on rock ledges and you have even once been in a crane as it lifted you high above the huge company photo to be sure to get all the people in the frame! This is just a glimpse at what you can expect to gain from your sitting with Brienna Smith- Waybrant of Picture This Portraits and Special Events.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the gallery of exquisite photos of our amazing son and his beautiful bride! I am excited every time you are booked for our family portraits because I know that not only my family is ultra special to me, but the moments you stop in time for us through photography will grace our homes, our walls, our scrapbooks and our heart forever.

You are, truly one of a kind, an artist, a special lady and an amazing friend. Forever & Always…

Melany LaRochelle
Gettysburg, PA