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

Married: Sarah & Matt

A little rain (ok a LOT of rain) wasn’t going to get Sarah and Matt down on their wedding day last Saturday!  I’ve always heard that it is good luck to have rain on your wedding day, and if that’s true this couple will have lots of luck!  But more importantly, I know they have lots of love!  Sarah and Matt’s wedding was such a joyful event full of love and laughter with family and friends.  They had a beautiful Catholic ceremony followed by an afternoon reception at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg.  We were able to get some fun photos of the couple and the bridal party in the hotel, and they were such a great group! I loved that Sarah and Matt asked their guests to request the songs that they would like to dance to on their RSVP cards, and I’m pretty sure they had the best play list ever! One of my favorite parts of the day was the sing-a-long that occurred on the dance floor when Bohemian Rhapsody was played!  Thank you Sarah & Matt for allowing me to be a part of your big day!


Engagement Session Renee & Eli

I always enjoy going to new places for sessions, and I was so excited to photograph Renee and Eli’s engagement portraits in the little old town of Elverson, PA.  This was the place that Eli proposed, so it was the perfect place to capture their love story.  It was another crazy hot day, but we were able to find some shade in the beautiful forest with a creek.  Here are just a few favorites from our session, and I can’t wait to capture the big day for this awesome couple!