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Manor Park in Manor, PA Summer Maternity Portraits by Kara Abbey Photography in Irwin, PA

I know I’ve said this about a billion times, but let’s make it one billion and one: one of the best parts about being a photographer is getting to meet fabulous people that I probably would otherwise never meet! Jo & Garry are no exceptions!

They’ve been married for 13 years & lived all over the United States. They both have served in the military and we all owe them a debt of gratitude! Seriously, leave them your thanks in the comments below!
After 13 years though, I’m sure their families had given up on even the hope of them having a baby. I mean, think about it: 13 years! That’s a long time and a lot of adventures! But after traveling all over the world, they decided it was time for a new adventure!

We got together for a quick maternity session less than 2 weeks before their little baby was born! They explained to me it was one of the only aspects of Jo’s pregnancy that they were in control of, so they wanted to get at least a few photos in! As it turns out, their little baby was really giving their Mama a run for her money! Extra doctor’s appointments and constant monitoring meant that Jo was super ready for baby to be born! They choose not to find out if it was a boy or a girl, although they had their suspicions! The doctors were estimating that the baby would weigh around 7 or 8 pounds – what? Can you see Jo?! She’s so tiny! She could totally pass as not even being pregnant! Spoiler alert: the doctors were completely wrong!

Anyways, we met at the gorgeous & quiet Manor Park – isn’t it so beautiful?

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They brought along their first child, T-Bone!! He was so good & such a good smiler!

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Don’t let them fool you: they are total cheese-balls!!

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They wanted to do a series of funny photos – I love how it brought out their silly personalities!

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Look at that teeny tiny baby belly! Jo – you are so gorgeous!

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Three weeks after we took these photos, I was back over at their house to take a few photos of their precious little baby!! Stay tuned for those highlights!

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Kara Abbey Photography Featured on Borrowed & Blue Black & White Black-Tie Wedding in Pittsburgh, PA

I am so excited to be featured on Borrowed & Blue today!

You’ll probably remember Erica & Chris’s elegant & romantic wedding from earlier this summer! It was a day hemmed by storms and hot & humid barely scratches the surface of describing the temperature outside! The weather was predicting storms all afternoon, but we pressed forward & were greeted by beautiful, sunny skies! Only after we arrived to the reception & got everyone inside did the sky break & the rain poured down!

Erica & Chris’s wedding day was packed full of elegant details & romantic moments, but I think my favorite memory of the entire day was at the reception. The dollar dance started and literally every single guest (all 200+ in attendance) got up and got into line to dance with Erica. The line wrapped the whole way around the room! I have never seen such a large group of people, who loved the bride so much, that they were happy to stand in line for 30+ minutes for a 30 second dance with her! Erica was shocked too, as about half way through, she looked around the room and noticed how long the line still was & she gave me an “omigoodness, does this line ever end?” look!

Congratulations to Erica & Chris and their feature on Borrowed & Blue! And special shout out to all of the amazing vendors who worked tirelessly to make their wedding day incredible!

CEREMONY LOCATION: Our Lady of Grace in Greensburg, PA || RECEPTION: DoubleTree by Hilton in Monroeville, PA || BRIDAL GOWN: Alfred Angelo in Monroeville, PA || BRIDESMAID GOWNS: M’Kaysha’s Bridal & Tux in Greensburg, PA || GROOMSMEN TUXES: Jack’s Tudedo in Monroeville, PA || BAKERY: Biscotti Brothers Bakery in Greensburg, PA || FLORAL DESIGNER: Carrie Anne Powell Floral Designs in Pittsburgh, PA || TRANSPORTATION: Elite Coach Limo in Murrysville, PA || VIDEOGRAPHER: Elite Film Productions in Greensburg, PA || HAIR & MAKEUP: The Glamour Girls in Manor, PA || RING DESIGNER: J&J Jewelers in Jeannette, PA || DJ: Modern Era Weddings in Pittsburgh, PA || INVITATION DESIGN: Occasion Creation Designs in Irwin, PA

If you’d like to see the highlights of Erica & Chris’s engagement session & wedding via the blog posts I wrote, you can find those here & here!

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Summer Bucket List Round Hill Park in Elizabeth, PA

This past weekend we had a house full of visitors! And by “house full” I don’t mean that we had 18 people come to visit – but when you are used to being a household of 3 and that number suddenly jumps to 7, well, it feels like a house full! Derrick’s brother Paul & his wife Naomi & their 2 munchkins came down to spend the weekend with us & we had such a great time! We did a bunch of fun things, got to spend some time catching up and hanging out, played lots of games, and ate lots of good food. Braelynn especially loved hanging out with her 2 older cousins – following them around, trying on their shoes, mimicking them, and playing with them!

They came down Thursday night and so we had 2 full days with them! Friday was more of our “on-the-go” day, where we packed the day out with fun things, and Saturday was a bit more “relaxed”, where we spent most of the day at home, just hanging out and playing games. Both days were perfect though and we had such a great time!

Friday we rode out to Round Hill Park (which happens to be #8 on my Summer Bucket List) and toured the farm! I haven’t been out there since I was like 10, so it was a lot of fun! The kids loved exploring the different barns and “houses” and guessing which animals we’d see next!

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After walking around the farm, we went over to the Spray Park & played in the water for a while! What a fun place to go! The last time I was there, the water area didn’t exist, so it was fun to see what they’ve built there! Plus, on a hot day, after walking around for a while, the water was the perfect way to cool off!

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On the way home, the kids really wanted ice cream, so of course, we stopped at Kerber’s Dairy!

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We had so much fun there – we ended up going back the next day! Kerber’s has a new(er) mini golf course that we thought it would be fun to take the kids to & we had a blast! It was roaring hot though! Thankfully, no one melted!

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We had contemplated going to a park after mini golfing to let the kids play & run off some energy, but it was so hot, we simply came home to sit in the A/C! Talk about babies – I know. But we had fun playing different games & then we finished off our evening with Paul making us his famous homemade pizza!

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All of the images taken in this post were taken with my iPhone 5S. If this is the first post you are seeing of mine, know that these images were taken for strictly personal purposes, and they are not the quality I provide my clients!

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Highlight of the Week

Derrick’s brother & his family are here visiting us this weekend! They came in Thursday night & so far we’ve had a lovely time! Yesterday, we went to Round Hill Farm & saw the animals & played at the splash pad – today is yet to be determined, but our evening will be full of Paul’s homemade pizza (his specialty!) I’ll post a full weekend wrap-up on Monday – so stay tuned!

Yes, This Happened

  • BEE UPDATE: We have a bug exterminator coming today for the third time – these pesky bees simply will not leave my house alone!
  • We woke up this morning to the smell of skunk – uh what?! It’s faint, but definitely there! Either a skunk went to town spraying something close to us last night or one got hit out on the road – either way, it’s not the most pleasant!

Feeling Blessed

This week & next are so crazy busy for us! My calendar has been literally packed out every day with oil changes, hair cuts, appointments, photoshoots, and the JBF sale is coming up next week that I’m trying to prep for as well! The good news is: there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Next weekend we leave for a week long vacation & I couldn’t be looking forward to it more! It is going to be delightful and just what the doctor ordered – I cannot wait.

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Outdoor Backyard Summer 1 Year Old Portraits by Kara Abbey Photography in Irwin, PA

If there were ever a pair of brown eyes to get lost in – these would be them. Deep, expressive, quiet, thoughtful – this guy is going to be one crazy lady killer one day!! Mark my words: the girls will be lined up at Owen’s doorstep, just hoping for a date!

Let’s not rush things though! For now, this little dude just celebrated 1 whole year! It seems like just yesterday that I found out he had arrived & I was stopping over at his house to snap a few precious newborn photos!! And here we are, a whole year later! How does that happen, seriously?

Owen is one serious little dude. His Mama and Daddy, his brothers and sisters pulled out all the stops trying to get him to lighten up, but he held fast to his stoic stance. That’s okay – that’s just who he is! Thankfully, he did give me a few little grins, and when he did, they just melt your heart!!

Isn’t he just precious? Serious face and all!

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I’m such a sucker for little toes!!

Outdoor Backyard Summer 1 Year Old Portraits by Kara Abbey Photography in Irwin, PA

The progression:
Step 1. Curiosity – who is this lady with a big black box in front of her face?

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Step 2. Bewilderment – does she really think I’m going to smile while she’s making all of those crazy noises?

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Step 3. Success – well, I guess I could give her a little grin, she’s working so hard!

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Two very serious brothers – such sweeties!

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This pout though! Oh my – if his smile doesn’t turn you into a puddle of liquid butter, his pout surely will!

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It might take an army, but he is a pretty happy little dude!

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Of course, I couldn’t resist taking a few photos of his adorable older siblings – they were all hamming it up for the camera anyway!

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