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Amalya and Oliver were married on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at The Old Mill in Rose Valley, Pa. The couple opted for a semiprivate first look on the grounds of The Old Mill. The excitement was radiating from the bride and groom as they held hands under a brick archway, eyes closed, anticipating the moment they would see one another for the first time on their wedding day. Friends and family witnessed the pure happiness of the moment and the moments that followed.
The Old Mill offered many desirable backdrops, from a small bamboo forest, to brick and stone archways, a quaint courtyard or a beautiful sequoia tree in the woods. After the first look, we gathered in the woods to take photos of the bridal party. Amalya's lace bridal gown and the amethyst bridesmaid dresses were complimented by the bouquets and the green of the surrounding landscape.
Once we were finished with the photos, the indoor ceremony space started to fill with friends and family that traveled from near and far, all with one objective, to celebrate the true love that Amalya and Oliver share.
Conner Catering provided a delicious family style meal that was followed by cake cutting and lots of dancing!!!
We feel fortunate to capture such a special wedding day. We wish this playful and genuine pair, a life of happiness, love and friendship. Thank you to the Elbert and Henderson families for allowing us to share in this wedding day!
XO, Taylor Cotilla and Ryan Haugh
Wedding Planning by Peggy Kilkenny Hecksher at Love on Shoe String
*Vendor list to be provided October 4, 2016
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Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Taylor Cotilla. I live in Doylestown, Pa with my husband, my daughter and our cat, Shadow.
My daughter is the light of my life. She has a little freckly face, dark twinkly eyes and long, thick lashes. Getting Josey into a dress is like trying to put a stray cat in a bubble bath. She calls herself a tomboy, her favorite color is dirt and she loves to leave the boys in her dust... maybe just for now. ;)
She is turning ten this year which also marks the year that I put my heart into photography. I began to capture everything that time would allow. It is hard to believe that the tiny toes that once wiggled their way out of every pair of socks are now filling black and white, size 3 Chuck Taylor high-top sneakers. I can still see her twirling in front of the mirror in over-sized ruby slippers and a tutu, thanking her reflection for the all the sweet compliments. " Why thank you! My hair does look shiny today."
I think that many photographers are inherently sentimental. We spend half of our lives anticipating the next moment and the other half carefully preserving the past. It is a balance of nostalgia and optimism. I was very optimistic when I insisted on keeping every pair of shoes that Josey has ever worn. Maybe I thought she'd fit into them again, maybe it's the sentimentalist in me. Wink. Whatever it is, I can now liken my experience as a photographer to this growing collection. With every step, I've been trailing behind with my camera capturing her movement, her growth, her stumbles, her belly laughs, and tears, the first time she put her feet in the sand, or jumped off the diving board, silly dances and lightning fast dashes around our yard. As the years go by, there will be more shoes and more stories and I will be there, right beside with my camera, as long as she lets me. Sigh...
I learned some things in Film Production 101 and 102 but the real teacher for me is life. I am grateful everyday for the opportunity to meet new people and to tell their stories. It is nothing short of an honor when someone trusts you to take a look into their life, to meet their loved ones and to capture the personal and poignant moments happening around them. It really means the world to me.
August 2016 marks three years in business. Woohoo! I am really looking forward to the 2017 season!
We were invited to join our neighbor in visiting a Costume Barn today. She said it was crammed to the rafters with costumes but I don't think either of us really imagined this. I decided to keep Josey home from school and bring her along. I am glad I did. She brought her camera to shoot while we were there.
The 1700's barn was filled with 10,000 costumes. Isles and isles of fabrics, tutus, sequins, color, ten decades of costuming in one room.
There was no way, in my mind, to shoot something like this. You simply cannot capture the magnitude of this barn and this collection in one photograph. It is just something you have to see. Over and over again, if you're lucky.
Tony Townsend, the owner of the 100 year old business said he has had a hand on almost every piece. Tony has been designing and making costumes since 1962.
Meeting people that are so dedicated to their craft is one of he greatest things in life. It is really something to see and admire.
Thanks to Jenny for inviting us and to Tony for opening up part of his world for us to see.💙
Read more about the costume barn and Tony Townsend in this article published in the Bucks County Courier in July of 2011.
Trying to be something that you are not never works. Never. Not in life, not in relationships, not in parenting, not creatively ... not in ANYTHING. But even if you know this it doesn't mean that you won't try from time to time.
Chances are, even with the best intentions, you are going to crash and burn in a humiliating public spiral, engulfed in flames. There you go, down... down... down.
One thing I learned yesterday, I am not Anne Geddes. But I thought I could be for about 20 seconds. Then reality set in and I said, "Anne, you baby whisperer, if you are listening, be with me now. I have zero idea what the hell I am doing, my hands are freezing and sweating. Babies don't like that." Not one bit.
I have a new found respect for the photographers that have mastered this very specific genre of photography. WOW! It is hard.
So in the words of Destiny's Child, Dust Yourself Off and Try Again. You really can. But this time, be real about it. Don't give up. I know who I am as a photographer. I consider myself pretty lucky in that aspect of life but it really took time to figure that out. Eventually I decided that for many, the creative process is often instinctual. You learn to stop questioning and you just do it. There is peace in that place. Now if only I could apply this to all sides of life. ;)
New life tells a beautiful story all on it's own.
The outcome of being honest...
Thank you to my friends, I love your little family so much. XOX
Having a photographer for a Momma isn't easy. There's a lot of camera in yo face. Imagine having someone chasing you around with a 70-200mm telephoto lens most days of your life. Momma paparazzi.
Over time, I have learned to stand back and just let things happen. The images that happen without my meddling are the most beautiful and honest images I have ever taken. Not an easy task for a former..ish control freak. "Letting go" is just one of the many lessons I have learned from turning my passion into a business. Even if I plan for things, life will happen the way it will happen and I can't go around yelling, "Wait, that wasn't the vision I had! Redo!" I think motherhood, marriage and photography have taught me every lesson worth learning.
About a year ago, we were at a local festival. I decided to take a stroll and look at the vendors tables. I saw a really cool toy bow and arrow set, and an even cooler slingshot. I had to buy both. I spotted Ryan and Josey coming toward me and I hid the new toys behind my back. She was already carrying a bow and arrow! Ryan knew that she had to have one. Now she had two.
This is Josey. She is a bit of a tomboy. She likes snakes, worms, riding horses and getting as dirty as she can. She likes to test herself, always pushes just a little harder to jump the extra inch. She is my little tiny Warrior Heart. Small and mighty, fearless and brave and runs like the wind.
A few days after the festival we decided to go on an adventure in the woods. I said, "Okay warrior, get in warrior mode. It is time." We called it a meditation. To Josey, a warrior means to be brave when bravery is needed, to know your physical and emotional strength, to have the courage to ask for help when you need it, to be aware and considerate of all living things.
She started on the trail. Of course, I brought my camera, telephoto to keep my distance and the extra bow. I walked quietly behind her... Shhhhh......
I think most of us can remember what it was like to be eight. We can recall the agony of suits and scratchy dresses, and standing for countless family photos, when all you could really think about was running wild, playing in the dirt and eating chocolate. ;)
I think about that feeling every time I work with kids. I also think about the Apparently Kid, who has reminded us that ten days feels like a year to the average kid...apparently. What must an hour feel like? 1.5 days, if my kid-time math is accurate. I can sympathize with that. I try to work quickly to get exactly what I need so they can run free. In the end I always say, "Okay, you are free. How's it feel to be free?" It's usually the best face of the entire session.
Working with Christian on his First Holy Communion session was a breeze. He let out the initial sigh, got his tie straightened by Mom and then did exactly what he promised her he would do. He was patient. He listened very carefully to my instruction. He even helped me.
We decided to do his first shot in a rocking chair. I placed his communion remembrance card in his hands and said, "Moms love pictures of little hands, so we will do this one for her." He agreed with me and added, "I promise not to rock so it won't come out blurry." Yes- Want to be my assistant?!
When I asked Christian to put his hands out to hold the rosary beads, he said, "Sure, like the way I receive communion, right?" Why didn't I think of that?!
He was my co-creator on these shots. That is pretty awesome!
The images are bright and modern with a touch of tradition, perfect for such a happy celebration! I couldn't have asked for a better model. Congrats on your special day Christian and thank you for letting me be a part of it.
Don't know who the Apparently Kid is? Click here.
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