2nd Annual BARk in the Studio

We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in our 2nd Annual BARk in the Studio Dog Portrait Mini-Session event last month! As dog lovers ourselves, this is one of our favorite shoots of the year. We get to meet and work with so many great dogs (and their humans)!

If you aren’t familiar with this event, here’s a little synopsis: Dog owners contact us to schedule their dog for a Pet Portrait mini-session. They pay a deposit to book the appointment, which entitles them to a photo print of their dog after the session is complete. We edit the photos and upload them to an online viewing gallery.

This year, our photo print item that everyone gets is a 8x10 2019 Calendar Print. On the day of the event, they bring a 15lb bag of dog food for each dog as part of the “payment” for the session. We donate the dog food collected to BARk.

The BARk program (Borough Animal Response krew) is a 501(c)(s) non-profit organization made up of volunteers who respond to any emergency involving any animal that is lost, stolen, found, hurt during a fire or motor vehicle accident, tethered outside for long periods of time or abused within West York Boro.  BARk accepts donations all year around for pet food, bowls, leashes, etc.

Each year, BARk holds a Needy Pet Food Drive, which is where the bulk of the donated food goes to from our event. Local residents can apply to receive food, treats and other supplies for their pets.

This year, we photographed 48 dogs and collected 856lbs of dog food to donate. Last year we collected 1,065lbs of dog food, making our 2 year total almost a TON of dog food!

If you missed this year’s event, follow us on Facebook for the announcement of the dates for the 3rd Annual BARk in the Studio event (typically held in mid-late November). We have a new idea for next year and our goal is to collect even more dog food to help the needy pets in our area!

The photo galleries from the event can be found on our website. Prepare yourself for cuteness overload!

 This is a photo of the 856lbs of dog food we collected at this year’s event with our two Pitbulls, Caesar (dark brindle) & Alpha (light brown). They are so glad we all help their doggie friends have full bellies!

This is a photo of the 856lbs of dog food we collected at this year’s event with our two Pitbulls, Caesar (dark brindle) & Alpha (light brown). They are so glad we all help their doggie friends have full bellies!

 This is an example of the 8x10 2019 Calendar Print that everyone will get with their dog’s session this year.

This is an example of the 8x10 2019 Calendar Print that everyone will get with their dog’s session this year.

 We had lots of good boys and good girls in the Studio for the event, but these two could “hug” on command from their human!

We had lots of good boys and good girls in the Studio for the event, but these two could “hug” on command from their human!

Jen and Laramie Engagement Session

It’s been quite a while since our last blog post, so we thought we would re-start our blogging by featuring one of our recent Engagement Sessions. We include a complimentary Engagement Session with every Wedding Collection we offer. We typically schedule at a location that may have a special meaning to the Bride and Groom, or sometimes we just find a mutually convenient location that features the “background” the clients are looking for.

In the case of Jen & Laramie, they wanted “woodsy” and by water if possible. Well, Gifford Pinchot State Park in Wellsville, PA hits both of those requirements, and was a halfway distance for us all to travel since the couple lives in Dillsburg, PA.

Jen and Laramie’s Wedding will be at the The Bridges Golf Club in Abbottstown, PA in August 2019. This venue only books a few weddings per year, so the Bride & Groom were lucky enough to make the cut. It will be a “first” for us at this venue as well and we are looking forward to scoping out all the best places for some photos, including their signature Covered Bridge!

Here are a few of our favorite photos from their session! Be sure to contact us if you or someone you know is getting married. We have some 2019 dates left and we are booking 2020 weddings as well.


Melissa & Ryan Wedding, Grantville, PA

Where do we start with Melissa & Ryan?  From our first meeting over craft beer, we knew they were going to be a blast to work with.  Later on came an email about a Mechanical Bull.  Yep - one just like you see at the local bar.  Sure, that sounds like an awesome photo-op!  Then came the t-shirts in the mail: "Wedding Photographer, what's your Super Power?" with the SpiderMan logo on them.  Get it?  Peter Parker was a Photographer!  The even deeper connection was that Sony produced the last SpiderMan film and we shoot with Sony cameras. It was meant to be!  Then we finally get to the day of the wedding. The "Bridesmaids Assembled" in their custom Avenger tank tops...so we felt like we were a part of the day, not "just the Wedding Photographers." The weather was spectacular and the venue was even more beautiful than we remembered from their Engagement Session we did there. If you are looking for a stunning Barn/Pond/Rustic venue in the Harrisburg area, we seriously recommend you give Wind in the Willows in Grantville, PA a look. Since the Bride decided to schedule her wedding during the Penn State game (her dad's words...not ours lol), they made arrangements to have the game on for everyone during cocktail hour.  We are...totally committed Penn State fans!  We met with Melissa & Ryan last week for their photo viewing at our Studio. We loved watching their reactions to all the little things they missed during their day...and the photos we captured of the Bride's parents riding the Mechanical Bull.  Congrats to the new Mr & Mrs Pattison! Thank you for including us in your special day. 

Ron & Sharon, Couples Session

Ron and Sharon contacted us for a photo session to commemorate their Elopement. They were married the Friday before this session at the local Judicial Office. We had a great time working with them, as they were both very photogenic!  Congrats Ron & Sharon on your marriage!

Location: Gifford Pinchot State Park

Sam & Jenn Wedding, Gettysburg, PA

Sam and Jenn were married on June 10, 2017 at the Gettysburg Battlefield Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, PA.   Remember that heat wave we had in June? Yeah, it was that weekend. The thermometer may have "only" said 85 degrees, but it felt like 100+. Nevertheless, we persisted...(and perspired).

As the sun started to set, we grabbed the newlyweds and went back outside to take some photos with the gorgeous sunset in the field behind the venue.  With a little help from one of the Groomsmen (Thanks Conner!) we were able to capture some fabulous images. 

Congrats Sam & Jenn!  Here's to many years of wedded (and air-conditioned) bliss!

Venue: Gettysburg Battlefield Bed & Breakfast, Gettysburg, PA

DJ: Then We Danced

Their full gallery can be found here:
Dennis Wedding Gallery
(You'll need the password from Sam or Jenn)



David & Holly Engagement, Hanover, PA

We are shooting David and Holly's Wedding this November. They will be getting married at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Hanover, PA and will have their Reception in the Cascade Room at Hickory Falls in Hanover, PA.  

We had a beautiful evening 2 weeks ago for their Engagement Session at Longarm Reservoir in Hanover, PA. We even braved a few raindrops during the session, but the clouds sure were spectacular for this sunset session. 

David and Holly wanted to have their dog, Duncan in some of the photos, and as avid dog lovers ourselves, we were happy to include him!

Congrats on your engagement and we are looking forward to working with you on your Wedding Day!

Tony & Michaela Wedding, Littlestown, PA

Tony & Michaela Williams were married on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  It was a cloudy and chilly day, but luckily the rain stayed away.  We got to know them before the wedding when we did their Engagement Session at Devil's Den in the Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA.  In lieu of favors, they made a donation to the American Cancer Society in their guests' honor.  The personalized M&M candies with their names and wedding dates were a unique touch for the table decorations. 

We shared a few of our favorite photos below. You can see their entire album at: http://www.poormandesigns.com/williamswedding
(You'll need the password from Tony or Michaela)

Wedding & Reception Venue: Littlestown Eagles FOE 2226, Littlestown, PA

Congrats to the new Mr & Mrs!