Summer sunflowers

We had a blast shooting our sunflower sessions this year! Every year we have a gracious local farmer who plants sunflower fields just for our private use, but due to the bad weather, the crops didn't flourish as we hoped. Gray Apple Market saved the day by allowing us to use their beautiful sunflower gardens and market, too! Be sure to check them out for all of your Fall and farmhouse decor!  Here's a sneak peek of a few families we were blessed to capture portraits of. We look forward to a bumper crop next year and more sunflower sessions!

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what sets us apart

what sets us apart

In an industry booming with the sale of "prosumer" grade cameras, it's easy to be a self proclaim. You are indeed a photographer and self taught is fine; plenty of amazing photographers are. We would like to discuss a few things on this topic.  Professional grade equiptment is very different. It is much, much more costly to purchase and maintain. Not all photographers are going to have the glass series to cut through heavy fog, bright light rays, or waterproof stuff to shoot in the craziest weather conditions, if need be. Professionals have that all covered! They also know how to use it and when. It's what makes professionals just that- taking time to perfect the craft through multiple experiences, learning opportunities, and investing hours of learning the latest techniques and keeping up with cutting edge technology. For important milestones and memories that you want to last a lifetime, please consider investing in hiring a professional.  

Now, if Aunt Susie down the street or mom's BFF momtog is teaching herself and building a portfolio, help them out, by all means! Reserve the special milestones, though, to be captured by professionals ESPECIALLY when it comes to posing your tiny human. Newborn photography should never be a portfolio building or a practice opportunity. I'll spare you the 3,000 reason why and cut to the chase. 


You need people handling your baby in the specially molded poses who are trained to do so. Tiny vessels can be pinched off by the simple act of putting baby in a container/basket etc and causing irreversible nerve damage that you may not even discover, or worse. This is not a scare tactic for you to come to us for your newborn session-this is serious and meant to be informative. We have a passion for photography, but we have more of a passion to love and serve others. We love your babies and do not ever want to see babies injured. Many of the images you see are carefully edited for hours and the baby is not actually posed in a way that is the final result...these images are composite images put together by a professional designer. No, our babies are never just hanging in whimsical dreamcatchers..well they are except there are always multiple hands on the baby!!!

At Mudpies Studio, you can breathe a sigh of relief that are not only licensed and insured to handle the tiniest infants we have medical background with a specialty in neonatal! We have all state child clearances and we are current and up to date on all vaccines- many people do not think of this! I can't imagine taking my newest precious cargo to someone and not knowing this. Newborn sessions are UP CLOSE and personal with the entire family and your little ones immune system needs to still grow! That aside, we have over 16 years experience and a team dedicted to our work but mostly, YOUR safety. 

2. Your Investment- Our Promise

We are not a high volume studio. We are able to turn around images in just days- each one beautifully edited to perfection. Little Sam has scraped up knees? (although sometimes cute to capture that boy phase), we have you covered! We can edit that out! That stain on your shirt from the babies hands that just happened prior to arrival? We got you. You do not pay extra for editing, nor do you search through tons of images and select which ones and what we will edit. Professional service is all encompassing. W strive for all shoots to be stress free. Often there are two or more photographers working with your family at a session. We know what it takes to get an entire family ready for pictures. WE take all of the stress away from beginning to the delivery of your final images by helping to plan and style your session, to directing with our professional eye for location, lighting, posing and angles so that you get the most from every session. You will have a convenient online gallery with a large amount of images to share with friends and family that they will fall in love with. We promise! 

Sunrise, sunburn, sunset..smiles!

Summer on the Eastern Shore never looked so good! Too many to post! We have been busy with so many beautiful beach sessions. From weddings, rock the bump sessions to seniors, family portraits and gender reveals, we've got you covered! Here's a sneak peek of the past week!

Mudpies N Butterflies shoots at various locations on the Eastern Shores, Delaware and Maryland. We love the beach just as much as you and would love the capture your family or event at the beach! Call us at (717) 650-2694 or email us at


Not so new? Not a problem !

How precious is this little one?! Although we prefer to have babes in the studio when they are fresh and tiny within two weeks after delivery (so they are easier to mold into those adorable poses in a "Just New" session), being an older baby doesn't mean you missed having newborn images capture! You can still book a newborn session. This little one rocked her session at 6 weeks old! We are trained to capture every stage of life in an artistic and creative way. Check out some of the amazing portraits from this little doll's session! 

Don't Blink Baby's First Year

Don't blink! You're going to want this back, you're gonna miss this ......its sooo true! You will never regret photographing each stage of baby's first year and will always want to look back at the memories preserved forever. Did you know we offer packages to capture the entire first year of life? We know the days are long but the years fly by. Let us help you plan so you never worry about missing a milestone! We have numerous plans and can customize a plan for what you need. Two of our popular plans is where we photograph your baby at 4-10 days old with a "Just New" session,  3 months belly session, 6 months sitter session, 9 months is the standing/walking session, and one year and a cake smash/first birthday session. We can also streamline photographing your baby and capture the big milestones at 4-10 days old, 6 months, and 12 months. We love to include any holidays and family with each session. we want to provide you memories that really capture each milestone for your family.

We also love to capture your growing family by offering FREE gender reveal/announcement sessions, discounted maternity minis, and Rock the Bump Sessions. Birthstories, Fresh48 in hospital newborn mini session all discounted as well when you book your Just New, styled in studio newborn session. 

Check out The Bonds family! We have captured their growing family over the years through baby plans. Highlighted below is just a sneak peek from their sweet little girls first year. or 717-650-2694


6 months

One year

Sand between our toes...

Did you know that we do beach photo session? Yes, you read that correctly! Mudpies N Butterflies shoots at varies locations on the Eastern Shores in Delaware and Maryland. Places included Lewes, Bethany, Rehoboth, Dewey, and Ocean City. Don't see your location? Just ask! We love the beach just as much as you and would love the capture your special family photos, or even your wedding. at the beach! Call us at (717) 650-2694 or email us at

Also, check out a featured article in Central Penn Parent for some tips about Summer photography!

Shake Rattle and Roll

We are exploding with creative options now that this warm weather has appeared! Whether it's a Perfect Pin up session you're looking for, or more of a cute session for the kiddos, the possibilities are endless! These can either be petite sessions or All American family sessions. From "greaser daddy-O's to Classy Chassis" we have tons of set options and props for these! As always, we offer a gorgeous gallery of fully edited copy right released images and canvas. Let us know what your vision is. We would love to get creative with you! 


Kinda Groovy Baby

 Think love, peace and freedom of the great outdoors...We are throwing it back and doing retro VW sessions! We love that we can make it a light airy BOHO CHIC , TRUE CAMPING Style, OR GO RETRO or channel your inner hippy to suite your style. This is a fun, stress free time to capture natural interaction between you and your family. We will assist with  wardrobe selection (even have many options on hand) and will help to style your perfect session. You will receive all fully edited (to perfection) digital images with a copy right release and a stunning large gallery wrapped canvas of your favorite Image (or trade and do prints!).  Email us at for more information and to book your session, we know your family will have fun with our groovy new bus!


A tribute to Daddy

This session was a difficult one for me, although an honor, to be able to bless these little girls with precious keepsakes. Matt was a longtime friend and colleague who took his life. 

 It feels surreal the amount of loss our community has suffered and how personally touched I've been by so many of these brave co-workers who have passed. You see, my job as an ED Trauma nurse is stressful and intense but often sad, yet rewarding. My job as a photographer involves way more smiles, appreciation, and blessings. I have a great balance of support and a creative outlet to share with the community. 

 Throughout the session we held it together and smiled through. We talked about their daddy and how he was probably giggling at us dressing in his clothes. These girls do have a wonderful support system and very strong mommy holding it all together. 

Sensory details from horrible experiences can live with first responders  for a lifetime, triggering emotional responses at least expected times. The smell from a backyard grill, for example, could bring to mind a recent call in which someone died. Any first responder might experience emotional swings based on the triggers without even recognizing it happening.

Talking about things we've seen on the job while hanging out and bonding with our co-workers does help but social settings don't always permit first responders to take time to process the emotions. These emotions can be tramped down or ignored, building up over time. The first responder might shut down emotionally or develop " compassion fatigue." That can wear down a person's ability to relate to others or communicate, which can in turn cause a downward spiral in their relationships.

Child deaths are some the most troubling calls, followed by the deaths of co-workers. The emotional bond of someone knowing what your feeling without even saying it is a sort of "first responder" bond.

 Attention is often given to PTSD in the immediate aftermath of a high-profile incident, but tragically is witnessed daily by our first responders on the front lines. Please, if your reading this blog and you've had or are having feelings of wanting to just give up, I encourage you to reach out to someone. There are resources for you to seek help. Friends and family NEED you to continue the fight. 

We wanted to honor their daddy and hero. We can't bring Matthew back, but we wanted to give hope-even if  it's only one person. Please know that there are people who love you and will also be traumatized by the LOSS of YOU. So please Cont;nue....

Triple the love

We were swooning when Brian, Brayden, and Brandon came to visit us in the studio! These little fighters were born very strong at a little over 4 pounds each ! They were ready to take on the world with all of their might! Their sleepy smiles melted our hearts! The proud parents are originally from Ghana, so West Africa roots were near and dear to our hearts. We feel honored  to capture these precious little boys and we are excited to watch them grow. 


Don't mess with her

We fell in love with Hannah and her 3 protectors (aka brothers) from the day they stepped foot in our studio many years ago! Their silly personalities made us laugh and the love they had for their baby sister, melted our hearts. We have been lucky enough to capture all of these kiddos milestones from the time they were newborns. 

We were thrilled when Hannah came back for her 6 month session! Now she is developing her own little personality and her smile is infectious! We cannot wait to continue to watch this sweet little girl grow!

These cuties "Quacked" us all up!

We had so many fun filled sessions with the ducklings this year! The kiddos loved the ducklings and we are pretty sure the feeling was mutual! The ducks and kiddos were so gentle at times our web-footed friends fell asleep on a few of the kids. How adorable! We are sad that the duck sessions are over but so happy to share that all of  them are living happily ever after at the farm. They have plenty of room to roam and a nice pond to swim in. Life is just "ducky!"