My priority to be more and do more and create an experience they will never forget Capturing their memories in a fun and memorable way is just as important as their beautiful images

get social







The 17 Year Cicadas are HERE!

The cicadas are here!  I was just 12 years old the last time I saw them.  It’s so crazy!  These little guys (or girls) only emerge every 17 years.  They are the Brood V cicadas.  Some people love them and some people hate them.  My family loves them!

“From May through June the adult male cicadas will announce their presence with a loud chorus of sound that they use to attract a potential mate. Once the females have successfully mated, they will cut small slits in the twigs of trees to lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch the immature cicadas (called nymphs) will burrow into the soil where they will remain for another 17 years to start the process anew” (Frank, 2016).  Pretty neat, huh?  Here’s some pictures that I quickly snapped yesterday.  OoOO what I would do for a macro lens right about now! I have one arriving next week, so more photos to come!!!! YAY!

Here’s the crusty exoskeletons left behind.

I wouldn’t think that molting upside down under a leaf would be ideal, but I’m not a cicada, so who knows!?

These little guys were making their way up the tree!  I’m sure they didn’t appreciate me being up close and personal for these shots!

Just like everything else in nature, it’s survival of the fittest.  Not everyone develops the way that he/she is supposed to.

I caught this little guy!  He hasn’t shed his exoskeleton yet.  See how he’s not transparent yet?  That’s because he’s still in there!

They must have known the Barlows were a cicada-friendly family.  We have SOOOO many and our friends down the road (only a half mile) haven’t had any emerge yet!  So neat!

There are a bunch of Cicada Mania Facebook pages if you are interested and want some more information about these little guys and girls!





Frank, Daniel (April, 2015). Cicadas – Are the Brood V Coming to a Tree Near You?. West Virginia University.  Retrieved from .

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)

no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a s n will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart





Emily & Kyle
Emotional Oglebay Wedding

Sydney & Corey
Fall, Pittsburgh Wedding

Emily & Michael
Summer, Oglebay Wedding

Mackenzie & Tyler
Fall, Canonsburg Wedding

Here on the blog, every couple relives their wedding day.

A Keepsake for Every Couple