The Focus Photography: Blog https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog en-us Rose Finley - The Focus Photography (The Focus Photography) Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:50:00 GMT Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:50:00 GMT https://www.thefocusphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u188779830-o923687039-50.jpg The Focus Photography: Blog https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog 120 98 Horseback Proposal - Halifax, PA https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2021/1/horseback-proposal---halifax-pa Guys! I am so excited to share these romantic proposal photos from this past weekend! 

My brother Isaiah proposed to Margaret during their trail ride. It was a beautiful setting with amazing views of the valley below. Despite a more chilly day there was just the right amount of sun to warm up the photos, creating the best possible lighting I could have asked for. Of course having a couple completely in love and beaming makes the setting complete.

Who knew we had such a beautiful overlook and picture perfect setting for a trail ride proposal right here in central Pennsylvania! 

 

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Congratulations Isaiah and Margaret!!! 

 

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Penn State Senior and Curious Yearlings https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2020/12/curious-yearlings We had the best time with Margaret and the yearling horses. Margaret is a Senior at Penn State and wanted to have a photo session on campus! 

Our first stop was the iconic Nittany Lion Shrine. After that the fun began as we made our way to the pasture and the yearling horses Margaret works with on campus. We weren't sure how they were going to react to the reflector, flash, and extra people they didn't know invading their area...

They were fantastic and were actually very curious about the reflector. So much so that we had to move around once they all overcrowded us and more importantly Nick and the reflector. We were constantly surrounded, one of the even nibbled on my foot while another rested his head on my head. They each had quite a personality giving us some great candid shots.

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Gettysburg Senior Portrait https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2020/12/gettysburg-senior-portrait I always enjoy portrait sessions in Gettysburg, PA. This session was no exception. We literally chased the sun around the park for Owens senior portraits and we got some great shots! 

 

Owen is a huge fan of history and the Gettysburg battlefield was the perfect location for his senior portrait session. We even found an old barn that they are rebuilding. We shot until the sun went down! 

 

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Seeing Eye Dog Senior https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2020/12/seeing-eye-dog-senior Aaron is a natural born leader. When you first meet him he comes across as quiet and shy. However behind this quiet exterior he is a graduate with strong personality. Searching for where his next steps will take him after his senior year. He studies hard and plays hard excelling in everything he sets his mind to! 

Among getting ready for college, running track, biking, and playing soccer, Arron has spent the last several years training seeing eye dogs. We brought along Pluto for his senior photos! 

 

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Peter and Jamie | Barn Appetit Wedding https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2020/8/peter-and-jamie-barn-appetit God has a purpose and plan and his hand is on every aspect of our lives. Jamie and Peter know this to be very true as they look back and see His hand in every part of their lives from the moment they were born to their marriage ceremony on August 22nd 2020. 

Peter grew up in Idaho and became a missionary to the South American country of Colombia. 

Jamie was adopted to Central Pennsylvania from Colombia when she was very young. She grew up to be a missionary and went back to serve her home country of Colombia. This is where she and Peter met and have worked together in ministering to the people of Colombia together for several years now. 

Their beautiful wedding day reflected their hearts for each other and how well their hearts for ministry blend together and make them a team for life! There is not a stronger couple then one who serves Jesus in ministry together. They are returning to Colombia as husband and wife and continuing to work along side their team.

Congratulations Jamie and Peter on your beautiful wedding day! May God continue to guide and bless your relationship and ministries. 

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Here are some highlight photos of Jamie and Peter's wedding day at the Barn Appétit wedding Venue

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Covid Couple - Jesse and Tabitha got Married https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2020/7/covid-couple---jesse-and-tabitha-got-married Jesse and Tabitha had a date picked out, wedding plans in motion, and family excited to stand with them on their wedding day. Then the entire country and world shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But this couple. With barely a blink kept going with their wedding plans. Having a drive through bridal shower, limiting guests the barest minimum and having a small ceremony they became husband and wife! 

We were excited to share in their wedding celebration with a mini bride and groom photo shoot a few weeks after their wedding! 

 

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Congratulations Tabitha and Jesse! 

God bless you both as you begin this new adventure together! 

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Yellow Flower Field Portraits - Lancaster, PA https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2020/5/yellow-flower-field-portraits---lancaster-pa  

When my Father-In-Law told us about a big field of yellow flowers nearby we knew right away that we needed to do a photoshoot. So we got all dressed up grab the camera and tripod and set out to find the field! 

As soon as we spotted it we both gasped at how beautiful it was. The sun was setting in one direction and darker clouds moved over the horizon in the other direction. It was perfect. We had a great time making each other laugh and exploring the field with each other! 

As photographers my husband and I both have people who will recomend locations for photoshoots! We love when people share these neat places with us. There are some on my list which I need to go to yet but there are several places on our list where we would love to take some clients for a photo shoot!

If you know of some neat places for a photo shoot please pass them on to us! Or if you would like a photo shoot in a cool place you know of or a place from our list please contact us! 717-728-6584

 

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Faith and Matt Huggins - Eden Resort Lancaster PA Wedding https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2020/1/faith-and-matt-huggins---eden-resort-lancaster-pa-wedding It was 3:00 am EST just a few years ago. I was just finishing up work on an editing deadline and was more then ready to shut down my computer and get a few hours of sleep before my full time job. In the room connected to mine I heard the early morning alarm from my roommates cell phone. She was getting up for her part time job at Dunkin Donuts just as I was eager to jump into my own bed for the night. We said goodnight and good morning in passing. We would see each other in 6 short hours when we would both clock in for our 2nd jobs.  

For the last 5 years Faith has been my roommate, friend, and coworker. Little did we know that we would have so many memories and fun times to share when we met 10 years ago. I was honored when Faith and Matt asked me to be their wedding photographer!

Faith and Matt met through a friend at church, began dating not to long after meeting, and tied the knot on December 27th at the Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA. 

There wedding was filled with family and friends who traveled to celebrate their special day. Faith was a calm and collected bride while Matt was planned and organized making the nothing was missed in the planning and that everything was set for the ceremony to begin. Here are a few highlights from their beautiful day. 

 

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Congratulations Faith and Matthew Huggins! God bless you both as you begin this new and exciting chapter together! 

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Visual Storytelling in Peru https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2019/2/visual-storytelling-in-peru With just 2 weeks notice, I packed my bags for a Storytellers Abroad Workshop to Lime, Peru. God opened doors and clearly made the way for me to go at the last minute. A team of videographers, photographers, missionaries, and instructors met for training in creating compelling and effective visual stories from on the mission field.

Each student created a video on a Peruvian who is involved in a ministry or who's life has been changed because of the work that God has done through the ministries!

I worked with Carol. A young Peruvian girl who is very active in leading youth programs at her church, volunteering at the prenatal center, and teaching a class called Adventures In Waiting. The video we created will be used to draw interest in the class and have more people sign up to attend.

 

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Shooting and editing video has been a fun and challenging skill to learn. This trip helped me learn about not just technics in shooting and editing, but technics in telling a story, understanding the person in the video, and shooting for the right audience. Video is still quite challenging to me. But I am grateful for the training and people that God has placed in my life to help me learn!

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Kim Married Her Best Friend https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2019/2/kim-married-her-best-friend Growing up together Isaiah, Kim, Darin, and Dustin were in-separable.

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They spent countless hours hiking, biking, running, playing games, and goofing off.  Then slowly as they got older it became Darin and Kim spending more and more time together. Before we knew it Darin was talking to dad, buying Kim flowers, and taking her on dates. 

On December 29th, 2018 they were married! 

 

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Kim and Darin's first look was at Fort Hunter Park! I love how much they laugh together. They have such a good time laughing that it was hard to get a serious photo of them together!

 

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The Father daughter first look is always one of my favorite time of photographing weddings. The contrasting emotions of excitement, anticipation, and reflective memories of childhood times spent growing up and learning from each other. 

 

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Father Daughter First Look https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2019/2/father-daughter-first-look The father daughter first looks are always one of my favorite time in photographing the wedding day. The contrasting emotions of excitement, anticipation, and reflective memories of childhood times spent growing up and learning from each other. 

The father daughter looks are even more exciting for me when they are members of my family. Kim is the baby girl of the family and most people wouldn't describe my dad as an emotional guy. But when it has come to his little girls getting married, his emotions are high and he always cries.

The tears started at the breakfast table as mom has made us all breakfast and we started talking about the day. Later Kim in her wedding dress took his breath away and brought back the tears he thought he had already cried. 

Just 2 weeks before we weren't even sure dad would be home for Christmas let alone walking Kim down the isle to give her hand to Darin in marriage. Gods faithful and loving protection gave us each a reality check of the things closest to us that we take for granted.

 

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Let Us Go To The Other Side Of The Lake https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2019/1/letusgototheothersideofthelake Since December 12th God has made himself known and filled my life with so much peace through many emotions.

Here are just a few of the things I have witnessed in the last several weeks. (Each deserves there own blog post I will give you a small snap shot of each right now)

  • Gods blessing in sparing my dads life in a very serious accident at work
  • My close friends adopting their precious little boy.
  • My sister getting married.
  • A last minute opportunity to travel to Peru, and God providing the funds for the trip.

While God's never ending faithfulness should not surprise me it always amazes me how he works out the smallest details. 

While in Peru I heard a sermon on Luke 8:22-24 Where Jesus calms the storms. God calls us down different paths and calls us to follow him. In verse 22 Jesus never told his disciples there was going to be a big storm he only said "let us go over to the other side of the lake." Sounds simple. Until the storm came and overwhelmed the disciples. However, Jesus calmed the storm and the disciples crossed to the other side more prepared for the ministry God had for them there.

Dad is doing well and pressing on through some painful therapy and walked Kim down the isle to give away on her wedding day!! 

 

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My friends adoption court hearing was one that will be remembered by everyone who was there. 

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Peru was a time of refreshing pressure. I was blessed to be able to fill a last minute opening on an ABWE Storytellers Abroad Workshop. A workshop training creative videographers in shooting, editing, and presenting stories from the mission field. The team was made up of missionaries and students with one common goal, learn to tell effective stories through the powerful tool of video. 

I told Carols story to promote an upcoming class which she has been through and is now a teacher of. 

 

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I hope you enjoyed the update. I will post about these topics in more detail so stay tuned.

Thank you for your prayers and support for my family, missions, and photography! 

Rose

 

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Gettysburg Battlefield Sunset https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2018/11/gettysburg-battlefield-sunset I am so thankful for the season changes we get here in Pennsylvania. It was a brisk and windy day this past weekend as we took some time to visit the Gettysburg battlefield. The wind was trying it's best to blow off the few leaves hanging on to the last bits of fall, not ready for winter any more then we are. We drove around the park taking photos and ended with watching the sunset on Little Round Top.
 

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A Second Family https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2018/11/a-second-family I grew up in a big family with 4 brothers and 4 sisters. But God decided my family wasn't big enough and blessed me with a 2nd family. The Garmans/Hubers. We have shared a lifetime of adventures, memory making, laughing, crying, growing, learning, and lots of photos over the years! 

Every few years we took their family photos. This past weekend we had tons of fun looking through pictures from their very first family photo, to their most recent portraits taken just 2 weeks ago!!

 

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Fort Hunter Harrisburg - Micaela 2019 Senior https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2018/10/fort-hunter-harrisburg---michaela-2019-senior Micaela is senior!! 

Almost to the day 7 years ago I was taking photos of Micaela's family in the exact some location! Micaela has grown up quite a bit since those family photos and this past week we took her senior portraits. Beside slapping mosquito's away we had a great time exploring the great photo opportunities that Fort Hunter Park provides. 

Micaela has been a lifeguard, loves band, and theater. After high school she plans to pursue a four year degree to be a mortician. 

The first photo is from 7 years ago. 

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Now look how much she has grown up and how much my photography skills have improved since then! 

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(The Focus Photography) 2019 finley focus fort harrisnurg hunter lancaster park photographer photography portrait portraits rose senior the https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2018/10/fort-hunter-harrisburg---michaela-2019-senior Sat, 06 Oct 2018 15:49:45 GMT
Lancaster Train Station Family Photo Shoot https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2018/9/lancaster-train-station-family-photo-shoot I'm a little late in posting the photo shoot of this sweet family! Rachel and I have been friends since we were 8 years old. We spent countless afternoons playing tennis, baseball, biking, hiking, playing, and watching movies. We were unstoppable. Now she has a family of her own and little girl who is just as spunky as she is. 

We met up at the Lancaster Train Station for a mini photo shoot, climbing up and down the stairs, and playing on the benches. Adison's smile lasted for a few seconds before she was on to the next pose. 

 

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Avalon Beach Portraits https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2018/8/avalon-beach-portraits When you get the chance to shoot senior portraits on the beaches of Avalon you jump on the opportunity! I will always travel to unique locations for photo shoot! Just check out some of these great shots we we able to get!

Monica, my very good friend and assistant for the day, came along to help with Ethan's senior portraits and a few shots of the McSparren family! Ethan showed us his favorite places on the beach he grew up visiting every year as a child and still visits regularly. We had such a fun filled day going to the Avalon Jetty, fishing pier, and floating the bay! The forecast for the day was to be thunderstorms. Thank God the storms held off and we had perfect sun-filled day and even got a little sunburned.

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Proposal Hannah and Donte https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2018/7/proposal-hannah-and-donte Even the humidity and heat couldn't melt the beaming smiles off of Hannah and Donte's faces they watched the fountain show and walked through Longwood Gardens. They were surrounded by a small crowd each one eager to see the show but only one sweating slightly more then everyone else in the heat...Donte planned to propose to Hannah once the small crowd moved on to explore different trails around the gardens. 

After the fountain show Hannah turned her back to Donte looking out over the gardens and as she turned back Donte dropped to his knee asking Hannah to be his forever! With a touch to his face and a tender kiss Hannah said yes! 

We spent the next hour or so walking around the among the beautiful blossoms taking photos and talking about the evening. We got some amazing shots among the rose garden, fountain, and trails capturing the evening. 

Congratulations Hannah and Donte!!

 

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Isaiah is Graduating High School! https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2018/6/-isaiah-graduates A BIG congratulations going out to my little brother Isaiah who graduated from high school this year! 

Isaiah is one of the best, fun loving, hard working, and adventurous little brothers in the world! He has grown up so fast. Hardily ever without a smile, Isaiah makes everyone around him laugh and have a good time. But nobody laughs at his jokes more then he does, except for maybe Kim. -It Must be a Finley thing. 

Last Sunday we met up at Fort Hunter Mansion for a quick half hour photo shoot to take his senior photos!

Isaiah, I am so excited to see where God will lead you as you graduate from high school and continue to seek him for your future.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6(KJV)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

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Congratulations Zay!!

 

 

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Trekking For a Purpose - Annapurna Base Camp https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2018/4/trekking-for-a-purpose---annapurna-base-camp  

One month ago I was on step number 50,000 give or take a few hundred. We were deep in the midst of the Himalayan mountains of Nepal on our last day of a 9 day trekking trip on the Annapurna Base Camp trail. Throughout these nine days we hiked up and down thousands of rocky steps, passing yaks laying on the trail near small farmettes, through wheat fields and rhododendron forests, over suspension bridges, and through mountain villages. The sites of the mountains filled the horizon and took my breath away more then once and in more ways then one, with our destination at over 13,000'. 

 

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With each turn on the trail, the views became more and more beautiful. All of these views were just a small glimpse into the beauty of the towering mountains and paled in comparison to the views that wowed us as we walked our final ascent to Annapurna Base Camp. We were up close and inside the heart of the mountains and they took our breath away. Everywhere we looked the magnitude and magnificent beauty of the towering mountains above seemed to swallow us up. Even as high as we were, the mountains still filled the sky all around with their sheer snow covered cliffs.

 

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It was awesome to just be still and take it all in, basking in the inspiring beauty and danger of such peaks. God's presence seemed to swallow me up as I sat on the edge of the canyon listening to rock slides echo in the valley bellow.

 

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Fog comes and goes very quickly in the mountains. We walk back from Annapurna Base Camp to Himalaya Base Camp in the clouds and fog that covered the peaks of the mountains. Almost half way down the clouds above us suddenly broke revealing the peak of fishtail mountain in all of it's magnificent beauty. Gasping in awe of the mountain and beauty, I frantically took photos before another deep fog rolled in, quickly covering the jagged cliffs once more.

 

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Throughout the trip the amazing views took our breath away and many times we just stood in awe of Gods creation! Our eyes couldn't stay open long enough take in the sight of the snowcapped mountains towering high over the smaller mountains shrinking in their shadows! 

 

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Have I peaked your interest in going on a trek trip like this one to Nepal? My friend Michelle Deller lead this trip as a scouting trip for taking a bigger group back to do the same hike in October of 2018 and you can be part of it! Watch the video and click on the link below for more information about this epic trip and how you can help raise fund to benefit Serve Now Organization in Nepal as they provide education to children from the slums and a sewing school for women in a at risk to trafficking!  https://www.steepadventures.com/challenges/annapurna-servenow

 

This trek will be benefiting two centers in the slums of Kathmandu where women at risk are vulnerable to human trafficking and children live in poverty. To protect women at risk, ServeNow provides a center where classes of thirty women are sponsored for six months to learn the skill of tailoring. Upon graduation they are given a sewing machine to open their own business and generate income.

At the children's center, tutoring, activities, games and snacks are provided to 120 children who have either dropped out of school and have been begging in the streets, or are behind in their studies and need extra help. The result is life-transformation while coming to know the personal love of God in meaningful ways. Participants are asked to raise $3,000 towards the group goal of $50,000 for the centers.

 

 

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Psalms 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

 

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Liberty in Las Vegas! https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2018/4/liberty-in-las-vegas I recently got to travel out west from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Las Vegas, Nevada to take pictures of friend Krystal's beautiful golden retriever - Liberty- What could be more fun then a dog, taking photos, epic scenery, and an amazing friend to spend a whole weekend with catching up! Between our times catching up and skiing, we took Liberty to places like Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston, and the Las Vegas Welcome sign! Wow! We got some epic photos of Liberty for hew new puppy website. 

Liberty will soon have her own brood of adorable golden retriever puppies to love, snuggle, and take to these locations for some even more epic photo shooting! Stay posted to see some puppy photos once they arrive! 

If you are in the Las Vegas are Liberty's puppy's are going to be a coveted litter! Check out her website for more information! 
https://www.libertygoldenretrievers.com/

 

Liberty loves her times playing in the park with the kids. 

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We could not get enough of these bright colors!

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Loving life and loved shaking off all over me after taking a swim in the duck pond. 

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In typical golden retriever fashion swimming in the duck pond is her favorite thing to do.

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We loved the trip tp Mt. Charleston with lots of trees and snow to play in. 

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Of all the places we went Red Rock Canyon was our favorite place. So many rocks to climb on and explore.

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Mans best friend. 

 

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I am queen of the rock! 

 

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One of my favorite photos from our photo shoot with Golden Retriever Liberty, at Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas, Nevada. Just look at those popping colors! 

 

As always thank you for reading and following my photography work! Stay tuned for some photos of my incredible time in Nepal hiking to the Annapurna Base Camp! 

Rose

 

Rose Finley
Photographing Life's Adventure! 
Weddings ~ Portraits ~ Missions ~ Evnets

 

 

 

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Classic Lancaster Covered Bridge Portraits https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2017/10/classic-lancaster-covered-bridge-portraits There are several things that Lancaster county is known for, Amish being the biggest, dairy and corn farms, and last but not least classic covered bridges. Lancaster tops the charts for the most covered bridges in any other county with 29!

Whenever possible I love to incorporate these beautiful structures into my photoshoots. On Sunday we explored the pine town covered bridge over the Conestoga river for the McSparren's Family portraits! 

 

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There used to be 1,500 covered bridges in Pennsylvania. Over the years they have dwindled down to 197 or so. 

 

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For more information on booking your portrait shoot please call or e-mail Rose: 717-728-6584 focus4missions@gmail.com

 

Rose Finley
Photographing Life's Adventure!

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Masonic Village Photo Shoot https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2017/9/masonic-village-photo-shoot What a beautiful morning it turned out to be for the Beaver families portraits! We met at Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA. Wow! If you are looking for a great place for out door portraits, this location is GOLD! Filled with archways, buildings full of character, pathways, water fountains , and awesome gardens. It is eye candy for a photographer, we could shoot for hours and not run out of creative ideas!

 

It has been a few years since we have gotten together with the Beavers for family portraits. The kids have grown up so much! Check out a photo from our first photo shoot together and one from this past photo shoot! 

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These boys have some fun jokes. I might have some new material for my next photo shoot! 

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Look at these beautiful arches! 

 

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Beautiful Gardens all year long! 

 

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Was a great morning shoot. Can't wait to do it again! 

If you or someone you are looking for portraits please contact Rose at 717-728-658. 

 

Rose Finley
www.TheFocusPhotography.com
Photography Life's Adventure!

 

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From Idaho For Portraits https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2017/7/from_idaho_for_portraits My beautiful niece Hannah was in town from Idaho and we chose the most humid week of the year to take her senior portraits. The heat didn't hold us back from having fun! 

We goofed off and laughed until we cried and trekked through the park for some great photos. With my brother and sister along for the ride and to help with lighting we set out on a fun filled photo shoot at Perry County's Little Buffalo State Park. Hannah looked beautiful and kept us all laughing through the whole photo shoot!

Hannah, I am SO glad you were able to come and visit! 

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Live Your Faith. Heal With Excellence. Make Disciples. https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2017/3/live-your-faith-heal-with-excellence-make-disciples Have you ever been a patient in the hospital and had people praying for you? I suspect that most of us can answer "Yes". Family and friends alike have prayed. But how many of you have had a staff member of that same hospital pray for you? At L'hopital Baptiste Biblique everyday, every patient can answer the second question as "yes". Before procedures. Before operations. Before heading home. The staff at l'Hopital Baptiste Biblique are dedicated to sharing the gospel and praying for each patient throughout each step. From the moment their patients enter the doors of the hospital they are committed to Jesus Christ and covered in prayer!

 

I have once again had the privilege to see and capture these incredible missionaries at work! They are modern day hero's living out their faith in and bringing much needed heath care to the people in this area. I am amazed and inspired by the stories they tell of Gods faithfulness as he guides their hands and opens hearts or their patients for them to hear about the love of Jesus Christ! They see extremely advance medical problems and severe injuries every single day and with Gods help they are faithfully living out their faith!

 

Live Your Faith. Heal With Excellence. Make Disciples.Have you ever been a patient in the hospital and had people praying for you? I suspect that most of us can answer "Yes". Family and friends alike have prayed. But how many of you have had a staff member of that same hospital pray for you? At L'hopital Baptiste Biblique everyday, every patient can answer the second question as "yes". Before procedures. Before operations. Before heading home. The staff at l'hopital baptiste biblique are dedicated to sharing the gospel and praying for each patient throughout each step. From the moment their patients enter the doors of the hospital they are committed to Jesus Christ and covered in prayer!

 

www.ABWE.org

 

www.Focus4Missions.org

Rose Finley

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Beaming Bride - Daniel and Rachel Rogers Wedding https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2017/3/beaming-bride---daniel-and-rachel-rogers-wedding The day started out to be a nippy morning for Daniel and Rachel's big day. By afternoon it warmed up and you would have thought that is was a spring day in May. The sun was beaming and so was Daniels beautiful bride Rachel. Her smile never faded throughout the entire day and I am sure she is still glowing! She was so excited and couldn't wait to marry Dan!

Here are a few photos from their special day including their first look, where Dan and Rachel got to see each other on their wedding day for the first time!

 

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I had the honor of photographing both of these supper fun brides weddings!!

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The surprise on their faces when Uncle Dave arranged a surprise limo to take them to their reception!

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Dan and Rachel, Thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day! Kim and I really enjoyed getting to know you both better. Your wedding was simply elegant, stress free, and beautiful! God bless you both as you begin your new life together!

 

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Called To Be A Pastor https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2016/6/called-to-be-a-pastor I would like to you meet Marco and Gaby Parrales....

Marco and Gaby went to Word Of Life Bible College studying the Bible and Children's ministries. Marco is the National director of a Christian camp. He and his wife are still heavily involved in that ministry, but God had something more for them...over a year ago God called Marco to become a pastor and gave both Marco and Gaby a burden to reach the neighborhood Vistas Del Momotombo, Nicaragua, a small middle class community right next door to the camp. 

Even with the burden God placed on his heart, Marco struggled with saying yes to Gods call. Being a pastor was not what Marco had in mind for his life. But he said yes, and God has opened doors for reaching the small community for Christ! Please watching the short video below to learn more...

 

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We found some time in between shooting video for a quick family portrait session! They are an adorable family with two children. Enjoy the video and the photos and let me know what you think of the work happening in Nicaragua.

 

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The Doyle Family - Missionaries in Nicaragua https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2016/6/The-Doyle-Family-Missionaries-in-Nicaragua Lately it seems like I have skipped a month in 2016. The year has been going by so fast and before I know it I haven't posted any updates on my blog. Sometimes I run into people I know but just I haven't seen for awhile and they always ask if I am still doing photography. The answer is always YES!!

I have started incorporating some video into my work and recently traveled to Nicaragua for a a class with ABWE and Storytellers Abroad Workshop. I will share more about the video and on our time there in another blog post. For now I would like to share with you a few portraits of the missionaries we did while I was there! 

This is the Doyle Family. They are a missionary family serving in Nicaragua! They have 6 beautiful girls, each of them eager to become my friend and share with me their lives in Nicaragua. They reminded me of my own family. We found some time between shooting and editing video to do a small family photo shoot with the Doyles! 

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The Doyles have been missionaries in Nicaragua for the last several years. They have recently helped to start a church plant and assist a local pastor  and his wife ( Marco and Gaby Parrales) in growing that ministry. They will be coming home on furlough in July and will be continuing to raise prayer and finaicial support to continue the church planting work in Nicaragua.

They will be in New York while here. If you would like to know more about their ministry, or would like to support them please visit their page for more information. http://www.doyle.abwe.org/

 

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Edria's Senior Portraits https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2016/4/seniorportrait3-26-16 It has been WAY too long since I have posted on my photography blog. Life has been crazy but I am still here and still taking photos. If you would like to see a little of what I have been up too check out my missions photography blog by clicking on this link. www.focus4missions.org

I recently had a senior portrait session at Lykens Glenn Park. I met Edria, her mom, and her dad at the park for the first time as we started Edrias photo shoot. Edria is beautiful and reminded me of Princess Jasmine on Aladdin. We started the photo shoot walked along the stream on a small path.  The photo shoot was timed just right with perfect sunlight filtering through the trees and making Edria's hair glow in the afternoon.

 

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Edria was braver then I would have been and actually wore wedges for our photo shoot through the woods. At the end of the shoot she was even climbing on rocks and posing for some great shots! 

Thank you for a great time with your photo shoot Edria! God bless you as you graduate from high school and begin this next chapter! 

 

Rose Finley
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My Little Cousin Is A Senior - Senior Portraits 2016 Fort Hunter Mansion and Park https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2015/7/my-little-cousin-is-a-senior-fort-hunter-mansion-and-park My youngest cousin is graduating in class 2016!! Nathan and his mom came over from Ohio on a special trip For his senior portraits. We went down to Fort Hunter Park and Mansion and walked around getting some great senior portraits for him. My brother Isaiah and sister Sarah came along and help me with all the lighting and making Nathan laugh!
Congratulations Nathan! The finish line is in site. Strive to do great things and look to God for wisdom in this next chapter of your life!

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(The Focus Photography) 2016 Senior finley focus fort harrisburg hunter mansion park photo photographer photography portrait rose senior shoot the https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2015/7/my-little-cousin-is-a-senior-fort-hunter-mansion-and-park Thu, 23 Jul 2015 03:30:21 GMT
My Little Baby Niece! Newborn Photo shoot https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2015/5/baby-niece-newborn-photo-shoot It was a normal Mothers Day Sunday. My brother Isaiah was talking on the phone to his best friend when my moms phone chirped with an incoming text. He read the text and began jumping up and down yelling. "I'm an uncle! I'M AN UNCLE!!!"

When he finally stopped jumping and laughing he read the text. My sister Liz's water had broke.

By the next morning we heard the news that she had a healthy baby girl! Ariana Su. Her middle name is in honor of our cousin, Kelly Su, who passed away last year after battling cancer for three years. 

And the discussions of who she looks most like begin...she has Liz's dimples, John's ears, sleeps like Liz, and has John's nose. 

We had her first photo shoot just over a week ago and the photos are amazing! She was the easiest baby I have ever photographed and slept through almost the whole newborn session. There will be many more photo shoots to come of this sweet baby girl!

 

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Welcome to the world Ariana Su!

 

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Mothers Day For My Sister - Maternity photos - Fort Hunter Park https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2015/5/mothers-day-for-my-sister---maternity-photos---fort-hunter-park As I write this, my sister is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her little baby! She is now past her due date and I am sure Liz won't like this but my prediction is she will have the baby on May 10th...but that is just my uneducated guess. And May 10th is also mothers day so why not?

Liz is a mom...It is hard for me to wrap my brain around that sometimes. It is a bit strange to see your older sisters belly continue to grow over the last nine months. It is hard to believe how fast time has flown. Soon we will all be fighting over who gets to hold the baby and who isn't going to change it's dirty diapers. ;)

A few weeks ago we set a day aside and went to Fort Hunter Park for some maternity photos...before it was too late. Here are just a few from our photo shoot! 

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Congratulations Liz and John! Soon you will be welcoming this little one into your family and I will be posting a boat load of baby pictures!!

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Missions, Medicine, Marriage ::: Shank Park, Hummelstown, PA https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2015/3/missions-medicine-marriage-shank-park-hummelstown-pa I never thought I would be sitting across for one of my male friends watching him grin ear to ear, listening as he excitedly told the details from his first date...Doug could not contain himself. He was on cloud nine after dating Sarah for two weeks!!

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Doug and Sarah grew up through their teenage years together spending mornings running at the track with family, summer afternoons playing airsoft with siblings, they attended the same church, and had a grand time whenever they were together. Doug thought of Sarah as a sister and never wanted a serious relationship to get in the way of that. Sarah had a small crush on Doug very early on, but never thought anything more then "just friends" would come of their friendship. 

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Sarah and Doug both had a passion for medical missions and after several separate missions trips to Sierra Leone, West Africa their passion only grew. Doug's dream was to become a Missionary Doctor and Sarah had a goal of becoming an RN and using her skills in medical missions.

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Finally, in 2012 their missions paths crossed and they were team members on the same missions trip. It was on that trip where Doug started to see Sarah in a whole new light...

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Almost a year after the trip Doug asked Sarah out on their first date. Shortly after they started dating Doug asked Sarah, "Where have you been my whole life?" to which Sarah replied, "Right here!" Doug and Sarah are now engaged and one step closer to living out their dreams and working side by side wherever God leads! 

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Congratulations Doug and Sarah! God bless you both as you follow your dreams! 

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7 Tips On Photographing Children For Natural Looking Photos https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/12/7_tips_on_photographing_children It can be challenging to photograph a young child or any child for that matter. Many times they are afraid of you or the camera. Below I am going to give you a few tips which will help you make the process not only stress free but fun for both you and the child - and mom and dad!

Recently we met up with 14 month old Lauren for her Christmas card portraits! They turned out beautifully and not one tear was shed by child, mother, or photographer during our photo shoot. :) 

With props in hand for little Lauren to play with and camera and flash charged and ready to go, we met at Mike and Laura's church for their shoot. They brought along Christmas ornaments and we just let Lauren play the piano, play with the ornaments, and be herself! She is so photogenic and comfortable with the camera which made helped her photo shoot run smoothly. I let her see her pictures on the back of the camera and right away she was trying to swipe the screen to go to the next photo. 

 

Here are a few tips on how to make taking picture of young children easy and natural.

1. Let them be themselves. Many times Mom and Dad's try to constantly tell the child what to do, how to sit, how to smile. etc...mom and dad unless you are the photographer. Don't do this. interact with your child but let the photographer be in charge of both you and the child. The child will see who mom and dad respect and for the most part be happy to let the photographer tell them what they need to do. 

 

2. Choose a location that the child is comfortable with, somewhere they have been before or a place that is inviting for a child. A lot of times the best place is a park they frequent or in their own home. Come into their world where they are most comfortable.

 

3. Have something - a prop - or someone to distract and engage them to keep them busy. Notice emphasis on one, if there are to many people distracting the child things will get hectic, to distracting, and stressful for both you and the child. Many times I like to be the one talking to the child and when help is needed I ask may assistant or one of the parents to step in.

 

4. Eyes are the window to the soul esp with children. At a such a young age they are genuine and unguarded - Capture that. Make sure you have the proper lighting to capture the sparkle in their eyes!

 

5. Get to know the child but don't get to much in their face or space. Talk to them and make it a conversation between you, the child, and the camera! Get down on their level, both with the camera and how you interact with them. Get on the floor play with their toys with them and ask them questions or be goofy. Nobody likes serious photographers. :)

 

6. Kids are best when they are candid. Not one of the photos below were traditionally posed. They were spontaneous and most of the time happened very quickly. Be ready with your camera to capture that spontaneous moment. 

 

7. KNOW your camera. When photographing Children you can't afford to waste much time fumbling with your settings. The moment will pass while you fuddle through and you will miss the shot.

 

Bonus hint: Some of these tricks also work well with older children and adults. Portrait photography is all about connecting with the person in the frame and communicating the depth of who that person is into your photos. 

 

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I hope you enjoyed looking the photo and that you are able to apply a few of the tricks listed above into your photography this Christmas season! 

Contact me today to schedule your own portrait session - rose@thefocusphotography.com

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Rose

 

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Brown Family Portraits - Mt. Pocono, PA Photographer https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/11/brown-family-portraits---mt-pocono-pa-photographer It seems like these kids grown faster and faster every year! Once again it was time to do the Brown's family pictures. It was my first photo shoot of the winter season to have patches of snow on the ground! We drove up to the top of Mount Pocono, passing Camelback Mountain Ski Resort where they just started making snow for their winter ski season! 

Dave and Evie Brown are affectionately known as Uncle Dave and Aunt Evie by most people who know and love them. As a young couple they wanted to have a child for every letter of the alphabet! They tried for many years to have children of their own, but after several years and many consultations and appointments they found that they were not able to get pregnant and have children of their own.

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However, they still wanted to have children to call their own. They began the long approval process for adoption. Working their way through the tedious paperwork they were finally approved and adopted their first child. 

Christina Rose. Christina is the most talkative child you will ever meet. She also takes after her Dad with her pranks and laughter. 

 

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Several years later they adopted Sarah Olivia. Everyone calls her Livy. She loves people, animals, and cuddling! Livy takes after her mom in how she looks out for all the people around her putting their needs over her own.

 

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Finally a boy came into the picture! Andrew Brody. I was honored to be at the hospital just three days after he was born when they picked him up to take him home. I fed him his first bottle on the PA turnpike. Andrew keeps everyone laughing with his hilarious jokes at just the right moments. 

 

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Last but not least, little Naomi Grace, or known by most as Nay Nay! Her bright smile lights up any room. Nay Nay loves Uno, anything electronic, and people. She is very smart and gets into anything and everything if you don't keep a close eye on her! 

 

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This is a family who loves people and opens their home anytime day or night! There is never a dull moment whether playing with the kids or card games with Uncle Dave and Aunt Evie. I really appreciate their friendship over the years, it has meant allot to me. 

 

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Thanks for looking. To book your own on location family portraits, contact Rose. 717-728-6584 rose@thefocusphotography.com

 

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Rose

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Grandparents, words can't describe - Harrisburg, pa Photographer https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/11/grandparents-words-cant-describe---harrisburg-pa-photographer Words can't even begin to describe my Grandma and Grandpa. They are a pillar of strength, determination, and love. Through life they have had many good times and hard times, and have been through a lot together. The trials only made them stronger and more determined to get through them. They married young and this November is their 65th wedding anniversary! They had each other and they had God guiding them and giving them strength. They raised 4 kids, have 11 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. 

Grandpa still affectionately calls grandma "Doll" and "Chief" and is the romantic one of the two. Grandpa brings balance and logic to any situation. If it is broken he will find a way to fix it or find a better use for it. Grandma is the glue that holds everything together and is constantly looking out for every one around her and loves to serve and help people. They both have determination and drive that keeps them going and laughing along the way.

Neither one of the two can sit still for very long. They love people and they love to travel. They have visited every state in the US more then once and at any time one of the two can tell a funny story from their adventures together and have the whole room laughing at the tales! They both remember details down to  the T - sometimes they remember them differently which makes for some fun discussions. Mention any of the major parks and they will give you the best directions on how to get there and what you should see while you are visiting. 

Grandpa is one of the few people who can call you "kid" as a term of endearment. Grandma is one of the few people who can give one look to Grandpa, my Dad, or any of the Grandchildren and put them in their place! They are some of the few people I know who will drop everything at a moments notice and come to your aid no matter what. 

I love you Grandma and Grandpa and I want to be just like you both when I am your age! Here's to the next 65 years! ;)

 

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Photographing Life's Adventure! 

Rose

 

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Hope and her horse - Photo Shoot Duncannon, PA https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/11/hope-and-her-horse---photo-shoot-duncannon-pa Hope has been good friends with my family for many years! It was an honor to be able to do a photo shoot with her just this week! If anyone knows Hope you know she absolutely LOVES horses. She inherited her love for horses from her mom. It was fun to include her mom in some of the pictures during our photo shoot! 

We walked the fields where they ride together and just spent time taking pictures as the sun set beyond the cornfields! Hope loves people and most of all loves sharing her love for horses with people. Many Sunday afternoons you will find Hope tacking up the horses for my sister and her friends who love riding almost as much as Hope does. 

Hope also gives horse riding lessons so if you or anyone you know is looking to take some lessons let me know and I will get you in touch with her! 

 

 

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Thanks for looking! Book your very own photo shoot today by calling 717-728 6584 or email rose@thefocusphotography.com 

Photographing Life's Adventure! 
Rose

 

Rose Finley
717-728-6584
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Nikolai \\ NEWBORN // dauphin, pa https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/11/nikolai-newborn We welcomed little Nikolai into the world with a newborn photo shoot! Michalia brought Nikolai over for his paparazzi just yesterday and he is just barely 2 weeks old. He has some adorable faces and expressions for the photo album and he slept through most of his photo shoot! But I think we really wore him out with how many times we interrupted his naps to reposition him. He was a champ and hardily fussed the entire time and we got some great pictures to share with all of you!! I love the ones with the camo and orange hat!

Enjoy! 

 

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For more information on booking a newborn photo shoot with The Focus Photography contact Rose at 717-728-6584 or rose@thefocusphotography.com

Photographing Life's Adventure!

Rose Finley
717-728-6584
Weddings - Portraits - Events
www.TheFocusPhotography.com

 

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Sarah is a 2015 Senior! - Portraits at Little Buffalo State Park https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/11/sarah-is-a-2015-senior---portraits-at-little-buffalo-state-park I love photographing senior portraits. They are taken during a special and monumental time in a young man or woman's life and they are photos that are treasured for years to come. Most of the people reading this post can say that they still have their senior portrait. Even if it is in a box in the attic! ;) 

I had the privilege of spending one hour taking pictures and getting to know a little about Sarah! She is a dedicated softball player and hunter, is devoted to her family and friends, and faces life with quiet confidence. Our time was spent at two locations. The first was a place she will always remember for victories and defeats, teamwork and determination - her high school Softball diamond! Our second location was a place that holds memories from many occasions, most recently was her homecoming! 

To finish off our photo shoot we had some great lighting from the sunset giving us some spectacular evening shots beside the lake!

Congratulations on becoming a senior Sarah! God bless you in your future as you close this chapter of life and move to the next! 

Photographing Life's Adventure! 
Rose

Scroll to the end to see my favorite photos from this shoot!

 

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For information on booking your own photo shoot please contact Rose today at 717-728-6584 rose@TheFocusPhotography.com
Thanks for looking! 

Rose Finley
Wedding, Portrait, and Event Photography
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(The Focus Photography) covered bride fall finley focus harrisburg little Buffalo state park newport pa pennsylvania photographer photography portrait rose rose Finley senior softball sunset https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/11/sarah-is-a-2015-senior---portraits-at-little-buffalo-state-park Tue, 04 Nov 2014 22:33:27 GMT
Tim and Rachel Are Married --- Harrisburg Wedding Photographer https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/11/tim-and-rachel-are-married-----harrisburg-wedding-photographer Tim and Rachel are the type of people who, when you meet them you feel like you have known them and been friends for a long time! They are down to earth and in love with life and each other!

The story of their beginning is one they will retell over and over to their grandchildren someday. They first met on eHarmony, Tim from New York, Rachel from Delaware. Tim quickly knew that Rachel was the one as they started writing back and forth more seriously. The time eventually came where they talked over the phone and met in person.

Over a short time Tim began getting permission from Rachel’s dad, brother, and pastor to marry Rachel. The day came where he finally got ok from everyone came quicker then he thought it would. It caught him off guard so much that he hadn’t even bought the ring yet. He could not wait. So on the way to pick up Rachel made a quick pit stop and picked up a ring pop from the store. On their walk through the woods to pick black berries he asked Rachel to marry him.

After getting over the laughter of thinking it was a joke, Rachel said yes and they promptly drove to the jewelry store to pick out the real ring!

On October 11th, 2014 Tim and Rachel said I do and walked up the isle as Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Koller!

 

Here is the real ring!

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There are always so many great pictures during a wedding that I can't share them all on the blog. If you want to see more just click on one of the photos posted here! 

 

For more information on our wedding packages please select "WEDDINGS" from the menu above or contact Rose directly. 717-728-6584 rose@thefocusphotography.com

 

Rose Finley
The Focus Photography
Weddings - Portraits- Events
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(The Focus Photography) bride couple eharmony fall groom harrisburg highlights love pa pennsylvania photographer rose Finley the focus photography wedding https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/11/tim-and-rachel-are-married-----harrisburg-wedding-photographer Tue, 04 Nov 2014 04:50:40 GMT
Kim Is A Senior - Harrisburg Portrait Photographer https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/10/kim-is-a-senior-harrisburg-portrait-photographer My photographer sidekick, lighting assistant, second shooter, and adventurous, life loving little sister is graduating from high school this year!! 

Kim loves people, family, and friends. She loves making everyone laugh and is ready for literally any adventure! Kim takes any challenge and runs with it completing and competing all along the way! When she puts her mind to something there is no stopping her. Wherever Kim is excitement, life, and laughter follow. She loves sharing the joy of everyday events in stories around the dinner table with family and friends. 

Kim, never loose that excitement for life. Keep loving Jesus and serving Him wherever He leads you!

In typical Kim fashion we set out to take her senior pictures this week! She loves horses and riding and a friend of hers let her use their horse so that we could get some pretty epic senior pictures! 

As always scroll to the end to see my favorite!

 

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For information on booking your own portrait session contact Rose Finley at 717-728-6584 rose@thefocusphotography.com

 

Rose Finley
www.TheFocusPhotography.com
Weddings - Portraits - Evetns

 

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Elijah and Devin Engagement photos - Dauphin, PA Photographer https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/10/elijah-and-devin-engagement-photos---dauphin-pa-photographer The air was crisp with the smell of fall. The leaves crunched under our feet and the path was still visible through the freshly fallen leaves. Hannah and I arrived at our photo shoot a little early and scouted out some good locations for Elijah and Devin's engagement photos. 

There were some great spots for pictures and as soon and Elijah and Devin arrived when went straight to work taking pictures. Right away I knew they were going to be a fun couple to photograph. Elijah was instantly making Devin laugh with his antics. Their carefree love for each other was evident as we hiked around the woods, climbed over rocks, and walked through fields together for pictures. 

Thank you both for such a great photo shoot and your adventurous spirit throughout the photo shoot! 

I can't wait to photograph your wedding in May! 

 

A usual my favorite photo from the shoot is at the end! 

 

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Thanks for looking! Congratulations Elijah and Devin! See you in May!

Rose

 

Photographing Life's Adventure! 
Rose Finley
www.TheFocusPhotography.com

Weddings - Portraits - Events
717-728-6584

 

 

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(The Focus Photography) Appalachian colors couple dauphin engagement fall hike leave love pennsylvania photo photographer portraits rose Finley the focus photography trail woods https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/10/elijah-and-devin-engagement-photos---dauphin-pa-photographer Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:21:28 GMT
Back to the Classics - Little Buffalo State Park, Newport, PA https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/10/back-to-the-classics---little-buffalo-state-park-newport-pa  

One of the main attractions of Little Buffalo State park is Shoaff's Mill. The mill as been operating since 1849, making cornmeal, crack corn, and grind apples. It now only operates during tours for visitors.

The mill is the perfect place for all kinds of photos and is one of my favorite spots around for a photo shoot. Bring on the classic, country, mill, and barn photos because it is all here!

This last photo shoot here was incredible and during the shoot the mill was actually open for tours!! I haven't been inside the mill for at least 12 years so I jumped at the chance to take some portraits inside! It was a great way to end our time together! One of these days I want to do wedding pictures inside!

In the middle of out photo shoot a tour group came out of the mill and all stopped to watch this little model hamming it up for the camera. Here are a few of my favorites from the portrait shoot at the mill! There are quite a few, but this little guy was so cute I can't help but post a bunch for you all to see! 

 

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Thanks for looking...I hope you enjoyed them as much as I do.

Photographing Life's Adventure! 

Rose

 

Rose Finley
www.TheFocusPhotography.com
Wedding - Portrait - Event
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(The Focus Photography) Little Buffalo Mill Newport Photographer Shoaff's State park boy classic classy pa photo shoot photos rose Finley the Focus photography https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/10/back-to-the-classics---little-buffalo-state-park-newport-pa Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:04:03 GMT
Little Cowboy - At Little Buffalo https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/10/little-cowboy---at-little-buffalo This was such a fun shoot with so many good pictures that I am going to break it up into two posts! This little guy was so much fun to photograph. We spent one hour together around Little Buffalo State park, taking photos and talking. I would do it all again tomorrow, these kind of shoots are why I love my job!

It was almost impossible to get a bad picture of Mark. When we first started the photo shoot, I was taking a portrait shoot and mark seeing that I had my camera turned said, "umm Miss, you are holding the camera wrong. I think it is supposed to go the other way!"

We got some great cowboy shots, some classic shots, and some spiffy shots of him dressed up in his suit! In the first post I will just post the cowboy pictures! I hope you like them as much as I do. It was hard to pick a favorite photo, but I did manage to pick one and as usual, it is the last one in this post!

Please contact me through phone or email if you are interested in scheduling a photo shoot like this one for you or your family!

 

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Thanks for looking! 

 

Photographing Life's Adventure! 

Rose

 

Rose Finley
717-728-6584
www.TheFocusPhotography.com

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(The Focus Photography) Newport cowboy dauphin little buffalo little buffalo state park photo photographer photography portrait rose Finley session shoot the Focus Photography https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/10/little-cowboy---at-little-buffalo Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:49:00 GMT
My sister is MARRIED!! https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/8/my-sister-is-married When did we get old?! Blink a few times and life goes by faster then you can keep track. I remember the childhood memories of us laughing and playing together, the stupid fights we would have, and the late nights spent talking. We were polar opposites but yet we brought the needed balance to each others lives.

So it really hit me during your wedding when I stood up to give the maid of honor speech. My big sister was married. I looked at you...that was a mistake...you were already teary eyed and I hadn't even started talking yet. You made me forget the stories I was going to tell about you and turned my thought out speech into a tear fest as I stumbled through to the end.

John, you are a patient and thoughtful man of God. I have enjoyed getting to know as a future Brother-in-law. I know this is only the beginning of our friendship, without a doubt there will be lots of stories to be told down the road of the fun times you will share with our family. You did after all marry a Finley. ;-) 

God bless you both as you begin your journey together! God knows what he is doing and clearly has someone for everyone. You are perfect for each other.

Matthew 22:37-39

Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
 

Rose Finley
717-728-6584
Wedding - Portrait - Event 
www.TheFocusPhotography.com

 

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(The Focus Photography) bride bridesmaid groom groomsman married pennsylvania photo photographer rose Finley sister the focus photography wedding https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/8/my-sister-is-married Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:15:57 GMT
Bobby and Ally are ENGAGED!!! https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/8/bobby-and-ally-are-engaged The first time I met Bobby he was around 4 years old and came over with his cousins who lived just down the road from us in a house which Bobby and his family later moved into. Bobby spent many summer afternoons at our house playing in the woods and stream, building forts, playing hide and go seek, sledding, and even attempting to wrestle my dad with my younger brothers and sisters. 

The first time I met Ally was Sunday August 10th 2014. It was the four year anniversary of their first date, which involved a visit to the State Capital building.

Four days prior I received a message from Bobby. He was going to propose and needed a photographer for the special moment! What?! When did Bobby grow up?! He would be returning home on August 8th after spending the last seven months away in boot camp for the Pennsylvania National Guard and in his formal training. He graduated with distinguished honors at the top of his class!

Two days after his return Bobby and Ally walked up the steps to the Pennsylvania State Capital building, dressed in his Army combat uniform, Bobby knelt on his knee and proposed to Ally Coonradt!! She said YES! 

Having never met Ally the location was perfect. I acted the typical tourist taking photos of the Capital building. My sister Hannah, who had met Ally previously, hid in the bushes along the steps with my second camera snapping photos. I think we may have raise an alert on the security cameras. ;-) 

Congratulations Ally and Bobby! God bless you both as you open this new and exciting chapter of your lives! 

Rose

 

Rose Finley
717-728-6584
The Focus Photography
Weddings - Portraits - Events

 

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(The Focus Photography) Harrisburg Rose Finley Soldier The Focus Photography army building capital guard national pa photographer portrait proposes she said yes state https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/8/bobby-and-ally-are-engaged Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:42:05 GMT
Naomi and Brian are Married! https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/7/naomi-and-brian-are-married Shooting for a friends wedding is so much fun and a highlight of mine in wedding photography! I love the fact that I already know the bride or groom before the day of the wedding or engagement pictures! One of the main reasons I meet up with a couple before a photo shoot and their wedding day, is to get to know the couple better so I can better know how to serve them on their wedding day. 

For my most recent wedding, I have had the privilege of knowing the bride for many years! Life has been busy for both of us and because of college and life we don't see each other like we used to. What better way to reconnect then to be the photographer for her wedding! 

Naomi and Brian met as they were both attending Messiah College. Both art majors became fast friends. Slowly their friendship grew into something more and they started dating. While I don't know Brian very well, just through hearing Naomi talk about him to attending the bridal shower, hearing Brian's mom talk, and seeing Naomi and Brian talk, play, and work together, it is clear to everyone who knows them that they were made for each other! 

I can't wait to see the work of art that God will grow and shape their marriage into!

Here are a few highlight pictures from their wedding day!  

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God bless you both Naomi and Brian as you begin this new chapter. May you be a masterpiece as you live your lives together serving Him in all you do! 

Love ya! 
Rose

 

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Levi and Cara - An Adventure In A New Location!! https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/6/levi-and-cara---an-adventure-in-a-new-location Adventure In A New Location

Just for a fun photo shoot Levi and Cara took me on a photographic adventure we won't soon forget! We walked through a field, along a creek, and through the woods to the remains of an old glass factory! In the heart of central Pennsylvania lies an old treasure. An old abandoned glass factory left to the elements! The old chimney still stands towering in the forest, moss and ferns have grown around the walls making it the perfect location for all kinds of pictures! We even took some shots in the creek running along side. Levi and Cara are a great couple and we all had a blast for this shoot! Thank you for sharing this location with me Levi! 

I hope you all enjoy looking through their pictures as much we enjoyed taking them!

Photographing Life's Adventure!
Rose 

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Forest Portraits - Matthews Senior Pictures https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/6/forest-portraits---matthews-senior-pictures Give me space, land, woods, and a creek running through the forest any day over a crowed city block. There is something about the fresh smell and the feel of the moss under your feet, something about the sound of the water running over the rocks and the sun rays coming through the trees!
This past weekend I took Matthews senior pictures at his house. Matthews family lives off the beaten path, where the deer are their neighbors, and the fish from the creek their meals. They can step out their door and hunt or fish anytime. Their beautiful golden retriever sandy, has the time of her life swimming everyday in the creek and chasing whatever small animal crosses her path.

The Nye's have become friends of mine over the last few years and we had such a great time catching up and getting to know each other better during this photo shoot. Matthew is graduating from High school this year and has plans to become a photographer and journalist! We met at the house and explored the woods around there for some great pictures!

Congratulations on your graduation Matthew! God bless you as you open the pages to this new chapter of your life!

Rose

 

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John and Liz Engagement Session https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/6/john-and-liz-engagement-session My sister is getting married. When did we grow up and get old? It is a little weird to think about. My big sister...getting married.

In my mind I always know that it is probably going to come someday and we talked about it together growing up.

Then the day came when she brought John home. Before I knew it she is running into the house Christmas night, hands shaking with a diamond ring glittering in the Christmas tree lights. 

Wedding planning was soon the topic of most conversations around our house. Dresses were picked out and Sarah and I watched as Liz found the perfect wedding dress for her wedding day!

There are so many stories and memories my sister and I share. Growing up together with barely two years between us, we fought with each other, laughed till we cried. We were the best of friends and the worst of friends. Love and hated all within a few minutes. She kept me out of trouble more times then I can count.

I don't think of it so much as loosing a sister, but gaining a brother. John Fox and Liz fit each other so well, we couldn't have found a better person for Liz if we had tried. God knows what he is doing and has a specific time for everything. Soon we will be saying welcome to the family to John Fox.

On memorial day I did a special engagement shoot for them in the woods where Liz and I grew up. 

 

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Liz, thank you for being an amazing big sister and always taking care of me growing up. I know you and John will be happy together as you grow closer to God and closer to each other. God bless you both as you continue your new lives together through marriage! 

Rose

 

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(The Focus Photography) Focus dauphin engagement field forest harrisburg mountian pennsylvania photographer photography pictures portraits rose finley sessions the focus photography woods https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/6/john-and-liz-engagement-session Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:14:00 GMT
Proposal - Close To Home! https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/5/Propsal-close-to-home I donned my brothers gully suit and slathered some face paint across my hands to hide my very white winter skin. This was a special day! I had been to the shoot location the day before to meet with the client and to clear away the brush and leaves from where I would set up for the shot.

I was excited and my heart was racing as the time for the shoot came and I hunkered down close to a fallen log, hiding my position from the view of anyone walking by the forest path. I was very aware of the cold wet earth near my face and the hot humid sun beating down on my back. As I wait by the tree for the clients to walk by, thousands of thoughts went through my mind. I felt like I was on a hunting trip waiting for the wildlife to pass by. Only this was much better because I knew about the time they were to be there and knew that they were definitely going to pass by. Please just don't let her see me I prayed as I heard their laughter and footsteps coming through the woods.

As they passed by and the man led the girl to the location we had cleared the day before. I slowly stood up to get a clear shot but also stay hidden. She didn't suspect a thing let alone dream that not even 100 yards away hidden in the trees was a photographer capturing this entire life changing event. 

Jeremy and Jill live in different states across the country from each other. After telling Jill that he was going to be flying to Japan for work Jeremy surprised her and showed up at her door the very night he was supposed to be in Japan. Mid way through his visit they came to the woods in Dauphin where he grew up so he could "show her his old stomping grounds." Little did she know what was coming next. 

I snapped away taking picture as Jeremy got down on one knee and asked Jill to marry him. It always seems so long to me as I watch her reaction and wait for the small nod or exclamation of YES!!! And say yes she did!!! 

Pictures say everything better then I ever could, so without further delay here are their proposal pictures! Congratulations Jeremy and Jill!!! 

 

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(The Focus Photography) dauphin engagement finley focus hidden pennsylvania photographer photography portrait proposal rose shoot the woods https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/5/Propsal-close-to-home Thu, 22 May 2014 16:46:35 GMT
My First Senior Portrait Video https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/4/my-first-senior-portrait-video I am so excited to share with you a new service I am offering.

Portrait Video's!!!

My first model was my beautiful sister Hannah! Hannah is graduating from high school this year, so during her senior portraits we went out on the mountain in our backyard and had a great time shooting away! Hannah loves outdoors and anything down to earth that involves having fun or getting dirty. She loves people and puts others before herself all the time like it is second nature. She would give away her only pair of shoes if someone needed them. She is so excited to be graduating and looking forward to what might be next!

 

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So how do these portrait videos work? It is simple, you book a portrait session for photography and make sure to mention that you would like a portrait video made as well. When we shoot your session whether it is family portraits, senior portraits, children, or couples, I shoot video in between taking pictures and piece it all together into a timeless video for you! Please contact me for more details and pricing! 

Enjoy Hannah's senior video and let me know what you think of it! 

Rose 

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Visiting Yellowstone In Winter https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/4/visiting-yellowstone-in-winter In March Yellowstone is still a little cold and snowy, but there are not as many people. My sister Sarah and my friend Monica came with me on an unforgettable trip to Wyoming. Yellowstone has been on my list of places to visit again. I got to visit here when I was 8 and have always wanted to go back. Visiting in the winter is not ideal but it is worth it to miss all the summer crowds. The snow adds different a beauty to everything and the animals are a bit easier to spot against the white background. 

But the most unique thing about our visit to Yellowstone was going winter camping! We pitched our tent and started our campfire to cook dinner and keep warm until we snuggled into our warm sleeping bags! We heard coyotes in the night as we fell asleep under the bright moon and stars! When we woke up in the morning there were elk just up the hill from us scrounging in the brush! Amazing!! 

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Reflections of the sunset on the trees and the moon in the ski! Beautiful! 

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A little bit of light painting at our camp site! 

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Stay posted for pictures of the Mammoth Hot Springs! 

 

Travel on! 

Rose


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The Growing List https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/4/the-growing-list It's no secret...I LOVE to travel. There is quite possibly nowhere in the world that I wouldn't go.  

Have you ever had a vacation that you wished would just keep going on and never end? Days of driving becomes a wish list of places you wish you could live for a few weeks. Your ever growing list of places to see becomes outrageously long and seemly impossible to get to them all in this lifetime... This is my world. :-) I will continue to dream and grow my list as long of places to go and things to see! 

You can look through magazines, read blog posts, or watch a documentary, but, there is nothing like actually making some of those wishes a reality! While most people spend whatever extra money they have saved up on education, a new car, or the newest electronics, - none of which are bad - I save to travel. People hear of all the places I have been and say "Wow! You must have allot of money to travel that much." the answer to that is "No" I save and I save wherever I can so I can go. To see and experience the world that God has given us, to enjoy and bask in the beauty that surrounds us. And of course capture it all with my camera the best way I can. This is not to say that I don't enjoy being at home, relaxing, catching up with friends, and having a great time without leaving the house. <but that is a post for another time!  

For this year that trip was Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Skiing, Snowshoeing, Yellowstone, hot springs, mountains and yes...a longer list of places to visit again! 

All the of the amazing site and places we went on this trip cannot top getting to see my older brother and getting to ski with him for the first time! We haven't seen each other for 2 years and my siblings - Gabe and Sarah - hadn't seen him in four year! Nothing beats family! John was the highlight for us. I can't wait for our next adventure together! 

Here are a few shots from the Wyoming part of the trip!

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I am going to miss these mountains! 

Photographing Life's Adventure! 
Rose
 

 

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Get Off Your Butt And Live Life-part 2 https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/3/get-off-your-butt-and-live-life---part-2 Psalm 90:12

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

 

Up until a few years ago I had never lost anyone close to me. I didn't know what it was like to go to tell that person something only to remember they were gone. Then all of the sudden I got the surprising news that my aunt had passed away very unexpectedly. Not long after that I received news that my other aunt, my cousin, and two close friends of mine had cancer. 

Talk about a few slaps in the face and a reality check. Prayers for each of them poured before the throne of God every day! My friend Lena was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and my friend John had stage 1. My aunt and cousin were told that their cancer was very treatable and most likely they would be able to stop any progression through chemo treatments and trials. So everyone began the painful and long processes of treatment and recovery. 

After surgery Lena was downgraded to stage 1 and after a year of treatments she was declared cancer free. My Aunt was also released from treatments and cleared of cancer. Meanwhile my friend John had been going through much of the same. Then one day he discovered what he had dreaded. Another lump. The next few months were a constant struggle for him and cancer took over his entire body very quickly. He passed away 3 months before the one year anniversary of being diagnosed.

Meanwhile, my cousin one of the strongest people I have ever known has continued to fight with cancer. When I think of living life to the fullest I think of my cousin. Through all the ups and downs she has continued to persevere. She has set goals and complete her goals and continues to fight against the odds. The next few paragraphs are a summary of her fight taken from the Dade County Festival of Life Facebook page

 

Kelly's life and the life of her family changed forever on March 10, 2011 with a phone call. When Kelly met with her surgeon she was assured that while she had tested positive for cancer in a lymph node under her arm, that it was the "good" kind. Meaning most treatable and highest survival rates. The doctors decided to do chemo first, followed by removal of the tumor and then radiation. Kelly was given a date for port insertion. Chemo began that same day. When the chemo cycles were completed, it was time for a partial mastectomy and lymph node dissection. The lymph nodes tested positive also. So, Kelly began thirty three rounds of radiation treatment, and she made it through. 

 



Kelly was then genetically tested for risk of cancer. The test leaned toward positive but was inconclusive. Because of this, the doctors recommended a complete mastectomy and hysterectomy as precaution. Both surgeries were done at the same time. After surgery, Kelly developed staph infection twice. Kelly fought and survived the staph infections and was on the road to recovery and reconstruction...until one day, within a month of returning to work, she felt a familiar knot. But this time the knot was in her neck and she learned what metastasis meant. 

The cancer had spread to the lymph nodes and it was discovered during this chemo that the nodes in the lungs were also involved. One week prior to the graduation of her daughter, Sarah, from high school, Kelly was notified that the cancer had spread to her brain. She was referred to radiation again. Soon after, Kelly began to experience shortness of breath, and the shortness of breath became worse. Kelly had fluid building in her lungs from the nodules growing. Eventually she had a drain placed in her side to allow fluid to be drained off her lungs. Her doctor referred her to Vanderbilt University for a clinical trial. Three months into the trial Kelly was told that the cancer had not only gotten worse in her lungs, but had spread to her spine. As a result, she was dropped from the clinical trial. 

Kelly is currently on her 9th type of chemo. She still has the drain, and instead of a port for chemo there is a central access line in her arm. She will have the right lung tapped again for fluid and probably have a drain there too. The cancer has ruined the left lung causing irreversible damage, leaving only limited function. The right lung is getting worse. Kelly now has cancer in her liver, brain, spine, lungs and lymph nodes.

Kelly has a husband, Victor, and they have been married for 20 years. They have two beautiful children Sarah, 19 and Kaden, 8. Kelly worked for the Dade County Department of Family and Children Services for 13 years. During that time she helped many families in the county who had no one else to turn to. Kelly has always been giving of her heart and time, and when you would think she was finished, she would give some more. 

 

 

When I think of my cousin Kelly, I see strength, I see a willpower to get through whatever comes, I see someone who lives every day as if it was their last, I see someone who is not afraid to say "watch me" and go out and do her best to defy the odds and make something happen, I see someone who is thankful to God for every breath He has given her, I see someone who even on the hard days manages a smile that gives strength to everyone around her. Where most people focus on all their problems, Kelly continues to look to the next goal. Where most people give up, Kelly presses on.

I want to live my life knowing that every day is a gift from God. I want to live every day to the fullest and bring honor to God through all that I do!

Please join me in praying for my cousin Kelly. If you live near dade county Georgia please check out this event and consider going to support my cousin. https://www.facebook.com/dadecountyfestivaloflife

So now get off your butt and live life as if this was your last day on earth, because whatever excuse you have - it is not good enough to not chase your dreams. 

Keep Fighting Kelly!!!!!! I love you! 

Rose

 

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Get Off Your Butt and Live Your Life-Part 1 https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/3/business-making-it-happen blooming flowerblooming flower

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Colossians 3:23-24
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men;

 

Thoughts of doubt fill my mind on many days. Everytime I try something new. They come. When I decided to go full time with my photography, they came. I pushed them back and embraced the tasks. As a photographer there are many days where you have to take it as it comes and dive in. There are times where nothing seems to be going right. There is no stopping though. Making the best of every circumstance it was photographers do. The faster you learn to adapt as a photographer they better you and your pictures will be because of it! 

Over the last several months I have grown to know the fact of if you don't make it happen you will always be stuck in the rut of just letting life come and go. This is the same in business and in life. I got stuck in this rut for several years. I worked my butt off overtime and came home to work on my photography business. Without realizing it I got used to the normal and didn't try as hard to make my photography full-time. I didn't really knowing what to do to make things happen for my business. I read a blog post recently which puts my thoughts into words better than I ever could. He talks about being intentional about what you do. Here is the link, I encourage you to read it.  http://davidduchemin.com/2014/03/desperate-intention/

Last year I launched my photography business into full-time as my only means of income! I have never been more excited about doing what I love. I also started a new website and began making another dream of mine come to life. Missions Photography! Yes the doubts are there. What if I can't make enough money to live? What if all my business fizzles out and I don't have any photography jobs lined up? What if I have to stop doing what I love just to make ends meat? But the rewards and feeling of accomplishment far out way the doubts, meeting a bride for the first time, taking pictures of a newborn baby, capturing the excitement of a graduating senior, or waiting for the sun to rise of the horizon. I love what I do and I with God’s help I will make it work! 

There are days where I don't have a photo shoot, appointment, emails to answer, or things on the website to tweak. There are days where my creative juices are not flowing and I have no idea what to write on the blog. But on the flip side are days where I have no time. Every minute is filled with editing, sorting, shooting, e-mailing, creating books, writing, and traveling. 

Through the last several years I have learned allot about running a business. About embracing life, the moments and opportunities that God gives me every day! Looking for and capturing those sacred and special moments is what I strive to do.  I want to live life to the fullest, to cherish the little moments and embrace the big ones. I don't want to sit back and wait for opportunities to come. I want get off the couch, off of facebook and twitter, and get out there to make things happen.

I have learned that my business is the same as with my relationship with family and friends, I have to pursue that relationship. I have to make it work, building and investing meaningful time into growing that business as a relationship.    

I want to make a difference in the lives of people around me. My family, friends, and people I meet along the way. I want to live the life God put me here to live. I don't want to sit back and watch others live their dreams and wish that I was doing the same. I am going to get out there and make it happen! You don't have to be a world traveler, or third world missionary to make a difference. But you do need to be intentional about being the difference in your world, no matter where you are today! 

Do what you do best, and let God take care of the rest! ;-) 

I know was pretty long...if you made ti to end of ready this post. Thank you for sticking with me! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! 

Photographing Life's Adventure! 

Rose

 

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Don't Bury Your Pictures - Part Two https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/3/dont-bury-your-pictures---part-two I was so excited yesterday when I got this studio sample in the mail! I love it. I will be selling these with portrait packages such as families, seniors, babies, and as parent albums to go with the wedding albums I offer. See a sample of the wedding albums here.

This is the second post on not letting your pictures get buried in the life of the digital media world. I too am guilty of letting my digital files go to waste. Keeping them filed away on my computer and pulling them out every 2-3 years to go through and relive memories. 

Printing is rewarding. Yes it may take time but there is just something fun and exciting about looking through a scrapbook, wedding album, or photo book! That excitement is lost when we choose not to print our pictures! I get almost as excited as my clients to have my their albums arrive in the mail. I love looking through them! 

 Every album ordered is custom design by me. They come in 8 different colors of leatherette, with 16 sturdy lay-flat pages! Albums come in a variety of sizes, 8x8, 10x10, and 12x12. Here is a sample of what the new portrait albums look like.

 

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If I have done a past shoot for you of any kind and you are interested in purchasing an album please make it a priority to connect with me today! I would love to design and order your very own album!

 

Photographing Life's Adventure! 
Rose 

 

 

 

Rose Finley
717-728-6584
The Focus Photography
Wedding, Portrait, and Event Photographer

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(The Focus Photography) Pennsylvania wedding and portrait photographer album custom design family layflat pages portrait portrait Album print rose Finley senior the Focus photography https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/3/dont-bury-your-pictures---part-two Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:17:14 GMT
Don't miss the sunrise! https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/2/dontmissthesunrise It's a known fact....I am not a morning person. Given the option, I would rather work late into the night then get up early for work. However, as a photographer there are many times I will gladly get up early for a photo shoot or better yet, to photograph a sunrise. There are few times the world will look better than through the light of a sunrise or sunset. 

Sunrises and sunsets are equally epic. A time where the whole world seems to freeze in time for just a second. It takes just a matter of seconds to watch the sun spread it's golden rays across the land or to dip beyond the horizon and disappear from view. It is in those few seconds that I am reminded of the fact that time doesn't stop for anything and goes by so quickly. It reminds me to take the time I have, stop, and soak up the moment in all it's splendor. 

There is a saying that photographers are chasers of the light. In search of the perfect light for a picture photographers will go to some extreme measures. I myself have been found climbing on things, laying on the ground, hiking mountains, traipsing through brush, hanging upside down-almost-, or dragging myself out of bed at all ungodly hours of the night. Just for the perfect light, and perfect angle, for the best picture possible! People laugh at you and look at you strange sometimes...but it is worth the looks, jokes, and laughs to get the shot! 

I can't remember any time where I regretted getting up early to photograph a sunrise. I have to remind myself of this when my alarm goes off and I drag myself out from under the warm cozy covers.

On this particular sunrise alone, I think I took 200 pictures before, during, and after the sunrise! Here are 7 of my favorites.
This is the reason photographers should not miss the sunrise. 

 

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Photographing Life's Adventure! 

Rose 

 

Rose Finley
717-728-6584
www.TheFocusPhotography.com
Wedding Portrait and Event Photography

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Imperfectly perfect https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/2/imperfectly-perfect I love looking for sea shells. I love finding the "damaged" and imperfect ones. The ones that most avid shell hunters would throw back. It is the imperfections that make them perfect! Showing the wear and tear of being tossed around the ocean floor. Seeing the beauty of what gets washed up on the beach makes me want to dive in and see what is just below the surface! 

Here are a few pictures of the imperfect and perfect shells I found on the beach after a storm off the coast.

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Enjoy the "imperfections" of life. It is the Imperfections that make things perfect! 

Photographing Life's Adventure! 
Rose

 

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Don't bury your pictures https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/2/dontburyyourpictures Don't Bury Your Pictures 

 

The wedding day is over and the biggest adventure of your life has just begun! You eagerly await your photographer to post a sneak peaks of the wedding day pictures on Facebook so you can share your joy in being married with the rest of the world!

 

Nowadays days everything is digital and you receive your digital copy of the photographs from the wedding day and have every intention of printing them. Only life gets crazy. The pictures go with the rest of your stash and are kept on the back burner, waiting for some free time when you can select the ones you want to print and put into an album. Years go by and the pictures are still waiting for that free time to come.

 

As a photographer I have seen the above senario happen far to often. Don't let this happen to you! For every session I shot I provide an online gallery with easy to order options for the most popular print sizes. 

 

I believe one of the best options out of everything I offer are leather bound wedding albums. I absolutely love these albums. Seriously, when I get married someday I will be making and ordering ourselves one of these. They are well worth the investment and will be passed down in your family for generations to come! 

 

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Every album is custom designed matching the style of each individual couple. Your wedding deserves to be showcased. Albums come in three sizes 8x8, 10x10, and 12x12. They are the perfect way to keep your wedding memories alive, easy to find, and a beautiful way to share your day with family and friends! 

 

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Here is a sample of an album I just designed each page is custom created without using templates!

 

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Don't let your pictures get buried. Stay tuned for a sample of the portraits album coming soon!

 

Photographing Life's Adventure! 
Rose 

 

Rose Finley
717-728-6584
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
www.TheFocusPhotography.com

 

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(The Focus Photography) album bound by custom design finley focus harrisburg leather pennsylvania photography rose the wedding https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/2/dontburyyourpictures Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:56:47 GMT
Skiing at Snowshoe West Virginia https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/2/skiing-at-snowshoe-west-virginia Skiing! Snapping yourself to two boards and flying down a mountain covered in snow! The only thing better is doing it with friends who love it just as much you do. Last week I got to meet up with some friends who do. 

We met in the middle, my friends driving from South Carolina and me from Pennsylvania, and converged on Snowshoe Mountain for 3 days of nothing but time on the slopes! We had a blast spending time with each other on the slopes during the day and playing games and talking into the night! 

My camera is never too far away from my side and this trip was no exception. I brought two cameras along, my small video camera and my Rebel SLR. On Friday we video taped a very quick video for a contest I was entering. I edited it in record time while we sat in a pizza shop during dinner. On Saturday I brought out the SLR for some shots at the terrain park! 
 

 

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We had such a great time together and I can't wait for the next time! 

Photographing Life's Adventure! 
Rose

 

 

Rose Finley
717-728-6584
www.TheFocusPhotography.com

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A Special Day https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/1/a-special-day Chances are if you have met me...you have met my little sister Kim.

Kim comes with me on almost all of my photo shoots, weddings, and events, and adds her smile and creative touch to photography. She is usually the one jumping up and down and making goofy faces to make the baby laugh or smile, the one fighting the wind with the reflector, the one carrying my 10 lb camera bag, and the one who makes the photo shoots run more smoothly. She never complains and keeps going like the energizer bunny! 

My twin, my shadow, my running and training buddy, my assistant, and most of all my friend. I don't know what I would do without her. She laughs at my stupid jokes and makes me laugh at hers or at least at her anyway. She is always ready to goof off with me no matter how embarrassing. ;-) She is energetic and always willing to help out. She is the life of the party and loves people, cheering for her Eagles, and playing backyard soccer! 

TODAY IS KIMS BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Kim is turning 16 on the 16th of January! Sweet sixteen and golden birthday girl! On some days it is hard to believe she is 16 already and other days she acts so mature and is so smart that I forget that she is more then just a few years under me in age.

Happy golden/sweet 16th birthday Kim! I hope and pray that this next year you will draw closer to God and keep growing in your relationship with Jesus! Thank you for all the help you are to me in my photography business. Thank you for your willingness and unselfish heart in serving and helping people! Thank you for your friendship! I love you Kim and I am so glad God gave me you for a sister! Keep smiling, serving Jesus, and keep on being you! Loya! 

Rose

 

This is a photo of Kim on one of our photo shoots last year. Carrying our blanket prop, umbrella, - to keep the falling snow off my camera- and the reflector.

Photographer Assistant Photographer Assistant

 

Rose Finley
717-728-6584
Photographing Life's Adventure!

www.TheFocusPhotography.com 

 

 

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My Favorite Present Christmas 2013 https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/1/my-favorite-present-christmas-2013 My Favorite Christmas Present

Sometimes it is so easy to jump from celebrating Christmas to getting ready for the new year. The tree and decorations are put away until next year and then we all strive to make new years resolutions and plans for the new year. 

Like most people at the end of a year I look forward to what the new year is going to bring, but I often find myself looking back just as often. I enjoy reliving the memories of that year and being reminded of how blessed I am. This last year has been a year for growing for many of my family members. There were, fun times, hard times, and in between times. 

Christmas is about giving and the gift God gave us through Jesus Christ. This year my favorite present was one that I was able to give. My parents are some of the most incredible people I know. They have loved us kids unconditionally through all the growing pains and life. Yes we fight -sometimes- but more then that, we laugh, love, and live through this adventure we call life and we do it together! I love my family more than anything else in the world. They are my best friends and sometimes my worst. But there is nothing better than family! 

Last year I was determined to take family pictures of my own family. In a photographers world we take so many pictures of other families, events, and life, that our own sometimes gets overlooked. But this was the year. I was going to get my family together for pictures! And I did! We had a fun time with our shoot and goofed off quite a bit in between shots and during the shots. You wouldn't believe how frustrating it can be to take your own family pictures and keep them focused and happy. ;-) 

As a gift to my parents I bought my mom and dad a framed canvas print of the family -minus my older brother who could not be here for the picture. Love you John, you will be in the next one!

We all love the print and found a prominent place on the wall for all of us to enjoy it! I cannot encourage you enough, if you have had pictures of any kind taken this past year. Getting a canvas print or any print of those special moments in your life is priceless! I know my family and I will enjoy seeing this print on the wall at our house for years to come! 

 

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Contact me today for information on ordering your own canvas print!

Photographing Life's Adventure! 

Rose 

 

Rose Finley
The Focus Photography

 

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(The Focus Photography) Family canvas finley focus framed photograph photographer photography print rose the https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2014/1/my-favorite-present-christmas-2013 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:48:21 GMT
End Of The Year Thoughts and Pictures! https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/12/end-of-the-year-thoughts-and-pictures I Pray each of you had an amazing Christmas and will be blown away with all the things God is going to do in 2014.

It seems the thing to do at the end of the year is to look back on the year as a whole. For me 2013 has been a year of growing and trusting God in the little things and the big things. God always comes through in providing and guiding me. I launched my photography into a full time business and is now my only means of income!! God has been faith full and brought customers and jobs just when they were needed. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have been able to take this step! I have loved owning my own business over the years and thank God that it has grown to this point!

 

 

Learning to trust God to multiply my efforts as I grow my business has been a fun exercise in my faith. I am amazed and blessed as God has opened doors and friendships with my customers over this year! You have all play a part in making this possible and I thank you! If you need a photographer, or know of someone else who does, please drop me an e-mail or give me a call through the Contact Tab.

The year was also the launch of an idea I have had for several years now. Combining photography with missions and sharing the amazing stories of missionaries, life in the mission field, and the people who are coming to know Christ around the world. I covet your prayers as I seek God in this new adventure! There are many opportunities coming up with missions photography and I am excited to see where God will lead with this. To learn more please visit the web site www.focus4missions.org

 

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2014 is looking to be a year of more growing and trusting as I begin raising support for Focus 4 Missions. My goal is to live off of my photography business and raise support for doing missions photography. As I move forward I know there is nothing I can do in my own strength. God is the provider and I will live in knowing that He will provide.

I am so thankful to God for the protection He gave over this entire year. There were many times when my family and I saw God protection and healing. I am so thankful for my family, they are such and encouragement to me. I would be lost without them and cannot imagine life without them.

I am thankful to all my friends and their friendship. I am a people person and life would not be the same without each of you and our long talks into the nights and the fun memories we have made together! 

I am thankful to each customer of 2013 and the years before! I am thank for for the friendships which have formed through our times together! I thrive on making photographs for you that you will cherish your entire lifetime! You are what makes the good photographs I take great. You inspired me and make me want to do better and surpass expectations! Thank you! 

I pray that you will each seek God with your whole heart and strive to honor Him all you do in this upcoming year!

Thank you for your prayer and support. God bless you all!

Happy New Year!!!! 

Rose

 

Rose Finley
717-728-6584

The Focus Photography
Photographing Life's Adventure!

Focus 4 Missions
Photographing the Heart of Missions!

 

Here are some of my personal highlights from 2013

 

I got to take my own family's portraits this year! 

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Here is the serious one. ;-) 

 

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And one more! For real this time! I love my family! 

 

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I took SCUBA Diving classes this year... AHHHHH!!! 

 

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If that wasn't scary enough...I took the Advanced SCUBA class. Yeah so now I can go even deeper.

 

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Grandma Green turned 80 and we had a big surprise party for her. Her face when we yelled surprise and when she opened her iPad mini where the same look of shock and excitement! Love you Grandma! 

 

 

 

I planned and led a three day girls Canoe trip down the Juniata River. 

 

 

 

This is what they girls looked like after canoeing 30 miles in one day and carrying 6 canoes and suplies 200 yards up the river bank. They were drained.

 

 

 

I completed my first triathlon! :-D Swimming 0.5 miles, biking 14 miles, and running 3 miles. 

 

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The day after a 13 hour wedding and starting the event at 7:30 am we were finished before 10:00 am, went home showered and went to the Sunday morning church service! I finished with a time of 1:51 and was SO tired and hungry for the rest of the day. 

 

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I completed my first Tough Mudder with some good friends and my brother Gabe! 

 

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While in Mexico this year I got to teach some photography techniques to some good friends of mine and got some fun pictures of each other along the way! 

 

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On a missions trip to Mexico with Global Encounters, my team and I hiked in to several remote villages as a scouting trip with the missionary looking for future ministry opportunities! 

 

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I toured our Pennsylvania State Capital for the first time! 

 

 

 

Took a quick and spontaneous trip to Washington DC and got some epic pictures of the monuments. This is one of my favorites! 

 

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I took a record number of trips to Gettysburg for photography this year. One bride and groom shoot, one wedding, two for scenic and landscape, and one couple anniversary shoot!  

 

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Last but not least my sister got engaged on Christmas this year! The family will be growing! 

 

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A big thank you to all of my photography assistants this year! You are all such a huge help to me and I am so grateful to each of you for putting up with me!! Thank you to my sister Kim, Brother Zay, Sister Hannah, Dad, Friends Monica, Krystal, Steven, and Drew. 

 

For information on photography please contact me Rose at 717-728-6584 or rose@thefocusphotography.com

 

 

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(The Focus Photography) Missions Photography Rose Finley Thoughts end of the year focus 4 Misisons life photographer photography reflections the Focus Photography https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/12/end-of-the-year-thoughts-and-pictures Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:25:52 GMT
Garman Family - Lancaster PA https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/12/garman-family This is a family I have watched learn and grow together over the last several years. They are always ready to have a good time with friends and family and have become like a part of my family as we spend many Sunday afternoons together playing soccer, kickball, monopoly, and all kinds of other fun things! They are always on the go and enjoying life as they go!!

I hope you enjoy a few of their pictures I have posted here!

Photographing Life's Adventure!

Rose

 

 

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Thanks for looking! If you are looking for a family photographer please contact me - Rose Finley - 717-728-6584 rose@thefocusphotography.com

 

Rose
Photographing Life's Adventure!


Rose Finley
717-728-6584
www.TheFocusPhotography.com
Wedding Portrait Event

Missions Photography
www.Focus4Missions.org

 

 

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Isaac's Senior Portraits Masonic Village Elizabethtown, PA https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/12/isaacs-senior-portraits-masonic-village-elizabethtown-pa SENIOR PORTRAITS MASONIC VILLAGE, ELIZABETHTOWN

Arches, stone walls, snow, trees, shrubs, and someone take pictures of...a Photographers dream!
On a cold winter day we met Isaac at the Elizabethtown Masonic Village for his senior pictures! It was a brisk day with snow on the way. The snow already on the ground provided a great backdrop for the pictures we did get! I think by the end of this shoot non of us could feel our fingers. Fighting the cold and wind was worth it. I really love all the stone walls and arches that they have a Masonic village and Isaac was ready to brave this cold day for his senior pictures!!

Fun facts about Isaac: Isaac was nominated homecoming King at his school Mount Calvary Christian School and is planning on attending seminary after he graduates this spring. He is a very deep thinker and likes to discuss theology and life.

 

 

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Thanks for looking! If you are looking for a portrait photographer contact me - Rose Finley at 717-728-6584 or rose@thefocusphotography.com

Rose
Photographing Life's Adventure!

 

Rose Finley
717-728-6584
www.TheFocusPhotography.com
Wedding Event Portrait

Missions Photography
www.Focus4Missions.org

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(The Focus Photography) Elizabethtown Harrisburg Pennsylvania Rose Finley masonic village on location pa photograph portrait senior session the focus Photography https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/12/isaacs-senior-portraits-masonic-village-elizabethtown-pa Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:57:13 GMT
Photo Shoot with Snow In Gettysburg https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/12/photo-shoot-with-snow-in-gettysburg When the weather forecast calls for 4-6 inches of snow....

When the roads are slick with fresh snow...

When the air is brisk and cold...

When the road to the shoot is closed and we have to walk a mile in the snow...

WE STILL SHOOT! We will be there as along as God wills. 

In a recent shoot I photographed a couple who was celebrating their 7th wedding anniversary. They had not had any professional photos together since their wedding day. The day of the photo shoot arrived and the forecast was calling for lots of ice and freezing rain. So we postponed the shoot to the next day. That day the forecast was calling for 4-6 inches of snow! 

We decided to go for it and take advantage of the beautiful snow! Arriving in Gettysburg Park everything was closed down and the roads were think with slush. I met the Rebekah and Daniel near the visitors center and we drove out to the road leading to Devils Den. What greeted us when we arrived? ROAD CLOSED. 

It was only a mile or from there to our destination photo shoot. Rebekah and Daniel are runners and were ready to tackle the snow. So we walked in and had an amazing time just enjoying the fresh snow and shooting away!

That day we were definitely living The Focus Photography motto "Photographing Life's Adventure!"

Here are just a few of the beautiful shots we were able to get!

 

 

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Some fun facts about this couple.. 

Daniel is a loving father and husband. He is a web Designer and has a detail oriented personality. Both he and Rebekah are huge history buffs and love exploring! 

Rebekah loves her babies and her husband! She is a dula and birthing coach. She loves to run and is training for a half marathon coming up in the spring. She will be wearing combat boots and carrying a 35 lb pack. Raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. GO REBEKAH!! I will be cheering for you! 

Thank you both for being adventurous and traipsing around in the snow with Kim and I! It was so much fun getting to know you both during this photo shoot! I hope we will see each other again soon! 

Rose

Photographing Life's Adventure!

Rose Finley
Wedding - Event - Portrait
www.TheFocusPhotography.com

Missions Photography
www.Focus4Missions.org

 

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(The Focus Photography) couple den devils gettysburg park photo photographer photography portraits rose finley shoot snow storm the focus photography winter https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/12/photo-shoot-with-snow-in-gettysburg Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:54:59 GMT
12 Photos of Our Pennsylvania State Capital Building https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/12/12-photos-pennsylvania-state-capital-building Time to show some Pennsylvania state pride!

For all my years living in Pennsylvania - that would be my entire life- and for all the traveling I have done around the world. There is one thing I have never done, one thing that every Pennsylvanian should do. I have no excuse because it is only a 20 minute drive from my house.

I have finally toured our State Capital Building! WOW!! It was beautiful and indescribable! It is said that Pennsylvania has one of the most beautiful and intricately designed State Capital buildings in all of the United States! If you have never been there and are in the area it needs to be put on your list of top places to visit in Pennsylvania!

No doubt, I will be back to photograph this building again! I would love to get a wedding party here and get some amazing photo's of everyone around the outside stairs and fountain, as well as in the main rotunda!! Until then enjoy some of the pictures I was able to take during our tour!

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Rose

 

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(The Focus Photography) beautiful building capital court finley focus harrisburg inside pa pennsylvania photographer photography represenative rose state the tour https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/12/12-photos-pennsylvania-state-capital-building Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:06:37 GMT
17 Pictures of Washington DC and the Monuments https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/11/17picturesofwashingtondcandthemonuments I want to share with you some photographs I recently took in Washington DC. The day was perfect and the lighting for each location was where I needed it for each shot! Check out these 17 photos and let me know what you think. All of the photos are available as canvas prints. Please e-mail me for details! 

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A few weeks ago I took a very spontaneous trip to DC for a day of visiting all the monuments and memorials. I spent that day with my good friend Monica and me new friend Elizabeth. Elizabeth is from Iowa. It had been 15 years since she was in DC so we wanted to get her around to see as much as she could. We started the day with the Jefferson Memorial where parking is free and walked from there over to the Lincoln.

The day was full as we walked the monument loop stopping at each one for Elizabeth to take in the sites. Of course, I took pictures, lots and lots of pictures! At the end of the day we had gotten around to see the Franklin, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington monuments, the White house, United States Capital, Supreme Court, Union Station, and the World War ii and Vietnam Memorials. As the sun set over the Lincoln memorial we walked over to Arlington Cemetery. My only regret of the day - just as we walked up to the gate they were closing for the night so we didn't get to see the changing of the guard.

When Elizabeth went home she said that being able to visit DC was the highlight of her fall! Mission accomplished! 

Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day, if you want to see more just click on one of the pictures and it will take you to the gallery! 

 

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I always love visiting our nations capital. I love being reminded of what our country was founded on and seeing all that our country has been through. I pray that America will never forget the principles this country was founded on, that they will remember the Godly men who stood up and set the great foundations of our nation. 

American is still the greatest Nation on Earth...let us not take that for granted a single day as we stand up and make God known throughout this great land! 

 

Photographing Life's Adventure!

Rose

 

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Garrettson Family Portraits - Harrisburg Pennsylvania https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/11/garrettson-family-portraits---harrisburg-pennsylvania Besides a bit of wind, it was a perfect afternoon for a photo shoot with my former boss and his family! Every year for the last couple years I have done pictures of his daughter for their Christmas cards. This year we got everybody involved for family portraits! We had just enough leaves left on the trees for some beautiful color! We had a great time walking around Fort Hunter taking pictures for the afternoon! It was also a great time catching up with my old boss .

Here are a few of my favorites from their photo shoot!

Enjoy!

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Photographing Life's Adventure!

Rose

 

 

Rose Finley

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Harrisburg Area Portrait, Wedding, and Event Photography

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(The Focus Photography) event finley focus fort harrisburg hunter pa park pennsylvania photographer photography portrait rose the wedding https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/11/garrettson-family-portraits---harrisburg-pennsylvania Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:17:36 GMT
Belle's Photo Shoot - Wildwood Park, Harrisburg https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/11/belles-photo-shoot Everyone meet Belle! She is a seven year old yellow lab.

Belle is my friend Monica's faithful and crazy lab. This summer a lump started growing on her leg and kept growing to the size of a baseball. The vet removed the lump successfully, but found it had grown partially attached to the bone. When the tests came back it was found to be cancerous. Since surgery Belle has gotten some of her peppyness back but is slowly becoming more slow and eating less. They say the caner will continue to spread. 

This past week Monica and I got together for a photo shoot of her and Belle together. I am glad we did. Monica will always have these pictures when Belle is gone. I wish I had done something like this with my dog Lucy before she was gone. I really miss that mutt!

 

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This is typical Belle on a walk!

 


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Photographing Life's Adventure!

Rose

 

 

Rose Finley

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Photography Workshop Chiapas, Mexico https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/11/photography-workshop-chiapas-mexico I taught my first photography workshop day!

It was so much fun I think I am going to do it again.

I got together with three photographer friends and we spent the day learning about lighting techniques using a reflector and flash. We used each other as models and walked around San Cristobal shooting the day away! Over the last year Steven, Grace, and Gaby have become some good friends of mine. We have had some great laughs and fun times in the jungles of Chiapas together! They are photographers in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico and own their own photography business there!

During the workshop we got some great pictures of each other. Here are a few of the pictures that I was able to get while I was showing them some different techniques!

 

Click on any of the pictures to see the entire album!

 

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This team of photographers are ready to take on San Cristobal!

Thank you Steven, Grace, and Gaby for making my time in San Cris so much fun. I can't wait for our next time together! Happy Shooting!

Rose

 

Photographing Life's Adventure!

Rose Finley

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(The Focus Photography) central finley flash focus harrisburg learn lighting pennsylvania photographer photography portraits reflector rose the workshop https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/11/photography-workshop-chiapas-mexico Sat, 09 Nov 2013 15:58:47 GMT
Richardson Family - Missionaries In Mexico https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/11/richardson-family---missionaries-in-mexico Meet the Richardson's :-)

A family who is serving as missionaries with the International Missions Board. Last month I got to hear first hand about their ministries and goals while in Mexico. They are a family who really loves serving people and sharing the love of Jesus with the people of Mexico.

In my time with them we were able to visit a local park and take their family portraits for their prayer card. It was so much fun just walking around the beautiful river bank and paths through the park. When we were finished we stopped at a little snack shack for a mid morning snack! Them man there saw my camera and told us we were supposed to pay if we were going to be taking pictures. Clay -Mr. Richardson- explained what we were doing and we left with no problems. Ahh Mexico.

We left the park and drove to this beautiful old church for some interviews with Clay and Tammy about their work with the villages here. The old bell still hung in the small bell tower and the clay slates on the roof had moss growing on them. The church sat up on a small hill overlooking the valley with several small huts directly across on the hill opposite the church. There were old arches along the path. It was the perfect location for their interviews!

It was such a privilege to see Clay, Tammy and the kids again and hear how God has been providing for the in the last year since I have seen them!

Here are a few pictures from their photo shoot and a few shots of the church!

 

Click on any of the photo's to be redirected to their online gallery!

 

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Thank you Richardson family for sharing your day and you life in the mission field with me during our time together!

 

Photographing Life's Adventure!

Rose

 

 

Rose Finley

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The Terrells - Missionaries in Mexico https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/11/meet-the-terrells For most of October I was away serving on a short term missions trip in Mexico. It was a missions trip unlike any other I have done. I have a missions photography website where I have been posting some of the stories and pictures. If you would like to read more click on these links.

www.focus4missions.org/where-the-blacktop-ends/

www.focus4missions.org/where-the-trail-begins/

www.focus4missions.org/finding-our-way/

http://www.focus4missions.org/a-not-so-welcome-welcome/

 

I am posting more as I type this blog post so check be frequently to see!

 

While I was in Mexico I stayed and served with the Terrell family. As part of my trip I am working on putting together a support video for them to share with people back home. We did some interviews, narratives, and took their family pictures. They have three beautiful girls and one sweet baby boy. They blessed me everyday I was there and welcomed me into their family. I miss all the girls stories, fun adventures in their yard, cuddle and play time, and watching the cars with baby William.

The Terrell's strive to reach the indigenous people of Chiapas Mexico with the love of Jesus Christ. There are over 200 languages spoken in Mexico. Everyday they are challenged with the goal of translating Bible stories, sermons, and video into an audio narrative of the native languages.

I wanted to share with you just a few of their family pictures and ask you to pray for them as they reach the indigenous people of Chiapas!

Click HERE If you would like to see all of their family pictures.

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Nathan and Julie! Thank you so much for taking me in for an extra week. It was so much fun getting to know you and the family. I am looking forward to the next time we are together! Thank you for sharing your hearts and passion for reaching people for Christ!

 

Photographing Life's Adventure!

Rose Finley

The Focus Photography

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The Crochunis Family Portraits -- Fort Hunter Park https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/10/the-crochunis-family-portraits----fort-hunter-park I always love when I get to take pictures for families year after year. I love seeing how big the kids have grown, catching up with the Parents, and growing our friendship each time we meet! 

The Crochunis family is a family I have know for quite a few years. Over the years they have added a few kids to the bunch. The family pictures are always interesting and fun with their family of 6 boys and 1 girl. 

 

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Thank you Crochunis Family!! It was great to see you all again and get the chance to take your family portraits! 

Photographing Life's Adventure! 

Rose 

 

Rose Finley

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(The Focus Photography) Pennsylvania dauphin finley focus fort harrisburg hunter pa park photographer photography rose the https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/10/the-crochunis-family-portraits----fort-hunter-park Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:17:40 GMT
Family Pictures - Brown Family Portraits https://www.thefocusphotography.com/blog/2013/9/family-pictures---brown-family Through the years I have watched this family grow. When I first met them they had the two oldest girls. We traveled to Northern Ireland together for a missions trip and became even better friends. A year or so later I sat with them in the hospital waiting room where they were introduced to their new son! Another few years and the youngest an most energetic little one was introduced to the family! They are now a very lively family of 6! - yep I can still do basic math! ;-)

Every year I make to two hour drive to their house and spend the weekend with them! Somewhere during this visit we make time to do their family portraits! The last few years the weather hasn't been cooperative to do any outside shooting with the kids. We actually got a foot of snow in October the one year. The next year it was again to cold to take the kids outside for too long.

This year the weather was perfect!

 

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