Archive for September, 2018


Mechanicsburg Central PA high school senior portrait photographer Class of 2019 female girl MASH wooden swing formal iron bench wildflowers brick wall grass road fence water creek stream {Ashley W.}


Mechanicsburg Central PA high school senior portrait photographer Class of 2019 guy male Cedar Cliff NC State Wolfpack formal rustic bridge covered bridge Messiah College woods trees path {Jordan P.}


Mechanicsburg Central PA high school senior portrait photographer girl female Class of 2019 Trinity Dickinson College road stone wall steps flowers trees grass {Jamie C.}


College Tour Essentials


College Tour Essentials

Looking back as I start my senior year of college, it feels like forever ago that I was touring schools. Picking a school is never easy! It should be done with lots of consideration. Sometimes, people know that they want to go to a school after the first visit or it might take them 12 school visits (I was that person…. sorry Mom and Dad). As fall quickly approaches, and senior year begins for the next upcoming graduating class, college tours will begin to ramp up!  Besides looking just at the college buildings and landscaping, seniors should be asking important questions to their tour guides. Here are some of the things I am glad I had asked and questions I wish I would have asked on my many college tours:

What are some of the major attractions around the college?

Is it hard to get an apartment off campus? Can you move off campus?

Can I tour the academic building I primarily will be in?

Do a lot of people actually go to the athletic events?

What is the coolest non-academic thing that you (tour guide) has experienced at the college?

Are there any exceptions to freshman bringing a car?

What majors are the school known for?

Are all the dorms air conditioned? What are the perks and benefits of each? Can I pick which dorm I would live in?

Do a lot of people go home on the weekend?

Are the professors accessible?

Is there an on-campus clinic in case I get sick? If so, how much does it cost?

Does the area get a lot of concerts with big names?

What is campus security like? Are they fast to respond if I would ever need anything?

How is the food? Where would be the best place to try some?

Does the school have a lot of school spirit?

Is the school worth the tuition?

What can I get involved in at the college during my first semester?


Mechanicsburg Central PA family portrait photographer mother father son water creek stream covered bridge messiah college path trees woods {Amanda R.}

09.14.18 Families, Kids

Mechanicsburg Central PA high school senior portrait photographer girl female trees road formal water creek stream iron bench hammock MASH Class of 2019 {Sophia M.}


Mechanicsburg Central PA Class of 2019 high school senior portrait photographer girl female trees barn horse hay fence road field stairs sunflowers water creek stream York Catholic 2019 {Allison D.}


Homecoming 2018 With Taylored For You


Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, no event kicks off a new school year like the Homecoming dance! It’s about that time to flood the racks or get your online shopping on for the cutest ensemble to complete your fun night out! Lucky for you, Elaine Gates Photography is making your search that much easier! Taylored for You in Mechanicsburg has on-trend dresses and styles that you must go see! Here’s are some Elaine and I loved from their boutique!



A popular trend right now is the square neckline! This look is super flattering and really gives a modern silhouette to all body types! They are extremely chic and look amazing in bold colors paired with dainty accessories! Also, love the tie in the back!    This particular dress is from



Since Homecoming is in the fall, it’s the perfect time to break out those pretty maroons, grays, and golds! Maroon is a hot color this year and I expect to see tons of dresses in a pretty maroon option! This V-neck party dress gives off beautiful shades of maroon/merlot and the jeweled accents will definitely turn heads walking into Homecoming!




Besides the color and neckline of your dress, let’s talk about the accents we are loving right now! Ruffles have been a trend all throughout summer and the trend continues! Ruffles are a perfect girly touch to any dress and we know you will be seeing a ton of them this year! Look out for them when you’re shopping around!



Let’s be real, this is one of your few nights of the year to go all out and be as fabulous as possible! With that being said, nothing screams glam like a sparkly sequin dress! This teal ombre sequined dress is Elaine’s favorite pick from this session – she loved the open back detail! We also love the gold option too and adore the sleek sequin design!


There are hundreds of stores with adorable dresses to wear to your next Homecoming dance! Besides Taylored For You, some of my favorite dresses have been found at Bebe, Lulu’s, Nordstrom, Hello Molly, Princess Polly, and ASOS! Have fun shopping, I know you will find the perfect dress! I can’t wait to see the beautiful looks all of you put together for Homecoming! I hope your dances are full of laughs, fun, awesome pictures and unforgettable moments! Enjoy it! Happy Homecoming!


You can visit Taylored For You at 516 E Main St. Mechanicsburg, PA 17055!

Also, huge ‘thank you’ to Jensen Haas for being a beautiful model for this post!

Mechanicsburg Central PA portrait photographer sweet sixteen 16 girl teen balloons water creek stream stone wall barn field wildflowers porch allenberry resort {Jordan S.}

09.07.18 Uncategorized

Mechanicsburg Central PA high school senior portrait photographer girl female grass wooden swing hammock wildflowers field road barn ivy sister dog {Chloe G.}