As the sun shines brighter and the days get longer, we know what’s on your mind – yes, it’s time to gear up for summer! Whether you’re a mom planning fun-filled activities for your little ones, or a photographer waiting to capture the golden summer hues, we’ve got you covered. With Amazon Prime Day just […]

10 Summer Essentials That Will Make Your Life Better

Click Pro Set Little Girl Jumping


As a mom and a local photographer, a question I hear all the time is where is a great place to rent for a child’s birthday party. Especially for a winter birthday, when you just want a nice indoor space for kids to have fun! I wanted to share some of my favorite places in […]

Local Places to rent for Birthday party in Parkersburg, WV and the surrounding Mid-Ohio Valley

large group of children at a birthday party all holding nerf guns in excitement


Who else LOVES coffee??? We stopped in our local Starbucks in Parkersburg, WV the other day with the family, and I was shocked at how cute and stylish it was. I thought to myself it would be the perfect location for quick Branding Photos with its clean decor and modern look or a Teen with […]

Coffee’s on me…

coffee photography session for branding and senior photography


I tend to see the world in black and white. I like things to fit in their neat little boxes. I’m an Enneagram 3 (Achiever) and get very hyper focused on making progress and moving upwards towards my goals (thus the symbolizm of the arrows) . I don’t like distractions or things that stop my […]

Forward Upward Onward


We had such a busy fall, I never got a chance to share our big and exciting news! We ended up buying the 123 acres behind our house. It may not have started as a dream for us, but we are all in now. 🥰 I can’t wait to share more with you about Fresh […]

Fresh Pickens Farm


Finding the Tools of the Trade just got a lot easier! I know how time-consuming and even overwhelming it can be to research, compare, and learn new gear. So I put together a list of my FAVORITE photography gear. If you have been thinking about investing in your photography this year, be sure to check […]

My Favorite Photography Gear for 2022

Lori Pickens Parkersburg WV Photographer posing with her favorite photography gear



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