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Equine Portraits ~ Jordyn’s Pre Bar Mitzvah Session ~ Pennsylvania Mitzvah Photographer ~ Jana Bannan

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Jordyn’s Equine pre Bat Mitzvah session at Worcester Stables is one of my long time favorites. I knew we would get along perfectly well the first time I met Jordyn’s mom Debbie and she mentioned that J was a lover of horses and an avid rider. There was nowhere else but at the barn where she trains that I wanted to photograph her getting to know you session. After a few mandatory snaps in a dress, it was time for equine attire and horses. Jordyn lit up and absolutely loved introducing me to all her favorites in the barn – horses that is – and demonstrating her skills riding and jumping Buddy. I loved documenting her talents with equal enthusiasm.

I love making such connections with the Mitzvah children that I photograph and their families. It makes for beautiful memories and images that will hopefully stay with the family for years.

We are looking forward to documenting Jordyn’s Bat Mitzvah this weekend. It promises to be a great party.



Brynley & Mike Wedding @ Greenville Country Club ~ mkPhotography ~ Delaware Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

From the Bride:
Our love story:
We are basically the coolest couple ever!!! Just Kidding. We are one of the happiest couples ever though, simply because we have been waiting for each other for a long time. We have never been so happy. It did not take long for us to fall head over heels for each other after we met at a work related training conference. Neither one of us learned much that day because we were checking each other out the entire time. Both Mike and I took long roads with lots of hurdles, to find the love we believed and always knew was out there. We fell in love so strongly and naturally after our first meeting. We were engaged 10 months later and were beyond excited to start planning a fabulous day celebrating our love. When our wedding day finally arrived, so many of our family and friends came to be with us. The day and the entire wedding was beyond perfect! We had officially started our lives together!
We are both very close with our families and love spending time with them when we can. We both enjoy our hobbies. Brynley rides horses and Mike enjoys teaching ballroom dancing (although it was way more than a hobby at one point!). Brynley’s horse Cruiser had to be a part of the day and he walked her part of the way down the isle.

How we got engaged

Michael brought me to my family’s millstone in Vermont. The millstone has been on the property for many years as the house was originally my Great grandfathers. It is a very special place.
I had planned to take Brynley to the millstone for some time, and had the idea to write and illustrate a children’s book about her life as a girl growing up with a magic millstone that could show her the future.
He sat me down at the millstone and pulled out this book he had written and illustrated about me. Mike read the story page by page, as I instantly began balling!
She started crying, what I hoped were tears of joy and not my bad drawings. I could tell she was moved; both having been elementary school teachers we have always enjoyed children’s books. As the story ends the lead character and her true love go to the millstone together, where he asks her to use the millstone to see the future once again.

As he got to the end where the characters are looking through the stone to see the future again, Mike stops. He tells me he hasn’t finished the story yet, and asked if we could act the ending out together. So the two of us squeeze our faces, looking through the hole in the millstone, and he said, “Do you see anything yet?”
She had to have known it was coming, I told her “wait, I see something! Keep looking out over the lake” And that’s when I stood up and moved around to the side, and took out the ring…
And he said “Do you see it now?” “Yes” I said sobbing uncontrollably. Then he told me…
“Brynley, I’ve seen you in my future for so long now, and I hope you can see me in yours. I love you. Will you marry me?”

And well… tada!!! We were engaged! (With no cell service in Barnard, VT… we had to wait to tell everyone!) haha!

Our Favorite Memories:
Walking part way down the isle with Cruiser, our personal written vows and dancing to Edge of Glory for the last song with everyone.

Our Favorite Design Elements:
The entire antique feel of the wedding, Bistro lights hanging over the dinner tables in the outdoor tent, peach and white flowers designed by Lori from Wild Thyme.

From the Photographer:
When I found out about Brynley and Mike’s engagement, I was thrilled! We have been a part of a very close group of friends at the barn. I blame owning my horse Bentley on her! She said if you are going to get a horse it has to be this one after we all test rode him! Brynley wanted Mike and I to attend as guests so we can enjoy dinner and party. But as I kept helping her with planning and ideas, it became very clear that I had to capture their memories especially once it was decided that Cruiser was going to be a part of the big day. Big thanks to Linda at Greenville for being excited about the idea as much as I was and for letting us rehearse :) It was hard to keep from crying many moments of the day. I always feel honored documenting the happiest of moments for families and couples, but it is even more special when the couple are one of your dearest friends.


Venue: Greenville Country Club
Cake: Crown Jewel Cakes-Rebecca King
Flowers: Wild Thyme Flowers
Entertainment: Synergetic Sounds
Cocktail Hour Band: Drew and the Midnight Society
Video: New Milford Productions
Hair: Silk Image Hair
Stationary: Apropos
Makeup: Houppette
Jewelery:Indulgence Jewelers
Dress: Clair’s Fashions
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan
Groom’s Attire: J.Crew
Groomsmen Attire: JoS.A.Bank
Ceremony Officiant: Friend of Family
DYIs: the groom folded ALL of the Origami flowers on our seating cards antique handkerchiefs
First dance song: A Thousand Years Christina Perry

You can see photos from Brynley and Mike gorgeous engagement HERE

Danielle & Fiona by Jana ~ Equine Portraits ~ Delaware Wedding Photographer

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Danielle and I connected since our very first meeting a couple of years ago. We were super happy to document their wedding last summer and I was super excited when Danielle asked me to capture some portraits with her other love – Fiona – during our final album appointment. You may all guess that photographing horses is one of my passions so I couldn’t resist. And Fiona proved to be quite a character.

We had much fun despite the hot weather and Danielle truly enjoyed wearing her gown again :) Many thanks to mini mk for horse distracting skills!



You can see Danielle & TR’s wedding photos from Greenville Country Club HERE

A Girl and her Pony ~ Jana Bannan, Pennsylvania Equine Photographer

Friday, December 5th, 2014

This photo set is just Precious! We’re going to let the pictures speak for themselves!!

Danielle Martilini - I am gushing over these PERFECTLY SWEET photos! I can only imagine how this little girl's mother must feel about them. So precious to document this love and friendship.

Fun Friday! Frolicking in Fields of Gold

Friday, May 16th, 2014

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk. He trots the air, the earth sings when he touches it.” –Dauphine in “Henry V” by William Shakespeare, regarding one of his favorite animals: the Horse

The flowers were remarkable and the weather was absolutely perfect for some perfectly irresistible equine fun!
Jana on Bentley; Brynley on Cruiser

Fun Friday! Jana and Bentley in the Snow:

Friday, January 31st, 2014

It’s already the last day of the first month of 2014 and it has been a long, cold one! Getting outside may not be at the top of everyone’s list in subzero temperatures but few things breathe oxygen back into Jana amidst endless hours of album designing than taking a Bentley break!

Here are some photos of Jana and her infamous handsome horse Bentley frolicking amongst the snowy landscape of Gateway Stables near Kennett Square, PA.

Stay warm and THINK SPRING! :)

Fun Friday with Bentley and the girls :-)

Friday, November 1st, 2013

It’s the first day of November! The afternoon light is dwindling and the weather is finally losing altitude. We’ve lavished in an unseasonably warm autumn this year and the chill is finally in the air letting us know such lavishing is about to come to an end. Before we let go of the beautiful fall we had in exchange for such curious things as Daylight Savings Time and …Snuggies, please indulge with us in this warm lakeside portrait session featuring Jana and Luciana with handsome gentleman Bentley!

Fun Friday with Becca & Tony!

Friday, September 13th, 2013

This is for you, Becca! xoJ

Another personal project of Jana’s with a friend. This is Becca and her young horse, Tony. He is an OTTB (Off-the-track Thoroughbred) Rescue.

From all of us at mkPhoto, have a wonderful weekend!

Fun Friday with Bentley and Noble!

Friday, August 9th, 2013

These two majestic, very individual creatures are friends Bentley and Noble. They belong to mkPhoto’s Jana and Tara and are the perfect way to lead us all into another brilliant summer weekend!

It’s Friday! Here are some beautiful images from a relaxing and rare weekend away:

Friday, July 19th, 2013

An amazing weekend filled with nature and relaxing at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge: