Tomorrow, my sister will compete in an Ironman. For those that don’t know, an Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. Yes, I’m serious. I am so proud of her already. The commitment to even train and prepare for a race like this is intense and requires an insane amount of strength and dedication. I can’t say that I’m surprised though. My sister is one of the very strongest people that I know. She’s overcome injuries that have broken her and losses that have devastated her and she has accomplished so very much. Seeing her cross that finish line after 13.5hrs and hearing the announcers voice booming, “Christine Gerges, you ARE an Ironman” took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. And tomorrow, she’ll cross that finish line again.

And since we can’t be there to cheer her on, I wanted to share some highlights from last year when she kicked the Ironman’s ass…

*The photos below are not strictly my photos… They are a compilation of my own photos, official race photos, and photos that were graciously provided by friends and family.



  • Amanda Tadley-Hartnett - Beautiful

  • Christine Gerges - Thank you! Love you!!

Oh, sweet little Riley Jean. She came into the studio at one week old and she was complete perfection. Those squishy cheeks and perfect little lips. I loved getting to capture all her tiny details in her first days. Riley’s big sister, who quite honestly is not much bigger than Riley herself, came into the studio as well. And might have been the most well-behaved dog ever. People often ask if they can bring their dog for their session and the answer is always a YES! Below are some favorites from Riley’s session… Since she is part of the Baby’s First Year Plan, I’ll get to photograph her 3 times in her first year. I can’t wait to get to photograph her again as a six month old…


April Ziegler is a West Chester newborn photographer who photographs babies in West Chester, PA and the surrounding areas. April Ziegler Photography has a studio in Collegeville, PA in which she photographs newborns, babies, and first birthday cake smashes. If you’re looking for a newborn photographer in West Chester, click HERE or contact: to book your West Chester, Pennsylvania newborn session.

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philadelphia camera class

Do you have a DSLR camera and want to learn how to get better photos? Are you tired of trying to read confusing technical manuals? This is a perfect solution! Camera Basics is a beginner’s photography course that will teach you the basics of photography and how to confidently use your camera. During the three hour workshop, we will also be doing some hands-on exercises to give you the chance to practice what we learn and ask questions. Each participant will receive a 50+ page workbook and access to a private Facebook group for further questions after the workshop.


Topics include:

  • – Tips for better photos
  • – Intro to exposure (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO)
  • – Camera modes
  • – Overview of lenses
  • – Composition and perspective
  • – Finding the light


  • Dates: Saturday, May 21, 2016
  • Time: 10am – 1pm
  • Location: April Ziegler Photography studio, 360 East Main Street, Collegeville PA 19460
  • Cost: $99
  • Please bring your camera + camera manual!


This workshop is not intended for professional photographers or those wanting to start their own photography business.


Space is very limited! Reserve your spot in the workshop by e-mailing:




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