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John Gardner - Owner

- Master Photographer


John is from Clarks Summit and came to Lewisburg to attend Bucknell University. He graduated with a degree in Psychology, minor in German, and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. He was on the wrestling team and was a founding member of the Bucknell Rugby Club. While spending two years abroad, John studied at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and started on the University National Championship rugby team. John taught in the Education Department at Bucknell and in the Art Department at Susquehanna. John fell in love with his wife, Marge, the first day he saw her when they were in 4th grade! They have four children: Ben, Maggie, Jenn, and Andy.

When you meet John, you feel that you have a made a friend you can trust. Although he never remembers your name, he never will forget you. Children through adults come back through the doors of the Studio and can always depend on his caring, his optimism, his creativity, and his ability to celebrate life with you.


Marge Gardner

- Office Manager

Marge also comes from Clarks Summit. She was a Math Major at Ursinus and she transferred to Penn State where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in education. After achieving a Masters Degree in Guidance, Marge became the Supervisor of Student Services at Exeter High School in Reading.

Marge is an avid gardener (excuse the pun), bike rider, traveler and animal lover. She also enjoys meeting new people, which makes her customer service second to none. After Marge greets you, you'll immediately feel right at home. She will take you through every step of your Lewisburg Studio experience. Marge's sensitivity, caring and eye for design will help you plan a photography session that truly captures your personality and spirit.

Amber Gardner

- Photographer


Amber Gardner is the lead photographer at Lewisburg Studio whose work radiates the essence of what our studio represents. Amber’s beaming personality while behind the camera becomes infectious allowing for all our clients to experience the best they can be and show who they really are being photographed during their sessions. Her creativity is highlighted as Amber carefully choreographs each session whether in our studio or outdoors in her favorite locations. Amber’s awesome personality makes all of our clients, from parents of newborns to high school seniors, professionals to extended family sessions, feel calm and comfortable.

Amber is always up for any challenge as she comes home to 4 fantastic children every day! She is passionate about volunteering in her children’s classrooms doing endless crafts and projects. Amber prides herself as the stereotypical competitive “soccer mom” cheering on her oldest son! To add to the 4 children and their busy lives, Amber has been married to her husband Josh for 11 years. Josh is a Veteran of the US Army which has brought Amber to live in Colorado, Virginia and Germany. Amber has happily settled and built a life with her family in Selinsgrove. The one other love of her life is her majestic German Shepherd, Piper who makes her family complete!

To compliment her creativity and free spirit attitude at work, Amber carries on as a Lady of The Masonic Motorcycle Club, Chapter 19 (MMCI). She and her husband remain loyal to this club for their charitable and civic events, plus she loves the RIDE! She can literally let all her hair down…and there is a lot of it! (But not recommended as you will be brushing knots out for dayyyyys!) Amber’s wild but compassionate side shows in her daily life, at work and play, but especially through the art of her 15 and counting colorful and memorable tattoos, each one with its own sentimental meaning. You will not be disappointed working with Amber and you will be inspired after meeting her!

Amber’s favorite things: coffee, crafting, thrift store shopping, wind therapy, Netflix binging, cheering for the Steelers & Penn State, reading and listening obsessively to Panic at the Disco.

Mandy Hartman

- Design Artist & Photographer


Mandy joined The Lewisburg Studio in 2016 with ample experience in photography, bringing even more ability and enthusiasm to our team. Mandy is our retouch and design artist, but you can also find her photographing energetic kids, tweens, and teens. She is the one who finds the greatest smiles from the clients of our local orthodontist, Dr. Stush.

Her participation behind the camera brings added skill while she creates and designs everything from panel mats to albums and collages and all the fun products we offer. Mandy develops comfortable relationships while including our clients in the design process, sharing her ideas and including theirs. Mandy makes the task at hand simple and seamless with an awe-inspiring result!

Mandy has two sons, Aiden 14 and Braxton 11, who keep her on her toes. Mandy often adventures with the boys to local festivals and especially Knoebels, but keeps the weekly tradtion of pizza night every Friday night. And add to a chaotic house of teen boys, she has 3 boxer dogs for even more of a challenge! Mandy has been with her husband Shawn for 16 years. Mandy and Shawn are always busy with their DIY talents doing household improvements together. Even at home, Mandy's creativity shines through! They have created a happy, crazy life in Milton, PA.

Mandy's favorites include Taco Bell, boxer dogs, moscato, Netflix binging and of course... anything having to do with Harry Potter! She is a Hufflepuff, in case you were wondering =)


Sam McBride

- Portrait Consultant & Executive Assistant

Meet Sam! She is our newest member of Lewisburg Studio. Sam has been in the field of customer service for over 20 years, so joining Lewisburg Studio is the perfect fit as she is definitely a “people-person!” Sam studied at the University of Rhode Island and worked in New York City for 7 years, but has spent most of her life in New England until settling in Lewisburg in 2014. (And yes, her heart still belongs to the New England Patriots!)

Sam works with all of our clients; guiding, informing and answering questions and concerns about upcoming sessions. Whether it’s for a high school senior order appointment or a family portrait consultation, Sam’s expertise in customer care makes for a relaxing, productive experience with lots of fun and laughter too! She will make you feel at home and gives sound advice which is what Lewisburg Studio is all about. Sam is the first to greet you at the door with a friendly HELLO. She is always happy to help you!

Sam has 2 teenage daughters, Grace and Lily, who keep her busy at home with softball tournaments, swim meets, and their active social lives. Sam has been married to her husband John for close to 20 years. John is retired law enforcement whose 2nd career is the Head Men’s and Women’s Waterpolo Coach for Bucknell University and the Men’s National Team Coach for USA Waterpolo. With Sam’s 2 American Bulldogs and 2 gigantic MaineCoon Cats, it’s a full house! Every day is an adventure…

Sam’s favorites: a quiet cup of coffee in the morning, her bumper-stickered old jeep, the BEACH, the BEACH, and the BEACH!