Chambersburg, PA Breast Cancer Survivor-Maria Glenn

I recently had the privilege to meet an indescribably beautiful woman with an incredible story and even more incredible soul. The moment Sheena Snyder (from Alpha Fitness) called to tell me Maria Glenn's story, I knew she was someone that would leave a lasting impression on me.  

As Maria told me her story she laughed instead of cried. I laughed with her. I went in fully prepared to have my heart ripped from my body as her story is one that has the absolute potential to do so, but instead I celebrated with her. By the end of it I had teared up but it was from laughing, not crying. I was so happy by the end of the conversation, and I'm still astonished at how that happened given the subject matter. The world needs more people like Maria. She is such an amazing person with a truly amazing soul. 

Soon Maria and I will be getting together to tell her story through images and video, but until then you should read the article in the Public Opinion to start to get to know a little bit about this incredible woman! 

Read the Public Opinion article HERE to get to know more about Maria's story!

Below are a few images of Maria and the staff at Alpha Fitness.

About Alpha Fitness:

Alpha Fitness is a fitness center located in Chambersburg, PA owned by Jeremiah & Sheena Snyder. Child care is available at a very affordable price! 

To contact Alpha Fitness:

Phone: 717-261-0077

For membership information, hours, and class times, checkout:



Instagram: @i_am_alpha_fit

If Sheena & Jeremiah's amazing personalities don't win you over immediately, then surely little Miah's will!  

"Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what god paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body."     -1 Corinthians 6:19-20


Business Spotlight-First Alarm Entertainment

This is the first installment of the Business Spotlight series. As I progress through my journey as a photographer, I will be highlighting businesses and individuals who are either unique, kick-arse, or just plain impressive. 

Our first business in the spotlight: 

First Alarm Entertainment

First Alarm Entertainment is a Wedding/Event DJ service that provides quality entertainment without breaking your wallet.

First Alarm is owned by Eric Bender, US Air Force Veteran, of Mechanicsburg, PA. Serving actively from 1997-2001, Eric was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1999, obtained the rank of Senior Airman, and went into the Pennsylvania Air National Guard from 2011-2013. Eric has served as a volunteer fireman for 20 years achieving the rank of Deputy Fire Chief and 16 years as a paid fireman making it to the rank of firefighter/EMT.

Eric Bender thoroughly impressed me not only with his extensive time serving our country, but with his mad DJ skills at the Walker Wedding held August 25, 2013, at the Chambersburg Country Club. 

Continue reading for a personal interview and to find out more about First Alarm Entertainment: 

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How did you get started in your business? Love of music and wanting people to have a good time

What makes you stand out from your competition? From what I am told it the price.

What is your coverage area? I cover Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and Schuylkill County areas

Are you willing to travel outside of your coverage area? If yes, how far? Yes, but it depends on the location

How long have you been providing your service? January 1, 2014 will be a year of running my own company, but I have worked with several Event/Wedding DJ's since I was 15.

What is something others may find interesting about you?  My flexibility, professionalism, and customer service.

If you were to put your playlist on shuffle, what are the first 10 songs to play?

1. Wheel In The Sky - Journey
2. Anything by The Who
3. The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby
4. Anything by AC/DC
5. Pitbull
6. Nickelback
7. Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi ( My Life's Theme Song)
8. Blaze of Glory by Jon Bon Jovi
9. Ain't No Grave by Johnny Cash
10. All of My Days by Alexi Murdoch ( Another Life Theme Song)

There is just a huge range of tunes I like.

What is one word of advice to clients selecting services you provide? Enjoy!

To book First Alarm Entertainment for your event contact:

Eric Bender



Phone: (717) 645-0174



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