I love working with high school seniors! They are so full of excitement about their futures and love to be in front of the camera-or if they don't, usually by the end of the photo session they do! :) It's so interesting to talk to them and find out their plans for after high school and college.
It's important to me that I capture their personalities during the session so I now send a detailed questionnaire beforehand which helps me plan a portrait experience that is tailored to each senior, often incorporating their favorite sport or hobby. I've worked with seniors who've shared varied interests-from dirt bikes to sports to music and drama!
I have two teenagers myself, one of which is a rising senior, so I'm very comfortable working with this age group and after only a few minutes into their photo session they relax and start to have fun! Often times they are surprised at how quickly the session goes and say they were surprised at how easy this was and how much they enjoyed it! That is what I like to hear as this is a special time for them and I want them to enjoy the entire experience! There are some beautiful spots in and around Frederick County where I have photographed seniors and know the best times of the day for gorgeous lighting.
I am so excited to let my clients know that I am now offering gorgeous, fine art albums that I custom design and have printed at the professional lab I partner with. Your images are printed on high quality, 1/16" thick mount- board pages and open flat with a variety of covers from canvas to leather. This is a beautiful way to display your favorite images and is archival so it will last for generations. If you are interested in learning more about this service I provide, contact me for details!
Here are the seniors I've had the pleasure of working with this past year from Linganore, Middletown, Oakdale, South Carroll, and Urbana High Schools...
I was so excited to work with this sweet mom and her two boys back in January. We met through a former newborn/family portrait client of mine from last year. I love getting new clients through referrals and it's how I've been able to grow my business this past year, so thank you to all who have referred others to me!
Now, back to the star of the show...Baby Wyatt! He was such a great baby to work with! Though quite alert and curious during his session, I've learned some soothing techniques that work every time to get baby settled and sleepy in order to get those sleepy, squishy poses we all love! I only wish I knew these when my own kids were newborns! I was excited with the resulting images of Wyatt and hope you enjoy them too. Such a beautiful baby!
When Ryker's mommy contacted me about taking his first birthday portraits I was thrilled! I captured Ryker's newborn photos a year ago and couldn't wait to see how much he had grown and changed. His bubbly, happy personality is infectious, to say the least! His mommy and I had so much fun with him during the session, especially when it came time to bring out his duckie cake. Boy was he excited! I loved being able to capture his sweet personality, which I think you can clearly see in his beautiful eyes and smile. He was on the move, for sure, so I had to be ready to capture as much as possible as he ran out of and back into the set! Ha ha! I absolutely love working with babies and toddlers so this was such a pleasure for me. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as his mommy and I do!
I was very excited to be able to work with this family again in December. I took their son's newborn photos back in May and couldn't wait to see how he and his sister had grown since then. They both had definitely grown so much and are even more adorable than the last time I saw them! Chase was able to sit up quite well and had such cute expressions. I loved trying to capture his little smirks and sweet smiles. What a fun age! Casey was a little shy at first, but quickly warmed up to me after a short time--especially once she realized I had brought a few props like "fake snow" for her to play with! I think we could have spent all afternoon playing with that! Despite the cold day, we were able to get a few smiles and giggles out of both of them and I managed to get them edited in time for them to use a few on their Christmas cards! Here are a few of my favorites from that day...
I first met this family in late October for their maternity session in Baker Park. They were so pleased with their maternity portraits that they hired me for their newborn portraits of their beautiful baby girl, Honor. This made me so happy, not only because I love working with newborns (and couldn't wait to try out some of my fun, new props I had just added to my studio), but also because I fell in love with this family during the maternity shoot and was looking forward to seeing them again! They were fun, easy-going, and very eager to go with my ideas for their session! When clients trust me enough to guide them through their session when I offer ideas or suggestions, it just makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable--resulting in images the family will ultimately cherish for a lifetime. I strive to provide a truly unique experience for each family, customizing their session to their wants and needs. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and I hope you enjoy the images below!
There's something about a photograph of a child that really speaks to me when you can almost see into their souls. That was the case with the photographs I was able to get of these two precious siblings. I was amazed at how many images we were able to get where you could see this beautiful innocence in their eyes and the closeness they shared with one another. I left that day feeling really excited and happy to have met them. I love working with kids, and these two were especially enjoyable to work with! As I go back through my images from 2016, I have to say that these images of the Bloomfield kids are among my favorite. Their mom had contacted me earlier in September about coming out to their farm in Kemptown to photograph her daughter and son. They are very involved with the Frederick County fair and show some of their animals there, so it was important that I photograph them with one of their prized goats. The goat was very attentive and even smiled for one of the pics. Ha Ha! We had such a fun time together and I enjoyed connecting with the two kids and getting some sweet smiles from them!
This sweet family contacted me in the fall to take their family portraits. It was important to them that their portraits were taken on their family's farm in Ijamsville where Rebecca (the mom) grew up and had many precious memories of her childhood. I was very interested in the farm's history. In fact, this farm was featured on Frederick County's Farm Tour a few years ago!
A little history Rebecca shared with me...the house and barn on the property were built in the early 1800's. It was originally a 6 room log cabin with 2 later additions. The property was later a slate quarry. Rebecca's grandfather bought the property from the Delaplaines in the early 1950's. He started with a small herd of cows and established a working dairy farm that grew to over 150!
I asked Rebecca if I could meet up with her a few weeks before the session to have her show me around and so I could plan for their session. I wanted to be sure I knew which areas of the farm were important to them so I could tell their story through the photographs. Preserving a family's history is why I do what I do. It made me so happy that I could be part of capturing their family in a place that meant so much to them. <3
This family contacted me in early fall to have their family portraits taken. Our original plan was to take photos in an apple orchard because their son, Atticus just loves apples! And with two year olds...well, you quickly realize that whatever makes them happy makes EVERYONE happy! After searching around at a few local apple orchards, we decided to create our own! This way, we didn't have to deal with crowds of people and Atticus could play with the apples his mom brought to his heart's delight. :) I absolutely love this age. Two years olds are full of discovery and wonder. And yes, they are FAST. I mean, really fast! You have to have your camera ready at all times so you don't miss any of their adorable expressions--and quite honestly, you don't miss getting them in the frame altogether! I had fun following this sweet little guy around and just loved meeting his mom and dad. I enjoyed watching them interact with their precious son and loved capturing some super sweet moments they shared during our photo session. I look forward to seeing them again soon to take their older daughters' winter portraits. Maybe we'll be lucky and have snow pictures. That would be fun! Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed capturing them. :)
This family was so much fun to photograph! They had such laid back personalities and really had a wonderful connection with each other. The weather couldn't have been more perfect on that fall evening in Baker Park where we were able to get several beautiful images of their family. They are expecting their third daughter in December and I'm beyond excited to meet her. I have been planning over the past few weeks to make their newborn session very special. I have also purchased a few new holiday props that are so beautiful and can't wait to use them with this little one.
When my mom asked me what I would most like to have from her house when she passed (which is always a difficult conversation to have with a loved one, but necessary none the less) I told her I wanted the photo albums. That's what meant the most to me. My great uncle was a photographer and we were so fortunate to have him take hundreds, if not thousands of beautiful photographs of our family through the years. Many of the photos I inherited date as far back as the early 1900's and document incredible moments in my family's history. I truly cherish them. Years ago, my sister compiled most of these photos into several albums which now adorn several bookshelves in my home. I love to go through them and show my kids who their ancestors are and tell them stories that have been told to me about their relatives, many of which they never got to meet.
The digital age changed everything. No more film to buy. We can take as many photos as we want and easily delete the ones that don't turn out. It has transformed photography in many positive ways. Best invention ever, right?! Well, in many ways, yes! Though it didn't take long for many of us to realize that it is quite easy to upload them to our hard drives and leave them there. Forever. We now have to be vigilant about doing something with those photos so they are not lost or forgotten.
I'll admit, many of my own photos still sit on my hard drive and have never been printed (though I do have them backed up in the cloud as well as on an external drive (always have 3 methods of photo storage in case one or two fail--nothing is foolproof so 3 methods is a good rule of thumb). My goal is to print my favorites over the winter and get them into albums or on our walls so we can enjoy them! Don't be like me and let years of photos accumulate before you print. Do it now while your kids are little and try to stay on top of it! You'll be so glad you did. :)
This image is one of my favorites that my Uncle Walter took of my brother and sister on Christmas morning. Just imagine if this image was taken today as a digital image and was lost in a computer crash or something similar. This image is so special and I can't imagine not having it. If this had never been printed, this memory would have been lost forever!
These photographs are a gift to your children and grandchildren. They should be printed and displayed for all to enjoy, not sitting on a hard drive where they could be lost forever. This is why I encourage my clients to print their images from their online gallery that I send with their session photos. The photos are printed at a high quality, professional lab that caters to professional photographers. They use premium papers and printers to ensure accurate color and excellent quality so the photos will have a standard longevity of 100 years or more in a home display. I keep the print prices low to encourage my clients to print rather than keep their images in a digital format.
So, be sure to print your photos. I recommend you do it soon after your session. Typically, the longer we put things off, the less likely we are to do them! Your children and grandchildren will thank you for not letting them "grow up to be jpegs!"
This is my Uncle Walter who captured those precious memories of my family over the years. I am so grateful that he took the time to do this and most importantly that I have those memories printed so our family can enjoy them for years to come!