Greenbelt Park ~ Senior Portrait

Posted on February 23, 2012

Katelyn’s mom had contacted me from a friend of Katelyn’s who had their senior portraits done last year. Gotta love referrals! :)

So we met at pretty Greenbelt Park and had a gorgeous day to wander around the lake and then over to the older section of Greenbelt by the cinema.

I love being able to do senior portraits. Thanks Katelyn! :)

Papa’s Hats

Posted on June 26, 2011

I’m not sure why but I haven’t done any personal posts. I think I want to change that. Sometimes I come up with ideas for shoots and want to try them out. So those are the personal posts I will share here because they almost always include my family somehow.

My daughter has grown up dealing with my photographic whims and she obliges me more so the older she gets. My son, on the other hand, argues with me about doing them. “Only 1 picture!” He tells me constantly. And anyone who knows me KNOWS I simply can not take just ONE picture!

So I had this idea that involved some personal items of my dad’s. My dad used to wear these cool hats. When my mom was going though his stuff (my dad is in a nursing home) she came across some of these hats…and so was born my idea. I ventured down to the waterfront of Annapolis with my son and nephew in tow along with 2 of Papa’s hats. They actually cooperated well when I bargained with the thought of an ice cream afterword…lol

I really love the results I got and am trying to think of a way to incorporate them into one thing…maybe a collage canvas…

I love you Dad…

These next three are my favorites…

This ones pretty funny…he wasn’t happy with me at this point.

The boat that docks there for rides out into the bay was blowing his horn at this point and the boys kept their ears covered…

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Russell Family – Maryland portrait photographer

Posted on December 8, 2010

The Russells live in southern Maryland so we met half way at Bayfront Park. It’s a really neat little beach where you can sift the sand for fossils. The weather cooperated with us and we had fun walking up and down the waterfront. Little E was adorable and their furry family member, Mater, even got the hang of things after a while.

I had a lot of fun, Samantha! I hope you enjoy these!

Griffin Family – Maryland portrait photographer

Posted on December 2, 2010

Nichole and her family won this session in the silent auction at the spring fair at our kid’s elementary school last year. We finally got together to do it! They had said they had never done a photo session before but man, they were pros!!! Super cute and sweet family! Thanks so much Nichole it was wonderful meeting you and your family!

I hope you enjoy these! :)

Short Family – Maryland Portrait Photographer

Posted on November 23, 2010

This is one of my good friends, Sandy, and her family. :)

I do their portraits every year and we’re always trying to come up with different places to shoot. This year it was the Belair Stable Museum here in Bowie. And this year, their weiner dogs, Ollie and Ralphie, made the session. lol….

Hope you like them Shortie! It was loads of fun!

Cunningham family – Maryland portrait photographer

Posted on November 18, 2010

Old Town Alexandria is such a fun quirky little area…I always love shooting there because you can get so many different kinds of images. I met this awesomely fun family down by the water. They were so comfortable with each other and the camera…they made my job easy! :)

I hope you enjoy these, Mindy! I really loved meeting your family.

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W family…part 2 Maryland portrait photographer

Posted on November 17, 2010

So, I had a friend comment that I should post these from their session as well. It’s so hard to know which images to choose over others. I don’t want anyone getting overwhelmed by posting 30 images…lol. I appreciate the input from a clients point of view. Thank you very much ladies!!! :)

So here goes….

The last one dad was scaring the girls but they were absolutely loving it!!!!

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W Family – Maryland portrait photographer

Posted on November 17, 2010

It was another great day at Foxhill Park. The girls were dressed in adorable matching tops and we all had fun playing in the leaves. THEN I broke out the petti skirt… :)

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, Christine! It was wonderful meeting your family!

and some pink petti skirt fun……..


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Gibbs-Bales Family – portraits

Posted on November 10, 2010

Foxhill Park has been one of my favorite spots for portraits. That’s where I met Adrienne and her family for some fun in the beautiful fall leaves. And did we have fun! :)

It was wonderful meeting all of you! You have a really beautiful family and I hope you enjoy these.

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OpLove – Homecoming – Foster family

Posted on November 6, 2010

I really love shooting for OpLove…especially when I can shoot for a family I know personally. It really means so much more to be able to offer them what I do.

I have known the Foster family for quite a while. Nicole was my daughter’s pre-school and pre-kindergarten teacher and is now Ben’s pre-school teacher. Their family belongs to the pool we belong to. They are a sweet, loving family.

I shot their portrait session back in June when Calvin came home for a short few weeks.

When I first arrived at the airport, I thought that he would be arriving with a bunch of other service people. Come to find out….that huge group of people were all there to see HIM come home….so beautiful and overwhelming….

Nicole even set off the security alarm because she ran past the part where you’re NOT supposed to go pass to hug him…lol

I hope you enjoy your images guys…thanks so much for letting me be a part of this spectacular day! :)

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