Frederick MD family photographer

An Outdoor Extended Family Photo Session of Generations, Grandkids and Giggles

Some of my favorite photo sessions are the ones that go well beyond the families of four (although those are the ones I do most often!). I really love having even more people of all ages to combine in different groupings and capture in mini reunions that are so special to them and me.

This session took place in my favorite neighborhood location in Lake Linganore -- it’s a spot that offers a great variety of backdrops year-round -- forested paths, meadows, rocks along a small lake.

There were 11 people in three different generations all together. We were able to capture Grandma and Grandpa with their grandkids, the smaller individual families and all of the kiddos together and in solo portraits. Extended family photo sessions take a bit more organization and at the same time a bit more of a go-with-the-flow attitude and flexibility. I always wind up with a few photos that are so exciting and surprising that I can’t wait to share with my clients.

Enjoy this peek at this Lake Linganore extended family photo session. You can request your own extended family photo session here.

Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, family photographer, MD family photographer, family session, family portraits, MD family photos, Lake Linganore family portraits, Lake Linganore family photos

One Family, Many Sessions : Capturing One Frederick County Family with Multiple Photo Sessions

Ask any photographer and I guarantee they’ll tell you the ultimate compliment is a repeat client. Someone who has trusted you with their family and their story not only once but multiple times over the years. They truly become friends and you get the privilege of watching their little ones grow.

While Wendy Zook Photography has many repeat clients who come back annually or even a couple of times a year, one of the best supporters of WZP is the Davis Family.

Jen has become a woman and mom I admire and respect so much for so many reasons. She’s incredible with her babies (four of them, including twins!), but even more inspiring as a strong woman who doesn’t give up and is fearless with her dreams. I’ve had not one, not two, not even three but FIVE different sessions with Jen, her husband and her family in the past year. Each one has a different style, location, theme and purpose but all of them tell the story of one incredibly special family.

Jen and Tim modeled for me during a collaboration with Frederick County makeup and lash artist Gina Marie Beauty in a spectacular field on a chilly winter day. I also captured Jen in solo portrait sessions -- one on a snowy day and another springtime session -- both of which cemented the fact that Jen is gorgeous inside and out. And then, two really fun Lake Linganore family photo sessions with the entire family of six -- hugging, jumping, exploring and loving.

I’m always grateful for Jen’s support of my business and the opportunity to capture her amazing family in images she can keep and reflect on for always. I can’t wait for the next session with them all!

You can sign up for the next round of Lake Linganore photo sessions here.

Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD Family photographer, Maryland family photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photography, family portraits, family session, MD family photos, Maryland family session, Lake Linganore family portraits

Adrianna is 1 {Watermelon-Themed Outdoor Childrens Birthday Photos in Frederick, Maryland}

Some families just make an impact on your world.


The W family came into our lives through my husband’s work and their move into the Frederick area and quickly became much greater than a co-worker or acquaintances. I’ve loved having the privilege of getting to know them, laughing with momma Steph and watching baby Adrianna grow in these past several months.

Adrianna is one of the happiest babies I’ve ever known -- her huge smile instantly lights up the room, takes away all the world’s worries and makes you belly laugh. She’s a sweet girl who adores her parents, loves a little sunshine and breeze on her face (don’t we all?), puts up with barking dogs and yelling kiddos and long car rides and gives the absolute best cuddles.

When Stephanie asked me about photographing Adrianna for her first birthday, I was so honored and so excited.

Stephanie, Al and Adrianna arrived to the watermelon-themed summer photo shoot looking like something out of a magazine. We captured images around Lake Linganore in Frederick County, Maryland on a beautiful summertime morning. We let Adrianna lead the way in the session while holding on to a nearby tree, giving hugs to her mom and dad and touching the grass (not a fan!) for the first part of the session and then gave her some sweet and refreshing watermelon to eat, play with and make a general mess with in a shady corner.

I love how her blue eyes pop and her excitement shows. She was so easy and go-with-the-flow and we captured some fun summery birthday images. But I most loved watching Steph and Al as her parents, watching with huge smiles and such pride.

These moments fly by so quickly and one day, this first birthday will be a very foggy, far-away memory. I’m so glad we were able to hit the pause button and capture some of these moments for them.

Happy Birthday, Adrianna! You are so loved!

Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos

Inspired by this fun watermelon birthday celebration? Pin this image or any from the post above!

Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, first birthday, Frederick MD first birthday photographer, birthday photographer, first birthday, Maryland birthday session, Frederick Birthday session, Frederick photographer, Frederick MD family photos

Celebrating a First Birthday with an Extended Family Photo Shoot in Lake Linganore, Maryland

There are many ways to celebrate a first birthday, but I can’t think of many that are more fun and more real than a felt crown, a hot dog costume, a much-loved neighborhood beach and several adoring family members to dote on the little ones.

I loved how calm and laidback mom Kelsey was when setting up her photo session to celebrate her son B’s first birthday and during the actual session itself. When B’s big sis wanted to wear a hot dog costume, Kelsey just went with the flow and said “this is real life!”

It’s the thing I love about lifestyle outdoor photo sessions -- you can allow the kids (and adults!) to be their true selves -- whether that’s as a hot dog or twirling in a pretty summery dress (we did both!). While we explored a shady trail on a hot summer day in our Lake Linganore Coldstream neighborhood, we captured hugs, high-fives, kisses and snuggles. We also captured walks and tender moments with grandparents and playing in the grass, sand and water near Coldstream Beach.

I love the posed family photos but I’m most excited about the candid moments of splashing, lollipops, dancing and giggles.

Near the end of the session, we camped out on Coldstream Beach in Lake Linganore and let B play with some Cool Whip (a fun alternative to a cake!) and then watched both kids enjoy the coolness at the water’s edge. Those summertime smiles are so special.

Happy Birthday, little B!

Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session
Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session

Inspired by this fun birthday session? Pin this image or any from the post above to save inspiration!

Wendy Zook Photography | Frederick MD family photographer, Frederick Maryland family photographer, Frederick MD photographer, Frederick family photographer, family photographer, family portraits, birthday photo shoot, birthday photos, MD birthday photos, first birthday, first birthday session, Lake Linganore, Maryland family portraits, Lake Linganore, Maryland photographer, Lake Linganore, Maryland birthday session