Monroe County photographer

Heather and John {Engagement} -- Silly Adventures in Wilkes-Barre, PA

I love a lot of things that came into play while exploring the nearby city of Wilkes-Barre PA last week with Heather and John -- obvious affection, lots of laughter and an adorable puppy. I have had a blast with this young, fun couple since we first talked about their Sept. 2015 wedding a couple of months ago. John asked great questions during a phone interview and apparently was impressed by me! He told Heather, "We don't have to look any further, I found our photographer." How awesome is that?! And then when I met with Heather at a nearby coffee place, we happened to pick a night with a slew of fire trucks on display, free ice cream and long lines weaving around costumed walking coffee cups. We laughed a lot and just really hit it off.

So this past weekend, we captured some love and laughter at three locations -- a riverside park along the Susquehanna, the campus of Wilkes University and then at nearby Kirby Park and it's dyke path.

Heather and John had a lot of ideas for outfits and props and posing but were equally flexible and open-minded with my suggestions.

Heather's ring is gorgeous, yet it was almost overshadowed by their new puppy named .. wait for it... Captain Bacon! (And he even has his own hashtag!)

I hope you can feel the fun in these photos! I can't wait to see them surrounded by their loved ones in just a few months for their wedding. I have no doubt I'll be smiling the entire time!

Heather and John

Engagement Session 7-3-15; Online Gallery delived 7-8-15

Location: River Common Park, WIlkes University, Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre PA

Wedding: 9-19-15

Spring Sessions (remaining dates available)

It's going to be a busy year! I have a few dates to be solidified with engagements and family sessions, but despite the frigid cold going on everywhere right now, Spring really, truly is going to happen soon and my dates are very limited!

I am accepting engagement, family, headshots and boudoir sessions for the following dates (broken into a couple of central PA dates and the rest in NEPA):

Northeast PA:

April 11, 12, 18, 19

May 2, 3, 25, 30, 31

June 14

Central PA:

May 9, 10, 24

June 21

*These will be the last photo session dates in Blair/Bedford/Cambria counties until November!

If you and I have a tentative date or if you've been waiting for warmer temperatures and sunshine to book, please don't wait too long! I only have these dates listed above for photo sessions and only a limited amount each day!

I can't wait for sunrises and sunsets with all of your smiles!

E-mail Wendy at wendyzookphotography@gmail.com to book your preferred date!

Altman - Nov.2014-211 Ebersole - Nov2014-125 untitled shoot-118

Looking ahead

I have loved the journey of Wendy Zook Photography so far and get so, so giddy when I think about what the future holds for this business/passion. (It's both, you know!) There are things like trainings and practice, mentorings and behind-the-scenes workshops and webinars. I don't believe you ever need to stop learning in any area and at any time. I pick up my camera at least a couple of times every day, whether it's aimed at my kids or for a brief lap around the block. Every click teaches me something.

Minor things like branding and packaging are in the works, too. You might have noticed my new logo and those fantastic headshots I've been posting any chance I get.

View More: http://hopetaylorphotographyphotos.pass.us/wendy-headshots

I'll be revealing a new pricing layout, too, in a couple of weeks. Part of the new packages will be careful consideration of what I want my finished products and offerings to be for my clients. Currently, my wedding and engagement packages vary in value based off of whether they include a gallery to order prints, an album, a CD or a mix of any or all of those. Soon, all of my packages will be based off of the number of hours and one simple end result -- a fantastic online gallery (and app you can download to any device!) that is easy to use with great, high-quality printing available through them at a reasonable price (or free digital downloads of high-resolution images to your computer or phone). Options like custom-made albums, holiday cards or a USB drive (instead of CDs!) will still be available but will now be an a la carte possibility to consider. These changes are meant to keep it simpler for clients to understand and have control over their final products.

One final tweak coming up for my wedding clients -- a second photographer option on your big day! Double the angles, extra shots and another set of eyes! I have been a second shooter and I am using second shooters this year and I can't tell you how exciting it is to have that other talented person working with the same goal -- to capture your story, in its entirety, of your wedding day. Ask my second shooters and they will tell you I go through a pretty intense process to find the best person for your day. A second photographer is a small add-on option you'll see when I unveil the new pricing soon.

Despite all of the changes, it's still me, it's still Wendy Zook Photography. We're going to work together to make your photo session easy, comfortable, special and timeless. We'll use things like a private Pinterest board to share ideas and likes or dislikes. We'll build a relationship to the point where you feel comfortable sending me a message or text with random questions or suggestions. I love getting to know my clients and watching them become friends.

"Potential" and "possibility" are two of my favorite words. I know Wendy Zook Photography has a lot of both of those in 2015 and I look forward to finding them in love stories, hugs, kisses and first looks.

So, stay tuned for all of the excitement! View More: http://hopetaylorphotographyphotos.pass.us/wendy-headshots

Hello, couples!

Is there love in the air or am I just on a chocolate high from my heart-shaped box of sweets? Definitely both!

If you are a recently-engaged couple, I want to be one of the first to wish you many, many congratulations! I'm so happy that you found me and this business I have built on passion and professionalism. I love photographing couples -- it's like hitting the pause button on different chapters of a love story.

I still remember the way everything felt when my now husband placed a diamond ring on my left hand. I cherish the photographs we had taken of us to capture that moment in time.

If you are recently engaged and looking for a wedding/engagement photographer, look no further! I still have several 2015 weekend dates available.

I'm also offering a special now through February 22nd! If you book by then, you'll receive 20% (yes, TWENTY! One-fifth!) off of my two highest wedding packages! This is an amazing deal!

Reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram or by e-mail (wendyzookphotography@gmail.com) and let's make plans to capture your love story! Congratulations, lovebirds!

Ashley is beautiful (glamour/senior portraits)

While family was out visiting our home the other day, I picked up my Nikon and grabbed my niece and we disappeared for a few minutes taking photos and having Girl Talk. Like most teenagers, my niece's Instagram account is covered in selfies and, again like most teenagers, she looks in the mirror and picks apart her flaws far before anything she loves about herself.

So I told her to put on her makeup and trust me and away we went!

In her first couple of minutes, just like many of my clients, Ashley was a bit too aware of herself and questioning every position. But barely a block away from the house, the comfort and trust settled in and she let down her guard. I loved seeing her sassy side and her goofy side. She started to get excited about different backdrops and poses and I think we were both sad to see my house come back into view.

I might be biased, but I think there is a beautiful young lady peeking out from her shell.

The other side of the camera (Who is Wendy?)

I've been so overjoyed meeting new friends recently, thanks to the only-slightly-creepy world of social media and following and being followed by amazing peers and neighbors and everyone in between, that I thought I should do a post all about me. OK, that sounds a bit narcissistic, but consider it a "hello" more than anything else. Even if you've trusted me with capturing a memory in the past, I trust that we will meet again and I think it's important to know who's behind the camera.

Speaking of behind the camera, I found myself on the OTHER side of the camera recently during my mentorship with Hope Taylor Photography and Ms. Hope captured my awkward, uncomfortable self with great skill and a keen eye and transformed me into something worthy of a headshot! Haha! So clients, don't worry, I completely understand what it's like to have someone putting you in angles that maybe don't make sense in the moment because chances are something great is happening and you are going to be very pleasantly surprised.

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So, hello! Who the heck is this Wendy Zook?

First and foremost, I'm Momma to Zack and Addie. Because of Zack, I am a lover of hugs, sloppy kisses and advocacy for Down Syndrome. Because of Addie, I am a lover of coffee, imagination and colors.

My husband bought me my first "serious" camera in the weeks after our son was born. Two years later, a friend needed a last-minute wedding photographer and the adrenaline, creativity and fun I felt in that day led to part-time pursuing of photography opportunities.

After leaving my full-time job one year ago, I began to dedicate time to Wendy Zook Photography. 2014 was about training and learning and reinventing myself and my passion. 2015 will be about even more incredible things. My hope is that in December we can all look back on this post and this moment I'm freezing in time and shake our heads with how far I've come and how far WZP has journeyed in just a few months.

I am an old soul trapped in a young heart.

I love classic films and current chick flicks but would rather have the radio on (Van Morrison on Pandora lately) or a book on my lap than see a TV on in the room. I wear ballet flats every chance I get and have a silly amount of shoes that look very much alike.

I love it when I capture a story with my photographs. Two people in love strolling through Christmas lights weeks after their engagement. A groom fighting tears as he watches his bride walk towards him. A new business professional finding himself. A woman who feels like a princess for the first time in her life. A woman discovering her sexy side after a boudoir session.

There is adrenaline and emotion (I'm probably crying behind the camera during your vows) in every session I do and I care about each client like a friend.

Aside from my family, photography is what brings me great joy.

It's been a slow journey, but it is a great adventure. And I'm glad you're along for the ride.