Roaring Spring

Fall, Photos, Families... and what's coming up!

Last weekend, Wendy spent time on a beautiful Autumn afternoon photographing two special families. The "E" family -- two young girls, a teenage son and Mom and Dad, are the epitome of beautiful inside and out -- they are constantly giving back to their community and instantly create a positive, upbeat atmosphere. I so enjoyed my time at their property and appreciated their patience and hospitality. An excited pup followed us around (and joined in some pictures!); the youngest girl was a model in the making; the older girl was quiet with a gorgeous smile; son was so cooperative in what is clearly not a dream afternoon for a teenage boy; and mom and dad looked like they were newlyweds or even dating!

The "A" family met me at the public squares of a nearby downtown where Mr. R, almost two years old, let me play in the leaves with him and bask in some great late afternoon sunshine. Nothing puts a smile on a little boy's face quite like a goofy photographer with a dancing leaf on her head! I love it when parents put their trust in me even when I know they're worried we're not getting any shots because of a running and exploring toddler -- we wound up with some GREAT final shots of R's blue eyes.

I had rented a beautiful lens for these sessions and I'm so excited to share that Santa is bringing me not only me very own version of this lens, but also an INCREDIBLE new camera body! My future sessions will have not only my practice and trainings and experience, but now also some really amazing technology behind it!

I have several sessions in the rest of November and then December and am still booking weddings for Spring, Summer and Fall of 2015!

AND THAT'S NOT ALL! At the end of this month, I am doing an entire day of mentoring with a very talented, very stylish photographer named Hope Taylor. (You MUST check her out HERE!) We've got some models lined up and I have a list of questions for her. I'll have new head shots and most definitely, new enthusiasm, passion and ideas! I can't wait to start yet another exciting chapter with YOU! Let's get together in 2015 and capture some life moments!

Without further ado, some Fall Family photos to brighten your Monday!

Giving back

Community service and volunteerism has always been important to me. We're only given one community, one world -- when given the chance, I feel we should do our small part to make it better or richer in some way. Wendy Zook Photography will be represented at two events on opposite sides of the Commonwealth this weekend!

On Friday, Oct. 17, there is a fantastic event -- the 2nd Annual Witches & Wine event at the Woodlands Inn in Luzerne County. The event, 6-9 p.m., has raffles (including a complimentary session from me!), swag bags (they look AMAZING), and, best of all -- I'll be photographing the whole thing! I can't wait to capture some images of dressed-up attendees, excited winners and just a special event with all proceeds benefiting the Luzerne County Dress for Success.

I'll be creating an online photo album of photos from the night, so e-mail me your contact information if you'd like to view this!

Then, on Sunday, there will be a Multi-Vendor Bingo event at Memorial Park in Martinsburg, Blair County, PA. I'll be there in spirit, but my businesses will be there in the form of a complimentary photo session and $100 worth of Mary Kay goodies! All proceeds go towards the park, which is an incredible and invaluable place for our community and our family. Zack and Addie and their friends had a hundred playdates on that playground and Zack went to a special-needs classroom on property. The public library and a bowling alley are there, too.

Both are great events with important causes -- and a bit of WZP, too! :-)

(Another exciting event this weekend? I'm photographing my latest 2015 wedding couple for their engagement session -- and I am SO excited!)

Stay tuned for photos from Witches & Wine and my engagement session!

Have a great weekend!

Upcoming photo sessions (Blair County/Bedford County)

**UPDATE**WZP has changed the dates of the Blair/Bedford-area sessions to the weekend of Oct. 18-19! Contact Wendy ASAP for openings!

Attention, Blair/Bedford counties: Wendy Zook Photography is comin' back to you for some special photo session events!

Oct. 18-19 Wendy will be offering discounted Autumn mini-sessions at Shawnee State Park, Schellsburg. Limited sessions available!

45-minute sessions with gourds, pumpkins, hay bales. Limit to four people/session ($15/additional person) At least 12 edited photos will be presented, in a password-protected online gallery, by Oct. 30. Cost: $50

Nov. 26 A one-day only opportunity to take advantage of family gathering together for Thanksgiving. Create a photo album or box of prints for a loved one's Christmas present. (Grandma or Mom need a collection of beautiful images of their children, siblings, grandchildren?) Or, use the photos to create lovely holiday cards! 60-90-minute sessions with two outfit changes at the location of your choosing. Limited spots available! Online gallery for printing, CD of retouched images or a beautiful canvas album are all available for your choice of a finished product. Contact me for pricing!

Kacey & Drew (engagement)

The thing I love about photography is the ability to sometimes, with a little light and a little luck and a lot of love, capture a moment, a memory. I love meeting new friends and for an hour or two becoming a member of a beautiful family, but to share the click of my shutter with one of my favorite people in the world and one of my most cherished friends... that, that is perfection for me.

My college friend Kacey is getting married in October to the love of her life, Drew. I am the lucky Maid of Honor... and if that wasn't enough honor for this gal, Kacey also asked me to take some engagement photos of her and Drew to use for Save the Date cards and a guestbook.

I've photographed a lot of happy couples in the past two years and I've been so happy with the moments I've been able to capture -- first kisses and wedding vows and parents-to-be and so many other special moments. But this shoot was different. Maybe because I personally know the journey Kacey has been on or the love story that lies between the Giants lover and her Eagles fan, or quite likely, maybe because of the fact that these two make me believe in soul mates, EVERY snap of the shutter was a moment.

There were times I almost felt like I was intruding, standing in the middle of a candid laugh or so enjoying watching the way he looked at her like there was no one, no other thing in this entire big world.

We got so many great backgrounds and locations around the northern suburbs of Philadelphia on a day with beautiful weather, but none of that is the reason for such great moments.

Love is the reason. True, beautiful love. The happiest, purest, most joyful love I have ever witnessed.

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A special for the sweethearts

Wendy Zook Photography is offering a super sweet deal for some super sweet lovebirds. Did you know Valentines Day is only six weeks away? Want an easy and affordable way to cross your soulmate or better half off of your list of presents for Feb. 14? We've got the answer!

We will be offering 30-minute mini-sessions on Jan. 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31 and Feb. 1 in our new Cove-area studio (or at the location of your choice for $10 more).

You can choose from the following: - One framed 8x10 print of your choice or two framed 5x7 prints of your choice ($39); - A mini album of 10-15 prints of your choice ($59); - Or a CD of a minimum of 15 images plus a DVD slideshow set to music of the photos ($79) -- a great keepsake you can show everyone!!!

Quick, easy and painless! Contact us at wendyzookphotography@gmail.com today to book your time slot!

Gentlemen, she'll LOVE it! And ladies, even he'll be smiling over the meaningful moment and love captured in a short amount of time!

**Still looking for some engagement photos? Here's an easy answer! **Celebrating an anniversary soon? Here's a great way to remember the years you've shared so far!

So say "Cheese!" and offer something different to your loved one this year! Keepsakes guaranteed a Feb. 12 delivery.

Time slots are first-come, first-served!

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other… (Audrey Hepburn)

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Lil Aubrey

Ms. Aubrey, a favorite of my heart and my camera, got some Christmas photos taken recently. The photos were taken at a beautiful resort all decked out in holiday decorations, but even their grandeur couldn't compare with Aubrey's big brown eyes and sweet smile. (Not to mention the cutest little dress!)

Merry Christmas, Ms. Aubrey and family!

K&M <3

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In late September, Wendy had the EXTREME delight in being a part in a fairytale-like day for K&M. She is a beautiful, lovely lady and he could not stop looking at his new bride.

Despite a near-torrential, unexpected and unwanted downpour, we made the most of it and caught some sweet moments from their very, very special day.

Maybe because of the rain, but my favorite pics from the entire day came from the few brief moments we braved the clouds on the stoop of the Roaring Spring-area church in between the ceremony and the Altoona reception.

Congratulations, K&M!

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Psssst… BIG news coming soon regarding some updates and changes to Wendy Zook Photography… stay tuned, it's exciting!!!