Valentines photos

Mentoring with Hope Taylor

If you want to be the best, you have to learn from the best.And the lovely, lively Hope Taylor of Fredericksburg, Va., is one of the best in the future of photography. Her use of style and keen fashion sense plus a consistent beautiful golden light in all of her photos is going to take her so far. I was beyond blessed to have spent a day with her, soaking in all of her ideas, watching her in her happy place behind the camera and starting a very long list of things I am excited to do with Wendy Zook Photography.

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Hope reminds me of why I love photography. It's not just the fun hobby or even the occasional paycheck I get to bring to the family; it's about capturing moments and telling stories.

I am so excited to do many great things with WZP in 2015. My mentoring session with Hope is just the beginning. She has given me tools, but more importantly, confidence, encouragement, support and empowerment.

Below are some of my favorite moments from my day of braving the "cold" (those Southerners thought 40 degrees was chilly!), putting it all together and taking those very first steps in the very awesome direction of my future and my potential. Morgan and Johnny are a young couple who are so in love. They are just smitten with each other and it's incredible to watch. It doesn't just stop when the cameras go down. They were so patient with Hope and I talking technical jargon about ISOs and aperture and wide-open lenses.

And the Fredericksburg area is so lovely! This amazing and historic town with tons of character just comes out of nowhere as you travel down a quiet highway for a couple of miles. We did photographs at a Civil War battlefield site, an old silk mill, a gorgeous field draped in ivy and golden sunbeams and then caught a sunset at a nearby railroad station. Amazing!

I'll begin sharing some new things soon, so stay tuned! Make sure to check out this page to catch the last few days of my Valentines' specials!

Valentine's Specials

There are only six weeks until Valentine's Day! We just got through Christmas and New Year's Day and, if you're like me, the holiday decorations are just coming down and I am just catching up on unpacking and laundry and organization. But, before you know it, it's going to be time to recognize the significant others (or just some super-special people in your life) and we all know chocolate doesn't always win for most romantic gift.

So why not the gift of memories, captured by me?!

Wendy Zook Photography is offering not one, not two but THREE amazing promotions!

Pick the one that most suits your needs and wants and contact me ASAP before space and time both run out!

1. Boudoir Special This is a fun (no, really, I promise!) two-hour session at a private location with multiple outfits, props, etc. We will create a 10x10 album of at least 20 classy edited photos showing you at your sexiest to present to your significant other for a wedding day surprise, anniversary or Valentine's present. Cost: $125 (Must book by Jan. 15 and session must take place by Feb. 1)

2. Lovey-dovey mini-sessions This is a 45-minute session to take place at the location of your choosing. Great for gifts or for updating the portraits on your wall, you'll receive an online gallery of at least 20 photos plus FIVE complimentary 5x7s or THREE 8x10 prints. Cost: $95 (Must book by Jan. 15 and session must take place by Feb. 14)

3. Single and Super! So you're not taken? No problem! Grab a friend, grab your sisters, grab your pet pooch or any other loved one and enjoy a fun and easy 45-minute session at the location of your choosing, plus an online gallery of at least 20 carefully-edited portraits to view and order. Cost: $75 (Must book by Jan. 15 and session must take place by Feb. 28)

I can't wait to capture some love and joy these next six weeks!

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Introducing... (new photo session option)

Over the past few months, I've had the opportunity to photograph a couple of boudoir sessions. Right now, you're either picking your jaw up off of the ground or you're scratching your head in confusion.

"Boudoir" comes from an old-timer description of a woman's sitting/dressing room or sleeping quarters. Nowadays, boudoir photography consists of a session wherein a woman wears whatever she feels sexy in (lingerie, an old T-shirt, heels, you name it, it can be done. It's all about the feeling of sexiness, which is different for everyone). It can take place in a bedroom or hotel room and, at least with Wendy Zook Photography, is done tastefully and comfortably.

Boudoir sessions with WZP typically last 1-2 hours and cost the same as any other standard sitting fee. We do 3-4 different outfits. It's all about creating fun shapes with your body -- standing, laying down, sitting, etc. I can provide make-up samples and tips ahead of time for hair, outfits and location.

It's all about a comfort thing, so we'll make it as fun as possible.

Boudoir sessions will get you an album of about 20 photos to present to your significant other for your wedding day, anniversary, birthday or just because!

I will never publish photos from these sessions in any online format, so contact me for more information or for samples.

This is an exciting new route for my photography and I hope to have you join me on this adventure!

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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