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Kevin & Kate: A Maryland Engagement Session for a New York City Couple

Kevin and Kate are a powerful duo of adventure, excitement, spontaneity and love. Over the course of their relationship, they’ve traveled, they’ve gone on hikes and they’ve explored together.

The best part about them? I get to call them cousins. Cousin Kevin and I reconnected a few years ago after spending much of our adulthood apart in different states. He’s now like a brother to me. He travels three-plus hours for Appalachian Trail hikes with me, visits our family a few times a year, is known as the “tree climbing cousin” by my daughter for how he made her smile on a recent visit. He supports Zach and our efforts with the National Down Syndrome Society, too. Seriously, he is like a brother.

I love that Kate makes him happy and I’m so excited for their New Jersey wedding in the Spring. When the two of them visited us earlier in the summer, they asked me to snap a few pics for them to use for Save-the-Dates. I whisked them into a path right beside our house and let them just be them -- goofy, funny, sweet and in love.

I can’t wait to put the camera down and enjoy their wedding day in a few months! Enjoy these peeks and enjoy this love story!

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Diana & David: A Southern Maryland Waterfront Engagement Session in Springtime

Meeting Diana and David was like a breath of fresh air. They are easy to get along with, talk to and enjoy time with -- they are both hardworking, kind, considerate people. Perhaps its their chosen professions which both deal with helping others, but I couldn’t help but immediately feel like we were old friends.

For their springtime engagement session, we decided to meet just a couple of miles from their wedding venue, The Barn at Pleasant Acres, in Calvert County, Maryland. We explored near flowering trees and waterfront boardwalks at Jefferson Patterson Park.

We kept their engagement session easy and comfortable -- strolling, exploring, adventuring and definitely they smooched, hugged, held hands and whispered sweet things to one another.

I loved how cozy each of them appeared throughout the whole session -- Diana is gorgeous inside and out and David has an incredible smile that I loved photographing.

We ended the day with gorgeous golden light and waterfront glistening in the background of every shot. Some of my favorite shots from 2019 came from their session together.

I loved spending the day with them. Stay tuned soon for a peek into their incredible summertime wedding day!

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Nicole & John: {A Downtown Buffalo Engagement Session}

I only just met Nicole and John and yet I feel like we've been friends for years. They just exude kindness, sincerity, humor and joy. Being made to feel like a friend made our downtown Buffalo engagement session together even more special. 

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When I first chatted with Nicole via Skype last year, I was packing up our house and about to embark on our family's third (and final) move. I poured some wine, er, tea, found a corner of the house that did not have a pile of boxes behind me and had way more fun that I ever expected. Nicole is intelligent, organized and precise but also incredibly funny and "real." When I received a #gentlehonesty e-mail (we have a lot of hashtags for our adventure together) asking me to be their September 2016 wedding photographer, I felt truly lucky. 

For their engagement session, Nicole and John wanted to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and comfy scenes. John used some of his connections to secure us spots at 500 Seneca and 95 Perry in downtown Buffalo after some time meeting their adorable puppy and photographing around their brand new home. 

With sun-drenched atriums, homey front porches and skyline views from rooftop decks, this engagement session was dreamy and full of laughter and lots and lots of love. 

The way Nicole looks at John when he's not looking and the way John pushes back Nicole's hair and squeezes her hand -- well, just moments of magic. 

And Nicole's ring? A family heirloom from John's aunt! It's gorgeous! 

After driving around beautiful Buffalo, five flights up stairs, city views, cheesy jokes and some bloopers, it was sad to see the day come to an end. And yet... just a few months until their beautiful wedding. 

Enjoy a glimpse into their love story and our adventure and stay tuned for more beauty from these lovebirds later this year. 

 

Caroline Logan Workshop Recap -- Headshots & The Future of Wendy Zook Photography

So I've already shared a bit about what I loved most during the Caroline Logan Photography Workshop last month, and now I want to share my beautiful new headshots from Caroline and also what all this learning and daydreaming means for you and for Wendy Zook Photography.

 

There are no gigantic shifts in my business -- I mean, in the last year I've already rebranded and consistently given a fun and personal client experience (not to mention some of my favorite images so far!). Rather, I'll be emphasizing those things that are important to me, thanks to some "aha" moments at the workshop:

 

- Blessing my clients with my business

I don't want to just deliver photos -- I want to deliver an incredible experience from first phone call through consults and e-mails and engagement sessions all the way to their sparkler exit at the end of their special day. I want them to feel that in some way Wendy, and not just WZP, has brought joy and all sorts of good things into their lives.

 

- Consistency, consistency, consistency

I want consistency not just from Corynn and Kevin's wedding in June to Melissa and Patrick's big day in September but from my first wedding in May through my last wedding in 2017. I want consistency in my workflow (I'm slooooooowly moving to all-digital for contracts, invoices and bookkeeping) but also in my editing. I really want to stay true to my style and also make all of my events look like they truly belong to the same person. Will you hold me accountable to this?!
 

- Staying true to me

This is one that I'm getting better at, but, in a field that can be competitive and stressful and overwhelming with talent, I just want to make sure that the reason I take each wedding on is the same as why I chose this path originally -- to observe and capture the greatest moments of unique love stories and to embrace true moments of the day as they happen. I want to always tell romantic stories and fun anecdotes through images that are as natural and authentic as my couples. I want to come home after each long wedding day and say "YES, YES, YES" on repeat. I want to stay friends with my clients and watch their lives explode with beauty and joy and the ups and downs of life. I want to be a capturer of memories.

 

 

It got pretty serious there! Let's take a deep breath and enjoy some pretty photos from someone else, shall we?

Photos are courtesy of Caroline Logan and took place in the beautiful Hingework co-working/studio space in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Camera strap is from Casie Marie Photography's Etsy store.

 


Which headshot is your favorite?