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A Momma and Her Kiddos: Family Photos Among the Pine Trees on a Farm

While most of my photos take place at some of my favorite waterfront and forested locations around Lake Linganore, every once in a while, a change of scenery is needed. It’s exciting to find a new location now and then, especially with a returning client and their family.

For Mindi’s section with her three children, we explored a nearby Christmas tree farm to capture beautiful greenery and backdrops.

Mindi has overcome intense difficulties and battles of strength over the past couple of years and in that time she has never wavered in her incredible ability as a mother to her kiddos. She’s patient, strong, funny and so loving. I love watching her in action as a mother.

During our session, the kids were free to explore, run, jump and, perhaps most fun of all, photobomb one another in glee and fun.

My favorite part, however, might have just been watching Mindi love on her kids and her kids love on her. Their bond is so beautiful and so strong. There were hugs, squeezes, tickles and so many giggles.

It is my hope that you can feel the joy in these images — and this great love, too. Enjoy the peeks!

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Lakeside Love and a Sunset: Capturing a Momma and Her Kiddos

Marta is an incredible inspiration as a mother -- in 30 minutes time with her and her children, you can see her strength and love. You can feel the joy she brings to her son and daughter. Their laughter rings loud and gleefully whenever they are together.

Marta reached out to me in the midst of a difficult period in her life. She wanted photos that would capture her children and their love to begin this next new chapter of hope.

We explored the beach and esplanade area at Lake Linganore and followed the kiddos as they laughed and played together. They ran, jumped, played with toys and even dug their hands into the sand at the beach. We watched the sun fall onto the water.

I also loved that Marta’s mom and her partner joined us for the session. Their love for one another and for their grandchildren was so beautiful and powerful.

Love comes in so many different ways and is my favorite thing to capture with my camera.

Enjoy this peek into Marta and her family’s day at the beach.

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Capturing a Family in All of Its Realness and Silliness: A Lake Linganore Family Photo Session with Wendy Zook Photography

I know that everyone wants a “perfect” family photo session -- all group hugs and posed moments -- but I really believe there is beauty in the more “imperfect” moments.

I’ve photographed Michelle’s family several times now and I feel luckier and happier each time I do. I have captured her and her daughter playing in the snow and family photos last year and now these fall family photos this year.

Last year, we laughed because little Dean was bribed with M&Ms that became visible during big smiles throughout most of the session. And this time, Skittles were on hand and Mom and Dad actually urged him to give me some smiles with the Skittles showing.

I love families who appreciate the “real” moments and embrace the candid, the silly and the authentic. Dean with the Skittles in his mouth is just one example of this and they were some of Michelle’s favorite photos.

During our session, we let the kids take charge and explore some forested lakeside paths here in Lake Linganore. We still got the posed moments and the group hugs, but we also captured those candy-filled, grins, too. And that’s a complete story, I think.

Enjoy these peeks!

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Oh, boy! Capturing the fun and joy in a family of boys at a lakefront family photo session

Watching repeat clients and their families return to in front of my camera is one of the greatest joys of my business. I first met Brooke and her family last Autumn while her husband was away on a deployment. I loved hanging out with Brooker and her two oldest boys. We explored, ran around and captured some fun moments of them with their mom.

This year, Brooke asked me to capture her, her husband and her boys with their new baby brother. Exploring another Lake Linganore neighborhood area with this now family of five was so special. I loved watching the middle brother love up on his new baby brother and I so enjoyed seeing the eldest brother explore the woods, throwing sticks and collecting rocks.

Brooke is an incredibly positive, upbeat, patient mother to her boys and I love watching her in action with them. Her boys have unique and differing personalities and it’s a privilege to capture each of them individually and as a trio.

Both sessions so far have been full of joy and love -- from a mom and two boys to a family of five. Enjoy these peeks into their most recent family photo session.

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Lakefront Family Memories: A Lake Linganore Photo Session with a Family of Five

This family includes one of my dearest friends in Maryland and her gorgeous family. Rachel and Adam and their kiddos have been an important part of our lives since we moved to Lake Linganore just over two years ago. Their eldest daughter has been in our daughter’s class two of the past three school years and are two-thirds of a self-proclaimed “Pirate Crew.” We go camping together and have enjoyed numerous birthday parties, ladies nights’, playdates, Girl Scout events and more together.

Rachel is a fantastic mother who always only yearns for more and better time with her two girls and one boy. She actually even makes the outfits for her kids for their first day of school and photo sessions -- the dresses you see the girls wearing (and her skirt!) in these photos were all made by Rachel, late at night, in the quiet of her home after bedtime.

We met for our session near a trail by the dam at end of Lake Linganore, right in front of their home. We used the beautiful early-morning light peeking through some mountain haze for photos along the water, the path and even on their dock.

I love the wildness and freeness you feel with this family and in these photos -- joy and exploration and giddy fun.

Enjoy this peek into a day in the life of this important family with perfect details, huge smiles and a lot of love.

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A Boy and His Momma: A Giveaway Session That Gives Back in Love

Laura first contacted me as a very excited and grateful winner from a giveaway I did with a local family event last year. She was yearning to capture her son, Ethan before the next phase of childhood flew by them without any images to remember it.

Laura and Ethan have had a difficult year and as our session came closer and closer, I was so excited to give them one morning of fun, adventure, love and peace. I couldn’t wait to sneak mom into the photos, too, and I’m glad she didn’t say no. It’s so important for mommas to get into the photos, too, regardless of what they’re wearing, how they feel about themselves or anything else. I want all these child clients of mine to be able to remember their parents through images.

We met in Lake Linganore at the edge of the lake where it meets the dam. We had water, forests, paths in various backdrops during our session and it quickly became one of my new favorite locations for neighborhood photos.

Ethan was such a joy. He kept collecting acorns and leaves to show me and his mom and I loved catching his great smile and hearty laugh. The way he loved on Laura, too, was so beautiful to witness -- so many hugs and kisses and “I love yous”.

Enjoy these peeks at an early-morning, lakefront session between a momma and her boy.

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A Family of Four at Sunset at the Lake

I’m feeling so fortunate this year that my Fall family photo sessions are a beautiful mix of return clients (thank you for trusting me again with this honor) and new faces that have allowed me the joy of capturing memories of their families.

When Meredith first reached out to me, I had seen her name and heard of her through different neighborhood circles and events but had never actually officially met in person. And I’d definitely never photographed her beautiful family before. And it was such a joy!

We met on a gorgeous Friday night, almost at sunset, at a neighborhood beach here in Lake Linganore, Frederick County, and allowed her 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son to explore the nearby trail and beach. We caught some sweet daddy-and-daughter kisses, mommy-and-son hugs and so much fun adventuring candid moments.

My son, Zach, knows their son and I loved chatting with Meredith especially about the boys and all the kids’ school time. 


You can truly feel the love between Meredith and her husband and between all four of them. It was such a joy meeting them and I’m hoping that they become those repeat clients who continue to trust me in capturing their memories in future years, too.

Enjoy this peek!

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Returning Clients and a Sunset Photo Session on the Beach

I first met Jen and her beautiful family last winter after her second son was born. We held an in-home lifestyle newborn photo session at their gorgeous home in December. I loved watching Big Brother hold the baby with such joy and admiration. And Jen is such a natural mother -- she is patient, kind, graceful and so giving.

This Fall, I’ve had the honor of capturing their first official photos as a family of four. We met at a local neighborhood beach with a sunset and a shimmering reflective lake as our backdrop. The boys loved cuddling together and playing in the sand.

Jen is so beautifully gorgeous -- inside as well as on the outside -- and seeing her in that easy motherhood role with her boys was so special to me. They twirled, ran together, held hands and enjoyed time together exploring the area together.

Jen told me later that she was in happy tears when she saw the final photos from her family session and that is just beyond wonderful to hear. We only get so many years -- and so many autumns -- with our children -- how lucky we are to be able to freeze time now and then on each phase in life.

Enjoy this peek into this incredible family of four and all of their joy and love!

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Wendy Zook Photography and Family in Front of the Camera: Beach Family Photos by Amanda Hedgepeth

There are a few things I know for sure:
1. Salt air and ocean waves are some of the most healing things for one’s spirits;

2. Getting in photos with my own family is a rare but important treasure;

3. Amanda Hedgepeth is not only a talented photographer but a most incredible human just brimming with compassion, love, kindness and heart.

This August, all of these things came together in one beautiful moment on a beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, one of my favorite places in this big ole world.

Amanda and I have followed each other, messaged each other and loved on each other for many years now but have never met in person. (Although while talking long after our session had ended and the rest of my family had returned to the beach house we were renting, she and I remarked so many times that it felt like we had definitely met in person at least once at some point -- but nope, definitely just felt that way.)

Amanda’s realness and vulnerability with what she shares to her followers and supporters is incredibly powerful. She’s talked about her health, family, anxiety, non-profit organization and so much more and it all resonates with me.

I knew that I had to see if we could make a photo session work during our family vacation this summer and when the stars aligned and Amanda was willing to travel to our beach house in Hatteras, my heart was just bursting with excitement and gratitude.

As a photographer myself, it’s so hard to be in front of the camera. I tend to overthink everything and aim for way too much perfection. By the end of our session with Amanda, however, I realized that perfection lies in messy, sandy faces and allowing snow angels on the beach and hugs that end in collapses in front of a sand dune. Perfection is capturing us -- each of us -- in our most “real” state -- whether that’s Addie’s excitement over crashing waves or Zach jumping up and down excitedly (before proclaiming, “I’m out!” with all of us laughing) or just the way Scott holds hands with the kiddos in front of the ocean.

Amanda immediately related to all of us, made us all so comfortable and, by the end, was chatting to ZMan all about scorpions and complimenting Addie on her recently-curled hair. Offering me a few new headshots at the end of our session was the icing on the cake.

I’m so grateful for these memories from one of our happy little places and can’t wait until I see Amanda again -- in real life, with big hugs and late-night chats about Enneagrams and parenting.

Enjoy this peek into my family!

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