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Adrianna is 1 {Watermelon-Themed Outdoor Childrens Birthday Photos in Frederick, Maryland}

Some families just make an impact on your world.


The W family came into our lives through my husband’s work and their move into the Frederick area and quickly became much greater than a co-worker or acquaintances. I’ve loved having the privilege of getting to know them, laughing with momma Steph and watching baby Adrianna grow in these past several months.

Adrianna is one of the happiest babies I’ve ever known -- her huge smile instantly lights up the room, takes away all the world’s worries and makes you belly laugh. She’s a sweet girl who adores her parents, loves a little sunshine and breeze on her face (don’t we all?), puts up with barking dogs and yelling kiddos and long car rides and gives the absolute best cuddles.

When Stephanie asked me about photographing Adrianna for her first birthday, I was so honored and so excited.

Stephanie, Al and Adrianna arrived to the watermelon-themed summer photo shoot looking like something out of a magazine. We captured images around Lake Linganore in Frederick County, Maryland on a beautiful summertime morning. We let Adrianna lead the way in the session while holding on to a nearby tree, giving hugs to her mom and dad and touching the grass (not a fan!) for the first part of the session and then gave her some sweet and refreshing watermelon to eat, play with and make a general mess with in a shady corner.

I love how her blue eyes pop and her excitement shows. She was so easy and go-with-the-flow and we captured some fun summery birthday images. But I most loved watching Steph and Al as her parents, watching with huge smiles and such pride.

These moments fly by so quickly and one day, this first birthday will be a very foggy, far-away memory. I’m so glad we were able to hit the pause button and capture some of these moments for them.

Happy Birthday, Adrianna! You are so loved!

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Celebrating a First Birthday with an Extended Family Photo Shoot in Lake Linganore, Maryland

There are many ways to celebrate a first birthday, but I can’t think of many that are more fun and more real than a felt crown, a hot dog costume, a much-loved neighborhood beach and several adoring family members to dote on the little ones.

I loved how calm and laidback mom Kelsey was when setting up her photo session to celebrate her son B’s first birthday and during the actual session itself. When B’s big sis wanted to wear a hot dog costume, Kelsey just went with the flow and said “this is real life!”

It’s the thing I love about lifestyle outdoor photo sessions -- you can allow the kids (and adults!) to be their true selves -- whether that’s as a hot dog or twirling in a pretty summery dress (we did both!). While we explored a shady trail on a hot summer day in our Lake Linganore Coldstream neighborhood, we captured hugs, high-fives, kisses and snuggles. We also captured walks and tender moments with grandparents and playing in the grass, sand and water near Coldstream Beach.

I love the posed family photos but I’m most excited about the candid moments of splashing, lollipops, dancing and giggles.

Near the end of the session, we camped out on Coldstream Beach in Lake Linganore and let B play with some Cool Whip (a fun alternative to a cake!) and then watched both kids enjoy the coolness at the water’s edge. Those summertime smiles are so special.

Happy Birthday, little B!

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Offering Sunflower Sessions in Frederick County Maryland!

“A sunflower field is like a sky with a thousand suns.”

Sunflowers are so many people’s favorite flowers -- their tall stalks and bright blooms make them unique and their fleeting flowers only last a few weeks each summer which makes them even more special.

Wendy Zook Photography has teamed up with Valley View Acres in Middletown to offer a handful of limited sunflower sessions.

We’re offering 30 or 60-minute sessions at Valley View to enjoy the farm’s rolling hills, amazing views of nearby mountain ridges and of course the dazzling yellow flowers. We can do portraits, children’s photography, couples photos or a family photo session in the time.

Sessions are best scheduled in the early morning or late afternoon and early evening hours to enjoy some soft golden sunlight and cooler temperatures.

The Valley View Acres sunflower photo sessions with Wendy Zook Photography will only happen this one week in 2019, so grab a spot and let’s go exploring in the flowers!

You can follow the link here for more information and details and to book your session.

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