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Baby Savannah: An In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Photo Session in Frederick County

Let me start by saying that there is nothing quite like walking in someone’s home for the first time and seeing your images all throughout their beloved space.

Photos from our fall family photo session when it was just three of them are hung in a beautiful collage above their living room sofa. An image with the now Big Sis announcing that Little Sibling would be a girl is propped up on the dresser in the master bedroom. And I’m sure that by now there may be an image or two of their newborn second daughter across these walls, too.

Nothing makes me feel quite so lucky to do what I do as that.

During these three gatherings together, I’ve loved the joy of their daughter Shelby and the way she “helps me” during photo shoots by sharing her much-loved stuffed Pooh bear and bringing out a toy camera. I love seeing the way Lauren holds her daughters’ hands and shares so much love with her eyes as she gazes at them. And now, baby Savannah has captured my heart with her very-awake presence during what should have been a sleepy newborn photo session in their home.

We captured the three of them watching her as she laid down in her crib; we snapped precious moments between the two sisters and lots of photos of this new-to-them family of four chapter in life.

I’m so happy for them and so grateful to them for trusting me with these memories.

Enjoy this peek!

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The Docal Family: Celebrate the Special Photo Sessions with Wendy Zook Photography

This year was the first time I offered complimentary photo sessions for families with children with special needs. The blending together of my advocacy for the National Down Syndrome Society and special needs with my passion for photography is so important to me. I have a gift that I can give to people I can scream “I get it!” to and that, to me, is really a huge blessing.

My Celebrate the Special photo sessions for families with children with special needs offer a donation to the National Down Syndrome Society but no payment whatsoever to me. The sessions are unique in that we find a location that is safe and most comfortable for your child and family -- whether that’s your backyard or a state park or somewhere in between. We also take our time and use things that will keep everyone happy.

One of my first families to reach out to me about a Celebrate the Special photo session is the Docal family. I first heard from the eldest sister, Maria, who heard about the photo sessions from a nearby cousin. Maria’s first email shared how much her younger brother, Ory, 11, impacted her life.

“My brother has changed my world and my family's world for the better,” she said.

We set up a family photo session for her, her brother, two sisters and her parents at their home with a gorgeous and large backyard this summer. Meeting them all was like feeling like you were already part of the family. There were hugs and questions and just total kindness.

Ory reminded me so much of my son -- and not just because they both have Down syndrome -- because of their smiles and love of family and sports and sweet cuddly personality. Photographing him and his family was such a joy.

Ory’s mom told me before we started that they haven’t been able to do a family photo of all of the siblings together since Ory was born. I cannot tell you what happiness it brought me that I could give her that long-awaited gift of memories and family.

Enjoy these peeks into an incredible family.
For more information on Celebrate the Special photo sessions, go HERE.

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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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An Extended Family Photo Session as a Gift for Mom and Dad

I’ll be the first one to tell you that I think memories and images are one of the most treasured and important gifts in this world. So, when I have a client reach out to me about gifting images or photo sessions to a parent or grandparent, my heart is so happy.

The session was a gift for a mom and dad, parents of five children and grandparents of two adorable little girls. Capturing all of them plus significant others made for a fun photo session with 11 people exploring a favorite local photo location.

Everyone had great outfits that worked with their individual personalities but complemented each other really well with hues of blues and greens and whites. And, each of them could easily have been a model -- easy and natural in front of the camera and so photogenic, too!

We started with the kiddos first -- two adorable sisters in matching outfits with a love for hamming it up in front of the camera. They made it so easy! We captured a variety of groupings -- the five siblings, the couples, the family of four and then a large photo of the whole group.

I’m so grateful for this opportunity to capture this group and these memories just in time for Mothers Day and Fathers Day this past year. I know the photos were treasured and I’m so happy my clients saw the value of images as gifts.

Enjoy these peeks!

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Diana & David {A Southern Maryland Summertime Wedding by Wendy Zook Photography}

Elegance.
Joy.
Tenderness.

Diana and David’s summertime wedding at The Barn at Pleasant Acres had all of these things and more. The most gorgeous things -- from a romantic lacy wedding gown to colorful florals and sleek suits and everything in between -- punctuated a day that was filled with big love and little details.

The atmosphere was super laidback and relaxed -- no one seemed stressed or overwhelmed and loved ones just flitted in and out of getting ready rooms with food and messages and love. Speaking of getting ready -- the Bridal Suite at the Barn at Pleasant Acres is dreamy -- it’s huge and bright and filled with little details that make the bride’s early hours on her wedding day even better. And, how amazing was Diana’s hair and makeup? Be sure to follow Kristen C Artistry because she is so talented and such an amazing lady.

The entire day took place at The Barn at Pleasant Acres and the venue provided ample room for portraits around the nearby field, trees, front porch, gorgeous wooden doors and more. The venue staff were beyond helpful. They held open doors, drove golf carts from one spot to another and were able to assist with the most random and most minute requests.

The ceremony brought some of my favorite moments of the day -- David smiling with excitement as Diana approached, many people wiping away tears of happiness and a few moments of giggles and joy.

During the reception, it was all about the dances -- with their parents, with each other, a surprise dance from their best man and singing along to favorite songs. The night ended with bubbles and a limo getaway while dozens of loved ones surrounded David and Diana and cheered them on as they departed.

A wedding day’s success is of course mostly about one couple’s love and the telling of the next chapter of their love story, but it’s also made possible by a team of amazing vendors. Many thanks to this wedding day’s vendors:

Wendy Zook Photography
Photography by Virginia
The Barn at Pleasant Acres
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Crow Entertainment
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Couples Limousines

If you’d like to see more of this awesome couple, be sure to check out their engagement session here, too!

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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