Hannah – Junior Prom

Oh gosh, I’m starting to feel really old writing this. Two weekends ago my sister went to her junior prom and if you follow my work, I use my sister as a model a lot! She’s always a good sport about the crazy ideas and notions that I come up with in my photographic journeys. Anyways, I took off work and did her makeup, and then took her to go get her hair done. She got her dress about a month ago from Scher’s Bridal Shop in downtown Pocomoke, Maryland, and we picked out her jewelry from Charming Charlie. We decided to go for some serious bling where the dress was very plain and structured! When we were driving back home from her hair appointment, we passed the branch near the church that we have been going to since I was three, and I’m pretty sure I heard the hallelujah chorus. The lighting down there was so beautiful and the azaleas and camellias were blooming out, so naturally we loaded my sister up in my little Honda and drove down there. I’m so glad I saw that spot, and we fought the groundhog holes and bugs to get some awesome photographs.

My family and I went and met my sister and her group down at Riverside Grill in downtown Pocomoke on the river to do some last minute group shots before Grand March. I’m so glad that I got to share in this experince with my sister. I felt like when I was out at James Madison I missed a lot in her life, but now that I’m back on the shore, I don’t have to worry about that. Plus I’m also thankful I have such a beautiful sister who is willing to model for me ūüôā She puts up with a lot.

Prom 2

I love this picture of her laughing! I also love my Canon 50mm 1.2 lens. It’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made and worth the investment!

Prom 3

Prom 4

The guys weren’t really feeling the pictures but I made them pose for one anyway!

Prom 6

Prom 7

I love how everyone’s shoes were so unique! Hannah definitely had the poofy dress of the bunch.

Prom 8

Bojeun Wedding

Wow guys! It’s been quite a while since I have written a blog post. Shame on me! When I first arrived at the Bojeun Wedding as a second shooter with Dani Strickler Photography, I admit I felt like a country girl in the big city! This is only the second wedding that I have been a second shooter at, but with Danielle by my side I wasn’t really concerned. She’s a pro! ¬†Mark and Melissa were extremely welcoming in us sharing and shooting their special day. We got an entire hour to shoot with just the two of them and every minute was worth it. They opted not to do a first look, so it was really fantastic that we got to spend so much time with them. They were willing to try anything we asked of them, and they even had some of their own creative ideas. The setting was spectacular and with the sun about to set, it made for some really interesting reflections in the glass of the building. ¬†I rented a 70-200mm lens from Lens Rentals¬†for the ceremony, which I am sincerely glad I did. Lens Rentals and other companies like it are a great option¬†if you are saving for some new equipment, and you just don’t have the funds yet. It’s also a great way to try out the equipment before you purchase it yourself. I found that in renting the¬†Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L, I would rather save a little bit longer and purchase the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. The lens that I rented did not have the Image Stabilization, and I noticed that some of my photographs from the ceremony were blurry because of camera shake. Although I would like to think that I have the arm muscles of Hercules, sadly I don’t posses God like strength, and definitely needed that Image Stabilization for shooting indoors. Now, if you are mainly going to shoot outside or carry a tripod around, I don’t see the point in spending the extra money. You will be fine with the¬†Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L, however, if you are going to be shooting indoors or in areas with limited light, I think the¬†Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II is much better suited for the job. Looks like I will be saving for a little while longer! I hope that you enjoy the Bojeun Wedding by looking through these images as much as I did attending!

Bojeun Wedding

Bojeun Wedding

Bojeun Wedding

Bojeun Weddin

Bojeun Wedding

Bojeun Wedding


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Watson Family Session

Meet the Watsons! I think family sessions are quickly becoming my new favorite thing to shoot, but I will always have a special place in my heart for the seniors. Mrs. Watson was the one who found the location that we took all of the pictures at and I absolutely loved it! We tried at the ferry docks first, but the wind nearly blew us away and it was too cold to be able to do anything down there so we moved to the field. The location just had the perfect amount of sky, greenery, and even a touch of fall. I really couldn’t ask for anything else. We went out to shoot at three since daylight savings time has fallen on us. I had some issues with the sun changing and going behind the clouds every few minutes, so we had to get creative with poses. I’m super thrilled with how they came out and it didn’t hurt to have some handsome and beautiful models to shoot either!¬†¬†I’ve been so busy lately with student teaching that sometimes I feel like I forget what it’s like to be a photographer. I’m sure that a lot of people can relate to that. This shoot helped me to remember why I am a photographer and why this is my passion. ¬†Hope you enjoy!

Big Brother and Sister

One of my favorite images from the entire shoot!

She is such a little trooper because she wasn’t feeling very good when we first started shooting. You can’t tell it though! She looks like an angel.

Twin brothers up to something!


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Wessells Family Session

I was so excited when the Wessells family contacted me about doing a family shoot. Most of the family attends the church that I have gone to since I was three, and I was really looking forward to working with the new little additions to the family. They are absolutely adorable! This is the biggest family session that I have ever done, the biggest being three, and I was extremely nervous on how to pose people. After perusing Pinterest for a little while, I had a few solid ideas for the large group in mind and the rest just came naturally. You find out really quickly with big groups what works and what doesn’t.¬†For most of the shots, I used my 24 to 70mm lens and the others I used the 50mm. The sun, even at 5 pm, was still reflecting off of the water really badly so I had to do some burning and dodging in the end to get the pictures exactly how I wanted them. I also learned to shoot a lot of photographs when you are working with large families, especially ones with small children. I know you can head swap in Photoshop, but it’s just easier to have a wide variety of facial expressions to choose from.

This little one fell asleep during the final pictures of the shoot. I couldn’t resist getting a picture of him sleeping!

Look at that face! I’m so glad that I went the morning of the shoot to pick up some pumpkin props.

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Hannah – Senior Sample Shoot

Isn’t my sister so lovely and photogenic? She has had to put up with a lot having a sister who is a photographer. Like the time I made her lay down in a creek, in the woods, back behind our house in fifty degree weather. Yeah, she is a good sport. She knows that her sister is just another crazy, crackpot artist who will not be satisfied until she lays down in a smelly creek and takes pictures of her with a camera that weighs the size of a small car. Lucky for me she likes to have her picture taken! I did not inherit that trait. Not everything runs in the family.

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Here is the water picture I mentioned before where I made my sister lay down in the water. I nearly had a heart attack when this showed up in the developer. 8 x 10 Format is simply beautiful.


Becky – Senior Sample Shoot

Becky is a friend of my sisters who also volunteered to model for me for some Senior Casual Samples. Isn’t her hair color gorgeous! I think my favorite images from Becky’s shoot were in the woods near the Baptist church I have been attending since I was three. The light was shining perfectly on her hair and the green proved to be an awesome background. Downsides? Within the first few minutes we were mosquito bait, which is not uncommon when you live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I had to quickly turn to survival mode and shot around 100 pictures in the span of 10 minutes, but some of them proved to be my favorites of the entire shoot. Go figure.

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Beach Family Shoot

Are they not the most adorable little family! For my first beach shoot everything went extremely well despite the many factors you can run into at the beach. The lighting was perfect, the wind was barely blowing, and ¬†it wasn’t a million degrees outside. Little miss wanted to get in the water so bad, but we were able to get some really wonderful shots before she was dripping wet, but happy. One very valuable thing that I learned is if ¬†you are going to be doing a shoot anywhere near salt water or sand, make sure you have filters for your lenses! At the end of the session my uncovered lens was coated in the sea spray. Ensue major panic attack. Luckily I had my trusty Lenspen and it cleaned it right off. They are honestly worth every penny and will not scratch or damage your lens like many of the wipes and sprays on the market can. So for the sake of your lenses and your health, purchase some filters for your lenses and a Lenspen to clean them up!

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Janelle – Senior Sample Shoot

I’ve been so busy recently with student teaching that my photography has been on the back burner. Sad, I know. I needed a photography fix so I enlisted the help of my sister and two of her friends to do some sample Senior Casuals. Janelle totally rocked her little black dress! She seemed like she stepped right off the set of Mad Men in some of these shots and the photos confirmed how much I love to shoot in downtown Onancock. I also realized how much I love to do Senior shoots. It’s so much fun trying to capture their personalities and creativity. Want to see the rest? Oh, you know you do.¬†http://www.flickr.com/photos/erinayres/sets/72157631657283624/