I am always looking to learn new things so when my friend Ann told me about a class in DC during the Cherry Blossom Festival to learn better techniques to take fireworks I was eager to go. I had just purchased a new carbon fiber tripod and was excited to take it out for a spin. We got there a bit early to set up so we were there for what we call the Golden Hour in photography where everything is bathed in a beautiful golden light as the sun sets. I had never been to the MLK monument either so it was a great trip. I learned a few new tricks and met some really nice people too.
Margaret has participated in outdoor guard for three years and indoor guard for two years at TJ High School. She is very active in her church and has a heart for world missions. She has spent a week in the Dominican Republic for the last three summers and will be going again this summer with her church. She would like to attend Liberty University in the fall. She has not chosen a major yet but knows that she would like to do something in the missions field in the future. I love kids who want to make a difference in this world. Congrats Margaret!
Elizabeth is a 2014 senor from Oakdale High School. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and has been dancing with Dance Unlimited for 4 years. She takes 8 classes a week and is a member of the Junior Company (competition team). She is also very involved in community service projects through church and school. Elizabeth is a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Team and Interact Club. She will be attending college in the fall to study chemical engineering but hasn’t decided which college yet. I wish her nothing but success. Congratulations Elizabeth!
Kelly’s sister came to me a few years ago for First Communion pictures and I was thrilled that her mother asked me to do the same for Kelly. I love doing these sessions! Kelly is smart, spunky and beautiful. Welcome Kelly to the table of our Lord.
Cameron turns one next week and we let him celebrate a little bit early with a fun Smash the Cake session. I was in cuteness overload with this little guy! Happy Birthday Cameron!
Sawyer came into this big old world on May 29th. He was welcomed by his big sister, Harper, who is terribly excited to have a baby brother. He spent the first few days in the hospital making his parents a bit nervous with some respiratory difficulties but he quickly got over that and is thriving now. Welcome Sawyer!
Matt started out his musical endeavors on the trumpet but upon entering high school discovered percussion. A year on base drum was just the beginning of several years as part of the award winning TJ marching band and indoor percussion ensemble. A snowboarding accident took him off the drum line and place him in the pit where he remained for the last two years of high school playing primarily the marimba. Matt will continue marching this summer as a member of the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corp, a Drum Corp Associates competition band out of Reading, PA.
In addition to all of his musical activities Matt is also on the cusp of receiving his Eagle Scout. He completed his service project last summer which was an improvement project with the National Park Service staining cabins in the Catoctin Mountains and is awaiting a final judgement to receive his Eagle!
He plans to attend FCC in the fall. Congratulations Matt!
Sarah will be graduating this week as part of the very first graduating class from Oakdale High School. She has been an active member of the Color Guard participating in both marching season and Indoor competitions all four years. She was a member of the technical team for the theater department at both Linganore High School and Oakdale High School.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and has received the Meritorious award for volunteering numerous hours.
She has been involved with the Youth Group associated with our synagogue as well has held offices for the youth group which included planning social action activities as well as fun activities for the younger members of the group.
Shelby has been an active Girl Scout since Kindergarten and has earned her Bronze & Silver Awards. She was a Program Aid for the Oakridge Crossing Annual Girl Scout Camp past 5 years, working with girls of various ages.
She participated in Color Guard for four years, one year with TJ Marching Band and Indoor Color Guard and three years with Oakdale’s Marching band and Indoor Color Guard. She was co-captain for 4 seasons at Oakdale.
She is a member of the Oakdale National Honor Society and was accepted into the Hood Start Program where she took a variety of college courses during her senior year.
She will be furthering her education at the University of Rochester studying Linguistics. Congratulations Shelby! Thank you for letting me share part of your senior year!
The thing I love the most about photographing newborns is that I get to meet them and enjoy holding them sometimes before everyone else! Sweet Sophia’s mother is a Nurse Practioner that I work with and I love that I got to see her before all of my other co-workers :). I know they are all jealous. She was perfect. Thank you Beth and Jon for making the trip to see me!
I spent four sleep deprived days in St. Louis this past week learning tons of new and creative ways to photograph people at an event called After Dark. I had the opportunity to learn from some of the biggest names in photography. The amount of creativity was mind blowing. All week long I anticipated the re-creation by many of the After Dark mentors and models of a scene straight out of the Walking Dead. It did not disappoint. Our make-up artists and models did an outstanding job and the mentors allowed us to watch how they created the entire seen. It was like movie magic! Hope you enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed capturing and editing it.
Sweet baby Gavin was such a joy to cuddle and although he did not want to sleep as deeply as I wanted him to I think we got some great shots of his angelic face! I work with his mother and we have several other expectant mother’s around our clinic so I’m looking forward to some more adorable babies to cuddle and photograph!
Sam is a 2013 graduating senior for TJ High School. He has been a member of both the TJ football and track teams for four years. Sam always displays enthusiasm for everything he does and I have to say that I always enjoy watching him. His energy and school spirit abound.
Sam played Nose Guard for the TJ football team. He recieved the 2011 – Unsung Hero Award and the 2012 – Iron Man Award and Defensive Player of the Year Award for football. He holds the second best pole vault record in TJ history for the track team as well as the Meet Record @ Georgetown Prep 2013, and the Zimmerman Meet Record @ Walkersville, 2012. Sam was chosen 1st Team for the following : All Area, All MVAL, and All County for Outdoor and Indoor Track.
Griffin is a senior at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. He has marched all four years of high school on the award winning TJ Drumline. He has participated in Jazz Band, Concert Band and Indoor Percussion. He is the drum line section leader this year. He has played for the Patriot hockey team for three years and was captain of the team this season. He was named an MSHL Academic All Star his 3 years for maintaining at least a 3.5 while playing varsity level hockey. Just because he wanted to try something new, he joined the Varsity Lacrosse team and wishes he has started earlier because he has enjoyed it so much. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and Latin club.
Griffin is looking at attending either Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, or Syracuse University to study multimedia entertainment, including animation and visual effects. He has his eye on the big screen, creating and working in cinematography. I certainly wish him the best of luck and hope to see his name one day on the closing credits of some Academy Award winner! Congratulations! I am so proud of you!
Jake and Chelsey share more than one beginning. Both of them were adopted by families from South American countries….Jake from Bolivia and Chelsey from Chile. Chelsey and her family were part of the group who were there to welcome Jake and his new parents when they arrived in the US. They have known each other their entire lives and began being dating in late high school. The rest, as they say, is history and now they are planning a new beginning together next year. Jake is employed at MT&T bank and Chelsey is an assistant director for the Frederick Children’s Chorus, and teaches private voice and piano lessons while working full time at her father’s doctors office until she can secure a full time teaching job. They are planning on marrying mid to late 2013. They are such a beautiful young couple both inside and out. May God bless them with many happy years.