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Ted’s Story

Ted is a senior at Oakdale High School and has been the drum major for their marching band for the past three years.  He was Assistant Drum Major his sophomore year and Lead Drum Major his Junior and Senior year.  He accompanied the OHS Band as Assistant Drum Major to Walt Disney World in 2012 where they marched in the Disney Parade.  He plays clarinet and saxophone in addition to his leadership responsibilities and has been a member for the Frederick All County Band both his Junior and Senior years.  Ted has been on the OHS Swim Team for four years and serves as co-captain this year.  He plans to attend a four year college but is undecided what his major will be at this time.  Best of luck to you Ted!  Your future is bright!

Carly’s Story

Carly has been a member of the TJHS Color Guard for four years participating in both indoor and outdoor color guard. She has been attending FCC this year but will be transferring to  the  University of Delaware and will be majoring in  pre-veterinary medicine/animal sciences.  She was a member of the national honor society and volunteered at the humane society. She has also had a pet sitting business for last 7 years. She plans to participate in color guard next year at Delaware. 


Brianna’s Story

Brianna is a graduating senior from Oakdale High School.  She has been a member of the award winning OHS Color Guard for four years participating in both indoor and outdoor guard.  Brianna plans to attend Towson University in the fall and major in Speech Therapy.

Fireworks in DC

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’s Story – Gov Thomas Johnson High School Class of 2014

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’s Story

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 Story

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’s Story

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!

Happy Birthday Cameron!


Sawyer’s Story

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’s Story – Gov. Thomas Johnson HS Class of 2013

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’s Story – Oakdale High School Class of 2013

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. 

Sarah is planning on attending the University of Maryland in College Park. She is undecided as to what her major will be.  Congratulations Sarah!   

Shelby’s Story – Oakdale High School Class of 2013

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!

Baby Sophia’s Story

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!

Zombie Apocolypse at After Dark Photography Education

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.


Gavin’s Story

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!