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Frederick Corporate Headshots :: Mimi of McLaughlin Family Chiropractic

Meet Mimi of McLaughlin Family Chiropractic! We had a great session this week capturing some updated headshots in her gorgeous Walkersville office.

Mimi’s practice has been serving the Frederick community for 21 years. I know Mimi through Rotary and she’s such a vibrant, fun and caring person. I wanted to make sure that her new updated headshots reflected that. I think we did a good job!

Thanks for having me over at your beautiful Walkersville, Maryland office.




Interior Design Photography :: Modern Farmhouse Kitchen :: Frederick, Maryland

A few weeks ago I worked with Tuscan Blue Design and we styled and photographed a beautiful kitchen remodel that they designed in 2016. It was a foggy day but perfect light for me! This kitchen began as a dated 1990’s space with brown and beige everything. The client wanted a white kitchen that felt warm and inviting. Tuscan Blue Design paired white cabinets with a stained island and amazing natural cherry wood floors. As you scroll through the images notice all the details such as a planked ceiling, a custom bead-board wall, built-in benches, a counter top appliance garage (a dream!), the farmhouse sink, and double side opening ovens.

I drooled a lot at this interior design photo session!

Corporate Photography :: Fullview Virtual

Had a great time photographing AJ for his new company Fullview Virtual.

I’ve known AJ for years (through his wife, Laura. We even did an awesome anniversary session a few years ago!) Fullview virtual is such a cool company! Fullview takes 3D renderings of homes, corporate and office areas so people can take virtual tours of your space. This is so valuable for those selling homes and office space, for architects and interior designers, and for those searching for those spaces. Instead of first going to the property, you can check it out online and decide if you want to further pursue it. So smart!

I met up wit AJ first in Greencastle Pennsylvania to photographing him doing the 3D rendering in a residential space. Then we made our way to two different office spaces in Hagerstown, Maryland. Each one was really different and so we got a great variety of imagery.

The photos we took will be used on his new website, in social media and in various other types of marketing materials. It was super fun spending the afternoon driving around to some cool spaces to document AJ doing his thing.

Corporate photography doesn’t have to be boring- it should show off the personality of your brand and you. We can make it your own, so your company stands out from the crowd.

Frederick American Advertising Award Wins

CONGRATULATIONS to Mount St. Mary’s U on their American Advertising Award, a gold (!!!) ADDY win for the 2016 Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Viewbook and a SILVER ADDY for the redesign of the spring 2016 issue of Mount Magazine.

Thank you to talented graphic designer Lisa Gorham and the awesome marketing team at MSMU for bringing along on this project. This viewbook looks incredible. It was such an honor to work on both of these projects.

I was so proud to stand with Lisa Gorham at the American Advertising Awards for the ADDY wins. Lisa was a wonderful creative director for the 2016 Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Viewbook. It was such an honor to work on this project! Thank you to the marketing team at MSMU for trusting us with this important project. (and yes, I wore a jumpsuit- because- jumpsuits!)





Salamander Resort 40th Birthday Party

Lisa wanted a fantastic celebration for her 40th, and she sure got it! Associate Photographer Jenn did an amazing job of capturing the joy and friendship that accompanied this party held at Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia. Cocktails, some football watching, dinner and some dancing- that sounds pretty perfect to me!


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Hospice of Frederick County :: A Gift



In September I posted some images here on my photo page (with permission) from the local hospice home, Hospice of Frederick County’s Kline House, that I took for their marketing materials. I met some incredible nurses, staff, and patients. One of the patients I met was James.

James had the biggest smile and even though he was very sick and weak, he was a jokester. His spirit and eyes were bright despite his body being frail. How the nurses and staff care for these patients lit a little fire inside me. I’ve thought about him a lot since that August photo session.

When I left that photo shoot, I had that “photo high” that I hadn’t had in YEARS. (It’s what I imagine a runner’s high feels like… I’ve run two marathons and I’m still waiting for that “feeling” to ever happen…)

I had that high, that rush of dopamine, for days after. Every time I thought about Kline House, I couldn’t help but get all the feels. The good kind.

I usually photograph people in such a different time in their lives- new babies, beautiful weddings, big family get togethers. While photographing patients and nurses in a hospice home is vastly different, it’s every bit as important and equally beautiful.

When I logged onto my FB page this morning I saw a woman had commented on one of the photos from Hospice from months ago.

“My Daddy ❤” she wrote.

I noticed her profile photo was also the image I took at hospice.

I was in a rush this morning to get to Rotary on time, but I left a comment for her to reach out to me, I had more images, I said, if she wanted them.

Seconds later I got a message back. Yes, she wanted more images- anything I had of him, she would gladly take. I grabbed my external hard drive and scrolled through my entire photo session from that day. I pulled 37 images of her father. I put them in a Dropbox file and sent them over to the email address she had provided.

“Thank you so much! He passed in August so these pictures are a great little Christmas gift!”

I can’t help but weep tears of happiness and gratefulness that I was able to bring this daughter a smile, even a tiny bit of joy, during a season where I know she’s hurting and missing her dad.

You may never know who is hurting this season. Who is missing someone, who is angry this season, who is feeling broken.

Be extra kind.
Be extra patient.
Be extra giving.

Sometimes you don’t know how powerful a gift you give will be. It may seem small to you, but the world to someone else.

These were “just” marketing images… but now? Now they are something else, something much more special. And I am humbled by that.

Take the time. Be a little late Go the extra mile.

Thank you Hospice of Frederick County for the opportunity to do this important work- and thank you Three Old Souls for letting my images tell a very important story. It is one of the greatest honors of my life.

A Thank You to My USPS Mail Carrier, Lisa.


Today is my last day in the office before a little break for Christmas, and I wanted to take a minute to thank someone who helps keep my little business chugging- my mail carrier, Lisa.
Lisa! You deliver tons (and tons) of packages.
You pick up tons (and tons) of packages.
You make sure our mail is never in the elements, going above and beyond to make sure it’s secure and safe.
Simply put, there is no more thoughtful and dedicated mail carrier. I am so lucky that my office is on your route.

Lisa always goes out of her way to make sure things are done right- and that’s such a rare quality these days.

I literally have a package to send almost every day- and these days it’s more like 4 or 5- she is so dedicated to what she does and I am so thankful she is my mail carrier!

Thank you!
(I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph the small courthouse wedding of Lisa’s daughter, and was so happy to do so.)

Frederick Maryland Candlelight House Tour 2016 :: Celebrate Maryland

While the Candlelight House Tour is cool all on its own, the best part is that the ticket proceeds fund many free public events throughout the year here in Frederick, Maryland, including the Frederick’s 4th Celebration, the Sunday night Summer Concert Series, the Thursday morning Summerfest Family Theatre, In The Street, and other Holidays events. In addition to helping fund these events, a portion of the proceeds also benefits beautification and community projects in downtown Frederick. Over the 30 years of this tour, more than $100,000 has been donated to beautify the Frederick community. And that is just super cool.

In 2016, a portion of the tour proceeds will benefit the Culler Lake Project, Garden Club of Frederick, Green-walled Garden Club and the Men’s Garden Club of Frederick.

I didn’t take a ton of photos on the tour (was too busy drooling over everything!) but I did snap a few- enjoy!



National Adoption Day Event Photography :: Frederick County DSS


I can’t share any photos from this event but I had a wonderful time celebrating and photographing #NationalAdoptionDay with a special performance of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince with 100 foster and adoptive families and social workers with Frederick County Department of Social Services.

Thank you for having me, DSS- what a special event! I love photographing it each year.

Blogging For Your Business Workshop with The Garter Girl

Yesterday I had a blast learning about bogging for my business with The Garter Girl. Juli is an amazing resource and I really enjoyed learning from her during a really fun all day workshop. I’ve known Juli since 2010 when I photographed some of her first work for her first catalog. So much fun!

While I have been blogging since 2002 (wow, that’s so crazy!) I can’t say I have ever had a “plan” or that I’ve been strategic about it. Not to mention all the SEO stuff I’ve totally been missing out on.

So I took a leap and decided to take Juli’s workshop. Whoa. I am still trying to process all the information I learned, but my big takeaways were this:

  • Not every blog post needs to be amazing- just write and share your work and experience. Don’t overthink it.
  • Blog posts take time to get you traction- be patient.
  • What you do after writing your blog post is also important- how and where you share affects your reach.

It’s going to take me quite awhile to go through and implement all the great blogging for my business tips that I learned, but thankfully it’s quieting down over here after a very busy fall wedding season, and I should have some moments wto work on it soon.

Being a business owner means that I wear a lot of hats- obviously I’m a wedding photographer first, but I also wear the marketing, bookkeeping and IT hats, too. And I can always learn more about each aspect of my job. Yesterday was all about making the best use of my time with blogging- and boy did I get educated!

I am so ready to make my blog a more fun and hospitable place for my newest work to live, as well as to share more wedding anniversaries blog posts, travel blog posts and my corporate photography work. So be on the lookout for a refresh over here- coming soon!

A big shout out to Marigold & Grey for hosting the workshop- what a beautiful studio you have! (and I was eyeing all your gorgeous custom wedding gifts, too!) It was also really nice to see my long time buddy Claudia of Fig. 2 Design and Jennifer of Love Life. It was a really fun group of entrepreneurial women working hard to make their businesses shine. I was thrilled to be a part of it.



The swag from yesterday’s blogging workshop = awesome.