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Jordan: Coopers Rock Maternity Session, Morgantown WV Photographer

Coopers Rock has become quite the popular location for my clients and I. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been there numerous times, mostly for engagement sessions, and each time I return I try to use different areas of the forest for pictures. I don’t want to revisit the exact same spots each time…my pictures would look too similar! I need to keep the challenge of creativity alive in my shooting and trying to find new and unique backdrops at a location I go to almost monthly will do just that.

Such a challenge arose again two weekends ago. I met Jordan and Matt at Coopers Rock within 90 minutes of sunset and was excited for a couple reasons. One, it was my first maternity session at Coopers Rock. Maternity sessions have become one of my favorite things to photograph and I hope to do more of them in the near future. And two, it was a GORGEOUS evening! Do you remember that mid-April weekend when the temperatures hit 80 degrees in West Virginia!?! That’s when we met. It was warm and the sun was shining! The sunset hours made for some perfect, glowy light…one thing I love to have in maternity sessions…and really got me in a good mood to create some awesome portraits for these future parents.

While Jordan kept things fairly simple with just one outfit, she really spiced things up with some fun accessories and some killer facial expressions. She was both smiley and serious during the session, and both work so well on her! Jordan and Matt were incredibly easy to work with and I really enjoyed just hanging out and chatting with them…I felt so comfortable! They’re baby boy is due in June and we’ve already got the newborn session on the calendar, so you’ll be seeing these two again this summer. Until then, enjoy their beautiful sun-filled maternity session!

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We took this shot within the first few minutes of shooting…and I was pumped to see how comfortable Jordan was showing off the “model face”…

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A striking black and white portrait! Love it!!

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I was SO impressed with Jordan’s “model look” here. Another striking portrait!

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The light was so good to us that evening!!!

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I used my Canon 70-200 2.8 L lens a good bit during this session, which isn’t a regular thing for me. I need to remember the beautiful bokeh the lens creates and use it WAY more often than I do! If you’re a portrait or event photographer and don’t have the 70-200 yet, definitely consider putting it on your list of things to buy next! The next two portraits were shot with the 70-200…

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Don’t you just love the playfulness that Jordan’s floppy hat brings to the session!?!

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Beautiful light and a beautiful subject! A favorite for me. :)

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Then I asked Matt to join in and he did this…immediately. The cuteness was almost too much to handle for this photog! Great job, Matt! :)

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Even though it was a busy day at Coopers Rock because of the beautiful weather, we were still able to find plenty of “empty” spaces for portraits…

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OH THE LIGHT!!! Thank you, Mother Nature!

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More beautiful bokeh from my 70-200 lens!!!

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Another favorite for me! I love Jordan’s soft smile, the glowy light, the beautiful bokeh…

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Hot mama-to-be!!!! :)

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Jordan had one more accessory up her sleeve…this sparkly, trendy headband. Props to all you ladies out there who can pull these off!

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One last stop at the overlook for sunset…

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And this was Jordan’s idea! Playful fun with blue glitter since they’re having a boy! Very cool. :)

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So was this maternity session warm, glowy and beautiful or what!?! Three things I love most about maternity sessions and we had plenty of each for this one! Jordan and Matt, thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of this special time in your lives. You guys were so much fun to photograph and I cannot wait to see what we’ll capture when baby boy arrives! See you in June and good luck with your final weeks before becoming a family of three. :)

April Anniversaries

So, who out there is glad it’s April!?! ME! ME! I know I am! Winter seemed to be a bit longer and colder this year, so when April hit and we started seeing some consistently warm temperatures, I was a happy camper! :)

April means spring time…spring time means warmer weather…and spring time and warmer weather mean it’s wedding season! For me, the 2014 wedding season officially starts THIS weekend! I’m a little nervous since I haven’t been in “wedding mode” since November/December, but I’m excited to get back into the swing of things and take some awesome pictures for some awesome couples. :) Speaking of awesome couples…

My April last year included two weddings with two awesome couples. Both Neeley and Chris and Nikki and Chris were fun, laid-back couples who put a priority on their pictures and making sure their guests had a good time. In turn, both had wonderful weddings that resulted in some beautiful pictures and an enjoyable experience by their photog. ;)

So happy first anniversary Neeley and Chris, and Nikki and Chris! I know you all had lots of fun during your first year and I hope that fun continues for many years to come! Thanks again for asking me to capture your wedding days. :)

Neeley and Chris were married on April 13th. It was a BEAUTIFUL spring day. Since then, these two have started building a house together AND welcomed a baby boy. BIG CONGRATS to them!!!

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Neeley was STUNNING!

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Hahaha…I love Neeley’s face in this one. :) So glad she was a bride with a fun personality that kept wedding photography a high priority!

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Nikki and Chris were married on April 21st…and it was another BEAUTIFUL day. Their wedding was so relaxed, and so easy…

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I remember being nervous before asking Nikki and Chris if they’d sit in the grass for some pictures. But I should have known they’d be up for it! And I’m so glad they were…

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Happy First Anniversary!!

Jack: Two Month Portraits, Garrett County MD Photographer

Little Mr. Jack-a-rooni is 10 weeks old now! Technically, he’s 2.5 months old and here I am, once again, behind in sharing his portraits. Ah, ’tis the life of a stay-at-home mom, wife and photographer. :)

Jack has been a fairly smiley baby over the past couple of weeks. You can tell he feels some emotion when looking at you and he’s even started to pair his smiles with some giggles and coos. Most recently, I’ve noticed him noticing his hands, and the little toy bugs and monkeys that fly above him in his swing and on his play mat. He’s still a challenging baby, especially in the evenings, but I think his new, smiley disposition makes up for that.

Here’s our little man at two months old…

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I think he was practicing his “model look” right here. :)

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Please excuse his scratches. He’s a mover and a shaker, and that usually means his fingers are up by his face, moving. We need to clip his nails more often, I suppose.

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So smiley! One of my faves of him since he was born. :)

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Jack has definitely developed some great baby rolls! Check out those legs!!

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Haha the picture on the right is a little humorous. I think he’s upset with his double chin. :)

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He started noticing the camera and all its beeps…and that got him excited!

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I wonder what he’ll be doing next month!?! Only three weeks left until it’s time for his three-month portraits! I’m excited! :)