Family portraits at the Baltimore Harbor

28 11 2014

I don’t even know how to start this blogpost…..I’ve known Vanessa for several years now.  We met through the Maryland Professional Photographer’s Association years ago when we both had photography studios in Howard County.  She was the go-to photographer in Howard County for high school seniors, created incredible family portraits for her clients and has an immense wealth of info between her ears about photography and business! 🙂 After having her sweet baby boy, she decided to retire from the photography industry and move into another direction. I’ve learned so much from her and thankful for our friendship.  When she contacted me recently to create their new family portraits, I was elated…and honored…and nervous!! 😀

We are all familiar with (& live) the cliche’ that time flies…and it does…and Vanessa did not want another moment to go by without celebrating their family. When we got together for their portrait consultation, she had a lot of ideas. We were able to discuss them and really design a session that fit their needs and worked well for their family.  We were happy to be able to schedule their photo shoot during the time that Vanessa’s parents would be in town.  I was so happy to be able to create their extended family portrait along with Vanessa and Daniele’s family portrait.

Vanessa and I scoped out lots of different, potential locations throughout Baltimore a couple of weeks prior to their portrait session.  It was a great excuse to get a good walk in, catch up and find the perfect locations for their family.

The day of their shoot…wow, such a fun time with their awesome, beautiful family!  The weather was PERFECT, which photographers always hope for, but never count on. 🙂 The style and color choices of their clothes couldn’t have fit more perfectly into the Baltimore Harbor backdrop.  Talk about color harmony…..fantastic job, Vanessa and Karen!

“Dear Pam,  My heart is overwhelmed with how beautifully you photographed our family during our recent family portrait session in Baltimore! To see the natural expressions and playfulness that we enjoy on a daily basis actually captured in professional portraits brought tears to my eyes. (Okay, who are we kidding – I wept a little bit.) You took the time to listen to what we envisioned for our family and made it a reality. The investment we made by choosing you as our family photographer is worth every dollar! My heart is full.” Vanessa Ard

Vanessa and Daniele, thank you so much for choosing me to create your new family portraits.  It meant the world to me and I’m thrilled that you are so happy with the results. I know what it meant to you and I admire you for being so vulnerable and allowing me into the the intimate setting of your family. Love you both!

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I do believe this will become a 50″ or 60″ framed canvas in my studio!  I love this!

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These are such personal, beautiful images of mom and son.

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Karen is a sweet, fun and very beautiful teenager!

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Check out his personality! 🙂

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Seriously cute…

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He’s so fast, his feet don’t even touch the ground…

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Visitors – thank you for taking the time to read and view this blogpost about this wonderful family.  If you are ever in need of photography services, I’d love the chance to talk with you.  Here’s a little more info about us…..

Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town, you will truly enjoy your experience with Pam Long Photography. Clients enjoy a variety of portraiture, from maternity and babies, to children and families, high school seniors, pets, business headshots and special events. Whatever occasion life blesses you with, we will help you capture and document those moments to cherish for generations to come.

To receive information about what we offer and how we can meet your needs, please contact us at 410.988.5563 or email us at pam@pamlongphotography.com to set up a complimentary consultation. We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!

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What’s going on in Ellicott City and Howard County?

26 11 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! We hope that you have a wonderful holiday – filled with lots of love and good food! (full bellies and full hearts) 🙂

There are several exciting things happening in Ellicott City and Howard County that I wanted to let you know about:

There are a couple of local Turkey Trots that I thought you might be interested in! The Turkey Trot Charity 5K sponsored by the The Dancel Family Center Y  at 8:30am starting at Long Gate Parkway.  We participated in this last year and will be there again tomorrow….wish it would be like this past Monday’s nice, balmy weather…but we will manage. 😉

Another fun option is the 11th annual 5K and 1 mile run at Catonsville High School. All proceeds benefit CHS Cross Country Program and the philanthropic causes they support.  Our friends at Portalli’s and the Diamondback Tavern are sponsoring this great event. Come join the fun and burn some calories before the big feast!

If you’re participating in the Turkey Trots, don’t forget to record the Macy’s Day Parade! 🙂

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Everyone loves contributing to Toys for Tots! We are an official drop off location.  So, if you are local or just venturing down to Historic Elllicott City for some fabulous shopping, you can help bring joy to an underprivileged child by donating a toy that they will receive for Christmas this year! Drop off your new toys to Pam Long Photography, located in the Howard House, 8202 Main Street, Ellicott City, Md. 21043. As an added bonus, if you bring your toy receipt, we will match your cost (up to $100) in a gift card to our studio. You can gift this gift card to a loved one or use it for yourself for beautiful portraits. Pam is an international award winning photographer and was voted Howard County’s Best Photographer for 2013!  In addition, the Salon Marielle, also located on Main Street in Ellicott City, is offering gift cards for 20% off your next color treatment with your donations! We have these gift cards at Pam Long Photography and will be giving them to the first 15 people that donate toys! We can’t wait to see you!

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Food drive – Salon Marielle is partnering with Emory Methodist Church to help fill their food pantry and help local families in need! Please bring in a nonperishable item to Salon Marielle and receive 10% any one retail item. (excludes Aveda prepackaged gift sets.)

And finally,  Midnight Madness is just around the corner! Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping and come enjoy the festivities in Historic Ellicott City!  Stores, boutiques and restaurants will be open until midnight on Friday, December 5, 2014.  Beverages, treats and special offers throughout town! Don’t miss the annual Christmas tree lighting,  at 6 pm at the Howard County Welcome Center.  Free shuttle service from 6pm-12am.  Santa at the Log Cabin from 4-8, located at the top of Main Street next to The Wine Bin.  Babysitting services offered at Roger Carter Center. Vote for your favorite store window displays. Details can be found here.  Be sure to stop by the studio and say hello! 🙂

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Visitors – thank you for taking the time to read and view this blogpost.  If you are ever in need of photography services, I’d love the chance to talk with you.  Here’s a little more info about us…..

Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town, you will truly enjoy your experience with Pam Long Photography. Clients enjoy a variety of portraiture, from maternity and babies, to children and families, high school seniors, pets, business headshots and special events. Whatever occasion life blesses you with, we will help you capture and document those moments to cherish for generations to come.

To receive information about what we offer and how we can meet your needs, please contact us at 410.988.5563 or email us at pam@pamlongphotography.com to set up a complimentary consultation. We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!

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Opera singing, rock climbing, vinyl collecting Class of 2015 Senior!

2 11 2014

I love getting to know my clients and Amanda is one amazing high school senior! Amanda is a Class of 2015 Senior at Centennial High School in Ellicott City, MD.  She’s got a great style and sense of being.  She collects vinyl records, she’s a very talented and gifted opera singer and a great friend to many!  Amanda also juggles her busy schedule to include one of her favorite sports….rock climbing.    Centennial High School has an incredible group of singers that join together to form the  school’s Madrigal choir, and Amanda is a member.  Amanda’s highlight this year was to study at Tanglewood, at Boston University this past summer.

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“What we loved most about Pam is that she incorporated Amanda’s personality and interests into every second of  her senior portrait session.  From the music Amanda wanted to hear at the shoot, to her unique style of fashion, to the different locations that were personal to her.  All the while making the sessions fun, exciting and, most importantly,  making Amanda feel special.  We were so pleased with Pam Long Photography and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in need of an experienced, creative and caring photographer.”     Susan and Amanda Krew

When I first met with Amanda and her mom to discuss plans for her custom portrait sessions, ideas were flowing!  She has so many cool interests.  When I realized she collects vinyl lp’s, I immediately thought of the cool new record store that opened down the street from my studio this year.  If you haven’t had the chance to visit Archives Music and Games, you must put it on your list!   They moved to Historic Ellicott City’s Main Street this past year and are a welcome addition. Amanda was already familiar with the store, she’d been there many times, so she was down with the idea to have part of her photo shoot there.  A huge thank you to Jason, from Archives Music and Games, for allowing us to set up, in his store, for this portion of her shoot!  Also, a big thank you goes to Tanya, from A Journey from Junk.  After Tanya learned that Amanda loves vintage clothing, she brought her true vintage dresses from her own closet to wear!  The awesome dress that Amanda is wearing in these next few images are thanks to Tanya. xoxo 🙂

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We were also very fortunate to have created some of her portraits in the Peabody Library.  She has studied music at the Peabody Institute for several years.  I was elated that we could spend a few minutes within the walls of that beautiful, amazing building.  Amanda even sang for us, which was a real treat! Her voice is rich and powerful, yet so clear and delicate at the same time.  Her voice soared throughout the library perfectly, as if she’d performed there for years. An amazing future awaits this talented young lady!

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We were able to create some fun and beautiful senior pictures in our studio as well.  Here are just a few of what she chose as her favorites.

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Thank you, Amanda, for choosing Pam Long Photography to create your senior portraits and to document this milestone in your life!  I’ve certainly enjoyed getting to know you and your family! 🙂

 

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Visitors – thank you for taking the time to read and view this blogpost about this amazing young lady.  If you are ever in need of photography services, I’d love the chance to talk with you.  Here’s a little more info about us…..

Whether you choose to be photographed in our studio, on location or along the quaint streets of our own beautiful historic town, you will truly enjoy your experience with Pam Long Photography. Clients enjoy a variety of portraiture, from maternity and babies, to children and families, high school seniors, pets, business headshots and special events. Whatever occasion life blesses you with, we will help you capture and document those moments to cherish for generations to come.

To receive information about what we offer and how we can meet your needs, please contact us at 410.988.5563 to set up a complimentary consultation. We look forward to transforming your memories into your favorite works of art!