Newborn Photography – {Ellicott City Photographer}

5 03 2012

I’m not sure if we will ever catch up on blogging our photography sessions from last year but we’re going to work on it!

We were so excited to photograph a brand new baby of one of our former wedding couples. Eric and Aubrey were married in 2008, you can find a few wedding pictures of the beautiful bride and groom by clicking here.  They had their engagement session at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, at the end of their session, they sported their Redskins jerseys, click here to check out their e-session pictures.  I mention the Skins jerseys, for a very specific reason…..they are TRUE fans of the Washington Redskins.

Fast forward several years and they have an adorable little girl, and now, a beautiful baby boy.  And guess what??  They have their very own Skins’ jerseys!

Here’s a few photographs from their newborn photo session

Snug as a cute baby bug…
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Isn’t she too cute!!
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Aubrey and Eric, THANK YOU for the honor of hanging out with you and creating a few memories of baby E’s first week! I hope they are enjoyed for generations to come! You have a beautiful family and I’m so glad to know you all! 🙂

xoxo

If you, or someone you know, is looking for a photographer in the Maryland area, we’d love the chance to talk with them. 410.988.5563 pam@pamlongphotography.com. 🙂





Senior Portrait Photography, Ellicott City–Books, Books, Everywhere!

2 12 2011

Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Rachel, and I’m interning with Pam at Pam Long Photography this year (and I’m thrilled about it!).
We recently had an excellent photo shoot with a senior named Laura from Mount de Sales Academy! We photographed her entire family the week before (check out the photographs below!), and she just couldn’t get enough of us so she got her own senior session! We had a great time photographing her twin brother, Chris as well.

Laura is a big bookworm, and for her photos she brought five bags full of her favorite reading material. We had a great time stacking up the piles into a tunnel for Laura to lie down under and read her favorite book, and everyone got into it! Her collection was envy-inducing: the entire Harry Potter series (bought in England!), Le Morte D’Arthur, Edgar Allen Poe, Looking for Alaska, a whole bunch of books by Tamora Pierce…I would name many more than that, if I could remember them all! It was a super unique set of photos, and lots of fun–especially when she stood up and knocked them all down!
Laura is also a budding photographer, and that lent a whole new set of ideas for portraits. But I won’t ruin the fun: check out some of the samples below!
All in all, it was a great time, one of my favorites so far. Laura, we had a great time doing your senior photos, and we hope you did too!

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Fun with the whole family!

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Laura’s brother Chris got his senior portraits with us as well!  Chris is an awesome senior at Mount St. Joseph.

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And our magnificent book piles come tumbling down!

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And now, a note from Pam.  Wow, what great sessions we had with this incredible family! Jodi, thank you so much for contacting us and choosing Pam Long Photography as your photography studio for your family portraits as well and your senior portraits.  We had a magnificent time with your entire family.  I had a great time planning your different sessions with you, photographing and getting to know your family and having you back in the Studio for your Portrait Premiere. It was fun watching you all interact together.  It’s been a true pleasure getting to know you and your family.  Thank you. 🙂

Rachel, you are a gem.  Thank you for your assistance during the sessions, for your genuine love of photography and for wanting to be the best you can be.  I’m honored to have you interning with Pam Long Photography this year!  And congrats on your first blogpost!!! 😀





Celebrate Your Family and Bring a Smile to a Needy Child! Operation Smile Fundraiser Limited Edition Fall portrait sessions this Sunday!

19 10 2011

Hi friends,

Your smiles can help provide a smile for a child in need! 🙂

This year we will be raising money for Operation Smile, www.operationsmile.org, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.  More than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity every year in Operation Smile partner countries, yet tens of thousands remain untreated.

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Sunday, October 23rd from 11a.m. – 5 p.m.,  we will be having a fantastic time celebrating your children, family and this beautiful weather. The colors of Autumn are vibrant, the weather is gorgeous, the time has come for our Limited Edition Fall portrait sessions.  At Pam Long Photography, we have designed a wonderful outdoor session that brings the magic of the fall season to you!  Your beautiful smiles and laughter will complement the season, creating timeless portraits of your children that you will cherish for years to come!

These Limited Edition sessions will be held in our Garden Studio with a backdrop of natural grasses and fallen leaves, ideal for timeless portraits of your children.

Documenting the faces of children and their families is our greatest pleasure.  That’s why we feel so strongly in the work of Operation Smile.  Please check out  www.operationsmile.org.  For as little as $240, we can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery…..translation…..we schedule 10 sessions, we provide one surgery for a very deserving child!

Sessions are only $75.00!

  • $25 of your session fee will be donated to Operation Smile.
  • Limited Edition packages start at just $199!
  • 30 minute sessions
  • 10% discount on all gallery wrapped canvas portraits created from these sessions.
  • 10% discount on holiday cards created from these sessions.

Our special Limited Edition pricing will be in effect, and availability is limited. Call 410.719.0405 now to schedule your appointment.  Session fee of $75 is due upon booking to reserve your space.

This is the perfect time to capture and update your child’s portrait…even your family portrait if you choose!

We’re looking forward to sharing some cider, hot cocoa and treats while creating beautiful portraits for you!

Thank you for choosing Pam Long Photography to document those special times in your family’s life!





Print Competitions! Howard County Photographer

21 07 2011

Last year I decided to ‘man-up’ and start entering my images in our State competitions.  Nerve racking doesn’t begin to explain how I feel prior to and during the competitions.  For the past couple of years, I’ve sat through many of them as a spectator and it’s amazing what you learn when you hear the Master judge’s critiques and suggestions.  I knew it was time to bite the bullet and go for it.  As much as I learned from being a spectator, I knew I would gain even more knowledge by entering my own images.

So last year, I entered my first image.  My goal was to be awarded a score of 80…..I won’t go into the whole scoring process now, but that was my goal.  I thought I would have to compete several times before reaching that goal, so you can imagine how thrilled I was  when the score was called and it was an 80!   No way! 😀 I went home that night with a blue ribbon!!

And later, in our Annual Competition, I entered this image and received the Kelly Pierce Memorial Award, for Best Portrait of a Child!  I was beyond excited!

Here’s my first entry, titled “Chicks Dig Me”.

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This image is so special to me. Joseph, my adorable subject, is the son of 2 of my favorite people in the universe. Thank you, Sue and Cliff!

Last month, I competed again, still sooooo nerve racking. There were over 90 images submitted!  I found myself feeling like I was in second grade, sitting on my hands with my fingers crossed, avoiding eye contact with the teacher, hoping she doesn’t call on me!! Who does that??
Here is “Golden Statue”. I was thrilled to receive another 80 with beautiful Nahal as my model!  Thank you, Nahal!
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I also entered “Little Big Man” last month and it scored an 80 as well!!  How cute is he?! Thank you, Danielle!
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Now, I’ll back up a few months, I entered more images in another State Print Competition.   I was so excited about the scores and I came home with more awards!  BUT, I’ve got to take a moment to say, that I apologize for not posting these sooner. I really want to celebrate my clients, but it’s difficult for me because I feel like I’m praising myself when I put these up and talk about awards.    While I do want my clients and potential clients to know that I work hard to deliver beautiful, emotional and fun images and I’m continually working to improve, it’s still uncomfortable for me to say “look what I did!”  So for the family members and subjects of these next several images, I’m sorry that I didn’t announce these sooner.

Here are the winning images from a few months ago:

This sweet baby, I’ve had the pleasure of watching her grow because she’s on my baby’s first year plan.  The baby to one of my wedding couples, this is “Peaceful on Grandma’s Blanket”. Thank you, KC and John.

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I love this family portrait.  Pete and Mary, two of my oldest (not in age but in # of years that I’ve known them!! 😉 ) friends and it was an amazingly fun time hanging out with them and their handsome boys!

Titled, “A Brilliant Family Perspective”. Thank you, Pete and Mary.

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Sweet, sweet Bella had so much fun at her one year old portrait session and I had a blast with her.  Thank you, Donna and Jeff.

“Ummmm, privacy please!”

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This beautiful little baby girl was the perfect, happy subject, simply titled, “Christmas Baby”  Thank you, Shawn and Brian!

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I will be the first to admit that it is extremely rewarding to be recognized for your work and to win awards.  But, it is even more rewarding to have wonderful clients that trust me to create beautiful and emotionally moving images for them to admire for generations.  I’m blessed to be able to document incredible milestones in a person’s life and I never take that for granted.  I always work to continually improve my craft.

Thank you! xo

For anybody who is interested in the Print Competitions and what the judges look for when they score:
(copied from the Professional Photographers of America website, http://www.ppa.com)

The use of these 12 elements connects the modern practice of photography and its photographers to the historical practice of photography begun nearly two centuries ago.

Twelve elements have been defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Any image, art piece, or photograph will reveal some measure of all twelve elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one

The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance.

Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

Lighting—the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.





Salon Marielle, Main Street in Ellicott City

20 07 2011

Are you familiar with Salon Marielle?  Do you already receive some of the fantastic services that they provide?  Salon Marielle is an Aveda Salon and MaryAnne Spurlin, the owner, has Salon Marielle by the Bay in Havre de Grace as well. Continue reading and you’ll find some great promotions for current clients and potential clients of the Salon and of Pam Long Photography.

“Our mission at Salon Marielle is to recognize and enhance the natural beauty around us; from the clients we serve to the communities in which we work while maintaining our commitment to the Aveda lifestyle.”
MaryAnne Spurlin, Founder

The Salon came highly recommended  to me a couple of years ago by a few of my friends.  The moment I stepped into their Salon, I was happy to be there.  The aroma of lavendar in the air, the welcoming smiles from the staff members and the attention to detail that I received from my stylist, Kathleen. 🙂

One of the exciting things I wanted to begin this year was to partner with some of the local companies and get more involved in the community.  One way I do this is to offer wall displays to other businesses in which I am impressed.  If they treat their clientele with great respect and truly care about consistently providing great customer service, I offer to partner with them.   It’s been great showing off some of my clients in this wonderful establishment.  The displays will change throughout the years, so be sure to mention to me when you schedule an appointment that you are a Salon Marielle client, perhaps a portrait of you, your child or your family will be displayed on their walls.

Here’s a quick snapshot of one of our displays, located in their waiting room.  My clients have enjoyed their gallery wrapped canvas wall groupings in their homes.
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I’ve had the privilege of providing professional headshots for their stylists and staff members. When I consulted with Rachel, the manager of the Salons, I had asked her if she wanted the headshots to look consistent with each other or allow a little creativity so that the different personalities of each stylist could be recognized. She definitely wanted each of her staff members to have some flexibility. It was fun having them in the Studio and getting to know each of them a little bit more. Here are the wonderful staff members of Salon Marielle of Ellicott City and Salon Marielle by the Bay of Havre de Grace.

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This will be a large 60″ portrait, proudly diplayed in their Salon.

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😀  A SPECIAL OFFER FROM SALON MARIELLE – You receive a free glossing with any haircut with Elizabeth, April or Amanda at their Main Street, Ellicott City Salon.  And at their Havre de Grace Salon, you receive the same offer from Sara or Alisha.  Be sure to mention that you saw their offer on my blog when you book your appointment in order to receive the free treatment.

😀  A SPECIAL OFFER FROM PAM LONG PHOTOGRAPHY  to any STAFF MEMBER or CLIENT of the Salon Marielle family call by July 31st and receive $75 off of your session fee!  Yes, you read it correctly, $75 off!  Call between now and midnight July 31st to schedule a design appointment to plan your photo session.  The photo session must take place before August 31 in order to qualify for this amazing offer.  Let us know that you’re a client of Salon Marielle and what your favorites services are that you receive there and you will receive your $75 off when you book your session.  Remember, this offer is good through midnight, July 31.  Call NOW to save $75 off of your session! (offer is valid on regular sessions in Studio, Garden Studio or on location, not valid on mini sessions and cannot be combined with any other special offers).

I’m looking forward to serving you.





Baby portraits for handsome Gabriel {Ellicott City Photographer}

23 05 2011

I LOVE having the honor of photographing babies.  Truly, I love everything about it. I love the family portraits we capture, the photographs of mom with the baby, dad with the baby, all of it! Toes, fingers…so cute and tiny!

I’ve had the pleasure of creating many family portraits for this beautiful family. Gabriel is actually their fourth child!….and first boy! Yes, he will have THREE big sisters looking out for him. 🙂

As I look through the images from Gabriel’s session, I’m reminded of when I was pregnant with my now 7 year old and having tears in my eyes while sharing my excitement with Denise (Gabriel’s mom). I couldn’t wait for her and her hubby to experience the joy, the anticipation, the wonder of it all. Well now, fast forward almost 8 years, and they have had FOUR children since then! FOUR!! They handle parenthood so well. Denise and Rob, I admire how you work so beautifully together to balance your personal and professional lives. Your children are very blessed to have you as parents.  Your clients in your real estate company, The Garner Team, are real fortunate to have you as well, you really work hard for them so that their buying and/or selling experience is a good one.

Here are just a few of the images from our morning together.  I’m looking forward to his six months portraits when he is surrounded by all of his adoring sisters!

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Thanks again, Rob and Denise, for the continued honor of documenting your family’s love.

xoxo





“Welcome home daddy” and “Happy birthday, baby!” {Ellicott City Photographer}

27 03 2011

So…..I met Shawn last year.  She had called my studio asking if I did “cake smash” photos for babies birthday pictures.  After chatting and answering some questions, I invited her into the Studio to discuss further what she wanted and what I could offer.  I loved our visit, we hit it off right away.

Through our conversation that day at the Studio, I learned that her husband was in the Middle East serving our country.  He would be home in several months when their baby turns one!  AWESOME!!  How great that we could create a family portrait at the same time of Cheyenne’s one year portraits and cake smash photos!

Even though it was several months until daddy would be home, I was able to see Cheyenne and her mommy a few times.  I invited her to help me showcase some of my new tutu sets, Cheyenne was a great little model.

Hi daddy!!  Hurry home!
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Christmas baby…
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Fast forward now,  to last month when the long awaited trip from husband and daddy was finally realized.  Brian was now on U.S soil and with his family!!! 😀 He, his beautiful wife and baby and his parents all came to my studio for a great afternoon.  It was a true honor and joy to have all of them here.

Here are some of the portraits that we created that fun February day.

First of all, THANK YOU, BRIAN, for serving our country.  I’m so thankful for you and all of our servicemen and women.
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Are they a beautiful family or what??

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How sweet is this??

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This just melts my heart….

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Sometimes, I’m lost for words….

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Brian’s beautiful and proud parents…

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On to the birthday girl!  Time to party.

“I WILL EAT MY TOES IF YOU DON’T GIMME MY CAKE!!!!!!”
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WE’VE PUT TOGETHER A FUN SLIDESHOW OF CHEYENNE PERFORMING HER CAKE SMASH.  I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

I had such an amazing time photographing Cheyenne and her family!  I am honored to have had the pleasure to get to know this wonderful family.  Debbie, Bill, Leslie, Brian, Shawn and baby Cheyenne, big hugs to you all!

Shawn, I’m looking forward to our next fun day with your little sweetheart.  Let’s get your grandmother in here for that “4 generations of gorgeous girls” portrait!  😉

xo