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”.

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!

I also entered “Little Big Man” last month and it scored an 80 as well!!  How cute is he?! Thank you, Danielle!

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.


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.


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!”


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


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,

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.

Welcome home, Max!

4 09 2010

While most people were celebrating with joy during the July 4th weekend, this family was mourning the loss of their dog, Tootsie.  She was a beautiful dog and a family member to the Lopez family for many years. She is missed dearly.

Eventually mom started visiting the Animal Welfare Society in Howard County to check out other doggies.  She wasn’t anxious to adopt another dog but thought if she saw one that seemed right for them, there might be a possibility of a new family member.  In time,  one caught her eye.  She brought her son the next time to check him out.  She went back to start the adoption process only to find out that someone else had already begun the adoption on that dog.

She returned several times, keeping an open mind and open heart…and then…there he was…Max!  It was evident that Max really wanted to go home with Sarah and her son, Tito.  Not only did Sarah notice Max, but  when she returned another day, Max remembered Sarah and got her attention how ever he could! 🙂

This guy is soooooooooo cute.  I had the honor of documenting their day as Sarah and Tito picked Max up from his temporary home, took him to his appointment at PetSmart for his shampoo, blow dry and teeth brushing and then to his new and permanent home.  What a joy to watch Tito fall in love with Max, referring to him as “my buddy” and taking complete ownership in his care.  He is so proud of his buddy Max!

Here is Tito’s buddy, Max. Walking out of the animal shelter and into Tito’s life…

Home, Max is HOME!!

This image warms my heart…

I hope you enjoy this slideshow of special moments from The Day in the Life of Max…..


Sarah and Tito, thank you so much for allowing me to hang out all day with you to capture these special moments.

Hayley and Lexi, thanks for being great little helpers so I could do this for Max and his family.  Special thanks to Hayley for videotaping part of the day!


Please call Pam Long Photography to see how they can document a special day in the life of your family!

Welcome, baby sister!

27 06 2010

Theresa and Jeremy were already blessed with an adorable son and on June 7th, they welcomed their beautiful baby daughter. I had the wonderful honor of photographing baby sister “A” just one day after she was born.

Theresa’s best friend purchased a Pam Long Photography gift certificate for a hospital photo session. I LOVE going to the hospitals and photographing the older sibling(s) as they see their new baby for the first time. Big brother “R” was able to meet his baby sis the night before and he was still beaming about it when I saw him the following day.

Big brother held his sis for the first time and it was just precious to watch. Mom was gorgeous, she didn’t remotely look like she had just given birth. And dad, he had a wonderful gift of calm about him as he radiated with pride.

Jeremy, it was great to meet your mom and sister and sweet niece.

Theresa and Jeremy, thank you for allowing me to share part of your special day with you.  I hope you look back at these images each year and a warmth floods your heart.  You are wonderful parents and have a beautiful family.  Your children are blessed to have you as parents.  Hugs to you all and a huge congratulations!!

I hope you enjoy your slideshow. Click here to enjoy their slideshow.


“Thank You for your Service” Mini Session Special!

25 08 2009

With deep gratitude and great appreciation, Pam Long Photography would like to thank all of our service people for serving this wonderful country.  In remembrance of our heros who died on September 11th, we are offering mini sessions for all service people and their families.

Saturday, September 19th will be our “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE” day (wish it could be closer to 9/11 but I’m booked that entire weekend).

Sessions will be scheduled every 30 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. with the last session scheduled at 3 p.m.  Because of the limited number of sessions, payment is required at time of booking.

If your spouse, brother, sister, mom, dad or child is serving, or has served our country, you qualify for a 30-minute photo session for only $30!!  I will have special package pricing for you as well!!  You are also eligible for 10% off of our custom holiday cards using the images that we create together on the 19th!

All families photographed on  September 19th, will be entered into a drawing to win  a FREE  signature 16 x 20 wall portrait!

Call our office, 410.719.0405 to schedule your session today!!

Thank you for serving our country.  My family and I appreciate the freedoms this beautiful country offers.



22 07 2009








Beach Portraits...August 5-8



Time for Homecoming

24 10 2008

at Howard High School.

Saturday was the big day at Howard High. Nahal and some of her friends got together at her house, after the game…which they won 🙂 and before their big night out.

Here are a few images of the awesome group of friends…

Nahal and Katie...

Love it…

Here’s Caitlin and her sister hamming it up for someone…

Proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

Katie and her beautiful mom…

Nahal, once again, you’ve got a great set of friends. It was so nice to meet everyone and some of their mom’s too!!

A fun and relaxing vacation…

28 07 2008

We just returned from a fun family vacation in Ocean City.  We had fantastic weather, lots of beach time, fun waterslides and best of all, GREAT family time!

I’ve put together a slideshow.  Mostly water time, a photo shoot with the girls on the beach and boat time with our friends Anne and Mike.  Hope you enjoy. This is also an example of the slideshow that is included in the “Day in the Life of …….” portrait session.  Contact me for details.


CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SLIDESHOW.  Some images were taken with my iPhone so the quality isn’t the BEST.


Here are a few photos from the week.

Daddy and the girls…

Lexi is finally starting to have fun in front of the camera. Usually she can sense it from a mile away and takes off running. Here, her pants are wet from running in the ocean and she’s full of sand, but I love it…

Adorable image of the girls…

Now, as you are probably aware, most hotels have a “foot shower” that you can use so you don’t track sand throughout their hotel. Hayley took it to a whole new level… 

I love this of Hayley and Lexi…
I feel like I need to explain that image because you can see sand but there is no water!!! Yes, I saturated the sky in Photoshop but I didn’t remove the ocean! The tide that morning created a cliff, literally it looked like a vertical wall. There was about a 1 1/2 – 2 foot drop off and then you were in the water!

At the end of the week, we were able to visit our friends, Anne and Mike and their adorable children William and Ella. You’ll see several images of their family in the slideshow. Here’s a photo of Anne taken during the fun boat ride they gave us…
Thanks you guys for your awesome hospitality. You provided a phenomenal finale to our vacation.

Me and the girls…

Johnny, enjoying the boat ride…

Some of the images you’ll see in the slideshow were taken at Slide and Ride on 65th Street.  We had a blast. They have waterslides, basketball courts, miniture golf, a moon bounce, ‘paddle’ boats for kids and more.  We had so much fun there and very reasonably priced.  So if you have children and are going to vacation in Ocean City, check them out!

Cape May, NJ is beautiful…

29 05 2008

…and so are the residents!!

I was attending MARS, Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography and had the pleasure of meeting several people that live in this charming beach town.

One of them is Theresa…
isn’t she a doll?

(First of all, I hope I get time to blog about my MARS experience because it was an incredible time.  I studied under MIchael Redford and he knows what the heck he’s talking about when it comes to business and portraiture.  You rock Michael! Thanks again for taking time away from your own business to help us with ours! I met some incredibly talented photographers that week.  It was great to study with them, shoot with them, power walk with them, socialize with them and laugh with them.  Anne Looney was my roomie and it couldn’t have worked out any better, thanks Anne!)  I honestly hope to post more on this incredible experience later.

Okay, back to the fun shoot…

I met Theresa and Daniel by accident. I needed to get change for the parking meter so I ran into Casales Shoes at the Washington Street Mall. Two gorgeous woman were talking about a photo shoot that one of them was going to have later that day.  I thought she was referring to being a model for the MARS school but she explained that a local restaurant was doing a commercial shoot and she would be a ‘guest’ in the restaurant during the shoot. They gave me the change and off I went.  I was at the mall because I was shopping for a gift for our instructor with Sue Engler, a wonderful photographer from Delaware.  I had my camera gear in the car JUST IN CASE I had the opportunity to shoot. 

Long story short(er)…I formally met Theresa and Chris (the women that I accidentally eavesdropped on their conversation earlier) and Daniel…Theresa’s adorable boyfriend.  Theresa and I hung out for a while as I photographed her and then Daniel eventually joined us.   

These two were so cute together and so much fun and soooo into each other.  Their first date was almost two years ago at a Vintage Prom fundraiser.  They were crowned King and Queen.  How cute is that?! Not a bad first date!!!…and a great story to share with grandkids one day 😉

Okay, here are some of my faves from our short time together…





Theresa and Dan, it was great working with you and getting to know you! Dan, for you to call Theresa and ask her if she wanted to come back into town was awesome, thank you.

You make me smile everytime I think about how sweet you were to one another. Always be like that!

Dan, it was great to have met your Aunt and Grandfather. Your family has a great business there!!

I wish for you the best. Keep me posted on how you’re doing!!



My baby turns 3…

16 03 2008

Last weekend my baby became a “big girl” 3 year old.  

We celebrated with friends and family at Playwise Kids in Columbia.  We had been there a few other times and the girls have had a blast each time.  So much to do and a diverse range of choices!  Check them out for a fun play date or party! 

Amanda was our “Party Hero”.  She was great with Lexi and her friends.  Amanda, thanks for taking great care to make sure Lexi had fun.  You coordinated everything nicely to ensure that her party ran smoothly.

Here’s the big girl…

Lexi LOOOOVES the sandbox…

Here’s Lexi with Amanda, her “Party Hero”…

There are many different areas to play at Playwise. One is the grocery store. You can fill up your grocery cart with fruits, veggies and dry goods and then head over the cashier. Here Joseph heads out to shop…

Big sister Hayley with Jake and her cousin Kelly…

Three Brothers does the catering for Playwise Kids.  Everyone loved the pizza and fruit platter that they prepared.  Yum!

I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a great time…

Thanks to Amanda and to Playwise Kids for providing this fun entertainment for Lexi and her friends.  Amanda, the letter that you sent to Lexi was really nice!  Thanks to Three Brothers for the food.  Thanks to Lexi’s friends and family for coming out and celebrating with us.  Thanks to Nonnie and Poppu for making the drive to be here with us.

And of course, thanks to Lexi for being such a sweet, cute, smart and lovable daughter! We love you soooo much.

Goodnight Moon…

21 02 2008

Tonight we were able to witness the Lunar Eclipse!!!  It was awesome.  It seems whenever there’s been an eclipse in the past, I couldn’t see it due to….the weather….or time of night….or too many clouds in the sky…or I forgot  😀 .

Thanks to my mom giving me a quick call to remind me, I was able to grab the camera and tripod and take some pictures until the moon was fully tucked in.

Here are several shots of the moon taken between 9 and 10pm as the earth passed between it and the sun.

Using a slower shutter speed allows you to see more of the moon beneath the shadow…

If you weren’t able to catch it tonight, be sure to check it out in 2010!!