Mother’s Day Gift Certificates

30 04 2010

Alright, kiddos, time to buy the perfect gift for your mom. Pam Long Photography gift certificates!  For a very limited time, we are offering an extra bonus!  When you purchase a gift certificate for $100,  your certificate will be valued at $125!  When you purchase a gift certificate for $150, you receive an extra $50 for a value of $200!!!  That’s a fantastic return on your investment.   🙂

Give mom the incredible gift of portraits.  She can use them to pay for a photo session (family, children, maternity, newborn, boudoir, in-studio, on location – get it? no limits!!)  If you’re planning on beach portraits this summer, she can use it towards awesome family portraits on the beach.  Planning on holiday cards again this year, yes, these  certificates can be used towards them!  Do you know someone that is expecting a baby, purchase one for her to use toward maternity and newborn portraits! These certificates can also be used for portrait prints, albums, frames, purses or jewelry.

“My sister was right, you are wonderful!  My family and I had a great time and shared lots of laugh together during our photo shoot and portrait selection with you.  As a picky person, I was very impressed with your attention to detail, professionalism, and personal attention  you gave us.  It’s obvious that you love what you do and your work shows it.  I have and will continue to recommend your services to my friends and family.”

This offer is good for all people….not just moms or for moms!  If you know that you’ll be having Pam Long Photography photograph a session for you in the future, yes, you may purchase a value-added gift certificate as well.  But….you need to do it by Wednesday, May 5th!

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We have 14 gift certificates in stock. These will be sold on a first call, first serve basis. If you call our office and we are not available to personally answer your call, please leave a detailed message with the # of certificates you would like and the dollar amount that you are spending on each (and of course, your name and contact info….but you already know that, right?). All calls will be taken in the order in which they are received. Many of you “shop” at night, we understand, you are welcome to email us at pam@pamlongphotography.com with your information (do not email your credit card info) and we will get back with you.

We look forward to serving you. Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂





A Labor Day wedding for Lori and Chris…

22 09 2009

proved to be a fantastic time for everyone!

We began our day at Lori’s house where we met her family and the great girls standing up for her. Whitney, from Split Ends Salon in Severna Park, was doing hair and makeup for the girls. Each girl had a beautiful and unique style that suited them perfectly. Great job Whitney!  It was nice to hang out with Lori’s family and bridal party for a few hours; we were able to see their true personalities and the love that they share for one another.

We headed to Overhills Mansion in Catonsville, a beautiful location for their ceremony and reception.  I had previously photographed a reception at Overhills and was looking forward to working there again.  Being a photographer at a wedding, your eyes always move so that you can anticipate and capture the moments of the day.  You can’t help but notice the details of the location and the staff.  Tracy (my awesome 2nd shooter) and I were really impressed with the service staff the last time we were there.  They seemed to really “get” that the wedding is the most important day, so far,  in the couple’s life.  Each of their staff members certainly had their best foot forward and were very attentive and professional.  The same held true for Lori and Chris’s special day.  Huge kudos Brandy and to the White House Caterers and Overhills Mansion staff.

Chris and Lori had decided to have their “first look” prior to their ceremony.  The landscape of Overhills Mansion allowed for a beautiful backdrop for their special moment as well as their ceremony.

Gorgeous flower arrangements were made by Judy, of Flowers by Judy.  She chose some beautiful, fresh, colorful arrangements.

Their cake was made by Patti Kake.  Lori said it was delicious and her guests truly agreed!

Here are a few images from their enchanting day.

The very stunning bride…
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Aren’t they a cute couple…
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Beautiful children surrounding a beautiful bride…
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How precious is she? Adorable or what?!
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Enjoy this slideshow of Lori and Chris’s fabulous wedding day.

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Thanks, Lori and Chris, for allowing me this awesome opportunity to document your wonderful love story.  We had a great time with you all.  You are certainly surrounded by lots of love!

Tracy, thanks again!  2 beautiful weddings back to back and you never once complained about being tired, sore feet or anything!  Thanks for being a positive presence at our weddings!

xoxo








Amy and Paul were married…

19 09 2009

on a gorgeous day in Baltimore.

They were happily married at Westminster Hall, a beautiful, converted Gothic church built above Westminster Burying Ground.  Edgar Allan Poe, several mayors of Baltimore and heroes of the American Revolution have found their final resting place there.

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Paul and Amy decided to have their “First Look” prior to their ceremony.  Paul anxiously waited for Amy….
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Once Amy arrived and Paul turned around to see her, I had goose bumps. They were so sweet with one another.
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Isn’t she beautiful…
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I’ve noticed a trend from my wedding couples lately, and I have to say, I LOVE it. Instead of giving favors to each of their guests to take home, they are donating money to a charity. Amy and Paul chose to donate to Baltimore’s Viva House, a soup kitchen and Catholic Worker community.
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Amy and Paul, in honor of your marriage, for each of your friends and family members that have a Pam Long Photography photo session from now until your 1st Anniversary, I will happily donate $10 to your Charity. I will email you details.

Amy had a few minutes to relax before the ceremony…
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Here are a couple of images of Paul and Amy right before the ceremony…
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I love this fun image of the gorgeous bride and her 3 beautiful sisters…
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Amy and Paul were announced at their reception as they happily entered sporting their Boston Red Sox jerseys. They had some wonderful toasts that everyone enjoyed…
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This beautiful couple had 180 friends and family members witnessing their wedding and celebrating with them afterwards. So much love filled this historic room, that you would have thought they were ALL family….beautiful people.

Amy and Paul, you have amazing people that love you. Truly, you are all blessed.

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Your wedding day was fantastic. I know your marriage will be AMAZING!

Thank you so much for allowing me the honor to document this phenomenal chapter of your life. Tracy and I had a fantastic time watching your awesome day unfold.

Tracy, thanks for working so hard with me.  I love being able to hang out with you while we work!

xoxo





Kaci and John – Wedding Slideshow

26 06 2009

As I collected the images for Kaci and John’s slideshow, it brought joy to my heart. Their love is deep. Kaci has a beautiful smile, her face lights up when she laughs. John adores her. They are great together.

Click here to view their blogpost.

Click here to VIEW THEIR SLIDESHOW.

Enjoy your love, your laughter and your lives together.

xoxo





Kaci and John got married…

11 06 2009

on a gorgeous day, at beautiful venues and with wonderful families and friends witnessing their love.

I will post their slideshow at a later date.

I’m not even clear as to where to begin talking about this couple and their wedding day. It was an extraordinary day. Kaci and John worked together to plan this amazing event and their hard work definitely paid off.

Tracy and I met Kaci, her mom and her bridal party at the JW Marriott. The suite accommodated this great group of girls with ease, it was a welcoming yet spacious set of rooms. Two sets of double doors opened to a deck that spanned the length of the building; the view overlooking Washington DC was amazing. It was the start to a phenomenal day, the marriage of Kaci and John.

Kaci and John chose to have their First Look prior to their ceremony. They wanted to spend their cocktail hour greeting their guests and by doing the First Look, this allowed them to talk and mingle after their ceremony with comfort. The First Look is an intimate time between the bride and groom prior to the ceremony; this is the moment when they see each other for the first time on their wedding day. It’s a chance for them to REALLY see each other and talk without 200 sets of eyes watching them. I coordinate it in such a way that the bride’s walk down the aisle is still very special and memorable (and often brings tears to the couple’s eyes!!).

Once Kaci was dressed and John was ready, I escorted John and the guys to a nice little park adjacent to Freedom Plaza. John anxiously waited for Kaci to meet him. Their families and wedding party joined us for group portraits afterwards.

They were married at the Ronald Reagan Building. Danielle coordinates the events there and is an organized, gracious and fantastic person with which to work. The staff moved that afternoon and evening with tremendous finesse. 

I have to mention the toasts. John’s brother, Richard, gave an amazing toast. I’m not sure if there was a dry eye in the room…I couldn’t see past my own tears (good thing I can hide behind my camera 😉 ). I felt bad for Kaci’s Matron of Honor, Susan, for having to follow him in toasting. But then Susan clearly spoke from the heart, and once again, laughter, tears, total emotion throughout the room. Next up, Kaci’s dad and I thought to myself, wow, how’s he going to feel having to follow that….and again, I was amazed by the heartfelt wonderful words that were spoken. The love that everybody shares for Kaci and John is tremendous!

The rooms at the Ronald Reagan building were also amazing. The views from each of the balconies were picturesque. In the evening, tiny white lights throughout the trees illluminated the landscape of the outdoors.

Here are some of my faves that tell the story of the day. I will eventually be posting a slideshow.

Kaci’s mom surprised her with a beautiful pearl necklace and exquiste earrings…
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A couple of portraits of the beautiful bride…
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John anxiously waits for Kaci…
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I love this one…check out John trying so hard not to peak and look at the excitement in Kaci’s expression…
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A super nice, fun and good looking bridal party…
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After the First Look and the bridal portraits were done, it was time to head back to the JW. As we’re crossing the street, a car blasted a horn that sounded like a police siren. Here’s their great reactions…
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John and his mom enjoying a quiet moment…
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I wonder what Kaci’s dad is thinking about…
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Kaci is a beautiful girl and an exceptionally beautiful bride…
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While heading over to the Ronald Reagan building…
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And the ceremony has begun…
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The staff “flipped” the room during the cocktail hour. Once the room was prepared for the reception, Danielle let Kaci know that the room was ready for her to see. Kaci and John’s expressions were wonderful, there was no doubt that they were pleased. They even “snuck”  in a little private dance before their guests entered.
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A beautiful cake by Watergate Pastry
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I absolutely LOVE taking dance pictures at receptions.
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One of my favorite all time dance reception pictures…
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You see???? Men really CAN multi-task!!! Here, Larry of Retrospect, is not only a great band leader and a tremendous trumpet player but can snap some pics at the same time.
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A very special picture…
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Kaci took a moment to enjoy the wonderful ambience that surrounded her reception…
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I need to thank the terrific vendors that had the opportunity to share the day with this couple. It was a phenomenal day with top notch professionals. Danielle is the Event Planning Manager for the Ronald Reagan Building, she and her staff is top notch. Jim and Barbara Skipper from Black Tie Productions, an extremely conscientious, professional duo of videographers. Larry Elliott and his band, Retrospect…an amazing, energized, exceptional band…this group is so fluid and a pure blast to listen to while working!!! The wedding cake was from Watergate Pastries and the beautiful flower arrangements were created by MultiFlor. I would not hesitate at all to recommend any and all of the these vendors. They are passionate about their profession and it was a pleasure to work with all of them.

Kaci and John…I’ve enjoyed getting to know you these past several months. We’ve had many opportunities to get together and I’ve enjoyed each of them. You are fantastic people and make a great, strong couple. Remember the wonderful memories from your wedding day always ~ tomorrow….next week…next year…50 years from now. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing me to document this incredible chapter of your lives. I look forward to creating your album with you, it’s going to be an amazing bound memory for you and a very special heirloom to show your grandkids!!! ♥





Katie + Scott = LOVE (to the nth power)

1 12 2008

OH My gosh what a great time we had with Katie and Scott on their wedding day. I’m thrilled to be finally blogging about them. I knew that with a November wedding I’d be up to my eyeballs with photo shoots and holiday cards and prints for my portrait clients and that it would take longer to finish editing their wedding, but it was killing me not to blog about it as fast as I’d like. It was such an amazing day….

Their special day was nothing short of incredible. Katie was as kind and sweet and beautiful as she always is and Scott was so handsome and ready to take on the role as husband. I met Katie and Scott through the phone, they lived in Massachusetts and were planning their wedding long distance. I had a fun time getting to know them during their engagement session, click here to view their e-session.

We began this gorgeous fall day at the Hilton Garden Inn . Katie and her ‘girls’ were having a good time while getting ready. Everybody was calm, friendly and so considerate to one another. There was a great ‘energy’ in the air.

Cara and Mindy from Up Do’s For I Do’s did an amazing job with Katie’s hair and make up.  Future brides, consider this company for yourself and your girls; they are fantastic to work with and great with their talent.
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I love the casual elegance of Katie’s hair. She’s got the perfect hair for this….and it lasted throughout the entire day…
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Check out this beauty…
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To see each other or not??? prior to the ceremony, that is the question that many couples ask themselves. For many reasons, Katie and Scott had decided that they would take the group portraits and bridal portraits prior to their ceremony. I’m very sensitive to this request because as a photographer, I take responsibility of everything going smoothly. You want to make sure that the walk down the aisle is still fresh and exciting even though they’ve spent a considerable amount of time together already during portraits.

Well let me tell you….these two are sooooooooo much in love, they could have seen each other all day long and still have that magical emotion during the ceremony. It’s truly awesome to watch them interact with each other. The admiration, respect and love that they share is evident and abundant!

THE FIRST LOOK…
The bridal party was driven to Federal Hill by Xtreme Limo (huge props to them, very courteous and professional). The party stayed in the limos as I excorted a very handsome and somewhat nervous Scott to his “place”, his back toward Katie’s direction.  As Katie calmly yet anxiously walked toward Scott, you could see the emotion building for them both.  Katie probably felt that stroll was 5 miles long.  It was a fantastic first look. Though the park was filled with people sitting and reading books, kids playing on the playground, families and couples out walking, it was as though they were the only 2 people in the world. And that is the goal for “The First Look”. Intimate, private, beautiful. A memory that will last with them forever.

Here are just a few of the images for their emotional wedding day greeting…
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When Katie and Scott were ready, the bridal party emerged from the limos and joined in for a fun portrait time…
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What a cute bunch of girls, huh? Katie’s sister and her children…
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While I was taking this picture,
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Tracy captured this. I love it. Katie’s mom and dad obviously approves… 😉
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We had a great time at Federal Hill before heading off for the ceremony at St. Benedict’s Church.

The walk down the aisle and greeting Scott at the alter was magical. Here are a couple of great shots that Tracy got of this moment…
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After getting some nice portraits of the bridal party and families at the Church, we headed out to Overhills Mansion, a beautiful facility located outside of Baltimore.
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Katie and I spoke several times on the phone in the months leading to their wedding day. Several times she commented on how fortunate she felt that they had great vendors that she trusted for their day. One of them she was totally thrilled with and could not stop raving about was Fischer’s Bakery (I think is is now Sweet Bakery Cafe)  in Ellicott City. Living here in Ellicott City, I have occasionally gone inside for a sweet treat but had not worked a wedding that featured one of their cakes. Let me tell you, repeatedly that evening, I heard how yummy the cake was. And check out how BEAUTIFUL it was…
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Now, I don’t quite know how to explain this next image. Scott is a very kind, sweet, studly and handsome man. I would not consider him a ‘dork’….but… with the right music, he morphs into one! He had everybody in hysterics during this song. Click on this link to YouTube for the full version, courtesy of his dad.

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CLICK HERE IF YOU’D LIKE TO VIEW THE SLIDESHOW OF THEIR DAY.

Katie and Scott, words cannot describe my happiness that I have for you. As I edited your images the common theme was happiness….gracious, exciting and loving happiness. Your love is strongly evident…for each other as well as for your family and friends. I am grateful and honored for being able witness the love you share. I hope the slideshow and images bring a smile to your heart as your relive your day each time your view them.

To Katie and Scott’s parents, families and friends…Tracy and I truly enjoyed our day with you all.  It’s great that Katie and Scott have this wonderful circle of people around them that love them so much.  Thanks for making our day a very fun ‘work day’!

Tracy, Tracy, Tracy! A very special thank you. You never cease to amaze me. You rocked it girl for Katie and Scott. I love working with you and am thankful that you are a part of my team. Your images throughout the day are spectacular. Thanks for being so anxious to learn, to do well and to kick it into high gear for 11 hours at time! Love you!

Jenna, thank you so much for referring me to this wonderful couple.





Introducing Megan and Jason…

18 10 2008

I had a wonderful time a couple of weeks ago with Megan and Jason. They are getting married next June so we got together for their engagement shoot. What a FUN and cute couple. Their day was full of laughter, hugs and kisses!

They live in Southern Maryland and liked the idea of shooting at Patapsco. In fact, Jason emailed me asking if I knew the Park and I was thrilled to say that it’s one of my very favorite places to take people!

Here are some of my favorites from our day…
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Aren’t they soooo cute??
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We ran into a group of fun people who were taking each other’s pictures. I saw this on the back of one of the couple’s shirts…I thought it was very appropriate for our occasion!!
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Nothing like a little dancin’ on the railroad tracks…
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When we were driving to another area of the Park, everything was looking somewhat familiar to Megan. She realized that this area was one of her stomping grounds in her high school days (sorry, I have no details to share 😉 ). She told us that just up the road was an area where there were faces on trees…yes, faces on trees. Were the faces carved…drawn with markers…how did the faces get on the trees?? It was the topic of conversation for awhile. We asked her a few more questions about the faces and continued on our way.

Once we wrapped for the day and we were heading back to the car, irony hit us. Because of the late afternoon sun through the leaves, as well as the yellow paint that marks the trail, the Park wished us farewell and good evening!!
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Megan and Jason, thanks for a fun day. I really had a great time getting to know you both better. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed Patapsco. Your wedding day is going to be awesome and the start to a wonderful life together.

MaryEllen, thank you so much for referring me to Megan and Jason. Great people!! 😀