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Family sessions outdoors

— 08/04/2016 by Monika Wertman —

Over the last few weeks I had the chance to work with several families, many of them with little children and new babies on the way.  All of the session took place outdoors because the weather was nice and these families chose to be photographed outdoors.

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Working with young families is always fun and I love shooting in a pretty location.  Being outside gives me a chance to propose great locations that give us plenty of options and scenery changes.  Here in Hagerstown, we have many such locations.  We have parks galore and within a short driving distance we have great little and big waterways that add to the variety I can offer my clients with an outdoor session.

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During the initial phone call I ask if they have a favorite spot that means something to them as a family. Most of the time the answer is:”no”  If this is the case, I then propose one or two locations I think will work well and let my families decide from there.  We generally settle on mid-afternoon and many times it has to be on a weekend day.  Occasionally I am asked if we can do the session at the families’ home.  We offer this option as it turns it into more of a lifestyle session.  Indoor or out, a home location offers it’s own challenges that we love to rise to.

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At Wertman Photography we are also willing to travel a distance if that is what it takes to make our clients happy.  Within a 25 mile radius from he studio, we travel for no additional charge, outside of this radius, the additional rate depends on the distance we need to cover and how long it will take us to get there.  Personally, I love to go to new places a bit of a distance away.  It allows me to be creative and meet challenges I may not have here in town.

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One such session was held on family land, on a rainy day.  We walked through softened areas to get to water ways, used tree cover when it started raining and utilized umbrellas when it got a bit worse.  In the images you can not tell that it was overcast, because we where in wooded areas and only emerged when it was not raining.  It was a fun session and produced fun images the family loves!

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Call us today if you want a unique session in an outdoor location of your choice or recommended by us.  We will be happy to work with you and create memorable images that you will be proud to hang on your walls.  301-693-3021

A Tailored Newborn Session

— 05/20/2016 by Monika Wertman —

Over the last few months, we have had the privilege to capture several maternity sessions and the resulting newborn sessions, tailoring each to what the family wanted.  Each had it’s wonderful moments, but the one I am highlighting today holds a special place in my heart as it is the firstborn of a sweet couple who we have been creating memories for since they got engaged.  Every time we get together, their love for each other shines stronger than the last and seeing them add a little bundle to this love has been precious.  It is these sessions I live for, these moments that hold special meaning and are the reason why I do what I do.

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We did a series of three sessions, two of which were maternity, the first one being the gender reveal session, the second being the big belly session and of course, the third one being the newborn session.

This couple is a hoot.  We always laugh a lot when we get together and everything is very natural and free flowing.  I make suggestions and the two of them interpret them in their own perfect way.  For our gender reveal, my mommy-to-be had very specific ideas and working in the upstairs floor of an old building that houses a restaurant and bed and breakfast on the first and second floor and was under construction, gave us a perfect background to not only showcase the changes that were happening with this sweet couple but also the freedom to write on brick walls and contrast roughness and softness.

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For our second session, we were still able to go to the floor that was under construction as there are big windows and with the now larger belly, I wanted to create some silhouette images I had not been able to get in the earlier session.  We also drove than old family house for outdoor shots.

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Each of the three sessions included shots  in front of an antique mirror recording progress and change.

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For our newborn session we started in the nursery with a very bright-eyed 1 week old baby girl who gave us more than we had imagined.  Even at her tender age, her parent’s personalities are showing through and she was ready for action.

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For the second half of the session we returned to the old building to add to our collection of mirror shots and add a few images of the little one in her mommy’s wedding gown and images of the three of them as the new family that they are.

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Being allowed to take a part in a young family’s happiness is a privilege and honor we do not take lightly here at Wertman Photography.  This is a special moment in a couple’s live and amidst the chaos of lost sleep, diaper changes at 3am and bleary-eyed happiness it is important to step back for a couple of hours and just enjoy this bundle of joy and let us record these moments to look back on when everything settles down.

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Pictures for Mother’s day

— 04/05/2016 by Monika Wertman —

Are you stuck trying to figure out what to give mom for mother’s day this year?  She has everything, now what?

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We have a solution for you:  Why not give the gift of memories?  For a mom, there is nothing more precious than images of her children, whether the kids are young or grown up.

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Once grand kids are in the mix, this treasure trove of memories expands and pictures become even more special, especially if miles are in between you and your mom.

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So create some memories with Wertman Photography this year and gift them to your mom, she will love you for it and treasure the gift for years to come.

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We can even frame images for you, create special photo gifts you can’t find anywhere else or create that special portrait that mom will want to hang on her wall in a larger size.  The options are without limits.

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Call us today to schedule your session between now and April 24 so we can guarantee delivery in time for mother’s day, or purchase a gift certificate to give to her so she can be in on the fun.

 

It’s Bridal Season, win an Engagement Session

— 03/18/2016 by Monika Wertman —

This Sunday we will be at the inaugural bridal show at Frostburg State. The show will feature local venues, caterers, vendors and photographers. Wertman Photography will represent Hagerstown, MD and show off why it pays to hire a professional with years of bridal experience, an all inclusive wedding experiences as well as a fun, outgoing personality you want to spend time with and who will guide you through the jungle of wedding preparation.

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Come join us this Sunday at Frostburg State for show only specials and a chance to get to know us better as we show you why we are the choice you should be making.

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You cannot leave this day to chance.

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Check out some images from some of our favorite brides from last year and come see us Sunday or book your free consultation now.

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Weddings small and large, we can handle them all and guide you to a blissful experience.

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Nominate newly engaged couples on this blog to enter them into a drawing to win an engagement session, a $300 value. In order to be entered into the drawing, you will need to tag them on this thread and provide their full name. They can only win if we can contact them.

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Please vote for your favorite image

— 02/02/2016 by Monika Wertman —

This weekend I took my almost four year old grand daughter with me to visit her auntie in college and see her compete during two swim meets.

We had a lot of fun, walked a lot, played a lot and finally nap time arrived.  Being four, she clonks out when she is exhausted instead of taking a timed nap.  She is also loosing that baby look.  She looked super peaceful and somewhat baby like in the following images and I want to print one of them out in a large format.  I can not decide which is my favorite, so I decided to put it up for a vote.

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The image with the most votes will be printed, and to entice you to participate, we will draw one winner for a family session up to five people with a $35 print credit attached out of the image that receives the most votes.

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Time is precious and childhood flees, photography preserves special moments, and this was one of them.

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Please check out our galleries to see other precious moments preserved in time and call us for your next session.

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We also offer gift certificates, so if you are stuck and do not know what to give your special someone for Valentine’s day, why not give the gift of memories?  Gift certificates can be purchased now and used in spring or summer.  Call us today, 301-693-3021

An Engagement Session in the Cold Weather

— 01/26/2016 by Monika Wertman —

It is cold out and while we warm the house with fires and just came out of the most festive season of the year, many young couples also got engaged. I recently worked with such a couple, though he had popped the question before the typical season during which many guys do so and we were able to get the engagement photos done while Christmas décor was still up.

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We went outside for several of our shots, for 10 minutes at a time because it was too cold to stay out longer than that. This is a very sweet couple and very cute together. The lovely bride has been a client of mine for a while and I was thrilled to share this fabulous change in her life with her.

 

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We started our session at 4 in the afternoon as they life by an open field with a mountain range in the background and fabulous sunsets in the evening. As with all sessions, it is all about planning it out. For our engagement sessions we allow about 2 hours for shooting, changing clothes and moving about between different locations. We include a consultation during which we decide how to style the session to our couples’ tastes, how to offset the imagery we capture during the engagement session with what we will capture the day of the wedding, and discuss wardrobe, what colors photograph the best and what story we want to tell.

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We have fun planning and the day of the session goes smoothly because we planned. Even if a detail goes astray, we adjust and the end result is great imagery our couples are proud to hang on their walls.

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What is important to keep in mind when you select Wertman Photography for your wedding and engagement photographer, is that we shoot to create artwork for your walls. We capture sweet moments you may want in an album or book, plenty of images we can create safe-the-dates from or a guestbook, but you will have several images to choose from to decorate your walls with. These will be meant to be at least 16×24 inches and you will have the option to get them printed on canvas, metal or in framed fine art prints.

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Please explore our wedding/engagement gallery to see more samples, like us on facebook, twitter and instagram. All the links are on our site. We would love to add you to our favorite clients.

Maternity Photos with the Growing Family

— 01/13/2016 by Monika Wertman —

I know that this is wedding and engagement season, but at our studio, it is also baby bump and newborn season. We have three families who are expecting an addition to their fold within the next month or two and one family who already welcomed their newborn just before Christmas. We have the privilege to photograph that little sweetheart tomorrow.

 

Some of our families prefer to keep their photos private and we always respect their wishes, while others have agreed to share. While some of our expectant parents will be new to parenthood, others have done it before and all of them are equally excited to welcome this new member of their family into the fold.

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This post will be about a growing family who cannot wait to see the little one in person. This mom, while having done the motherhood thing before, had not done maternity shots with her girls and was excited to have the experience this time around.

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We incorporated the entire family into the session, got some shots of mom and the girls, some of dad and the girls, some of all of them, some of the girls playing with baby clothes, some shots of mom by herself and of the couple by themselves.

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One of my favorite images from this session is the feature image of both mom and dad, lost in the moment, just focused on themselves. There was a lot of laughter during the session, a lot of cutting up and being silly, but in this moment there is quietness and contentment. It is sweet and special.

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This was phase one of two and I cannot wait to capture this sweet family after the little one arrives. I am sure that it will be a fun filled session with lots of energy, producing some great shots of not only the newborn addition but of all of them.

Please feel free to browse all of our galleries for ideas and don’t hesitate to call us or contact us via email if you have a special request.  Chances are we have done it, even if it is not on this site, as mentioned above, some expectant moms prefer to keep their session private.  If you are inclined to show more skin during your maternity session, feel free to browse the boudoir gallery for ideas, and again, ask us, as the same rules apply for that gallery as well.

Maternity session pricing starts with the same rate as a family session, but if you want more, we can accommodate for an additional fee.  Ask us for details.  301-693-3021, or go to our contact page to send us an email.

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