Stuff in the ‘Williamsport MD’ Category
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Lately we have had several couples come through the studio and while most of them have been engagement pictures, I had a session with one couple who do not fall into that category. In this case, the session was a Valentines present from him to her and it just took us a while to find the perfect date to execute the session.
Gabe and Melissa are a lovely couple who were up for an adventure. We set out to our local stretch at the C&O Canal in Williamsport, MD and because they were both open to ideas that pushed the typical location a little, we found a few spots to create pictures at that I had not previously been able to utilize.
One such spot was on top of a taller base of a bridge. Gabe gave Melissa a leg up, then jumped up behind her and Voila, we had a background that looked urban enough to rival any inner city location.
We also found a wall covered in lots of ivy, lending a romantic feel to the image that was also different than what I had utilized before with other clients in the same general location.
After a quick clothing change I asked if they minded crossing the water basin for me and upon an enthusiastic “we don’t mind at all” I gave them instructions as to what I wanted them to do, as the distance was too far to give the instructions once they were in place. This situation led to some wonderful impromptu images that look fun, relaxed and non-posed.
Now it was time to head in the opposite direction and explore what we may find as we were heading down the path leading into the wooded area of the canal. We found little hidden clearings, spots where the sun peeked through the trees just enough to light Melissa’s dress in a romantic way and gnarly tree trunks that made wonderful props.
The samples within this post illustrate some of the locations described above. Here at Wertman Photography we love to discover new spots, even if we have been to the general location before and each time we take a client to that area, something new happens, as each client is inclined to a different adventure.
Please check out our galleries, in particular the wedding gallery, as we are busy with weddings and are updating that gallery as our couples come in to choose their images.
Please vote on your favorite image in this post by leaving a comment below, leaving your contact information and sharing your comment on facebook. You may win a 1 hour family session for up to 5 people, a $150 value, by doing so. The winner will be announced July 20 on our facebook page.
Last week I had a last minute request to cover an induction/unveiling ceremony of a brand new addition to our county, a solar field. This was an assignment I can classify as an event, as it was a corporate event for all parties involved in the project, one being Northern Energy and Power and their partners, and Washington County being the other.
I arrived about 15 minutes before it was supposed to start and was treated like a queen. They drove me out to the site that the induction was to take place and gave me the chance to capture some great images of the solar panel site with wonderful stormy clouds on the horizon. According to the weather forecast, rain and windy conditions would arrive within the hour, creating skies a photographer dreams of.
After my stint of solidarity came to an end, guests to the event started to arrive and the show got underway.
Speeches were held and having been told that I was in charge, I took up front row presence and got all of the important shots. True to the forecast, the storm arrived just after the ribbon cutting and lunch was served in very close quarters under a tent, surrounded by whipping winds and slashing rain.
This lasted for a while and once the winds slowed down, I was able to move around a get a few “party shots” without risking my equipment getting wet.
The purpose of the telling of this story is that no matter what, we will get the shots we were hired to do. Be it for a corporate event such as a ribbon cutting for a new venture, a corporate party set indoors and celebrating a year of good profits, to a birthday celebration or special anniversary, you can count on Wertman Photography to cover your special event well and thoroughly.