Modeling Photography

Shooting at the Beach

— 06/05/2015 by Monika Wertman —

In the middle of May I had the pleasure to work with some fabulous models in Miami on the beach. It was a very fun experience and very intense. Not only did we have fantastic models to work with, but had a wardrobe stylist from Vogue and a hair and make-up stylist from Vogue as well. We worked in sweltering heat and humidity and did so for 7 plus hours.


It was very rewarding in many ways. The exposure to that level of prep work on the part of the behind the scenes stylists and the composure of the set directions lead to some wonderful imagery. It was fun to work with models who did not need much direction and to have the freedom to direct them to do things I do not often get the chance to do with my clients.

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I was exposed to different lighting techniques, like manipulating sunlight instead of overpowering it with strobes, creating shade and bouncing light back onto my subjects, that I have already implemented with one of my brides and intend to use with my seniors this summer. It takes a team of four to accomplish this feat, but is well worth it as you can see from the images within this post.

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The take-away is that you may hire me to work with you on any beach of your choice, if travel is required, additional fees apply, but here in Maryland we have a few lakes these techniques can be used at, and in fact, this technique is handy in various situations.

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Please feel free to go to some of the galleries such as the portrait/portfolio gallery, new images reside within, the engagement/wedding gallery, new images are present here as well, and check into the boudoir/glamor gallery as well, new images from Miami are in there as well. Please browse our site to your heart’s content, as you never know where new imagery is hiding and may just trigger the need to book a session with us.

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RN Graduate Joshua

— 05/01/2015 by Monika Wertman —

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Just recently I had the privilege to photograph a college RN Graduate from Hagerstown Community College.  When we discussed what he wanted to get out of his session, he told me that he did not get senior pictures in High School and would love to capture similar photos now.  I immediately thought of how much fun it would be if we could gain access to the nursing program classrooms and create some fun images there.  I made the suggestion and Joshua liked the idea as he is passionate about his chosen field of study.

After a bit of a scheduling struggle we were allowed into the unit and were able to play with the life-size robots and reenact some things an RN does on a regular basis.  wertman photography-Joshua Dingle-Nursing graduate-1

We had a beautiful day the day of the session, and were also able to capture some shots around campus in some favorite spots.

Usually when my clients think of senior pictures, they think of the high school variety, but either repeating the experience at the end of college or creating it for the first time is a valid and fun option.  Being allowed into the nursing unit at HCC offered some great opportunities to not only see the state of the art facility that has recently won some awards, but also get a glimpse at the rigorous program aspiring nurses such as Joshua undergo.

I was able to capture Joshua’s personality in a setting he loves which led to some wonderful shots outdoors in his suit as well.  Please look over some of my favorites from that session and remember that Wertman Photography will go anywhere you want us to shoot.  Different locations are fun and intriguing and one of our favorite things to explore.

Please explore our entire website for other fun locations we have taken our clients to for ideas and inspiration.  They can be found in any of the galleries or other blog posts.

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What to expect from your Modeling Portfolio Session

— 04/03/2015 by Monika Wertman —

Just the other day I had a young lady at the studio who needed some portfolio photos for a modeling job. Over the years modeling agencies have started requiring digital photos of their potential models instead of comp cards or printed images. Here at Wertman Photography we have been conscious of this trend and our first question when an inquiry about portfolio shots comes to our doorstep is:

“What does your agency want from you?” The answer varies, but the common thread has been the digital image. When my latest aspiring model called me the other day, she had a complete list of images they wanted to see.

As a studio, we know that they want some full body and some portrait style images, but the list of attire may vary depending on how the agency plans to market their models. In this case, we needed a casual look, a business look, or professional look and a swim suit look. My client decided that she would do her own hair and make-up, but was aware that this service would have been available to her.

We had a fun session as I quickly discovered that my model was someone who had swum in high school and had been on the rival club team my youngest swam for for several years. It is always fun when you discover that you have something in common, it livens up the session and I am able to capture the true personality of my subject.

We were able to capture a big variety of images for her to choose from and she is very happy with the results. Here are a few of the shots we captured.

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Wertman Photography Launches New Website & Blog

— 04/01/2015 by Monika Wertman —


It is here!   We are so excited to share our new website with you. Wertman Photography has been in business for over 5 years and many exciting things are happening in 2015.

We are growing in many ways including our space at the studio, which doubled in February of this year. We now have three distinct shooting spaces available and a private dressing room to make glamor and boudoir sessions even more fun and private than they were before.

We learned that we would be able to expand our physical space at the end of the summer of 2014 and decided that other changes were also necessary. Our website needed some serious TLC and after seeing work our web designer had done for other photographers, we decided that Visual Lure would be a great fit for us. Justen designed a site that is not only gorgeous but really took our vision and our love for art deco to the next level. If you have not done so yet, please browse the entire site and enjoy not only the richness of the design and the ease of the functionality, but also our portfolios to understand who we are as a photographic studio.

When we opened our doors in 2009 we knew that we would give our clients a great experience during any session and that we would produce imagery that our clients would be proud to hang on their walls. Today, five and a half years into the photography business, we continue to provide you, our clients with a great experience and great images, and we offer products you may have never thought about. We continue to innovate and add more products and specialized services to our studio. You are treated with special care and every session you book with us is tailored to your needs.

This year we have revamped our High School Senior sessions to include up to three locations and clothing changes and hair and make-up for the girls. The offered collections can accommodate any budget and print collections include many exciting products.

Our Glamor and Boudoir sessions are also redesigned to include some great products when purchased as a collection and can also be booked as stand alones you can add to, including make-up and hair.

We love weddings and engagements, as you can see in our wedding portfolio and offer all-inclusive collections with plenty of time and great options built right in.

As our new site highlights, here at Wertman Photography we love timeless design and elegance with a modern twist our clients desire. Please read more on the about us page where you can find some client review and testimonials.

We want to thank Justen at Visual Lure for creating a great new website for us and hope that all of you enjoy it as much as we do.

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