Tess Class of 2013 Mc Donogh School

A self-proclaimed shy girl, but what I saw was an incredibly intelligent, reserved and fun girl.  After graduation Tess will head off to college majoring in Engineering or Russian Studies.



Megan Class of 2013 Mc Donogh School

Megan was so fun to work with!  She’s so easy going and friendly.  After graduation Megan will head to North Carolina, Campbell University to play Division 1 lacrosse.    Gooo Megan!!



Leah Class of 2013 McDonogh School

Leah was one of my wonderful spokesmodels this year.  I loved meeting each and every one of her friends.   I think I’m really going to miss them all when they graduate.  Hopefully they will come back for a fun concept shoot.  I’ve got some ideas rolling around in my head.

For this session she chose a more urban location.  We played with the rough textures urban life provides.


Clean Organize and Display

January is a month of  new years resolutions, out with the old, in with the new.  It’s a great time to organize your photos.

Regardless of which holidays you celebrate, there will likely be lots of photos taken!.  We all seem to have dozens (or hundreds) of family photos.  But sadly, photographs like other mementos, can be overwhelming.  The holidays are a great time to get your photos organized for the next year, while everyone is home and gathered together, you can make it a family project, reliving the memories while you sort and file.

  • Clean. Get rid of blurry, out of focus photos.  Pick the best and get rid of the rest!  There’s no need to keep several copies of the exact same subject matter.  Delete or throw away the rest.
  • Document. If you are working with photo prints, write the month and year on the back of each photo and the names of everyone in the picture.  Even though you think you will remember, it’s a great fall back.
  • Organize. Categorize your photos.  This is an important one.  If organized consistently, you will always be able to find that picture you are looking for.  My pictures are kept on my hard drive.  I organize them by year.  2012 is in a folder and then I have sub folders for each month or event from that year.  When I download my pictures from my camera to my hard drive I rename them using the following system: [date]_[description]_[number].jpg.  For example, 20121225_christmasday_2.jpg.  This way my file name gives me hints as to what the picture might be.  If I am looking for a fireworks picture from the 4th of July, I can quickly find those files that begin with 20120704 and find what I am looking for.
  • Storage.  Have a specific place to keep your photos.  If you are storing prints, invest in an archival-quality photo box, one that is acid-free and lignin-free.  These are sold at scrapbooking stores, craft and hobby shops, or online at exposures.com.  Store all photos in a cool, dry place, not the basement, attic or garage.   If you are storing digital files, BACK THEM UP!!  And back them up regularly.   I can’t say it enough.  People lose pictures all the time.  Back up your files to an external hard drive, a flash drive or a CD and store it in a separate location.
  • Display.  Please don’t just leave those memories in boxes or on an external hard drive.  Get them out and up on your walls to make your smile EVERY day!  Or make a book like we did last year.  I hope to make one every year.  My kids love to flip through and reminisce.  www.mpix.com has some lovely options for photo books as well as framing options for wall displays.


Erin Class of 2013 North Harford High School

This was such a fun session.  Erin’s family has this wonderful property with a gorgeous gorgeous willow tree.  I could have photographed around that willow tree forever!

Erin is a petite girl with a big personality.  She loves music and drama.  Having participated in chorus all through high school, this year she will sing with the girls group the Lilacs.  She was also in the fall musical at school.  Her personal taste in music is quite varied.  She loves hard rock and metal but secretly enjoys Abba and opera.   When she’s not in school you can find her  doing pilates, reading historical fiction, attending a Rob Zombie concert or hanging with Delores (her VW bug).

Erin plans on majoring in Public Relations/Business Communications and minoring in French.  She hopes to attend Stevenson, University of Delaware or UMBC.  The school she chooses will be so lucky to have her.  She is sure to bring lots of life to campus.