My head shot sessions have been popular for a while now, and I have fallen in love with the notion that every time someone calls me for new head shot, it means a new beginning for them.  It’s true – whether someone is taking the next step in their career, starting a new career, or first starting out as a high school or college student,  professional head shots shout, “Take me seriously!” And by “seriously,” we mean seriously authentic.  And sometimes that means authentic laughter (which happens more often than you’d expect during our head shot sessions) or conveying that someone takes their career seriously through subtle posturing and authentic smiles.  I love learning the stories of each head shot client so that I can convey them beautifully and genuinely through pictures in the best settings for their field of work (which is why I call these sessions my “Storytelling Head Shot Sessions.”)   Nicole recently contacted me needing a new profile picture for LinkedIn, and I was excited FOR her.  Here was a fellow mom of young children, a veteran and reservist – the absolute embodiment of a strong, smart woman being meticulous about planning the next steps in her career.  She had recently finished her degree in Human Resources and wanted to show to her future employers that she is the whole package – smart, approachable and professional.  And “seriously,” isn’t she stunning as well?  Best of luck to you Nicole – your next chapter is sure to be as incredible as you are.  (Emily Karcher Photography’s Storytelling Head Shot Sessions are available weekdays and some weekends, scheduled around your busy days.  We offer a local client discount for sessions in Crofton, MD and Nags Head, NC, and we offer group rates for agencies, offices and firms when at least 5 head shot sessions are booked at once.  All head shot session fees include at least two fully-edited images sized for both print and web/social media.  We’d love to help tell your story through stunning, authentic photography.  Contact us now for a summer session!)

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This was my second session with the “A” Family, and I swear we have the best luck each time with gorgeous fall lighting, great temps and no wind.  There are so many places to photograph in and around Crofton, MD’s Swann Park and Crofton Country Club, which is (literally) in their back yard, so we took our time and while we strolled, we even saw a blue heron, which delighted the oldest daughter, in particular.  These girls are every bit sweet and silly and funny – the perfect ages to get the most out of a family portrait session.  I am so lucky I get to photograph families year after year and document how their lives and personalities evolve little by little.  It was such a joy, as always.  

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I can’t tell you how long I had been wanting to do a session at a Christmas Tree farm – probably as long as my business has been in business! Right around my birthday in early December, I got my wish. And Pine Valley Tree Farms in northeastern Maryland was perfect in both landscape and size. (Plus, my clients picked out not one — but two – Frazier Furs for their beautiful home. Bonus!) In planning our session, I loved that this mom really wanted to let her kids be their silly selves and I’m always a fan of letting kids be kids at every session or event. Everyone has more fun that way! Plus, what kid doesn’t love a gigantic lollipop at the end?…(Which we conveniently used as both a reward and a little holiday prop!). It really was such a beautiful day, with sun peeking out from behind clouds and kids peeking out from behind trees.

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When Annapolis-based photographer Sarah Culver (sarahculverphotography.com) needed a second shooter in a pinch, I jumped at the chance to help her out.  Not only had I admired Sarah’s work for a long time (I first noticed her work when I was hired to photograph a wedding at Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD and came across a wedding she had photographed there as well), but  the opportunity to work as a second shooter can be such a great way to flex your creative muscles as you take a little more time than usual to capture various perspectives of the wedding day.  (I took the first shot below as I unloaded my camera gear in a holding room and spotted this gorgeous scene unfolding!)   Sarah was a delight to work with, and the entire wedding was filled with a feeling of bliss between not only the bride and groom but among all the guests as well.  The joy was contagious!  This was my first time at the Wye River Estate, and it quickly became one of my new favorite locations.  

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When I met Laura and Kyle for brunch at one of my favorite local coffee houses, 49 West in Annapolis, it was November 2015 and I had finished my last round of chemo just days before and I had so much to be thankful for that Thanksgiving.  Meeting them was a breath of fresh air after such a long time focused inward.  Laura and I knew each other in high school, when her sister Julie was in my class, and their family was always a special part of my life.  As the three of us chatted over tea and muffins, I immediately noticed a beautiful ease about Laura and Kyle, an unspoken language between them.  They talked about choosing the rolling hills of Walker’s Overlook for their reception – something they envisioned as a casual, summertime afternoon, complete with backyard games and guests’ children swinging on the estate’s old wooden tree swing.  Every bit of their vision for their wedding day seemed to come true for them, and I wish them so many happy years enjoying that beautiful, easy connection they so obviously share.

Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rockville, MD

Reception Venue: Walker’s Overlook, Walkersville, MD

Hair & Makeup: Brenda Dalton, Rose Brooke Studio, Inc.

Entertainment:  The Whiskey Rebellion (booked through Sam Hill Entertainment)

Catering:  P.I.G.S | Pork is Good Stuff, Frederick, MD

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