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17(or more) Favorites of 2017

2017 has been a fabulous year, all because of my amazing clients.  As I look back on 2017 with gratitude for my wonderful clients and pride in the work that I have done for them I also look forward to what 2018 has in store.  In 2017 every senior portrait session that I photographed was unique and a creative joy.  In trying to narrow down to 17 of my favorites it was an incredibly difficult process.  What made it difficult was that I have favorites from every session, I love and value ALL of my clients, and because I am proud of all that I have created with my clients this year.  I started out this post with a narrowed down galley, but I couldn’t help myself….there are more than 17.  Here’s a a heartfelt “Thank You!” to my clients this year and best wishes for a wonderful 2018.  Enjoy!   


Emily – Assateague Island


Hallie – Snow Hill, MD

Fallon – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Ryan – Assateague Island

 

Allison – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Sydney – Berlin, MD

Madison – Pemberton Park

Jeremy – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Ryane, Katelyn, Kara, and Emily – Salisbury, MD

Liz – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Brett – Newark, MD

Maddy – Assateague Island

Caitlyn – Lewes, DE

Lauren – James Seip Photography Studio, Salisbury MD

Abby – Roaring Point

Kara – Bordeleau Vineyards

Hallie – Snow Hill, MD

Kara – SU campus

Zoe – taken at her home in MD

Lauren – Byrd Park, Snow Hill MD

Kennedy – MD

Katelyn – Roaring Point

Alison – Baywood Greens DE

 

Ryane – Private property in Nanticoke, MD

Logan – Ocean City, MD

Sydney – Assateague Island

Kennedy  Bishopville, MD

Ryane and Katelyn – Salisbury, MD

Laney – Oxford, MD

Katelyn – Tyaskin, MD

Virginia – Pocomoke Forest

Hallie and Emily – Pocomoke Forest, Snow Hill MD

Jeremy – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Hallie and Emily – Pocomoke State Forest

Dara – Pittsville, MD

Katelyn – Isle of Wright, Berlin MD

 

Ryan – Assateague Island

Hannah and Shelby – Downtown Salisbury, MD

Bailey – Assateague Island

Liz – Downtown Salisbury MD

Sarah – Assateague Island

Emily – Assateague Island

Mariah – Assateague Island

Kara – Bordeleau Vineyards, Allen MD

Sydney – Assateague Island

Kennedy – Fenwick Island

 

Allison – James Seip Photography Studio, Salisbury MD

Sydney – James Seip Photography Studio, Salisbury, MD

 

 

 

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Surf Shoot – SMT 2018

I recently spent a lovely afternoon at the beach with most of my 2018 Senior Team for our surf themed shoot.  It was one of the best beach days this summer and the company couldn’t have been better.  We borrowed some surf boards from friends of mine, Alison and Bobby, who brought along their lifted surf van for the shoot.  We set up on the beach, got the bonfire ready, the hammock up(which was a complete experiment on my part), but it worked and the girls loved hanging out in it while we were not shooting.  We spent the afternoon by the water and towards sunset we headed over to the “bay” side of Assateague for some cool portraits with a lovely sunset.  Hallie drifted off on the flamingo floatie and was rescued by Emily.  We wrapped up our session as the sun dipped below the horizon and then headed back to the beach to enjoy some hot dogs and s’mores over the bonfire on the beach.  All in all and fantastic day and lots of fun.  Enjoy!

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Peaceful…

I recently read that Maryland has made another top 10 list.  This list isn’t one to brag about.  Our lovely state apparently is ranked number 4 in the top ten list of most depressed states in America.  The list is based on tweets and you can find the original study here(CNN Twitter Based Study).  I have a problem with this study because I believe it doesn’t adequately represent those of us who live on the Easter Shore.  We live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country; pristine golden sandy beaches lie to the East and life is definitely not as fast-paced or hectic as it is across the bay bridge.  If you love the outdoors I feel it is almost impossible to live in  such a beautiful part of the country and be sad about that.  Granted, geography probably does not have much to do with how we feel, but a long relaxing day at the beach, surrounded by good friends is hard to beat and does wonders for your countenance and soul.  There is something about the salty air, the thunderous roar of the waves, the gentle breezes, and the feel of warm sand between your toes that can take the grump out of almost anyone.  

This is where I get to call home and where I get to spend many of my working and leisurely nights during the year.  The only thing better than the beautiful scenery is being able to photograph two equally beautiful young ladies in the midst of that scenery.  The other night we found ourselves in the marshes of the Isle of Wright.  No bugs, no tourists, not even another local to distract us.  It was delightful.  We also took some time to photograph around a wooden bridge near a popular golf course in Ocean City, again we were the only ones seemingly out that night.  I wasn’t quite sure the feel or the look I wanted from these images, but it became evident early in our shoot…..PEACE.  There is a serenity to these images and it marked our time together.  It was relaxed, quite enjoyable, and filled with good conversation.  I am so thankful that I get to do this and that I get to spend time with these amazing girls that are part of my Senior Team.  So, if you are a bit frazzled or hectic today, take a moment and scroll through these images.  In a minute to two you will begin to feel something wonderful….quite, peaceful, and Eastern Shoreish; just a taste of what we experience just about everyday here in this little slice of heaven on earth.  Enjoy!      

 

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Beauty at the beach

Have you ever been to Lewes, DE?  It is one of the hidden gems of the East Coast.  Growing up in Pennsylvania I barely knew that south of our large state lay the wonder of Delaware.  Yes, Delaware is actually a state and not just a small town or a river.  It is know as “The First State” apparently.  When I arrived on the Eastern Shore all those year ago I did not know that Lewes would hold a special place in my heart and in my destiny.  For in this small town I would meet and fall in love my beautiful wife, Jen.  I, like so many others, mispronounced Lewes and it was a dead give-a-way that I was from out of town.  I learned quickly how to pronounce what would become such a pivotal place in my life.  Lewes, for those of you following along, is pronounced like Lewis, not lose.  So remember that little piece and it will save your some embarrassment when you come to visit this small slice of heaven.

One of the young ladies on my Senior Team this year lives in Lewes, DE.  We coordinated a shoot recently and I was super excited to head back to the town where I met and married my wife Jen, so many years ago.  To get to Lewes I took the back roads that I had grown so familiar traveling when my wife and I were dating.  It’s quite an enjoyable drive, through farm land, little towns, and then the bustling thoroughfare of Route 1.  During the summer I will avoid Route 1 at all costs because it is packed with outlet and beach traffic.  Being mid-April I expected an easy trip, yet RT 1 was jammed.  I traveled down Savannah Road, past the historic Presbyterian church that Jen and I were married in.  I reminisced for a few moments on the beauty and absolute “perfectness” of that May day.  A few more turns through town and I pulled into the parking lot at the Canal Park and shut off the engine.  I got out of my car and began to walk around a bit surveying one of the locations for our shoot that evening.  Some modern elements of stone and wood contrasting with the gentle flowing water of the Lewes Canal and sprawling grass of the park.  There is a life saving station situated on the grounds and an old light-ship anchored in part of the canal.  I circled back towards the car with a good idea of where we would photograph, now just had to wait for Sydney to arrive.  She pulled in as just I was returning to the car and we chatted for a few minutes then started to wander around photographing in the park.  

I am no fashionista so I will let Sydney describe her outfit for us:  “Keeping it simple!  My go to, out of town outfit would be my overall dress, it’s super easy to throw on and it’s so comfortable and laid back.  I paired it with a white flowy off the shoulder shirt that i recently stole(borrowed) from my moms closet!  Since the shirt already brings attention to my neck I kept it simple with my bar necklace that I wear everyday.  Because it was so simple up top I added a chunky bracelet to give the outfit some pop!”

She is a natural in front of the camera and needs little direction as far as posing.  We shot around the concrete steps leading down into the grass expanse of the park, then headed over to the life-saving station and the light-ship.  The light-ship was a mobile light house, with a large light fixture on the main mast.  It is now a museum and is docked in a berth cut out of the canal.  The ship was closed for the evening so we photographed a bit around the museum building that looks like a pilot house.  It’s the building with the red strip running along the ship-lapped wall and has this awesome dark stained oak door.  We then made our way to the edge of the canal and photographed on the rocks and among the reeds that Sydney had once played in as a small child.    

Her boyfriend arrived, we chatted, and got acquainted a bit.  We still had daylight and the weather was quite amazing so we took a short drive down to the beach past the Dairy Queen and parked in a somewhat deserted parking lot.  The beach was mostly ours, only a few people were lingering about.  In the misty distance the Cape May-Lewes Ferry was pulling in to its moorings, ready to disembark its cargo of vehicles and passengers.  We climbed up on the dunes and photographed with the sun dipping behind us.  One of Sydney’s good friends randomly pulled up and even jumped in a quick photo with her.  As the gorgeous spring sun began to sink into the horizon I hurried back to my car to get my lighting set up that I love to use for this exact time of day.  The light had such a warmth to it and Sydney looked right at home in the amber glow of the setting sun.  With her toes in the sand and catching the last bit of golden light, surrounded by some good friends, we ended the evening on a great note.  

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Hailey’s Senior Portraits

This senior is such a multi-faceted person.  First, this girl can sing, sing, sing.  I can’t wait to hear her perform again in Rock and Roll Revival this winter.  Second, she is beautiful, not just outwardly, but she has got a deep inward beauty which makes all the difference.  Lastly, but certainly not an exhaustive list of who she is, she is sweet.  Remembering to include a too-soon departed high school friend in your senior portraits tells me that she thinks of others before herself.  That is a quality lacking in many these days and it was refreshing to see in her during her session.

In a simple way portraits tell a story about the one being photographed.  I love to tell stories about my seniors through what we capture during a session.  The sneak peeks I have included on the blog today hopefully tell a story of all the qualities I mentioned above.  I hope that you can see what I saw when we captured these, beauty.  Enjoy the sneak peeks!

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Emily’s Senior Portraits

Meet Emily!  She is a senior in the Class of 2017 at Salisbury Christian School.  She is a sweet soul that loves Jesus, horses, and her boyfriend too….sounds like a Tom Petty song.  I’m dating myself with that reference, still a good song, just not known by this generation.  Anyway, we got to spend some time together the other day for her senior portrait session.

One thing I love to do is spend time with my senior clients.  This is a once in a lifetime experience that shouldn’t be skimped on in regards to time.  I take pride in crafting an experience for my clients that includes things that are important to them and tell a story about who they are.  Emily is one amazing young lady.  She rides, plays soccer, is involved in Young Life and her church and is a great student from what I hear.

We spend some time photographing at some spots that hold special meaning for her.  The railroad station is in their hometown, the barn where she rides, and Assateague(where she spends every spare moment).  It was a great session and we were treated to one of the most amazing sunsets I have seen at Assateague to wrap up her session.  This is another reason I don’t do mini sessions with my seniors, again it’s too important and you miss out on beautiful settings like this.  Sorry for the novel, but I loved this session and I hope that you love the sneak peeks!  Enjoy!

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Jacob’s Senior Portraits – Salisbury MD senior portrait photographer

wainrightblog 7Meet Jacob!  He is an amazing young man who is a senior at Parkside High School.  Go Rams!  He is gifted with perfect hair and music and plays trombone in the marching, concert, and jazz ensembles at school.  We spent a wonderful evening downtown and out at the Cove capturing his portraits.  Enjoy the sneak peeks and have a great senior year Jacob!

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Agustina’s Senior Portraits – Ocean City, MD senior portrait photographer

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Meet Agustina!  I had the privilege of meeting this lovely young lady earlier this summer for her senior session.  We captured a few in the studio then headed to OC for portraits at the Inlet and with her board.  Once we got to the beach the winds had picked up and were blowing about 30-35mph that night.  So, we did a few pictures then called it a night when she literally got blown over trying to hold her surfboard for a shot.

We were finally able to finish her session and I am glad that we waited.  The tourists had cleared out for the season + it was 78 degrees that day we finished her session.  Her sister dropped her off at the inlet then went and picked up Agustina’s brand new custom board from K Coast in Ocean City.  Beautiful evening, beautiful board, and an absolutely stunning senior.  We love capturing portraits that are unique and speak loudly of what our seniors are about.  Enjoy these!  As you can see this girl was made for the water.cortes blog 1 cortes blog 2 cortes blog 3 cortes blog 4 cortes blog 5 cortes blog 6 cortes blog 7 cortes blog 8 cortes blog 9 cortes blog 10 cortes blog 11 cortes blog 12 cortes blog 13 cortes blog 14 cortes blog 15 cortes blog 16 cortes blog 17 cortes blog 18 cortes blog 19 cortes blog 21

 

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Cindy’s senior portraits – Salisbury, MD senior portrait photographer

Meet Cindy! AKA Cincin.  I got to meet this lovely young lady for her portraits before the hurricane rolled into town.  We spent a nice afternoon photographing out in Tyaskin and Bivalve on the Eastern Shore.  We found a couple of places that I don’t normally photograph, but were excellent backdrops for her portraits.  Cindy…I hope you have a great senior year; thanks for having me capture your portraits. Enjoy the sneak peeks!

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Tessa’s Senior Portraits – Salisbury, MD senior portrait photographer

Meet Tessa!  She is a beautiful senior in the Class of 2016 at Salisbury Christian School.  I have had the pleasure of meeting her through Young Life and also getting to photograph her for prom this past year.  She is a ball of energy and simply a joy to be around.  We spent some time photographing out in Tyaskin and then in the studio.  It was an great night and time well spent with this amazing girl and lots of good chuckles.  Thanks Tessa for trusting me with your portraits.  I hope that you love the sneak peeks!

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