Ocean City

Julianna – Senior Portraits

Kayaks, beautiful untouched stretches of beach, a beautiful summer evening, and an amazing high school senior: this is what made for a great session the other evening.  Julianna and I met up at the Isle of Wight near Ocean City and hopped in our kayaks to head around the point to a place I have longed to photograph a senior.  We got a great upper body workout while we paddled to the spots where I wanted to photograph her.  Her fashion sense, ease in posing, and personality made for some images that I am really proud to have created.  Julianna, thanks for kayaking with me to these locations.  I hope that these images are exactly what you had hoped for.  Enjoy the sneak peeks from this session until our next adventure.

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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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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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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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Kathryn’s Senior Portrait – sneak peeks – Ocean City senior portrait photographer

Meet Kathryn!  She is one of my beautiful Senior Model Reps. for the Class of 2016 at Worcester Prep. School in Berlin, MD.  We got to spend the afternoon together recently doing her senior portrait session at a few places in Ocean City, MD.  She has been a blast to photograph and I was really looking forward to her session.  There is nothing like capturing a senior in their element, they are so relaxed and we are able to create some really great portraits.  Kathryn loves the beach and loves dance…I’m sure that dance is her first love and we captured a bit of that towards sunset on a beach in Ocean City with the inlet and rides in the background.  I am beyond excited to go to New York City with Kathryn and a few of our other Senior Model Reps. in October to photograph them in the big city.  I can’t wait for that, but for now enjoy these sneak peeks from her session here at home.

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Hyunji’s Senior Portrait – sneak peeks, Ocean City senior portrait photographer

Meet Hyunji!  She is a senior in the Class of 2016 at Bennett High School.  She loves the beach and plays a mean french flute.  I had the honor of capturing her senior portraits recently.  We started in the studio, then headed to a small wooded park in Berlin, MD, then headed to the OC inlet.  What a great evening photographing this lovely senior.  Enjoy the sneak peeks and have a great senior year Hyunji!

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Sammi’s Sneak Peeks – Ocean City Senior Portrait Photographer

Meet Sammi!  I had the privilege of meeting this amazing young lady the other day for her senior portraits.  She had mentioned to me that she loved theater and has been heavily involved in school productions for the past few years.  She also would like to make a career out of working in theater.  So, we headed to her high school auditorium at Stephen Decatur High School for some portraits that speak to and represent that aspect of her life.  It was a cool session and getting to do some portraits that were “outside of the box.”  We also spent some time photographing in my studio and then later in the evening we went to the inlet in OC to capture her in one of her favorite places on earth, the beach.  She has a bright future ahead of her and I am thankful that I was able to spend a few hours getting to know her and capturing these portraits for her.  Have a great senior year Sammi!

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Ally’s Senior Portrait Sneak Peeks – Ocean City senior portrait photographer

Meet Ally!  She is one of our Model Reps. for the Class of 2016 at Bennett High School.  She is an amazing girl; a ball of energy, laughter, and sweetness all rolled into one.  She happens to be a Bayside Conference field hockey player and dances in Rock and Roll Revival at her high school.  We headed down to the inlet and boardwalk in Ocean City, MD recently to capture her senior portrait session.  It was a super fun night.  At one point we both got blasted by a wave while photographing on the jetty, ah good times.  I am looking forward to capturing more of her this year, but for now enjoy the sneak peeks from her senior session!

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Garrett + Emily – Ocean City, MD – Engagement Portraits

Last Monday James and I went to the OC inlet for Garrett and Emily’s engagement portraits.  I have known Emily for several years now, so I can’t say enough how thrilled I am that they have trusted us to be their photographers! We had many laughs and such fun getting these – hope you enjoy the sneak peeks!

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