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
National dance day comes but once a year and that’s sad when you have such an exceptional dancer in front of your camera. I got to spend a lovely afternoon with Liz as she showed me around her dance studio where she does Ballet, tap, and a few others types of dance. She is graceful and so fun to photograph. The natural light poured in through the large windows in this historic building in the heart of downtown Salisbury. It could not have been a more delightful setting to capture her senior portraits. I love getting to capture my seniors doing something they love and this girl loves dance…I hope that comes through in these images. Enjoy the sneak peeks….can’t wait for your beach session in a few weeks.
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.
One thing I love in working with my senior team every year is getting to try different ideas. I’ve been wanting to do a session at night and we finally got the chance with a nice day. I met up with Kara and Dara over at Salisbury University. Lot’s of off-camera flash and getting to use high ISO with the existing light. It was so much fun wandering around campus with these two beautiful girls and getting to try these portraits. Enjoy!
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.
Meet Taylor! She is one of our senior model reps. for the Class of 2016. She is a senior at Bennett High School and is involved in a lot of things at school, like Rock and Roll Revival as well as volleyball. She is a sweetheart and has been fun to photograph so far this year. Back in January we did a session in the snow which you can check out here. We met up on a much warmer day the other day for her senior session. She wanted something different than what is “normally” done for senior portraits. So, I scouted out a few different locations like a cool overpass with the rusted fence, a rustic tower downtown, a beautiful field of rye, an abandoned parking lot, and under the bridge downtown. It was fun exploring these unusual locations and I think we captured some great portraits of this beautiful girl. Enjoy the sneak peeks!
Congrats to our 2015 Senior Model Reps.!!! I am so excited to introduce you to our Model Reps. for the studio from the Class of 2015!
I am looking forward to photographing these models more throughout the year. Keep a look out for their sessions as we begin shooting as soon as the weather clears up a bit. If you see them in school be sure to ask them for a Rep. card which will get you free wallet prints or a discount when you book your senior portraits with our studio. Be sure to ask them about their experience with our studio and why you should book your portraits with us this year.
I only photograph ONE senior a day, so I have limited spots for booking. Be sure to book with me early so that you don’t miss out on great portraits and an amazing experience. You can contact me by going to our contact page or clicking the link here – BOOK YOUR SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSION.
Hannah, Sarah, Morgan, Sadie, and Heather – thank you so much for representing my studio this year. I look forward to working with you all and getting to do some pretty cool sessions with you this year.
It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!! the issue finally hit the news stands and bookstores Jan 2nd. Last September we were asked to do a fashion spread for the Jan. issue of Premier Bride magazine. We were excited about working with a handful of other amazing wedding vendors across the Eastern Shore and getting to showcase their work in the magazine with our photography.
We met up with our models at the end of September on the grounds of Lighthouse Sound in Berlin, MD for our shoot. They all looked stunning in their gowns provided by Patty’s Bridal in downtown Salisbury, MD. We also photographed table arrangements and details set up by the talented folks of Eastern Shore Weddings & Events, plus cakes from Cake Art in Salisbury, MD. It was a full day, but well worth it as we got to reveal the finished product…the full magazine spread featuring our photography.
Mike and Sarah’s wedding, that we photographed at the end of September, is also featured in the issue of the magazine. PLUS a tips from a pro write up by yours truly about photography for your wedding. We are honored, excited, and a tad bit giddy to be featured in the magazine like this and getting to share the pages with other amazingly talented wedding vendors and other photographers.
When you get a chance pick up a copy at your local book store or you can find the issue online at Premier Bride MD. Happy reading and we hope that you will be inspired and find some great ideas for your wedding.
Sincerely – James and Amanda
We don’t get much of the white stuff here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but when we do you’ve got to take advantage of it. So I grabbed my camera and headed out into the snow to photograph one of our beautiful high school clients, Sadie. Pemberton Park was empty and pristine. The air crisp and the setting was beautiful with the couple of inches of snow covering everything. Massive icicles graced the eaves of the old barn, in short it was perfect.
Thanks Sadie for enduring the cold and for meeting me at the park to capture some unique portraits. I had fun taking these in the snow and I am loving the black and white images from this session.