JMPhotography: Blog https://www.julieclingan.com/blog en-us (C) JMPhotography (JMPhotography) Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:22:00 GMT Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:22:00 GMT https://www.julieclingan.com/img/s/v-12/u952544389-o117750897-50.jpg JMPhotography: Blog https://www.julieclingan.com/blog 120 55 Abby's Cake Smash! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2020/11/abbys-cake-smash We had so much fun spending our Sunday baking a smash cake, dressing up our sweet girl and crossing our fingers for little mess and big smiles!  It was a family affair with Daddy and Big Sister being my biggest helpers!  Abby did not know what to think of Mommy's big photography lights and baskets, but she played along quite well!  Sitting in a basket wearing a big dress was not the star activity of this photo shoot, though!  When we put Abby down next to her very first, very pink birthday cake, there was no instruction needed!  She went right for it, removing the decorations first and then proceeding to dive in like it's something she has done 100 times!  She even made it past the frosting to get into the chocolate cake!  She was so excited for her treat and then got a very cute bath on set to get all cleaned up!  All in all, our living room survived as well as my equipment and props.  Abby loved her first cake experience and gave us some adorable faces!  I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed creating them!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2020/11/abbys-cake-smash Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:21:52 GMT
Katie & Sean are Engaged! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2020/11/katie-sean-are-engaged I have known this beautiful woman since she was a beautiful little girl.  She has always been a smiling, sweet, loving constant in our family.  Over the years we have watched this hopeless romantic wait so patiently (...ish ;-) for her forever love.  When we saw her with Sean for the first time, we knew.  She had found her someone.  He matched her perfectly, filling in all the opposite counterparts of her personality.  Seeing these two together is like viewing the definition of a simply, beautiful effortless love story.  We cannot wait to capture their wedding next year, and we wish Katie, Sean and all their cats an eternity of happiness!

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Baby Abby! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2020/11/baby-abby Well, our little girl is 11 months old!  This means we have survived almost a whole year with our sweet little new addition!  Our older daughter has been the best big sister and "little mama" that anyone could ever ask for.  Seriously, I could not, would not do this without her!  My amazing husband goes to work every day so that the three of us  girls can navigate this strange world of quarantines and virtual school.  My photography has been a blessing to be able to get outside and make people smile amongst all the craziness.  The girls are resilient and continue to thrive and flourish through the most testing of circumstances.  The baby lives in a world where when you go out, everyone has a mask on, we stay home all the time and she knows, no different.  Our ten year old is something to be seen, taking it all in stride and excelling at distance learning!  As we move forward into the holidays with our happy family, we pray for those who have not been as fortunate, for those who have lost loved ones and those who continue to need help.  Our little Abby is about to celebrate turning one, and we could not be more proud!  

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Our Maternity Session | 10-27-19 https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2019/10/our-maternity-session-10-27-19 We had so much fun trading places with our clients and getting in front of the camera ourselves this weekend for our Maternity Session!  Only 5 weeks until Baby Girl #2 arrives and we are super excited!  Our beautiful daughter is only 9, but all these stunning shots of us are by her, our little photographer in training!  We couldn't be more proud of our sweet little family and we can't wait until our oldest visits this weekend for some more family photo fun!

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Samantha Class of 2020 | Clarksburg, MD | JMPhotography https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2019/10/samantha-class-of-2020-clarksburg-md-jmphotography We had so much fun at Samantha's Senior Session last night!  The scenery was beautiful, the light was amazing and Sam...well see for yourself!  She rocked her session with flying colors!  I know this stunning young woman is going to do amazing things!  All our congratulations and best wishes for your future!

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Gabriel Turns 1! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2019/9/gabriel-turns-1 This past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet new clients and enjoy a beautiful morning!  Gabriel was full of smiles for his photo shoot!  We had so much fun playing outside and running around with Mom and Dad!  I cannot wait until the next time I get to work with this sweet and happy family!  Happy Birthday Gabriel!

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Mary + Jack | Milton Ridge Historic Chapel & Reception Hall | Weddings by Julie & Stephen https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2019/8/mary-jack-milton-ridge-historic-chapel-reception-hall-weddings-by-julie-stephen We always have such a wonderful time photographing weddings and sharing in a couple's special day.  This day was no exception!  Mary and Jack had a romantic and classic Summer wedding in the beautiful Milton Ridge Historic Chapel.  The ceremony was followed by tons of fun in the stunning reception hall.  Everything from the flowers to the cake, to each little detail was perfect, but nothing could detract from the smiling faces of the bride and groom and all the people who love them.  It was truly a day of fun and celebration!  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed capturing them!  Congratulations Mary and Jack!

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Photographers:  Julie & Stephen Clingan

Venue:  Milton Ridge Historic Chapel and Reception Hall, Clarksburg, MD

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2019/8/mary-jack-milton-ridge-historic-chapel-reception-hall-weddings-by-julie-stephen Fri, 09 Aug 2019 18:52:52 GMT
Baby Amelia is Here!!! | Newborn Photography | JMPhotography | MD https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2019/5/baby-amelia-is-here-newborn-photography-jmphotography-md It has been an exciting wait to meet this little lady!  I met her parents back when they were just a sweet engaged couple for one of the most lovely weddings we have been a part of.  I was then more than thrilled to hear years later that they were expecting their first bundle of joy!  We got to have a chilly maternity session at the park which turned out to be a beautiful winter day, then the wait was on!  I was so happy to see the facebook post that little Amelia was here!  Last weekend, I packed up my gear and headed to the couple's home to meet this sweet little girl.  Ten tiny fingers and toes, and a full head of hair all donned in pink, the little angel was already sleeping and ready for her session.  However, that didn't last long!  Amelia was ready to be involved in her closeup, giving us tons of funny faces and a super joyful session!  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed capturing them!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2019/5/baby-amelia-is-here-newborn-photography-jmphotography-md Thu, 02 May 2019 14:55:07 GMT
Haley & James are Expecting | Maternity Photography | Frederick, MD https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2019/1/haley-james-are-expecting-maternity-photography-frederick-md It is always a thrill when a past client who you adored calls you again.  It is even more fun when they are a wedding client who is now having a baby!  I absolutely love capturing all these special moments and to get to follow along in the life of some of my most treasured clients is truly a gift.  I love nothing more than watching love grow and this is definitely what is happening here!  I hope you enjoy this session as much as I enjoyed capturing it!  Congratulations Haley and James!!!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2019/1/haley-james-are-expecting-maternity-photography-frederick-md Tue, 29 Jan 2019 19:50:08 GMT
A Holiday Elopement | Middletown, MD | JMPhotography Weddings by Julie & Stephen https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2019/1/a-holiday-elopement-middletown-wedding-by-jmphotography-weddings-by-julie-stephen Nearing the end of 2018, we thought it was time to close up for the year, enjoy the holidays and get ready for 2019.  However, Teresa and Keith had something else in mind for finishing out the year!  We were so honored to be included in this very special elopement ceremony.  A dear friend of my parents and former musical director at our church, Teresa made for a stunning bride in her navy gown.  She asked my mother to be her matron of honor, my father to sing, and as if this all wasn't special enough, she included our daughter as the flower & ring bearer.  It truly became a family affair, when the best man became ill days before the wedding.  My dad was asked to step up as best man and fill in for the special day.  The groom was beaming with joy as the sun shone down from the sparkling stained glass.  It was obvious these two are over the moon for each other.  The ceremony was a beautiful private affair which thanks to modern technology was also broadcast live on facebook for family and friends.  The couple invited us all to share in a festive lunch at Dutch's Daughter which included amazing food and a beautiful winter themed wedding cake complete with a snowman bride and groom.  This day was truly filled with Winter Magic!!!

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Meet Baby Jaxson... 2 1/2 Weeks New! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2018/9/meet-baby-jaxon-2-1/2-weeks-new It is always such a joy when someone I know is having a baby!  I love everything about pregnancy and newborns and babies and children...well, you get the idea!  So, when one of my lovely coworkers contacted me about capturing her beautiful newborn son, I was over the moon!  I had met him just once in person, but had the pleasure of watching her belly grow over the last 9 months in quiet anticipation of this handsome little guy's arrival!  Sierra handled her pregnancy with grace, working right up almost to the end!  When she began her maternity leave, baby Jaxon decided he just could not wait one more minute to meet his loving family and arrived weeks ahead of schedule.  After many prayers and some time spent in the NICU with the wonderful caring doctors and nurses, Jaxon showed that he was strong and ready to face the world!  This little man at less than 3 weeks old was a joy to work with and remarkably strong for entering the world the way he did!  I hope you enjoy welcoming Baby Jaxon, along with his Mom, Dad and beautiful big sister, Ava!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2018/9/meet-baby-jaxon-2-1/2-weeks-new Tue, 11 Sep 2018 17:22:34 GMT
The Anderson Family Tree | Three Generations | Frederick, MD | JMPhotography https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2018/8/the-anderson-family-tree-three-generations-frederick-md-jmphotography I am so excited to share this photo shoot with everyone!  This family is so near and dear to my heart.  Not only are they some of my most loyal and frequent clients, but two of them went all the way through school with me!  Catching up with this wonderful bunch always brightens my day and watching these kiddos grow is nothing short of amazing!  I just loved being asked back again and again over the years.  I hope you enjoy this little preview of all the fun we shared Sunday night!

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Patrick & Charles https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2018/7/patrick-charles It has been a while since I posted a new blog.  Life has been crazy and wonderful, and trying and tough, but what really matters at the end of the day is the journey.  My love for photography has never wavered, but the time I have had available to explore and keep up with said passion certainly has.  However, dreams are the kind of things that must be nurtured, so as must be done with all things we put down, I picked it back up, got on my "proverbial horse" and got back out there!  Stepping into a beautiful sinking sun with two of my favorite clients and a dear friend I have known since elementary school didn't hurt either!  I love having the chance to catch up and play with these adorable brothers who I have had the honor and privilege of watching grow over the years!  I hope you enjoy the product of our fun evening as much as I did!  

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2018/7/patrick-charles Mon, 30 Jul 2018 22:09:11 GMT
Meet Avery...2 Weeks New... https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/9/meet-avery-2-weeks-new More Girls!!!  I am so in love with all these little ladies arriving in our family over the past few years!  First we had Kaya, then Harper, and now it is time for Baby Avery's introduction!  This little lady was just that, a perfect lady!  As long as she had a bottle nearby, she was happy to do just about anything.  Not hardly a wimper out of this little one as we passed her around, stole her dress and stuffed her in a basket!  Now, not only is she totally awesome, but she also made Kaya into a big sister!  Now, at first glance Kaya put on quite a "I'm the baby" show in regards to this chic invading her space.  However, when no one was looking, it was obvious Kaya was overcome with fascination and love for this tiny little person.  I cannot wait to watch their bond as sisters grow over the years!  For now, it is time to enjoy a look into week two of this family's life as parents of two!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/9/meet-avery-2-weeks-new Fri, 01 Sep 2017 22:29:48 GMT
Introducing...Baby Jaxon! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/8/introducing-baby-jaxon My friend's baby had a baby of her own!!!  Now, I'm not sure how this happened, because there is no way that we are old enough to be grandma's!  However, here we are in the next stage of life watching our babies grow up to have lives of their own.  Luckily I still have one little...the big one I must admit is starting high school this year, which means we're officially old!  Meanwhile, my lovely friend's daughter who is an amazing woman herself has brought one of the cutest little guys into the world!  I had the distinct honor of being his first photographer!  Though he refused to fall asleep and his sister really, really didn't want to take photos, we had lots of fun and got some adorable shots!  I hope you enjoy this little preview of Baby Jaxon!

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Baby Scarlett https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/6/baby-scarlett Introducing the newest member of our extended family... Baby Scarlett!!!  I was over the moon when my husband's cousin who just gave birth to the most adorable little girl, contacted me about a photo shoot!  They drove several hours just to spend the evening capturing their beautiful new addition.  Her big brother was obviously very proud of this new little lady in his life.  Mom and Dad were the happiest I have ever seen.  This little lady is full of personality and definitely belongs in our bunch!  I look forward to watching her grow and wish happiness and health to Scarlett and her amazing family!  And now... Baby Scarlett!!!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/6/baby-scarlett Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:31:22 GMT
Haley + James | Linganore Winery Wedding | Frederick, MD | JMPhotographyMD https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/6/haley-james-linganore-winery-wedding-frederick-md-jmphotographymd When I got the message from Haley about 2 years ago, I had no idea that she and her fiancee James would quickly become favorite wedding clients!  We met for the first time in person last year for their engagement session.  I could instantly tell how in love they were and how wonderful this union was going to be.  

Fast forward to the wedding day.  We arrived in Hanover around 9am to find bridal preparations in full swing.  The couple's new home was buzzing with bridesmaids and stylists, and of course a very important member of the wedding party, their doggy, Adonis.  He spent the first moments barking at us and checking out all our photo equipment.  He warmed up and we went about our work.  We spent the whole morning capturing all the silly times of this lively crew, then it was off to the church!  We headed to lovely historic Mount Airy to Calvary Church to prepare for the ceremony.  We pulled in just as the groom and his fellows were pulling onto the premises.  We had never seen such big smiles.  

Once everyone was dressed to the nines, our next big moment was the "First Look".  Now this wasn't your not so traditional moment where the bride and groom get to "cheat" and see each other before the altar.  We decided the throw in our own special twist and switch the groom out for the father of the bride.  We kept Dad outside, and let Haley sneak up on him for an emotional reveal that had everyone in tears and me mentally noting that we should do this at every wedding, from now on, forever!  Once everyone was composed, we headed inside for the big moment!  The ceremony was stunning, not a dry eye in the house.

After some time for everyone to take some phone pics and dote on the bride and groom, we headed to the reception.  We found the wedding party hanging out by the bride and grooms little red convertible upon the stunning grounds of the Linganore Winery and Winecellars.  Family formals flew by and before we knew it, the happy couple were sharing a heartfelt first dance in the ballroom.

The reception was amazing, including a touching and hilarious choreographed dance between the bride and her father.  The sun set just as the cake was being cut and we slipped out for some glowing portraits in the vineyard.  Haley and James were up for anything and ready to make some amazing memories.  This was one for the books and a sweet and darling couple that will not be forgotten.  We wish a long and beautiful life of love and happiness to Mr. and Mrs. James & Haley Taylor!!!

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Vendors who helped make this event into a fairytale...

Photography:  Julie & Stephen from JMPhotography by Julie Clingan

Hairstyles:  Amy Haft & Chloe Martin

Makeup:  Mary "Katie" Engle

Dress:  TLC Bridal Boutique

Cake:  Stone House Cakery & Cafe

Flowers:  Blossom & Basket Boutique

DJ:  Diamond DJ Services

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/6/haley-james-linganore-winery-wedding-frederick-md-jmphotographymd Sat, 10 Jun 2017 20:42:25 GMT
Damascus Studio of Dance | Parent Observation 2017 | Ms. Rachel's Class https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/5/damascus-studio-of-dance-parent-observation-2017-ms-rachels-class I love that my daughter enjoys dance so much and I really love the opportunity to sit in on her class and take photos.  Parent observation day is one of my favorite days and here are just a few shots from my last photo session at the studio.

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Mollie is 1! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/5/mollie-is-1 As you know, I am a huge fan of repeat clients and I love watching children grow up over the years!  That being said, this next session was right up my ally!  My dear wedding clients Natalie and Alex combined their sweet engagement session with an adorable newborn session for their daughter Mollie almost a year ago.  I was then, completely thrilled when Natalie contacted me recently about Mollie's first birthday!  It was wonderful to catch up and see how this little lady has grown!  We had tons of fun, considering she slept through our first session, we got lots more action this time!  I hope you enjoy this little preview and join me in saying...Happy Birthday Mollie!!!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/5/mollie-is-1 Wed, 10 May 2017 17:21:35 GMT
My Kiddos | Spring 2017 | JMPhotography Behind the Scenes https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/4/my-kiddos-spring-2017-jmphotography-behind-the-scenes Finally!  Everyone under the same roof for a whole week!  I wasn't going to miss any chances to update my walls and blog!  Hope you love the new pics of my kiddos...just for fun! :-)

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/4/my-kiddos-spring-2017-jmphotography-behind-the-scenes Mon, 03 Apr 2017 23:00:59 GMT
Charles is 1! | Clarksburg, MD Baby Session | JMPhotography by Julie Clingan https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/3/charles-is-1-clarksburg-md-baby-session-jmphotography-by-julie-clingan There is nothing I love more than watching my client's children grow!  I started with this adorable family when their oldest turned 1 and we have been having a blast ever since!  I cannot wait to capture all the special moments in these darling brothers' lives!  Happy First Day of Spring!!!  Look to my Instagram and Facebook for a special offer on portrait sessions today only!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/3/charles-is-1-clarksburg-md-baby-session-jmphotography-by-julie-clingan Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:45:40 GMT
Natalie + Alex | Winter Wedding | Damascus, MD | JMPhotography https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/1/natalie-alex-winter-wedding-damascus-md-jmphotography It is so heartwarming when a dear friend and client loves your work enough to recommend you to a friend.  I met Natalie in the midst of her wedding planning and later realized we had many connections in common and though at different times, attended the same high school.  She and her husband Alex along with their sweet and adorable daughter made the loveliest of wedding clients and we even got to throw in a newborn engagement session to top it off!  We had such an amazing time capturing this stunning winter wedding.  The venues were stunning as well as the perfectly styled wedding party.  From exquisite flowers, to an enchanting evening of dining and dancing, this wedding is what little girls dream of and we were honored to be a part of it.  All the best to Natalie and Alex for an amazing happily ever after...

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Vendors:

Photographers:  Julie & Stephen Clingan - JMPhotography

Church:  St Paul's Catholic Church - Damascus, MD

Reception Venue:  Morningside Inn - Frederick, MD

Transportation:  Bob's Limo - Damascus, MD

Cake:  Piece 'O Cake - Frederick, MD

DJ - Mark Kennerly - Soundsations Entertainment

 

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2017/1/natalie-alex-winter-wedding-damascus-md-jmphotography Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:38:51 GMT
Kaya Turns 1! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/11/kaya-turns-1 It is always nice to have family for clients, especially when they are repeat clients!!!  We had too much fun at Kaya's newborn session last year, so we decided to do it again to celebrate her 1st birthday!  She did amazing and gave us lots of hillarious facials to work with!  She was even nice enough to let Mom and Dad in on some shots!  This adorable family is so dear to my heart and so cherished by my lens!  I cannot wait to watch this little cutie grow year after year!  Happy 1st Birthday Kaya!!!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/11/kaya-turns-1 Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:30:16 GMT
Sara's Adventurous Senior Session https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/10/arlensenior When I met up with Sara and her parents for her senior session, I was promplty informed that Sara was not a big fan of having her photo taken.  This definitely did not shine through in her photos.  Sara was a natural and the camera loves her!  We started shooting and she quickly started having fun posing and climbing.  We had so much fun making our way around the park and capturing Sara's adventurous spirit.  I know this girl is going to do great things and it is obvious just how proud mom and dad are of her.  My best wishes for a bright future to this amazing young lady!

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Fall Family Session | Mt Airy, MD | JMPhotography by Julie Clingan https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/10/shookfamily It is always nice to have repeat clients, even when they weren't exactly the client the first time around!  I met Tiffany just after her adorable little guy was born last year.  She was in a wedding I was shooting and we had a wonderful time!  You can imagine how excited I was to show up for this session and find that we already knew eachother!  These kids were just too cute and we had a blast walking and playing!  Mom and Dad did great too!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/10/shookfamily Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:29:05 GMT
Stephanie + Dave | MD Wedding | Lakewood Country Club | JMPhotography by Julie Clingan https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/10/stephanie-dave-md-wedding-lakewood-country-club-jmphotography-by-julie-clingan How do I begin to write about this amazing experience.  Just being in the presence of Stephanie and Dave, you can feel the love all around.  Stephanie has been a dear friend of mine for more years than either of us will mention, let's just say, more than half of our lives.  So, when she asked me to capture her special day, I was beside myself.  Her support and love for my art has been a staple in my life and I would not trade this opportunity for anything!  The wedding day began with a trip to the salon, the bride's house, and then off to the venue...  We arrived to find the groom just pulling in with a giant smile on his face.  We quickly set up our equipment and split up to join the bride and groom during their preparations.  The day flowed with ease and beauty, just as Stephanie had perfectly planned it.   Every detail shined with personal touches and class.  It was a wedding day that dreams are made of.  Each moment went more perfectly than the one before, and by the end of the day we felt like we were living in a movie.  We are so blessed to have been a part of this amazing event and we wish Stephanie and Dave every happiness for a fairytale life filled with "Seasons of Love"...

 

Photography/Videography:  JMPhotography by Julie Clingan | Shooting Assistant:  Stephen Clingan

Venue/Catering:  Lakewood Country Club, Rockville, MD

Bride's Hair:  Hugo Salon

Bridesmaids' Hair:  Heather Blaché

Gown:  White House|Black Market

DJ:  Shew-sical

Florist:  DaVinci's Forist

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/10/stephanie-dave-md-wedding-lakewood-country-club-jmphotography-by-julie-clingan Sat, 01 Oct 2016 20:37:27 GMT
"Show"ered in Love https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/7/-show-ered-in-love So, my best friend/"sister", dancer, singer, choreographer, teacher, actress extrodinaire is getting married!  You have already seen her stunning engagement session we did in DC, and this past weekend I had the fun opportunity to attend her lovely bridal shower, thrown by her sweet and loving bridesmaids.  Everything was "show" themed and dressed up in her wedding colors!  Here are just a few sweet moments from a beautiful planned and executed day which was a "showstopping" event!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/7/-show-ered-in-love Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:45:30 GMT
Haley & James | Engagement | Mt. Airy, MD | JMPhotography https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/7/haley-james-engagement-mt-airy-md-jmphotography When I first heard from Haley last year, I was super excited at the idea of booking a wedding 2 years away.  I loved that her and her fiancee were as excited about my photography as I was and that they wanted to be a part of the growing family of JMPhotography!  Over the past year, we waited in gentle anticipation for James to go on leave from his current military assignment.  This past weekend, we were all in the same state and ready to meet up for this fantastic session celebrating their love and including their two adorable doggies, one of whom will be the ring bearer in next year's wedding!  We had a great meeting to start talking about the big day and then went for a little walk to capture some special moments and a lot of love!  I cannot wait to spend that special day next June with this beautiful couple!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/7/haley-james-engagement-mt-airy-md-jmphotography Tue, 12 Jul 2016 01:52:07 GMT
1st Day of Summer 2016 | My Favorite Model | Sunset Portraits https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/6/1st-day-of-summer-2016-my-favorite-model-sunset-portraits On the way home from dinner tonight to celebrate our little lady graduating kindergarten, we drove by what promised to be a pretty sunset.  We grabbed the camera and headed up the hill to race the sun.  It was hot and buggy, but we got some cute ones.  It's been a while since my girl and I just went out and shot around.  We had a blast trying some new things, and I cannot believe how much she has grown!  Time flies when you're having fun...don't blink!

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A Newborn Engagement | Clarksburg, MD | Meet Baby Mollie https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/6/a-newborn-engagement-clarksburg-md-meet-baby-mollie It is always exciting to meet a new client.  Therefore, it is even more wonderful to meet 2, like during an engagement session with a new wedding couple.  Yesterday, I got to do something extra special!  I met 3 new clients in a fantastic combination Newborn/Engagement session!  Baby Mollie was such a delight to work with.  She was the first baby in my basket who shed no tears and pretty much let me put her wherever I wanted!  Mom and Dad were great too, being very patient with the artistic process in the near 90 degree temperatures.  I am already one of Mollie's biggest fans, and I cannot wait to capture her again when she helps Mom and Dad walk down the aisle in December!  Congratulations to this sweet little family; I cannot wait for our next moments!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/6/a-newborn-engagement-clarksburg-md-meet-baby-mollie Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:46:15 GMT
Meet Baby Charles | Brotherly Love | JMPhotography | Clarksburg, MD https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/6/spring-portraits-brotherly-love-jmphotography-clarksburg-md It is always a wonderful experience to have repeat clients in a business like mine.  It is even better when they are lifelong friends!  I always enjoy getting together with old school friends and this time, she brought a new friend...Baby Charles!!!  At 3 months, he is already sweet, cuddly, and full of personality!  Big brother Patrick who is on his 4th time in front of my lens is the sweetest big brother and is developing quite the personality of his own!  I love photographing this adorable family and I cannot wait for the next time they are all in front of my lens!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/6/spring-portraits-brotherly-love-jmphotography-clarksburg-md Sun, 05 Jun 2016 21:48:39 GMT
Meet Baby Harper...12 Days New! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/5/babyharper It is only fitting that in my 3rd year of business, I received a visit from my very first Bride and Groom...with a little addition!  Meet Baby Harper, only 12 days old upon entering my studio, but already sweet, adorable, and full of personality!  She was super content to be swaddled up and laid into the little setup I had ready for her.  We started with some indoor shots where she certainly let me know what she did and did not like.  Her crying, if you can call it that, was sweet and adorable just like her and it didn't take long to calm her down...all she wanted was hugs!  I cannot wait for warmer weather and more sessions with this sweet little doll!  Congratulations to Mom and Dad on this stunning gift from God!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/5/babyharper Fri, 20 May 2016 22:18:40 GMT
Meet Baby Carmen...18 Days New! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/4/meet-baby-carmen-18-days-new It is always exciting when a friend is having a baby.  It is even more exciting when I receive the distinct honor of being said little one's first photographer!  I love meeting and cuddling with these sweet little brand new bundles of life!  I hope you enjoy Carmen's debut as much as I enjoyed creating it!  She is truly a doll and Mom, Dad & Brother are a very lucky, happy little family with new baby Carmen in tow!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2016/4/meet-baby-carmen-18-days-new Tue, 19 Apr 2016 01:15:21 GMT
Meet Baby Kaya | Newborn Lifestyle Photography | JMPhotography by Julie Clingan https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/12/meet-baby-kaya I have seen quite a few adorable babies in my life, including my lovely daughter, but Baby Kaya is just about the cutest little thing I have ever seen!  She was sweet as could be and very engaging for only a couple weeks old!  She spent most of the session sleeping or staring curiously at the camera, and I had a wonderful time capturing her first moments!  Mom and Dad are doing well, and very much in love with their little bundle of joy!  I cannot wait to watch this little cutie grow!  Enjoy!

 

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/12/meet-baby-kaya Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:13:23 GMT
1 Mom | 2 Sons | 3 Beautiful Ladies | Frederick, MD https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/12/1-mom-2-sons-3-beautiful-ladies Last weekend started with a chilly, sunny morning and an adorable family ready in the park!  What a great mom with 2 handsome sons and their lovely girlfriends all wrapped up in matching outfits!  We had too much fun capturing these shining photos, and I cannot wait to work with them again!  

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/12/1-mom-2-sons-3-beautiful-ladies Sat, 12 Dec 2015 18:19:04 GMT
Welcome Baby Landon | Newborn Photography | Clarksburg, MD https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/11/welcome-baby-landon Baby Landon is here and boy is he cute!  He has two loving girls to take care of him and he was just the sweetest happiest baby!  He absolutely loved the light I was using and found everything we did fascinating.  We had a blast capturing his first family photos with Mom and Sis!  Enjoy!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/11/welcome-baby-landon Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:36:08 GMT
Waiting for Baby Kaya... https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/11/waiting-for-baby-kaya This was one of those "under the wire" maternity sessions.  With a busy mom and dad and a sweet baby girl who decided she would like to enter the world upside down, we had to rush to capture baby Kaya while she was still on the inside!  What a sweet adorable couple who is now a sweet adorable family!  I can't wait to meet baby Kaya!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/11/waiting-for-baby-kaya Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:27:47 GMT
2 Sisters = 2 Adorable Families! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/11/2-sisters-2-adorable-families I love the opportunity to catch up with old friends, especially when they have become repeat clients!  This time Catherine brought her sister to the party for a fun family combo session filled with love, leaves, and excitement for a new baby on the way!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/11/2-sisters-2-adorable-families Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:21:37 GMT
Fall Mini | Windy Twins | Clarksburg, MD | JMPhotography by Julie Clingan https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/11/fall-mini-windy-twins-clarksburg-md-jmphotography-by-julie-clingan What a great way to spend a chilly Fall morning!  It may have been windy, but that didn't stop all the smiling!  It was a blast capturing this Mini Session this morning and I just couldn't wait to share it!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/11/fall-mini-windy-twins-clarksburg-md-jmphotography-by-julie-clingan Sat, 14 Nov 2015 18:07:42 GMT
Fall Mini Session | Clarksburg, MD | Party of 4 https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/11/fall-mini-session-clarksburg-md-party-of-4 I always love meeting new clients, especially when some of my favorite clients send them my way!  This Mini Session was filled with tons of laughs, some skeptical looks from the girls when I rattled off my silly story about the faeries inside my camera, and ultimately a bundle of Fall fun!  One of my favorite spots to photograph as of late had a perfectly yellow tree waiting just for us.  I hope I have a few more chances to catch these stunning Fall colors before they are gone.

 

 

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/11/fall-mini-session-clarksburg-md-party-of-4 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:41:35 GMT
Lexi, Jon & 2 Sweetie Girls | Clarksburg, MD Fall Portraits | Black Hill Regional Park https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/10/lexi-jon-2-sweetie-girls-clarksburg-md-fall-portraits-black-hill-regional-park I love sessions with new clients...especially ones that I went to school with!  What adorable little girls these two have and what a sweet family they make all together!  It was a delight, even though it was a little chilly to get out there and photograph them this morning.  I look forward to many more sessions so I can watch these little cuties grow!!!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/10/lexi-jon-2-sweetie-girls-clarksburg-md-fall-portraits-black-hill-regional-park Tue, 27 Oct 2015 12:36:00 GMT
Stephanie & Dave | DC Engagement https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/10/stephanie-dave-dc-engagement I cannot even begin to describe how special this engagement and wedding are to me!  These two are our very closest friends and this girl has been my "sister" since middle school.  The word friend doesn't really do them justice.  They are family to us.  We had the best time shooting this engagement session in DC and their wedding next Fall is going to be spectacular!  I love meeting new people and always love gaining new clients, but when family and friends call on you, it is a special honor.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them and wait right along with me in anticipation of one awesome wedding day!!!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/10/stephanie-dave-dc-engagement Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:20:34 GMT
Mom + Dad + 2 Pretty Ladies | Fall Mini Session | Damascus, MD https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/10/mom-dad-2-pretty-ladies-fall-mini-session-damascus-md I always enjoy working with this family and it is such an extreme compliment to have clients come back over and over!  This Fall Mini Session was a great way to catch up and I love watching these beautiful ladies change and grow!  Enjoy!!! :-)

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/10/mom-dad-2-pretty-ladies-fall-mini-session-damascus-md Sun, 25 Oct 2015 02:19:10 GMT
Waiting for Baby Landon... | Clarksburg, MD Maternity Session https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/10/waiting-for-baby-landon-clarksburg-md-maternity-session Beautiful, innocent, strong, courageous, unbreakable...  Just a few of the words you could use to describe the beautiful ladies in these photos.  Getting ready to welcome a new member of the family is stressful and exciting and something planned and planned by the expecting Mom and Dad.  So, what do you do when plans change, families change, suddenly there is no Dad standing by your side helping you plan every moment.  Personal stories like this can take your breath away and make you feel so for the woman bearing this miracle alone.  This is not a sad story though.  This is a story of strength, faith, and love.  Marika has found light in an impossible situation.  She fills her life and home with love for her stunningly sweet daughter and their little gentleman on the way.  She is ready to take her new team of 3 to be and face the future with God's grace and glory as her faith leads her through.  If you ever start to believe you can't, remember, you can...

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/10/waiting-for-baby-landon-clarksburg-md-maternity-session Sun, 25 Oct 2015 01:39:55 GMT
Clair + Chad | Frederick, MD Wedding | Rosehill Manor | JMPhotography https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/10/clair-chad-frederick-md-wedding-rosehill-manor-jmphotography Tale as old as time...  Song as old as rhyme...

Clair and Chad's wedding was something out of a fairy tale.  A beautiful day bathed in sunlight, and so many family and friends to wish them well.  Add in Chad's love of Beauty and the Beast and you have your happy ending!!!  From roses to tea pots, clocks, and candelabras, it was truly a stunning affair.  Now Beauty and the Beast also being mine and my daughter's favorite movie, you can imagine I was kind of in heaven!  Clair was an elegant bride donning a sophisticated and simple sweetheart gown, which made Chad's face literally light up at the sight of her.  Everything was lovely in blue and gold with touches of pink all around!  We felt so welcomed, as they invited us to "be their guests" for dinner... get it?  Couldn't resist!  I hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as I loved taking them, and look forward to the full gallery in coming months.

Photography:  JMPhotography by Julie Clingan

Venue:  Rosehill Manor Park | Frederick, MD

Reception & Catering:  Dutch's Daughter | Frederick, MD 

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/10/clair-chad-frederick-md-wedding-rosehill-manor-jmphotography Mon, 19 Oct 2015 01:23:04 GMT
12 Years | 3 Boys | Unlimited Happily Ever After | Fall Family Session | Clarksburg, MD https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/9/fallsessionjc2015 Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to catch up with a very old friend.  Since our school days, she has married a sweet guy and they have created a beautiful family complete with 3 adorable and well behaved young gentlemen.  We had a blast playing on rocks and talking about food and fun.  The boys were full of smiles and Mom and Dad did great too!  It is always nice to reconnect with old friends later in life and I can't wait to connect again!  It also just so happens that today is their 12th wedding anniversary... So a very Happy Anniversary to these two and warmest wishes for many more to come!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/9/fallsessionjc2015 Sun, 20 Sep 2015 15:34:35 GMT
Meet Baby Josiah...13 days new... https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/9/meet-baby-josiah-13-days-new I always adore it when someone I know is having a baby.  I love everything about it.  I love watching their belly grow and happily waiting with them until the little bundle of joy arrives!  This one seemed like he was a long time coming being that he arrive "slightly" after his due date...  I am even more moved when I have the chance to be their newborn photographer.  This is an honor like no other.  They are trusting me with their most precious piece of their heart, and even though they are never more than a few inches away, it is still a big deal for Mom and Dad!  They did great and so did baby Josiah!  I am so happy to introduce to the world this sweet little bundle of joy and I am so honored to have been his first photographer!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/9/meet-baby-josiah-13-days-new Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:32:44 GMT
Samantha's Rockin' Mini Session https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/8/samanthas-rockin-mini-session What a gorgeous night for Samantha's mini-session.  We had perfect weather, perfect sun, and of course, a beautiful subject!  I was so impressed with Sam's maturity and readiness in front of the camera.  Only entering 8th grade this year, but definitely already a classy lady and ready to do big things!  

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/8/samanthas-rockin-mini-session Sun, 09 Aug 2015 20:17:17 GMT
A Little Country... A Styled Shoot by JMPhotography https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/8/a-little-country This shoot was quite a while in the making.  Not that it was far away, difficult to plan or even a lot of equipment to haul.  I planned last Summer to do a styled shoot with my dear friend and thankfully willing model, Kaitlin.  I had a vision, asked her to find a dress and it was set.  Then I fell at work and found out knee surgery was in my future.  I spent the remainder of last year through this Spring having and then recovering from knee surgery.  I slowly started to push back into my photography business that was left blowing in the wind while I recovered mostly in bed or a recliner.  One day after returning to my "day job", Kaitlin asked if we were ever going to do that photo shoot that she bought the dress for.  Right away we set up a day and I started thinking on what this shoot was going to evolve into.  Ideas floated around and then it hit me...  That white dress needs cowboy boots and a matching little model to go with.

I made the plan with Kaitlin to meet in the morning when the clean bright light would be filtering through the trees.  I dressed my daughter and favorite model/assistant in her little white dress and cowgirl boots and off we went!  Everything went beautifully and they looked so great.  We didn't think we would get a chance to shoot on the train tracks, but with time on our side, we made it across the park and got some great shots at the end.  So glad we took a few little chances that really paid off in the end!

I hope it was worth the wait!!!

Special thanks to:

Kaitlin Francella....Model

Lily Clingan..........Model


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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/8/a-little-country Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:31:08 GMT
Sydney's Senior Session https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/6/sydneys-senior-session First of all, I have to say what an honor it was to be chosen as Sydney's Senior Portrait Photographer.  This girl is going to do big things!  I have known her since she was only 4 years old, and over the years I have watched her grow into a beautiful, intelligent, and driven young woman.  In addition to her regular studies, Sydney was also accepted into the performance arts magnet program in Annapolis.  She kept up with a rigorous schedule, including AP courses, and it has definitely paid off!  This girl is an astonishing performer.  She is currently in production on her second movie and loves singing for a live audience.  She plans to attend college in the Fall to pursue...  Well, I suppose you will have to wait and see.  Whatever road she takes, it is very obvious that this is just the beginning for the extremely talented Sydney Knoll.

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/6/sydneys-senior-session Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:53:38 GMT
Cassy & Jake Tie the Knot! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/6/cassy-jake-tie-the-knot When Cassy and I first spoke about her wedding over a year ago, I had no idea what a special and wonderful day this was going to be.  Jake and Cassy have so much love for eachother and for their daughter Lyla.  Just being near them you could feel the special bond that this beautiful little family created.  I was so honored to be asked to capture this stunning wedding.  Cassy paid attention to every detail and had an absolutely magical day laid out.  From the flowers, to the dresses, to the DJ, everything went off without a hitch...that is except for Cassy and Jake, who got hitched (couldn't resist).

We started the day with Cassy and the girls getting ready, then had a little fun watching all the groomsmen try to light their cigars.  The day was filled with perfect moments from Lyla helping with Mommy's makeup to me nearly getting taken out as the best man went sliding across the floor in a very "stealing home" kind of arrival for the garter toss!  Everyone had something kind to say and a smile to share as we celebrated the love of this very special couple.

My lovely assistant and I were in awe of the beauty of the day, so much so that he shot as many frames as I did!  We loved shooting this fairytale day and wish the bride and groom many years of happily ever after!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/6/cassy-jake-tie-the-knot Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:44:43 GMT
Baby Donovan's Dedication https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/5/baby-donovans-dedication Sunday was a day filled with love, joy, and just enough sunshine!  I was invited by a coworker to capture her new baby's church dedication.  We arrived a little early for some outdoor "baby in the basket" shots and then headed into the church where everyone from the Pastor to each member of the congregation was truly welcoming!  We heard a beautiful message and watched as baby Donovan was welcomed into his church family at Rockville Church of God.  It was a beautiful day and he was surround by so much sweet and loving family!  I was honored to be a part of this very special day!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/5/baby-donovans-dedication Tue, 19 May 2015 22:52:54 GMT
Three Generation Family Spring Session 2015 | Baker Park, Frederick, MD https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/5/three-generation-family-spring-session What do you get when you put 4 little girls in matching dresses, add one adorable baby boy, two sets of sweet parents, and one beaming grandma?  Look no further!  The answer is below!!!

​So much cuteness was abound for this family session on Sunday!  The girls were ready to be little models, baby was ready to pose and smile and everyone did a great job amidst the bright sun and warm temperatures.  

We arrived at Baker Park just as the sun started to sink.  The setting was beautiful and though we had to dodge a few park-goers, it was a great day!  After rescheduling our earlier date due to weather, we were pleasantly surprised by the stunning weather for our new date.  I hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as I loved taking them!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/5/three-generation-family-spring-session Mon, 04 May 2015 20:59:39 GMT
Cassy & Jake are Engaged!...and Lyla too! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/4/cassy-jake-are-engaged-and-lyla-too         Tuesday was a beautiful day, and Big Pipe Creek Park in Taneytown, MD was a beautiful setting for Cassy and Jake's family engagement session.  Cassy contacted me last Summer about her upcoming wedding after seeing my work on a friend's facebook page.  We have emailed back and forth for almost a year now and finally got to meet face to face.  She is just the sweetest person and is going to make a stunning bride in a little over a month.

        We had talked a little back and forth about whether or not to try and do an engagement session and about baby photography.  I suggested we turn the engagement session into a family engagement session!  We had tons of fun trying to keep the star of the show entertained.  I was happy for the chance to meet her, and her delightful parents at their wedding venue before the big day.

        Big Pipe Creek Park is a lovely setting, and I had so much fun walking around and brainstorming for the wedding day.  I know it will be a day filled with love, happiness, and with any luck a little sunshine!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/4/cassy-jake-are-engaged-and-lyla-too Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:37:22 GMT
Patrick is 2! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/4/patrick-is-2 It was an absolute honor to be asked back to do this little guys 2 year photos and this time Mom and Dad joined in too!  I have known Patrick's mama since we were not too many years older than he is now!  It was so nice to catch up with an old friend and see how much this adorable little man has grown since last year.  He had a blast playing on the playground and running around.  He is such a gentleman, even taking my hand to lead me over to the water!  I cannot wait for many more sessions as we watch this little guy grow!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/4/patrick-is-2 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:57:17 GMT
The Mary Kay Lady... https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/4/the-mary-kay-lady Since middle school, I have had a friend who was not just a friend, or a best friend.  She was always more like a sister to me.  Over the years we have stayed in touch sometimes being better at it than others, but we have always had a common ground and special bond.  She is an amazing music teacher and dear friend, but in her spare time she has taken on a new endeavor... Mary Kay!  I was lucky enough to receive a free makeover along with my daughter and then we turned around and had an awesome studio session.  Stephanie is a beautiful person inside and out and it certainly shows through in her images.  If you need your Mary Kay fix, this is the girl to call!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/4/the-mary-kay-lady Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:14:11 GMT
In Memory of Captain Smith...at Arlington National Cemetery https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/3/in-memory-of-captain-smith-at-arlington-national-cemetery Today I had the opportunity to do something new.  Normally I jump at the chance, but today's task was a little more than a new camera angle.  The moments I was asked to capture today were not those of joy, but those of sorrow.  Moments of goodbye and last words.  Feelings of honor and history flow through these images, but in the end, a father, a husband, and a great sailor was laid to rest among many heroes gone before him.  I was honored for the chance to be there for this special client in this difficult time.  Never having been to Arlington National Cemetery, I did my research and prepared for the multitude of the landscape and the process of the ceremony.  Nothing however could prepare me for the way I felt just being in the presence of these hallowed grounds.  I was able to make it through this very emotional service, though it was difficult not to hide a few tears behind my camera to attest to the love, respect, and honor gained by this man in his lifetime.  Today was truly an experience I will never forget.

 

 
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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/3/in-memory-of-captain-smith-at-arlington-national-cemetery Wed, 25 Mar 2015 01:39:15 GMT
DSD Parent Observation - Spring 2015 https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/3/dsd-parent-observation---spring-2015 I had the wonderful opportunity again to observe Miss Rachel's class.  These little ladies are becoming quite the young dancers.  You can already see the technique developing and the sparkle in their eyes when they do their favorite move.  Even though it is early on a Saturday morning, these girls gave it their all and had a blast doing it.  I love photographing children at this age.  They are so aware of everything and usually make for a hilarious subject!

 

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/3/dsd-parent-observation---spring-2015 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:40:50 GMT
Boudoir Session Contest Winner Announced!!! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/1/boudoir-session-contest-winner-announced

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2015/1/boudoir-session-contest-winner-announced Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:13:25 GMT
Attie & Gary https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/11/attie-gary Attie and Gary are just about the closest thing to family that I have outside of my own actual blood relatives, so when they asked me to come out and see their new home and have a holiday session, I was truly honored!  Their new home is beautiful, complete with a stunning view of the Catoctin Mountains!  We had such a wonderful time capturing these treasured moments!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/11/attie-gary Sun, 09 Nov 2014 23:19:05 GMT
Clair and Chad are Engaged! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/10/clair-and-chad-are-engaged This morning I had the chance to meet up with Clair and Chad at Baker Park.  I will be shooting their wedding next Fall, so today we got together for a short "Save the Date" session.  They are such a sweet, happy couple!  I cannot wait for their big day!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/10/clair-and-chad-are-engaged Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:50:12 GMT
The Nafpaktitis Family... https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/10/the-nafpaktitis-family I had the most wonderful time capturing this sweet family!  The kids were full of personality and it didn't take them long to start showing it off.  We shot on the client's beautiful property complete with a creek, rolling hills, and goats!  We raced the sun for the prettiest of Fall evenings, and it was totally worth it!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/10/the-nafpaktitis-family Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:05:07 GMT
Fall Family Session | Clarksburg, MD | JMPhotography by Julie Clingan https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/10/fall-family-session-cr After being rained out for last night's session, I was spent the day looking at the sky and checking the weather report.  It was unseasonably warm, and turned out to be an amazingly beautiful evening.  This wonderful little family was a blast to work with.  The girls were a little shy, but opened up as we started to walk around and have a little fun!  They were troopers and made for some adorable little models!  Mom and Dad did a great job too :-)  

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/10/fall-family-session-cr Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:49:21 GMT
A Family Affair... https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/10/a-family-affair I had the chance to meet a lot of new people this morning!  We got together for a 4 generation family shoot and had a blast.  The client's home was beautifully landscaped, which made my job a lot easier!  The children were adorable and very cooperative during our extended session.  I felt so warm and welcomed, it was a delight to spend the morning  with them.  As you can see, we had lots of fun!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/10/a-family-affair Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:55:41 GMT
Sher in the Gardens https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/10/sher-in-the-gardens I had the amazing opportunity to photograph this beautiful family at the lovely Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring, MD.  It was a little chillier than we expected, but we had lots of blankets and made the most of the beautiful Fall evening.  Sher was sweet as can be, though she wasn't much a fan of the weather.  We did our best to keep her all snuggly and happy, and she sweetly settled in for some adorable shots!  Mom and Dad came dressed to impress and glowing with baby love!  We had a wonderful time getting to know each other a little while enjoying the stunning scenery of the gardens.

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/10/sher-in-the-gardens Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:57:44 GMT
A God Moment... https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/9/a-god-moment      Photography is a way of capturing moments, emotion, soul, and memories.  So what happens when you capture something you didn't even know was there?

     If you read my last blog, you know about Stephanie and Greg and their beautiful outdoor wedding which was poured on just before the ceremony was to start.  In those moments when the decision was to be made on whether or not to move everything inside, I was busy capturing shots of the groomsmen.  

     They stared out of the barn door watching as the rain poured down.  Then suddenly in the minutes the bride said she was going to make her decision the rain stopped.  I continued on photographing the day.  I took photos of people scurrying to dry off chairs and set out flowers at the last minute.  The photo below is one I took of the groomsmen in these moments.  When I shot the frame, I saw two groomsmen staring out the window and thought, that's nice.

     When I began editing and choosing photos for the blog preview, I threw this one on the editing pile, not knowing what was in store for me.  I sat down to continue my editing yesterday and was completely astounded by the image on my screen.  It seemed that there was a strange birdlike outline in the frame.  I checked through my other photos, and could not find any other "birds" outside of this 10 seconds.  I immediately called in my husband to help me decipher the image.  He was stumped too.

     So, I turned to my Shoot & Share community.  I posted the photo and it quickly went viral (in my group).  Many had ideas about what it might be, but most believed it was the Holy Spirit arriving to bless the wedding day.  We eventually got to the bottom of it.  

     The venue had a wire bird posted on one of the outside buildings.  Now, this in itself, is a pretty straight forward explanation of what was in the frame.  The real question is why was it in the frame?  I didn't see it.  I didn't know it was there.  The fact that the light hit it just perfect in only these moments, and based on the fact that I did not change my camera settings was totally divine intervention.  I believe there is a reason that I am doing what I do and I am truly grateful for the ability to share my art with the world!

 

"Sometimes I do get to places just as God is ready to have someone click the shutter." - Ansel Adams

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/9/a-god-moment Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:16:46 GMT
Michael's Senior Session https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/9/michaels-senior-session Michael was my first Senior Session for this Fall.  We met up at Thomas Johnson High School to take some photos at the stadium, a place where Michael has spent a lot of time over his high school career.

Michael is a TJ Patriot football player, wearing #11 for his last season at TJHS.  He will be graduating in the Spring.  When he's not playing along side for his fellow Patriots, you can find time rooting for the Cowboys. He attended tonight's session along side his mom, who you could tell just from our first meeting how unbelievably proud she is of this young man!  He is currently visiting colleges and aspires to attend Shepard University.

Good luck Michael!  The future is bright!

 

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/9/michaels-senior-session Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:55:14 GMT
September Featured Bride https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/9/september-featured-bride It is approaching the end of my first year of business as a professional photographer.  I have met so many wonderful people along the way and I feel like I am just scratching the surface.  I cannot wait to start a new year with my business!  So, without further delay, I would like to introduce my new featured bride. 
 
Meet Stephanie...she was a stunning bride inside and out.  If you do not believe in the power of prayer, you should hear her story.
     Stephanie and Greg fell in love after meeting through the police department several years ago.  I met with them many months ago to talk about their wedding and plan for their photography.  I had never met a young couple so relaxed about marriage.  Even in that first meeting I could tell, they were meant for each other.  They worked closely with Stephanie Paul Events over the following months to plan every detail of their big day.  They chose Ostertag Vistas in Myersville, MD for their venue for its lovely outdoor ceremony sites.
 
 
     The week of the wedding arrived and sure enough as if Murphy himself was just sitting back laughing at his law in action, there were raindrops in the forecast.  I spent the week stalking the hourly report to see what was going to happen to this beautifully planned outdoor ceremony.  Now mind you, rain doesn't scare me.  Due to the fact that the first wedding I ever shot was in the rain, my nerves are pretty secure when it comes to this disaster.  I'm a go with the flow kind of photog.  I think Bride+Groom+Water=Awesome Photo!  However, this is not normally the answer brides get when they do the math ;-)
 
    So, the big day arrived.  We loaded up our equipment (and a giant umbrella) and headed to the venue.  The weather could not have been better, not a cloud in the sky.  When we arrived at the venue, I started to worry if it was going to be too bright during the ceremony!  Then while my assistant and I were roaming around scouting outdoor portrait locations, the first raindrops started to fall.  We brushed it off and thought it might pass over.  It passed over alright, after it dumped all over us!
 
   It was amazing to me that Stephanie was not totally freaking out as it poured all over her perfect outdoor wedding about  30 min before the ceremony was to start.  She said as she was getting ready, "I don't want to make a decision until 3:15".  Mind you, the wedding was slated to start at 3:30pm.  I had mentioned when we first arrived that everyone must have been praying together, for the day to be as beautiful as it was.  Stephanie quietly waited in the bridal room.  She never panicked as if she knew God could take care of this for her.  At 3:15...  the rain stopped.  
 
     The sun came out and it was a beautiful day all over again.  Stephanie Paul Events said...let's do it and the wedding party and vendors alike gathered to begin drying chairs and placing flowers to prepare for the ceremony.  My assistant was out there drying chairs too!  The guests arrived and you would never have known that minutes before it was pouring down rain.
   
     I now realize that the silent calm I felt under all the chatter and chaos of the bridal room was the feeling of everyone praying together for Stephanie to have her perfect day.  We made it though a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and formal photos before the next raindrops came.  We spent the rest of the evening in the stunning reception room sheltered from the rain.
 
Photographer:  JMPhotgraphy
 
Wedding Planner:  Stephanie Paul Events
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/9/september-featured-bride Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:37:42 GMT
Stephanie + Greg https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/9/stephanie-greg The rain came down, then the sun came up, and it turned into a beautiful day... for about 2 hours.  We started with the promise of a gorgeous day, but some sinister weather reports threatened the beautifully planned outdoor ceremony.  We arrived at the venue to beautiful sunshine and the final touches being donned on the patio.  Suddenly as we were scouting a location for the girls to do their photos, the raindrops started to fall.  Everyone quickly switched gears and prepared for an indoor wedding.  However, after the few drops turned into a downpour, the bride's prayers were answered and it stopped.  Not only did it stop, but the sun came out just long enough to dry off and have the ceremony outside as planned and it didn't start to storm again until the minute (and when I say minute...I mean minute!) the wedding planner had asked us to be done with photos.  We literally grabbed the equipment, the bride and groom and ran for the reception!  Despite all the liquid theatrics, the day was a smashing success!  It didn't matter what happened, when you saw Stephanie and Greg look into each other's eyes, you just knew that for them...it was perfect.

 

Wedding Planner:  Stephanie Paul Events 

Venue:  Ostertag Vistas

Photography:  JMPhotography

Florist:  Ory Florals

DJ:  Joe Lease

Caterer: PIGS Catering

Beverages:  Ye Olde Spirit

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/9/stephanie-greg Sat, 06 Sep 2014 20:00:00 GMT
Amy & Ryan are Engaged! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/7/amy-ryan-are-engaged Last night I had the opportunity to meet up with some family that I have not seen since I was a little girl and do engagement portraits for their son and his beautiful fiancee.  Ryan and Amy chose to visit the family farm before it is sold to take these amazing photos!  The farm was an absolutely amazing location for photos, and it holds a special place in my heart because it used to belong to my great grandparents.  As you will see below, we could not have asked for a more perfect day!  Congratulations Amy & Ryan!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/7/amy-ryan-are-engaged Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:43:01 GMT
Happy 4th of July! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/7/happy-4th-of-july Happy 4th of July weekend from JMPhotography!  I hope everyone had a fantastic and safe 4th!  I enjoyed a lovely holiday weekend with my family!  We attended an amazing fireworks show last night, then a lovely family reunion today!  The setting today was Walkersville Community Park, an absolutely beautiful location.  I have shot here before, but never had a chance to make it out with my family.  Today was a two in one!  We got to spend the day with family, and I got a chance to spend a little time with these two capturing some adorable memories :-) 

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/7/happy-4th-of-july Mon, 07 Jul 2014 03:45:42 GMT
Baby Jenson...6 days new... https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/6/baby-jenson-6-days-new Today was a special day!I had the wonderful opportunity today to meet up with Holly and Jason and their new baby boy Jenson.  I have loved photographing them with their twins, and while Jenson was on the way, but today was a real treat!  He is just 6 days new and already has a little personality going on.  I had such a wonderful time working with him and capturing these beautiful early moments!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/6/baby-jenson-6-days-new Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:47:16 GMT
Erica + Andy https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/6/erica-andy What a perfect day this turned out to be.  We arrived at this beautiful lakeside venue after getting a little lost in the mountains.  The only rain we saw  were a few sprinkles on the drive, and then it turned out to be a perfect day for the outdoor ceremony.  Erica and Andy are very dear clients to me. They found me when they were looking for a maternity photographer, then called me again for baby photos, and now for their wedding!  I am so honored to have captured so many special moments for this couple, and I cannot wait to capture more as little Noah grows and they enjoy their life together as a happy little family!

 

Photography:  JMPhotography by Julie Clingan

Venue:  Lakeside Hall, Cascade, MD

Dresses:  David's Bridal

DJ:  Jeremy from Stay Tuned DJ Entertainment

 

 

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/6/erica-andy Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:14:00 GMT
Stephanie & Greg are Engaged... https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/6/stephanie-greg-are-engaged The first wedding I booked for this year was for a lovely young couple named Stephanie and Greg.  They are planning a beautiful outdoor wedding in September and I was lucky enough to be chosen as the photog for their big day!  As part of their wedding package we got together for a quick engagement session today, and what a wonderful time it was!  We had a great time getting to know each other a little more while we hiked to Cunningham Falls, and captured some great moments along the way!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/6/stephanie-greg-are-engaged Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:52:39 GMT
Kaitlin... The Boudoir Session... https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/6/kaitlinboudoir So, I get this text message from a good friend of mine.  She is planning a surprise for her boyfriend's birthday and she wanted to know what I would charge for a Boudoir Session.  Now, up to this point, I have done all kinds of portraits, but not these.  So I excitedly booked her session and began researching.  When I got to her house, she had a kitchen full of light with white walls, so I immediately set up my traveling studio and got to work.  We didn't need a lot of space and once we got started, we had a blast.  I thought for sure it might be a little nerve-racking doing this type of session for the first time, but I really enjoyed the different style of shooting and am eager to do more of these high fashion shoots!  Boudoir Sessions are now shown on my portrait pricing and are a great way to feel beautiful!  They also make a great gift for your significant other!!!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/6/kaitlinboudoir Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:14:14 GMT
Events & Music by Celeste https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/6/events-music-by-celeste What a glorious occasion!  It is always an honor to be chosen by another professional in the event industry to capture a special event!  The ribbon cutting ceremony for this new company was just that, an honor!  I just know that Celeste is going to do wonderful things!  Just look what she did with a simple office gathering!  Congratulations Events & Music by Celeste!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/6/events-music-by-celeste Sat, 07 Jun 2014 20:36:46 GMT
Fellows Party of 5...Coming in June! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/5/fellows-party-of-5-coming-in-june Holly and Jason already have the two most adorable twins, and now they are adding another little boy to their family!  Baby Jenson is due in June, and they couldn't be happier for their expanding family!  We had a beautiful day at the park to capture their love for their little one who will be here soon!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/5/fellows-party-of-5-coming-in-june Sun, 18 May 2014 17:06:01 GMT
Hillary and Max are Expecting! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/5/hillary-and-max-are-expecting This girl is just one of the sweetest!  She really is the girl next door.  She and her husband met as kids living next door to each other and ended up as high school sweethearts!  They married last Fall and are now expecting their first baby boy in June!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/5/hillary-and-max-are-expecting Mon, 05 May 2014 20:45:23 GMT
Mayrola + Adrian https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/5/mayrola-adrian Saturday was a beautiful spring day.  Mayrola and Adrian are so in love, it was hard not to tear up a little during the ceremony!  The day was complete with a stunning gown and beautiful, colorful flowers everywhere.  It was a joy to spend the day with them and their family for their "little white church" wedding :-)

Photography:  JMPhotography by Julie Clingan

Flowers:  Blossom & Basket Boutique Mount Airy, MD

Ceremony:  Saint Michaels Catholic Church, Poplar Springs, MD

 

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/5/mayrola-adrian Mon, 05 May 2014 18:16:12 GMT
Jessica + Earl https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/4/jessica-earl What a beautiful day for a wedding!  It was perfect Spring weather, lots of sunshine and a couple that beamed love everywhere they went!  Everything about this day was wonderful, fun, hilarious, and special!  I am truly honored that Jessica & Earl trusted in me to capture their wedding day!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/4/jessica-earl Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:07:42 GMT
Patrick is 1! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/3/patrick-is-1 Today's session was a wonderful experience!  I got to catch up with an old friend from school and meet her adorable one year old!  He was full of smiles and love today, and I had such a great time making these photos!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/3/patrick-is-1 Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:21:44 GMT
Introducing...Baby Noah! https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/3/introducing-baby-noah I'm sure everyone remembers the beautiful maternity photos of Erica & Andy.  Well, Baby Noah is here and he is so adorable!  I had a wonderful time getting to know him!

 

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/3/introducing-baby-noah Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:13:03 GMT
Love Story Contest https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/2/love-story-contest Tell me your love story by February 28th to win a great session package including 50% off wedding photography!

 

 

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/2/love-story-contest Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:58:07 GMT
The Simone Family https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/2/the-simone-family (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography Today was a great day for a Mini-Session!  It was cold and breezy for sure, but we got some beautiful photos out of it!

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/2/the-simone-family Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:32:53 GMT
The Remsberg Family https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/2/the-remsberg-family Today I had the chance to shoot at a new location, and it turned out beautifully!  I had a great time with this lovely family today for a Holiday Mini-Session... don't miss your chance to book yours! (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography (c)JMPhotography

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/2/the-remsberg-family Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:32:17 GMT
Heather & Holly's Holiday Portraits https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/2/heather-hollys-holiday-portraits I had a wonderful session this morning with my cousins.  These two sisters are such sweethearts and have such adorable families.  Getting 3 toddlers to cooperate wasn't easy, but they were just so cute!!!  Enjoy!  

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(JMPhotography) https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/2/heather-hollys-holiday-portraits Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:31:36 GMT
Damascus Studio of Dance Parent Observation https://www.julieclingan.com/blog/2014/2/damascus-studio-of-dance-parent-observation Today was parent observation for my daughter's dance class.  The girls are just adorable and their instructor Brittany Rose with Concepts in Motivation is just a delight.  I first met her when she was just a little girl playing our "beauty school dropout" for a show choir number when I was in high school.  Now she is all grown up and doing a fabulous job with the studio and all these beautiful little girls.