Category Archives: Newborn

This category features newborn sessions.

A great question to ask…and one that I’m sure gets thought about a lot. What is the difference between having Aunt Suzy with her great camera, and Jodi at Cherry Tree Photography, taking pictures of my family? The answer? It’s more than just the camera. We are so fortunate in this day and age to have digital everything. Digital cameras have come a long ways too, and most people can set their camera to “Auto” mode and let the camera do the work for them…which ends up in underexposed images or worse. The camera can only do so much for you. The best option is manual mode, which allows the user to make the adjustments. It takes lots and lots of practice to learn Manual mode….that’s the “M” on your dial by the way. Professional photographers have spent countless hours practicing and perfecting their art. And that’s the key piece too….it’s ART. Photography is more than snapping away on a camera. There’s composition (how a photograph is composed), there’s lighting (either natural or added lighting, like strobes, flashes,etc.), there’s the post processing (editing).And all of these things requires learning…and practicing. It’s not something that can be learned overnight. Think about how many other professionals you hire to do things for you. You wouldn’t want your 3 year old cutting your hair would you? I certainly wouldn’t…I’d hire a professional…someone who knew what they were doing. Got a leak in the bathroom? I’d much rather hire someone who knows what they’re doing than tackling this problem by myself.

I know what you’re thinking….the cost. I totally understand that it’s cheaper to have a family member to quick, snap a few pics of the family and call it a day. I know families are busy. But it’s more than just the photos. It’s the experience. It’s the memories that are created during those moments. You may not realize it right now, but some day, these pictures will be important. These pictures tell your life story. Your life story is important and needs to be shared and carried on to the next generation. Take the time with your family to invest in your story. Let a professional capture all those things that make you, YOU, and what make your kids who they are. Photographs are the only thing we own that appreciates over time. Now is the time to find a photographer that fits your style and understands what you want. If you think that photographer is me…AWESOME! I’d love to preserve your memories for you, and if not, that’s ok too. The important thing is for there to be something left of you long after you’re gone. Something for your family to remember you & to remember your life. That’s the most important story to tell.


Yay…it’s Feature Friday again, and today I’m so happy to share Greenberries, an upscale consignment boutique located at 6925 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, MD. This store is awesome! I was so excited to get the opportunity to take a few pictures around the store. So many beautiful toys and clothes and I love bright colors. I could spend days looking around at all the cool things they have. The best part…they sell earth friendly toys, cloth diapers and lots of great products for new moms. I was so impressed with all the new things that are out there for babies/kids. After my daughter was born we cloth diapered…and I so wish I would have known about this store back then. What a great resource for new moms!! They also offer a large number of classes to help get new parents off to a great start. They have been voted best Consignment Store by readers of  Maryland Family Magazine…and I can see why. I did a little shopping myself…while my kiddos played in their play area, which is another awesome reason to check out the store. Check out some of the pictures I got…


This is the owner Rachel (left)…and Shannon (right) the social media & events manager at Greenberries.



Of course I had to include my kids in the pictures. They had a ball in there. So make a trip over to Greenberries and check out all the great stuff. I know I’ll be shopping there all the time:)

Also…be sure to get yourself registered for the Howard County 5K Fun Run. Greenberries is sponsoring the run and I’ll be there taking pictures of the event!!

It’s been one of those weeks folks. I apologize for the lack of feature Friday posts…but last week…I was down. With the stomach flu. Yuck. My daughter was at preschool for one day….just one day…and caught a bug..and it spread like wildfire in our house. I won’t go into anymore gory details…but it was not pretty:)So..I’m back this week…with a feature on my favorite product that I offer. It’s the mini pocket album. They are 3×3…and come with a nice plastic sleeve to protect them. They come in sets of 2 or 5. Here’s a peek at them:



They are PERFECT for grandparents…and especially for us moms. When I’m out and about without my kids, people always ask if I have pictures of them. This is exactly what you need in your purse…and you can pull it out and voila…here’s 10 pics of my kiddos:)The make great Christmas gifts…hint hint…it’s getting close to that time of the year again. This could be one thing you check of your list early!! Be sure to ask about them at your next session.

Happy Friday…and have a great weekend!!

My baby boy!!! I still can’t believe I can say I have a son:) Riley James was a big guy…9lbs 8 0z!! We had no idea he’d be THAT big. He is pure heaven…and we are so in love with him. His big sister is equally smitten with him. I will be taking some time off to enjoy this time with him, but I’ll be accepting fall sessions soon!!