Waterside Family Portraits | JGP

Heather and I met through a local fundraiser and instantly enjoyed one another. She had not had a family portrait in forever and wanted to capture a portrait on the Chesapeake Bay. Check out their beautiful waterside family portraits!

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When I met her family, I instantly saw that her son is a mini-me of his father and her daughter is a mini-me of Heather’s. They were such a fun and loving family. Heather and I had to reschedule three times due to high winds and rain. Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay which has radical weather changes on a daily basis!

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We carefully planned out their wardrobe and realized when we captured the Naval Academy bridge in their family portrait that the color of their wardrobe matched part of the bridge! I love the casual style and pretty pop of blue that really made this waterside family portrait stand out. 

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Written by guest blogger: Hannah Litten

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Golden Hour Magic | JGP Senior Tori

It is not that often that we are blessed to have golden hour magic during a JGP senior session!  Tori is one of my beautiful seniors from Mount de Sales Academy Class of 2017. Tori came to us after being referred by a happy client! Tori is a girl of many talents but is very humble and does not come forth with her accolades.

We had her outside senior session at our favorite place, Holiday Memories Farm.

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Above, is one of the studio’s favorite images! We love the golden glow matching the blooming yellow turnips. It’s also great to show our American pride on the charming old barn behind Tori.

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Our next two wardrobes changed to a tye-dye casual dress, then to a formal gown. Mother Nature gave us a beautiful sunset so Tori twirled in her evergreen gown for a beautiful field/horizon shot.

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Tori also had an in-studio session with her volleyball and evergreen prom-style gown. She forgot her volleyball, so I ran over to a store close by while she was getting professional makeup and hair done by Sarah Miller and found a pink and white volleyball, but we made it work! Always troubleshooting when things don’t go as planned!senior sport photo, volley ball portrait annapolis

 Tori was on the winning Volleyball IAAM championship team in 2015, she is the student body treasurer, she performed a theater lead role in Oliver and sang a musical solo, and Tori is a Merritt scholar. She is attending my alma mater, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska this fall. I can’t wait to hear how much she loves it like I did.

Thank you, Tori for choosing Jan Gratz Photography for your senior portraits! You are a wonderful young lady and I wish you the best!

Professional makeup and hairstyle performed by Sarah Miller.

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Rockin’ Photoshoot | JGP 2018 Senior Team

My 2018 JGP Senior Team literally rocked this year’s senior team concept shoot! We took some time debating on what would be the best theme for their group session. When the votes were in, we were all excited to go with a rockin’ photoshoot theme, 70’s style.

Right away, everyone was ready to find their radical rocker tees and flirty bell bottoms! We were also lucky to have Katie’s family lend us their musical instruments from their local band!

There was a lot of online research and driving around to find the perfect location. We found our dream rock and roll destination at Graffiti Alley and Warehouse in Baltimore.

Everyone did a great job channeling their inner Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Nicks!
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Having a fun Rockin’ photoshoot is just one of the many perks of being in the JGP Senior Team. Not only do you get a V.I.P. in-studio and on location senior session, you also get to make new friends with other team members and have a blast at a concept shoot like this. Being a part of the JGP Senior Team is a unique and fun experience. The goal is to help you gain the confidence you need to brave the new adventure you’ll have after high school.

I had a great time with my 2018 JGP Senior Team and watching them evolve from their first in-studio session to the rock & roll concept shoot. Every one of them has an amazing story to tell and I am so happy and thankful to be a part of it!

Want to learn more about being a part of next year’s 2019 JGP Senior Team? Spots are filling up quickly!

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Fantastic Five | JGP Gaines Portrait

What a fantastic five family I was able to capture! I met Marcy and Buddy through the sports fundraiser at  South River Youth Athletic Association. 

Check out their fantastic five family session!

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They wanted to incorporate both a rustic look in the fields and tobacco and a sunset beach portrait at Turkey Point Island. I am so happy mother nature graced us with a perfect sunset!

They have three sons (Austin, Corey, and Jake) and the oldest two had fun putting the youngest one Jake on their shoulders that show their fun relationship. You can see the amazing brotherly love in their wonderful smiles! Annapolis family photographer, Edgewater family portraits siblings portrait, brother portrait, annapolis photographer

To the Gaines Family – Thank you for donating to the South River Youth Athletic Association by purchasing the JGP Portraiture Package! Not only did you help the South River School, you delighted me with a fun session. You also just collected a priceless heirloom to keep in your family for generations to come!

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Annapolis Capital Senior Session | Julia

Julia is a senior from Annapolis High School and a member of the JGP 2018 Senior Team.  It was great to know Julia found me on a Google search for a photographer for senior pictures. She randomly clicked on my web page and was shocked by the instant feeling of, ‘I want this!” I am so glad you did Julia because it has been really fun creating your portraits for you!

Julia wanted an Annapolis Capital senior session, including downtown on the State House steps where she spends time as a member of the Student Government Association.  Julia has the motivation of three people, works three part-time jobs, volunteers at the Wellness House of Annapolis, is in the IB program at Annapolis High, and knows exactly what she wants to do after high school, which includes going to college in a large city, joining the Peace Corps for a year between undergrad and graduate school.  As Julia wrote in her senior team application, “I am passionate about being a leader. I want to fix problems, evoke change for the better, and help other people to do the same.”

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We also planned the perfect senior wardrobe for her Annapolis capital senior session. Julia transforms from the ultra business persona to a girl with fashion and style in her leather jacket, skirt, and heels!

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The golden hour of light hit as we photographed Julia by the Governor’s Mansion, with the light filtering thru the gardens.  I have difficulty stopping the camera from clicking during this hour because it is such gorgeous light!

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Julia loved the balloon shoot we did this summer and we went with aqua balloons for a water shot at the sunset hour!  Julia’s blue eyes are mesmerizing and one can see into this girl’s incredible soul filled with determination and drive to be the best at whatever she does and to make a difference in this world.

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For Julia’s in-studio session for being on the Senior Team, she asked to incorporate her hobby of ice skating, so we created this gorgeous silhouette shot which is displayed in the studio’s window.

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To finish off her in studio pictures, we wanted to try something fun and incorporated Julia’s skates with high heels and a sequin dress from the studio’s style closet.

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Thank you for being a part of the 2018 JGP Senior Team! It is so wonderful to see a young lady who is so incredibly motivated and fiercely driven by her goals. I’m looking forward to seeing you make a great impact on this world!

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