Wedding at Rock Creek Farm

Kaitlyn + Dave: Rock Creek Farm, Gettysburg, PA

September 16, 2017

Every bride dreams that her wedding will being unique, memorable and meaningful, and Kaitlyn and Dave most certainly took their wedding day to a whole new level in my experience!  Not only was it their dream to get married on the O'Malley family farm in Gettysburg, PA, but also to design and refurbish the beautiful white barn at Rock Creek Farm, which has now become a sophisticated wedding and event venue for others to enjoy!

After months of painting, staining, creating and pounding a copper bar top, the beauty of their new barn was only matched by the gorgeous September day that showed up for their wedding!  Arriving early at Rock Creek Farm for Dave, his groomsmen and family, we found the farm was buzzing with activity.  The final preparations were being put into place, videos of how to tie a bow were on every phone and laughter could be be heard in all all directions.  Dave was completely surrounded by charismatic friends helping to make sure his day was everything!  It didn't take long to find ourselves in the field coordinating the groom and groomsmen for a great hunting picture as well as organizing them on the dock to the pond.

Shortly after, we arrived at the Gettysburg Hotel where the Kaitlyn and her girls were getting ready.  A beautiful historic hotel filled with yet more amazing spots to take photographs!  When we entered the bridal suite, we found Kaitlyn sitting in a chair getting the finishing touches done to her makeup -- she was even more stunning than usual!  The bridesmaids were brilliantly relaxed helping to keep the day de-stressed, and it showed as Kaitlyn was a cool as a cucumber!  The playfulness of this group was beyond what I could want from a wedding party!!

Kaitlyn and Dave are sensational together and documenting them with their fabulous families was a huge honor.   They planned a day with beautiful details, plenty of time for fun portraits, a special heartfelt ceremony, and a reception in a stunningly refurbished barn.  It was truly a gorgeous day and a photographer's paradise made even more beautiful by two amazing people, Kaitlyn and Dave!

Enjoy the slideshow I have created for them!

Wedding at Keystone Conference Center

Samantha + Sean: Fort Indiantown Gap, PA

September 9, 2017

Saturday, I photographed a wedding that will honestly be dear to my heart forever -  the wedding of Samantha (Sharon) Lantz to Sean Lantz.  I first met Samantha when my oldest daughter entered kindergarten and have enjoyed over the years following and watching her grow into this beautiful young woman - where has the time gone?  A year ago our paths crossed at a bridal show, and she asked me to be her wedding photographer!   All I can say is SPEECHLESS!  Since that time, it was extremely easy getting to know and adore her now husband, Sean, and I must say they are a match made in heaven!  

When I met up with Samantha on her wedding day at Frost Salon and Spa, she and her girls were already on their way getting pampered and even more beautiful!  As for Sean and his crazy and wonderful groomsmen, they were relaxed and chillin at the Keystone Conference Center - completely ready to play when we arrived to take their pre-ceremony pictures!!  The stage was set and I knew we were in for not only a gorgeous ceremony but a fantastic party!

I, too, am a mother of two young women and as we mothers do - we hope and dream that our little girl(s) will marry a prince -- Samantha most certainly did or should I say Sean married a Princess!!  So in honor of my newest married couple, I have created a video spotlighting some of my favorite moments from their beautiful day!  Please enjoy and feel free to comment!

I can't forget to mention the wonderful professionals I had the opportunity to work with throughout the day and evening:

Wedding at The Lodge at Liberty Forge

Amanda + Kyle:  mechanicsburg, pa

September 2, 2017

As I posted this past Saturday on my Facebook page, it wouldn't matter what type of weather was predicated this weekend for the wedding of Amanda and Kyle, as it would never impact the beauty and loveliness of their ceremony held at Liberty Forge!  

Staying true to their personalities from the day we first met,  Amanda & Kyle continued to exude a beautiful calmness throughout their wedding day again demonstrating their readiness to start a life together as one, hosting a wonderfully relaxed party of their dreams with their friends and family and kicking off their new journey as husband and wife, Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell! I can’t say enough sweet things about you two, your amazing family & friends and your most memorable wedding day.  I’m so honored to have been apart of your big day, and I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite images as much as I enjoyed capturing them.

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Wedding at Walker's Overlook, MD

Britany + Travis:  Walkersville, MD

August 5, 20217

This past weekend, I had the honor of being the wedding photographer for Britany and Travis at Walker's Overlook in Walkersville, MD.  It's truly  hard to believe that just a year ago we were meeting for the first time to discuss their dreams!  I have had such a great time getting to know this amazingly beautiful couple, and you will see by the following taste of images as to how beautiful their day was!  I will be posting their preview at the end of this week so keep on the look out for it!

Travis with groomsmen
Britany with bridesmaids
Britany and Travis first kiss
Britany after ceremony formal bridal portrait
Britany and Travis in dip on driveway
Britany and Travis with bridal party by cornfield fun pose

Justin's Senior Session | Cedar Cliff High School

It was great to see Justin and his mom this weekend for a great senior session!  The weather made a remarkable turn, and we had a beautiful day to roam around my property.   I have known Justin's family for years and was thrilled to be chosen to take his senior portraits.  Enjoy a few from the session!

Steelton, PA 17113 Newborn Photographer-Baby Lauren

Meet Lauren!  A name that will always my heart, as our oldest daughter is a Lauren!  This little princess was sweet and perfect during her entire newborn session!  She is the youngest to join a band of brothers, who I'm sure will not only be her biggest fans and but strongest protectors.  Enjoy a few of my favorites from her Little Angel session!

Wedding at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Harrisburg Hilton, PA

Michelle + Matt: Harrisburg, PA Wedding

July 8, 2017

Every bridal couple worries about how the weather will play out on their wedding day!  Michelle and Matt were no exception and were extremely thrilled to see a beautiful summer day unfold for their wedding in Harrisburg, PA!  Everything was picture perfect  - from the stunning hair and makeup, fantastically fun bridal party and loving family members, warm and touching ceremony to the fabulous and entertaining reception held at the Harrisburg Hilton!  It was a great honor to spend the day with this remarkable couple, their sweet families and great friends!  Here are a few of my favorite images from their gorgeous day for you to enjoy!

Kirstin and Casey's Wedding,

Shippensburg University,

Shippensburg, PA - July 1, 2017

Kirstin and Casey are married!!  Their beautiful celebration took place around the well-known fountain located in front of "Old Main" at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

It's hard to believe that just one year ago was when I first met with Kirstin and Casey to discuss their wedding plans!  From that first moment, I knew they were complete soul mates!  Not only do they look like they belong together on the outside, but they are truly the definition of a love that will last forever on the inside!

Their wedding day weather was predicted to be beautiful but an unfortunate rain storm blew in right as we were scheduled to take the pre-ceremony portraits.  We quickly rearranged furniture to make do and all refused to let the big rain drops dampen the joy, laughter and love of this great group of family and friends!  

A few of my favorite moments  during their day ~ taking them to a stairwell so they could share a special moment exchanging and reading their special wedding letters without seeing each other and that ever special and emotional first look Kirstin had with her father! Daddy's little girl!!!

With so many images taken - I wanted to quickly post a few images before Kirstin and Casey left for their honeymoon - Enjoy!  Thank you Kirstin and Casey for finding me!!!

Mechanicsburg, PA Newborn Photographer ~ Baby Lucas

Meet Lucas!  Such a sweet and awesome little man during his newborn session!  He snoozed through everything we did - although preferred not to be completely swaddled!  His big sister, Valerie, could not be prouder and was just as precious interacting with her new brother - I know these two will be very close to each other!  Here are some of my favorites - Enjoy!

Sailventure Day Six on Elysium

Captain's Log:

Little Choptank - Annapolis

Early morning storm came whipping through the protected anchorage we had chosen last night.  At least 50 kt winds were involved.  So forceful it flipped the dinghy.  Motored out into three foot waves, which killed speed.  Finally got to the bottom of Tilghman Island and broke out full sails in WNW winds of 15-20 its.  Great sunny sail home at 6 kts.  Good to see Thomas Point Light.  Elysium is home in her slip.  Thank you Anne for a wonderful adventure and all the laughs (and great dinners.)

Ship Photographer's Log:

Beautiful sunset shortly after we settled into our last anchorage - last image!  It is very peaceful here in the Little Choptank - a little hideaway!  Yet another storm blew through last night with insane winds - it started blowing around 3:00 a.m. so we are a wee bit tired from keeping a constant ear on the activity surrounding Elysium.  At one point, when the 50 knot winds occurred, Elysium heeled over on about a 30 degree "down bubble" and the galley drawers came flying open!  Our anchoring skills proved once again to be on point, and we stayed tight to our anchor!!  Bay was again too rough to handle a camera - and needed to relieve Norm on the wheel as much as possible.  Anyway - enjoy the last sunset of our journey!  We are already planning our next sojourn into the "Seafood Capital of the World" - Crisfield, Maryland and Smith Island - so we will let you know when Sailventure II sets course!

Sailventure Day Five on Elysium

Captain's Log:

Moved over one creek nearer to Point Lookout.  That's it. No passage.  Just a "fun day."  Found a great place to tie up - the Corinthian Yacht Club.  Showers * Pool * Nice people.  We dinghied around so Anne could get some great photos.  Tomorrow, on the other hand, we hope to go out the C Bay and begin moving north.  Strong winds nothing unusual for this trip!!

Ship Photographer's Log:

Had a fun foto day!  Once we arrived in Jutland Creek and got settled in at the Corinthian Yacht Club, we headed off in the dinghy to buzz around and explore the creek!  To our surprise and excitement, we came upon yet another beautiful wooden sailboat, Rainbow.  Many, many herring sightings and a plethora a working boats to behold.  Please pay close attention to the image of what appears to be a "stick" in the water -- that would be our dinghy paddle that got stuck in the muck!!!  Don't worry we had a successful man overboard drill and am glad to say that it made it safely back into the hands of the Dinghy Captain.

Sailventure Day Four on Elysium

Captain's Log:

A wonderful sunny day.  Moved back down the Potomac to the St. Mary's River on a beam reach with 10 kt SW winds.  Walked around St. Mary's College and visited the Dove.  Dropped anchor in St. Inigoes Creek. Covered 18 miles in total.  Cocktail dinghy cruise in the evening to explore the creek.  Finished the evening with Anne's homemade meatballs and spaghetti.  

Ship Photographer's Log:

A beautiful and lazy day for the photographer!!  It is again very quiet on the C Bay today - so we decided to  head up to St. Mary's College, situated right above the beautiful Horseshoe Bay, to visit the Dove. Make sure to check out the link for the history of this beautiful sailing vessel!  Tying up along the college dock, we were able to walk over to this wonderful replica.  If you are interested in sailing her - she does make several C Bay passages and they are always looking for crew!!!  What a beautiful ship!!  I also became fascinated with what appeared to be hundreds of Atlantic Sea Nettles, which are so common in the Chesapeake Bay this time of year!  So fun to watch but not so fun to get stung by!!  Enjoy the day!

Sailventure Day Three on Elysium

Captain's Log:

Solomons Island to Machodoc Creek.  The 50 knot storm in Solomons buried the anchor, so it took some encouragement to get it released.  Motored south with 8 knot sw winds on the bow (nothing new.). Sunny skies. At. Point Lookout, winds turned west to our favor and were able raise the sails.  Had a beautiful 15 mile run up the Potomac.  Covered 48 miles for the day in total.  Quite and serene anchorage at Machodoc Creek.  BBQ shrimp and marinated flank steak - A very good day.

Ship Photographer's Log:

Well, the winds finally gave me a chance to sit comfortably in the cockpit with my camera.  While in Solomons, we anchored right off a navy warfare base.  Had fun capturing planes practicing a "touch landing" with immediate take off.  Excited to see some C Bay pelicans enjoying a sunny morning in the marker penthouse.  My favorite moment was when we came upon Point No Point Lighthouse equipped with outhouse.  The architecture to me was French in appearance so very formal to my eye.  We finally anchored in a beautiful creek in perfect timing to enjoy a gorgeous sunset!  Enjoy what I saw during the day!  Off to Smith Island on Wednesday - hoping to take some pictures of the watermen!

Sailventure Day Two on Elysium

Captain's Log:

Herring to Solomons - 33 miles in eight hours. Our wind was on the nose but we were able to cheat to windward.  Some sailing without the motor today!  Beautiful day.  24 knots SSW steady until the storms began ramping up to 34 knot gusts when coming into the Patuxent River.  Two-handed sailing can be challenging in heavy weather, but we did a great job problem solving our way through it and got the mainsail down with precision!

Ship Photographer's Log:

Again, another day of strong winds and waves making it difficult to keep the camera in the cockpit, but of course I was able to click a few along our journey to Solomons!  Not to many boats out and about - hmmm.  We cruised along with Capt. Dave, the tugboat for a while, actually spotted a sting ray in the bay (wasn't able to get that one unfortunately), raced the storm clouds, watched over our anchor in gale force winds and rain you could nearly see through!  CRAZY DAY - but all is calm and have an amazing sky to take in.  Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday we will be off to the Potomac River!!  See ya then






The First Sailventure Cruise on Elysium

It's official! We are off and sailing! 

Captain's Log:

6/18/17:  Happy Father's Day!  Annapolis to Herring Bay 24 knot SW headwinds all the way in our face, 3 foot waves.  We made 18 miles in 6 hours.  Sail motoring with 1/4 jib.  Found a great anchorage between the bluff and beach.  A nice Cabernet and Anne's gumbo - Captain's happy.  We will try for Solomon's Island tomorrow (36 nm) with the same challenging conditions.

Ship Photographer's Log:

Well attempting to take photos while going up and down three foot waves today, to say the least, was a wee bit challenging!  The day was actually beautiful and fortunately the predicted the storms kept their distance but brought quite strong winds!  We saw only a few sails boats with full sails and you can see the result!  Most boats did quite well just flying their jib!  Norm was completely on top of checking what was coming our way in terms of weather!!  Heading south, we passed my favorite light house on the Bay, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse!  I can never get enough shots of this iconic site!  Hopefully on the way home the wind will be a little more cooperative - but still am thrilled with what I captured!  We made our anchorage around 4:30 and tucked ourselves into a wonderful little area - where the locals where cooling off the kids on the "BIG" chair.!

Thanks for reading - stayed tuned to see where we end up tomorrow!! Hope you enjoy the images.

ENGAGEMENT: Corinne + Adam and special appearance by Gavin

Engagement Photos

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Favorite Moment:

When it comes to this adorable couple, there were so many favorite moments ... but the moment that really stuck with me was when their eyes met!  They would completely fall into each other!  I was thrilled to also have some special time bringing in Gavin for some images!  He has the biggest twinkle in his eyes!!  They are going to make an amazing new family!

Vibrant Style:

Relaxed and beautiful:  When I first met Corinne and Adam, one of the most important questions I ask my wedding couples is how they envision their big day to unfold.  Without hesitation, Corinne and Adam chimed together "laid back, no hassles."  Their easy-going nature definitely came through in every image!!  

My Favorite Engagement Photo:

I must say that I have a lot, so I am going to choose two!  The first one is where I found a place for Corinne and Adam to sit down in the field - here's where I saw the look of complete love and could have just photographed them for hours on end!  The second is an image on the wall of my pond.  I loved turning this image into a black and white and bringing back the color in their reflection!

Engagement Location:

Ann Peyton Photography's Oasis

Thank You:

The spring weather held up for us and was truly a blessing!  I loved wandering around my property getting to know you better!  I can't tell you enough how thrilled I am to be the photographer documenting the day you say I DO!

Longwood Gardens, PA 5/17/17 - Power to the Flower

Over the past few weeks, I have been patiently waiting for my garden to "wake up" so I could have some floral fun with my camera but the weather has been a little less than cooperative.  Finding myself getting impatient, I decided to take a road trip this week to Longwood Gardens, which turned out to be one of the hottest days so far!   I decided before I left that it would be fun to photograph a little bit differently than just going to document flowers.  My thought process was that I knew I wanted to take images of my favorite types of flowers but now create a photo so that a single bloom was isolated capturing its individual beauty.  Luck for me,  I have acquired quite a collection of various mat boards in colors and sizes and found the perfect size black mat board that was fantastic to place behind any bloom I might encounter - and also not damage the rest of the plant when I used it.  I hope you enjoy the beautiful blooms from my trip!


This special little girl arrived a lot earlier than Mom & Dad expected and had to spend a bit of time in the hospital while she put on some weight!  Still such a peanut when she came to my studio but totally rocked the session!  It was truly a wonderful thing to create these wonderful images for such a special family!    Enjoy some images from her day!

Size Your Images Correctly

Size Your Images Correctly

Over the past year, I have been contacted on numerous occasions by friends and clients who get very frustrated when they cannot get their photographs of trips, etc. to print correctly.  After my most recent call, it seemed to me that this is becoming a more common problem and would be a great thing to blog about.   Adobe Photoshop is a very complicated editing software program and there are specific things you should and need to know when it comes to setting up your images and being able to print them correctly.

The common thread in this frustration level appears when images are being saved incorrectly when it comes to their resolution.  Not understanding the what resolution means to an image can result in making it impossible to print.  I hate to say it … but in Photoshop, size does matter!

Since this is a pretty technical topic, I felt asking a Photoshop professor, John Whitehead, at the  Harrisburg Area Community College to be my guest blogger was the perfect way to go!  I am currently taking his course to refresh and hone my own editing skills.   Not only did he graciously write a wonderful educational piece but also created and YouTube video (you will see the link below) for those of us who find it easier to understand when we watch something!!

I know you will enjoy John’s very informative tips and techniques, which will no doubt help make your life in Photoshop easier!  – Please feel free to share this with anyone who would be interested!

Guest Photography Blogger – John Whitehead,

John Whitehead Images

Saving digital photographs is a very specific process. Even if you don't have Adobe Photoshop, you need to supply the right image format and size. There are many factors that go into preparing an image for the web so I will keep this simple and break this into two specific sections: files for print and files for web.

Files For Print

To prepare a file for print you need a large image size. The size is a combination of width, height and resolution. Width and height are simple; they are usually a ratio of how big you want the image printed. For example, 4 inches by 6 inches which is a 2x3 ratio. In this case, you would select your width of 6 inches and a height of 4 inches. The last and most important setting is resolution. The most common printing resolution is 300 pixels per inch or “ppi.” However, you should always ask what resolution the client or lab that is printing the file. For example, the lab I use is Modern Postcard, and they require 355 ppi. Knowing this ahead of time will give you the correct file size and optimum image quality when it is printed.

The second part of image preparation is saving as the correct file type. Usually, you will be using .tiff or .jpg.  Tif files are uncompressed files saving all digital information.  They will result in the best image quality and the largest files sizes. The “.jpg” is a “compressed” file format and will have a good image quality and small file size. Not all labs will accept .tif files because of their large size.  Also, know that when emailing .tif files, it can be difficult because they will exceed the maximum file size. If this case, you can use a free service like Dropbox, Google Drive or WeTransfer. Jpg files can usually be emailed to the client but check to see so you don't exceed their max file size.

Files for Web or Social Media

Files for the web or social media are very different than files for print. They use height and width in pixels instead of a combination of width, height and resolution. For example, an image for the web might be sized 300 pixels by 200 pixels. This is the same 2x3 ratio as above but sized for a very specific location. If you tried to print this image it would look pixelated and horrible. It is helpful when photographing for the web to know the exact size of the image before you start. This helps you shoot a nice composition for the correct ratio. For example, Revolution sliders, which is a word press plug-in that helps to display your images, uses a very long width and narrow height.  If you shoot full frame on your camera you will lose a large portion of the image.I heard somewhere that the optimum size for social media files are 2024 pixels on the long side but that could be totally wrong.

Another important aspect when it comes to all social media and web files is that they need to be converted to the color space sRGB. So if you are using Adobe RGB, Adobe 1998 or ProPhoto you need to convert the file to sRGB. When saving web and social media files, they are usually saved as .jpg or .png. The .jpg is the most common and .png is only used for files with transparent backgrounds like logos. For the purpose of this blog, I am only going to talk about .jpg since it is the most common file type.

Wikipedia -JPEG (/ˈdʒeɪpɛɡ/ JAY-peg)[1] is a commonly used method of lossy compression for digital images, particularly for those images produced by digital photography. The degree of compression can be adjusted, allowing a selectable tradeoff between storage size and image quality. JPEG typically achieves 10:1 compression with little perceptible loss in image quality.

There is a program called JPEGmini. It will reduce you file size even more than the traditional .jpg file in Photoshop or Lightroom but keeps the image quality. It does work really good but the price is very high for the program. Watch it goes on sale once or twice a year. They also have a free version which lets you convert a few files a day.

Here is a link to a YouTube video I made to walk you thought the process with Adobe Photoshop.

Below I have listed my steps to process an image. *Note, I shoot my images in raw format. If you shoot jpg images, the process is a little different, and I have listed the steps for that as well below.

Processing a raw image

1.   Tone image

2.   Flatten image layers

3.   Change mode to 8 bit

4.   Size image as stated above

5.   Sharpen image using unsharp mask or smart sharpen

6.   Convert to the correct color profile

7.   Save image as .tif or .jpg

Processing a jpg image

1.   Tone image

2.   Size image as stated above

3.   Sharpen image using unsharp mask or smart sharpen

4.   Convert to the correct color profile

5.   Save image as .tif or .jpg


John Whitehead

John Whitehead Images