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I’m here for the mommas who need to hit pause on childhoods that go by too quickly; the mommas who need to step into the photos once in a while; and the mommas who need to know they’re not alone. I’m here to make Dad more comfortable in the photo session and to keep your kiddos safe and happy. 

And while we’re at it, I hope you’ll pick up a camera (or your phone) in between sessions -- I can help you with that, too.

Welcome to this safe and cozy home for love, joy and memories

I'm here to help you find and capture the joy that’s all around us.

Frederick, Maryland

adoption portrait session

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Childrens Portrait Session

Downtown Frederick, Maryland

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Frederick, Maryland

family Portrait Session

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Mount Airy, Maryland

newborn Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

family Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

family Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

maternity Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

family Portrait Session

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Downtown Frederick, Maryland

extended family Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

family Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

family Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

extended family Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

family Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

family Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

family Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

family Portrait Session

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Lake Linganore, Maryland

family Portrait Session

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She made us feel so comfortable

“Wendy is an incredibly professional and talented photographer! She made us feel so comfortable and our engagement and wedding photos are absolutely stunning. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a wedding photographer who is passionate about capturing every moment of your day with careful attention to detail and grace.”
— Corynn

memories that last a lifetime

“Absolutely 100% recommend Wendy! She is so wonderful to deal with on capturing all those memories that last a lifetime! She did my daughters wedding August 2016 and the pictures were incredible.”
— Lori

Her personality is wonderful and her skillset is beyond fantastic

“Had the privilege of working with Wendy at a recent wedding and she was absolutely amazing! She went out of her way to capture so many perfect shots. Her personality is wonderful and her skillset is beyond fantastic. Having her for your wedding would be one of the best decisions you could make!”
— Joshua (DJ Kalifornia Entertainment)

extremely caring, thoughtful, and personable

“Wendy is such a sweet and professional photographer. She is extremely caring, thoughtful, and personable. We used her for our 1st son’s newborn session, and loved her so much we asked her to do our 2nd son’s Fresh 48 session! I’ve even recommended her to my sister and she will be doing my sister’s wedding this summer. She listened to my visions and then made it happen. And her turnover time was AMAZING! So thankful to have used someone who helped us savor these memories forever!”
— Meghan

eye for the details and a heart of gold

“Wendy is an incredible photographer with an eye for the details and a heart of gold. She captured the moments of our wedding day with such skill and professionalism, and the memories we have because of her are truly priceless. Not only did she keep me organized in the months, weeks, and days leading up to our wedding, but she kept me calm and peaceful on the day of. There’s not a single thing that I could have asked to better enrich my experience with Wendy, and I know her future clients will feel the love, too.”
— Nicole

Loved every session I’ve ever had with her

“Loved every session I’ve ever had with her <3 She is highly recommended!”
— Kayloni

Wendy Zook is the best photographer I know

“I think Wendy Zook is the best photographer I know, and Wendy her self is great at what she does and is so sweet!”
— Danielle

she goes out of her way to build a relationship with her clients

“Wendy is an amazing photographer! She is so personable and she goes out of her way to build a relationship with her clients. This is extremely beneficial to me as I am very camera shy. I absolutely love that she sets up a Pinterest board to share ideas! Wendy has already photographed a family session & an engagement session for me! I am so excited for my wedding day & I am so happy that she will be there to capture all of it!”
— Anna

bubbly, genuine personality and fun sense of humor

“Wendy is a wonderful photographer and an even better person! I have a had two sessions with Wendy and she immediately puts you at ease with her bubbly, genuine personality and fun sense of humor. She can take an awkward situation and turn it into a light-hearted, comfortable one. She’s extremely organized, timely and professional but is very gracious if YOU aren’t ;) Absolutely recommend!”
— Jessi

She made us feel 100% comfortable and relaxed

“If I could give her 10 stars I would! Wendy is the most amazing photographer. She made us feel 100% comfortable and relaxed for both our engagement shoot and wedding. Her attention to detail is unmatched and she ensured that everything I requested was taken, even stuff I had forgotten that I asked about months earlier! Her move to Rochester isn’t stopping me from driving there for our future family pictures, she’s that good! I feel so lucky to have found her as our photographer and she’s become a great friend too!”
— Mare

such a beautiful person

“Love Wendy. Beautiful work and such a beautiful person.”
— Cheri

She made the entire process natural and enjoyable

“We loved Wendy! She took our engagement pictures and they turned out better than I ever dreamed. I was actually dreading the whole thing but she talked to me beforehand, asked me abut my concerns. We came up with an idea board on Pinterest and she made sure we got the shots that I really wanted. Wendy is so fun and easy to work with. She made the entire process natural and enjoyable. We look forward to using her again in the future! ”
— Gina

an absolute joy to work with and made everything so much fun

“We had the pleasure of working with Wendy for our engagement photos and it was amazing. She was an absolute joy to work with and made everything so much fun and easy to do. She was very accommodating with our schedules and even with the shoot she was completely open to all possible ideas. The photos were absolutely stunning and such great quality. I can’t wait until the next time we get to work with her. Thank you again for everything. ”
— Andrew

she actually made it easy and fun to do

“Wendy took our engagement photos and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Not only does she have the technical skills to take great photos, she actually made it easy and fun to do. I would recommend her to anyone looking for the kind of personalized and professional service she can provide.”
— Drew

She was so easy to work with

“Can’t wait to get all of my pics back! Wendy is a wonderful person. She came out to our house and took our family pics. She was so easy to work with. She and I used a Pinterest board prior to our picture day so that we could easily share our ideas with one another. Highly recommend Wendy Zook! ”
— Cara

Wendy was nothing short of amazing as a photographer

“Wendy was nothing short of amazing as a photographer for our special day! She was right there from the very beginning to the end. She was accommodating, sweet and professional. The photos were edited and delivered SO fast compared to most photographers taking weeks or months. We are so happy with our photos and I would definitely use her services again! :-) Thank you, Wendy!”
— Megan

makes her clients look and feel beautiful

“Wendy is so passionate about photography, and it’s such an amazing experience with her. She takes the time to make sure that everybody is comfortable in the session and poses people creatively. She is so speedy in her prints and takes the time to edit and make her clients look and feel beautiful. She always has new and fresh ideas, and I would recommend her to anyone! ”
— Erin

Not only did she do an excellent job, she is easy to work with

“Wendy donated a photo session to a local charity event and I purchased it for my son’s senior pictures. Not only did she do an excellent job, she is easy to work with since we have a crazy schedule, and she donates back to her community something that is extremely important to me. Our picture link was emailed to us in four days so very quick turn around. Keep up the good work Wendy! ”
— Stephanie

Wendy has an eye for a great picture and is so patient

“Wendy has an eye for a great picture and is so patient! She has a variety of props and is so flexible with her scheduling and traveling. She gives you pictures in a timely manner and takes time to edit to ensure yours are perfect. She settles for nothing less and is a great person to work with! Thanks Wendy!”
— Erin

The experience was very relaxing

“Wendy took newborn and family pictures for us at the comfort of our home. The experience was very relaxing. My 20-month-old toddler kept trying to take her camera away but she was very patient with him. She even allowed him to explore with the camera a little:) As for the pictures, they were so wonderful. It was hard to pick favorites. Looking forward to another session. Thank you Wendy for the precious memories.”
— Amel

a real artist with a real eye for photography

“I am a MakeUp Artist, and have worked with a lot of great photographers. Wendy Zook did my wedding pictures. They turned out amazing and she was a pleasure to work with! It was great to have a real artist with a real eye for photography capture so many beautiful candid shots! Thank you! Thank You Wendy! ”
— Ruby

able to capture all the brief smiles between the cries

“The photos turned out wonderful! Wendy was able to capture all the brief smiles between the cries and made it seem as though our son never cried at all. Wendy was there in the cold ready to go and was so patient with us as we tried to calm a screaming toddler. Thank you so much! Can’t wait for another session! ”
— Jodi

her patience and enthusiasm make you comfortable

“Wendy has such talent capturing the perfect picture. Not only does she come to you, but her patience and enthusiasm make you comfortable in front of the camera. We couldn’t be happier with our pictures! (Or more obsessed with the music on our slideshow!)”
— Lindsay

was so patient while we tried to get two kids to sit still

“Wendy– Your photos were amazing. You did an awesome job photographing Ella, and an even better job at capturing Owen’s moments in between the tantrums. You came to our house so we didn’t have to drive anywhere, brought some props of your own, and were so patient while we tried to get two kids to sit still. We love the cd and dvd that has all of our pictures, and really appreciate how much time you put into editing and making sure all the pictures look perfect for us. Thank you so much! ”
— Reva

These words bring me so much joy!

I always wanted to be a storyteller. I was a Journalism major in college and a newspaper reporter for years out of college. I told stories that made me cry; I shared stories that enraged me; I wrote articles that inspired and celebrated. 
Over the years, I’ve learned that you can tell stories in so many ways. These days, I tell stories through images captured -- hugs and kisses, collecting leaves, twirling in dresses, holding babies, mommas learning to use their cameras better, self-advocates with special needs that are breaking ground and overcoming all the obstacles in their way -- joy, joy, more joy. 

Joy. It’s all around us. I want to capture it. I want to share it. I want to spread it.

hi, I'm wendy!

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I can remember the way my mom always carried a camera. There were a lot of clicks of the shutter and she always had the loveliest embroidered camera strap. She captured adventures and travels and family gatherings. The tricky thing about someone who is always capturing the memories is that they are rarely in the memories. I wish so much that I had more photos of my momma.

I want to capture photos of your sweet family so your kids can look back and find the people they're looking for -- especially you.

Why I do what I do

cultivating new stories

I love in-home lifestyle newborn sessions. They’re as easy as possible for tired and overwhelmed new parents. You don’t have to pack up Baby or clothes. No supplies have to be gathered. And you definitely don’t have to get in the car, travel, spend hours somewhere else or anything like that. I come to you! […]

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