Barnyard Friends { Potomac MD Photographer }

I love to incorporate my farm animals into my photography with my children.  My daughter is a natural with the animals, possibly the result of being the child of a veterinarian :D.   Whenever we are out in the field for photographs, we generally have a visitor - either a cat, a pony or a horse wants to have their picture taken too, and I try and work with the visitor to include them too - these are the moments that would be difficult to stage, but look like magic and end up being my favourite portraits when they happen.  

Photograph of a child in a field of buttercups with a ginger tabby cat and a peking duck ducking, photographed on location in Potomac MD by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art photographer located in Maryland serving clients in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC.

Award Winning Portraiture | Maryland Photographer

I am so honored that two of my portraits were award winning photographs during the National Association of Professional Child Photographer's (NAPCP) International Image Competition.  One of my child photographs placed third in the child photography competition and one of my portraits of a brother and sister received a merit recognition award.  The talent featured by the NAPCP is amazing, there are some of the best child photographers in the world among its members.  

award winning photographer by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland, serving clients in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC.
award winning photographer by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland, serving clients in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC.
award winning photographer by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland, serving clients in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC.
award winning photographer by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland, serving clients in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC.

The Christmas Wish - Photographed in Downtown Frederick MD

I don't usually post the story behind the portraits I photograph as I like my viewers to have their own stories, but for this photograph, and because it's Christmas, here is the story. 

I wanted a picture of my child outside of a shop window that had Christmas decorations in it - for the Christmases in England, it gets dark Very early, so pretty much any time out and about after school means it's dark.  The shops decorate and have some amazing displays and I remember looking forward to them, and to seeing what was in them each year.  The path outside the shop was always cold and damp, but inside the shop the lights and display glow and give off warmth and make the season magical.  I used a lens that I struggle with - the canon 50mm 0.95.  It is a vintage lens that gives off the most spectacular bokeh, but it is manual and the camera that I had to pair it with, a leica, does not offer live view (not that I use it when I have it available on my regular camera, but I like to complain about how it doesn't have it and like to think that if it were available with this particular lens that I would use it).  I took a picture and knew that I wanted to use it, but ended up having to composite 3 photographs together to get the look that I wanted.     

portrait of a little girl outside a shop window, photographed in downtown frederick by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland.

Love { Maryland Professional Photographer }

I have been busy opening Jefferson Veterinary Hospital and planning the artwork for the walls.  One of the nice touches that my husband and I have put into the hospital is a dedicated bereavement room with a separate entrance and exit so clients do not have to walk through the waiting room and have more privacy.  We are putting touches to try and make it a little more comfortable and homey and choosing the perfect portrait to go up in a room that we know no one wants to go in has been a challenge.  I finally settled upon this portrait of my daughter and a YBR farm lab puppy that was taken during a workshop with one of the best child photographers in the world, Elena Shumilova Photography, during the fall in Northern Virginia. 

Portrait of a little girl hugging a yellow lab puppy.  Taken on location in Northern Virginia by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland during a workshop held by Elena Shumilova

Award Winning Portraiture | Maryland Photographer

I am thrilled to announce that one of my portraits received a merit recognition in the National Association of Professional Child Photographer's  International Image Competition.   It is such an honor to be featured amongst so much talent!  You can see all the entries and winners here. This portrait of my child and one of my horses was taken in the spring, when buttercups take over parts of fields.  The horse photographed here came over to check on what his little girl was doing - if you look closely you can see that she had picked some flowers and put them on his head :)  

Award winning portrait, photographed by Clare Ahalt, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland, serving clientele in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC.

The National Association of Professional Child Photographers describes it's International Image Competition as:

designed to recognize the world’s most successful child photographers, the NAPCP Image Competition called for images across a range of category subjects including Maternity, Newborn, Babies, Children, Siblings, Toddlers, Tweens, Seniors and Family. Image submissions were carefully judged by a blue-ribbon panel of experts based on impact, technical merit, composition and creativity.
— NAPCP
Award Winning Photograph from the National Association of Professional Child Photographers

Fall Portraits | Child Photographer Maryland

I took these portraits of my child in the fall in Maryland.  Each year we go out and pick a place and spend some time exploring it and taking photographs.  One of the great things about living in Maryland, particularly in our little corner of Frederick County, is the abundance of beautiful countryside.  This year we found the most gorgeous location and the photographs looked beautiful!  (Not that I'm biased in anyway - my child/my photography ;) :D ).  

Photographic portrait of a child, photographed on location in Maryland in the fall by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland, serving clientele in the Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC Areas.  Specializing in child portrait photography.
Photographic portrait of a child, photographed on location in Maryland in the fall by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland, serving clientele in the Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC Areas.  Specializing in child portrait photography.

Photograph Featured in Child Photo Competition { Maryland Photographer }

One of my portraits of my child watching a sunset with a chocolate labrador puppy was  featured by Child Photo Competition for their "Inspiring Monday" volume.    One of my photographs was also selected as a finalist during Child Photo Competition's "Rustic" photography competition - you can see that photograph here.  I am honored to be selected and featured among so many incredible photographers from around the world! 

The following photograph was featured during "Inspiring Monday" by Child Photo Competition

Finalist in "Rustic" Child Photo Competition { Maryland Photographer }

Thank you so much to Child Photo Competition for selecting one of my photographs as a finalist during the "Rustic" photography competition.  Child Photo Competition also selected one of my photographs as a feature in their "Inspiring Monday!"  You can see it here.   I am honored to be selected and featured among so many incredible photographers around the world! 

The photograph below was a finalist during the "Rustic" child photography competition

vintage portrait of a child in a field near an old farm by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine are photographer located in Maryland, serving Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC.  Photographed on location in mid-Maryland

Puppy love { Pet Portraits Frederick MD }

This sweet puppy was generously loaned to me by YBR Farm Labs, located in Jefferson MD, for the recent workshop I attended with internationally famous Elena Shuminlova Photography held in Northern Virginia.

The puppies were all so sweet and happy go lucky.  We created a little station for them on the back of a pick up truck, where they had a couple of watchers and we created a little water hole for them that they drank from and, in true lab fashion, laid in too :) 

Pet portrait of a chocolate lab puppy, photography by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland.  Photographed during a workshop by Elena Shumilova Photography on location in Northern Virginia

Workshop with Elena Shumilova Photography

If you aren't familiar with the name Elena Shumilova Photography, you have likely seen her beautiful work, it's been featured internationally and even had a segment on the Today Show.  Her work is stunning, true fine art portraiture of a simplistic childhood that we would all love our children to have.   I was privileged and honored to attend a workshop that she held in Northern Virginia in the early fall.  It was a truly amazing experience, I learned so much and Elena was so kind and sweet and generous with her knowledge.   I arrived each day armed with a basket of between 3-4 lab puppies, generously loaned by a good client of my husband's veterinary practice, YBR farm, my daughter, camera, a variety of lenses and my walking shoes (actually flip flops, and it was pointed out to me that I repeatedly stood, sat or laid in horse poo each day and I was ok with that :D ).   

Portrait of a little girl in a field of yellow flowers and a chocolate lab puppy photographed in Northern Virginia at a workshop held by Elena Shumilova Photography by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art photographer specializing in child portraiture located in Mid-Maryland, serving Maryland, the greater washington DC and Baltimore areas and Northern Virginia.
Portrait of a high school senior, photographed in Northern Virginia by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art photographer located in mid-maryland
Portrait of children in a field of yellow wild flowers, photographed in Northern Virginia by fine art photographer Clare Ahalt Photography, specializing in child portraiture located in Maryland.
Portrait of a little girl with a pony, photographed in Northern Virginia by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art photographer located in mid-maryland
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Portrait of a little girl in a field of yellow wildflowers.  Photographed by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland, serving Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Greater Baltimore.  Photographed at a workshop held by Elena Shumilova Photography, photographed on location in Northern Virginia
Portrait of a yellow lab in a field by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in mid-Maryland
Portrait of a little girl with a puppy, photographed in Northern Virginia by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art photographer located in mid-maryland
Black and white photographic portrait of a little girl stood in a field of wildflowers.  Photographed by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland, serving Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Greater Baltimore.  Photographed at a workshop held by Elena Shumilova Photography, photographed on location in Northern Virginia
Portrait of a little girl walking through a field of yellow wildflowers.  Photographed by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Maryland, serving Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Greater Baltimore.  Photographed at a workshop held by Elena Shumilova Photography, photographed on location in Northern Virginia
Portrait of a little boy in a field of yellow flowers, taken in Northern Virginia by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art photographer located in mid-maryland
portrait of a little girl in a field of yellow wildflowers photographed by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art portrait photographer located in Frederick, MD, serving Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC.  Photographed on location in Northern Virginia at a workshop by Elena Shumilova Photography