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

The photograph(s) that made the cut { Maryland Child Photographer }

Each year I set up what I aim to achieve in my photography.  This year I planned to enter my images into a number of contests to see how they did, and the entry dates came and went and I got busy.  I remembered a few and was notified that one of my portraits was selected as a finalist for farms and barns.  This is one of my favourite portraits of my daughter near a local farm.  I love the farm in the background, I drive past it almost every day and it makes me think so much of how time must have once been.   

Portrait of a child in a field near an old farm, photographed in Maryland by Clare Ahalt, a fine art photographer located in mid-Maryland who specializes in fine art child portraiture and high school senior portraits.

The portrait below was also a finalist in a contest for the category Children and Animals. 

Photograph of a little girl in a field with a baby chick, photographed on a farm in Maryland by Clare Ahalt Photography, a fine art photographer located in central Maryland, specializing in fine art child portraiture and high school senior portraits.