Welcome to Pictures by Whitney! My name is Whitney Marzullo. I am a custom newborn & family photographer based in Southern York County, Pennsylvania.
I love everything photography, but my passions are newborns & families. I love photographing families & watching them grow.
I believe that you don't need to have a special occasion to have a session, because every day is a good day to capture a smile!
Just as in real estate, location is one of the big factors to consider when you schedule your photo session. A location must take into consideration of what type of session and the time of day you schedule the session. Today, I am going to focus on toddlers. I have found that a session for a 2 year old only has so much time in quality shooting time. They are just way too busy. So I go for a handful of pictures that are posed, but most of my pictures are catching them in action. I usually bring a chair, bench or even a small box to help distract them. I also have found that an open area and some trees are key to a session. It gives them room to run around, and it gives some shade especially when their schedules may not be as flexible to shoot in prime lighting time. For some clients, they have a great yard, or they have family or a friend with a farm. For other clients, it is about finding a location . . . here are a few locations that I have had recent sessions, and a little bit about what I like about them.
This is Gladfelters Station. It is just off of the NCR trail, and I like it because it has some open areas and this really cool bridge. It also works well for morning and afternoon/evening sessions as far as lighting.
This location is one of my personal favorites. It is Wallace Cross Mill in Stewartstown/Felton. I love this place because of the mill and the stream and the trees. It is best as an evening location because of the position of the sun. It is a great family location, and it can be a good location for smaller children. It sits right on the water (because it is a mill) so it can be a little distracting for smaller kids, and I won’t lie I have had a kid or two jump in. One drawback is that there are open houses and events at this location, so it is important to take that into consideration when shooting here.
This session is at a private residence that I can go to whenever I’d like to use it (well, most of the time). I love it because it works for just about anytime of day. It has open space and lots of green all around. It also has mature trees. It doesn’t have anything exciting, but it is perfect because it is secluded and quiet. It is a pretty awesome back drop.
I was recently introduced to this location. And, it is a pretty nice place for photo sessions. It is Reservoir Park in York. It is an open area/field area right next to a parking lot, so it is easy to bring props and not a lot of walking for little legs. It is perfect for morning sessions with the location of the sun. I love it because of the open area/field area, and it has trees that are fun to play peek-a-boo. Just like the private residence there isn’t anything exciting about this location (because there is no bridge or mill) but it does provide a nice back drop for pictures.
This little girl was awesome for her session. She was a modest little girl who preferred to have her ruffled bloomers on, but she did a little bit of everything. I love that her mom brought a headband with a flower that she used on her wedding day. What a great way to incorporate something meaningful and personal. LOVE!
The beginning of the school year is like a fresh start for me. I could care less about January 1. My new year’s resolutions are the ones I make when my kids zip up those backpacks and jump on that big yellow bus. I have these wonderful dreams to deep clean my house, organize the kids paperwork and all of our personal paperwork, finish a bunch of household projects, tackle the gardens, clean & organize all the closets, exercise more, organize my meals, etc. And after 10 years, I haven’t manage to fulfill those dreams of a clean home that runs like a well oiled machine. And, I still have plenty of “baby” weight. Not to mention, it has only been one week and I’ve already had to order in a meal. It may sound like I have given up, but I still hold on to those dreams. However, if I am going to be realistic I’d have to say that today I am thankful that I have dreams, and I am thankful that I handle failure with relative grace (because my house will probably no be any cleaner and I won’t be anymore organized before Christmas.)
I’ve been asked about my new pricing for my family & milestone sessions in the last couple of days, so I thought I would take a minute to explain it. I have learned that I don’t like to make things any harder than they have to be. So I have kept it pretty straight-forward and simple.
My pricing & packaging is all-inclusive. A family or milestone session is $275. It includes my time & talent . . . which in some cases happens even before our session. It includes a $125 professional print credit, so you can invest in a couple larger prints or even more smaller prints. And, I know how much everyone enjoys the digital images, so I also include all of the edited images from your session which is usually 20-25 images. I do ask for a non-refundable deposit to secure the session date.
I know I am not the least inexpensive photographer, but I am also not the most expensive photographer. There are many talented photographers in the industry, and we all offer something different from the type of photography we specialize in to the type of service and the products that we offer. I am the photographer that will work with you to create the session that is meaningful to you which means many things to many people, and I will provide you with a quality product.
I offer discounts, too. If you have had a session with me in the past 12 months, I give a client loyalty discount. If you refer clients to me, I offer 10% off for each referral (up to 25% toward a session.) Discounts do not apply toward mini-sessions, only for family or milestone sessions.
I hope this answers everyone’s questions about my new pricing and my policies. You can also find this information under the Session Information tab. And, if it didn’t answer your question(s), you should call me 717-814-9088, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I often get asked how my kids are about getting their pictures taken from my clients. Well, it depends on the situation, and it depends on which kid is in front of the camera. For example, I have one daughter who won’t let me take her picture unless her hair is perfect, and I have one who is a complete ham. But I’ll give you some insight into a recent session that I had with my girls.
The girls had just gotten their hair cut and the weather was awesome, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity for an impromptu session. When I suggested it, they were all for it. We mutually agreed on a place- Wallace Cross Mill. Then, we needed to pick something to wear . . . and this is where it got ugly. My one daughter did not want to wear a dress (I don’t have a lot of options for her) which means she had a temper tantrum. Yep! She is 11 years old, and she had a temper tantrum like a 2 year old. I give them some positive reinforcement (aka I bribe them with a trip to Rutters for milkshakes) to cooperate. At this point, I think this is going to be an epic fail. My 11 year old is still sulking. And, I have this pit in my stomach that my 13 year old is going to suddenly become uncooperative.
Then it hits me. I need to handle this just like I would handle any session. Let the kids have fun with it and let them be a little silly. I won’t rush them. And, I’ll let them set the pace. And, that is what will result in more natural, genuine smiles. Here are some of our “outtakes” so you have a little bit of an idea of what happens during a session- goofy faces, photo bombing from my son who didn’t get his hair cut, funny poses, eyes closed and a little teasing . . .
This last picture is one of my favorites . . . number one daughter told number two daughter that there was a snake. Seriously?! Stay tuned for the “real” session pictures.
I follow a blog by Girl Hearts Camera. Recently, she made an announcement that she was turning her company over to someone else because she made the decision to spend more time with her family. I am sure that a lot went into her decision, and I am sure it was very scary for her to take the leap of faith that her decision is the right one for her family and for herself. I believe that there is no right or wrong decision when it comes to being a stay-at-home mom, a full-time working mom, or a part-time working mom. There are so many things to consider when you are faced with the decision, but in the end it really is a leap of faith.
I have taken that leap of faith many times. When I had my first daughter, it really wasn’t an option to quit my job (unless I didn’t want to eat) but working part-time was an option. So, that is what I decided to do. When I had my second daughter, I continued to work and I was glad to go to work part-time, because staying home with my 2 daughters all day, every day would be more than I could handle when my husband was working 60+ hours a week, 6 days a week. Then something happened over then next couple of years, my husband’s hard work was paying off, as well as my own. I had been promoted several times, and as a result I had more responsibilities (aka more stress). When I had my son, my husband and I decided that for the sake of our marriage and our family, I would quit my stable, well-paying, with lots of benefits government job. Yikes! It was probably the scariest thing I have ever done in my life (getting married and having children was less scary.)
Some people have big dreams and they know exactly what they want out of life. That would not be me. My step-sister is one of those of people who knew exactly what she wanted to do from a very young age. I always envied her. There were times I thought I knew what I wanted to do, but nothing really stuck with me. Heck, I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to have kids, but I am the mom to 3 pretty awesome kids. At one point, I thought I wanted to be a family counselor which is kind of funny in hindsight considering I wasn’t sure if I wanted kids. The Girl Hearts Camera blog post was titled “When Your Dreams Change”. I think that I am just living my life and making adjustments as I go along for the ride. I think I am open to the possibility that anything can happen. I love to hear stories of people who have had their dreams come true. I think for me, my dreams have always found me.
This morning I had one adorable little girl visit me for her cake smashing. Her mom sent me a picture of her outfit, and I made the flower banner to coordinate with her outfit. I also felt like I won the lottery when I found the adorable green polka dot suitcases at Home Goods over the weekend. I love Home Goods! I think everything worked so well together. It was a fun session . . . but I think the balloons were her favorite part of her session.
I thoroughly enjoyed this cake smashing. I love when my clients give me a theme to work with for their cake smashing. The theme for this one was all-american baseball. The parents have their favorite teams which aren’t the same, so keeping it simple with just baseball was the way to go. The mom did an awesome job getting several options together for clothing, and this little guy was very cooperative with the several outfit changes. And, even though he was more interested in the baseballs than the cake, it was still a homerun (yep, I said it!)
This family is so fun! The little boy is so incredibly cute and a pretty easy going little boy for his pictures. I love the red/white/blue clothing combination for the pictures, and what about those suspenders . . . cute?!
This little girl had an awesome session. We did a few sibling pictures to start the session, she has 3 older brothers and a sister. Then, we jumped into her session. She rocked it. We finished her session in an hour and a half. She was a very sleepy little girl, but she was awake for a couple pictures, too. The best of both worlds.