A few weeks ago I went out with Kayla, who goes to Musselman High School in Inwood, to a bunch of different locations around Berkeley County. It was brutally hot that day, but we got a ton of amazing images. We took a break at my place to do some studio images and I pumped up her makeup for a more dramatic look that matched the outfits she chose. I loved how confident she was the entire time! beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

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beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our senior photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive senior magazine. We also shoot weddings, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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Here is a sample album that we made for our friends at Guesthouse Lost River in West Virginia. We use this style for our parent albums, which also come in 6×6, 8×8 and 8×10 sizes. This is from Andrew & Jeanne’s wedding we shot last year at their gorgeous venue. Check out their blog post with Andrew & Jeanne’s Guesthouse Lost River wedding!

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Danielle was a past senior rep, and I realized I never got around to showing off her full session here on the blog. Her first mini session was in Shepherdstown, WV and then we did her full session later in the year at Poor House Farm Park in Martinsburg, WV. I don’t like using Poor House for portraits since it seems EVERYONE and their brothers, cousins, daughters use it (haha!), but I think these are great and no one can even tell where they were done:)

First, here is her senior rep card with images from her Shepherdstown session in the spring.beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

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beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

beYOUtiful seniors Eastern Panhandle of WV Senior Photographers

Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our senior photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive senior magazine. We also shoot weddings, portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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When they tell new moms not to blink, because their precious newborn baby will grow up too fast, they sure weren’t kidding. I still think of Juniper as the tiny little face pressed against mine while I breathe in her newborn skin smell watching her tiny little nose inhale and exhale. But here we are already photographing her as a big girl ballerina for her very first ballet recital. I know she is still “little”, but the last 6 years seem to have went by in fast forward. Another few blinks and she’ll be off to college!

We had to shoot a wedding on the Saturday night recital, but I was able to take some pictures on dress rehearsal night. I also had to miss out on the formal portraits at the ballet studio due to a headshot session that had already been scheduled (#lifeofaphotographer #mommyfail), so I took her portraits in our in-home studio. My friend Josh from 3MI Photography was the official photographer, so for any of our fellow ballet moms, be sure to order those shots from him before they expire!

I remember my mom telling me a long time ago that when I was born, she thought I looked like a little china doll. I never paid much attention to that until the moment the nurses handed Juniper to me and I swear she was so perfect that she really looked like a little china doll! I think about that moment a lot, since it was definitely one of those once in a lifetime experiences. Well, on rehearsal night I grabbed a program and looked for Jun’s group and saw her listed as part of the “China Dolls”. I didn’t realize her cute little outfit was a china doll outfit (I thought it was some kind of german dance getup, haha. I obviously didn’t look at it very well). So yeah, I immediately started balling and her sweet little newborn china doll face popped up in my head as I watched her twirl and plié across the stage. Sigh…

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I loved these shots after dress rehearsal of her outside the school. Maybe baby doll!

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Today’s vendor spotlight highlights the Historic McFarland House, an elegant wedding venue right here in Martinsburg, WV. I first visited this venue as a last minute second shooter for Robin Day at Carrie and Brandon’s wedding back in 2011. I fell in love as soon as I walked through the door, and when I saw the bridal suite I knew I was in wedding photography heaven. The owners have spared no expense and have put their heart into making sure every detail of the house is amazing. I especially love the art nouveau artwork going up the grand staircase in the foyer. There have been a few different wedding coordinators over the years, and they have all been top notch professionals that go out of their way to create a smooth and seamless wedding day. The one thing that I constantly hear from brides who have a wedding here is how much they love the fact that they didn’t have to do anything to make it “wedding day ready”, because it is already amazing! Enjoy the tour of the venue from a photographer’s perspective, and be sure to check out the links to past weddings that we’ve highlighted from this venue at the bottom of this post!

To kick things off, let’s begin with a general look around the house giving you a little taste of the amazing rooms and details this venue has to offer!

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Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

There are countless areas around the house for portraits.

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Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

 

Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

The bridal suite is a gorgeous backdrop for the photos of the bride and her bridal party getting ready.

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Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

The backyard provides a versatile space to design your ceremony layout.

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Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

This area can also be tented for rainy day weddings. There is also space inside the dining area that can be used for a ceremony on rainy days.

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My personal favorite layout is facing the house so guests aren’t blinded by the late day sun. This also makes for beautiful light for your pictures and a way for Jon & I to get a little closer to you without distracting guests using the cover of the backdrop of trees.
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Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

Outside has the perfect amount of romantic details to make your pictures together timeless.

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Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

As you can see there is plenty of room for a large wedding party…Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers
I mean, isn’t this balcony perfect for photos?

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Inside is the reception area that can be laid out in to a few different arrangements with the dance floor being in the same area or off to the side in the main part of the house.

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Along with the fabulous details, outside courtyard and reception area there is also fantastic food! Executive Chef Brad Spates kills it every time with his unique and delectable creations. You can have a seated dinner, buffets of all kinds (everything from traditional food to taco or potato bars!) or heavy passed hors d’oeuvres.

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Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

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Here is Chef Brad and his team in action.

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This was from one of the wonderful date nights that they host each month. Chef Brad was checking to make sure the owner, Dr. Michael McCarty, was enjoying his serving of mussels (can I just say that I am not a fan of mussels, but these were absolutely delicious!). If you ever get a chance to experience one of their date nights, GO FOR IT! It is such a fun and inviting experience with the best food you can get in Martinsburg.

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A few more shots of the owners and staff (I love this couple!)…

Historic McFarland House Martingsburg WV Wedding Photographers

This was during the last song at a recent wedding and the whole staff felt the energy in the air and held their own group circle. It was so great to see them like this after a long day of top-notch professional service to the guests.

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And to top it all off, the grounds and house look beautiful at night!

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Want more of the Historic McFarland House? Check out some more blog posts from this gorgeous venue!

Nathan & Caitlyn 

Jonathan & Lindsey 

Danny & Jenny 

Danny & Jenny’s wedding album 

Tony & Katie 

Ed & Mandy – Coming Soon!

Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive wedding magazine. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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