Welcome

My name is Susan O'Connor and I am a natural light photographer located in New Market, MD. I specialize in artistic wedding and senior photography, as well as fine art photography for my Etsy shop. My photographic style is vintage inspired, boho-chic and evokes feelings of nostalgia, dreams, and ethereal beauty. I share with you tidbits about photography, client sessions, Etsy finds, and a little of this and that about me.

Frederick Maryland Photographer - 2014 Spring Mini Sessions

Spring minis are right around the corner.  Spaces are nearly full!  Sessions are late in the afternoon at a Frederick County location (tbd).  

Contact me for details of to reserve your spot.  Email:  susan@prettypetalstudio.com

Photograph as Book Cover, Ranunculus and Butterflies by Pretty Petal Studio

I know things have been very quiet on my blog and I apologize for that.  I have lots to share but never seem to find the time to blog about it!  Like I usually say, I'm going to try to be better about maintaining this space…but of course, don't hold your breath.  lol!

Okay, I thought I'd start with something recent.  Like yesterday recent.  Yesterday I received a message that one of my prints sold (with a stock agency that I belong to) and that it was going to be a book cover.  I was very happy about that but became ECSTATIC when I learned the author and what book!

My mixed media photo of ranunculus and butterflies is the French and Italian cover of Elizabeth Gilbert's "Signature of All Things!"  I had no idea that translated books have a different cover than the American version.  I was so excited by this news that I paced my house for a couple of hours, laughing and crying, before a dear friend came by with a  bottle of champagne to help me celebrate!  

During times of winter hibernation, I make a bad habit of becoming quiet and a bit uninspired, even to the point of wondering if I'm on the right path…and then something like this happens to say, "yes, I am!"  I adore Elizabeth Gilbert's work and if someone would have asked me if I could pick an author/book where I'd love to see my photography…well, she's at the top of my list!  So thankful and feeling newly inspired to begin 2014! 

This print is also available in my Etsy shop.  

Pretty Petal Studio - Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

Pretty Petal Studio - Halloween Costumes

My cute Finn -  iPhone pic on Instagram

Do you dress up for Halloween?

As a mom of two young boys, I still dress up, but it's usually cold here on Halloween so my costume comes off after the "have-to-have" photos are taken.

My husband always has the right idea.  He just wears some sort of head piece or wig, which usually cracks me up.  We bought him a Pirate's of the Carribean style wig last night with the long hair, do-rag, and even braids with beads.

When he put it on I couldn't stop laughing.  Major belly laughs, which I haven't had in a long time.  He looked more like a disheveled Rastafarian guy than a sexy "Johnny Depp" lookalike.

But I digress (I'm sure he's going to love that I said all that)...so today I found this really pretty mask made of feathers.  It's what I'm going to wear on Halloween night...with my coat, scarf, gloves, boots, etc!

What are you going to be this Halloween?  I'll tell you one of my favorite costumes.  One year my husband was a Leprechaun and I was his gold!  It was awesome!

Pretty Petal Studio - Fine Art Print Giveaway

****************** Facebook Print Giveaway ******************

Happy Sunday! Today is a beautiful day but way too hot for fall...90 degrees in MD. So, no pumpkin patch visit or crockpot going. I want the cooler, crisp air for that! 

My husband just spent nearly two hours mowing up the leaves (we have lots of trees) only to look outside and see that it's completely blanketed again. It's windy today! Poor guy.

So, with a laid-back Sunday going on here, I thought I'd announce a Print Giveaway!

Enter for your chance to win any print in my shop (8x12 or smaller size). Just leave a comment on my Facebook Page post about the Giveaway and let me know what is your favorite part of the autumn season.  (Be sure to "like" my page to see future giveaways or specials!)

I have too many to list, but I definitely love the sound of walking on crunchy leaves.

The winner will be drawn at random on Friday, October 11th. Good luck!

Flashback Friday - Arianna - Senior Session


















As promised Friday's are going to be my "Flashbacks" of the past year.  I decided I would go most recent and back up from there.  If that makes sense!

This session is of the stunning Arianna.  She wanted to do a lake/beach session so we met up at Greenbrier State Park in Boonsboro, MD.  I love beach sessions, especially during "Indian Summer" when the light is golden and warm.

We started out the session in their amazing red vintage convertible.  (I think I could have did an entire session just driving around in the car with her hair flying in the breeze!)  And then we went into the woods, to a pier, through a meadow, down to the beach and in the lake!  Her Mom was amazing.  She brought so many cool vintage props that we used (the bike, desk, suitcase...etc.)  A woman after my own heart!

Congratulations Arianna on your senior year.  You're a beautiful girl and I wish you much success!  
   

Pretty Petal Studio and Whichgoose - Ophelia-like







As mentioned in yesterday's post, I wanted to do a separate little post on our model Kate in the water.  I love how ethereal she looks and the gentle movement of the water.  While I know most brides won't be wearing a stunning Whichgoose floral crown in the water (hmmm...though maybe on their honeymoon!?), you can see how beautiful this piece would make you feel.  Goddess-like; exuding romance.  You can purchase this floral crown at Whichgoose's Etsy Shop.
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