Two New Workshops!

February 23, 2018

I’m so excited to announce that we will be hosting two different workshops this spring! Many of you know that I’ve had the amazing opportunity to teach for Rocky Mountain School of Photography last year, both for their Weekend Intensive Workshops and for a portion of their Professional Intensive career training program. It was an incredible experience and I look forward to continuing my relationship with RMSP, but due to a busier schedule last year I took a break from hosting my own workshops. This year, I’m so excited to draw from those experiences and teach two new and fresh workshops here locally in Westminster, MD!

The first workshop will be our Intermediate Photography Workshop on April 7th, from 10 am to 4:30 pm, at McDaniel College. This workshop is for those who own a nice camera but struggle with achieving consistent results. If you do not photograph consistently and frequently in manual exposure mode this workshop is for you. If you know a few camera settings but feel like there is a lot that doesn’t make sense to you, this workshop is also for you. Both beginner and semi-pro photographers are welcome at this workshop. We will spend all day Saturday covering:

  • Camera Controls
  • Manual Exposure (Shutter speed, Aperture, & ISO)
  • Understanding Depth of Field (DOF)
  • Outsmarting Your Meter
  • Reading your Histogram
  • Ansel Adams’ Zone System
  • Autofocus (what mode to use and when)
  • White Balance
  • Gear (what you need, and what you don’t!)
  • Composition (the difference between a good photo and a great photo)

Our second workshop will be our Off Camera Flash Workshop on April 14th, from 10 am to 4:30 pm, at McDaniel College. How many times have you heard, or even said yourself, “I HATE flash photography! It looks so fake!”? Or are you one of those who says “I’m a natural light photographer” simply because you don’t know how to use your flash to create natural looking images? Or you feel like using flash couldn’t possibly be more frustrating or aggravating? I’ve been there, and if that’s where you are at now I’d love to help you. When we understand how to use our flash and make it our friend, it’s like taking beautiful window light with us wherever we go…. and it’s simply wonderful. Don’t believe me? I didn’t either when I first heard someone tell me that, but now that I understand how to make my flash work FOR me instead of being an expensive piece of junk that I felt like was ruining all of my photos. LOL. Now, I hardly go anywhere without it. If you want to improve your lighting skills and become comfortable and confident using off camera flash this workshop is for you. We will spend all day Saturday covering:

  • The Characteristics of Light
  • Flash Controls (get to know your flash!)
  • Bounce Flash
  • Color Cast
  • Flash Modes
  • Gear (what you need, and what you don’t!)
  • How to Make Flash Look Natural
  • One Light & Two Light Setups
  • Flattering Light Setups for portraits
  • Using Flash for Photographing Wedding Details
  • Focusing in Low Light and Sparkler Exits

If these are topics that interest you, I’d love for you to join us! Space is limited though, so don’t wait to register!

The Nitty Gritty for both the Intermediate Photography Workshop & the Off Camera Flash Workshop

Cost (per workshop, per person): $180*


  • A new, fun, and professional headshot (full resolution, retouched digital file, with exclusive rights to use however you’d like for your own business)
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Print Materials
  • A super fun day in a supportive, encouraging, and non-competitive learning environment :)

To register today email Mary at! Space is limited, so please don’t delay. Full Payment is due at the time of registration to hold your spot. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

**$150 per workshop if you attend both the Intermediate Photography Workshop & OCF Workshop



For those of you interested in furthering your photography education, and either cannot attend either of these workshops or want to cover a different topic, I also teach one-on-one mentoring sessions and would be happy to meet with you! Please feel free to email ( with any questions. I’ve taught on Lightroom, Photoshop, Business & Marketing, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Photography, Studio Lighting, Authentic Posing, etc.. I’d love the opportunity to work with you and help you achieve your goals!

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Whoa. All kinds of surprises and new things are going on over here! We’re getting ready for an update, overhaul, and a whole new look. What does this mean? The same quality photography that we’ve been known for, but an updated website and logo is in the works and I couldn’t be more excited! It also means that we are bringing back Model Callout Sessions!!!! We haven’t hosted Model Callout sessions for the past 3 years, and we are excited to bring them back for a limited time to celebrate our new updates!

What are Madel Callout Sessions? In 2012, 2013, & 2014 I hosted a limited number of totally FREE portrait sessions that I dubbed the “Model Callout Sessions”. I hosted these free sessions to stay inspired, feed my creativity, and gain promotional material for my portfolio. Model Callout Sessions hold a special place in my heart, and if there was the time to host them every year I would! However, due to a busier schedule, we no longer host these sessions yearly and it’s unknown when they will come back again (so don’t miss out on our 2017 Model Callout Sessions).

These photo sessions are intended to be a win/win situation for my clients as well as for myself. Those selected will receive a FREE portrait session as well as a limited number of FREE professionally retouched digital files, with a full print release (a minimum of a $500 value). In exchange for the portrait session and digital files, models must sign a full model release. Model Callout Sessions are very similar to our regular portrait sessions, the only difference being that I have more creative control in terms of location, wardrobe, and the date and time of the session.

More than anything we value authenticity and genuine moments. We’re not looking for professional models, and no modeling experience is required to apply.

Are you in? Ready to apply for your FREE PHOTO SESSION?! Please email me at the following info:

1.) Your first and last name

2.) A recent picture of yourself (if applying for a child, family, or couple session, please include their picture and name(s) as well)

3.) A photo of your favorite room in your house

4.) One thing you are passionate about!

We are looking to include two Day In The Life photo sessions in our 2017 Model Callout (a Day In The Life session fee, outside of our Model Callout, is $450 with all digital files sold separately – packages start at $250. A total savings of $700). Day In The Life Sessions take place in our client’s home and last anywhere from 2-6 hours. The photography is documentary in nature, and our desire is to authentically capture all the sweet little moments that tell the story of your life.

For regular portrait sessions(a Standard Portrait Session fee, outside of our Model Callout, is $250 with all digital files sold separately – packages start at $250. A total savings of $500) we are most looking to photograph children 8mo. to 10 years of age, artist and craftsmen that are small business owners, and young couples. However, if you don’t fit into any of these categories please still feel free to apply! 

A few guidelines:
• All portrait sessions must take place within 50 miles of Westminster, MD or a travel charge will apply.
• All participants younger than 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign their model release.

Feel free to contact me with any questions that you have ( I can’t wait to get started and I can’t wait to creatively collaborate with you! These sessions are SO MUCH FUN!!!!

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Matt & Ashlee | Prairie Song

February 16, 2017

I met Ashlee almost 8 years ago, during the summer of 2008, when we were both working as crew girls at Deer Valley Ranch in Colorado. I don’t remember the first time we met, I just remember becoming super fast friends. There isn’t enough room in this post to tell you about the countless adventures we had that summer, but one of the most prominent memories I have is of the many times we would take long hikes and talk about Jesus, dating, life, and how the three intertwined. Photographing Ashlee & Matt’s wedding last April was so incredibly special for me, it was so awesome to think of our lives then and see how God has continued to write our stories now.

Matt and Ashlee were married at Prairie Song, a recreated 1800s Old West Town in Dewey, Oklahoma. To say it was charming would be an understatement! I’ve traveled to 47 states so far, and I have to say I think I fell a little bit in love with Oklahoma while I was there! The scenery is beautiful, the people are so friendly, and if my family wasn’t all in MD…. I may have stayed :). Matt and Ashlee’s wedding day was truly wonderful. From the sweet getting ready moments to the dancing at the reception, everyone truly celebrated Matt and Ashlee and the love that they share. To me it was a perfect and wonderful day, filled with some of the most lovely people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting!

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This year we had one super sweet nomination for our Gift to the Giver Contest. Congratulations to the Felton Family for winning a FREE Portrait Session, and 15 full resolution digital files from their session with a full print release (Valued at $750)!

The following is their super sweet nomination from Lindsay Miller:


We the Miller Family, in Lincoln, Nebraska, nominate the Felton Family in Dallastown, PA.

As recently married and new to the area Pastor Terry Felton of Mason Dixon Baptist Church along with his amazing family welcomed us with open arms to their Church family. Over the next 5 years our relationship with the Felton family grew into a lifelong friendship, even though we now have many miles of distance between us.  The Felton’s are a family we strive to be like in our daily lives.  Their devotion and faith to God is inspiring.  Their values are and beliefs are strong.  They are selfless and giving and forever grateful.  They are truly an example we look up to while walking our walk and raising our 3 children. 

The Felton family is nearing the end of a life changing journey to adopt a little boy from China to add to their family.  They are hopeful to have him home before the end of the year.  Elijah is 9 years old and born with spina bifida.  We are amazed as we have watched this family of 6 (Mom and Dad and 4 kiddos) give so much of themselves for someone they have not yet met.  We are excited for all as they start on a new journey of life when Elijah comes home to join the Felton family. We can’t think of anything more fitting for this amazing family then the gift of family photos to celebrated this family of 7 (Mom and Dad and 5 kiddos)!  

Always sending Love and Prayers – The Miller Family

I’m so looking forward to photographing for this sweet family as they grow to a family of 7. Thank you to the Miller family for their nomination!

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I can hardly believe another year has past so quickly! This year for me personally has been one of tremendous growth and new opportunities. This morning when I woke up, said goodbye to 27 and hello to 28, I can’t help but feel grateful for this past crazy and wonderful year of my life. It’s my birthday, and with that it means that it’s time to kick off of our 4th Annual Gift to the Giver Contest!

When I taught for Rocky Mountain School of Photography a couple of months ago I told my students to always make time to do work that came from their heart. To create work that was for someone else just because they wanted to bless them. To continue to do work that reminded them of why they fell in love with photography in the first place. Every year, without fail, this contest is exactly that (AND SO MUCH MORE) for me.  This contest is dear to my heart, and so much about what I want the brand of “Mary Brunst Photography” to stand for. My life has been made rich by other people’s generosity, by people who have selflessly gave of their time and talents to invest in my life. I know that this is also true for you! So let’s celebrate these lovely people!!!

This contest is an opportunity to nominate the individual, family, or couple who has been a blessing to you. Together with you, I would like to give a gift to the “giver” in your life; that special person who has blessed you (or someone you know) simply because they gave of themselves.

The winner of the Gift to the Giver Contest will receive a FREE Portrait Session, and 15 full resolution digital files from their session with a full print release (Valued at $750)! 

• from now, November 1st, until next Sunday, November 6th, nominations will be accepted (through email only!… read on!)

• on Monday November 7th, all of the nominees will be listed right here (, where you and your friends can vote for the person (or couple, or family) you would like to win a FREE Portrait Session, and 15 full resolution digital files from their session with a full print release!

• Voting will end at 9pm Sunday, November 13th, and the winner will be announced Monday morning (November 14th).

How do you nominate someone you ask? Easy! First pretty please go like our Facebook Page, and follow us on Instagram :). Second send me an email at and include the following four things:

1.) Nominee’s name
2.) A photograph of the nominee 
3.) A short paragraph of why this person has been a gift to you and/or others
4.) Why you would like to give them the gift of photography

Contest Guidlines:

• All nominations must be emailed to No nominations made on Facebook or other forms of social media will be accepted. (So email pretty please! We don’t want to miss anyone!)

• Only one nomination per person will be accepted.

• Portrait session, from contest, has to take place within 30 miles of Westminster, MD and must be scheduled to take place between January and May of 2017.



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