Back in 2000, when I had the idea to start my own “side business” doing headshots, it never occurred to me that the company would still be going strong in 15 years. I wasn’t even sure back then that the company would last for 15 months! It kept rolling along though. Nathaniel joined in and well, here we are, it’s 2015 and thanks to you – the clients, friends, family and vendors who have supported this vetnure –balance photography is now 15 years old!!
To celebrate, we had a little party recently at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary in Ellicott City. It was on May 17 and despite the threat of rain, we had a gorgeous day. We wanted to share a few images from the event, and again take this time to thank YOU for the role you have played in balance these past 15 years…
The stunning grounds and manor house at Burleigh.

Display of our work, spanning fifteen years! We’ve been through six logos and both film and digital technology.

More of the artwork from the past fifteen years on display around the barn at Burleigh.
Some of our gorgeous flowers, thanks to Local Color Flowers.

Nathaniel with long-time client, Amy.

Nathaniel and Rissa during a toast and remarks.
Lisa from Burleigh Manor chats with Maeion, our long time beauty partner, and her hubby Lou.

Rissa catches up with long-time clients Dave and Donna, who drove in from York, Pa for the party! Other guests came from as far as West Virginia, Philly, Washington DC and even Nashville TN! Thanks to those who traveled so far to be with us.
Where would balance photo be without Ashley Riddle and the crew from Up Do’s for I Do’s!?
Stephen, our associate photographer of 9 years and his son, Liam. All of these pics were taken by Stephen at the party.
Debbie and Dave meet Moose the mule during the tour of the Animal Sanctuary grounds.
A huge tour group!
Arizona the rooster is standing guard over Jenny the donkey during the tour.
Lisa introduces Brenda and Liam to Lily the pot belly pig during the tour.
Iris, Ryan, Jasmine and PJ stroll the grounds of the farm as the afternoon lingers on. A lovely way to spend the day!

Again, we want to thank EVERYONE who has been part of this business for the past fifteen years. There are way too many folks to thank by name… but family and friends and neighbors who supported us in this dream to be working artists; vendors who did hair and make-up, made prints & albums, fixed cameras and computers, did our accounting and legal work, and more; colleagues who mentored us, referred jobs & took referrals, loaned us equipment and learned with us about business; our assistants & associates – there are 14 of you now in the history of the company;  and of course, our CLIENTS  – without your headshots, weddings, portraits, boudoir, product shots, albums and general belief in our talents, none of this would exist.

Special thanks to the vendors who made this party special…

Venue: Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary
Flowers: Local Color Flowers
Rentals: ABC Party Rentals and Ted’s Rent-It Center
Piano: Patrick Sutter
Rissa’s Hair and Make-Up: Jessica Lynn Baligush/Up Do’s for I Do’s
Food: Land of Kush, Dudley’s Desserts
Beverages: Wine Bin and Boochleggers

~Gratefully, Rissa