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Stories From Behind The Lens

Boordy Vineyards Proposal

When I met Tim at Boordy’s a few days before the proposal, he mentioned Rachel was annoyed that he left the house on a rare day off to run errands. She had no idea he was picking up her ring after we picked the perfect proposal spot. The day of I got there early. I […]

May 26, 2019 was my own wedding day, one year ago today. If you had told me on that day that just a year later we would be celebrating in quarantine due to a global pandemic, I would not have believed you. We had plans to return to Tennessee or perhaps head to a beautiful […]

Bride in Anne Barge wedding dress stands in a tree

On my Instagram this week I’m counting down to my first Anniversary with a look back at the week leading up to the wedding. At the last minute I decided to do a Bridal Session with my own wedding photographer, Amanda May Photos. I had never heard of this before and now I offer them […]

Image of 2 side by side home office spaces

Like many couples, Ryan and I are now also co-workers. Despite what all the cartoons and memes would have you believe, it’s actually been a really smooth transition! Thanks to Zoom, I’ve never had so many people “in” my home office so I also thought it was time to properly share our new home office […]

A family with arms outstretched, 6ft apart

“So how is it going?” Isn’t that question everyone opens with? Well, we have now passed the 40 day mark of life in quarantine. Specifically, living and working at home, no outside errands aside from groceries and Home Depot. For the most part, it’s going as well as it could. We are very lucky, our […]

I only have 5 cousins, all on my mothers side of my family. My oldest cousin Michael was born first, and we always say our grandmother prayed a little too hard for a granddaughter because she wound up with 4- less than 6 months apart from each other! And then William came along 7 years […]

Proffesional Man, headshot

There is one benefit to the Coronavirus social distancing efforts- places that are normally fairly busy are suddenly empty making it the perfect time to do some socially distant headshots. (Those zoom lenses are finally being put to use.) Headshots are incredibly valuable for any professional in any field. LinkedIn is still one of the […]

“In Sickness and in health” has a new meaning. How do plan a wedding with all the fear of Cornoavirus? There is a lot of panic circulating now that Covid-19 is in the US, and very present throughout the globe. Just as I am writing this, the first cases in Maryland have been confirmed. This is causing a great deal […]

Hi! I’m Christine Baumgarten, the photographer behind Silver Orchard Creative. Instead of a long story about my life, let’s keep it short and sweet with 7 fun tidbits about my life. Silver Orchard Creative is a play on my last name, Baumgarten, which means Tree Garden, or Orchard, in German. I started my business 10 […]


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