Hi! I’m Crissie. First and foremost, I am the proud mom of two ridiculously adorable kids and am blessed to say that I am married to my best friend, Ken.
What else can I tell you about myself? I am a decent cook, a total bookworm, and a self-diagnosed chocoholic. I am a former elementary school teacher, a Crossfit junkie, a road race enthusiast, a rescue dog owner…and the odds are good that I have a camera in my hands or in tow right now. I love to travel near and far, though our annual summertime trek to Long Beach Island is always my most-anticipated vacation. We have created lots of memories there together and can rank the best ice cream shops, beach access points, and mini-golf for you, if needed.
My former students can tell you that I’ve always been obsessed with photography. On their first day of fifth grade, I snapped their picture and hung them proudly on my classroom walls. Thirty children. Thirty smiles. Thirty lives that had become intertwined with mine.
I even created a picture timeline in our classroom each year, documenting their growth, discoveries, and of course, ridiculously fun moments as a class. On the last day of school each year, I gifted these pictures to my students and couldn’t help but notice the transformations that had taken place. Braces were no longer present, a trendy hairstyle had replaced a ponytail, confidence existed when it hadn’t before.
My desire to capture these incredible moments in my students’ lives transformed into documenting those of my own children when I became a mother. I am so thankful to have the memories of my daughter’s wobbly first steps, my son’s belly-laughing, and the bond they share captured forever in photographs. Documenting the wonder and joy of childhood infuses incredible meaning and spirit into my life.
My portrait sessions are enhanced by my playful and energetic spirit as I photograph your family. I strive to capture the love you share for one another, authentic smiles and laughter, and the details you’ll always want to look back on. Teeny-tiny toes. Chubby baby legs. Candy-stained lips. Crooked teeth. Sun-kissed freckles. Electric blue nail polish, barefoot in the grass, laughing so hard there’s no sound kind-of moments. Thank you so much for considering me to capture memories for your family.
I hope to hear from you soon, Crissie
Headshot image captured by my dear friend and fellow photographer Jessica Neumann, Jessica Neumann Photography
Crissie Traugott is an on-location, lifestyle & portrait photographer in Frederick, Maryland and the metropolitan Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas. She specializes in child and family photography on location at home, outdoors, and other favorite spaces. Crissie is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America and served as Area Coordinator with the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation.