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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I never take high quality photos of my daughter.  Two reasons but not good excuses!  First is because I always have my Iphone and have over 2k pictures on it maxing out my memory and more on my computer, and 2 because getting the kid ready, preparing for the shoot, being the photographer and mom, at the same time is tough!  It took me hours to prep, plan, get her ready, set up at the studio, and then try to shoot technically, get her to pay attention to me and smile.  Most would say well she is probably used to you having the camera in her face all the time.  Yes and no.  She is, but also runs away from me most of the time.  Most of my photos I have of her are crazy action shots, but I love every single one because they are candid and really show her goofy self.  She is hilarious and I would must rather have her silly faces than a forced smile any day!  But I love this attempt at her first “official” photo session!  I think she will have many more to come, but I also can’t wait til the weather warms up and we can go outside and I can capture her having fun and doing everything that she loves!!  She is becoming a girly princess and wears skirts and crowns everywhere but still loves dirt and worms!  🙂ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Warning-Cuteness Overload!!!!!!

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6 months of pure joy!

This is my other little niece! She is such a sweet little baby. Always smiling and happy. It is crazy to see what I still think of as my baby brother with a little girl! Again, being an aunt and sharing parenthood with my brother and sister is just as rewarding as being a mom myself! We planned to do some outdoor family shots at the same spot that they had their engagement pictures taken. It was November in Ohio and I had just returned from Florida the night before, but it was a surprising almost 60 degrees!! We then headed down to the studio and got some great shots of her! She was happy and didn’t mind having her picture taken! One of the easiest shoots I have done! My brother is funny…he wanted to make it look like she was sitting on the rock and peaking out behind the tree all on her own! I love all of the pictures and I always enjoy seeing them made into Christmas cards for everyone to enjoy! I save them all, and have a wall in my house of all of my friends and families kids so I can look at them all year!!

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Nautical Baby!

I met this cute family through a friend of a friend.  Their little girl had just turned 2 and they wanted some portraits of her and them as a family!  They love water, Kelly’s island, and had a nautical theme for her birthday!  I picked a favorite spot of mine down by the city and Lake Erie.  It has grass and trees, water and sand, boats, and amazing scenery!  It is a great place to hang out with friends and family, and has everything that is great about our city!!  They were such an adorable family and my goal for the day was to make her smile!!  She was shy, which is normal for any little kid at her age, and with a stranger in your face with a camera!!  I think we got some great family shots, and I got to see her smile, as well as capturing the candidness of the day!  ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Miss Addyson

I photographed this little one when she was only a few weeks old, and was so excited to see her again for her six month shoot!  Her mom and I talked and planned a lot for it!  I came up with some different ideas and her mom planned the cutest outfits!!!  Her mom Amber has been such a huge support to my new business and is open to trying anything.  I have so much fun with them, and little Addyson doesn’t even mind the outfit changes and hour and a half long shoot! (most of the time)  It was really hot in the 90’s but we stayed in the shade and there was a little breeze.  I brought some balloons and LOVE how the pics came out.  I read somewhere that you can stake them in the ground with golf tees.  I used toothpicks-just as good and cheaper!  I just purchased this flexible mirror and I am so glad that I did.  I was nervous how they were going to turn out, but I love the result of Addyson reflecting in the mirror with the trees in the background.  I brought some backdrops and we set those up for some different shots, and little Addy wasn’t a huge fan of laying in the grass anyway.  The tutu shots and the pearls are so adorable!  So simple and perfect!  This shoot has given me a lot of reflection on my work.  From when I first photographed Addyson until now I have seen so much growth and I really appreciate that Amber has let me learn and grow and has asked me to continue to take pictures of their family!!  I still have a lot to learn and it excites me to be able to grow!  I am so lucky to have such amazing subjects and friends who allow me to do so!  I am so happy with how these photos turned out!  I hope you all enjoy them!

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FaMiLy :-)

I took photos of my sister, brother in law and my niece again this past weekend. My niece is 18 months and they wanted some new family photos!

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I love this picture. If I could say exactly what I wanted out of the picture it would be this. I have another one of full frame, neither parent is looking but Kyla is staring at me dead on. Although the quality of the picture is not shown here..I like the portrayal of it. It feels like a painting to me. Timeless.

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I love shooting in Downtown Cleveland. There are so many cool spots. City, trees, water, bridges, a little log cabin. Every turn is a new setting.

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Love this pic of my sister and my niece!

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She has the best little features! I love how the lights are coming through the trees behind her!

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Having fun with lightroom and trying out some new effects!

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My favorite family portrait!

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First one to try out my new backdrop!

FaMiLy :-)

I took photos of my sister, brother in law and my niece again this past weekend.  My niece is 18 months and they wanted some new family photos!

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I love this picture.  If I could say exactly what I wanted out of the picture it would be this.  I have another one of full frame, neither parent is looking but Kyla is staring at me dead on.  Although the quality of the picture is not shown here..I like the portrayal of it.  It feels like a painting to me.  Timeless.

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I love shooting in Downtown Cleveland.  There are so many cool spots. City, trees, water, bridges, a little log cabin.  Every turn is a new setting.

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Love this pic of my sister and my niece!

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She has the best little features! I love how the lights are coming through the trees behind her!

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Having fun with lightroom and trying out some new effects!

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My favorite family portrait!

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First one to try out my new backdrop!

Dancing Diva!

My friend asked me to take pictures of her daughter for her dance recital.  She said that not only does she love my stuff  (cause she is my friend)… but the photographer that they hire takes one pose in each outfit and it is like $40!  How do I sign up for that job?  Lol  I was more than happy to!!  Mia is five and seriously a photographers dream!  Not only is she the cutest thing, but she changes her pose every time the camera clicks!  I am always like how did you learn how to do this?  Guess if you got it, you got it!  She is so fun!  Here are the pics from right before her dance recital!

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Every picture truly captures who she is!  A little diva, her adorable little smile!  You can tell she is having so much fun and loves getting all dressed up!

Two and Eyes So Blue!

This is my daughter London.  Although I take tons of pictures of her (and she is sick of it) I never take the time to dress her up or print any pictures out.  I wanted some nice prints for her 2nd birthday invitations and to have. I put on the cutest dress, actually curled her hair for the first time, and we went to play in the backyard!  I loved the way the colors went together!Image ImageShe loves being outside and loves flowers so I did not have to do anything to pose her!ImageImage

Hmm what can I get into?

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This is ok mom I am sick of pictures

And then she rolls her eyes at me and laughs!!

She is the sweetest, happiest, silliest little girl I know! I am so lucky to have such a great little model and the most amazing daughter in the world!