Family matters!

I received a call from a father that wanted portraits of his son and family. His son was around 18 months and he had wanted to capture this time! He described him with big beautiful eyes and gorgeous curly hair. He mentioned that he was going to have his first hair cut and they wanted to get his portraits done first. We talked about him, and how to make it fun. I like to do traditional photographs and also capture that candidness between him and his parents! This age is probably the toughest. At 1 year they still are amused by me, at 2 years they can be bribed and tricked. At this age they are so smart and figuring everything out for themselves! We danced and played music and had snacks and made silly faces! He was so sweet and calm but you could tell he was shy being around a stranger taking his pictures. I always hope to capture those big smiles and laugh and am disappointed when I don’t. I am happy with the amazing portraits of him and his beautiful eyes and got some smiles with his parents and cousin! His father told me his brother and sister in law were in town with their cousin and asked to bring them along with their mother. I was all for it! I like to make every experience personal and give all that I can. Whatever makes my clients happy makes me happy and the more the merrier! It was my first large group shot and I was a little nervous how to pose everyone. I am used to shooting outside and everyone being natural and using the elements. In a studio is a little restricting. Overall I am happy with what were able to capture and I hope they were too!

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Smile Baby!!!

DSC_0052 DSC_0061 DSC_0063ImageImageImageImageImageEvery parent wants those holiday photos of their child and their family!  I booked with a client that I did for his first birthday!  He was now 18 months.  I was so excited to see him again!!  I remember that age….after they are walking, starting to really explore and figure things out for themselves, and also not wanting anything to do with strangers, or doing what they are told!  Who would….when there is that whole world out there!!  So when I met up with Logan and his parents in the studio he wasn’t having it!  He was very well behaved, and so adorable, but he just wouldn’t smile for me!  We tried and after a little while I said lets do this again tomorrow!  It was scheduled to be 60 degrees in December in Ohio and that is unheard of!  So I made plans to meet up with them in a great town square! It was decorated beautifully and I think he had a little more fun and wasImagemore comfortable.  I will always go the extra mile to provide my clients with the photos that they hope for!  I want them to treasure these pictures for many many years to come! I want them to hang them on their walls and look a their little baby who grows too fast and his smiling face!  Image

Christmas Buddies!

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageI love being able to capture a family at any time of the year…but the holidays just make it better!!  Two brothers who probably argue and act like typical siblings show they love each other!  The parents were so fun and wanted to do some cute ideas!  The boys were great and the shots of the two of them reminded me of how fun it was growing up with my own siblings!  I hope they look back someday and remember every great moment too!

Warning-Cuteness Overload!!!!!!

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Dressed to their best!

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Another friend asked me to do Christmas cards for her!  I was so excited!  I was a little nervous because I started thinking how important pictures of kids are to their parents.  Adding in holiday pictures is even more pressure.  Moms spend a ton of time picking out the outfits that will showcase their children all dressed up and looking their best!!!  But then I realized how fun and exciting that is for me to be able to capture that!!  I wanted to do a great job for her and also knew that these cards would be sent out to all of their family and friends for them to see!  Besides my daughter, sister, and another friend, it would be the first time my work is being shown and hopefully enjoyed by others!  Sommer was 4 and posed for every shot!  Even if I wasn’t ready she would say Shannon take my picture!!  Lila was 1 and really didn’t want a whole lot to do with me, the camera, or sitting still.  I followed her all throughout the house and was able to catch some really cute shots though!!  I had a blast with these two!!