Smile Baby!!!

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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!

Take some time to smell the roses….

I reconnected with a friend from high school. She wanted to update her portfolio, and have some new pics for her blog. I can’t say enough good things about Leah. She’s smart, kind, thoughtful, happy, driven, beautiful on the inside and out. We had a blast shooting downtown in Cleveland. She loves her city, works for the city, and knows a lot of great spots and places. She showed me some cool spots down in Little Italy, even stopped for a wine tasting in between pictures, ate at a great little restaurant, and walked the streets so full of life. We connected so well and she taught me a lot and made me think about things. I took so much from our day… to stop and explore, learn and take the time to enjoy things. To be proud and confident of who you are. I have been struggling between being a mom and starting my own business, and she said something so profound to me…. what I do outside of the house and just being a mom will make my daughter proud. It will show her that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Even if I have to spend time away from her, it is important to make myself happy and to let her see that! I feel lucky to know Leah and she really puts a smile on everyone’s face that she is around. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Social Distortion

I have been asked before who my favorite artist has been to photograph. I have always had to think and wasn’t sure. Now I can say thus far it is Social Distortion. Whether it was from the sold out crowd’s excitement behind me or the bands enthusiasm in front of me, it was a rush!! They put on a great show!! In Cleveland they sold out the House of Blues two nights in a row. After a couple of decades they are still going strong!! I love some if the shots I got that night!!

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Lindi Ortega

Red boots, red lipstick, guitar, good looks, and a voice to match!  Lindi came out opening for a legend punk rock band Social Distortion at the House of Blues and held her own!  Her catchy lyrics, fun music, confidence, beauty, and talent held the crowds attention from the second she walked out on the stage.  Whether it was to watch her, or want to be her, it was hard to take your eyes off of her!  My favorite of the night was her song “bang bang” and her cover of a Johnny Cash song that made the crowd go nuts!!  

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Martin Sexton

   Review by Dave Johnson

          Martin Sexton once again wowed the crowd with his amazing voice.  The modern day folk/blues artist from Syracuse, New York left it all on the stage Saturday night at the Historic Kent Stage.  Martin was in town promoting his new album “Fall Like Rain” which was released earlier this year. 

            His beautiful voice echoed through the venue like it was built just for him.  Kent Stage is well known for being one of the best acoustical venues around and Martin was sure to take advantage of this.  Whether it was his long drawn out voice hitting high notes with precision or his scat-like improvisations, there was not a bad moment all night.

            Though Martin is touring to promote his new album, he didn’t shy away from his classics.  Giving the crowd everything they could ask for.  Weaving between “Glory Bound”, possibly his best known song, and “In the Journey,” a fan favorite, to his great rendition of The Beatles hit “With a Little Help From My Friends” Martin never skipped a beat.  At one point he went twenty plus minutes without stopping, giving fans a real taste of his talents.

            For those of you who don’t know who Martin Sexton is, do yourself a favor and go see him live.  He has been touring almost non-stop for twenty years, so undoubtedly you’ll have another chance to see him.  His live shows are unforgettable and his stage presence is mesmerizing.  He has built his career on the road and he is truly one of the best “one man bands” out there. 

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Generation Alpha

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I wanted a unique title so I looked it up and the generation born in 2010 has created a new name that is being called Generation Alpha!  Hmm.. interesting.  I took these photos because I have wanted to capture my daughter, husband, and his mother for a while!  I figured a shoot and some framed prints was the perfect present for grandparents day ( a few weeks late)!!  My mother in law is such a calm, kind person.  She has been amazing to me over the past almost 9 years, and is incredible with our daughter.  They are like two kids together, you can see the joy in both of them when they are together.  It is so fun to see how she resembles my husband, and his side of the family!  I had fun and tried out some different things with this too!!  When I am with a new client, I am still a little bit nervous to try out extreme light changes, or different styles.  I want to make sure I capture the smiles, and the moment, and don’t want to accidentally overexpose and completely ruin a shot!!  I really like being creative, and trying out new things so I will do it more often!! I am a huge fan of black and white if you can’t tell!!  I have been having such a hard time editing and posting lately.  I always offer my clients both color and black and white prints but how do you choose? The colors are so amazing this fall, but yet black and white just adds such a dynamic element to all of it!!  Can’t wait to print these and I know my daughter’s grandmother is going to love them!!!  

Engaged to Be Happy!!!!!!

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My best friend asked me to take her engagement pictures.  It was such an honor for me!  I have known her longer than anyone and I have known her fiance for about 8 years as well.  My husband and her fiance grew up together and I invited her to come along to a concert with us one night… and it was history from there!!  They are the cutest couple!  She is so sweet, and he is funny!!  They really do bring out the best in each other.   You know it is true love when you can smile in the rain, have fun, and really look into one another’s eyes!!  It is the beginning of fall and the weather is already getting chilly.  It was drizzling but we set out to a great park by their house.  I think the rain and the cool air made the pictures even better!!!  They got engaged while they were fishing.  He put the ring on the end of the line and she reeled it in!  I still can’t believe he cast it out there!!!!!!!  I can not wait for their destination wedding next summer!!  I hope to photograph there as well and then come back and use the pictures for their reception!  I can’t help but smile when I look at these pictures.  My beautiful friend is so happy and I could not be happier for her!  I hope they enjoy these pictures for years to come and can look back over the years and remember this time!!  

SJ Acoustic

I was contacted by a publicist from Miami and asked to photograph an up and coming artist.  I went to the show and found out that he is from my hometown of Parma, Ohio.  SJ has been compared to Jack Johnson, Joshua Radin, and a few others, but he has his own soulful style!  It was an intimate setting of friends, family, and fans that gathered on the night before he kicked off his tour across the states!  I really enjoyed his music, and how he captivated the crowd.  He will go far, and I am thankful that I was asked to come and do something I love to do, as well as hear and experience a new artist on the horizon.  I chose to do these in black in white because the lighting of the venue was not that great , and because I think it shows the intimate atmosphere.  ImageImageImageImageImage