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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

Newborn love, props, and shots!

Another new experience for me was a little baby that came my way!  I do a lot of kids…but they are usually around a year old and up!  It has felt like such a long time since my 2 1/2 year old has been a baby.  I know how to work the toddlers now…. what works and what doesn’t.  And for the most part, if a toddler doesn’t want their picture taken, its not gonna happen if you force them!  This is one of the many reasons that I love shooting outdoors, because then they can just be a kid and I can follow them around and have them smile all on their own!  I went to the couples house because I feel that with a newborn they are more comfortable in their own environment and I know how hard it is to get everything ready, and get out of the house for picture day!  Although it is a lot of stuff to bring to them, it is just me, not bottles, toys, pacifiers, diapers, outfits, spit up rags, etc.  🙂  I have always gone to location but I found a newborn inside a little more difficult.  Going to a location I  have never been I don’t know the lighting or set up.  Natural light is key and this was a little difficult because we needed more space so we set up in the basement.  Overall it went well, but in the future I will do this in a studio that I am now renting from.  I will still always travel to location and try to accommodate in any way I can, but I also want to give the best results.  I was really excited about this little bed that I bought off etsy and got a little baby girl fever with all the fabrics and headbands and outfits, and just watching her with her mom and dad.  Newborns is something that I really want to have the opportunity to work on in the future.  Although she was amazing and slept for her all of her shots, I want to practice on my setup, and props, and poses for the future!  I am not really into posing babies into unnatural ways or using over the top props, so I am pleased with what we did.  We were able to capture them as a family, her in her daddy’s arms, her sleeping, and even with her dog!  I hope that I get to see them all again in the future!   ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

The Beauty of Comfort

Sometimes you meet people that you can instantly connect with, get along with, and feel like you have been friends for a long time, this is one of those times!!  I met this family through the publicist that had asked me to photograph an artist.  They were so sweet and down to earth!  Long story short they both went to school with my husband over the years and we knew a lot of the same people… what a small world it really is!  We picked a great spot nearby their home and were able to have the outdoors, yet photograph the little one and his bright, outgoing, big brother with some backdrops and props too!!  I think they all had a great time and we were able to spend a couple of hours just hanging out and capturing their family!!  I felt like I could have hung out with them all day!!  We even found a little Wooly bear at the end of the day that had to go home with them and was named “Happy” as I learned today when I met up with them again!  🙂  It is so easy to photograph when everyone is comfortable, laid back, and enjoys themselves.  Every new session is a new challenge, a new learning experience, and a new inspiration for me!  I take so much from meeting new people and my favorite part of my job is making them have fun, be at ease, and most of all smile when they see the pictures!  It was just the start of fall so we were able to get some great colors and I hope these pictures will help them remember this time in their lives for a long time!!  ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Inspiring Candidness

There is nothing better to me, than photographing a family that has fun!!  This family is amazing!  Each kid has their own amazing personality!!  Fun, energetic, spunky, sweet, helpful, it is so fun to watch, be a part of, experience, and capture!!!!  The parents let their kids be kids, during smiles, pouts, frustrations, and silliness!  It is really inspiring and makes me think how lucky I am to do what I do, and also how fun family really is!   You can feel the love, see the fun, and even though everything isn’t perfect, it really is!!  

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Baby, Browns, and Beauty!

Oh my little Addison!  Love her!!  I have been photographing this little munchkin since she was born!  It has been amazing to watch her grow!!  Her mom has such great ideas, and wanted to do a Cleveland Browns outfit, get some use out of her adorable Halloween costume, and because who wouldn’t want some new cute pictures of this little cutie!!?  I love fall and how the colors pop, and how beautiful her blue eyes are!!  She is such a happy baby and is so easy to photograph!!  ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Smiles of Love and Bonds

I can honestly say these are some of the most beautiful pictures that I have taken. Every pictures shows the love of this family. They are so inspiring and beautiful inside and out. The little girls have such different personalities and features of each of their parents. I look at these pictures all the time and how the mom’s smile at her husband or her little girls just warms your heart. I did a couple of traditional family portraits for them, did a few fun family portraits of them, and then just had fun. We walked down the beach and capturing the girls and the family was a blast! I think that they all had a great time, and I try to make it a fun experience for everyone! I love to learn and watch the kids and capture them when they are most natural. I think the shot of the two girls where Maddy is hugging Sammy is my favorite picture I have ever taken. So innocent, and so beautiful! I like to try out a couple of different ideas for each session too, like the feet in the sand, or the girls in focus and the parents in the background. Sometimes my ideas work, sometimes they don’t. Either way, it is fun to try something new!! I have been taking some photography classes, and invested in a new lens and I am really proud of my work. I love to keep learning everyday. I am so happy to have the opportunity to do so with such a beautiful family. I am so happy to be able to share these photos and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
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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 Portraits

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I saw a girl that I haven’t seen since high school.  I got to meet her amazing husband and her two beautiful boys!  It was so great to see her, and her family is so sweet!  Little James was soo amazing with his baby brother Jack!  So attentive and sweet and wanted to hold him the entire time.  I had so much fun at this shoot!  The family was up for different ideas and we had some gorgeous scenery.  I love this covered bridge and shot here for my very first job, and definitely will be returning.  Right under the bridge is a beautiful part of the metroparks.  A little 5 minute walk down the street are the cutest little shops and a stationary train that any kid would love to climb on!  It was so hot that day in the 90’s but we shot earlier in the day and everyone was a trooper!  I love their bright colors and their smiles just light up every picture.  I am taking some classes and learning some new things about my camera and some different techniques.  I was really happy with the clarity and quality of the pictures..probably for the first time!  I still have a lot to learn and have had three shoots since this and feel like I am improving each day.  I love learning and growing and finding new things everyday inspires me so much!  I also love Pinterest and try to find new creative ideas for shoots.  As I have said before I love candid shots and its hard to plan with kids what is going to happen, but I am trying to have more of a shot list before I approach the shoot.  I usually email some ideas to the parents and find out what they like or don’t like.  It helps them have a feel for the style of photography that I do, and usually inspires them to come up with more ideas for the session too!  It helps me with the flow of the shoot.  A few times I have felt like what should I have them do next?  With a little shot list it helps inspire more ideas for me and so far it has improved things on both ends I think!  I am truly blessed to have shared the day with this family and I hope they love the photos!

Siblings!

Mia and Dominic!  The cutest sister and brother I know!  They are so special to me!!  Their mom wanted some spring outdoor shots of them.  She didn’t have too many photos of the two of them together!  We got some great pictures of them separately and even a couple of them acting like they like each other!  😉  They really do love each other though!!  They are so sweet and Mia is so caring for her little brother!  We took these pictures in my backyard.  I am not a big fan of a lot of props.  Some grass, sunshine, flowers and two cute kids is just enough!

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Proof of their love!!!

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Such a fun little boy!!

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Mia and her mom!

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Look at those eyes!

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One of my favorite pictures of Mia!

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So sweet and she is the best model!!