Christmas Angels!!

Throughout all the hustle and bustle of the holidays I forgot to post the two most special little Christmas angels!! One in the little car with the cutest smile and fun idea for her mommy and daddy’s Christmas card is my niece!! She is so beautiful! Loves to smile and the camera… But she was not having my new studio downtown!! We ended up taking her little coupe car outside and I like it even better!! The other angel is mine!! Gosh I love her little face!! So angelic!! I swear though I take out my iPhone and the kid hams it up!! Smiles all day long and tells me to take her picture! I plan something and set it up and take out my big expensive camera and she either freezes or doesn’t want anything to do with it!! You would think being a photographer I would have tons of pictures of her…. But if it wasn’t for my trusty iPhone which literally has over 2k pics in it, I wouldn’t have any!! I love this sweet picture of her for my Christmas card though!! 🙂

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Beautiful success!

Yay! I finally took some friends away from jcpenny portraits! I mean nothing against them… But I like to think that I offer something you can’t find there!! I now have this amazing studio to work at, great lighting, I can set up whatever ideas I would like, have fun, and most importantly take the time needed, and make the kids comfortable. 1 1/2 and 3 can be hard individually but also shooting together! It can either be good, bad, great, terrible, etc! It’s all about the kids and their mood! It went wonderfully and they are so beautiful! They look just like their mommy and daddy! She called me after and said Shannon, I have never been able to get pictures of both of my kids smiling! I was so happy with the pictures and knew what it meant to them. Little things like that make me so happy and makes me feel good that I am able to offer people something they can’t always get somewhere else! I was able to capture both kids smiles and personalities, Portraits, and my favorite is candid parent and child shots! Knowing they will have these gorgeous pictures of their kids for their house and that she is giving as Christmas gifts makes me smile! I love my job!! I put everything I have into it and the way I feel successful is when someone loves their pictures!

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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!

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

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

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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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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