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!

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It’s Fun to Be Three!!!!

It is really fun to be three, but not really fun to have your pictures taken!  I tried to approach this as a fun time and not a chore for Olivia!  I spoke with her mom and we decided to go and shoot at a huge playground in Beachwood!  It was half way in between us and what could be better for her?  I have found that trying to pose kids 3 and under usually doesn’t work, and its not very fun for them!  My favorite shots are always candid shots and I was thrilled with how all of these came out!  Olivia is so gorgeous and such a sweet little girl!  She had a blast, I had so much fun with her!  And I think her parents were really happy with how the shots came out!  They really captured her natural smile and playfulness!!!Image

I am a huge fan of black and white!  I love the feel and look of it!  I really like the white and grey framing around her!

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I loved this shot!  When I was looking at all the details on it though, as a photographer I was bothered by it!  I saw shadows, and blotches on her skin from the railing!  I was so upset about it!  I was thinking I should have moved her and saw the shadows at the time!  I then realized that from my standpoint it may not be 100% perfect, but it is still a great portrait!  I can’t control the sun or every single aspect!  I even mentioned this to Olivia’s mom who is a friend.  She then told me that in color it was her and her husband’s favorite picture and the one that they blew up!!  She said they loved the way that the sun hit her face and the shadows.  I made me so happy!  It also made me try and trust myself a little more.  It is good to be critical, but not everyone is going to love every single picture, and some that I may find little things wrong with might be their favorite!!

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This is one of my most favorite pictures I have taken thus far!!!!!  The angle, her smile, the candidness of it!  Image

Beautiful!

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Just hanging out and having fun!

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Her shadow reminds me of peter pan here!!

Haha!  Fun!!!

My First Job!

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I was hired by a girl that I went to high school with.  She wanted pictures taken of her beautiful family, her two amazing great danes, her about to be 5 year old and 1 year old!  We went to a beautiful place in Olmsted Falls.  I will definitely be going back there again!  They have beautiful covered bridge, an awesome train, a creek and beautiful trees!  In fact I am shooting there again the second weekend in July!  It was an awesome shoot!  All 6 family members cooperated at once!!  😉  We got some great photos and I think my client was really happy.  I learned a lot that day about the sun, (which you can never control) and shadows.

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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!!

Can always count on family

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My sister, brother in law, and gorgeous little niece were just as excited about my camera arrival as I was.  I think I shot this only a couple of days after I received my camera.  It was nice to try and figure some things out… and also to be able to be so intimate with them.  I learned a lot from the shoot.  The sun, lighting and shadows play the most important role in outdoor pictures.   I was so happy to photograph them!  Even though I was very inexperienced, I was so happy that they had asked me… and I think we got some really cute shots!!!

Success

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Friends started asking to do their Christmas Card and holiday photos of their kids too!  I felt a HUGE success with this photo.  Not only because it made me smile, and their mom smile… but it was finally capturing the moment.  The love of a sister for her little brother.  It took a lot of time and pictures to capture a few where both kids were looking and eyes open.  One Mia would be smiling and Dominic would run away.  One Dominic would smile and Mia’s eyes would be closed.  Little ones are tough to get the perfect shot.  It is harder with two.  It is even harder indoors, trying to pose them in front of a Christmas tree!!  I enjoyed learning from it.  I realized I have a lot of patience.  Stay calm and keep everyone happy!  Turns out in the middle Dominic needed a snack! Having a child myself makes me understand more what a kid needs, and how to handle any situation.  Whenever I am booking a client, I always ask…. Do they have a schedule?  Pictures are always better after a nap and when the kid is the happiest!!  No matter what happens though, I feel that capturing the moment is still the most important.  You cannot ever plan what is going to happen, but I love that element of it!  And I LOVE this picture!

It’s Here!!

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In the fall of 2011, my camera arrived in the mail!  It was the best package I have ever opened…well besides London above of course!!  I couldn’t put it down!  I wanted to lock myself in a closet and just learn everything about it!!!  (I had a 1 year old running around yelling mommy mommy)  So the next day I played with her, and of course my new present!!