This baby girl might have the cutest nursery I've ever seen. She was already so loved, even before she showed her precious face (and all of that hair!!!)
Welcome to the world, sweet Harlow.
I FINALLY got to meet Sarah and her mom last weekend. Her father works with my hubby, and we have been trying to get together for literally 10 years!
When deciding on a location, mom suggested Hudson Springs Park. I went to scout it out, and immediately fell in love. Such a gorgeous spot!!! We were able to take tons of fall photos, just what Sarah was looking for.
Enjoy pics of this book loving, musical senior!
As soon as I stepped into this home and met the momma, I knew that a lifestyle session was perfect for her! She was home for less than 24 hours... they just brought baby brother home to his older sisters. I encouraged her to put her feet up and relax as I worked! Getting thrown right into reality is so exciting- but hard. My goal is to make the session as easy as possible on the families.
After viewing her gallery she wrote "I love these! I am so happy with how they turned out. That day was very stressful with it being our first day home.... but you made the experience enjoyable. Thank you so much!" Mission accomplished!!
I had the chance to work with a brand new family this past weekend. We met at the park in stunning weather, and saw no fewer than 11 other photographers. Literally.
Not going to lie... I had to take some deep breaths and remember "community over competition." I'm so grateful that I have such amazing clients pick me!! I promise to keep working hard to make sure you get gorgeous images + and have a great experience.
Speaking of gorgeous....
I'm not gonna lie.... the first time I had a family ask "what should we wear for pics", I was a little lost. I can take photos- but dressing the families had me all kinds of stressed!
And now I have to say, I love this part of my job. I enjoy watching the trends, and imagining how everything will look in my images. (It also gives me a chance to pretend that I wear anything other than boyfriend jeans and white tee....)
I give the same advice no matter when the session is, or who it's for. Moms- dress yourselves first. Yep- I totally just told you to put yourself first. You're welcome. Pick something that will make you feel comfortable, beautiful, and looks like you. Being on the other side of the camera with my own family, I know that family pics are a lot of work for the mommas. Make this part easy on yourself! Pick what you want to wear, and then build the rest of the family. Because let's be real..... the kids will look cute no matter what they wear, and Dad just has to show up in pants and a button down, and he'll look put together.
When you are deciding what you want the rest of your family to wear, try to pick from a palette of 2-3 colors. Don't be afraid to incorporate patterns and prints! And seriously, most of all.... make sure it looks like you. We are capturing your memories :)
Please also take weather into consideration.... kids tend to freak if they are even a little too hot or too cold. At least mine do. Something tells me I'm not alone.
Below are my inspiration boards for some visual help... enjoy!
Can I just say how much I love doing newborn sessions for friends? I hand them a cup of coffee, scoop up their baby, snuggle, and catch up. In this particular session momma had Southern Charm on while I took pics. Best.
Not to be all unicorns and rainbows, but I can't believe this is my job.
Delivering Strength's momma had her baby boy! It was so great to have the chance to work with her again, and talk through her birth story. She will have so much to offer to their new podcast, and I am so excited to see what the future holds for them!
Enjoy this little man.
When doing lifestyle photography, I tend to stay away from styled photos. My goal is to capture the subject in their own environment, doing their own thing.
But when you do a 4 year old girl's birthday photos, costumes and tea parties are their environment :) I had a blast playing dress up and having a tea party with this sweet girl and her family!
I hope you have a wonderful birthday, little princess.
Loved the chance to work with these fun kiddos! Mom was nervous on how they would behave.... I reminded her WE ALL ARE!!!!
And these kids rocked it! They were super sweet, and we were able to play the whole time! Nothing like blowing dandelions and making wishes in the warm sun.
I kicked off my Spring Mini sessions with this sweet communion girl. She was quite the hit in the metroparks, with several people stopping to tell her how lovely she looked.
At one point, her mom asked if she was having a good time.... her response "this is AWESOME!" melted my heart. I love capturing beautiful images, but more, I love when my clients are having fun!
God bless you!
I was THRILLED when the Delivering Strength ladies asked me to do photos for their website. Their upcoming podcast is going to be amazing- all about prenatal/delivery/postnatal info for women in the CLE area... honest and educational. So excited for them!!
Took advantage of the gorgeous CLE weather and met Jack at the Metroparks for some senior pics. Graduating from Brecksville this year, Jack will be headed to BGSU in the Fall. Congrats!!!
This sweet nugget had some serious FOMO, and didn't want to sleep during our session. I got to put my camera down and give some snuggles until she fell asleep- my absolute favorite job perk. Welcome to the world, little girl.
I had the opportunity to take photos for Ferguson's new CLE showroom this week. What a gorgeous space! I had a great time walking around each vignette, dreaming of it being my own home :)
It's hard to believe that it's been 6 months since I saw sweet Annie! This sweetie pie just celebrated her first birthday, and she was about as cute as can be. A day filled with sunshine, cake pops, and books. Really, is there anything better?!?!
So, I may have worked really hard at embracing Winter..... but my heart is about to burst at the thought of Spring. You guys, it's supposed to be 65 on Saturday. I'll probably lay out.
It's around this time of year that I dream up all kinds of outdoorsy plans. I'll suddenly have a green thumb, and will grow all of our summer food. I will plant beautiful flowers that the deer won't eat. I will weed daily.
Chances are none of those things will happen. But something I can look forward to this year- with confidence that I'll actually follow through? Stunning Spring photos.
Longer hours in the day.... golden hour sunsets... warm enough temps to get some kiddos outside. I need this, for so many reasons.
Spring Mini Sessions have been announced:
April 29, 2017. Brecksville, OH. 20 minute session, 5 edited digital images. $100.
And because I'm so giddy about Spring, I'm adding a free printable. Time to add some color.
It's almost here, friends.
How do you celebrate a 1 year old who loves to read? At the library, of course!! Little W let his personality shine while we played in the children's area of the Parma Library last weekend. He is about the cutest thing ever- and makes his parents super happy. So thankful that I was able to spend some time with them!