at home with the baldi family | Westlake, Ohio family photographer

this family is awesome.  i spent an evening with them photographing the things they like to do together as a family.  We played legos, jumped on beds and the trampoline, swung on a tire swing, chalked on the sidewalk and went for a family walk.  I love how each kids personality shines through in these photos and that we got to document them as they are right now - from l's bookworm hobby to j's habit of carrying 4 blankies and a sippy cup.  thanks so much baldi family for allowing me to photograph you guys!

at home with the Menges family | Cleveland, Oh family photography

I should apologize for this huge post, but I won't - I just loved this session and had a really hard choosing what to include in this blog post.  To me, there is nothing better than a session at home, whether inside or your own backyard.  I understand the value of meeting in a park or studio and getting the nice posed photo now and then, but these candid photos at home are the memories that you and your kids will want look back on and relive. So when I find a family that cherishes the everyday moments as well, I get really excited.  

These guys are awesome.  I was there last year when little man was a newborn and got some of my favorite client photos to date.  I knew this session would be much the same.  Lots of laughs, lots of energy, and lots of love.  Thanks guys!

one august day

August 11

My daughter woke up and decided to start using the potty.  I wasn't prepared and didn't have any underwear for her so she wore her brothers folded at the waist for the morning before we could get to Target and buy her some of her own.  My son refuses to sleep in anything but official pajamas or his underwear.  I refuse to buy special summer pajamans because he has a dresser full of cotton t-shirts and shorts.  We also call it "crazy pajama day"... every single night.... 

My kids love to play inside the van, they crawl into every seat and my daughter will buckle their carseat seatbelts.  I let them because its 10 minutes of peace and sanity.  I've also been on a reflection kick with my photos, its really fun to play around with. 

Getting ready to head to Target, I spied this guy taking a photo of me.  I love how they hold their camera to their face when they take photo.

Target was exhausting, but a success!  

While she napped we talked monster trucks for a 20 minutes.  We compared and contrasted all his monster trucks, talked about their bodies, frames, wheels, engines, paint jobs, you name it. We put them in the box over and over and took turns pretending UPS left the package for us... over and over.  He could do this all day, my limit is about 15-20 minutes before I think of some chore I "need" to do (please tell me I'm not the only one)

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I love seeing them play together.... 

But don't touch the monster trucks. 

Ready for our evening family walk.  This is what it really looks like when you let kids dress themselves.  

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