Newborn Lifestyle Session | Cleveland, Ohio

I've known this family for awhile now so I was really excited when they contacted me with the news that their family was growing.  Big brother was instantly my new best friend.  Knowing how my toddler has been the last few times we had people come to photograph/video us, I too the approach to play first, then take photos.  So when I first got there we played cars for a bit then he wanted to show me all the cool things in his room.  It was fun and he was warmed up and ready to go for some photos.  When he hit his limit I put my camera down and we played some more.  This is exactly what I have to do with my own kids so it's great to be able to take that same approach with clients and see it work as well. By now we all know how crazy I am about lifestyle newborn photos and these are no exception.  My son was about the same age when my daughter was born so I saw so much of what life was like for us when I was at their home.  Little lady seems to fit in perfectly with the crew, like she has always been there.  There were so many things we did during our session this blog post could be very long, so I decided to just share the photos focusing on baby girl (although I snuck one in of big bro and mom that was just too precious to leave out!)  Enjoy!5P4A3176

Before School

These photos were taken as we were getting ready for his first day of preschool.  They were both really content so I decided to quickly snap some photos.  I just love their little faces in these pics.  He put his shirt on with only minimal assistance from me and was so proud of himself.  After his shirt was on they were just kind of hanging out and then I asked him to smile for me, something I rarely ever do.  This is what I got.  I thought it was hysterical and I was laughing which made baby sister laugh.   These photos just make me smile 091014_0086091014_0089091014_0091091014_0097091014_0108091014_0111091014_0112091014_0113 091014_0117

Baby Valencia | Lakewood, Ohio | Newborn Lifestyle Photography

I have such a love for photographing newborns and expanding families.  I LOVE letting babies and their families just BE, capturing the realness of who they are as a family and documenting this tiny little thing that has changed everything.  It's an awesome thing to be able to witness someone during their first few moments as a parent and my goal is to capture the love and the emotions that they never knew they were capable of before.  To see the way they look at their baby, to see how that baby has completely taken over their heart.  To give them these images for when their baby is no longer a baby as a way to remember what it felt like to be right now. Thank you D Family for allowing me to capture this special time in your lives!   091414_0002091414_0007091414_0003091414_0009091414_0013091414_0015091414_0023091414_0039091414_0061091414_0063091414_0065091414_0112091414_0115091414_0122091414_0133091414_0136091414_0148091414_0150091414_0157091414_0159091414_0165

KK is ONE!

On Monday we celebrated KK's first birthday!  It's hard to believe it's already been a year.  I remember right before she was born I was terrified about having a second child.  I was so close to Joey and life was so good I was afraid of messing all that up.  But it's absolutely true when they say that somehow your heart has room to love another person just as much as you love your first.  It seemed impossible to me but it happened.  From the day we brought her home it just seemed like she has always been here.  She has been a needier/clingier/more demanding baby than her older brother.   Most days you will see me carrying her on my back in the ergo.  But at the same time, she gives way more cuddles than her brother ever did.  Her little personality is definitely coming through and I really can't imagine our days without her. We had a small celebration with just the four of us in our background.  (A party with the grandparents, aunts and cousins is this coming weekend).  We kept it simple and it was perfect.  We didn't go overboard with presents and I made cupcakes at 4pm.  During her nap that day Joey and I wrapped her presents.  He loved decorating and later opening them for her and she loved eating her carrot-cake cupcake and clapping for herself.   All in all, a fun time.

 

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Chalkin'

More so this year than ever before, I find that I am shooting my kids in 5 minute intervals.  It's about all the time I have before someone needs me which used to frustrate me but I feel it has forced me to learn to quickly tell the story of the scene in just a few minutes.  This is really helpful when working with kids who move from one activity to another so quickly.

The other morning we did some drawing on Joey's chalk board wall.  I was afraid that Katie was just going to try and eat the chalk, but she just wants to do whatever her big brother is doing and she was holding the chalk in her little hand and trying to draw too.

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Earl and Isabelle | 64 years married

I truly believe that ALL stages of life deserve to be photographed.  Every moment and milestone is worth documenting.  My grandparent-in-laws recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary and when I approached my husbands family about photographing them everyone was really supportive.  My husband's cousin came along and interviewed them about their memories and life together.  It was awesome to be there and listen to them reminisce about the past - he recalls the day he first saw her and even remembers the dress she wore!  They were so cute and still care so deeply about each other, 64 years and 15 kids later!  Whenever they sat down next to each other they were either holding hands or he had his arm around her.   I'm so happy that we did this and plan on making a book with some of their stories along with these photos as a gift to the family.   Earl's words of advice for a successful marriage - "no matter what, always kiss each other goodnight".  

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Messy Fun | Personal

The other day while trying to think of something new to entertain her I thought of the video my mom told me she has of my son emptying his sock drawer.  I still need to see the video again since I don't remember it, but I decided to let her empty out her sock/hat/headband/bloomer drawer and she had a blast.  I let her to do it a few times and of course took a few photos.  I loved when she would get on her tip toes and peer into the drawer to decide what to grab and when she would stand balanced on her own to transfer something from one hand to the other.  I also had to laugh when she took a moment to stare at everything on the floor as if to say, "what is this mess doing here?"  

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HRS is 6 months | Bay Village, Ohio | Lifestyle Photography

I love going back to photograph families that I have photographed before - I love seeing these babies grow and see what they are getting into.  I photographed Harrison when he was newborn and got some of my favorite newborn photos - you can see that session here.   One of his photos was even runner up in the Click photo contest this year! So exciting!  We had a lot of fun at this session and crammed a lot of activities into one session.  I love all the expressions he gives and how hands on both mom and dad are with him.  It makes my job so easy!  

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The K Family | Lifestyle Newborn Session

These photos are from two different weekends.   When I saw how her nursery was facing east during the first session I asked if I could come back the following weekend to capture the morning sun coming through.  And I am so glad that we did.  I love indoor sun-flare and the challenges that come with it.  The end results are beautiful.   Aside from the gorgeous morning light, these two parents are just awesome, completely head over heels over this little lady - who by the way didn't make a peep either time I was over there.  Such a calm and easy going little baby - makes me a little jealous! haha!  Congrats on the growing family and thank you for having me capture this time in your lives - and for letting me come back and invade your space a second time!  

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The McNamee Girls

I don't even know where to start with these!  I met Aimee through facebook and through a mutual friend.  We also took an online workshop together.  I think we naturally gravitated to each other because we both have such a love for lifestyle photography and documenting real and honest moments.   Lucky for me, she is a Cleveland-native so when she came to Cleveland a few weeks ago I was so excited to meet up a few times.  One of those times was for this beach "session".  And I put that in quotation marks because it didn't feel much like a session at all.  They didn't look to me to pose them or direct them in any way, and I didn't.  (well i did once when i asked them to look at my camera for a couple portraits, but other than that, this is all them).   I watched them interact, and what I saw was such a bond between these three girls and so much love.   They naturally just folded into each other's arms.  They loved to hug, smile, and touch each other.  They had so much respect for one another.  It was really an awesome thing to see.  I hope these photos explain their love better than I can with words.  rocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography family070714_0128 copyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography familyrocky river beach photography family070714_0343 copyrocky river beach photography family

Picking Flowers

One of the best things about this photography journey is all the wonderful people I have met and become friends with.  Melissa is one of them - and one who means so much to me.  We have become such great friends this past year - and our kids are the same age and total buddies. Melissa did an AMAZING session (you can see here) of me and my Joey during our last few days as being 'just the two of us' before his sister was born - photos that I still make me tear up when I look at them and that mean so so much to me.  We had been trying to plan a date for me to photograph her family and we were finally able to last week.  Every year Lia and her daddy pick out flowers together and plant a little flower garden; so when Melissa asked me to do a session and document this yearly tradition I was really excited.  This little greenhouse was so cute and the owners were SOOO nice.  How perfect that they had a little red wagon for pulling flowers (and kids) around.  Thanks again Melissa - for being such a good friend and for giving me such a wonderful gift with our photos last summer.  I hope you enjoy these ones!

First Tball Game

First tball game ever AND it was during golden hour - gah! how lucky was I?!  Tball is hilarious with their oversized shirts, helmets that made them look like bobbleheads and very little knowledge on how to actually play baseball.  He would hit the ball and run after it in the field and then from first base he actually fielded the next hit ball... from his own teammate! haha!  

A Wonderful Bug Painting

My son LOVES to paint.  His easel gets a LOT of use and we go through paints fast.  Watching him paint in the morning is not an uncommon activity.  But yesterday morning was different - for the first time he told me he painted SOMETHING!  Usually it has been mish-mash of brush strokes and paint globs - if I asked what he painted he would say he didn't know.  Yesterday, while painting the final horizontal lines, he told us they were legs and that he painted a wonderful bug.