at home family session and baby's first steps! | Cleveland, Ohio family lifestyle photographer

Happy first birthday to baby C!  Sara is one of my good friends and I love all the times I have been able to capture her growing family.  And this time I unbelievably was able to capture C's first steps on video! We could tell she was trying and she looked determined, so I flipped my camera to video mode and got her first unassisted steps with her whole family there cheering her on!  It 

A Beautifully Normal Morning - Family Film Photography

Last week I attended the Yan Fam Way workshop in Indianapolis - and it was everything I had hoped it would be and then some.  (If you have ever thought about taking it I am telling you to do it - you will love it!)  On the way home, I stayed the night at my friends house so I didn't have to drive so long and we planned on having a little session the next morning with her and her two youngest children - it was a weekday and her husband had to go to work and her oldest had to go to school.  But she has been so supportive of me during my experiment with film so with her cheering me on and with Yan all fresh in my head I went for it and I feel really proud of these photos.  Film has my heart - with all its perfect imperfections.  

I used Portra400 film and just my canon 1v 35mm camera.  I initially wanted to shoot medium format at the same time but I ended up just keeping it simple with one camera and one lens the entire session.  The film was developed at Miller's and scanned at home on my new-to-me Noritsu LS-600 scanner.  

And Now There are Five | Cleveland, Ohio Newborn and Family Photographer

I just love photographing this family - I think this makes the fourth time!  Mom herself is a talented photographer (Photography By Brea) and she has been such a source of support/advice for me - especially on the business aspects of running a photography business.  She is hands down the savviest businesswoman I know. 

Since I've photographed them several times, and Brea and I have become friends through it all, we feel very comfortable at our sessions.  I no longer ask if its ok to stand on the bed or get in super close with my 24mm, I just do it.  Brea wasn't worried about corrdinating outfits and having everything perfectly in its place, she trusts the process and goes with the flow.  And because of all this I think we are able to get some really awesome and real photos.  

We were laughing because baby A doesn't have a room/nursery set up and comparing that to how things were for kid #1 and #2.  Being a super busy photographer and mom of two will do that to you - but after you've done this whole baby thing a few times you realize what a newborn baby really needs and choose whats worth focusing your energy on.  And to any of you reading this who might be on the fence about having photos done but question whether your house/kids rooms are worthy enough - I want to tell you that they are.  The room and furniture is not the focus of my sessions.  I'm looking for the love, the emotional connections and the details.  You can have no nursery or a nursery worthy of Domino, it doesn't matter.  I approach all my sessions the same and that is too capture the love in your home and the love for your babies. 

So thank you again Brea and family!  I love being a part of documenting your growing family.  

And some fun details for the other photographers - I shot the entire session with my SIgma Art 24mm lens and I edited it with Kate Densmore's Salt and Pine presets.  (without a doubt the best presets I have ever owned - most of my photos were literally one click editing)