Elsie joins her family!

On a cold January day, I headed over to Cleveland Heights to photograph the brand new baby, Elsie Rose. After much anticipation, she joined her family – mom, dad, big brother, and big sister. She is a beautiful baby girl and she has brought so much joy to this sweet family. I was honored to spend time with this bunch and to be welcomed into their home so soon after Elsie came home from the hospital.

I adore family sessions like this one where everyone is comfortable in their own home and I simply document their connections as a family and their new found love for this tiny babe. We spent time in the family’s living room, Elsie’s new nursery and we took time for some cuddles on mom & dad’s bed. Could these images be any sweeter or more filled with love?

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Marking a Union of Five

It was not the most picturesque fall day, but it was mid-November in Cleveland so we were not surprised by the wind and chill. Despite the conditions, I spent a great hour photographing this beautiful family of five as a way of celebrating the marriage of their parents, Chris and Erica. After a morning ceremony at the courthouse, I met this family in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and we explored the Italian, Greek and Hungarian gardens together while I photographed their movement and interactions with each other. We had a few posed family shots mixed in, but this family was all about the moments in between the poses and that suited me perfectly.

I must also say this group had the very best outfits styled together – gorgeous lace dresses for the girls, plaid flannel shirts, bowties and khakis for the boys, all that topped off with some great hats and lovely coats. I couldn’t get enough of all the texture and patterns mixing so well together. I hope you enjoy perusing these photographs as much as I enjoyed creating them.


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Braxton Leads the Way

This post is extra special for several reasons and I’m excited to share it here today. My dear friend, Suzanna, and I began studying photography in our sophomore year of high school (many years ago), and we spent a good part of that year in the dark room whenever we both had free time. Since then we have moved into digital photography and share a love for our Canon babies. We were both married in 2010 and had our first kids, our boys, in 2013. This year we decided to trade sessions and photograph each others’ families. Suzanna shared our family photos on her blog a couple weeks ago and we were so thrilled with what she captured of us and our kiddos. Here are my photographs of her beautiful family. We had the best time goofing around with Braxton and exploring the Berea Metroparks.

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Chagrin Falls with a Great Trio

It is amazing to say that this year marks my fifth photography session with this beautiful family of three. I love how we explore a different area of town together every year and this time we chose home as our first stop. From their house, we drove into downtown Chagrin Falls and took some photos at the most iconic spots – the Popcorn Shop, the falls, the red barn, the gazebo. The boys decided to rock some great bowties and mom looked lovely as ever in a simple navy dress. We had so much fun exploring and deciding on different locations together. I look forward to working with this family for many years to come.

Have you been to Chagrin Falls recently? What’s your favorite place to visit there?


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The One Year Project

As many of us know, the span from birth to 1 year old is one of the most intense periods of 12 months that you can experience. Intensely beautiful, intensely hard and so full of love. A new life changes so much in that period of time, it is basically impossible to remember all that happens. I first experienced this dramatic and incredible time from February 2013-February 2014 after my son, Leo, was born. As we neared his first birthday, my husband gave me the idea to document, not only our son’s first birthday, but those of other babies born in 2013. For us, this included many close friends and acquaintances.

The following images are the result of this project and I’m so happy to share this with you today. Here are 13 photographs of 1 year olds in different settings, sharing their varied personalities just as they are.

How have you marked the first year of your child’s life? Did you throw a big party? Have photographs taken? Spend a special day with your child?

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A Family Hike in the Woods

With every session that I book, I am truly grateful for the invitation into the life of a family. It is really special to be asked to commemorate a season of life for each family I work with and I truly love when I can portray the love and relationships of different people. This lovely family of four approached our session in such a real and simple way and I think it comes through in the images. Outfits were not perfectly matched or styled, and we truly spent our entire time together just hiking through the woods behind the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. There was such a casual, laid back feel to this family and we had such a great morning.

This session was a perfect reminder to me (as I prepare to have my own family photographed) that there doesn’t need to be stress involved. Sure, it’s difficult to get kids ready and be on time to a location away from your home, but it can be done. Spending time outside is usually a happy thing for kids, so picking a location they love can make things easier too. Inviting a photographer along as you do something fairly normal can be a great way to capture your family in a very natural way. As a result, you receive timeless images of the ones you spend your life with and these photographs can be treasured for so many years.

What is your favorite place to visit with your kids? Do you spend time in parks around Cleveland? We have been to Edgewater a couple times recently and I love all the action.

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