Has anyone noticed how quickly this summer, or really this year, is going by? With back-to-school just around the corner, and oldest son Xander about to head off to college, it was time to refresh this awesome family’s portraits.

We lucked out with the weather, and had a gorgeous night at Huntington Beach in Bay Village.  It was so beautiful a night that the beach was jam packed with people.  But no mind, we made our way through, and created some lovely images.  Their wardrobe selections reflected a beachy casual vibe, and the colors worked so gorgeously against all that Huntington had to offer.

Love, love, love!

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It’s somewhat a variation on that popular hit by Donny and Marie- “I’m a little bit country… and I’m a little bit rock and roll…”  Now that I’ve put that tune in your head (if it’s still there in a few hours… sorry), what does it have to do with this wedding?

On a beautiful July afternoon, the wedding and reception at BayArts was decidedly rustic casual inspired- flowers in mason jars, lace table runners, one of those “naked” frosted wedding cakes that look so pretty.  Guests were playing corn hole in the back yard, laughing over a monstrously sized wooden Jenga game, and roasting marshmallows for s’mores.  Just shortly before, we were in the industrial Flats section of downtown, shooting photos at Collision Bend Brewing Co, working to incorporate large chains, wall ropes, and Edison bulbs, into some of the most unique bridal portraits that I’ve created.  Definitely a tale of two vibes.  But it works, because Dan and Jenn have their own vision, and wanted that to be represented in their wedding photos.  That was always the goal, and why we shot their engagement photos at BayArts, and did not use the grounds there for the wedding portraits.  I totally love it.

What else did I love? The FOOD!! The fantastic Sweet Melissa’s did the catering, which was outstanding on every level. They will only work on events at BayArts, making this great spot in Bay Village even more appealing for weddings and events.

This wedding day concluded with a sparkler send off- a very down-home sweet way to wish the couple well, with a little edge, because you know… FIRE!!!

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9 day old Harrison’s newborn portrait session followed along the same ocean/water theme as Mom Erin’s maternity session, and even matches his nursery decor.  Creating a custom session this way is one of the fun creative “challenges” of being a photographer.

Harrison was very excited for his session, and his eyes were wide open and awake for about half the time! While sleepy baby is what we strive for in these posed studio sessions, I do really like his eye contact, which made for an adorable image.

Older, furry brother Conway also attended the session, and he and Harrison created one of my favorite images of all time.

Thrilled for this growing family, and looking forward to seeing them again.

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The park (Fortier Park in Olmsted Falls) was HOPPING!  And why shouldn’t it?  Gorgeous evening in summer, and every photographer west of downtown (or so it seems) was there with their clients.  To say this place is popular is an understatement.  But, when ya got it, ya got it, and this park definitely does.

As did MY clients, the gorgeous “C” family.  Their last family portrait session was before Aaron made his official debut, so it was definitely time to refresh their photo collection.  We danced our way through all the photographers, finding the most fun spot- a really cool over-sized Adirondack chair, which was perfect for this family in their beach inspired clothing.  The whole thing just screamed “summer” to me.

Love working with this crew, especially Isaac, who’s going to be my assistant one day (very soon), or who may be the next photographer joining the herd at the park.

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Loved going to this awesome family’s adorable home in picture perfect Chagrin Falls, for some family portraits, and to celebrate Diem’s first birthday (with a delicious homemade muffin).  Doing the family portraits in the yard allowed the kids to take breaks as they needed, which can be important at their young ages.

A fun session, a tasty muffin, and cute kids! Can’t go wrong!

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