A lot of us Clevelanders dream of doing it the opposite way- moving from gray days in the CLE to what looks like endless sunshine and warmth in San Diego (or even Hawaii)!  But for this sweet fam, who recently moved from Cal-i-forn-I-A, autumn in Cleveland has got it going on.

Back to Bradley Woods, where the color on the leaves was just so great this fall.  We even had some early evening sunshine, which of course gave way to clouds later on, but it was nice while it lasted.  This crew got snuggly with their dog Bonsai, had some laughs together, and tossed those pretty leaves, which makes for some great family photos.

Always a pleasure to meet new folks and to create lasting images for them.  Looking forward to hearing tales of their first Cleveland winter!  Maybe we can do that next session in southern California?!

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This session was great because, not only are Ashley and Andrew fun to work with, but because it was a bit different.  Ashley contacted me for an anniversary portrait session, as she and Andrew were celebrating 10 years of wedded bliss.  I love the idea of anniversary portraits- having a nice photo of the two of you doesn’t have to stop at your wedding.

It was a bit brisk at Huntington Reservation, but the sun was shining and the autumn leaves were looking good.  There were a few outfit changes, as well as using different areas of the park for different looks without a lot of driving around.  That’s one reason why I enjoy Huntington as a location.

Wishing a very happy anniversary to Ashley and Andrew!

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It is only natural to include older siblings in a maternity portrait session.  For Sarah and Nick, their oldest child is Lucille, a super sweet pup with a deep love of peanut butter and giving kisses.

Sarah chose her home as the location for this session, and it was ideal.  Nick had just put the finishing touches on a super cool landscape paint treatment in the baby’s room.  And with beautiful light pouring through the front bedroom windows (thankfully it was a sunny day, but definitely too cold to play outside), I was able to capture relaxed, natural portraits.

Lucille played a really large part in this session! As a fellow dog-mom, I think that’s adorable and perfect.

Love these photos:

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Brent and Robin were married in 2012, and I was fortunate to be their wedding photographer.  What a lovely surprise to see them again in 2017, this time in the roll of family photographer!

The leaves on the trees had finally decided to showcase the beautiful fall color that everyone hopes for in autumn portrait sessions.  My favorite park this particular season has been Bradley Woods, and it did not disappoint.  Ah, those beautiful orange leaves!

Youngest son Elliot tested out a lot of pouty faces, before caving in to a few smiles.  Oldest son Andrew found his inner GQ.  And Brent and Robin are as cute and funny as ever.

A fun fall session with great people.  Doesn’t get much better!

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And here it is… Courtney’s first birthday! We knew this year would fly by, and it certainly did.  It has been a pleasure to photograph this little cutie, from her newborn session (one of my favorites), to her sitter session, and even a bonus visit for Halloween!

Mad props to mom Kelly for making all the adorable Mickey Mouse decor for Courtney’s smash cake session.  It served double duty at Courtney’s birthday party a few days later.

Courtney was a bit reserved with her smiles throughout the session, which we split into half outdoors at the gorgeous Bradley Woods, and half at the studio.  But that happens sometimes, and she’s beautiful smiling or not.

Happy First Birthday!!

 

 

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