Celebrating lazy, hazy summer days at my favorite local park with awesome dogs.  It’s easy to see that this first time Chewbone Studio event was a success!  We had beautiful weather (for the first half of the week), and less than perfect weather, but everything worked out really well.  What a treat to work with some new dogs, and it’s always wonderful to see Chewbone veterans, who already know how to work the camera.

Thanks to all who participated in our Dog Days of Summer event!

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Not all couples are looking for full day wedding photography coverage.  Some are just looking for something “Short & Sweet”, and I’m so thrilled that Bouncing Light Photography is now offering custom wedding photography to meet the needs of these couples!  BLP’s new wedding coverage option is for 2-4 hours of the award winning photography and customer service that you’ve come to know and expect.

Ryanne and Colin were the first couple to take advantage of this new service, and I was over the moon to work with them.  They are planning a larger wedding celebration out of state, but needed to take care of the official business of getting married here at St. Joseph in Avon Lake.  With daughter Ellie serving as Maid of Honor, Ryanne and Colin were married in front of their parents and close friends.

While there were no “getting ready” photos, and the groom simply walked into the church moments before walking down the aisle, we did have ample time for family photos and a formal portrait session at Colin’s parents absolutely spectacular backyard.  Not to be outdone were arrangements by Ashley’s Floral, including a floral collar for Great Pyrenees Delia.

As I was saying my goodbyes and packing up, the newlyweds and family were starting an informal lunch reception at the house.  It couldn’t have been a more perfect Short & Sweet day.

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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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