The bride wore Toms.  I think that’s part of the reason why this was the best wedding to kick off BLP’s 2017 wedding season. Why? Because I’ve noticed a correlation between brides who choose Toms and the overall happy chill vibe of the big day.  There’s something about those shoes…

And it was a perfect wedding day, the entire day from prep to reception taking place at The Oaks in Chippewa Lake.  The rain drops stayed away, and the sun broke through the clouds later in the afternoon, peeking through at time for the ceremony, and then providing us a lovely sunset for a few last photos.  A fun bridal party, guests who like to dance, and delicious food… I’m still drooling over those cake pops…yum!!!

Great day, great couple! Congrats Dan and Cari!

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Sweet Miss Courtney returned to the studio, with a new skill- sitting up! And she can touch her toes, eat her hands, and laugh at my jokes (ok, that last part is stretching it, although she does like to smile… at her Daddy).

What a pleasure to have this pretty in pink session at the studio!

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While scheduling an evening session is typically easier, there are rewards in getting up early for a morning session.  On this particular day, the 8am session time was perfect- the park had just opened and was very quiet, and the sun was doing it’s magical thing- coming up through the trees, and creating beautiful light for us.

Oscar also worked his magic- giving some great poses, and modeling his bow tie.  As the sun rose higher in the sky, we finished up the session on the lagoon bridge, and created a pretty neat composition.  I love how Oscar is looking away in that shot- very GQ.

 

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What a thrill to learn (from Erin’s very excited mom) that Erin and Jeremy are expecting a baby!

During our pre-session consultation at the studio, I learned that the nursery has an ocean theme going on.  And while we don’t have an ocean, per se, we do have Lake Erie, to serve as a backdrop for this maternity mini session.  It turned out to be a lovely evening at Rocky River Park, and we made use of the natural greenery, as well as the beach, to maximize variety in the short session.

Looking forward to their newborn portrait session in just a few short weeks!

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Spring brings flowers, warmer days, and outdoor sessions.  It also brings First Communions!  After days of rain, it was a treat to see Antonio at his house for some portraits to celebrate this big milestone.  We incorporated a few family heirlooms- a prayer book that belonged to his Grandfather, as well as a rosary.  But being a modern kid, Antonio had to strike a modern pose as well- doing his best LeBron- to end the session.  Guess which photo is Antonio’s favorite? HA!

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