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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One of my Dad’s favorite expressions was a lyric from Cheap Trick: “Everything works if you let it”.  These words of wisdom definitely apply to this wedding.  Jeff and Lora were planning an August 2016 wedding when, suddenly, their rustic, Medina County venue was closed down.  Certainly not anything that a couple wants to deal with when planning their dream day.  However, and most fortunately, they were able to re-plan at the gorgeous, also rustic, also Medina County venue, Buffalo Creek Retreat.  And their June 2017 wedding went without a hitch on a most beautiful day.

My assistant Valerie started with the guys at Jeff and Lora’s home, for some prep photos, while I met up with the lovely ladies at BCR while they were getting ready.  Time always seems to fly extra fast on a wedding day, and before too long, it was time for their First Look, in front of the white barn at BCR, which is Lora’s favorite spot on the grounds (we used it a lot!).  After a super sweet, and teary eyed First Look, we made use of the grounds to get the vast majority of photos, including family groups, done before the ceremony.  These “front heavy” weddings, where there’s a lot of time before the actual ceremony to do the bulk of the photography, are always ones we look forward to.  It really sets the tone for a relaxed day, for everyone involved!

Delicious food by Old Carolina at the reception (maybe too good… had a tough time saying no to seconds… that maple butter on the corn bread…O…M…G…).

This wedding definitely worked out perfectly!

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Sometimes you just want to do your version of “Blue Steel”.  You aren’t feeling the giggly, smiley look.  You want to be taken seriously.  Such was the case, at least it seemed, for Henry, making his BLP debut in model style.

You may recognize Henry’s folks, from their Chewbone Studio session with Henry’s canine brothers, Puppa and Bandit.  It’s quite a treat when clients go between our “brands”- a little BLP, a little Chewbone… I’m happy to offer quality portraits for all phases of your family.  Like the pet session, Henry’s session also took place at the lovely Bradley Woods in Westlake.  Lots of great little spots in that park to work with.

Looking forward to seeing this growing family again soon!

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A fancy tea party for a sweet little girl.  That was the theme for Elspeth’s portrait session, celebrating her first birthday.  In fact, our session took place on her actual birthday, so the cake and treats were extra sweet.

After days of rain, it was good to have the sun shining again.  We did our best to dodge some mud puddles as we explored Elspeth’s amazing back yard for great portrait spots.  And if the feet (and ankles… and shins…) got a little muddy, that was soon to be outdone by the frosting covered hands and lips.

Happy first birthday, and thank you so much for having me over to celebrate!

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