For the grand conclusion of Lucas’ Baby’s First Year plan, we split his session into a mini outdoor (thank you Bradley Woods for supplying the perfect, ever so slightly snowy, location), and a mini at the studio.  Doing so gave his folks a lot of variety in their images, from rustic winter chic, to soulful, then minimal, at the studio.

I feel like a broken record, but it really is amazing how fast this first year goes by!  Looking back at Lucas’ at home newborn session, his summer sitter session, and then now these, wow!  What a wonderful year it has been.


Henry’s at home newborn portrait session took place one day before his due date! It seems that BLP babies like to arrive early. Henry’s dad, Patrick, was telling me that as mom Emily went into labor, he was still painting the walls of the nursery.  And they had recently moved into their new house.  This has been a busy month for this family of now 4!

Big brother William said that he is very happy to have Henry as his new little brother.  Oldest canine sister, Coraline, seems to agree, too.

This family loves the “lifestyle” documentary look for their portrait sessions.  I was tickled to see prints from our previous sessions hanging up on their freshly painted walls.  That’s the most rewarding part of being a portrait photographer- creating images that families showcase and treasure.


The Pinterest monsters would have you think that the only way to photograph turning one year of age is with a highly constructed smash cake studio session.  And while yes, those are fun sessions, and cleanup can be tasty, there isn’t one way to do ANYTHING.  Make your photo session your own!  Working with clients who want something outside the mold is especially fun (and sometimes challenging, but in a good, out of the box, sort of way.)

Dillon‘s first birthday session was a family affair, with older brother Dominic, and Mom and Dad in tow, for a portrait session that is significantly more documentary and “lifestyle” (a now overused word that is losing its meaning, but I digress) in vibe. We dodged some rain drops at kid favorite Grand Pacific Junction in Olmsted Falls, and followed with more family photos at Fortier Park, also in Olmsted Falls.  The goal was very much to capture the kids as they are.  Honestly, documentary portraiture is very hard.  It’s a definite balance to find the casual, looseness in an image, but still maintaining artistic elements, and avoid “snapshot” pictures.  Despite the photographic challenge, I do think that for kids of a certain age, documentary portraits create the most authentic images.

Looking forward to next time with this crew!


Yeay for Mick and Nicole, and their new bundle of joy! Little Max came to the studio for his portrait session at 8 days of age.  Knowing that his folks are huge fans of the Beatles, I smirked a little when being told that the baby’s name is Maxwell.  Fortunately, so did Mick and Nicole.  Bang! Bang!

What an excellent newborn portrait session! Totally love the family portraits- that’s always one of my favorite parts of a newborn session.  Especially in black and white!  Max snoozed for a little while, allowing time for some modern, yet traditional, posed newborn photos.

Sweet little boy in navy, gray, and white!


2017 saw the return of our Sweetheart Mini Mini sessions, and they received a hearty “welcome back!”  These quick 10 minute Valentine’s Day sessions took place at the studio over 2 dates, and much to my delight, were nearly sold out.  We had babies, dogs, and kids of various ages come in to the studio for some fun.  Participants also received a sweet treat bag, filled with Valentine related goodies, as well as a ready-to-finish heart frame by The Organic Bloom.

Had such a blast with these Sweetheart Mini Minis, and am totally looking forward to Halloween Mini Mini sessions this October!