Bethany and Lance were married on a fabulously sunny day.  This was particularly important as they tempted the weather gods with an outdoor ceremony!  The ceremony took place at the very lovely Mill Hollow Ampitheater in Vermilion, with formal portraits taking place right across the street at the Carriage Barn in the Lorain County Metroparks.

The reception, at Vermilion on the Lake Community Center, fit the vintage-y rustic theme perfectly.  The large barn structure, with exposed wood beams, and large windows, allowed lovely light to stream in, accenting the incredible centerpieces and flowers that were all hand made.  (I know this to be factual, as soon after I first met Beth, I donated a set of glass jars to her cause.)  Kudos to Beth for designing such a gorgeous reception, no detail was left to chance.  Perhaps she has a future as an event planner?!

Lance proposed to Beth in the backyard, while up in a tree, hunting.  They are a couple who are really into family, and friends, and having a great time outdoors.  This event truly represented who they are, and I am so glad that the sun was shining for them.

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Nikki & Ryan kicked off our 2013 wedding season, and honestly, I think it was one of the best weddings I’ve had the privilege of being a part of!    Combine fantastic weather with beautiful scenery, lots of time for formal photographs, and one incredibly awesome couple to work with and you get a terrific experience!  The photos turned out so well, and I believe this is a direct result of having a great timeline for the wedding day (and of course being super beyond adorable cute, as Ryan and Nikki are, doesn’t hurt one bit).

The couple chose to avoid prep images, and instead concentrated the bulk of time at the Cleveland Museum of Art for the formal photos.  While normally a very busy place on a wedding Saturday, it was somewhat quiet…only 3 other wedding parties were there at the same time.  We made good use of the flowering trees, whose colors complemented Nikki’s modern, spring color palate of lilac, lime green, and white.

We made our way from the museum to Tom’s Country Place in Avon for the reception.  Here, guests were treated to a great performance by the Tony Cameron Band, who were very impressive with their repertoire ranging from Motown to Lady Gaga.  I love a live band, not too many couples use them, but they really spice up the dance floor and get guests out of their seats.

It was such a pleasure to work with Nikki & Ryan, who were such dream clients.

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When the call went out several months ago for “model dogs” for the Chewbone Studio portfolio, Sammy’s mom Laramie was the first to respond.  Our session had to be rescheduled several times, so although rain was threatening when we finally did get together, there was no way we were going to cancel this session!

Sammy was one of the very lucky dogs adopted at the 2012 Paws-4-A-Cause adoptathon (where CS model Conway also met his family!).  When I last saw Sammy, he was a tiny little pup in a crate.  Let me tell you, he is tiny no more!   Sammy just turned 1 year, and is a big strong boy!  He was romping around, playing tug and catching the ball for 99% of the session.

Chewbone Studio is still looking for a few more lucky pups to model for the portfolio!  Pet parents get a complimentary on-location portrait session and a print of the image of their choosing!  Please contact me at leigh@bouncinglightphoto.com to take advantage of this very limited opportunity.

 

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The weather was beautifully warm and spring like when I arrived at Park Synagogue to take photographs at the rehearsal for Ryan’s Bat Mitzvah.  It worked out so great, as we were able to use the natural sunlight for her formal portraits and family groups.  Ryan did a great job with the Hebrew readings as well!

The following Saturday brought not only the actual service (which we could not photograph, due to Temple restrictions), but an incredibly gorgeous party at Beechmont Country Club, put together by Joe Mineo from Something New Events.  No detail was left to chance, everything was meticulously designed to reflect Ryan’s whimsical but very modern theme, even down to the live birds at the entry.  As the evening got underway, guests were treated to a wonderful projected movie crafted by Steven Hacker of Steven Hacker Films.  Ryan’s friends enjoyed themselves thoroughly and were treated to amazing goodies, including custom airbrushed phone cases, leather bracelets, and a signature sweatshirt.

Family, friends, and fun is the name of the game with a Bat Mitzvah, and this one had it going on in spades!  Fantastic!

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It should come as no surprise, to those who follow BLP, or know me in person, that I love dogs.  After taking a mini workshop in pet photography back in 2011, I decided to expand BLP to include high quality pet portraiture- Chewbone Studio was born.  After spending some time on the backburner to BLP, it’s Chewbone’s time to shine.  I am offering a few Portfolio Building sessions to help Chewbone become the top name in beautiful pet imagery…because I KNOW that I’m not the ONLY dog owner in Cleveland who wants really great photographs of my pets.

Conway met his family at the 2012 PAWS 4-A-Cause Adopt-a-thon, where I was the official photographer of the newly adopteds.  So when I put out the call on the Chewbone Studio facebook page for model pups to help with building the Chewbone portfolio, Erin responded quickly.  The weather played some jokes on us, and forced some rescheduling, but in the end, it was worth it.

Conway’s session took place on a gloriously sunny (but still rather chilly) early spring evening near the Shaker Lakes Nature Center.  This beautiful area was a perfect backdrop for this happy dog, who LOVES to sniff, and bark at passing joggers.  After some beauty shots, Conway got some snuggles and treats from his parents, before playing a game of catch.  It was such a fun session, exploring the little park area, and working with this very expressive 2 1/2 year old.

Being selective in choosing photos for this post was DIFFICULT!  The light was gorgeous (I love me some sun flare!), the surroundings were fabulous, and Conway was absolutely perfect!  (On a side note, Conway was on leash for the entire session!)

If you have a pet you’d like photographed as part of the Chewbone Studio Porfolio Building sessions, please send me an email!  🙂

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