A perfect way to make your portrait session your own, to really make it about YOU and your relationship is to personalize it!  Erin and Jeremy did a fantastic job of doing just that, and their session reflects not just two people who are going to get married, but Erin and Jeremy, who are going to get married.  It’s evident in their location choices (Cleveland Browns Stadium and Edgewater Park), wardrobe choices (t-shirts to showcase their interests), and prop choice (the magnificent Conway.)

It had been a hideous day, but the clouds parted for a glorious evening for the session.  The wind was still in full effect though.  I tried my best to find areas to shoot where we weren’t so crazy windblown, but that was quite a challenge.  I was surprised that the wind even had its way with my lens, causing some blurry images when they would normally be perfectly sharp.

Erin and Jeremy, thank you for a fabulous session!  I appreciate your personal vision in making this session uniquely you!  And I am always up for seeing Conway (he is SUCH a good model dog!)

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Lucy and Lola have now been joined by 6 month old little brother Theo!  So, naturally it was time for some updated portraits.  You may remember their family mini session from last year at the cool barn in Avon.  Unfortunately that barn was torn down (and photographers in the Avon area shed a tear, I’m sure).  But we found a great new little spot- the Olde Avon retail/restaurant corner.  There’s some fantastic textured buildings, a train caboose, and even better for me, outstanding late afternoon light.

The girls have grown so much!  Lucy is so beautiful and smart, and Lola with those amazing blue eyes…wow!  Little Theo is absolutely adorable with his chocolaty eyes and happy baby smile.  We had a great time taking some group and individual images, and then playing with some sidewalk chalk.

As return clients, the C family is taking advantage of BLP’s Loyalty Program.  They, and all repeat BLP clients, can take advantage of discounted session fees.  And by referring friends, the savings never stop!

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Her parents call her their “Ray-a-sunshine”, and it is clear that Raya is the apple of their eye.  The happiest smiles and laughs at Raya’s Bat Mitzvah were always directed toward her parents.  During her speech near the end of the temple service, a tear came to her father’s eye.  It was super sweet.

It is somewhat rare that we can shoot during the actual service for a Bat Mitzvah (usually coverage is broken up between the rehearsal and the party), but I was happy to photograph during the Sunday service, as I think it yields more authentic photos.    The service was followed by a lovely brunch, and then a HUGE party at The Force soccer complex.   With a summer camp theme, this party was a BLAST!  Everyone dressed in their tanks and tees, ready to play soccer, dodge ball, leap around in an inflatable bounce house, and participate in color wars!  Soundtastic Entertainment also kept the kids moving and grooving to some great tunes, and offering light saber treats to the best dancers in the crowd.

Mazel Tov, Raya, on your accomplishments!

Service: Park Synagogue, East

Party: The Force

Some favorites:


Despite gray skies overhead, Tom and Cass’ wedding was bright and cheery.  Their sense of fun was present throughout the entire day: the bridal party was having a good time, the men’s shoes were attention getting, the cake topper even featured their dog (who also made a cameo during the formal portraits).  There were a LOT of laughs all day long!

Tom is a tall dude.  I had forgotten that minor detail, because when you’re sitting in chairs at a meeting, it kinda evens out a bit.  And Cass is a very petite lady, although her fantastically fit arms can give those of Michelle Obama and Madonna a run for their money.  So, getting some formals where their faces were in the same airspace without risking split pants was quite an exercise in itself.  Thankfully Tom is such a fun spirit, and laughed throughout the process!  And no wardrobe malfunctions occurred.

Wishing Tom and Cass a lifetime of love and, of course, laughter.

Ceremony: Brook Park Community Church

Reception: Springvale Ballroom

Florist: Silver Fox Florist

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Hopefully the trademark and copyright police won’t be after us for this one!  Frank and Denise are big fans of the Cleveland Browns, and at our first meeting together the idea was tossed about to shoot the bridal party and romantic formal photos at Cleveland Browns Stadium.  After some scouring for a contact person, I found the cost of getting into the stadium for a brief photo session.  And that ended that plan ($$$).  So, we decided to just use the exterior, no problem.  Until that weekend was the Cleveland Marathon, which would be going right past where we needed to be.  Denise was looking for alternate locations to shoot, but she expressed her disappointment.  NO BLP BRIDE WILL BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!!  So, I used a little known slogan to help steer things back on track: Just Do It.  “Let’s just go downtown and see what we can do, because it’s important to you guys…” I pleaded on the phone.  And, fortunately, Denise had heard this slogan before, and she agreed.  We were just going to do it.

And it worked out!  By the time we go to the location, the Marathon event for that day had concluded.  And while there were certainly event trucks strewn about (as well as some well placed Port-o-Potties), we made it work, which I think is becoming something that I am good at.  Rolling with the punches, finding the neat looking spots, the good light.  So what if there are 1000 people around?  So what if it’s in a frickin’ wind tunnel?  This is your wedding!  Let’s get the photos you want (I suppose I should tame that with a *…within reason)!!

Frank and Denise, it was a lot of fun to work with you guys, and thank you so much (and to the bridal party as well), for making a complete circle around the stadium with me, as I squinted and expounded on “visions”.  You are excellent sports, and I am so glad that we went ahead and Just Did It.

Ceremony: St. Therese, Garfield Hts.

Reception: Normandy Party Center, Wickliffe

Cake: Cakes by Maria and Joe