A ray of sunshine on a dreary March morning, Evie brought all of her princess friends and stuffies to her studio mini.  She danced, sang songs, and had some big belly laughs.  A fun time celebrating this little Miss turning FOUR!  I can still remember arriving at her house for her newborn session like it was yesterday.  Where does the time go?

And of course, we had to get all the princesses together for their group shot.  That’s what being 4 years old is all about.

Love all the variety in this short session, as well.

Happy Birthday Evie!

 

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Meet 9 week old Rider, a Yorkie/Silky terrier mix, who is just the cutest!  With all puppies, a lot of treats and a lot of patience is the rule of thumb for a studio session.  But with that adorable button nose, thick hair, and Rider’s best duck friend at his side, it was all worth it.  Love these pet portraits!

Eager to explore the studio, Rider would give me one snap of the shutter before he ran off the backdrop and away from us! Thanks to some quick thinking, and a pair of tall boots, we were able to corral this little bundle of energy, if even for a few minutes.  How adorable is he?!?!

Puppyhood is fleeting, and worth commemorating with a professional portrait session.  In just a few weeks post-session, Rider has already changed in appearance.  I know that his Mom will treasure these photos and memories.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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