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!


Sometimes I hear from pet owners, when looking at Chewbone Studio images, “Oh, I don’t think my dog could do that/sit still/pay attention/take good pics/etc”.  And yet, I’ve not yet worked with a dog where we didn’t get good portraits.  A lot of the magic comes in just waiting for the dog to relax, or allowing the dog to do whatever it is that de-stresses them for a few minutes.  It always seems to work out (knock on wood).

For Katie’s session, I had already photographed her canine siblings- Elliot, Chloe, Peyton, and Joey, either in studio or on location.  It was her turn.  Katie’s Mom was concerned about how she’d do for a portrait session.  In years past, Katie had lived as a feral dog, and under Cheryl’s guidance and training, has assimilated into being part of her suburban pack.  But, there are still things that frequently happen at portrait sessions- noises, unfamiliar locations, and other people around, that could easily strike a nerve.

Perhaps it was fate that early evening rain would drive everyone from Sandy Ridge Reservation, ahead of our session.  But when the evening light that is so delightful came out, it was Katie’s time to shine.  And she really did! Relaxed, smiling… and then a few minutes later, when her body language told us that she’d had enough, we just let her romp around a bit (on leash of course), and not only did it “reset” her stress level, but we got some great “candid” or “action” shots.

Love how these portraits came out.  This time, the magic is all Katie.


It was a pleasure to photograph Olivia at Sandy Ridge Reservation on a half cloudy, half sunny day.  As a post secondary student who rarely took part in “typical” high school schedules and activities, the end of the school year came up fast.  Olivia wanted (ok… Olivia’s MOM wanted…) some portraits that captured her personality, but without all the fuss of a full senior portrait session, and without the cookie cutter look of the big box studio.

Congratulations to Olivia!


The 2017 wedding season continues with a beautiful sunny day for Erin and Joseph!  Although Cleveland native Erin now makes Houston her home with Joseph, you can’t take the love for CLE out of the girl.  This wedding was chock full of references to the Greatest Location in the Nation.

After prep photos, the girls  (and guys) rode in style on Lolly the Trolley to St. Angela in Fairview Park.  Post-ceremony, the bridal party all hopped on the trolley to head to that most iconic of Cleveland locations- Voinovich Park.  With its views of the skyline and Lake Erie, this area is very popular for wedding formals… and for festivals, of which there was one happening when we arrived.  The appropriately named Nuevo restaurant boasts some pretty sharp architecture as well, and I was thrilled to use the side of the building for our “guys” group shots.

The reception took place at St. Demetrios in Rocky River, where we feasted on delicious food by Coyne Catering, Wild Flour Bakery, and Luna Cafe. Side by side with incredibly decorated cookies (including your Cleveland Cavaliers… and Golden State… ) were amazing treats prepared by the families of the bride and groom.  My assistant Danielle declared the buckeyes to be the best ever!

DJ Carmen kept the tunes spinning and EVERYONE on their feet (or in the air…)!

A great day for sure.  Big thanks to Jennifer from Heart 2 Heart Occasions for coordinating this big event!


The bride wore Toms.  I think that’s part of the reason why this was the best wedding to kick off BLP’s 2017 wedding season. Why? Because I’ve noticed a correlation between brides who choose Toms and the overall happy chill vibe of the big day.  There’s something about those shoes…

And it was a perfect wedding day, the entire day from prep to reception taking place at The Oaks in Chippewa Lake.  The rain drops stayed away, and the sun broke through the clouds later in the afternoon, peeking through at time for the ceremony, and then providing us a lovely sunset for a few last photos.  A fun bridal party, guests who like to dance, and delicious food… I’m still drooling over those cake pops…yum!!!

Great day, great couple! Congrats Dan and Cari!