There seems to be a subtle theme in the last few blog posts (and hence, sessions).  That there is no “only” way or “right” way when it comes to your family portraits.  They are YOUR portraits!  And when you come to BLP for a custom photography session, well, it’s to create your unique images.

We have watched Zack grow up this year (and grow some amazing hair, too!).  It’s fun to look back at his newborn and sitter sessions, and realize that this all took place in less than 12 months!

When it came time to plan this first birthday session, I asked his mom about a smash cake, a popular trend.  To my surprise and delight, they had a different family tradition that she wanted to feature- the giving of a first Oreo cookie, by Zack’s grandfather.  How wonderful to have a special moment to capture, and how awesome that both grandparents joined us in the studio for family portraits and the Oreo event.

This is what custom photography is about, and why I love my clients!


Brady came to the studio for his portrait session, a little bit older than most babies for a posed studio session.  Having already reached the 3 week mark, he realized that he was now living in a much larger space, and there is plenty of room to strrrrrrretch out those arms and legs.  Oh, and so much to see, too!  He didn’t want to miss a moment.  That said, he gave me and his folks a bit of a challenge in getting the traditional newbie poses.  But, since Brady’s so adorable, we’ll give him a pass on it.

Kept this session simple, in tones of gray, blue, and white.  Kind of matches the tones outside my window right now!  A perfect fall-into-winter transition.

Looking forward to seeing this little guy as he grows!



This may have been the most crazy fun smash cake session that the studio has experienced, and I’ve been fortunate to photograph a number of great smash cake sessions!  But when the foot comes up to rest on top of the cake, while stealing sister’s cake, and then topping off with a belly flop on the cake, well…that’s a hard one to beat.  And it comes courtesy of 2 adorable little red heads, who have been quite the popular duo on the BLP FB page.

Another happy/sad moment as this Baby’s First Year plan pair came to the studio for some clean portraits and then to dive into those deliciously frosting covered smash cakes.  Allison gave a few quick smiles and showed off her dance moves.  Michael loves to laugh at his daddy, who again was doing everything a good parent does to bring out the happy faces.  (and again, apologies to the companies on the first floor of our building).  But certainly the highlight of this Signature session was the cake.  Like most babies, the twins weren’t sure at first of this sweet confection placed at their feet.  However, it didn’t take long for them to realize its goodness, and for Michael… there are just no words.

So let’s let photos do what words cannot.  Loved photographing these two during their first year!


Such a cutie patootie is Miss Elise!  She is the daughter of BLP couple Crystal and Michael, and can light up the room with that happy smile.

Like Arianna, Elise’s professional portrait session took place at the age of 2 months- not the traditional newborn age of under 2 weeks.  And while a 2 month old baby can’t really be posed the way a sleeping newborn can, an older baby can certainly have adorable expressions and smiles the way most newborns don’t.  Portraits really should be about what the parents want- not what some magazine or the Pinterest-monster makes it seem like one MUST do.

Here’s sweet Elise, in a very simple, yet most adorable studio mini session:


Chardon Square dazzled in autumn glory on a mid-October morning.  Warmer than usual for the time of year, a little breezy.  But wow, what a great location! And of course it is ALWAYS a pleasure to meet up with Lucas and Parker, who have been in front of my lens numerous times, and who are quite the characters.

Outgoing and full of energy, Lucas is the master of the funny face.  Parker is sweet and kind, and very articulate at age 3.  Active kids do best in an outdoor location- where they can run around a bit and be themselves, giving real smiles and happiness to their portraits.  The boys’ mom brought along some pretty impressive balloons, which made for a fun prop.

Great kids portrait session!