Rowan's First Birthday Photos and Cake Smash | Fairview Park, Ohio Studio Photographer

I took Rowan's first birthday photos last month, and wasn't exactly thrilled to be having her photos taken, but you'd never know it. (Sidenote: I always wonder what awesomely crazy thing parents are doing behind me to get those happy—or at least content—expressions.)

Okay, I told myself not to use any superlatives here, but I gotta say it: Rowan might be the most adorable child I've ever seen. Every single feature on her little face is pure perfection, and it was an absolute honor to photograph her.

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You totally can't blame me for breaking my no-superlatives rule, right? 

Rowan, I hope your second year is off to a great start, and I sincerely hope I get to see you again someday!

 

 

Alex is 18 Months | Fairview Park, Ohio Child Photographer

Alex is buddies with two of my returning little clients, and it was such a joy to take his 18-month photos last month. 

We were fortunate enough to get quite a few smiles outta Alex, but I think his session is proof that, while smiles are obviously great, a photo can be beautiful even without one. I loved all his facial expressions, and I know his parents are so happy we were able to capture them! 

Buuuut, dang. That IS a cute smile, isn't it? 

Alex, it was such a pleasure to meet you, buddy, and I can't wait to see you again for your two-year photo session!

Caroline is Three | Bay Village, Ohio Family Photographer

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The sweet M family. I've been documenting their lives for the past year now. Most recently, we met up so we could get some pretty shots of Caroline to celebrate her third birthday, and it would have been crazy not to get some updated family photos while we were at it. I love every session with this family more than the last, save for Ronan's Fresh 48, of course, because BRAND-NEW BABY. It was so great to see how much Ronan's grown since I last saw him, and it took everything I had not to nom those rolls. 

Caroline is adventurous and determined, and her little tongue-sticking-out concentration face is amazing. As an added bonus, she's aaaaaadorable.

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After a handful of sessions together, photo shoots start to feel like I'm just hanging out with families and happen to have my camera with me. This was no exception—we had a blast that morning!

One of my favorite parts of this session was watching Caroline and baby Ronan interact. They rolled around and annoyed the crap out of each other, in that way that only siblings can—and they share an incredible bond that's apparent already.

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Miss Caroline, I love freezing little moments in time for your mama. It's been an honor to watch you go from a cute toddler to a lovely little girl—and I'm looking forward to our next session together (and all the sessions after that!) I hope your fourth year is off to a good start. Happy Belated 3rd Birthday, girlfriend!

Aaron's First Birthday Photos and Cake Smash | Cleveland, Ohio Studio Photographer

Look at this chunk of cuteness! 

I almost didn't blog Aaron's session, because it didn't exactly go as planned—but then, I realized this is actually a really good topic to write about!

Okay, once in a while, a photo session just isn't happenin', no matter how badly the photographer, the mama, and everybody else on the planet wants it to. Sometimes, toddlers would rather be ANYWHERE else than in front of the camera. Sometimes, the tears just won't stop for anything.

That's what happened with cutie-butt Aaron. I felt so awful for his poor mother (who remained impressively calm!), because I've been on the other side of the camera, too, with my own unappeasable little one—and I get it, 100%.

I can't speak for all photographers, but I'd never, ever accept any type of payment beyond the deposit for a tough session like this. In Aaron's case, we were able to get a FEW nice photos, so I refused payment and we called it a wash. Had we truly gotten NO photos, I probably would have offered a reshoot.

Just to be clear, there's a big difference between a meh photo session and a disastrous one; if a kiddo isn't smiling the whole time, or simply doesn't touch his or her cake, my client will still receive a full gallery of photos and I'll still require full payment.  

If you find yourself in the middle of a nightmare photo session (and no session is a nightmare to me, by the way—I'm unflappable when my camera's in my hand), take some deep breaths, know that this has happened to countless people before you and will happen to countless people after you, and remind yourself that, while photos are super, super important, they really are JUST photos. Sessions can be rescheduled. Your kid will still be cute for the next shoot, I promise. 

Our one and only smile! Good grief, he's cute!

Aaron, I hope to see you again, buddy. We have to show your sweet mama what we're capable of!

Brandy's Baby Bump | Akron Maternity Photographer

I can relate very closely to Brandy's pregnancy history. Her story, wrought with ups and downs, isn't mine to tell, so I won't say much about her experience—other than that all babies are miracles, but there's something especially great about a baby that took some damn work to get here.

Needless to say, I was over the moon when Brandy contacted me for a maternity session, which would double as a pregnancy announcement—because man, she deserves to be pregnant more than anybody, and because I'd be able to share in her family's joy in a small way.

Working with these three, err four, err FIVE was an absolute pleasure. These guys are beautiful, intelligent, and kind (including the furbabies!)—and I know the newest addition will be, too. She's the light at the end of their tunnel, and I can't wait to meet her.

Brandy, in case I didn't convey to you how beyond-thrilled I am for you, suffice it to say that when your photo inquiry hit my inbox, I shouted, "YESSSSSSS!!!!!!" out loud and immediately cried happy tears. See you in August, mama!