Lots of land, lots of energy, lots of possibilities

Posted: December 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Family, Little Ones, Photography, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

I used to think I had to take clients out to some kind of park or other wide open public space to get great pictures, but I’ve since come to realize that prime locations are all around and often can be found in a client’s backyard. Jo-Lynn and Scott asked me to come out to their house last week for a family portrait session, and as I pulled into the driveway, I knew the possibilities would be endless. They own a beautiful piece of land in farm country, bordered by woods and quaint little pond, but what caught my eye was the rusted out equipment in the backyard.

We started out in the front of the house, enjoying the beautiful light as the sun began to drop in the sky, before making our way to the pond and, eventually, out to what looked like a pair of tanks (I realized I should have asked what they were while we were there) and then an old pump. I love things with texture and character, and Jo-Lynn and Scott’s property had those in spades. Even better, their kids were a blast, bounding with energy and delivering smile after smile (in between the impromptu wrestling matches and a couple of requests to settle down from Mom and Dad). But my favorite shots of the day may have been the quiet ones with just Jo-Lynn and Scott, whose love for each other and the life they had built together was on full display during our time together last weekend. In short, they made my job easy!

There are so many perks from this gig, but getting to know each of my clients and their families on a personal level most definitely tops the list. This was another great shoot, and we all had a ton of fun. Thanks to Jo-Lynn and Scott! Hope you enjoy the preview!

Making Mom and Dad proud

Posted: December 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Family, Parenting, Photography, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Most times, when someone contacts me for a portrait session, they want to get some new pictures of their young kids, commemorate an upcoming birthday or, most recently, get some photos for their holiday cards. Elaine, on the other hand, had something different in mind. Her daughter is about to embark on her new career with the United States Air Force, and she wanted to get some family pictures done before Rachel headed off to basic training. Needless to say, I was honored and excited to be a part of such a memorable moment in this family’s life.

So I headed out to their house and had a great time with Elaine, her husband and two grown kids. This weather has been fantastic and led to some great shots around their property. It was a real treat to be able to watch them interact with each other, and you could tell they were all extremely proud of Rachel.

Good luck, Rachel! Hope you guys all enjoy this preview!

This is December in Ohio?

Posted: December 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Family, Little Ones, Photography, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

December is upon us, which typically means freezing temperatures, endless clouds and sloppy roads. But when we headed out to the Wolf Creek Environmental Center on December 1, we were greeted with blue skies and sunshine. Not that we were complaining!

This family had a lot of fun hanging out with each other, but my favorite moments were when Andrew absolutely lit up each time he posed for some pictures with Dad. What a treat to spend the morning with these guys! Here’s a look at some of the keepers from the shoot.

An unexpected discovery at Sycamore Creek Park

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Family, Little Ones, Photography, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

When we settled on Sycamore Creek Park for a recent family photo shoot in Pickerington, the main attraction was the park’s covered bridge. Once we arrived, though, we discovered just how popular the bridge was when a wedding party and their photographer staked their claim to the area. Instead of waiting for them to wrap up, we decided to do some exploring and found a great spot in the back end of the park, where a group of friendly (and hungry) ducks greeted us by a pond as the sun started sinking in the late afternoon sky.

We eventually made our way back to the bridge, only to find another photographer had set up shop for some family portraits of her own. Eventually, we got our turn on the bridge but by that time, Will and Emily were tired of having a camera stuck in their faces so we quickly wrapped things up and called it a day. Fortunately, we had plenty of great shots from our earlier expedition. Here are some faves!

The cute hat club

Posted: December 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Family, Little Ones, Photography, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I used to wear a hat everywhere. It wasn’t really a fashion statement — I just was too lazy to comb my hair, particularly in college (where I really was too lazy to do much of anything, come to think of it). But my hats of choice were worn out, beat up ball caps of some kind, typically displaying one Cleveland sports team or another, and I’d venture to guess I never looked as cute as these kiddos in any of my grungy hats.

We’ve been treated to some beautiful weather so far this fall, but still there was a chill in the air when we headed out to the Brecksville Metroparks a couple weeks ago. This brother and sister were doing just fine in their cozy hats, though, and flashed plenty of adorable smiles along the way. Here are a few early keepers!