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Monday, January 11, 2016

Best and Favorites of 2015

2016 is well under way, but I did want to get this out there... my best and my favorite pictures from 2015.
(Mental drumroll, please.)

This picture... so what do you do if you don't have a big enough family to spell out OHIO?  Photoshop!  (This family does not have twins.)  We had a blast with this photo shoot!

Sometimes the outtakes are the best!  That face is priceless!

This photo shoot was for an elementary school teacher rock band!  (This is my daughter's teacher!)
 The lighting on this one... just so good!
 And the whole gang...
Hooray for creative educators inspiring our kids to learn and grow and enjoy life!

This family tried a couple of different poses, but this was the winner.  I love the sunny, warm lighting and the colors and the great smiles.

The youngest boy in this family had the best poses.  He moved like a model.  If everyone could be so cool and calm in front of the camera!

I love this picture.  I love this baby's story.  My dear friend found out just after the birth that she would be a mommy to this little angel.  The Christmas tree was set up when they came for pictures, and she truly was the greatest gift for this family... and I had a pink bow.

This family is so awesome.  Even the dog looked at the camera AND smiled!  Seriously, this is not Photoshop!

I got to do a newborn shoot outside!  Her big brother and sister helped pick the flowers used in this picture.  She looks like a little fairy baby.  And that tiny baby smile is so precious!

I love this sister moment.  So sweet!

This family has three ginger boys!  I loved working with them!  We hauled this little couch outside for the photo shoot.

This young man graduated high school and left for two years to be a missionary in South America! Not only good looking, but also just plain good!

It has become a tradition with this little guy to have a portrait taken with his beloved shark... every year.

And this family... my favorite!  
How did I do this?  I am holding the remote to fire the camera in my hand.  I see my kids everyday, but when they are frozen in time in this picture, I can really see how much they have grown!  My 11 year old is almost as tall as me!

Thank you to my fantastic clients for a great year of pictures in 2015!  Here's to a picture perfect 2016!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

It's All in Your Head

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is your picture saying about you?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Family Photos: What to wear?

Clients frequently ask me for suggestions about what to wear for family pictures.
Here are a few guidelines, inspiration, and suggestions...

Be comfortable and happy!  Parents: no matter what your kids are doing, look happy and look at the camera!  Kids can get away with being stinkers in pictures... parents can't!  See example below...
Yep.  That's my family.

Wear clothes that fit you well.  Clothes that are too baggy or too tight do not look good in pictures.  Avoid turtleneck shirts/sweaters (not flattering in photos!!!).  Also, beware of skirts and shorts that are too short... you may have to sit on the ground or kneel, so be sure that clothes cover what should be covered even when you bend and move.

No uniforms!  Do not dress all the same!  You have a unique family, let it show!  Matching polo shirts don't work out very well for everyone... especially women.  

Colors... pick two neutrals (ie- gray, khaki, denim, brown, etc), add a color or two (three if you have a big group).  Black and white are both very stark colors, so use sparingly.

Patterns are okay, as long as they don't demand too much attention (your Hawaiian shirt probably won't work).  Stripes, plaids, polka dots, small floral patterns... these add interest and visual texture. 

Layers and accessories... YES!  Not only do you get more options visually, generally cardigans and jackets can be very flattering.  Hats are fun. Scarves, necklaces, earrings, tights... they add color and texture.

Whatever it takes, BE HAPPY!  If this means your daughter wears her hot pink tutu because that is the only thing that makes her happy, fine.  

Now for some inspiration...
Neutrals: light gray and dark gray.  Color: green.

Neutrals: navy and gray.  Colors: mustard and royal blue.

Neutrals: navy and gray.  Colors: pink (light and dark... awesome!) and blue.

 All neutrals: denim, white, tan, gray, white.  Texture: leather, jeans, fuzzy sweaters, crisp cotton shirts.

Neutrals: tan and denim.  Colors: pink with colorful plaid!

Neutrals: Denim and grey and tan.  Colors: green and pink and red... our kids picked their own outfits and had very strong opinions.  Whatever it takes!

No matter what, smile!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Baby Naveah, Columbus, Ohio newborn photography

Back in May I got to do a maternity session for my cousin's daughter.  It is a challenge to look great when you are weeks away from delivering a baby!  Crystal made it look easy!  

I love her classic, simple, perfect-fit outfit paired with sassy metallic boots.  She also added a black ribbon as a belt, which helped define her shape and add a little interest to a plain shirt.  She accessorized with a black necklace and bracelet.  And there was a pop of red on her lips and nails.
We took these pictures in Dublin, Ohio at Coffman Park.  I love the variety of landscape and the cool buildings there.  

And then Naveah was born!
 I love newborns!  They are so soft and sleepy and wonderful!  Naveah slept like a champ.
 Naveah was an angel for the whole session.

Here she is with her daddy.
Goodness, this was only two months ago, and now this little girl is getting chunky and changing so quickly.  Newborns are tiny for such a short time.  They grow and change so quickly (much to our delight and dismay)!  Capture those sweet moments and memories before it's too late.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Powell, Ohio: Engagement pictures on a cold day

I was asked to do some engagement pictures for a cute couple.  He is a med student at OSU.  She is from California and was here visiting her fiance for a few days... so we weren't very flexible on dates.  And the day for the photo session came and it was freezing cold outside!
 I don't know if you know any Californians, but they don't like cold.  (Honestly, I don't like it much either.)
 So outdoor locations were out of the question.  What to do?
 We headed up to Powell and shot in the local ice cream shop (which was quite empty due to the cold weather)...

And then we went next door to an antique shop.

They wished there was a way to register at an antique shop.  So many cool finds!

Browsing through the treasures and junk was just fun for all of us.

 My mom always said, "Desperation leads to inspiration."  Which is true!  With nowhere to go, an ice cream shop and antique store turned out to be brilliant locations.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Newborn Photography: Cora

I have been busy lately.  I had a baby!
This is our little Cora...
 I was so excited to do her newborn photos!  I waited until Cora was five days old (the best time is 3-12 days old).  For Cora's photos, I pulled out this gorgeous table runner that we got as a wedding gift almost 13 years ago.  The fabric is too pretty to use... for eating on... but it is just right for precious babies.  I have photographed all of our babies wrapped in this beautiful table runner.

Then I did some simple pictures... soft colors, swaddled baby...  
 The bow is pasted on with a tiny drop of corn syrup (it comes right off with a few drops of warm water).

I have an antique dough bowl that I bought for taking baby pictures.  The bowl is huge and solid and weathered to perfection.  I filled the bowl with shredded paper from a gift basket.  It makes a lovely nest.

This is my favorite picture... Cora has really happy dreams.

Really... she smiles in her sleep all the time.

 This was my most perfect baby photo shoot ever... Cora didn't pee on anything.  And she slept through it all.
Then our older girls came home from school...
All done.  :)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Best and Favorites of 2013

It has been an especially busy year for me.  As I look back on the year, I want to share a few of my favorite pictures here.
In no particular order...

My youngest brother got married in March.  They were so excited.  I love this one of Hannah and Ben.  Ben is totally smitten and Hannah was beaming!

On the first day of school, I took pictures of my girls while we waited for the bus.  As I headed back to the house, this is what I saw... poor June was so sad that her sisters were off to school and she wasn't.  And Pepper was peaking out the window.  (And my husband is awesome.)

Another spring wedding!  And we did bridal photos in a blossoming orchard.  I love this shot.  They are lying on a bedspread that I made.

I took this picture at the Highland Youth Garden.  This volunteer is in her nineties (I believe).  She is dedicated to gardening and helping the young'uns get it.  I loved spending the day in the garden.

This year I volunteered with an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.  I had the opportunity to take pictures for families who were suffering the loss of an infant.  It was some of the toughest and most rewarding work I did this year.
This particular family had twins.  One of the boys was thriving and healthy.  The other one slipped away just minutes after his birth.  I was a fly on the wall... I was in the operating room for the C-section.  I was with the family afterward.  I got to document the amazing journey of this little life.  (And I cried.  A lot.)  This is a picture of the family together for the first time out of the operating room (and in the NICU).  The dad is holding a son who has passed away, and the mom is reaching out to the other son, who is surrounded by monitors and medical devices.  She is still recovering from the c-section.  This picture is heart-break and hope.

This is from my sister-in-law's wedding.  Jen and Derek planned a very cool, simple and stylish ceremony in Boulder, Colorado.  The weather was perfect.  A skydiver landed in the park during the ceremony (not part of the plans, but very Boulder).  Their dog was part of the event.  It was just right.

Apparently I like kissing photos.  Geesh.

Anyhow, I love this one.  This is from a graduation party in Powell, Ohio for Jen.  I set up a photo booth and guests wrote their wishes for the graduate on chalkboard signs and posed for pictures.  And here is the graduate with her dad.  It was just sweet.

Our elementary school has the best gym program anywhere.  I got to shoot an event call the Wellness Warrior Run.  It is a free event for kids in the school district.  A one-mile course with adventurous obstacles is set up, and the kids run in their divisions.  Then the grownups get a shot at it.  It is a blast.  This is a teacher or parent (I think).  I had a blast taking pictures... and I even got muddy from the sidelines.

This is my niece Thea.  This photo shoot took place in my parents' living room with several relatives looking on.  My husband was holding a flash and reflector.  It was not my typical set up, but so much fun.  And Thea slept like a champ through the whole thing.

This is Liam on the day of his First Communion.  He also lost a tooth that day... but at this point, it was hanging by a thread.  I love his snappy outfit and the communion pin on his suspenders and his springy yard.  He was so happy and shy and grownup.

Senior pictures are always fun to do, but this guy offered to carry my camera bag!  Chivalry is not dead.  Tyler was a star athlete at Liberty High School.  He is now on a Mormon mission.  Tyler is a great guy all around.

Halloween night was gross this year.  Cold.  Rainy.  If it weren't for the candy and awesome neighbors, we would have stayed in.  My daughter Alli dressed up as Malala Yousafzi for Halloween.  (I'm so proud of her.)  After trick-or-treating, a few of Alli's friends came over to count/sort/trade candy.

I love this picture... my girls in their costumes (June is only wearing part of her bat/cat/princess/dalmatian/skeleton costume).  My husband was standing on the wrong side of the strobe... and his shadow is cast on the wall.  It is kooky... and awesome.

Over the summer I got to take baby pictures for this guy.  He was such a squishy-cute newborn!  I love his wrinkles and rolls!

This is from a fall wedding.  The bride was stunning.  She wore a vintage dress that belonged to her husband's mother.  I love the pin in her hair.

This is from our trip to Utah this summer.   I think my girls spent a week in Grandma's cherry tree.

This is a shot from our Christmas card photo shoot.  Whew.  My sister-in-law Betsy actually took the pictures.  She said we were the most difficult family she has ever shot.  It's true.  My kids like to go crazy when there is a camera pointed at them.

This is what we used on the front of our Christmas card.
It is totally photoshopped. Two pictures stitched together.
Alli and Ruby were not both good in a single picture.  Good thing I have PhotoShop skills.

 Ruby.  This is her 100%.

This is the same day as our family photo shoot.  Same place.  This family is perfect...

Okay, not all the time.  They had a grumpy kid.  But even grumpy, Keyan is adorable.

And now that it is winter, it sure is nice to see pictures of sunny, watermelon-munching evenings... hang in there just a few more months!

Thank you to all of my wonderful clients, family, friends, and fans.  I am looking forward to another great year in 2014!

Which picture is your favorite?