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22 Sep

Jayden is FIVE!

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I’m sorry that I haven’t gotten around to posting this until now… I’m late, and missed the big day… but I just blame the babies :)

I’ve had the privilege of photographing Jayden since he was one… been in my studio?  Well that handsome guy, shirtless with a sport coat and fedora featured in the five-image composite was him on our first photo “date.”  And it was love at first sight!  Since then we’ve played in urban settings, in our studio, and most recently on the grounds of Hillbrook Club.  Jayden is just such a character… cool to the bone, and rocks the air guitar like I’ve never seen.

Here are a few of his mom’s favorites from our most recent session… Sorry again for the delay in posting these, but hey, he’s still 5!  :)

Happy Birthday, J…

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31 Aug

Looking at Photography as an Investment

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I have 1,750 photos in my iPhone’s camera roll… that’s just since my babies were born!  Photography is everywhere in our lives these days… I, believe it or not, upload my phone’s pictures to Costco, and print them out to keep safe from the dangers of the digital glitches threatening to erase my memories, and I have tons of these terrible quality photographs around my house in little frames from TJ Maxx.  Yes, even professional photographers put crappy photos on display :)

But… on the walls of our living room, on the walls of their nursery, or in any other area where I would see fit to hang or display another form of art… I put the carefully crafted, high quality images that really capture who they are at a particular stage… or evoke a particular emotion or memory I want to hang on to.

The selfies I take with my husband, or the picture I snapped of the twins in coordinating outfits are cute, but those will soon be replaced with an updated cuter picture that makes me smile.  But what I now know as a new mom, is that photographs are my way to freeze time– I wish there was a way to bottle the smell of my babies’ heads… to save the feeling of their soft skin… sadly, there’s not– but I can capture and save the crinkled nose smile, or the wet bubbles they are starting to blow with their juicy red baby lips… and I know that any time I look at my walls, or flip through an album, that is as close to a time capsule as I can have… so I wouldn’t trade the ability to have these images for the world.

I grew up in a home where the art adorning my parents’ walls was us… Over the fireplace in my parents’ formal living room still hangs a semi-candid photograph taken of my mom and I when I was about 2 years old– not my brothers or my dad, just the ladies– which may seem an unlikely choice for such a prominent spot… but it was a beautiful photo moment and a beautiful image.  Not the kind to be replaced as more photos and memories came into our lives.  That image became a piece of art that then became a part of the home.  When you look at photography as a piece of art that just happens to contain your family– what a win/win is that?  The large scale portrait displays we create for you are not intended to be replaced in a year… so, when choosing what to do with the photos we take, think of your life, of your home, and what you still want to see hanging in 20 years.  That will help you justify the difference between the 14-cent Costco print and the investment you make with professional photography and the products we produce with them.D41_5181 D41_5657 D41_5692 D41_5927 D41_5975

 

Posted Under: Cleveland Family Photography
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12 Aug

Taryn, Blake & Derek’s Lakeside Photo Shoot

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I couldn’t get enough of this family… The cuteness, the personality, and the sweet new smiles kept me lingering well past the kids’ photo breaking point– but I couldn’t help it!  These little fellas have beaten the odds, and I was so excited and honored to get to take these family photos as a celebration of their strength and perseverance.  And big sister, Taryn?  Well her dynamic personality shows through in the photos– I’m pretty sure she’s my new best friend.

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Posted Under: Cleveland Family Photos
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28 Jul

Summer Studio Credit Sale & Eton’s Shop Hop

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Have you been looking for an excuse to update your family photos?  Waiting for the perfect opportunity to come book our studio and get photos you’ll cherish??  Tired of staring at that outdated photo of your kids above your fireplace?

No more excuses!!  Starting tomorrow, you can take advantage of our amazing studio credit sale as a part of Eton’s week-long Shop Hop event!

For every $100 in studio credits that you purchase, you’ll get an extra $20 to spend!  Buy $100… Get $120   Buy $500… Get $600   Buy $1000… Get $1200

Book that session for yourself, or buy a gift card for a friend… Buy that album you wanted, or pre-purchase credit to use on  your holiday cards!

As a part of Eton’s Shop Hop event, for every $50 you spend at participating stores, you’ll get a raffle ticket to win one or more Eton gift cards being raffled off!

This special event goes from July 29th – August 7… So come in or call!

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This offer is only applicable towards future orders or purchases…

Posted Under: Cleveland Family Photography
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22 Jul

Dana’s Senior Photos

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When client’s are deciding on a location to have their photos taken, I try to encourage places that best suit their personality. For Dana, East 4th street in downtown Cleveland was a perfect fit for her senior photos! The colorful backdrops and well as the variety in textures and lighting were complimentary to her personality. Enjoy a few of my favorite from the shoot!

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Posted Under: Cleveland Senior Portrait Photographer
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