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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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Gabriella Gallo
Posted Under: Cleveland Senior Portrait Photographer
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11 Jul

Alessandra and Nikitas’ Greek Wedding

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Weddings are about family… fundamentally, they are about creating a new family – a new beginning – between the bride and groom.  It is about bringing their two families together.  At last weekend’s wedding, those family connections were just the tip of the iceberg.

The presence of family was overwhelming at Alessa & Nik’s wedding.  The bridal party was made up of siblings & those friends so close they may as well be blood… The ceremony featured the groom’s father chanting the traditional Greek songs, and even the desserts were lovingly baked by the bride’s family (and boy were they delish!).

But with all of the elements of family throughout their wedding, there was another aspect that made this wedding special… this bride, being Gabriella’s sister, is a part of the Kim Ponsky Photography family… no pressure there!  ha!

I loved getting to see Gabriella and her sister’s crazy close relationship through my camera.  To see the tears of joy in their eyes as they acknowledged what a special day this was… or even the bittersweet tears in Gab’s eyes as she realized how her sister’s life was taking her (and their shared wardrobe) away from her.  These two are about as close as sisters could be, and the amount of love visible between them, and the rest of their newly extended family was palpable.  I was excited and honored to get to be a part of this crazy Greek and Italian family for the day, and capture what I know to be a day they will never forget.

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Posted Under: Cleveland Wedding Photography
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7 Jul

Sean’s Newborn Session

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People often ask which type of session I prefer when it comes to doing newborn shoots, whether it be at home or in the studio. Short answer… your home. The more photo sessions I have done the more I have fallen in love with coming to my client’s home to capture the new bundle of joy. There is something so intimate and personal about having the photos taken in your house, not to mention it makes it a little easier on the new moms! I have noticed that the sessions tend to be a bit more relaxed and more of a photojournalist style can be incorporated as well. Now, I will say that these in-home sessions are shorter and less intricate because we do not have the same setup as we do in the studio or a second pair of hands. When I show up to our client’s house, it is just me, my camera and natural light. Ultimately it is a personal preference based on what it is you are looking to get out of the session.

Take a look at a few of my favorite images from a recent at home newborn session! Enjoy

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Gabriella Gallo
Posted Under: Cleveland Newborn Photographer
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13 Apr

Adam and Hannah Say “I Do.”

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This past weekend Kim, Edric, and I had the pleasure of photographing Adam and Hannah’s wedding at the Renaissance in downtown Cleveland. The couple from Michigan and their huge bridal party (dog included) were so easy to work with and I was thrilled to spend the day with them! Not only did the crazy April snowstorm fail to keep this beautiful bride from glowing on her big day, but it also didn’t stop us from capturing the undeniable love between the couple. The admiration that these two have for one another is evident, and I have the pictures to prove it! Enjoy a preview from Adam and Hannah’s downtown Cleveland wedding.D42_3138

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Gabriella Gallo
Posted Under: Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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12 Apr

Now it’s my turn!

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I’ve spent years behind the camera capturing my clients’ celebrations in life… weddings, babies, families… what an amazing honor it has been to get to be a part of these moments in their lives!  But the last year of my life has turned the tables on me, and allowed me to be the client in my own photography studio… First, my wedding (check it out here!) put me in front of Gabriella & Sharon’s cameras, and I have to admit, it was fun being their guinea pig :)

But now, as the final countdown to life as I know it ticks by, I have continued to practice what I preach, and document my happily growing belly!  I will be honest… I wasn’t sure I was going to do a maternity photo shoot (even though they are among my favorites to capture), and I wasn’t sure I would like seeing them.  WRONG!  I am so glad that I let myself be vulnerable and stepped in front of Gabriella’s camera to capture this very monumental stage of my life.  I mean, I’ve waited 36 years for this, so it’s time to celebrate!  I see the belly I spend all day rubbing and thinking about… I can see the absolute excitement and joy in my eyes at what this new phase of my life brings… I did see the sheer exhaustion too, but we took care of that in the editing process (teehee).

I gave Gabriella carte-blanch to do whatever she wanted during this shoot.  I was determined to not be a backseat photographer.  I love her creativity, her ability to set me at ease (I mean, my co-worker is now seeing a whole lot of me!), and most of all how she captured me in such a flattering way.  I am so relieved, grateful & so glad to have done this photo shoot… especially because I can now refer to my own experience when speaking with clients.

My plans for the photos?  I am going to be putting them in a spectacular linen album that ties shut with a ribbon… an elegant, but private keepsake.  I’ll be sure to photograph the final product to show you how it looks!

So here are a few of my favorites from my pregnancy photo session… 20 days and counting until it’s the babies’ turn to be in front of the camera.. stay tuned!

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