Cleveland Outdoor Photography

16 May

Kim and Shawn Paul Take on DC

As many of you might now, Kim Ponsky Photography is a mutli-city operation. Kim originally started in Chicago, then ventured off to DC, and finally landed in Cleveland. Each city has captured a part of Kim’s professional life and she still travels back to them often to keep up with her demand. This past weekend, Kim invited me to join her on a two day road trip to DC. I gladly accepted the invitation.

Kim selected a book on CD to help make the time fly, and that it certainly did. I have never been a fan of anything suspenseful, let alone dangerous, yet this David Baldacci mystery had me intrigued. In fact, for the full 6 hours I was completely inthralled. I was crushed when we had to leave the car. Luckily for me, we would hit a ton of DC traffic and also had a 6 hour drive home!

We arrived in DC just in time to start our first session. We met the family at a quiet park tucked away off of Q street. The flower lined paths and bricked walkways were the perfect backdrop for Spring photos. After such success with this location, we offered it up to the rest of our weekend’s clients, and all delightfully accepted. This park could not have been any more fabulous… well it did fall short in just one area… Kim might have accidentally brushed up against a beautiful azalea bush that had been freshly dusted with crematory remains… Like a pro, she dusted herself off and kept the shoot rolling! A true professional.

The sessions all went swimmingly well and the photos produced were absolutely priceless. The trip was a great experience for me in so many ways. For starters, I wasn’t the most comfortable person when it came to hanging out with kids, not because I don’t adore them, but more so because I just haven’t had a lot of exposure. This weekend’s sessions totally flipped that nervousness into excitement. Who knew that spending time keeping kids occupied could be so much fun? Two of the little guys and I even played frisbee with the giant light reflector. It was the best!

I would love to have the chance to end this with a great “long story short”, but I am pretty sure that ship has sailed, so I will end this blog post by saying… The trip to DC with Kim was a total blast and if you live in the DC area and want awesome pictures of your family, give us a call. Perhaps we will be planning our next trip out your way and I will be able to join Kim and test out my newfound awesomeness with your kids!


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31 Mar

Kim is Heading to Europe – Fall Sessions Limited

This fall Kim will be jumping on a plane and heading to Europe to meet with eight of world’s finest master photographers for advanced training… Kim will be spending her days learning the latest and greatest of all things photography to bring back home and share with all of you through your session outcomes. Kim will be abroad for several weeks during our always full Fall busy season, so space for Fall sessions will be limited.

Here are the top 3 reasons why you should book a Fall session asap…

1) Your family would look adorable throwing harvest gold leaves into the air and this memory will look stunning over your mantle.

2) This year’s Fall session could provide you with the best holiday card photo ever… a great way to one up your friends and family.

3) It’s been way too long since your last session… and Cleveland in the Fall is the perfect backdrop.

Now that I have convinced you to grab one of these limited slots, the next step is crucial… Pick up the phone and dial 216.229.PICS(7427). Operators are standing by. Okay, by operators, I clearly mean me. I am standing or sitting waiting for you to give us a call and book your session!



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31 Oct

Crayola Bold Colors : Cleveland Family Photographer

They did it! This family took our advice, literally! They actually dressed in plum, teal, raspberry and copper from the Crayola bold set of markers :) We usually suggest that families wear colors that don’t necessarily match but are at least in the same box of crayons. Bold colors are perfect for family portraits, especially in the fall. Each family dressed in a single color shirt but when arranged together for the large family photo, they all coordinated. We think that this a perfect example of what to wear when taking a group photo. I hope this helps visualize what we are taking about when we use our box of crayons analogy.

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28 Oct

Cleveland Fall Photo Shoot

This time of the year is a photographer’s dream– the changing colors of the trees, the carpet of fallen leaves on the grass, and when that gets mixed with the 70-degree weather we’ve been blessed with around here lately, what we have is a outdoor photography playground!  Yesterday was no exception– I got to go out and photograph good friends of my husband and mine (and their kids of course)!  We went to one of my favorite locations for child and family photography… Horseshoe Lake in Shaker Heights.  There’s so much for the kids to climb on and play with, and such pretty scenery for great photo backdrops!  To me, the best pictures happen when the kids have no idea that they’re being photographed… when they can be themselves, and have fun.  That’s when you get the pictures that remind you of THEM!  Here are just three of my favorite shots of my little friends and our photo play-date yesterday!

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16 Sep

Barnyard Bliss and Wedding Wonder

Just three weeks before my own wedding, I had the privilege of attending the wedding of one of my closest friends from high school.  Elizabeth and Gavin shine together… and they are a such a pleasure to watch.  Now, I was a guest at their wedding, but how can I go and not bring my camera??? Their wedding was out at Botzum Farm in Akron, Ohio.  And, although the weather didn’t cooperate, it didn’t rain on anyone’s parade!  The bride walked down the aisle on her father’s arm and under an umbrella… rain whistles passed by, and brought on some laughter… but nothing steered my attention away from the way Gavin looked at his Bride throughout the whole ceremony.  They were something out of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Romance, poetry, faith and warmth of heart… how could I not try to capture it?   Here are some of my favorite shots…

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