Bill and Becca honored their love for the outdoors and each other in the Cuyahoga Valley, where so much of their relationship developed. Bill asked Becca to marry him in the covered bridge by Hale Farm, and we visited there to make photos in the exact spot she said yes. Their lovely wedding reception was in the rustic barn at Crown Point Ecology Center, and although the day was overcast, the rain waited until everyone was inside for drinks and dancing. They started their day with a first look, then we went to make couples portraits in the valley, then their lovely wedding and finally drinks and dancing. It was such a lovely, relaxed and joyful celebration of them and their love.
Sometimes families find me through a site like Yelp, and we have all our communication by email and phone, and I don’t see them until the day we meet for our session. That’s what happened with Ashley and her lovely family. We also rescheduled a couple of times because of weather, so when we finally got together I couldn’t have been happier. My old favorite location, Indigo Lake, didn’t disappoint, with it’s fall colors, light and backdrop. I so love the natural shots, where this family is interacting together with their baby, and once the little one relaxed, he gave me some wonderful moments too. This little guy is going to grow so fast, I know his parents will cherish these photos of him and them in the years to come. Getting in front of a camera is hard, and I really respect and admire people who take the leap to get professional photos done. I feel an immense responsibility to do them justice, and make them glad they did.
Yes, you really can do a senior session in Akron in January! Cleo’s Mom and I had been communicating since the Fall, but life got in the way of Cleo’s session until after the holidays. When I heard that Cleo wanted both an urban and natural setting for senior pictures, I knew the exact place to go. We got a surprisingly warm and sunny afternoon, which was actually nicer than Cleo wanted; they wanted a more moody and grey day, but with the irony of a Northeast Ohio winter, we got a gorgeous one instead!
Anyway, Cleo has a face the camera loved, and I think the backdrop suited their look and style perfectly. Although Cleo claimed to be nervous, you’d never know; their direct gaze and relaxed style made it an easy session to shoot, and truly, I was thrilled with both the experience at the session with Cleo and their Mom, and the outcome. I’d love to hear your thoughts, and if you’d like a session of your own, either family or senior, I’d love to hear from you.
I’ve know Charlie quite a few years now, and it was so good getting to spend time with him for his senior photos, which I can’t believe he’s having (already?). He’s such good company, and so interested in the world.. and lucky the world will be, too, when he goes out into it next year. He’s thoughtful, funny, intelligent and kind, and he was endlessly patient with my urging us on to new locations. Have a great year, Charlie, and congratulations on all you’ve already achieved. We are all looking forward to seeing what you accomplish next!
I think the Ledges at Virginia Kendall in the Cuyahoga Valley are my new favorite location to shoot just about anything! First I did an amazing engagement session there (see here) and I liked it so much that I invited Lily to see what she thought too when we were talking about locations for her senior session. Luckily for me she was game!
I really love the variety of backgrounds we got, and there were many opportunities for Lily to relax and show me her sparkling personality. She said she felt uncomfortable in front of the lens, but we roamed about and talked and laughed and I got to hear about her plans for college, and in her photos all I see is a gorgeous, composed young woman on the threshold of her life. Congrats on your graduation Lily. I know you make everyone very proud!