Milestone {Mansfield, Ohio Child Photographer}…

Wooooaaaaaahhhh… a blog post.  Who would have though?!?!?! It has been such a long time. I have thought of blogging several times and have several lovely images to share but the days passed with no posts.  However, I figured this sweet girl and her milestone of starting Kindergarten deserved a post.  And I definitely wanted to get it done before I photograph her entire family next weekend.

You all have seen this sweet Kindergartener before… a couple of times.  I just love working with her family and get excited every time they approach me for another session.  Plus, I love watching their children grow.  And love it even more when they ask if they can use their old family desk.  This family is so great at finding meaningful items to incorporate into their sessions. So, of course, I immediately said “yes.”

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This sweet gal worked on forming her letters and doing such a great job writing. I have a hunch her teacher is loving how hard she must work at tasks…

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…with a great finished product…

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After all the hard work, it was time for a bit of fun… with her favorite friend, no less…

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Sweet girl, I hope your Kindergarten year is going wonderfully. I cannot wait to hear all about it next weekend!

Thank you all for allowing me to take your sweet girl’s photos again. Thank you for allowing me to use your land for my own boys {whose images I’ll someday edit and blog :)}. Thank you for always putting so much thought and meaning into your sessions.  I just love working with you all and cannot wait until next weekend!!

A Family of Love {Mansfield, Ohio Family & Child Photographer}…

As we are in the midst of this holiday season, one filled with family, love and joyous gatherings, I have found myself thinking of this family so very often.  One that personifies love.  You all have seen these 2 sweet young girlies before… right here.  That was a session where I instantly liked these adorable girls’ parents, not to mention it produced some of my favorite DFP images ever.

I was so excited when their Momma contacted me last spring about doing another session with their family, which had grown since our last session.  Not only did she want to do her immediate family, but her sister wanted to capture her engagement and the entire family wanted to celebrate the anniversary of their parents.  And to make it even more perfect… they wanted to do the session at their family farm… which was ridiculously gorgeous.

I have a favorite part of every session.  Easily my favorite of this family’s session was watching them interact.  Watching their love.  Watching them support each other, love each other and help each other out… whether it was by carpooling to the site, sharing the load in moving a couch or helping change outfits, it was clear this family always supports and helps each other.  I loved watching the little kids interact with the big kids… with all of the adults taking on the natural role as caregiver to the kiddos… truly subscribing to the motto “it takes a village.”  This family’s love abounds and it was beautiful to watch… a true honor.

This is a beautiful family of love… and loyalty… and life.

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Thank you all for allowing me to meet your new little guy… and extended family.  Thank you for introducing me to such a beautiful location.  Thank you for allowing me to witness your family, one of full of love, laughter and selflessness.  I wish you all a wonderful holiday season!

Our Moment. My Family. {Mansfield, Ohio Momma & Photo Lover}…

A few weeks ago I woke up to the nicest surprise. The type of surprise where throughout the day you catch yourself smiling just thinking about it. You see, I read all these nice things my very favorite photographer, and one of my very favorite people, had to say about our family… and I got to fall in love all over again with the photos we had taken this summer…

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I’ve thought a lot of these photos this evening.  I think I will every year on this date.  As you might have guessed, I love photos.  I love photos of my boys… all 3 of them.  And I love photos of me with my boys. So often, as you’ve read before, I find myself behind the camera… capturing those boys I love so much. Watching them in the moment.  Capturing them in the moment.  But not truly enjoying the moment because I am too busy capturing it.  I vowed to myself that I would find a way to be in the moment with my boys.  That I would always make it a priority to practice what I preach… to be in photos with my boys.  But last year I failed.  Completely failed.  I desperately wanted photos of my whole family.  I advocated for others to have their family photos taken.  Yet, I was unable to find time to have ours taken.  I was unable to make time to travel south to see the only person I allow to photograph our family.  I got too busy running and taking other families’ photos, that before I knew it the year was over and I had not done any professional photos of our family.  I was completely disappointed.  Truly saddened that I had not made time for our photos. My husband saw how disappointed I was and said that in 2014 we would make it a priority.

And we did.  I booked our session in January.  It was going to happen.

And when it did, it was everything I had hoped…and more.

We visited a location that holds good memories of time past.

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We laughed.

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We goofed around.

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We let the kids be kids.

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We let the kids show their individual personalities.

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We channeled our inner super heroes.

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We got wet.

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We were reminded of the importance of having Mom in the photos.

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Most importantly, we loved.

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I am forever thankful for these photos.  For the capturing of a moment of a time.  For the reminder that life is fleeting… sometimes gone quicker than imagined. For the desire to to remember these times…while were are able… these moments… these life stages of my family.  I want to be in photos so that my boys can someday look back and see I was so very present. So very in love with being their mom… with watching them change and grow… with watching them being true to themselves and their personalities.  For just being with them.

I am forever thankful for my dear friend, Cilla.  For her eye.  For her allowing us to be us… to show our good moments of laughter and {if you look very closely} our not-so-good moments of thinking “I can’t believe this is happening right now,” “I’ve already heard this story a 1000 times” and “I’m so over this moment.”  For her capturing our love… and our bond.  For her capturing our playfulness… our occasional chaos… and even our seriousness.  I am convinced that with any other photographer the image of our oldest son giving me bunny ears while I’m carrying our youngest son like a sack would have ended up in the trash… but Cilla knows us… knows that is us and who we are…good, bad, organized and not so organized…and knew it would be one of my absolute very favorite images from the session… because it captures the real and true us.  So thank you for simply allowing us to be.

So, people, as I’ve said before… get out there. Capture memories… no matter if it’s with an iPhone or session with a professional photographer. Cherish the moments… big and small.  And Mommas out there, get in those photos :).

{Please click here to read Cilla’s original post that oh-so made my day}

The Future Is Yours {Mansfield, Ohio Senior Photographer}…

Some young people you just know will be successful in life.  This beautiful young lady is one of those people.  She has drive, determination and goals.  She has fought cancer… and won.  She has cheered her heart out, while maintaining good grades. She has made sure two families feel loved and is so kind to young children who look up to her.  She is hardworking and has a clear path to what she wants to do in her future.  She is sensitive and considerate.  She is funny but also serious.  She is a joy to be around.

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Sweet lady, it has been an absolute pleasure watching you grow up.  It has been wonderful watching you transform from an adorable little girl who danced like crazy at our wedding to a beautiful young lady that is sure about what she wants in life.  I know this future is going to be so bright for you.  I can’t wait to watch it unfold!! We love you so!!