Friday, February 7, 2014

Cleveland snow, back before we were done with it

Back when the snow was still pretty and we knew nothing of this thing called a "polar vortex," I took these one night.  I knelt on my couch and shot through my front bay window at about 1am the week of Thanksgiving.  The world felt quiet and peaceful.  The snow was still magical and mesmerizing.

And I could still feel all my fingers and toes.  Not so sure about that anymore...

Anyway, these were just for me, mainly, so I had a little fun with editing them.  I threw a difference process on each one, just for a little variety.  Enjoy!

Location: Shaker Heights, OH

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Summer's couples maternity session

Shooting another photographer is always interesting.  On one hand, they understand the challenges you face with lighting, etc.  They know how to pose flatteringly (in theory).  They're patient with you as you adjust camera settings each time you change location.  But you also wonder if they're judging you.  Fortunately, I'd actually worked with Summer before, shooting a wedding, and I was comfortable in this session.  You can see Summer's portfolio here: Summer Jo's Photos.

This was my first opportunity to shoot a couples' maternity session.  Because these two live over in Lorain, we met in the middle and did their session at Edgewater Park in Lakewood.  I'd never been there, but it was beautiful!

To see more photos from this session, visit my Facebook page!

Location: Edgewater Park, Lakewood OH

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pop Up Shaker

I can't decide.  I'm not sure whether I'm more excited or more nervous.  But I'm both, for sure!

Let me back up a bit.

I love the town I live in.  It is home to just under 30,000 people, racially and ethnically diverse, has excellent schools, is clean, happy, etc.  It's got a great vitality, and there's been a movement started in the last year or so -- called Shop Shaker -- that is heavily aimed at shopping locally, giving exposure to local businesses, etc.

Shop Shaker and the City of Shaker Heights have teamed up with a few local businesses and organizations to present a winter fair.  It will involve locally made edibles, craft tutorials, and handmade gifts for sale.

So I'm both excited and nervous, because I get to be a vendor at the first ever series of Pop Up Shaker events!!

I'll be there on November 30th and December 14th, from 10am-5pm each day!  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Peterson Family

Pink.  These two girls love pink.  They're quite girly.  They also happen to be my own daughters' most frequent playmates.  We weren't sure quite how they would react to me being behind the camera.  It could have gone one of two ways: horribly bad, because they already knew me, and could get away with it; or really well, because they were already comfortable with me, and didn't have to adjust.  Their mom was prepared for the first.  Fortunately, we spent a pleasant hour at Horseshoe Lake Park, and the girls were great!  They hammed it up when I needed them to, cooperated when I asked, and had a good time.

The Smarties and Pez had nothing to do with it, I swear!

To see even more photos of this beautiful family, visit my Facebook page!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Crystal's not-quite-senior portraits

Last Summer I got to visit my parents in Connecticut for three weeks.  Since I was there for so long, I took my girls and drove up to Maine for a few days.  When I was first married, my husband and I lived in Portland, Maine while he finished his schooling there.  While he had grown up in various areas of the state, I'd never visited until I met him.  I fell in love, not just with him, but with the state.  I lived there only about 18 months, but I'd move back in a heartbeat if he could find competitive work there.  I'm not sure what it is about the state.  It's beautiful, even in the winter, but it's more than that.  The people are good and kind in their hearts, but it's more than that, too.  I can't quite put my finger on it.  Maybe it's my association with the newlywed stage of my life.  In any case, Maine is a little bit magical.  It casts a spell on all who visit or live there, even if for just a short period of time.  I will always have a fondness for the time I spent there.  When I visited, it was as though time had stopped.  I visited with old friends, and though their kids were older than when I left (and way older than they should be allowed to be), it didn't feel like there were five years between our last visits.  Some people are like that.

Crystal and her family are those kind of people.  A friend of my mom's says, "There are two kinds of family: family you're born with, and family you choose."  Crystal and her family are the kind of people that you choose as family.  I got to visit with them for a couple of days in August.  They live near a beautiful lake in Maine, so Crystal and I took some time to go down and take some pictures.  While she's not a senior yet, this was my first real foray into senior photography.

I don't normally do a lot of black-and-white conversions, but despite the beautiful light and scenery, so many of these images seemed even more striking in the classic look than in color.

Let me tell you a little bit about Crystal.  She's 15 years old, and has her hand in a variety of activities.  She sings in the chamber choir at her school.  She also plays volleyball.  She's actively involved in the youth group at her church.  Crystal also has a fondness for collecting sea glass from the lake near her home.  She makes custom jewelry pieces from her findings -- necklaces pendants, earrings, etc.  She has all her own tools, and is quite talented.  She babysits local kids, and is just about the kindest person in the world.  And she's beautiful to boot!