Erney, party of four!! Sweet little Bodhi came a couple weeks early, but that just means Mommy & Daddy got to hold him and love on him more! I had a newborn session with Bodhi when he was 6 days fresh and all he wanted was to be held my mommy… and eat. and cry. But that’s his job!! All in all, Bodhi did great and he looks so sweet and cuddly… well, because he is! I can’t wait to watch this little guy grow up and play baseball like his daddy!!
You are the sunshine that makes my day.
Graduating from high school is the end of an era, but it is also the beginning of a new adventure in life. It is a time when you truly discover who you are, what you want to be, and where you want to go. Great things lay ahead for this amazing young lady! I have watched her grow up from toddler-hood with an beautiful spirit and soul.
Congratulations to you Taylor for all your hard work and to all the great accomplishments you will achieve! Your family is so proud of the wonderful young woman you have become, and all the amazing things that are to be. Go forth and rock it, girl!!
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
-Henry David Thoreau
Graduating high school is a major milestone in a young person’s life. It’s closing a chapter on part of your life as a child, and starting a new one as an adult. You work hard for your grades, and your parents help to guide you to become a responsible adult and to make good choices. In this next phase in life, you get to choose and create your life path – it’s a pretty big deal!
Levi is a great young man! He’s smart and has a great sense of humor; he loves his Carolina Panthers and the outdoors. There are amazing things in store for him in the future! And as for mom and dad… their little boy has become a man. It’s bitter sweet, but they have done a WONDERFUL job raising such a great kid!
We ended up doing a double session over two days for Levi to hit up three awesome locations… I think this was more for mom to have as many keepsake images of her ‘baby boy’ all grown up. The locations were amazing, especially the farm that holds dear memories for their family as a whole. I had a great time with Levi capturing such beautiful images!
There are two gifts we should give our children; one is roots, and the other is wings.
downtown columbus //
covered bridge //
carolina panthers //
I normally am not the subject matter in my blog posts and usually only post the occasional selfie on my Facebook page, but I went a little crazy taking baby bump photos this week and I REALLY like how they turned out… probably because I’m actually wearing makeup and am not wearing leggings… haha! I still have my official maternity session coming up in June (no, not selfies) so I will have a pretty good bank of images captured through my pregnancy journey… I swear I’m not conceded!!!
You are our greatest adventure… our little pistol princess!
27 weeks //
This is a follow up to the maternity session with Jen & Charlie… now they are a family of 3!!… well, four if you count their fur-st baby Gina!
Little Ollie was born in December and is now a whopping 3 months old! I got to catch up with this cute little family and captured bath time, which Ollie absolutely loves. He was kicking, splashing mom & dad, and having all the fun he could have. He is an adorable little man in the making! And his big fur-sister Gina is adjusting quite well to the family addition!
The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing…
bath time //
I had a vision for a session, like sugar plum fairies dancing in my head… but in a barren, frosty wasteland wearing fur wraps and feathered crowns. These lovely ladies helped me to execute my vision in April, with trees and foliage starting to bud and the temps rising… and my poor models sweating in the wraps! Thank you so much to the amazing Brittany and Taylor for being such great sports and great models!
I had a lot of fun prepping for the session itself, making the wraps and crowns (I’m kinda stoked about the crowns, I’m not gonna lie… LOL), and we had fun as I styled their hair and did their makeups. I love doing makeup, and I’m no professional by any means, and I think they looked just amazing when it was all said and done!
I really like doing styled sessions, so I hope there are some quirky and adventurous people out there that want to book a not-so-standard portrait session… it’s great and so fun to do something different and out of the norm!!
empress of the barren lands //
How does a photographer con her husband into a ‘just because’ photo shoot where he has to dress up a little and look dapper? Include whiskey and a cigar!!!
Rob was a
great sport about it, and he’s just so handsome I can’t help but want to take his photo… like, a REAL photo, not a cell phone snapshot. Now the real question is: should I order prints or a photo book of these images?? LOL
“I got a shotgun, a rifle and a 4-wheel drive. And a country boy can survive.” Hank Williams, Jr. (Country Boys Can Survive)
2016 was a huge year for Jen & Charlie: they became first-time homeowners and had a bouncing baby boy, Ollie!!
Their maternity session was super fun – they crafted, they played guitars and sang a song they wrote together! I mean, could they BE any cuter?!? And I cannot forget to mention big sis Gina… although her furry face doesn’t show it, she’s excited about her new little human!
Congratulations to Jen & Charlie on their adorable little family!
After shooting my first boudoir session in September, which happened to be in my home, my cat Moseley decided he wanted to join in on the fun and started posing for his own session! I was super stoked that he posing because he usually hates his picture being taken, but my studio lighting isn’t as harsh as a cell phone flash. Also I was getting a second use of the setup and the props I made for the session (with the human).
So, in all his might and glory, here is my handsome boy Moseley in his first willing portrait session LOL
kitty boudoir //
BIG things are happening in the Gulling family!! Ryan and Heather are welcoming their 4th child this December, and after having 3 WONDERFUL boys, they are being blessed with a sweet baby girl.
And how fitting that the current baby of the family got to share the news that he is finally joining the ranks of ‘Big Brother’ while the older bros got to help announce that they are finally getting a sister!
There can be no better companion than a brother. There can be no better friend than a sister.
pregnancy reveal //
gender reveal //
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This is Khaos. He just turned 3 years young over the weekend and couldn’t be happier about it. We lucked out with an amazing, sunny day in early November in Ohio, so he decided to take a dip to play fetch before indulging in his Cincinnati Bengals birthday cake!
Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of his tail. – Josh Billings
birthday portraits //
cake smash //
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Meet Bear. This handsome young man just celebrated his third birthday this past weekend with a GQ portrait session and a smash cake… a Cincinnati Bengals smash cake to be exact. It was a gorgeous November day in central Ohio – we couldn’t have lucked out more (it’s usually pre-winter now in Ohio LOL)!
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. – Josh Billings
birthday portraits //
cake smash //
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Nyny & Ryry are two little girls FULLLL of energy! They are chatty little busy bodies, bouncing off the walls like they drank a 64oz Big Gulp of Gummy Beary Juice (remember The Gummy Bears? bouncing here and there, and everywhere???) I got them to settle down when the realized they were going to wear MAKEUP like an adult, albeit a little, but they were so excited for the mascara and shimmery eye shadow. They transformed into little Divas… and I loved it!
We had lots of fun through the session – we started off light and fun, as they ran end to end on a covered bridge, twirled like little ballerinas, and gave each other piggy-back rides. Then their soft sisterly sides came out – arms around each other and even sneaking a kiss! Right next to the bridge were some big leafy bushes, so I had them put on their serious faces – they aced it like pros. One pose they were adamant about doing (with no objections from me!) was standing back-to-back with their arms crossed. That is one of my absolute favorites from this session!!
These girls are basically veterans in front of the camera with their poses and facial expressions. I can’t wait to have another session with these high-personality girls!!
HELLO baby Jonathan!! This handsome little guy was 3 days late during an icky, humid Ohio July, making an adorable entrance into the world after spending 24 hours trying to get out (well, maybe trying to stay in… lol).
Through the heartburn and pains, the waddling and swelling… it was all worth it for Lauren and John to meet their little boy! At a ripe old age of 38 hours old, Jonathan was working the camera like a professional. This little love nugget is also my great nephew, and I cannot wait to watch him grow up (but not too fast!!) and become a dapper little ladies man LOL
Welcome to the world, Lil Jon….er… I mean lil buddy!!! #yeeeeeah #ooookay
hello world //
Lauren and John are expecting their first son July 14th…. well….. we’ll see how that goes!! July in Ohio is not so forgiving with the humidity, then add being 40 weeks pregnant on top of it…. UGH! Poor thing!!!
At least the temps were not too bad when we went out for their maternity session towards the end of June. Golden hour in the Park of Roses – it was beautiful! We did make a quick pit-stop outside of The Ohio State University football stadium to commemorate the magic night lil Jon was created… after a Buckeye victory, of course. What was kind of cool was that while the main Ohio State Marching Band (aka TBDBITL) was in Cleveland for the Cavs NBA Championship celebration, there were some band members practicing close by, so it was like a mini ‘game day’ vibe!
Congratulations to the mama and papa-to-be on their bundle of joy as they ‘patiently’ wait for his arrival! The days seem long now as you wait for him to be born, but days will go faster once he is here…. treasure every moment!
oh, baby //
Today is the last regular season game for the Bucknuts softball team this year………. and they are #1 in their league for Thursday night ball, and are getting ready to head to the playoffs!! PLAYOFFS?!?! Yeeeeeah buddy!!!
This is the 10th year for the Bucknuts team, but this is the first year that it is a Men’s team… and they made it an amazing year! #likeaboss
Can’t wait to head out tonight to capture their last at-bat for the season…. then it’s time to celebrate with some adult frosty beverages and some ‘za 🙂
Congrats on a great season, boys!!
bucknuts softball //
Amanda and Brian are so very excited to meet their little bundle of snuggly baby joy. Little Miss Mae is due…. well, yesterday… so mom and dad are more than eager to make her acquaintance, and love her to pieces!! But for now, we still wait……
This pregnancy was especially emotional, as this sweet little girl is also their Rainbow Baby. Unfortunately, they lost a pregnancy a couple of years ago, but were blessed to be able to conceive again and carry a healthy little baby to term.
Little Mae doesn’t know how lucky she is, but her parents and big sis Reagan are pretty freakin’ awesome! They already created a library for her, with lots of fun stories to be accompanied by the many voices Brian can conjure up; she has a cozy, eclectic nursery… and not to mention her fur-siblings all waiting for their little human to come home and join the brood.
We ended up doing an extended session so we were able to go to both Goodale Park and Jeffrey Mansion Park. The parks are absolutely gorgeous and have a classic feel – not too modern, not too open… but just right. I love the trees, fountain and pond at Goodale, and the stone stairs and the mansion itself at Jeffrey.
Hoping Mae makes her debut to the world soon (for Amanda’s sake – it just got really hot and humid in Ohio!), and I cannot wait to meet the little darling myself!
goodale park //
jeffrey mansion park //
Matilda. From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning “strength in battle”, from the elements maht “might, strength” and hild “battle”. This is a name steeped with meaning and could not be more fitting for this little ginger princess. Arriving two weeks early, and as big as a peanut, she has a strong spirit and a healthy appetite… she may be small but she is definitely fierce! And the amount of love that her adorable parents, Allie and Tim, feel for her is immeasurable.
No matter how hard we tried, Matilda did not want to be put down, even if she was sleeping… we even tried working with her while she was awake, but in no way did she NOT want to be in her mama’s arms! So we took a little break from shooting so we did it!! We were able to get some really, really cute shots of her wrapped up like a burrito (LOL) and in the wicker basket. She looked soooo comfy, I kind of felt bad having to take her out… she was knocked out!
She was only 10 days old at the time of our session, but she already looks good in green just like her mommy, and she presses her little fist against her cheek just like her daddy did. Sweet Matilda a perfect combination of her parents… it is going to be a pleasure to watch little Matilda grow up!
Congratulations Allie and Tim on your sweet, princess!
Because cake smashes are not just for kids…. because cake smashes are not just for whole numbered birthdays…. because WINTER BABIES should have some birthday fun in the sun too! I am bringing the half birthday celebration BACK, bay-beeee!!!! I am a December baby and know what it’s like to have a birthday party cancelled due to a sleet or snow storm, which is why I am pushing for the celebration of half birthdays.
Brittany too has a December birthday. So for her 24th and a half birthday, or 1278 weeks for all you moms out there, Brittany put on a party dress and we went out on a beautiful day in Johnstown for her cake smash. Due to the warm temperature and Ohio humidity, the cake didn’t fair so well on the trip… it got really soft and melty BUT it made a perfect mess for a smash, especially with the wind blowing her hair across her face attaching to all that soft, gooey icing! And the clean up was easy – she literally was hosed down after the session LOL
THANK YOU Brittany for having fun with me celebrating such a momentous milestone. May all your future half birthdays be merry and bright (and warm!)! A big Happy Half Birthday to you!
I know I’m weird, but sometimes it makes me laugh, and that just makes me super happy. -Unknown
half birthday //