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)
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!!
With a busy schedule of eating, pooping and napping, little Jonathan managed to squeeze in his newborn portrait session. At the ripe old age of 10 days old, Jonathan is a seasoned model that knows how to work the camera… I mean, just look at his adorable little face!! Go ahead, look!
John and Lauren could not have lucked out with a better baby – their bouncing baby boy is truly a bundle of joy! It’s amazing how much he has changed in just a few short 10 day (check out his Fresh48 session here). I cannot wait to see how much Jonathan changes as he grows up and becomes his own little person!
A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities. – Eda J. LeShan
little baller //
The magic that created little Jonathan happened after an Ohio State Buckeye football game last October, and we stopped outside of the stadium for John & Lauren’s maternity session, so it was only fitting to start the session with the football onesie. His two-a-day practices are still a few years off, but he sure does look good in uniform! LOL
burrito love //
To stay in theme with Ohio State Buckeyes, we wrapped the little guy in a chili pepper red (the closest I could find to scarlett LOL) against the grey & white backdrop, coupled with the most adorable parted do. Jonathan was all cuddled up, as snug as a bug in a rug… but waaaay cuter!! 🙂
Jonathan’s dad was in the Army for 11 years, and he brought one of his tees and dog tags to the session. What better (or cuter) way is there to pay homage to his dad’s military career?! Who knows if he’ll follow is in dad’s footsteps and join the military, or if he’ll be a future Buckeye football player…. or maybe a boxer (did you see his little, tiny, adorable fists in the last photo?? he may be laying down but he’s got good form… and is hinting at being a south-paw!).
While most family activities are captured by the latest cell phone camera technology, with some cool filters and stickers to play with, most likely the images will just be of your kids, not of your whole family (eh-hem, that means you, moms and dads!).
While you think ‘Whew! I dodged the camera bullet – I’m a sweaty mess!’, your kids just see you as mom and dad, and love you just as you are. These images are not just for you to look at and remember a fun family day, but these are keepsakes for your children to possibly show their kids… so why wouldn’t you want to be in them?? Get over yourself, and get in those pictures too!!
How do you take the stress of enjoying the moment while trying to capture it at the same time?? That’s what I’m here for!! You might think it’s weird to hire your own paparazzi, you will more than love the moments captured that otherwise could not be, and that you have evidence that your kids are yours and that you were really there too. (lol)
I had the opportunity to follow the Gulling family to the Scioto Mile water fountain park on a hot July day, and let the family play and enjoy themselves while I took on the stress of dodging random kids, the squirting fountains and all the chaos that comes with taking 3 kids to a public play space. While Ryan was only able to sneak away during his lunch break to meet Heather and the boys for a short while, it a great day for a water park, ice cream and a pizza picnic!
family fun //
Austin’s introduction to the water fountain park with the whole family! For an 18 month old, he sure was skeptical about the water shooting up and he needed to observe the other children’s behavior. He analyzed the situation on how to approach and engage, but he totally got into it.
lunch time //
While Caleb and Elijah raced to see who could eat their pizza first, Austin just sat back and savored the flavors… and saved some for later… Okay – time to go back and play now!!
splish’in and a splash’in //
Since no one is actually swimming, we opted out of waiting 30 minutes before returning to the water 😉 It was time to cool down again – the shade we found to eat under didn’t help much with the heat. This time, all the boys were ready to get wet (i.e. sprayed in the face).
all good things must come to an end //
With the boys wore out from playing in the sun, it was time to wrap up our day together. Before heading home for a snack and some well-earned naps, it was time for them to head to the library to get books for summer reading. These boys definitely had fun in the hot, humid Ohio sun, and, best of all, Heather got to enjoy time with her boys without worrying about getting pictures and missing moments, or dropping her phone in the giant puddle we were in, and Ryan gets to see how much fun they had while he was at work (drying off after getting some major splashes from random kids LOL).
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 //
About a month ago Erin Burke Studios held Boho styled portrait sessions and partnered with Jessica Bowersock, licensed esthetician and owner of Skin Solutions by Jess. We had a great time working with these lovely ladies… well it wasn’t really like work at all! A little makeup, a couple of accessories, and these girls rocked their sessions #likeaboss!!
The Bergstresser Covered Bridge in Canal Winchester, Ohio is the last remaining covered bridge in Franklin County. It is tucked away in a neighborhood and is only open to foot/bicycle traffic. I just love this location – covered bridges are so scarce anymore but are absolutely amazing!
I am looking forward to another Boho event later this month with Jessica – for more details on special events, click here.
madison & angel //
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!
This little peanut is so cute! He was so interested in what was happening around him and this new person, and he didn’t want to miss a thing. He fought sleep with a valiant effort, I must say. I think my favorite picture is of Colton and his BFF / guard-cat Freddie… we were trying to swaddle a kicking baby and Freddie plopped down next to him (in guard-cat mode) and started rubbing his face on his little human’s face. Such love!! They both happened to look up at me at the same time – wide eyed and actually looking at me and not my general direction LOL #purfection
I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed everything about this session!!
Dream BIG, baby boy.
6 weeks //
This was such a special Mother’s Day / birthday session for Rhiannon – just a mother and her two sons. Mama bear and her two cubs, fiercely protecting them as she shows them the world. There is no love like a mother’s love, and there is no love like a sons love in return.
I had so much fun chasing these little guys around and getting them to give me real smiles and not the “cheeeeeeeeeeese” smiles! And let me tell you, when they found out I had cupcakes… Game. Over. LOL And can I just say how stinkin’ cute are these little gentlemen in their little bow ties?!?! I just can’t get enough of them!! I hope I get to capture these little ones as they grow up from littles to big men!
“It takes someone really brave to be a mother, someone strong to raise a child and someone special to love someone more than herself.” – Lilly
This is Leon, a graduating high school senior in the Class of 2016. Ohio gave us beautiful weather and a cloudless sky for our late afternoon session – we ended during golden hour and it was perfect. We made a few stops around Downtown Columbus – starting at the historic Schiller Park, we made our way to Scioto Audubon Metro Park with the tall, golden grasses and ponds, and we ended up at the arched bridge on the south end of downtown.
What made this session exceptionally special, as we were walking back to the car to leave we saw a fire truck on the corner, and after making sure they were not responding to an emergency, we asked if we could take a couple of photos with Leon on the truck – they said yes! The even let him hold a legit fireman’s axe!! The smile that spread across Leon’s face was priceless – every little boys’ dream came true in that moment. So I would like to give a special THANK YOU to the Columbus Fire Department and Fire Truck #1 (a.k.a. Top Gun) for letting us snap a couple quick shots and for making his year!
Graduating high school is a huge feat and a rite of passage to the next phase of your life. The chapter of your childhood closes, as you open the door to adulthood. It is a scary and exciting time, but the best part is is that you get to shape and mold your future and who you want to be.
“The doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock.” – Tony Gaskins
senior portraits //