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 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 //
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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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 //
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 //
Now THIS is a family session! Mama Krichbaum has four wonderful children, all with their own families… totaling 19 people! Yep, 19!! (count ’em!) This fun-loving group was all jokes and laughs (ok, a few tears from a shy little cutie) as we meandered our way through Inniswoods Park on this wonderful autumn morning. It’s not an easy task to coordinate 19 people to meet at the same time, especially when over half of them are kids and toddlers, so a super kudos to them for getting there all at the same time, everyone dressed and ready to go! That was some super coordination LOL We even bonded over a very odd event during the shoot… click here for that story.
Without further adieu, here is the Krichbaum family!
19… and counting? //
In the middle of this blah Ohio winter, I miss color… that might be why I love this fall family session so much! The colors were rich and the weather was surprisingly warm in October. The Scioto Audubon Park is so serene and diverse, especially in fall with the golden tall grasses and jewel-toned leaves; it doesn’t feel like you are right next to Downtown Columbus and by a freeway!
The setting was perfect for this adorable, little family. And as an added bonus, the pint-sized family of 3 is growing to 4 this summer! I can’t wait for the maternity session!!
Family. Where life begins… and love never ends.
meet the taylors //
and sometimes you have to wait on them if you get there early to scope out the joint. And sometimes you don’t have an assistant so you are alone. One morning I went to a park to meet a family for portraits – a very large family, totaling 19. I got there a little early since I wasn’t super familiar with the park and drive time. I texted the client to let them know I was there and what I was wearing – there happened to be tons of photographers out that morning.
As I was pacing and texting, an older gentleman approached me asking me if anyone had taken my picture that day because my then bright purple hair was glowing super bright in the sun. Surprised by the remark, I laughed it off saying I was there to take someone’s photograph but I haven’t taken mine yet – joking because I would probably end up taking a selfie later that day… as you do on Selfie Sunday 🙂 I went about my business texting and pacing in a circle, and shortly after the families showed up for the session. No big deal.
About an hour after the man approached me about my picture, he somehow found me as I was setting up a shot with the matriarch and her adult children, as their spouses and children were hanging out and talking. To my clients, they just saw another photographer walk up to me and hand me a print out – small poster size – and I thanked him and he walked away. They thought ‘cool, she was able to have someone deliver goods to her while out in a park’… um, NO! What they then saw was my facial expression of confusion when I turned back around to them – then they figured something was up. That random man handed me a poster print out of a photograph of ME he took without my knowledge from the parking lot!! (yeah, I noticed his zoom lens on his Nikon…)
That’s about when the creepy factor set in. They, mostly the women, noticed that the outfit in the picture was what I was currently wearing; one of the men thought that maybe I wore a ‘uniform’ of sorts for easy identification… nope! Then everyone started looking around for him, but he was gone! I must say, he moved very quickly and stealthily for an older man. He did mention he lived 10 minutes from the park, which led to some ‘Silence of the Lambs’ jokes LOL I’m just glad I ended up being with a large group of people with large guys, because as creepy as that was, I felt safe that nothing would happen. We were pretty much on high alert after that for the 45 minutes we had left, but we just made jokes… because what else can you do??
So now I have this lovely, awkward print out of myself, which ironically looks like I am looking at him and kinda smiling, but I was scanning the parking lot for my clients and default-smiling from squinting. I’m not sure if I should keep it for finger printing or consider it a gift from a fellow creative… but if any men are reading this now, please do not ever take a woman’s picture and give her a print out, unless she literally (not figuratively) asks for it. Never ever.