The Friends You Keep

Three days in DC, by the numbers: 4 amazing families 952 miles driven on the turnpike 54 deluxe cookies 16 Beanie Babies Countless hugs and laughter. So. Much. Fun. The best parts of my job, hands down, are the friendships and relationships I get to enjoy with my clients. Year after year, we don’t just watch their children grow, we document the changes. So many of “my families” have made me part of theirs. From newborns to high school graduations, I have been blessed to be part of their lives. And they have been blessed by having a legacy of … Continue reading The Friends You Keep

Sorry you can’t come in…

I was thinking today about the time our son invited his 90 year old great-great-aunt to our home for his upcoming birthday party. He was even baking his own cake. Ange accepted the invitation, but when she arrived, she realized she couldn’t get up the dozen stairs to our home. A proper, gracious lady, she was not one you carried, thank you very much. She was going to return home, but happily, we lived on a corner lot, and drove the car up on the lawn to the backyard picnic table and moved the party outdoors. Win win. I recall … Continue reading Sorry you can’t come in…

How to Look Great in Photos: Part 2 Lean In

Lean in. It has become quite the catch phrase. Meaning, of course, to go all in. Give it all you’ve got. Isn’t that how we all want to live? Not just in business, but it life itself. Part of my job as a portrait photographer is to convey that same feeling through my clients’ images. And the ‘Lean In’ pose is just one of the ways I do this. It helps you look sincere, and interested in the viewer. So if you would like this confident, classy look for your portraits or company website, give me a call! And meanwhile, … Continue reading How to Look Great in Photos: Part 2 Lean In

What Should I Wear for Photos? (Part 1)

Do you really know what looks on you? Color, neckline, style? Let’s start with colors. I have noticed over the years that most “What to Wear for Photos” guides simply tell people what colors look good in photos, or how to coordinate your family’s outfits. Good information, certainly. However, they don’t really tell you how to determine what looks good on YOU. When I ask a client which colors look best n her, she will often say she doesn’t know. Too often, we purchase clothes because we like the color of the season, without considering whether it is our best … Continue reading What Should I Wear for Photos? (Part 1)

I Facilitate Time Travel…

Imagine you had a portal to your past, which you could open at will, and travel back to when your children were small. You could see them laughing and playing, hugging you and kissing your cheek. Remember them walking with you and being swung high on the count of three. You could revisit the year their front teeth fell out, and their tiny faces began to assume their current look. You can stay as long as you like, and even bring your children with you for a visit. Then simply close the portal, replace the photo album on the shelf, … Continue reading I Facilitate Time Travel…

My Afternoon with a Mermaid

When you ask someone what they do and they reply “I am a mermaid,” it gets your attention. So I could hardly pass up the opportunity to meet Gemma in person, and naturally, to photograph her. You may not have known that there are employment opportunities for mermaids here in the Cleveland area, but when you look amazing in your tail, swim well, and have outstanding rapport with children, work is available. Mermaid Gem ( https://mermaidgem.weebly.com/ ) has delighted visitors to the aquarium, Renaissance Fair, special events and parties. Her costume is amazing, with phenomenal attention to detail. Add to … Continue reading My Afternoon with a Mermaid

How to Look Great In Photos (no matter who takes them)

By now, everyone is back to school, in one way or another, and we know what that means.Holidays are right around the corner. While the traditional family and workplace gatherings will undoubtedly be different this year, we can still send … Continue reading How to Look Great In Photos (no matter who takes them)

Princesses, Wizards, Unicorns. Get your wands ready!

A while back, I got a giant stuffed unicorn and dragon and took portraits with my little clients in the studio. It was great fun, but even then, I wondered if it would be possible to offer a ‘real’ unicorn session to aspiring princesses and wizards. Lo and behold, I discovered Pony Tales Farm, right here in Columbia Station, Ohio. As soon as I met Lorraine and Bill, I knew this was the place. Pony Tales Farm has been in operation for 27 years, offering pony rides, classes and outreach to the community, as well as running a pony and … Continue reading Princesses, Wizards, Unicorns. Get your wands ready!

What is the Best Neckline for Photos?

The REAL question is, what is the best neckline for YOU to wear. Because we are all different. Most articles about what to wear give a long list of generic rules, but they aren’t really helpful, because what do they have to do with you and your neck? So as an example, I offer me, in eight different necklines, so you can see how your clothing choices can affect your portraits. I believe the boat neckline with scarf and turtleneck with jacket are best for me. But how about you? Start in your closet, and pull out all the different … Continue reading What is the Best Neckline for Photos?

A Walk in the Park

Well, that is usually how I start my day. Today, however, I headed to the astonishingly beautiful grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Art. It was one of the first places I visited when me moved to Cleveland, and it is one of my favorite places. So imagine my delight when two graduate dance students were celebrating this beautiful day and allowed me to capture the fun. Enjoy your day! Continue reading A Walk in the Park