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Cleveland Family Photography – Holden Arboretum – Henry & Didi

At first, I thought I had arrived early, but I turned to noticed Henry and Didi pulling into a parking spot. It’s been a while since I have seen them and they look as good as always. A few years ago, I was lucky to capture their Cleveland engagement session. In the short time since, so much has changed.

Henry and Didi are now married and have a beautiful little boy. He’s growing so fast, and so are Henry and Didi. Henry is about to embark on the next phase of his career, which will take him out to the Pacific coast. Soon after, Didi and family will follow. So this might be the last I see of this fantastic family. When planning their Cleveland family photography session, we kept coming back to the same idea. The session had to take place at Holden Arboretum and it had to be at sunset. As luck would have it, their family photography session turned out perfectly.

The sun beamed strongly across Holden as we walked through the beautifully manicured gardens. The resulting colors are filled with pastels and bright highlights. More importantly, Henry & Didi’s little boy was so well behaved. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a young boy so calm and relaxed in front of the camera. By the end of the session, we had captured some wonderfully intimate moments between this young family. Below you can find just a few highlight from their family photography session, all captured on gorgeous film.

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For the photographers among us, the above was captured by a Contax 645 and Nikon F5 on Fuji 400H and developed/scanned by Richard Photo Lab.

Kyra & Nick – A Session on Film for a Growing Family

Sometimes you have to take a risk. The risk can be big or small – but it’s still a risk. Kyra & Nick’s family session at their home in Granville was just around the corner, but the weather was looking bad. Huge storms were gathering on the horizon that could wreck their family session. Because I was driving from Cleveland to Granville (near Columbus) for their session, we had to make a decision about the weather rather early. After some back and forth over the phone, Nick made the call to continue with the session as planned. We were going to risk it!

The sky poured during the two hour drive to their home. The rain was so relentless that I had to slow down at points. As I pulled into the Columbus area, the weather began to clear. And then the sun came out as I reached Granville. The temperature shot up and it was actually nice outside. Turns out, the risk was worth it.

I think the risk was certainly worth it for Kyra and Nick as well. They initially met at a bar while in college, which can be risky in itself. They started talking and realized they shared interests. Nick took a risk and asked Kyra on a date. One date turned into the next, and then a next, and before long it was time to propose.

Being a Gentleman (capital G), Nick discussed marriage with Kyra’s family first. With permission enthusiastically granted, a family ring was to Nick to use for the engagement. Shortly thereafter, Nick and Kyra were in Philadelphia for a cousin’s wedding. Just before the wedding, Nick took another risk. While walking through downtown, they stopped in a small city park. Nick took a knee and proposed. Of course we wouldn’t be here today unless Kyra said yes. Sooo many risks in life are so worth taking.

Now, the wedding is just around the corner and they have a lovely growing family. Holden, the newest addition, is growing so fast. Below are just a few highlights from their blended engagement and family session, joined in by their two awesome dogs. I certainly hope you enjoy these little highlights.

A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home.

PS – The weather did not hold out for the entire session. We did have to retreat inside momentarily, but I love the inside photos just as much as the outdoor ones.

Charleston Family Session with Michelle & Amir

Michelle & Amir have become good friends of mine. They’ve asked me to capture their growing family numerous times over the past couple years. Recently, they decided to have me come to their new home in Charleston, West Virginia to photograph their entire family. After a long drive south, the sessions were held over a couple of  loverly spring days (with a little bit of rain – nothing we couldn’t handle).

Photographing four different sessions from one family was quite refreshing. I enjoyed watching their similarities and differences as a unit. I loved photographing the children, but I especially loved photographing the way the parents were with their children- attentive to their children but still in awe of  of one another. One of my favorite photographs is of Amy & Joe, with Amy laying on the bench. I love the way that Joe is looking at Amy and Amy is resting peacefully in his arms.  The location happens to be special for Amy & Joe. Joe was living in that apartment complex while they were both attending school at the WVU Charleston Area Medical Center. The bench also happens to be where Joe proposed to Amy. Apparently, just getting the bench ready for the proposal was quite an ordeal, but it was worth it.

Of course my favorite part was meeting Sofie, Michelle and Amir’s newest “human.” She is such a treat and so quite. I hardly knew she was there. I hope you enjoy the rest of the highlights below, captured on film over a couple days in Charleston.

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For the technically-minded, the above photos were captured on my beloved Contax 645 medium format camera with Fuji Pro 400H film. As always, developing and scanning was done by the awesome team at Richard Photo Lab.