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Suzana Turns 10! {Huntington WV children’s photographer}

Suzana’s parents and our family have been friends for years, but I’ve never had the opportunity to photograph them.  Imagine my joy when Rachael (mom) called and asked me to help her brainstorm a special session for Suzana’s 10th birthday!  We carefully selected location, outfits, themes and her expectations for the session….I was so excited by the time the day finally arrived.

We had the most perfect weather– not too hot, not too cold– and sweet Suzana hammed it up for me.  I love how we were able to bring Rachael’s vision to life– to celebrate Suzana being herself….laughing, dancing, leaping, even making a duck face (but we decided together to not keep that one 😉 ).  Suzana is such an incredibly cheerful child and I really enjoyed getting to spend this special time with her and celebrate this milestone.

Enjoy these images from one of my favorite sessions to date!

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Favorites- 2016’s best client images

Time for my annual review of images from my client sessions from the previous year! I always love looking back– not only is a great reminder of the amazing families and children with whom I’ve created, but I truly like to analyze and reflect on the work…why did I choose that particular pose? If I processed it in color- would the impact have been greater in black and white? I’ve even been known to re-edit prior works if I run across a new skill or technique that I think would enhance.  I guess you could say I just like to think ;).  So– without further adieu, and in no particular order….here are my favorite client images from 2016:



Nicole’s senior session….not only is this child incredibly beautiful, she’s also amazingly intelligent and a state-champion athlete!  It has been such a pleasure watching her grow up and I am so eager to see what the future holds for this shining star.  For this photo, we were in a nearby park and the sun was streaming *just so* through the trees… I love how small and delicate she looks here.  It reminds me a little of  a Tinkerbell/fairy princess photo… I adore it. If you want to see the rest of Nicole’s session, look here.


Oh, baby Liana is beyond adorable, isn’t she?  Ever since her grandma called me (all the way from Chicago!!) I have been enamored with her family.  Her newborn session was a breeze, this fall session was so perfectly styled and we had the best weather. Plus, in a couple of weeks she’ll be coming back to me for her first birthday and a cake smash session!  I am beyond excited!  I loved this image because it’s just so REAL– she is joyful and happy and her parents are completely smitten by her…it warms my heart. 


This photo makes my heart sing and makes me want to cry all at once.  Marra and her mom met me for a session in the fall on a cold, chilly day.  I didn’t know them before but it was an instant connection and I liked them both so much, especially how snuggly Marra was with her mommy.  This was a totally unscripted moment– I just encouraged them to connect with one another and whispered to Marra that maybe she might want to make her mom laugh…and this frame was born.  It’s real, it’s un-posed, and the perfect depiction of a mama and her girl…. since I have a girl around the same age the bittersweetness of the moment is not lost on me….we are holding them tight but they’re still growing up on us. 


Oh baby Grayson…so adorable!  When his mom got out this baby deer outfit I almost died– how was I even supposed to deal with this cuteness??  That little tail sticking up kills me every time and those ANTLERS?  No…I can’t.  He is so precious! 


Back to Liana again…I told you I can’t get enough!  This photo I loved anyway when I first took it…she only yawned the one time and thankfully I was already prepped and caught it in time.  Later, I chose to convert it to black and white and I’m still glad I did…for me, removing the color helps me to focus on the innocence of her little baby self…not a care in the world, just warm and cozy in my 90 degree studio (lol…she was the only one comfortable- the rest of us were sweating!) You can see the rest of her sessions’s highlights here.


Sigh…baby Kane.  This image– the tiny features, the snuggly blanket and the ears on that hat just combine to make it so peaceful and calm– I feel like when you look at it, really study it– your stressors have to ease a bit.  He’s just so happy and carefree– not a single thing on his mind except this cuddly naptime.  The colors work together to evoke a calm, pleasant response with the earthy tones.  As soon as I took this shot, I knew this would be a favorite for the year.  


Twins Harper and Drew came to see me and helped me to check off two things on my photography bucket list– boy/girl twins (I had previously only done baby boy twin sessions) and Miss Harper was the smallest baby I’ve photographed– she was just over 4lbs when this was taken!  The two of them were SO good for me… easygoing, sleepy (yesssss!) and just let me move them however I wanted.   I’ve not really felt as calm with a newborn as I did with the two of them- I knew that the session was going well and it was so nice to have that peaceful confidence.  This is a bit more prop-heavy than what I usually provide, but when mom told me about their nautical themed nursery I just couldn’t resist.  Hands-down one of my favorite sessions ever! 


This precious guy just melted my heart at his milestone session.  Watching him roll around and practice sitting was so much fun, especially since I hadn’t seen him since his newborn session! He has grown and changed so much this year.  I also love his mama’s expression, snuggled in with her sweet boy.

I’m a sucker for baby feet…I make a point of catching them in every newborn session.  This little guy, though, seemed to want to elude me in my efforts….kicking and moving them all around  and making it tough on me.  So….desperate times call for desperate measures!  I grabbed a newborn wrap I had nearby (love that springy green color!) and wrapped his feet up… it limited it movement and resulted in one of my favorite feet photos EVER!

A lesser-known aspect of my work is helping my commercial clients to enhance their professional spaces.  A lot of times we’ll use work I’ve already made in advance– like my travel and still life albums.   But occasionally, a client will request custom work, such as this image which I made specifically for Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Pain Management department.  They wanted some cool images of the train stations and locomotives in our town…so I booked myself one afternoon and went out shooting for them.  They purchased this print in a HUGE size for their office lobby and I am so excited for it to be installed!  Josh and Katie’s engagement session downtown was a true joy to photograph last fall.  I LOVED capturing their tender moments together and enjoyed laughing with them too (they are both huge goofballs!)  This image was very special though– they went out on a limb with me and agreed to stand next to this giant puddle we found in an alleyway…I knelt next to the water (and truthfully, almost fell in!) and got a great series of images from our little adventure.  I’m always looking for something unique, something different…so naturally this image makes my heart sing.It’s only natural that one of my very favorite client families would also have a favorite image for last year.  This sweet girl has been photographed MANY times by me– her mommy’s maternity session, her newborn session, and several sessions featuring her older brothers have all taken place with me in the past.  I simply adore all 5 of them!  I love her expression here and while I’m not usually heavy on props, I LOVED her mom’s idea to do a hot-air balloon theme.  Isn’t she adorable?!If you clicked on the links above, you’ll recognize these cuties as her big brothers!! This might be my favorite image taken all year….they are so adorable!  They can be rough and tumble, typical boys…and then turn it right off and squeeze in a moment of tenderness (like this!) that just melts your heart.  I love these little guys!I photographed Becca’s senior session on a sunny, unusually warm November day and I am SO glad she wanted to go outside the studio.  We headed down the street to the historic Keith Albee Theatre and the images we took in front of it just blew me away.  She is so talented!  I loved her session from start to finish.Just like Becca’s session, I loved Lexi’s senior session too!  She is incredibly beautiful and super smart, too.  I loved the juxtaposition of her girly outfits and our gritty downtown locations (can anyone tell I simply LOVE being downtown?!?! 😉 ) And I adored her shoes, which are on full display in this sassy image.  Definitely a favorite of mine for sure!Tiny baby Max was so cute and sleepy during his newborn session with me.  This is almost an outtake– one of those happy accidents that just fall in your lap.  I had opened his wrap to move him and he was so zonked out that his arms reached up like that…I laughed and then grabbed my camera and took the shot.  I think he looks like a tiny body builder- suns out, guns out! 😉And finally……..this right here. 😉 Does this not just sum up how we feel some days?  Sweet N is such a character and I love photographing his family.  He is a charmer– changing from a great big signature grin to this– which his mom and I fondly refer to as his “emoji face”.  He makes me laugh!!  If I ever wanted an image to evoke emotion…by golly…this one works!! 😉


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Becca C | Class of 2017 {Huntington WV senior photographer}

Sweet Becca has been a client of mine for several years now, and it’s been such an extreme pleasure to watch her grow and develop her skills as a dancer!  I loved her idea for updated headshots (so important as she embarks on her dance career) and doing the rest of the session outside.  Our downtown is the PERFECT backdrop for a session like this!   I so enjoyed our time together and wish Becca an amazing finish to her senior year of high school and a wonderful college experience.  She is so very talented and I’m excited to see where she ends up– her list of colleges is incredible and would be the envy of any dancer.  After working so hard, she’s now ready to spread her wings and fly!2016-11-10_00012016-11-10_00022016-11-10_00032016-11-10_00042016-11-10_00052016-11-10_00062016-11-10_0007

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Commercial Client | Huntington Dance Theatre

This is one of my favorite sessions each year– my continued partnership with HDT is one of those win/win situations that brings me joy each time we get together.  Last year, using the headshots and action dance shots that I provided, the girls gained acceptance to some truly impressive ballet intensives all over the country!! This year, I can see definite growth in all of their skills and I am so proud of the incredible dancers they’re becoming!!

I am so hopeful for their continued success and hope that my small involvement in the process will help them to be awarded auditions so they can sparkle and shine.

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Huntington Dance Theatre Session (Tri State dance photographer)

Every once in a while, if you’re really lucky, your job and your passion will overlap for a period of time….this happened to me recently when I was brainstorming with the directors of Huntington Dance Theatre and gave them my idea of wanting to do a “different” kind of session for their dancers. I had a vision of pretty tutus and pointe shoes but in a gritty, urban location- something to add tension and opposition to the delicate look of ballet. Much to my delight the amazing staff and company members of HDT loved the idea and we met on a sweltering summer evening to make it happen. Some of these photos are my personal favorites EVER– and can you just SEE the talent these girls possess? Amazing. So, so beautiful. Thank you for indulging my creative side, HDT– I’m so glad we worked together!
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