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C Family | family session {Huntington WV family photographer}

I got so excited when this sweet mama called me and said she wanted to schedule another session– I’ve loved her (and her family) since their last session, back in 2013 (which you can see here— you won’t believe how the children have grown!)  A lot changes in 3 years!  The kiddos are still absolutely beautiful but I really felt like their personalities shined brightly in this session.  We went to one of my favorite locations and spent time running, skipping, climbing trees (yes, that happened!) and chasing a few ducks.  I even let the kids try taking a few snaps with my camera, which they loved!  I am so glad to be working again with them and look forward to seeing them again soon!

I *LOVED* this one in black and white– so beautiful!

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Top Shots of 2015

Every year I look back at my client photos and decide to narrow them down to my favorites…so, without further adieu, here you have my faves from 2015!!  These are in no particular order– it was hard enough just picking them..I could never rank them!! 😉

 

~ Isn’t this adorable? I love the way she snuggled into this blanket when I asked her to, and I am such a huge sucker for baby teeth.  She is so cute! I just really love how she looks so sweet and cozy.

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~ I love the black and white here.  Mommy looks so glamorous and son is so sweet, giving her a kiss.  She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn here and the black and white lends a classic feel to the image.  It’s a tender moment, unscripted…a gentle moment that I enjoyed sharing with them. Not all of my client images (and even fewer of my personal ones) include direct eye contact– I like showing these connections.  Her hair isn’t perfect, the composition isn’t completely spot-on…and yet I can’t seem to draw my attention away from the frame.

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~ This came from a maternity session that I did this year that REALLY pushed me out of my comfort zone.  If you know me at all, you know I really DON’T love birds. At all.  Like not even a tiny bit.  So when Mama-to-be decided she wanted to include the family’s chickens in their photos/announcement, I shuddered…and then started brainstorming how to make this work.  I slapped on a long lens (so I could back WAY, WAY up!) and snapped… I like the results! Y85A6711Y85A6773

~ Another maternity session this year provided me with the option to take this image.  I love the “real-ness” of it– coats hanging in the background, a bit of clutter within the frame.  At the center is the focus of the image– the two parents’ shoes and the baby’s first pair of boots (how cute are they?!) It’s symbolic of the change in their family and also an expression of real life– things aren’t perfect, are they?  Even when a moment can be perfect, our lives still have clutter and that’s totally OKY85A5795-Edit

~ Back to the idea of capturing moments— this is one of my very favorites for this year.  This couple, engaged to be married in 2016, shared this intimate moment during their session. I like that it’s just them— I’m giving a glimpse into their relationship, the way they care for one another.  I love her shy smile and the sweet way he kisses her forehead and not her lips.  It’s a private moment and we are only seeing a flitter of time in this one frame.

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~ I like this one because of the prop– his mother’s childhood chair!  I LOVE when families bring special items to a session and allow me to weave them in.  Over the course of this year I’ve photographed a baby in a 70+ year old handmade dress; boys in crocheted cashmere outfits (so adorable!), special rings and Bibles, hand-knit hats, carved signs, and many other keepsake items.  It brings such joy to me that clients trust me to incorporate those things into their session and I love seeing the end result at the clients’ ordering session.

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~ This sweet princess was NOT tired for her session at all– in fact, this is one of the only sleeping shots I got of her all day.  But honestly– could she look any more precious?  This photo reminds me that there’s beauty in all things- even in a pacifier I tried repeatedly to remove. (And her mama told me this is the ONLY day she ever took a paci. Now what’s that all about?!)  I love her soft skin and the soothing tones in the picture–makes you want to curl up with a blanket doesn’t it?

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~ I’m choosing these two because they show what can happen when a family will really let loose and have fun during their session.  These are friends of ours and they’re pretty “serious”– not super playful or goofy, which is why they really surprised me when they acted silly with their girls– and allowed me to capture it!  Icing on the cake?? They used the close-up photo on their Christmas card this year!! How fun is that?!

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~ I loved Joe and Abbi’s engagement session so much- but these next two photos are my favorite from the whole event.  First– that silhouette is the BEST one I’ve ever taken.  We happened to be in the perfect place at just the right time– and by asking them to make a quarter turn, we caught the sunburst just in between them.  I LOVE the emotion and the artistic feel!   Second– look at the light in the next one…so much buttery warm sunlight streaming in.  I like the airy feel to it- like we’re seeing them in a dream.  Their session was fabulous!

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~ I had only one senior session this year– it seems more and more seniors are choosing to DIY their senior photos and using friends and Instagram.  I am hopeful that they don’t regret missing this milestone and I’m thankful for parents who want to keep this tradition alive.  I loved that Bradley brought his guitar– he can play several instruments but guitar is his favorite.  I like the rustic look of this photo and the contrast of his clothes and guitar against the red bricks.  It reminds me almost of album art from a CD (remember those?! lol)  Brad is heading off to college in 2016– I know he’ll find success.

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~ Last but certainly not least…the babies.  I had more newborns in 2015 than I’ve ever had before and I was SO thankful for each one.  Babies are beyond special to me and it’s such an honor when a family calls me to photograph them.  I know firsthand how very, very quickly their looks change and how important it is to schedule those sessions early on.  Each of these photos below is a favorite of mine for so many reasons– maybe it’s the serene look on their faces, or the way you can see the detail of the cleft in a chin, or a sleepy smile… sigh.  I could drool over these baby pics for days!!

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So there you have it– 2015 all rolled up in one post.  It’s been a fantastic year, and I so appreciate the clients, old and new, who’ve allowed me into your homes, into your lives.  It is my pleasure to work together and capture your life in images.  Thank you, thank you so very much.

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Just for me… a little nature break

Check out this beautiful scene from my session the other night.  Sometimes, you just have to stop and take it all in…so much beauty all around us that is easy to miss when we’re in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  I’m glad I took a moment after my session to compose this shot– I think it’s going to look beautiful framed in my house! 😉

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Special Project- MU Health Canvas Display {Marshall University photographer}

Remember the displays I did for the Department of Neuroscience at Marshall?  Well, you know what they say about good news– it travels fast!  This time it traveled to another division of the hospital who decided that they, too, wanted their own Captured Bliss display area!  I arranged these 2 displays in the new Physician Referral Line office.  The lovely staff members in the office were absolutely thrilled to get something pretty on their walls and they were so patient with me as I installed the pieces and got completely in their way. 😉  I cannot express my excitement at knowing my work is up for the public to see- it absolutely makes my heart sing! 🙂

Display 1-

1 20×30 canvas and 3 11x14s

These were from a trip to the Cincinnati Zoo (owl shot) and the robin’s nest that was in our tree last year.  I love this arrangement.

Display 2- 1 20×30 and 4 16x20s

Please excuse the phone pics- I didn’t have my camera with me! 🙂

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Justin | Class of 2013 (Tri State senior photographer)

Justin’s mom contacted me back in September about a Senior session and we planned it so many times….only to be foiled by Mother Nature! This day finally rolled around and we were sure things were going to go perfectly… however, it was extremely windy and COLD (think below freezing with the wind chill- crazy!)

Thankfully Justin was SUCH a trooper and stuck with it, even when it was uncomfortable (hello, river shots! It was insanely cold and windy by the water!) Also, Justin’s mom was so sweet to keep the heat blasted in the car whenever we were traveling to the next location so we could try to warm up. 🙂

I loved Justin’s style- he knows who he is and has big, BIG plans for the future. With his winning attitude, I know he can do anything he wants. You rock, Justin!

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(These are dead railroad tracks in our downtown area– I would never ask my clients to do something that was unsafe. Dead tracks only!!) 🙂

Congratulations, Justin, and best of luck after graduation!

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