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The Starman Family | A Richfield, Ohio Family Photo Session

This season has been so full of wonderful clients + gorgeous weddings that I haven’t had a chance to share much with you. We’ve got a lot to catch up on.

In case this blog is the only way you keep up with what’s going on in my life, I’m having a baby! Navigating a summer / fall full of work and pregnancy has been a new experience but honestly not nearly as difficult as I had prepared myself for. Slowly becoming a mom myself has given me a whole new perspective on the importance of photos not just in the milestone moments, but in all the in betweens, too. I’m already thinking about how important it’s going to be to capture each little phase of our sweet baby’s life, and I’m so excited that I get to give that to other people.

My business looks a lot different than it did when I began. For the first few years, I only worked with couples but I’m so glad that’s changed. Weddings + Engagements are still my jam, but the opportunity to work with people in all different phases of life has been such a pleasure. Many of my weeks look like nothing but babies and little kids and I’m loving it.

I’ve known the beautiful girl in these photos since I was probably 12 years old. Life has changed drastically for both of us since then, but I was so excited when she reached out for photos of her + her husband, along with their 4 gorgeous children.

When I take family photos, we let the kids run around. They pick flowers and find rocks. Let them explore and the smiles will come.

Enjoy.

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Mini Sessions Are Here!

I’m so excited to let you know that mini sessions are happening again this year!

And because they were so popular last year, we have TWO dates this time!

September 10 at the Albion Woods Park in Strongsville

October 17 at the West Creek Reservation in Parma

Who are Mini Sessions for?
Everyone! Bring your friends. Include your pets. Get some new head shots! Mini sessions can include up to 6 people.

How many images will I get?
I’ll upload a gallery of the edited images taken during your session. From your gallery, you can choose 10 of your favorites to download for free with the option to purchase prints and/or digital downloads of the rest of the images in your gallery.

How long will my session take?
Mini Sessions are 20 minutes!

How much does it cost?
A mini session is $165.

How long will it take for us to receive our images?
Your photos will be done and ready to download within 3-4 weeks.

What happens if the weather is bad on my mini session day?
Sessions will continue unless there is heavy rain and/or Thunderstorms. If our scheduled date is rained out, sessions will continue on our rain date at the same times.

RAIN DATES:

September 10th’s rain date is September 16

October 17th’s rain date is October 21

If both the session date and the rain date are cancelled due to weather, you have the choice of receiving a full refund, or putting the money towards a discounted full session with This Lovely Light to take place within 6 months of our mini session date. Cancellation because of weather is at the sole discretion of This Lovely Light. Just as a reference, you can expect a minimum of 50 images from a full session, and all those images can be downloaded at no additional cost!

How much do I have to pay to book my spot?
Because of the limited spots available, I require your entire session fee up front to hold your spot.

 

If you’re ready to sign up, please do so here:

 

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Madison + Jason | A Cleveland Wedding at Tenk West Bank

I’ve been looking forward to Madison + Jason’s wedding since December 20, 2017 – the day Madison first inquired. It quickly became clear that we were a match made in wedding heaven, and their engagement session the following summer definitely confirmed that.

I was honestly so excited to wake up this beautiful June day and watch Madison + Jason finally have the wedding they’ve been waiting for. Their love for each other is evident in every laugh, hand hold, and sweet word they say to each other. Their first look felt like a movie you’ve been waiting years to see, and her walk down the aisle was the culmination of all the days + years before them.

Sometimes when I shoot a wedding, I feel like a vendor they’ve hired for the day – maybe because I am.

But my favorite weddings are the ones where I feel like an old friend. This was one of those.

Madison + Jason,

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to see your newlywed life unfold together. You’re going to be so dang great at this marriage thing, and at everything else life throws your way.

Venue | Tenk West Bank
Catering | Marigold Catering
Hair + Makeup | Makeup by Madison & Co. 
Bride’s Dress | La Blanca Bridal 
Groom’s Tux | Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Vici Dolls
Florist | Lowe’s Greenhouse
Desserts | WildFlour Bakeshop
Stationery | Ting Stationery
Videographer | Emily Schutz
DJ | Flash Jam Entertainment
Transportation | Platinum Party Bus

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Mike + Denise | A Mooreland Mansion Wedding in Willoughby, Ohio

This was a wedding two years in the making for me. As soon as I heard Mike + Denise’s vision for what they wanted it to be, I was in.

Denise is a wedding planner, and it showed in every tiny, personalized detail – from their homemade jam as wedding favors to the way they honored all their family before them. Mooreland Mansion was the perfect setting for their perfect day.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. After years of shooting countless weddings, there are still [frequent] moments that make me cry. During their first look, Mike + Denise read each other some of the most thoughtful, meaningful, and well written words I’ve ever heard. I cried my way through the whole thing.

When I get to spend my weekends at weddings as special as this one, it’s a challenge to make sure my photos do these moments justice. I hope that as you scroll through these images, you’ll feel just a portion of the emotions that were present this day.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

Venue | Mooreland Mansion
Catering | Normandy Catering
Hair + Makeup | Blushing Beauty Salon
Bride’s Dress | BHLDN
Groom’s Tux | Macy’s
Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids
Florist | Amanda Joy Events
Desserts | Hummingbird Bake Shop, Mason’s Creamery
Stationery | Minted, Beacon Lane, Paper Love Club
Videographer | JV Weddings
DJ | A Bride’s DJ

Other Vendors | Fiber + Gloss, Nuage Designs, Wedding Chairs, Mineralogy, Mejuri

 

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A West Creek Reservation Family Photo Session

Greg, Deana, and their two sweet babies.

Oh, how I can’t wait to photograph this wedding. 

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Lauren + Jordan | A Tremont Towpath Engagement Session

They wrote sweet love notes to read to each other during our session.

We walked through the Towpath Trail on the most beautiful night of the season.

And now I’m ready to watch them get married so soon. 

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Colleen + Michael | A Canton Wedding at the Historic Onesto

What a kickoff to wedding season…

I’ve been anxiously awaiting Colleen + Michael’s wedding since their engagement session so long ago. These two are a class act. From her gorgeous lace gown, to his custom tux – this wedding deserves its own awards show.

We started our morning at Colleen’s family home. Her close friends surrounded her as nieces and nephews watched paw patrol. Just the way your wedding morning should be. The weather was sunny and gorgeous, the company was good, and the emotions were real.

One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is watching the reactions of family + guests. There was a moment from Colleen + Michael’s ceremony that I recently shared on Instagram that will stick with me. The aisle was long, and everyone had plenty of time to watch Colleen and her father make their way to the front. Michael’s eyes, along with all the guests’, were glued to Colleen in her beautiful dress. But as everyone faced the back of the church, Michael’s dad couldn’t look away from Michael – his son seeing his bride for the first time. These are the moments that matter, and the ones I hope to capture for years to come.

Colleen + Michael,
The best is yet to come.


Venue | The Historic Onesto
Caterer | Dishes by Design
Bride’s Dress | Lavender Bridal Salon
Groom’s Tux | Savile Lane
Bridesmaid Dresses | Linda’s
Rings | La Placa Jewelers
Makeup | Maggie Kleinman
Hair | Jls hair studio – Karen
Florist | Tilted Tulip
Cake | Hartville Kitchen
DJ | On the Mic Entertainment
Transportation | Statement Limousine LLC
Videographer | Alyson Sliman

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The Bowen Family | A Berea Family Photo Session at Coe Lake

I’ve known Lauren for about 13 years now. We went to the same high school, and most of our time together was probably spent in the dark room. Over the years, we’ve kept in touch and I’m so glad we have. I’ve loved watching her sweet family grow (one perfect little one at a time), and navigating some of the tough stuff life throws our way together.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Photographing friends is my favorite.

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Kaitlin + Sean | An Intimate Cleveland Maternity Session

*I swear I shoot more than maternity photos.*

I recently got the chance to photograph two friends and you know that’s my favorite. I met Kaitlin + Sean when they were still engaged, and knew we’d be friends right away. They recently moved, so we don’t get the chance to hang out as much as I’d like, but this session was the perfect chance to catch up. We wandered around a couple of my favorite Cleveland spots, and made some magic.

Enjoy.

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Shilpi + Nanak – A Cleveland Museum of Art Maternity Session

When I started taking photos so very long ago, I wasn’t sure where I wanted to spend my time, but maternity + newborn photos weren’t even on my radar.

Years later, and countless new families under my belt, I’m just really glad things worked out the way they have, because I get to meet people like Shilpi + Nanak during some of the most special times of their lives.

I can’t wait to meet another little one.

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We Went to Mexico

When I was growing up, vacations looked like a packed Aerostar van, my brother in the backseat with Joy Electric blasting through his headphones, begging me not to bother him, me in the middle making up songs about all the signs we passed on the highway, and trying not to die of boredom before we got to grandpa’s house. Living so far from any family meant that any chance we got, that’s where we were. Of course, we’d always work in trips to Silver Dollar City when visiting Granny, or we’d end up at the beach when it was grandpa’s turn, but I don’t remember a single vacation as a child that was just the four of us, on a mission to have a good time.

Over the last few years, I’ve realized that since we live close to my family now, vacations now sit in the back seat where my brother was. Stephen and I have been married nearly seven years, and this trip was the first time since our honeymoon that we’ve gone somewhere (for longer than a weekend) just to have a good time. My overanalyzing brain spent hours researching destinations, then resorts, then talking myself out of booking anything because something about the house always needs fixed. So one Saturday morning in January, Stephen was looking at resorts and I pretty much said “I don’t care what it is, just book it!” I needed a vacation and I needed one badly.

So late February, we made the trip and WHY DID ANYONE LET ME WAIT SO LONG?

Stephen and I are generally cold weather loving, mountain dwelling, fires in the cabin loving vacationers, so this experience was different for us on so many levels. We’d never been to an all-inclusive before. (loved it.) In our 11 years as a couple, we’d never been to a beach together. (loved it.) And we’d never left the country together. (11/10 would do again.) Our whole trip felt like a dream. We’d start our day with breakfast by the ocean, spend the morning in a cabana, lunch by the pool, 4-5 hours of pool time (which is about half of what my heart desires, but compromise), and then we’d get ready for dinner. Zero emails. Zero worries.

One of my biggest struggles when it comes to travel is whether or not to take my camera. I want to have all the memories, but I tend to obsess over photos sometimes, and fun trips can start to feel like work for me reeaaaaal fast. So a couple weeks before this trip, I decided to splurge on a nice *digital point and shoot camera – the best of both worlds. It takes gorgeous photos, without me having to think like a photographer. All of the photos (and the video) you’ll see here were taken by that point and shoot. I also brought along a couple disposable underwater cameras, and they were so much fun. I planned on sharing more of those photos but the disc Walgreen’s gave me with my photos was unfortunately not of our vacation photos but of Grandma Linda’s first Christmas with her new grandbaby.

If you look closely, you’ll see a couple grainy photos that I scanned for you, and scroll all the way to the bottom to see the video I made of our trip.

TLDR: Had fun. Would do again. Enjoy.

*I should note that when I travel, I am a shameless tourist. I don’t care what I look like, or how bad my spanish is – I’m having a good time.

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