Highbanks foliage

One of my favorite parks is Highbanks in Lewis Center. It's a huge park that's part of the Metro Park system and the trees in autumn look amazing.

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This couple and I met at Highbanks in the middle of the afternoon. Not ideal for photos, usually, but I knew that due to the foliage and the way the trees are set up in my favorite spots that the canopy of the trees provides a gorgeous backdrop and sunlight diffusion.

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My favorite park is always a surprise - this was a spot off the trail that I didn't know existed. This couple clearly knows the parks around town because they knew great photo locations. And they knew all about trees and the ecosystem. I learned so much from our short time together walking through the woods!

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One last sweet shot. Adorable!

I'm so glad they chose me to photograph them for their fall photos. Want lovely foliage pictures from Highbanks? Contact me now!

Casey the boxer

Casey is a boxer, which is a breed I am not too familiar with. I don't know why they aren't more popular, since I've been reading that they're great family dogs and are trained as guide dogs for the blind. Casey is SO friendly. We hit it off the moment we met.

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This is Casey sitting so calmly with the sunlight streaming behind her. You wouldn't know that a LOT of work went into capturing the perfect picture of her. I am thrilled with how this turned out!

Casey's owner told me how she had a boxer when she was growing up. That dog's name was Sugar. Later I mentioned this to my husband, who immediately said, "Oh, like Sugar Ray Leonard?" I asked, and sure enough, Sugar the boxer was named after Sugar Ray Leonard the boxer! And apparently my husband was one of the few people to make that connection. He's pretty sharp.

Here's Casey in the yard.

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She looks like she's smiling! What a happy face.

Casey isn't allowed on the furniture. Her owners said it was OK and made an exception for a special occasion like a photo shoot, but when they tried to get her up on the couch, she hopped on then hopped right off! She follows the rules very well.

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Look at that curiosity! She's a little intimidating at first glance, but this dog is pure marshmallow inside.

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Baron the rescue dog, part 2

This picture is so dramatic and fun that it deserved its own post. Read Baron part 1 here.

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Doesn't he look like a Mighty Dog? It's a sunset so I was facing west and Baron just gave me exactly what I wanted. Baron is a mutt and a rescue, and he was actually afraid of cameras. At one point he got pretty skittish but we worked it out and he turned into one of the best dogs I've worked with. He was such a cooperative dog when treats were involved! The Trader Joe's treats that look like beef jerky are always a hit. The little girl in his family kept sniffing them saying they smelt so yummy. I think she might be part puppy!

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Don't make me choose between these two photographs! One, I love for his head in the air like a superhero. This second one I love because his tongue is out and he's smiling for the camera, which his family never expected he would do.

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Slurp! Peanut butter is delicious!

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Baron the rescue dog

No one is positive what kind of dog Baron is, but boy he is fun and loving. He is such a great dog for these two kids. Just look at this goofy happy grin with his tongue hanging out. LOVE THIS!

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Baron was in rescue group and staying with a foster family before his forever family adopted him. The couple who fostered Baron took turns sleeping on the couch with him because he was scared to be by himself when he first got to their house. Eventually he found his way to this fabulous family and just look how joyful he is. He's so happy to be a dog and have these kids draping themselves on him! He has such a playful and sweet disposition. You can tell he loves being a dog.

Here's another sweet picture. This foreheads-touching pose is a favorite of mine for dogs and their people. Sometimes it winds up as noses touching or a big slurpy lick right across the mouth. You never know!

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I adore the feel of this candid. I saw a split-second moment where Baron was looking up and relishing being her dog. I love how both their eyes are closed but there's still a connection between them. Usually I prefer outdoor pictures in color, but these felt so timeless and almost had a documentary aesthetic that I had to go black and white. Of course I gave the family the choice between color and black and white, but for me, the contrast is what makes the photograph.

More pictures to come! We had an awesome sunset shot that I can't wait to share. Stay tuned!

Chrissy the bichon

Chrissy is a feisty little bichon. She has several personality quirks that I find hilarious. In the morning she walks on the winding garden paver stones around the yard so her paws don't get wet on the early morning dew. She looks like a little gymnast on the balance beam as she quickly walks along the pavers with her long tail bobbing behind her as she walks. She also barks very loudly when her mom pets another dog. She's a little jealous! Little diva doesn't like sharing the spotlight.

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Her owners were hopeful for cooperation from Chrissy but a little disbelieving that I could take her picture. Pretty soon after I arrived I was down on the wet grass rolling around at Chrissy's level. She had her moments of running away, but that's OK! Chrissy's mom commented that I was very patient. I just think, hey, this is fun! I'm hanging out with a dog - what could be better??

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This was an early morning sunrise shoot. I planned the time so we could get the sun at just the right angle in the sky behind Chrissy as she looked up, and it paid off!

A pose in the grass...

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I love how her name tag is visible in this portrait.

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Ohio pillow

I opened my mailbox to find the cutest red pillow waiting for me! Well not for me, but for a charity fundraiser I will be attending in a few weeks. Erin of Westlake Craft generously agreed to donate one of her awesome Ohio pillows to help raise money for Family Promises, a Delaware County organization that helps families transition from homelessness to independence. It's a worthwhile cause and I'm delighted that I got to take these pictures!

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Please be sure to check out Westlake Craft for more adorable designs and to create your own custom pillow. Go to westlakecraft.com or - even easier - just click HERE to see more!

Developments in Lewis Center

There is exciting news about different developments in Lewis Center, our quiet suburb north of Columbus. In the next year we expect an Ikea near Polaris and a commercial and residential area to be established in "downtown" Lewis Center. Right now it is a small collection of buildings and a handful of businesses. I plan to get out and photograph the cornfields and corner store so I can one day show my grandchildren "Look at how much this place has grown!"

The same thing happened in the suburb where I grew up. I remember it was literally cornfields and empty plots of land. Now it's a booming area with lots of commercial development. I'd love to have a photo of the same intersection, which is now heavily congested with traffic and businesses dotting the streets. It is the opposite of a ghost town.

Just sharing that it's a good idea to take pictures of the everyday, mundane things like unpopulated areas, because our memories will fade and the photos will amaze us. I'm betting Delaware County - Lewis Center especially - grows significantly in the coming years.

Choosing the right Lewis Center photographer for you

Living between Columbus and Delaware, I know that there are a zillion photographers you could pick. Lewis Center alone has at least a quarter of a zillion, roughly. So what should you look for in a photographer?

Obviously, images are important! Look at the portfolio and see if those pictures appeal to you. Do you look at all the images and think, "Wow, I would love to have a picture like that hanging in my living room"?

Even though you can't see your family's images in a photographer's portfolio, you should be able to get a sense of the photographer's aesthetic. Personally, I favor clean, crisp images where the subject pops, and I strive to photograph and edit my images to keep in that aesthetic.

HERE IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BROWNING PHOTO - you get to see your images before you order your photographs. After you put down a small sitting fee and we have our photo shoot, your images are transformed to perfection using the latest digital software technology for photography. We meet again at an ordering session and that's your chance to view your precious images and decide which photos will look most fabulous in your home.

There are a zillion photographers in the Delaware County / Columbus corridor and we all have very different styles. You want to find a photographer whose sample images make you excited to envision your own loved ones getting photographed. Browning Photo is different because you see your images BEFORE you purchase any prints or order a digital collection.

Bottom line - I want you to be thrilled with the final product and want to come back for future sessions.

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