Goldendoodle at Highbanks

Sparty is a playful, very obedient two-year-old goldendoodle. He recently moved to Ohio with his family from Florida. He had just a couple cold months up north so this was his first autumn living here. We found a nice spot beside the Scioto River to take a sunset portrait before playtime.

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His people had never been to Highbanks, so this was a fun adventure for his family and Sparty himself.


They found lots of new spots to let him run, play, and do his favorite activity of all... chasing Frisbees! Notice I didn't write catch Frisbees, but he sure tries his best at chasing them then retrieving them after they've landed. He's such a happy, goofy, active boy. I'm glad his family has a new place to explore with him. I was happy to introduce them to such a nice park like Highbanks!

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Look at those big paws.

One more - his family loves this black and white shot.

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.


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!


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!

Boys at Highbanks

This family isn't from Lewis Center but I recommended Highbanks for their family photo shoot because it's so darn green and idyllic just about year round.


The last time I was in this clearing, almost all of the leaves were on the ground. We were there so early that I realized it was super dark from the thick tree canopy! Luckily I came prepared with my favorite lighting and everything went off without a hitch. I couldn't believe it was so bright outside and so dark inside the woods! It's good to be prepared for anything.

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Here's the boys with their cowboy hats. These two kept me in stitches. They gave me a good education on everything from zombies to video games to poison ivy. They are typical goofy boys but when it came time to pose they were pros! I think Mom had them practice.

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Sleepy heads! As soon as the blanket went down they were ready for a nap. They had traveled quite far to get to our early-morning shoot. But there was a promise (bribe?) of Bob Evans at the end, so they kept perking up when we talked about pancakes.

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Like me, they're big fans of the whipped cream that Bob Evans puts on their special pancakes. They prefer chocolate chip, whereas I'm a strawberry fan. Agree to disagree!

These were my test shots for my lighting that actually came out great!

I grabbed the nearest kid to be my victim - I mean volunteer - for the lighting.

Mom told him he was "being voluntold" to stand still for me. I love it!

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I'm going to use that with my husband. He's going to be 'voluntold' to be my test subject in the future too!

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Outdoor family photos in Lewis Center

Outdoor family photos have become very popular in recent years, and for good reason. Getting outside lets the family play in nature and have some fun while the camera documents their interactions.

Lewis Center has some scenic locations that are fantastic for outdoor family photos. I have written about various places in Delaware County that set the scene for vibrant portraits. Check out my blog posts below for examples!

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Feisty little Justine at Highbanks

Just look at Justine. This child is ALL PERSONALITY. Her mama told me beforehand that she is feisty and boy, she is right!

This family and I had an awesome hour in the late afternoon at Highbanks Metro Park in Lewis Center. It's a favorite park of mine because it's so big and has a lot of acreage to explore. The lighting was soft and lovely and it was just warm enough out to be comfortable. I love taking pictures as far away as possible from high noon, when the sun is highest and casts the harshest shadows on faces. Either early morning or late afternoon is really the best time of day. Photographers often talk about "golden hour," which is the optimal time of day for flattering lighting. But I don't need to talking about lighting too much when it comes to a little girl like this. That smile could light up the whole park. So on to the pictures!

Justine was wearing the cutest pink puffer vest with little silver snowflakes. I can't believe she's only two years old. This child can TALK! She was all over the place looking for squirrels and wanted to find a purple squirrel. I asked this purple squirrel's name she was searching for and she said, "Barry." Hee!


Justine was cracking me up the whole time we spent together. I had to make sure to click my shutter a few extra times for each shot I wanted because I could feel myself shaking with laughter. Clearly Justine brought her A-game. This kid is a born performer! These photos are some of my favorites because her sweet little face is so animated. Justine is a ball of energy!

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Fall foliage and an epic baby announcement!

This post is so special to me because this family gave me the opportunity to share in some terrific and exciting news. Keep reading for details! But first look at those happy faces...


The foliage in Highbanks was gorgeous - of course it would be with all those trees turning lovely colors. We caught the foliage at the tail end of autumn. I was at the same spot the following week for a shoot and the trees were almost all bare. By catching the end of the leaves turning, at least we had color left on the trees and of course we had Liam toss some leaves up in the air for good measure. That's always a hit with the kids!

The best part is always tossing the leaves!

The best part is always tossing the leaves!

As I was still in the process of developing these images I took a break from the long hours at the computer and visited a good friend at her house. I had the unprocessed files with me so she could see the latest family I had photographed. Out of all the portraits my friend stopped at the following image and pointed - "Look at the joy in that little boy's face!" she exclaimed.

He really does look joyful, doesn't he?

He really does look joyful, doesn't he?

I had to include it here because every time I see it now I think of her comment and have to agree. I love that Liam's fingers are all completely separated and outstretched, having just tossed a couple handfuls of leaves. It gives his picture so much energy. And it was just pure luck that the leaves he tossed formed a natural frame around him!

Well now for the exciting news - this family of three is going to add two more children to their roster! Mom is expecting twins and wanted a fun way to announce it to the world. Take a look at Liam holding a chalkboard that had the message 'Soon to be a big brother of TWINS!' on it.


Throughout our session the chalkboard sign got a little wear and tear on it. Some smudges, some fingerprints, some fading - nothing a little Photoshop can't fix!

I usually have a small crate with me at outdoor sessions because they're so versatile. Kids can sit on it, I can place my camera on it if I need a steady shot close to the ground, and easiest of all I can use it to carry all my odds and ends.

We started out with Liam sitting on the crate and he gave us these adorable poses. I really like this one in particular where only his eyes are peeking out from the chalkboard.


This was pretty adorable but I'm always trying to think up new ways to photograph kids, especially when I know it's going to be their EPIC announcement to the world! No pressure, right?

I asked Liam to sit on the ground next to a tree with the chalkboard beside him. He was getting a little restless and tired of smiling so I asked myself... "Self, what kind of expression would I want to see on a big brother's face when he learns this news?"

Liam's only four years old so I was pretty sure if I had requested "Liam, look shocked!" he wouldn't know what to do. Instead I asked if him he could make a scared face for me. Well that was all he needed. Liam slapped his hands on both sides of his face and gave me a look like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. It was HILARIOUS.


Here's Liam looking shocked. His parents were thrilled with this shot, and I hear it was a huge hit with all of their Facebook friends!

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UPDATE: You can fast-forward six months and see this family's maternity sessions HERE.

The classic Radio Flyer little red wagon

Browning Photo has a number of attractive props for you to use in your family portraits. This little red wagon is the classic Radio Flyer and it was actually my own childhood red wagon. It has been sitting in my parents' garage for three decades!

My childhood toy works just fine and the little wear and tear just add character and charm to it. I love the vintage look of this larger real wood wagon as opposed to the metal Radio Flyer wagons that are smaller. I love when I can go prop hunting in my childhood home and come back with a great find like this!

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We put this sweet toddler in the little red wagon at Highbanks during the height of the fall foliage. I love the red wagon against the changing leaves. Here is a wide shot of the entire wagon.

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His sweet little face in this red plaid and the corduroy overalls is just too much for me! This is why fall is my favorite time of year for photography!

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Springtime at Highbanks in Lewis Center

There's nothing better than a lovely spring day. I love that the air is warm and the sun is a welcome sight after a lot of gray days of winter (although Columbus gets a whole lot more sun in winter than Cleveland - I know that firsthand). Shannon and her son Leif - who has the manliest first, middle, and last name ever! - were so happy to get outside and explore Lewis Center with me.


Leif was adorable...he pointed and said "bugs" a lot. Here I thought with a name like his he'd be really into trees, but he's more of an insect fan. Shannon loved how these sweet Mommy & Me photos turned out.

Highbanks is one of my favorite metro parks. It's HUGE and has so many different areas to explore. There is shade, sun, and gorgeous greenery in spring. Inside the visitor's nature center there is a children's library and really fun treehouse, along with coloring books and crayons and lots of fun things to explore.

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