Autumn family photos at Inniswood

I've been to Inniswood previously to photograph clients - you can see a previous session HERE and HERE - but I had not been during the fall. Usually I hang around Highbanks, but that park got very bare very fast. The leaves stayed yellowy orange for quite some time due to the warmer temperatures but when the first weekend of November came around, they had had enough. So Highbanks was out, Inniswood was, well, in.

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Talk about Grand Central Station! There were actually lines of families waiting to get photos in the most beautiful spots. The foliage was still lovely and the leaves were still mostly on the trees and not in heaps on the ground like at Highbanks. We saw lots of high school seniors with soccer uniforms and sousaphones and various percussion instruments patiently waiting for their turn next to a certain bright orange tree.

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Richard and Jessica were concerned because earlier that morning it was in the 30s. I looked outside when Jessica called me and there was frost on the ground. No way did I want 18-month-old Ari traipsing in the freezing cold. We waited until noon and it was perfect. The bright sun usually causes problems with ugly shadows on faces but I brought with favorite lighting with me. It's a bear to carry around and my arms were definitely wibbly-wobbly after our session, but it was so worth it for these beautiful family portraits.

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Look at that sweet, slightly mischievous smile! Ari was exactly as I expected - 18-month-olds can't or won't sit still or even pause and smile for a second, in my experience, so this was an amazing shot. We captured some sweet peek-a-boos that made her laugh at herself.

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I had a doggie photo shoot after this, so I happened to have my usual dog squeaky toys with me. I had a new one that I hadn't tried out yet. Mr. Chicken made his debut and Ari thought he was pretty neat. He squeaked and sat on my lens and tried to climb all over my head. Oh the things we do for a laugh!

Look at Daddy's Girl! Clearly they are two peas in a pod. Richard made Ari laugh and then she'd laugh and start making him laugh in return for real. It was adorable to see them interact. Of course when nap time started approaching and Ari got super tired, she needed a quiet moment with Mommy.

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Richard and Jessica were wonderful to work with and I'm delighted that they love their photos! We wound up with a ton of lovely portraits and I'm glad I wasn't the one who had to choose which to keep.

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I love this family portrait!! This is one to treasure, I am sure.

Are you interested in booking me for custom family portraits at Inniswood? I know lots of great spots that make for fantastic photographs you will love. Contact me now. I would love to hear from you!

Family slideshow in Westerville

This family had SO many beautiful pictures. I liked how the posed portraits turned out, and I especially love the black and white documentary style photos that captured spontaneous moments.

 

I'm uploading the slideshow without the accompanying music since YouTube likes to err on the side of caution with licensed songs. Darn it! It's still pretty sweet even on mute...it's just so much better in person!

Franklin Park fun

Thaddeus is an awesome little guy. His parents met me at Franklin Park in Columbus for a sweet family session. His parents had a Mary Poppins-type of stroller for him... you couldn't tell it was big enough to store an entire tricycle AND various toys like blocks and a stuffed elephant and snacks, but they started pulling things out and all of a sudden there was a whole tricycle!

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Thaddeus' mom perfectly coordinated everyone - normally one wouldn't think checks and stripes go together, but they looked perfect. The green and blue stripes in Mom's sundress go great with the blue and green pattern in the boys' shirts and blue and gray pants.

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I love this sweet portrait of Thaddeus taken in the park. He was such a trooper. Cheerios and lots of water helped keep him a happy camper!

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Here is the stuffed animal that Thaddeus likes. He kept giving his elephant's nose kisses. What a sweet boy. Sometimes props are visual interest, and sometimes they serve a dual purpose as moral support and familiar friend.

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A squishy kiss is a fun way to capture a memory of a great afternoon. Thaddeus clearly adores his mom and dad.

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One last sweet picture of Mom and Thaddeus. This is a happy little guy! We're so glad this family chose Browning Photo to document their beautiful family.

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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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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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