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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Kestel, the very stubborn dachshund

Meet Kestel. He presented a little bit of a challenge for me because 1) he's a black dog, and black dogs are a bit more difficult to capture in photographs than lighter-colored dogs and 2) Kestel is a bit hard-headed! Or should I say he is DOGmatic... (get it?)


Here is Kestel out in the snow. I love how the light catches his silky black fur!

This little dog is something else. He loves children and loves food. His leash? Not so much. When Kestel walked over for a treat and stood facing the wagon (instead of turning in front of it facing me so I could snap his portrait), that was how he decided he needed to remain, with his tail-side by my camera.

There was coaxing... gentle nudging... then some prodding... and finally I asked if I could just pick him up and turn him 180 degrees. "Good luck with that!" his owner told me.

Kestel decided that instead of me picking him up, he'd roll onto his back. Not only did he sprawl out, but as I tried to scoop him up he went limp, too. I don't know how he managed it but he added at least fifty pounds to his short little frame. If I were a Kings Island worker at the 'Guess your age or weight' games I would be transferred to another game before the first day was over. What looked like a 12 pound dog felt like 150.

Finally I got him picked up and turned around, but not without some sweat on my brow. It's OK, Kestel. I think you're perfect just the way you are.

After all, they say that black is slimming, right?

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!

columbus red wagon highbanks

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.

classic red wagon wide shot
lewis center boy close-up fall foliage

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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