March GoalsMarch 2, 2015

Valentine's Day-Inspired Styled Shoot

I thought about making that cover photo one I recently took in the snow, but I then I realized that NO ONE WANTS TO SEE SNOW ANYMORE. :) Tulips are much friendlier now that it’s March. I’m optimistic that spring is just around the corner. But while we’re waiting for it, Nathan and I decided to get out of dodge and hang out just the two of us in a much warmer climate (wanna guess where we are??). This is our last hurrah before my busy season starts to pick up, and I can’t wait to share tropical photos when we get back!

In the meantime, I’ve been working on my March goals–my last month to get a TON of off-season stuff done. I think it’s going to be a successful one!

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How is your March shaping up? What are you most looking forward to? Make it a good one, friends!

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Nicole & Jason | Wade Oval Lagoon Fall EngagementFebruary 26, 2015

Shaker Heights Ohio Engagement Photos
The only thing Nicole wanted for her engagement photos was a tree-lined street in the fall. That’s it! Lucky for us, we got the nicest, sunny fall day … and I think it was the last warm day of the year. If Nicole and Jason have that kind of luck for engagement photos, I’m crossing my fingers that their luck holds on their wedding day. :)

This pair is one of the nicest you will ever meet. Jason was such a good sport about getting a ton of photos taken and Nicole made him laugh to ease the nerves. They were so interested in my life that I felt like I was hanging out with old friends. That right there is when an engagement session becomes more fun than work!

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Seriously, you guys. Just go get yourselves a magazine deal already!

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Love this one. Nicole, you are gorgeous!

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Baby Levi | NewbornFebruary 24, 2015

Akron Ohio In-Home Baby Photographer
My favorite little redhead has a new brother (whose hair is, ironically, not red so I can still say I have a favorite little redhead :) )! Levi made his debut a few months ago, and while he looks teeny tiny here, he’s actually now the cutest, chunkiest baby you ever saw. This little guy got so many kisses and snuggles during this session that I don’t think he can ever doubt how much his little family loves him.

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Levi has the coolest robot-themed nursery!

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Favorite! Miles is such a sweet guy. Remember when he was tiny?

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Fair Rarity Flowers | Project Two RollFebruary 23, 2015

Fine Art Film Storytelling
A few months ago, I realized a couple things:

  • I didn’t shoot enough (or ANY) personal projects
  • I wanted to get out of film photography what I love about digital: the storytelling aspect

After being inspired by my friend Anna Zajac’s 20 Images project (she’s awesome; go follow her!), I realized I needed to do something similar with film. I love film … the light, the colors, the way that it makes me slow down. BUT I haven’t totally given up my security blanket of digital because, well, because digital photography seems safer to me for some reason. It seems much easier to take a ton of photos, look back and make sure you have enough good ones than to give yourself 16 chances (or one roll) to nail each frame. I’m not sure that “easier” is entirely true but it’s what I’ve been telling myself.

I knew that to get over this and learn to use film the way it’s meant to be used I needed to truly challenge myself. I love pretty pictures but I also love storytelling. I want to make sure I can tell a story in 32 frames … or 16 … or however many rolls of film I have. Two rolls of film seemed like a good place to start, thus Project Two Roll was born. I want to photograph passionate people creating, performing, living in front of my camera. I want to tell their story in 32 frames, with no security blanket to be seen!

I asked the lovely Heather of Fair Rarity Flowers to be my first subject and to create a floral arrangement (she chose a gorgeous, Valentine’s Day-inspired bridal bouquet!) in front of my camera. I photographed her as she worked–and let me tell you, she is talented!–and attempted to get it all. Here’s my first try at Project Two Roll …

(Shot on Fuji 400h | Developed/Scanned by Richard Photo Lab)

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Don’t you wish you could carry that bouquet around all day?? I love the reds and pinks and all the draping. It’s seriously gorgeous.

*Many thanks to Suzanne of Suzuran Photography for letting us use her bright, cheery studio for our shoot.

**I’m looking for new subjects for this little personal project of mine. If you’d like to collaborate on a creative, film, storytelling shoot, please e-mail me at lane@lanebaldwinphotography.com.

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