Baby Wyatt | Newborn02.28.14

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They were convinced it was a girl. Jeanna and Brian decided not to find out the sex of their baby while Jeanna was pregnant (because, as Brian says, “It’s one of the few, true surprises in life”) … but, still, they were convinced it was a girl. So much so that they didn’t really agree on a boy’s name before they went to the hospital. And then Brian saw the mop of hair and knew, somehow, he had a son.

Jeanna and Brian are smitten with Wyatt Nathaniel. His pouty lips and hair just like his dad’s, his porcelain skin and baby wrinkles–what’s not to love?? I so enjoyed spending a chilly February afternoon with these three. Enjoy my favorites!

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I love this one. It looks like Brian’s already imparting his wisdom on Wyatt.

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Jeanna is a beautiful mom!

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Kelsey & Matt | The Club at Hillbrook Winter Wedding02.27.14

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As freshmen at Miami University, Kelsey and Matt heard the stories about kissing your sweetheart under the Upham Hall arch. As the tale goes, couples who kiss under the arch will get married. Kelsey and Matt didn’t know each other as incoming freshmen, but a couple years later they would meet in a marketing class inside the very building that houses the arch. And a couple more years later? They’d be married as Miami Mergers.

I admittedly get overly excited about Miami Mergers because I am half of one myself, but I think Kelsey and Matt would 100 percent agree that Miami is a special place (check out their engagement photos around campus). And these two are special themselves. I could gush all day about how fun-loving and genuine Kelsey and Matt are, but they gush about each other much better.

“I love that I get to see a very goofy, fun side of Matt that nobody else gets to see,” Kelsey said. “Everyone knows that he is charming and funny, but I get to see how truly hilarious he is!”

And then Matt chimed in:

“She picks up ALL of my slack and is always ridiculously cute.”

As if this wedding couldn’t get any better, Elizabeth Anne Designs is featuring Kelsey and Matt’s big day on their blog today! I’ve admired Elizabeth Anne Designs for SO long, and I’m so, so excited that these two are featured as a “Real Wedding.” Make sure to head over there and leave them some love!

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The perfect amount of snow fell for Kelsey and Matt’s winter wedding, and Kelsey had cute boots on hand to help her navigate outdoor portraits (yes, we did ALL pictures outside! It was fantastic!)

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Kelsey’s dress from Something White was so unique and beautiful! I highly suggest giving Karin and Rebecca a buzz if you’re in the market for a gown.

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Kelsey’s grandmother’s fur helped keep her warm all day.

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I love the brothers discussing where the ring will go …

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Recognize these cuties??

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These two share such an awesome relationship. I have so much respect for them.

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Beautiful Ashley! (Have I mentioned that I love this family??)

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Then it was off to the Hillbrook, which is one of my favorite places to shoot!

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These two traipsed through the snow for portraits. I cannot stress enough how amazing they are.

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How beautiful are these details? Shi Shi Events and Blooms did a fantastic job putting them together!

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And then–and THEN!–it started snowing, and Kelsey asked if we could go outside and take pictures. Ohhh my goodness.

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Kelsey and Matt, you are FABULOUS! I’m so thankful we got to work together and laugh together and get to know each other. Go have a fantastic adventure, OK?

Check out Kelsey and Matt’s AMAZING video by Anthony Codispoti (If you’re looking for a videographer, you should contact this guy!):
Ceremony: Church of the Resurrection
Reception: The Club at Hillbrook
Wedding Planning and Design: Shi Shi Events
Videographer: Blue Tie Cinema, Anthony Codispoti
Florist: Blooms
Bakery: Cake Couture
DJ: TKO Entertainment
Stationery: Poeme
Hair Stylist: Bridal Hair by Kristin Collins
Makeup Artist: Jessica Miller
Bride’s Dress: Something White, Heidi Elnora
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse, Pronto Uomo
Transportation: A-1 Mr. Limo
Honeymoon: Aruba & Curacao!

 

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Baby Gabrielle | 1 Year02.25.14

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I vividly remember traveling to Karla and Cedric’s house on a chilly February afternoon last year. They had just welcomed their baby girl into the world, and she was this tiny, little newborn sleeping in her crib. Already she had these eyelashes that you just knew were going to be gorgeous as she continued to grow. Has it really already been a year?? I can only image how time has flown for Karla and Cedric as they’ve watched their baby grow into this adorable and active almost-toddler. What a sincere pleasure it’s been to keep up with this little girl and her kind parents. Here is Miss Gabrielle at 1 year young!

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That personalized birthday book down there was a gift from Jen and Matt and Lucy. How fun is it that all my clients know each other??

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Amanda & Tyler | Maternity02.21.14

Snowy Peninsula Ohio Maternity Photos

Amanda and Tyler are expecting their third girl. When I asked Tyler about it, he just laughed. He’s outnumbered, but he’s such a good dad and I don’t think he minds TOO much. :) Amanda is due any day now (she was afraid she’d go into labor during our session!), and they’re both so excited to meet their newest addition to the family. Enjoy these wintery baby bump photos!

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It was freezing, yes, but Hannah just wanted to put her bare hands in the snow.

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Baby Lucy | Newborn02.20.14

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Baby Lucy came into the world a little earlier than expected. She’s a tiny little thing–especially at 8 days old when she was photographed–but curious and feisty (check out that karate kick down below!) and sleepy, of course. She is a lucky lady to be born to Jen and Matt, who so obviously adore her and want to make her the happiest little girl on earth. I love these soft, light photos and think they’re perfect for this baby girl.

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What a sweet babe.

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This little girl is Baby Lane’s cousin. I bet they’ll grow up being the best of friends.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado | Travel02.17.14

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I’ve been nesting away this long, long winter. That’s my excuse for lack of blog posts lately! It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, it’s more that I’ve been spending my time under a blanket, watching (all of) the Olympics with a warm cat next to me. :) But I’m breaking my hibernation to bring you … more snow! Specifically our winter vacation in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Nathan’s family LOVES to ski. And I? Well, I’m learning. (In case you missed it last year, here’s how I look on two wooden sticks flying down a hill. I swear I FEEL like I’m flying.) This year was definitely a step in the right direction. I only freaked out once and was a little more confident in my abilities. Let’s just say that the green hills are my best friends. Nathan’s dream is for me to ski the blues with him. I told him maybe in three years. ;)

Besides the fact that I’m not a great skier, I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to travel and see all the beauty out west. The day we arrived in Colorado, we checked out the natural hot springs at Strawberry Park. It was such a crazy sensation to walk around in a swim suit in 25 degree weather and then get in a pool that’s more than 100 degrees.

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Every day that I skied (a total of two!) we had AMAZING weather.

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I was very glad I decided to sit the third day out because it was a blizzard on the slopes!

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Nathan and his dad are pros though and loved the powder from the falling snow.

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Rosie Update02.10.14

Rosie, our beloved black-and-white cat, turned one year old (-ish … since she’s a rescue, we really have no idea when her birthday is) a month ago. I realized I haven’t done a proper Rosie blog post since we got her, and I think it’s time I right that wrong. To all you cat haters out there, just scroll right along to the next post. :)

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She loves:

  • Chicken (And we give in to her begging waaay too much.)
  • Toy mice (She’s hidden a 15 pack all over the house and we can’t find any of them!)
  • Rubber bands (We frequently find them in our shoes. I think it adds a little element of surprise to her game.)
  • The neighbor cat Marco (Nathan caught them sitting in our adirondack chairs last summer having a chat.)
  • Unplugging my laptop
  • Brita water (Haha, I wish I was kidding but our cat only drinks Brita water now.)
  • Cuddling with us on our red blanket
  • Hiding in our guest bed’s mattress springs (She literally gets inside through a hole.)

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She hates:

  • Being petted on her back and stomach
  • Not getting enough attention
  • Every other cat in the neighborhood besides Marco
  • Being tormented by the squirrels and birds
  • Getting wet
  • Rubber bands once they’ve broken

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February Goals02.03.14

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Ah, sweet February. Somehow this month always seems rather hopeful. Maybe it’s because we’re inching closer to spring and I’m generally past the post-holiday doldrums. Maybe it’s Valentine’s Day. Or it’s the 2014 Olympics?! I’m excited about this month just because of that!

This February I have no weddings, and I’m hoping to soak up this restful time before crazy March hits. I’m envisioning afternoon naps with Rosie, getting caught up on business and branding stuff, reading some good books, keeping up with my BALANCE New Year’s resolution and turning those goals into habits (hello stretching every night and drinking more water).

After completing almost every, single one of my goals in January (man, does that feel good), I’m looking forward to an equally successful Feruary!

  • Read two books (25 in 12): The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe and Film is Not Dead by Jonathan Canlas (I was an overachiever in January and read three books instead of my two. I highly recommend I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and will be doing a review soon!)
  • Start exploring film (super excited for this one!)
  • Set up Square
  • Eat desserts only once a week (we’re attempting to rid ourselves of our sugar addiction! Healthy/Natural > Processed)
  • Finish up month #1 of Insanity (I forgot to take skiing into account last month!) and finish most of month #2
  • File taxes
  • Finish 2013 vendor discs (I’m so embarrassed that I’m still working on these! Whew, got to get them done!)
  • Finalize all branding except for website
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fun date night!
  • See two more Oscar-nominated movies (I like to have an opinion while watching the Oscars. American Hustle was great! I’m hoping to see Dallas Buyers Club and Philomena next!)
  • Go through all old magazines and get RID of them
  • Organize our junk room.
  • Host friends for dinner and try new recipes
  • Continue working on my good-side split (per #93 on my 101 list)

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2013 | Behind the Scenes01.23.14

I’ve had a “Behind the Scenes” folder sitting on my desktop for more than a year just asking to be shared (so, spoiler, a couple of these are from before 2013!). I figure it’s about that time. :) Note: Being a wedding photographer is NOT as glamorous as it may seem.

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Oh, my awesome assistant Emily. This girl is fantastic and has photographed about 20 weddings with me over the past few seasons. She’s going to go out on her own this year (SO bittersweet for me!), but I thought it only appropriate to share how great she is through these hilarious photos. Emily is the best at posing for me while I test my light. Obviously, she’s giving a toast here.

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I asked Nathan to pretend he was at a wedding reception so I could test my off-camera flash. What a ham.

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I have approximately 156 photos of Emily at the front of churches.

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If only I was a liiiitle bit taller!

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This is my I-really-really-really-hope-it-doesn’t-rain face. Thanks to my friend Brittany for the photo!

And speaking of which …

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Brittany is the dog whisperer. For real.

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At any given time, you will find Nathan flexing. And Markie being cute!

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Hahaha, these are my favorites. Emily is a pro at acting out whatever might be happening when I’m not just testing my light. The couple ran through sparklers just a few minutes later, duh.

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Shout out to Anthony Codispoti! He’s not really part of the LBP team, but he’s an awesome videographer. Check him out. No, really.

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Working for a fraternity for five years taught me how to hang with the guys (among lots of other things!).

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I wear dresses to weddings (you will notice the same ones over and over again. I need to expand my wedding wardrobe!) so I blend in with the guests. See, you can’t find me, right?

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Carolyn is looking mighty fierce. Emily didn’t get my memo. :)

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Cute Brittany!

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This photo isn’t in focus but it cracks me up. Nathan is talking to me so seriously, almost like he’s NOT wearing a clown nose and feather boa. This was our first photobooth!

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Oh, Emily. I’m going to miss having you along at weddings!

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Hahaha, the secret’s out.

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Nathan really wanted to get his hair did, but I had to remind him that we were there to work.

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She’s literally singing in the rain! It’s always a good time with this girl!

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And we’ll end with the photobooth! HUGE props (no pun intended!) to Nathan and his assistant, Matt, for all their hard work at each and every wedding.

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