Hamilton Family. Toledo Ohio. Pet Photography.

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Hamilton Family. Toledo Ohio. Pet Photography.

Jennifer proposed that we exchange portrait sessions and I just had to say yes! She and her husband, Jeremy, have a spaniel mix named Lucy. Lucy is an important part of their family so had to be included in their photos. My husband and I also brought our dog, Beatrice, who is a mastiff mix. Despite the size difference, Bea and Lucy got along perfectly. They both posed... kind of... and mostly paid attention to our directions. We got many precious shots of both of our little families!

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Model Shoot. Northwest Ohio.

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Model Shoot. Northwest Ohio.

Most of the time I am shooting for my job. I take portraits or I am documenting a commercial business. While all of my paid shoots involve my personal creativity, there are definitely expectations to get certain poses, light styles, a specific look. I am very happy to accommodate all of these things and often I also get to play a little for myself, but there is something truly refreshing about creating something just for yourself. No expectations except your own. 

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Looking Forward to Fall.

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Looking Forward to Fall.

Autumn is nearly upon us. I have seen memes flooding the internet, counting the days to cooler weather, crunchy leaves, trick-or-treat, and, of course, the return of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. People in the midwest really love the Fall!

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Emily & Damon. Toledo Maternity Photos. Providence Park

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Emily & Damon. Toledo Maternity Photos. Providence Park

I asked Emily how they were preparing Maci for the baby and she said, "We let her sniff the baby things and play with the things we will be using for her and leaving them out for her to get comfortable around". It sounds like they have a good plan to make the transition comfortable for everyone!

We are glad to see Emily and Damon happy, with a healthy baby on the way! Best of luck to you both in this new adventure! Enjoy these photos from their Maternity Session at Providence Park in Grand Rapids, Ohio!

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I am the Night. Oak Openings. Themed Shoot.

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I am the Night. Oak Openings. Themed Shoot.

I am the night.

I walk in shadows and I sing in solitude,

My eyes are closed but my ears hear every movement,

I bring rains of starlight and waterfalls of moon beams.

 

I do not sleep but I shroud the world in a breathing death,

For most, a temporary state of escape.

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Mermaid Model Shoot. Toledo Ohio Photographer.

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Mermaid Model Shoot. Toledo Ohio Photographer.

No Disney princess; I am a warrior queen.

My hair is the color of the tropical sea, hemmed in by a crown of lost life.

My arms wear strength like golden cords, infused with the energy of roaring waves.

My body moves with agility and speed, like the currents of the laughing deep.

My gown shimmers and shifts, as the sun casting a broad arm over a calm horizon.

My tale would push me further and faster, ever moving to explore every ravine of the ocean floor.

Alas, my feet, keep me tethered to the shore.

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Exploring Louisville Kentucky. Anniversary Trip.

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Exploring Louisville Kentucky. Anniversary Trip.

These photos show our explorations of Waterfront Park where we visited the Fleur de Flea market. We also explored the neighborhood where our accommodations were located, the Old Historic Louisville. We wandered around downtown and ate at Feast BBQ. The last group of photos were from Cave Hill Cemetery, a historic burial ground covering over 300 acres and boasting of such famous occupants as Muhammed Ali and Colonel Sanders. 

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Brynne Headshots. Toledo Area Modeling Session.

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Brynne Headshots. Toledo Area Modeling Session.

When I began organizing my first group photo shoot, I planned to invite a variety of models to join us. The main goal for the event was to give each of the photographers an opportunity for practice and an environment in which to be creative. It is so easy, as a business owner, to become caught up in the "work" and forget the "art" that initially drew us to our profession.  I decided to facilitate this day to return to the art without the pressure and restrictions that sometimes accompany a paid session.

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Mommy and Me. Ruth and Priya. Toledo Ohio.

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Mommy and Me. Ruth and Priya. Toledo Ohio.

If you observe Ruth and Priya interact for a few minutes, it is clear that they have a really special bond. Priya is definitely a strong personality, and sometimes she buts heads with her momma when she gets told "no" (what kid doesn't?). But Priya is totally smitten with Ruth and she loves her mom so much! The smiles that these two shared while singing songs together were priceless. 

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Teague the Great Dane. Toledo Ohio Pet Photography

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Teague the Great Dane. Toledo Ohio Pet Photography

The mighty Great Dane is known as one of the largest breeds of dog. The American Kennel Club attributes the Danes with three main character traits. According to AKC, Great Danes are friendly, patient and dependable. You might think of the famous, dopy comic character, Marmaduke, when you think of a great dane. Or maybe you think of the mighty boar hunters as they were first bred to be. 

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Grace & Gelmar. Toledo Engagement Photos.

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Grace & Gelmar. Toledo Engagement Photos.

These two were all smiles as we started their engagement session at Wildwood Metropark in Toledo. We picked a perfect day to show off the interesting Toledo weather. We had some snow on the ground, it was raining and very overcast. Such a contrast to their usual sunny Florida! But Ohio is where Grace was born and raised and it was nice to see the two of them experiencing Toledo together. 

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Santa Paws. Pet Photography. Toledo, Ohio.

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Santa Paws. Pet Photography. Toledo, Ohio.

These photos were taken on a beautiful property just outside of Toledo in Whitehouse, Ohio. We were hoping for a snowy scene, but all we got were gray skies. I like to think that the pine trees still helped to convey the season. I truly enjoyed working with Tessa and Max again! I hope you enjoy their adorable collection of photos! 

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Brammer Brakel. Senior Photos. Bedford High School.

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Brammer Brakel. Senior Photos. Bedford High School.

Then we ventured into the woods for my favorite set of photos... the fencing ones! I have never shot a senior in fencing garb and I took this opportunity to be creative. It was so much fun! Brammer looked amazing in his uniform with his saber. He also added a personal touch with his Pikachu socks. 

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Niagara Falls. New York. USA Side.

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Niagara Falls. New York. USA Side.

Not only is the nature a wonder, but I found the diversity of its visitors to be an amazing sight! We walked through the park and heard many different languages. We saw multiple cultures represented by their clothing and style. It is truly an amazing idea that so many very different people find value in the same thing. We all had gathered together for the same reason. To see a gorgeous work of natural art. 

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Weemes Family Portraits. Toledo Botanical Gardens.

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Weemes Family Portraits. Toledo Botanical Gardens.

Working with young children is always an adventure! You never know if they will smile or cry. Will they look at you or hid their faces in their mom's arms? Three-month-old Brinley was so good! She wasn't quite interested in smiling a lot, but she didn't fuss and she had some adorable poses! 

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