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.
Kenzie looked cute as a button in her polka dots and giant bow! She ran around chasing her mom and her brother, hardly ever letting go of her ball. I was kept on my toes trying to anticipate her movements!
The gardens were absolutely stunning. I really enjoyed the contrast of the manmade and the natural. The gardens were designed in a way that felt very comfortable and almost magical. I felt as though I was in the most wonderful outdoor museum!
Corina chose three beautiful outfits! She claims that outfit number two (sheer with flowers) was her favorite, but I think she totally rocked all three! The Alice in Wonderland themed tank top was so cute and the dress... With those gorgeous shoes! Corina clearly has great fashion sense.
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!
Tessa has a huge heart for people and she gives 100% to everything she does. Tessa decided she "might" get a dog... As soon as she met Max, she had to say yes! After all, who can resist those puppy dog eyes?! Pet photography has got to be one of the most fun and unpredictable types of session I have done. This puppy was constantly on the move!
Though Mark and Amy have lived in Sylvania, Ohio for over 20 years, they actually met in Northern Wisconsin at a Native American reservation, Lac Du Flambeau. Amy was as a member of a mission trip that was serving there and Mark was visiting a friend. The name translated actually means "Lake of Torches". Mark met his soulmate at the "Lake of Torches".
I had a blast with Jessica and McKenzie as we sent them off to prom! Jessica, her mom, McKenzie and I all met at Rachel Christensen's place early in the afternoon. Getting ready for prom is serious business. Both Jessica and McKenzie are graduating seniors this spring. McKenzie attends Lake High School and Jessica was invited to go to prom with her. Both girls being seniors, this was their last opportunity to attend!
Jessica was put in the hot seat first as Rachel did her makeup. Be sure to check out Rachel's work on her Instagram account! As soon as Jessica's face was finished, I began curling her hair. Meanwhile, Mckenzie got Rachel's full attention. I also helped McKenzie with her curls. Let me tell you, she has a LOT of hair! Officially I was just there to take pictures... But I got roped into styling hair as well. How can you say no to your sister-in-law?
Finally the girls put on their dresses and shoes and jewelry. Wow! As you can see below, these two were absolutely stunning for their senior prom! I really enjoyed being able to see them off and grab some photos to document the occasion!
Senior Prom: Lake High School - Millbury, Ohio
Photo Location: Main Street Church
Makeup: Rachel Christensen
Photography by Rebecca Trumbull. Rebecca Trumbull Photography serves northwest Ohio and offers portrait photography, event coverage, and commercial photography to Toledo, Bowling Green and the surrounding areas.
Jessica St. Johns is a good friend and a local Toledo photographer. She and I have enjoyed many evening "editing dates" over the last year. We mostly talk about business and girl stuff... Sometimes we actually get work done. Mostly we encourage each other with new ideas and talk about our dreams.
On occasion, Jessica and I get the urge to do some photos of each other for fun! We get to hone our skills behind the camera while also getting a reminder of what our subjects feel like in front of the camera. I find it much easier to direct and pose people when I know how things look from their perspective.
Rachel Christensen, my sister, is also one of Jessica's closest friends. Rachel was very excited to lend us some of her Makeup Artist magic! She did such an awesome job with our makeup and we both left the house feeling like rockstars.
Jessica and I ventured to one of our favorite shoot locations in Toledo at Sidecut Park. This place runs along the river and has a lot of variety in its scenery. Woods, meadows, river, a historical cemetery, an overlook, a gazebo and plenty of trails. What more could you ask for? We decided to explore a little and we got some really great settings. As the light began to fade, we tried to beat the sun and get a few shots of Jessica with her daughter, Ellie. Jessica is expecting her second child and it was wonderful to get to capture her and Ellie's relationship while Ellie is still an only child. Things are soon changing for them both, but they have a great relationship to be able to introduce the new baby into.
I hope you enjoy these photos of this truly beautiful woman!
Makeup by Rachel Christensen
Model Debbie Altman is a Princess...
I found out that Debbie was interested in pursuing some modeling and I jumped at the chance to do a personal project with her! I love doing themed shoots. Anything artistic that tells a story makes my creativity spike! I did some brainstorming with Debbie and we came up with the idea to do a princess outfit.
I have been slowly exploring the parks in the Toledo and Bowling Green area. I had not gotten the chance to do any photos at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark so I suggested we have an adventure and try it out. Debbie was in!
On the day of the shoot, my lovely assistant, Jessica, and my talented Makeup Artist sister, Rachel, joined us in preparing Debbie for her debut. Hair was curled and braided, foundation was applied and diamonds were donned. Debbie looked like a true princess. We had a great time, despite some chilly temperatures!
I hope you enjoy this magical story as you scroll through these photos!
Make Up By Rachel Christensen
What could be more exciting for me than taking pictures?
Taking pictures and getting to help someone fulfill their dreams! Now, I have a quick disclaimer. This article is about my mom. Yes. My mom. I know it is a bit cliche and maybe a little personal... But when the blog inspiration strikes, I must listen!
So what does my photography business have to do with my mother? Well my mom happens to be a very talented lady. Yes, I am a little biased because I love her. But truly, she is brilliant. For the sake of giving her personhood in this post, I will be calling her by her first name, Amy. Amy is a writer. I am not sure at what age she began. Was it was journaling as a teenager? Was it was writing short stories as a child? I know she liked to write songs and play her guitar in high school. As long as I have known her, Amy has displayed a knack for the written word. She has a beautifully creative way of expressing thoughts and ideas. When I was a kid, I remember her creating fun bedtime stories for my sister and I. As we got older, she took a creative writing class and eventually began writing a historical fiction novel.
Amy did not finish that novel, but the process of writing many chapters, and doing in-depth historical research helped to shape who she is as a writer. Perhaps she will pick up that quest again someday...
Today Amy's quest is in a very different writing medium. Amy has just begun her first blog. Though writing a blog means less writing on one specific story or topic, it, in no way, means less writing. I gawked at my mentor when she suggested I write a blog post three times a week. Sure that would be ideal for my business, but really, I would have to change my schedule to make time for it. Amy decided to commit to blogging five days a week. FIVE. Maybe that is completely normal in the blog community, but I think that was very ambitious! Amy has kept true to her word and posted on her blog every single weekday since its launch on February 1.
Amy has five "topics" to each match a day of the week. Monday is Faith. This is where Amy discusses her beliefs as a Christian and gives daily wisdom and advice. Wednesday is Family. Family is something Amy values greatly and this is reflected in her writing as she explores what family means and how to take care of your relationships with them. On Thursday, Amy tells stories about Friends and she discusses ways to maintain these important relationships. Friday is Fluff day! Fluff is essentially a "catch all" where Amy can explore ideas outside of her other categories. Sometimes she share recipes, cleaning tips, movie ideas, or anything else that strikes her fancy. Usually it is something fun and lighthearted!
You may have noticed that I skipped Tuesday. Tuesday is my favorite day. Tuesday is Fashion day! Amy, aka Stylin Granny Mama, is not only a writer, but a pretty great fashionista! She loves shopping and learning about popular colors and various ways to accessorize. But Amy doesn't dress like a 28-year-old wannabe, Amy dresses in a way that flatters both her age and her body type. She is so excited to help other women, real women, learn to do the same!
Amy asked me to help her with images for her blog. It was a no brainer for her. Daughter = Photographer? Perfect! I am not only a relatively new photographer, but I had never done anything fashion related before! However, I adore details and photographing beautiful individuals, so I couldn't refuse! It has been quite an adventure! There are many things I hope to get better at as I learn more about how to best display Stylin Granny Mama's amazing wardrobe ideas. We have done two fashion sessions and will be planning for the summer shoot soon!
I really hope you enjoy looking at these images and I hope you will take a moment to check out this talented lady's blog!