There is something so special about those first few months when your newborn is brought home. Everything is so very fresh, new, exciting and precious all wrapped up together. Its these little moments you wish you could stop time and soak it all in. It all happens so fast from the moment you bring them home you blink and they are riding their bike. This is why hitting the pause button with photography is so important for any new family. Doing the in home lifestyle photography sessions have become a new favorite of mine. These are not posed, unpractical and stiff images. More like natural, candid and breath taking is a better way to describe lifestyle photography. I had so much fun with the H family and their new baby girl. We were able to capture so many beautiful shots throughout the home while working on the baby's timetable. If you are considering newborn photography it is best to book prior to delivery. Please contact me for more information on my newborn packages.
This winter might possibly seem like the winter that never ends. However, the day we decided to shoot at the Cleveland Botanical Garden it was 50 degrees!! The grounds were still recovering from the harsh winter, but the gardens to proved to be a beautiful backdrop for our Maternity Session. If you are interested in a Family, Child or Maternity session please contact me to reserve your spot! Summer sessions are filling up quickly.
The beautiful fall colors paired with a covered bridge might just be my new favorite location for fall family photos. I was asked by the S. Family to take their family photos at the Harpersfield Covered Bridge. The bridge is located near Geneva in Ashtabula County. As soon as I drove through the bridge and saw the beautiful water, trees and falling leaves I knew this would soon become a special place. The more I talked with the S. Family I began to learn how this place held a special meaning to them. They spoke how their grandparents would visit here often and they even had an oil painting of the bridge hanging in their home. My goal was to re create those images and memories the best I could with the covered bridge. The bridge dates as far back to 1868, when it was first constructed. I greatly enjoyed my time with the S. Family, they all were so much fun to be around and make some memories together. Here are some of my favorites from our time together.
Just wrapped up my first Senior Photography session in Cleveland, Ohio. Luckily the rain decided to stay away but the 40 mph wind was hard enough to deal with. I felt very honored when a friend approached me to shoot her daughter's Senior photos. I must say at first I felt a little overwhelmed but then I figured she must be easier than a 3 year old girl, right?! The setting was perfect at Trattoria in Little Italy, which held a special meaning to the family. This quaint little place is boasting with character and beautiful brick walls. Oh how I do love the leading lines with beautiful brick walls!! I really wished it would not have been so windy though. That is the one downfall of shooting outside and on location but we made the best of it!
The second location was at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and it was breathtaking. I even had to make a stop and take a few pictures at the Glidden house. The Cleveland Botanical Gardens was a dream to photograph a young lady in. The green gardens, Ivy and rose gardens are just a few of the backdrops that completed our session together. In the end I realized how much I enjoyed photographing a Senior and hope to add many more in the future.
Trying to figure out "outfits" for a family photography session only brings one word to mind, "stressful". I understand and have been there myself before I figured out the missing puzzle piece to finding great outfits. The little secret is called Color Palette! I think we all at one time or another fall into the habit of wanting our kids to be all matching match. I still do at certain times but for photos its more about creating a beautiful color palette for your photography session. I tell my clients to focus on 1 or 2 colors and blend them in throughout the family. I would have Dad wear a shirt with maroon color and accent the color with a pop of maroon in baby girls headband. Its all about making the colors flow throughout the family. The outfit below is a great example of a natural look with a pop of color. This works best for a natural beach session. Please email Danelle Joy Photography for individual help regarding "what to wear" at your next photography session.
The magic of the golden hour... Even though I don't live in the beautiful Outer banks area of the Carolinas, this place can create some magical photos. Plan a visit to the Headlands beach during the late summer months, an hour before sunset and you will find some breathtaking backdrops. Headlands is located in Mentor, OH Lake County and is the longest natural beach along Lake Erie in Ohio. What exactly is the "Golden Hour"? It is typically the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer. Its during this time that creates a beautiful golden glow in your images. The beach boasts natural sandy, golden rod beach grass and beautiful lighthouse. This is the perfect package to create stunning family photos.