Judah Ray – Newborn Lifestyles Photographer, Hartville, OH

This precious family are the Emericks. Jared, Ashley and the newest little addition Judah Ray Emerick.

This little one has a very special story. According to his father, he was the most prayed for little one in all of Stark County. Jared and Ashley were hoping and praying for an addition to their family and God answered.

Judah was so sweet and tiny! Judah Ray was born in October, and he was 7 lbs 9 oz 18 1/2 inches long. Ashley created the most beautiful little nest of a nursery to welcome him in into. The little details were so sweet. You can tell how much he was anticipated and loved.

This family has one of the biggest hearts for the Lord. Judah is very blessed to have Jared and Ashley as his parents. He has a wonderful life ahead of him.

I love photographing newborn lifestyle sessions. I decided a few years ago against posing newborns in my photography. As a photographer and as a parent myself, I love the connection that is created through a lifestyle family session. You can the see the love and emotion between the parents and the new little one. Also, seeing how small the new baby is in his parents arms is so incredible. They won’t stay that way for long and those are the memories you want to capture to remember forever.

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The Steele Family Christmas Mini Session – Louisville, OH Family Photograher

This precious family are very dear friends of ours. Scott and Lindsey have four of the sweetest, most darling little ones you’ll ever meet. Each one of them have such a kind and gentle spirit. They are wonderful role models for my energetic bunch when we come to visit.

The Steele family nailed their Christmas mini session. It was also little Hudson’s 9 month photo session. Lindsey did such a good job matching everyone to the set.

I love offering mini sessions to my families. It is such an easy way for young families with wiggly little ones to get in and get out at quick as possible. Small children and long photo sessions can be very stressful. But with minis the session is done within just a few minutes. And now young families have the opportunity to have photos of the fast growing families too without the stress.

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Connon Family – Fall Mini Session – Louisville OH Family Photographer

I have been photographing this sweet family for several years. It has been so cute to watch them grow. Not only are they adorable, but so sweet and well behaved. Erin and John are such wonderful parent’s.

Sadly, this was the last time I will be photographing them. They are currently moving back to Texas because of work. But at the end of this post you will find the sweetest message I’ve ever got from a client. It means so much to me that Erin took the time to tell me what I meant to their family. I was very touched. I wish them the very best on this new adventure!

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The Little Librarian – Charlotte’s Childhood Session – Sippo Lake Library- Massillon, OH

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.

-Agatha Christie

This sweet little three and a half year old is my daughter Charlotte. Every half year between my children’s birthdays I try and have a styled session with them. I have had this “Little Librarian” session planned for weeks. But due to sickness we had to wait a couple of months. But the perk to waiting is that when we shot this session last Tuesday it was 71 degrees! So we even got a few of Charlotte running and playing outside, which I love. Because basically that is what childhood is all about, being carefree and playful.

Styled Childhood Sessions are one of my favorite things to shoot. It is fun to add the element of creativity to a basic Childhood Session. This also provides a fun activity for the child and holds their attention longer. If you think you might be interested in a session feel free to contact me. I would love to match your session to fit the special personality of your child.

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Dente Family

This lovely family are the Dentes.  They are very sweet family friends. My son Liam and their Gavin were in Sunday School, Preschool and on the same soccer team last year. So we got to see a lot of them which was so fun.

They took advantage of my mini sessions last November. You can’t tell, but it was under 30 degrees! The beautiful sunset that evening made up for the cold temperatures.

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The Connon Family

This sweet little family are the Connons.  They took advantage of my mini session weekend this past October. This is the first time I got to meet little Valentina. She was a little unsure about the crazy lady with stuffed animals on her head taking her pictures! Her older brother Bear and sister Isa were so sweet to their little sister. They remind me so much of my three being so close to the same ages. And Jon and Erin are always so sweet and such a pleasure to work with. Such a beautiful family.

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Higginbotham Family Session

“It’s not what you have in life, but who we have in our life that matters”

–Author Unknown

This is the Higginbotham Family: Matt, Stephanie, Brady and Mikayla.  This family is very close acquaintance of mine. I was so honored when they chose me to photograph them.

Stephanie asked for a family session as a Christmas present. We were very lucky with a warm 38 degree evening to capture this winter session right before Christmas.

And I love how Stephanie ordered enough prints to make gallery walls in different rooms in her home. What a wonderful way decorate her home!

 It was such a pleasure working with this sweet family.

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The Carmany Family – Louisville, OH

This precious family are the Carmanys. They are dear friends of mine. I met Laura in a Mom’s group, which we still attend together, at our church four years ago. We instantly connected because my Liam and her Josiah were close to the same ages. Then, we both got pregnant again at the same time with Charlotte and Nate. Josiah just started Kindergarten as did Liam. It is so cute watching the kiddos grow up together. I count myself lucky to have such a sweet friend who is going through life at the same stage as I am.

Matt and Laura are also the proud owners of The Wholesome Hive. Matt is in charge of the beekeeping part of the business. And Laura has developed a line of high-quality, body and home care products. She has created these products from their honey, beeswax and other all natural ingredients. I love their products! Especially the lip balm. Check it out via the link above.

For the Carmanys session I wanted to use their love of honey making as a part of telling their family’s personal story. All the “props” used in the session are personal items from the family. I wanted to let their family’s personality shine. And by capturing the genuine love and affection they have for each other I think I have.

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Liam the Lumberjack – Louisville, OH Family Photographer

This adorable little lumber jack is my precious four-year-old son Liam. Every year on my children’s half birthdays I like to have a stylized session with them.

It is so nice when your children get a little older when it comes to photographing them. I remember last year when we had a tepee session he only game me ten minutes before he was done. This year he was all into it. He was even suggesting some of his own poses and gave me the cutest smiles!

After photographing clients during the week it is a challenge for me to feel motivated to photograph my own children. But I am always so thankful after I do. Especially when they are cute as this! (Sorry, I know I’m biased.)

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Elizabeth and Mark Hilton’s Wedding – North Canton, OH Wedding Photographer

I had the wonderful privilege of photographing Elizabeth and Mark Hilton’s wedding.  They were married on September 24th at Jackson Friends Church.  But I started my day at Mark’s house photographing the guys. They were running a little behind that day, as typical weddings go. Then, we headed to the church. It was so sweet to see how much love was showered on Elizabeth from her family as she was preparing for the wedding and throughout the day. Family seemed to be such a huge part of their lives. It was especially fun to see family members from Armenia who came to attend the wedding. Some hadn’t been here in twenty years!  The wedding went smoothly except for the adorably dramatic show from the ring bear. Their reception was at The Walsh Barrett Center. The campus was gorgeous and provided so much photographic opportunity. And then it was off to party! And this family sure can party! Literately everyone was on the dance floor. Including one relative in her 90’s having the time of her life. It was the cutest thing. And the reception really picked up when Elizabeth’s father came out and played with his Armenian band. I was having so much fun I was sad to leave! Mark and Elizabeth have such a wonderful life ahead of them. You can see how much love they share. I wish them the very best! And I want to thank them once again for choosing me to be a part of their big day!

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