Nothing but time {cleveland film photographer}

I didn’t shoot any film at all, in January in attempt to save a bit of money, but that all went out of the window in February and now March. I had mentioned earlier, that I have to rate my mystery film at 50 asa (sometimes I rate it at 25!) and what that means is that my camera thinks there is more available light. The lower the ASA/ISO number, the more ambient light your camera thinks it has. Since film’s ISO (called ASA) is set to one number and isn’t something you can change willy nilly like you can digitally, I often have to add some light. It’s pretty over cast in Cleveland in the winter for the most part, and being stuck indoors means there’s even less light. You can make a picture without light! Turns out, for these couple rolls, I didn’t add enough light with my flash so they’re underexposed. Some still usable, but film doesn’t do as well with underexposure as it does overexposure.

My daughter M really likes to bake, and she put together these cakes. Her butter wasn’t soft enough (or maybe was too melty? I don’t know I’m not a good food person) so her homemade frosting got a lil’ chunky. It was still yummy.  The cake is a crescent moon in the night sky.

As always, cats and skies on film My daughters get pretty annoyed when I stick my camera in their face too often, but my kitties never get sick of it 😉 You can see in this set how dark a number of the frames came out. When I used my flash, I didn’t use my hand-held meter so I winged it… not the best idea when you pay about $1 a frame for development, but hey lesson learned.

Magical Mystery film {cleveland film photographer}

I have found a number of posts that just…didn’t… so here goes! This is a bit of December:

I visited the Rockefeller Greenhouse and Garden (now closed until further notice) and it was a nice little escape…

I took a walk through my neighborhood on a cold day. My mystery film does REALLY well in bright well lit places. I have to rate it at 50asa (if you want to learn more about what that means, let me know!) I could go for some sunny days; how about you?

Mother Nature got me again {Cleveland indoor Mini update}

On my Facebook page , I mentioned that Mother Nature had a way of throwing curve balls at me in the Spring, and wowie, I tell you what, I did NOT see “global pandemic” coming.

I’ve reached out to everyone who had booked the indoor mini sessions I had scheduled in the next couple weeks, but for all those who might have been thinking about it, I am postponing them until late April and May. Since I shoot inside my home, keeping a “safe distance” from one another isn’t really possible. Keeping in compliance with social distancing and with the welfare of our community is a priority, so I will not be hosting indoor minis in March. We will hopefully get the OK to come together again in late April and May, and I am still scheduling outdoor spring minis  and will be adding additional times for those in May. Be aware when booking indoors that if things change as they’ve been daily, there is a possibility we will have to reschedule or move outside. 

If you love my pretty backdrop like I do, when the weather is warmer I can 100% take it and my floor outside! If you’re interested in that, just say the word!
baby photographer, spring photographer, mini sessionI know everyone is on edge, and this whole thing is pretty freaking crappy. I want to thank everyone who is going ahead with bookings for the warmer months, and everyone who has purchased gift certificates for use later in the year. You’re keeping my small business afloat, and it does not go unnoticed ❤

February Newborn Special!!

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It’s not often I can offer a newborn sale price, but for the month of February I am! I have some great newborn things coming up and want to get some babies in studio ❤ The $275 session fee will end on Feb 28th, so don’t wait! Share the word, it’s not often I have last minute newborns available let alone at a sale price 😀

In fact… I might just have one VERY special newborn session available for one very special family 😉

Looking to book a milestone, maternity, or family session? Do it quickly and easily online, with my online booking site!

 

13 and changes… {cleveland teen photographer}

Milestones come at all points in life. We celebrate when our babies pick their heads up. We celebrate the first time they lock eyes with us and smile. We celebrate when they do that tri-pod sit. And then when they pull themselves up to stand… and toddle off. We celebrate their first days of school.

And we celebrate when they come into who they are.

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Layla turned 13 this summer. Thirteen is a big one. It’s a toe dip into your own future. Layla, at 13 has more self assurance than I ever had. She loves sarcasm, and pride, and The Walking Dead. Layla is smart, and witty. She has a quiet way about her, and when she hits you with something hilarious, like begging to dab in front of a church you do NOT see it coming.

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Thirteen is special. Thirteen is beginnings. It’s stretching your boundaries, putting yourself out there. It’s learning how to be YOUR OWN person. Layla is boundless, brave, and a force. She is thirteen and pretty awesome.

A look back at 2019 {my life, a personal post}

Well, that’s it kids. 2019 was something. This is going to be a super personal post for me, I’m not gonna lie. This was a tough one for me. The first five months of the year were just like, 10,000 kicks in the gut personally. Work was great, but man. This post is going to be SUPER photo heavy, with a look back at the good and the bad.

My year started off a little bumpy- while I had this amazing solo trip to Maui planned, my daughter got really sick literally the day before I was supposed to fly out. Temps of 103, Urgent Care… double ear infection. Luckily, she responded well to antibiotics and I was able to go (with about 94385 pounds of guilt). My husband was going to be home, but I had also called in the troops. My mom came to Ohio from PA and took care of the girls. I crashed, and the next day the adventure took off.
Maui vacation, Aloha They have wild chicken, “moa fowl” just all over! It was so cute! And the ocean! And sunshine! And Molokini! And Kaho’olawe! AND THAT WAS THE FIRST DAY! There was some freaking out, after a call from my daughters but Deb- the friend I met and lived with on Island- slapped sense in to me, almost literally and I couldn’t love her more for it.

I got to see the blood moon from a beach on the north shore, I got to see black sand, crazy big waves that even still were nothing compared to the JAWS waves just a few miles east, I saw green sea turtles, and caught a really gorgeous silhouette of a family, a sailboat, and a sunset on the beach ❤

 


I got to see humpback whales play in the ocean, and rainbows EVERYWHERE. I got to see fossils in the making (the shell inside the coral!) and I learned so much about this island with so many thanks to Maui Mom and Dad, Jane and Fred ❤

I came home so happy… and sick. It may not seem like a big deal, but I hadn’t had so much as a cold since 2009. I got bronchitis, pneumonia AND FLU over a three month period. I felt like trash, then felt better, then a few days/ weeks later would be laid out again. It was not awesome and it prevented me from being able to work as much as I wanted- I wasn’t able to get Mommy and Me minis scheduled or planned and that bummed me out 😦 I know how hard it is for us moms to be IN the photo and it’s important to me to make sure to set aside time for my amazing moms.
Seriously, ten years. I vividly remember this cold- I was working as a bank teller while also doing photography very part time. I had volunteered to work the week of NYE that year, because my kids were little (only two at the time) and I knew I wouldn’t be doing anything. If I was working, then the other tellers who had asked for the days off, would be more likely to get that PTO.

When I was feeling well, I got to meet SO many new people and I tell you what, that is such a boost. Winter has always been tough for me to fill with sessions, because I didn’t have enough studio space to take much. That has all changed this year, thanks to my loving family who set me up with a great light system, a new backdrop company I’m working with who provides LARGE backdrops (watch for more model calls!), and a dear friend gifting me a newborn posing bag ❤  I obviously love my clients and getting to see them year after year is so special for me- getting to meet new families, new babies, new friends is the best thing for my heart.

In May, I noticed my fluffy beautiful kitty Martha was peeing blood. Mars had had UTI and IC issues for two years, but usually she got some meds and was back to her cuddly, sweet self shortly thereafter. I took her in on May 21st fully expecting to hear that she had lost weight because she just felt so junky.

That was not the case. The vet who was on duty that day was not the one I prefer… and he simply walked into the exam room without Mars and said, “It’s fatal. Sorry.” Nothing else. Just stood there looking at me. I said, “UTI isn’t fatal? What are you talking about?” He explained that Mars had a LOT of fluid in her abdomen and thought she had a fatal virus called FIP. I lost it. FIP is contagious and we have two other cats. He immediately backtracked and said he wasn’t sure, he could run more labs to confirm presence of virus…but the outcome would be the same, Martha could not survive. Beside Mars not eating as much as usual and peeing blood, her personality was no different. She showed no signs like you’d think you’d see for a dying pet. I demanded the labs be run and three days later she was negative for FIP, the vet was wrong. It was both good news and bad; good that we didn’t have to worry that Fiffy and Beep would also develop this deadly mutation to a virus (as none of the cats had been exposed to it) but bad because there was no answer as to why she had lost so much weight. He didn’t even address the UTI. They drew out some of the fluid in her belly, and her appetite came back- she had some snacks and wet food and water. She was her same purring, loving self. Sitting on my lap, tipping her chin up to my face, laying her head in my hands.
She seemed to be on an upswing, until May 27th. Late that night, I noticed she was leaking a lot of fluid, wasn’t able to stand very long, was very lethargic. It was bad. I didn’t expect her to live through the night, but she did survive. As soon as the vet’s office opened on the 28th, I called and told them she was suffering and it was time. They couldn’t see her until 4pm so I spent the entire day keeping her as comfortable as I could. Dribbling water into her mouth, petting her, telling her I loved her. She passed away in my arms at 415. She was nine years old. I am not over it.

I focused as much as I could on my summer families, and THANK YOU to every client who helped me smile and laugh, the friends who texted me back when I was so sad I couldn’t see straight and talked me through breakdowns and to all the people who understand that Martha wasn’t “just a cat”.  My orange and white kitty Beep gets a lot of screen time, but Mars was my fluffy booful.

We had *another* loss on Aug 14th- but this was a little more expected. Our Shiba Inu, Zoe Elizabeth passed away. She was 16, had been totally blind for over 13 years, was stone deaf, and had been showing signs of dementia. She was very much a loner- she couldn’t “dog” like other dogs due to her disabilities, and she spent nearly all of her time sleeping either in our laundry room or in front of our slider doors as seen here ❤ She did not like to be pet, or have physical attention given to her. She was a 13 pound pretty-to-look-at diva ❤
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The summer months were beautiful despite the sadness in my heart. I shot a TON of film. I think I sent out something like 50 rolls of film this year. :O Beep (orange and white) and Fiffy (black and white) my cats feature HEAVILY in all my film photography. I included a couple of my family, and there was a lot more of that, but I really love skies on film, my kitties, and my neighborhood. In the first set, Beep is inside playing with me through the kitchen window. My cats are 100% inside cats, and Beep is *very* jealous that we bi-peds are allowed to come and go as we please.

I shot a roll of Ilford BW film and did a boudoir session with it, though my model asked I not share. Just as a quick heads up- if you allow me to shoot you as a model, *all* images may be shared; that’s the point of me offering less expensive (in some cases free) modeling sessions. At any rate, I super loved how the Ilford shot. I had shot Tmax BW before and loved that as well, but wanted to give the super popular Ilford a try. So so so creamy and gorgeous. The box speed was 400, but I rated it at 200 and on my model session used OCF (off camera flash). Loved it. I want to shoot more BW in 2020.

We spent a bit of time at the pool. We took time to visit the Sieberling Nature Realm. More cats. More my kids being weird….

I was also given 25+ rolls of “mystery film” by my cousin and her girlfriend! They brought me this film that would have otherwise been thrown away. I could not let that happen. I had no idea how it would shoot- it had only been stored in a file cabinet in an office building FROM 1998. But, film hangs on for a good long time and so far, only one roll has been damaged. And I’ve developed ten rolls? Something crazy like that : *) film photography, cleveland, fall, film
There are so many things I want for 2020. I want to be busy. I want to bring in more clients, and I’d love to spend more time photographing babies and milestones in my studio. I would like to find affordable, not located in my home studio space : *) I would love LOVE to shoot clients on film- the wait is a bit longer and the cost is a bit higher BUT there is something so, so gorgeous and classic about film. I want to make this a GOOD year. It’s looking like things *will* be good in 2020- I have already booked three weekends in January, a milestone for March, and a family session either when it snows but isn’t freezing or in May whichever comes first 😉 If your little one has a FEBRUARY birthday let’s book that cake smash NOW. We can shoot it in my studio OR I can bring my studio gear to your home! I can bring a backdrop or two, whatever you want. I’m working with a backdrop company now and have access to SO much more. You just let me know what you want, and if I can get something like it I will!
If you’ve made it this far, thank you! I know this has been heavy both emotionally and in photos but it feels good to get it all out. Thank you for keeping my chin up in 2019, and I cannot wait to see what we make together in 2020.

Welcoming Calvin {cleveland newborn photographer}

There is nothing better than when your friends have a baby! This summer, I got to meet Calvin who was born to Brandon and Leah.
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I made the trip over to their home for some lifestyle photos, followed by some lightly posed newborns. The first few weeks after a baby is born can be so chaotic and still go by so quickly.
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Brandon and Leah are natural-born parents. They were totally chill, totally comfortable. I mean, they did practice for a few months with their sweet pup. Look at that good sit!
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Look at the way Calvin is looking at his daddy!! Have you ever seen anything so adorable?
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Newborn photography is my favorite. It’s never too early to book your newbornnewborn session. I am booking 2020 newborn dates and take a very limited number of newborns per month so don’t delay! I have one January newborn left, two February and two March newborns. Email wendy@wboycephotos.com to get your due date on my calendar.

The P family {cleveland family photographer}

I love watching families grow and lucky for me, Bryce, Maria, and Dex-a-doo are friends! ❤ Dex was just about to turn three when we shot these family photos! He hilariously directed his mother, told me about helicopters, and motorcycles…

and showed me his feet…
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I love working with kids of all ages. Toddlers are such fun and are never short on personality! While you know your kiddos best, I generally recommend a full session when we’re working with the “under there” crowd. When you book a full session, we get up to 45 minutes to hang out, get used to one another, sing songs, talk about our favorite things- all things that are pretty important on creating the best photo environment we can 🙂
You can book your own family session by emailing wendy@wboycephotos.com I’m currently booking 2020 dates! It’s never too early to book.
Did you know, you can GIFT a session from wendy b photos? You CAN! I create real gift certificates that you can give your loved one. Terms and conditions apply to all gift purchases so email me for all the information.

Winter MINI Sessions for KIDS! {Cleveland child photographer}

I’m hosting a super limited number of holiday/ winter mini session for KIDS only in my Sagamore Hills home studio! These minis will be up to 30 minutes long, cost $199 and will include five images on the single backdrop of your choice! Below are the holiday and winter backdrops you can select from. I have “winter white”, “woodland”, “vintage ornaments” and “holiday trees”. Sessions begin on December 8th. Rush deliver can be available for a fee.
The winter white, woodland, and vintage ornaments are best for 1-2 children, while the holiday tree drop can fit 2-3 children!
You can book your space HERE!  If you have questions, please email wendy@wboycephotos.com

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Mystery Film is Mysterious {cleveland film photographer}

Last week, my cousin and her girlfriend brought me a BAG FULL of mystery film. I’m talking about 30 rolls of film. As best we know, it was just kept in a drawer. There were two rolls of a Fujifilm I can’t find anything about, and like 28 rolls of this other brand which apparently only existed for a very short while– Google gives me 1 result with brand. The only date stamped on one box was its expiration… which was Sept of 1998. Amanda and Kyla were like “OMG SO OLD!” and I was like, “Listen bitches, I graduated from high school in 1998, so you best watch it.” 😉

This film expired OVER 20 YEARS AGO and it’s still perfectly usable. Film is pretty got-dang amazing. Think about the things you had 20 years ago. Can you even find a VCR to play your favorite VHS from 20 years ago, if the tape hasn’t ripped? How’s your walkman holding up? What’s playing your favorite mix-tape that you jacked from the Top 8 at 8 on the radio (ok, maybe that was more like 30 years ago).

My daughters and I quickly fired off four rolls of the film and I sent them out to my old favorites, Old School Photo Lab.
You guys. They checked my film in Tuesday, and I got the scans Wednesday. I was afraid that the turn around was SO crazy fast, because there was nothing on the rolls. I thought I had just sent four ruined rolls of dead film.
N E W P!!! Turns out the LabRats are just that freaking good. One day turn around time friends. I can’t get my digitals out in one day :O

They all came out!!! The white balance is SUPER warm (meaning they pull very yellow/golden), but holy freaking freak. Just look. Obviously, the shots I am in, one of my daughters took. This is just a tiny sample. One roll had 10/12 images, the other three had 26/24 shots!
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I am so so happy with these. I’m going to put a roll in my Nikon F100 and give it a go! Well, ok I’ll shoot more for myself once fall is over because my clients are keeping me REALLY busy  😉

Fall Fashion guide {cleveland family photographer}

You’ve done it! You’ve booked your FALL MINI SESSION, you’ve told the family they need to be on their best behavior for twenty minutes, you’re looking forward to making your holiday cards and it hits you… now you need to dress everyone.

“What should we wear?”
The first thing I do, is look inside our own closet. My husband usually wears one of his button downs, or a polo, a pair of slacks or shorts he already owns, my daughters wear dresses if we have use for dresses again (one year we were going to see the Nutcracker, and the Cleveland Orchestra). This year, my daughter L is wearing a little romper I found at CostCo for $12 and M is wearing a top she got for school and jeggings. I knew L really liked the little romper dress and it had a slew of coordinating colors in it- blues, magenta, plum, white, and pink! When you look for your outfits, look for one “statement” piece, something with pattern or color. Since L’s romper has so many colors already, I wanted the rest of us to coordinate with her ” statement” piece. The rest of us are wearing solids- M in plum, my husband in blue, me in navy. You can mix patterns, but if you have outfit anxiety, stick with color mix and match.

I only joined our local Costco 10 months ago and didn’t even know they carried clothing! Check out this little comfy dress– $13 here in Ohio! IT HAS POCKETS. If you like a little bit of shape, you can get a thin belt like THIS and cinch in the waist. That particular belt link is $16 for THREE cute belts. Woot!

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I would pair this dress with this little target dress for a daughter aged 4-12

If it’s chilly, you can toss a little denim jacket over top! THIS is a cute dress, too! Look at the color choices in the patter of the yellow dress. Yellow and green are coordinating- you need yellow to make green. For the boys in your life, I’d select a soft neutral grey, or a navy sweater or button down.
This charcoal grey sweater from Old Navy is $20 and can work easily for Thanksgiving dinner, and winter holidays! A simple white t-shirt underneath will add a layer of wind protection, or you can do a little fancier button down. This sweater comes in lots of great colors and ALL coordinate well with both of the dresses above!


If you ever find yourself stuck, just reach out! If you want me to look at what you’ve selected text me or email me. I want you to love your photos, and the first step is to love what you have on 😀

A little birthday love {cleveland family photographer}

My 40th birthday is fast approaching and the other night, my husband and daughters shocked the crap out of me– they gave me the lens I have been saving all year for :O There’s a cute story to go along with it. The three of them had gone out to shop for me last weekend. Finding “nothing” (ugh as if I’m hard to shop for, haha) they were about to head home when my daughter Lilly pipped up with, “Mommy wants a lens, a Sigma 135. She has been looking at them online. Can we get that for her?” Now, this is amazing and observant of my 12 year old, because she is right- I do want the 135, and I *had* been lovingly gazing at them online. I have been saving for one for the last year, because they are insanely expensive and I have a very hard time investing in myself. Josh turned the car around and headed off to the nearest Dodd Camera where he asked about the lens. It wasn’t currently in stock at that store, but they could have it sent down. Then he found out the cost (over a thousand dollars, to save you from googling). The girls said, “Daddy asked the guy at the counter, ‘if my wife kills me for spending this, can it be returned/’…”
I opened the “gift bag” which was one of my reusable grocery bags (say no to plastic!) and pulled out the lens box. I sat in stunned silence. I am *never* without words. Like, ever. I had thought they would go to Petitti Garden Center and get wind chimes that Josh and I had looked at a few weeks ago, but that I put back because they were too expensive at $85. My daughter Molly was video taping me and they kept asking, “is it ok, are you ok? Are you happy?” And I Could.Not.Speak. Full shock. I quickly mounted it to my Nikon and said, “Who will come out with me so I can test and calibrate this?!” Silence from the crowd…. Molly did end up volunteering because she said I  “made a sad exhale” which, yea I probably did!! haha! I have been incredibly fortunate with my Sigma Art lenses, they have been tack sharp with very little fine tuning. And it turns out, this little guy(ok, big guy weighing in at about 3lbs) was spot on right out the box, and wide open. ::pause to wipe the drool from my chin::
Here are a few of those test shots, featuring my Molly. Lilly gets her turn in front of the lens soon 😉

She calls this her duck face, haha!!
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I still have space for Fall Family photos as well! Click the link below to be taken to my online scheduler! Select your service (fall mini session, for family session full) and pick your date. Locations are listed for the fall family sessions in the service description and are not negotiable.
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