You know how I love a challenge

#Iheartfaces AKA I Heart Faces is having their “Best Face of 2014” challenge. I love to enter these! I even won a Top Ten Honor in their B&W Challenge with a photo I took of my daughter, L! My photos have been chosen for “inspiring newborn photography”  as well as “inspiring maternity photos” and “Inspiring Grandparent photos” which is so freaking awesome, it still makes me tear up a bit! Lord knows I love a sweet #newborn session and a gentle #maternity session but it’s nice to see others like them, too 🙂

For this challenge, I thought I might use this photo of my other daughter M, blowing dandelions. I love the movement, her cheeks puffed out, the seedlings floating along and the sun through the trees. She was just having a little fun on a walk through our neighborhood and I love it.

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Valentine’s Mini Sessions!

What: Valentine’s Mini Sessions, $85 for three high resolution files

Who: children, no more than three at a time due to space limitations.

Where: my home studio space, Sagamore Hills, OH

When: Jan 18th and Jan 24th.  Additional weekday times can be made available; please email wendy@wboycephotos.com for more info and to schedule your session.

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I will be taking a limited number of Valentine’s mini sessions in my small home studio  in Sagamore Hills 🙂 I’m making a heart backdrop similar to the above ^^ so keep that in mind when you think about what to dress your little one in!

The shoots will be 20 minutes in length, and will include 3 high res files- which I can (in most cases) email to you along with a print release for the files; no waiting for a disk! If you’d like more than 3 files, you can purchase them for a sale price of $3 each. These mini sessions will be an all time low *$85*; this is the ONLY time my minis will be THIS low! Spaces are incredibly limited, so grab yours up QUICK. Email wendy@wboycephotos.com for more info and to schedule your session

*small print: sessions must be paid in full at time of booking. no sessions will be held without payment. payment is nonrefundable and nontransferable. mini session may not be used for newborn photography or other specialized sessions. no referral credits may be applied. 

 

Your kid does what, now?

Now and then, a parent will tell me about a quirk their child has. “He makes this really strange face when he smiles,” “She gets really shy,” “He is really, really silly,” I understand they may feel nervous about having paid for photos and I do my best to assure them that these things are 100% OK. Plus, it’s sooo nothing new :*) My kids may or may not suffer from “Photographer’s Kid Syndrome”. They’re really good about sitting and being my little models most of the time, but sometimes….

mylife-3wmsometimes we just need to blow off steam and be silly. It’s also nice for me to remember that I can use my camera for fun, not just for work! Also, see that cross-eyed babe in the top… oh yea. That’s me! Bringing professionalism to a whole ‘notha level 😉

Want to have some fun? Email me! wendy@wboycephotos.com!!

Jacob’s Senior session {Solon High School Seniors}

Jacob’s mom Deb is the amazingly talented owner of Sensational Cakes… and More which is an incredibly bakery in Solon, OH. Deb made my daughter’s 5th birthday cakes! When she asked if I could take her son Jacob’s senior photos, I knew in .02 seconds that I would find the time to get him in. The family is hosting an AFS student from Argentina, so Deb asked if I could get a shot of him and Jacob’s brother as well. No prob 🙂
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We met at the park and got right to it! Photographing teenaged boys can go any number of ways- many times guys are shy and uncomfortable in front of the camera. Not Jacob. Jacob was a pleasure to work with.  While I was shooting, he told me that he is a member of NFTY- the National Federation of Temple Youth and that he is the Religious and Cultural Vice President of his temple youth group. He plans on studying computer sciences and being an IT professional (when you graduate Jacob, give my husband a call!) He plays trumpet in the Solon High School band, and also plays guitar and sings. He told me about a time at band camp when he and friends were playing a game and he plowed right over and into a garbage bin :*) He asked me to take a couple shots of him near the bins, because the kid is hilarious. There’s more to the story if you know Jacob, ask him to tell it to you. Smart, talented and totally well rounded.
See for yourself:

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I couldn’t have asked for a more cooperative, more charming young man. Jacob, you’re a great guy and I hope you get everything you ask for! Let me know if you get to be a Spartan!

A&X: a twinkle light session! {Sagamore Hills Mini Session}

After I posted a little twinkly light teaser on my Facebook page, my friend Ashley asked if I could fit her kids in. Her son and my daughters were in the same Kindergarten class, then they had t-ball at the same time. Ashley and I got to know each other walking laps around the t-ball park- she was pregnant with Xavior at the time and due any minute! It’s been so fun getting to know these three (and daddy Ryan and hound-dog Charlie, too). Ashley wanted to get some photos for Ryan to keep at work, and I think we got some great ones.

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Aren’t those boys perfection?

And, totally tooting my own horn, but how awesome are those lights? So soft and warm. I’m so 100% offering mini lights sessions next year. Leave a comment or send an email to wendy@wboycephotos.com if you want to be sure YOU get a mini session!

Baby R {Erie, PA newborn photographer}

The Monday before Thanksgiving, I got word that one of my expectant moms in Erie had her baby!! I was heading back home for dinner with my family in North East, so we set up to shoot on Black Friday. Little Raylan was a bit fussy when I got there, so his mommy Donna took a few minutes to feed/ top off the tank and soothe. I have no problem photographing an awake newborn, but a crying or uncomfortable one is a different story. I schedule 2 hours for a newborn session, but can take up to four if need be. This was going to be a session where the baby is posed which can take a longer time, but once he settled, we were good to go! His aunt made him the little turkey hat– so cute!
I got a good number of photos…
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… before he woke up again! Babies man, unpredictable. I got to give him some cuddles and snuggle him down again. He was sleepy but not asleep; I got this super cute yawn and oh mah geez, love it
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Thank you, Donna for the morning of sweet baby snuggles ::puffy heart::

other vendor information:
fox hat, cheesecloth wraps in pumpkin and honeydew: Red Owl Photo Props
owl hat: M Roche Crochet

The R family {Sagamore Hills fall photos}

When Catie asked me if I had any space this fall for her family, I was left a little speechless. You see, her family lives quite a ways away from me. In fact, they live almost four HOURS from me. She wanted to bring her family up to me. To say I was touched and flattered would be a massive understatement. I’ve met Catie before and she is one of the kindest people. One of the first things she said to me was, “How’s Zoe?” Zoe is my 11 year old Shiba Inu who has been blind from glaucoma since she was three. And that’s something Catie remembered, because she’s amazing and thoughtful.

I hadn’t met Rocco or their three daughters before but they are just as exquisite as Catie. Rocco looks like Mark Ruffalo, doesn’t he?

It was really cold for our session but there wasn’t a single complaint. The girls were total pros. There were lots of smiles and hugs and cuddles. There was even a little Rosie dog cameo!

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Thank you so much, Catie for bringing your family to me and trusting me with your girls (and little Rosie). It was an absolute pleasure spending time with your family!

Beautiful Jess {Brecksville senior photos}

Jess and her mom Amy came to me on a chilly October day for Jess’s senior photos! I had been emailing with Amy and was looking forward to our session and working with Jess couldn’t have been easier. She is a student athlete playing softball and cheerleading (recently won a cheer competition in Avon, wooo!) and would like to go on to study pediatric nursing after graduation. She has a perfect smile, perfect attitude, and was a dream to work with. Here are just a few of my favorites from our session. Jess-SR-collagewm

Jess is the perfect example how to work your senior session (could I say “perfect” one more time? ha). Her make up was spot on-light and natural looking but also bold and accentuating her gorgeous eyes. Her outfits were casual and fun, very much reflective of her personality. She wore layers so that outfit changes were quick and seamless. She was relaxed and went with the flow of our session! She truly was a wonderful model and I have high hopes that she gets accepted to her first-choice college!

How to: create that twinkle light backdrop

So, a little while ago, I told you not to wrap your kid in holiday lights but to instead try something like this set-up, which is good advice and you should totally take it. m-twinkle-lights-1wm  But… maybe you don’t know *how* to do such a thing! No worries, I can help you get started. You are going to need to put your camera in manual mode, or at least *AV*/ *A* aperture priority and you’ll need a basic understanding of your camera’s manual features. If these words are Greek to you, maybe call in the pros and ask about a mini session 😉 Otherwise, it’s pretty easy to do.

What you’re going to need:

  • a bunch of Christmas lights on a WHITE WIRE
  • an SLR camera and lens — I used a Nikon D7000 and Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens but entry level bodies and lenses will work just fine with a little tinkering
  • a solid color background
  • something to hang your lights on

You may want:

  • a white sheer curtain
  • a couple boxes of cheap-o laminate floor
  • speedlight– do NOT use your on-camera flash. It only points forward and will ruin EVERYTHING! ::dramaz::

The first thing you’ll want is something to string lights on. I have a backdrop stand, and used an ivory piece of vinyl backdrop from The Backdrop Shop, but you don’t need a “real” drop; if you have a solid, light color wall in a room that gets LOTS of sun light you could tape lights to your wall. You can use a full size sheet (a twin size white sheet will work if you have only one person in the picture).

This is a pull back of my set up, shot with a wide angle lens. I have a 6×6 backdrop, about 12 pieces floating laminate floor and 2 strings of 150 white lights. If you want to load up your lights, you can buy more, but I think this is plenty.  After you hang your lights, wash your hands!

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(also, sweet vintage sled, right?) Shooting in a purple room poses challenges, so I would suggest trying to shoot in a light, neutral colored space. Sooner or later, that purple room will be painted (again, for the 3rd time) a neutral shade as I start offering more sessions in my home space.

You’ll need to set your lens to it’s widest aperture. I know my lens isn’t its sharpest wide open, so I keep it around to 1.8 or 2. You’ll also want your child out as far away from your lights as you can get while still being able to frame the shot well. Depth of field gives us that blurry background with those glowing orbs of light and works when you are closer to your subject than your subject is to whatever is behind it.

My settings were f 1.8, SS 1/250, ISO 160 with my white balance set to flash since I had to use my speedlight. I  used my speedlight because I was taking a picture in the early evening when there isn’t a ton of natural light available. I bounced the speedlight on a 45o angle behind me.  I could have adjusted my settings; slowed my shutter speed, ratcheted up my ISO or opened all the way to 1.4 buuuut I have a speedlight and truly, there was very little natural light.

Once you have your settings… set, it’s time to start! You may have to change your settings around here and there. If you don’t like what you’re seeing, adjust your settings. It’s best to take test shots with something like a stuffed animal- something that won’t get peeved at you for taking time to adjust.  Once you have the shot you like, add in your model! I had my daughter sit on the sled to have her up a little higher and a touch farther away from the backdrop. Remember you want to be closer to your kid than your kid is to the lights, but having your lens as open as possible helps a LOT if you don’t have much space.

I took a few practice shots and really didn’t like the look of the lights- they glow pretty yellow (which yea, I could have set a custom white balance but eh) so I put a white, sheer curtain panel over them. It softens the color of the bulbs and creates a sort of faux- bokeh. You can see in the pull-back picture that the lights are still pretty sharp and that is for sure NOT what I wanted.  Draping the sheer made it so soft and perfect.

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Fall Family Minis the E family {Sagamore Hills family photos}

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Jen came to me as a referral from a dear client and friend of mine and I am so stinking happy she did! She and her two littles showed up ready to rock it out even though it was *fricken freezing*. I think it was something like 39o that morning! In my opinion, her kids have the coolest names ever, her daughter’s name is one of my most fav and was one I considered for one of my girls! Oh Amelia, you’re so sweet.
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She offered to hold Edison (Eddie) and it was so so adorable. She held him for a good few minutes, even boosting him up on her hip like a seasoned mommy when he slipped down
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Mr Bright Eyes himself. There is nothing cuter than a baby in a hat. And, a coordinating hat, at that.

 

These fall mini sessions fly by- I think we were done with Jenn’s session in about 25 minutes! Now, don’t be fooled, a short session doesn’t mean you get shorted on files to choose from or shorted on service. I provide 50+ files in every client gallery- and you get to choose which photos you’d like burned to your disk which comes with a print release! Short time, never short on value.

Fall family mini session {Twinsburg family photos}

I had the great pleasure of taking fall photos for Jenny and Chris! My fall family sessions were not without drama right from the start (I’ll blog about that later) but my clients are all so awesome they just rolled with it. I worked with Jenny and her family earlier this summer. She told me they had NEVER had family photos taken!  Lucky for me, they liked me (they really liked me, heh) and booked a fall session as soon as my fall mini session sale was open. ::if you want to be in the know about sales, head over to Facebook, LIKE and FOLLOW wendy b photos::

Working with little Wally and Greydon is always fun– little boys, what can I say, you know? We built a little leaf pile and G jumped and threw leaves and had a blast.JCRFall-37wm

Wally… not so much. Absolutely hated the leaves so we dusted him off and put him on a soft blanket and life was good again.JCRFall-29wmWe were getting ready to pack up and head out. The sun was getting low and then it was magic. The Golden Hour you hear about… if you hang around photogs or read our blogs!  That incredible part of the day where the sun is just above the horizon line and everything is warm. I turned around and said, “WAIT please! I need to take your photos, it’s not even a ‘want to’ situation; I MUST photograph you more!” and….

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Thank you x 100000 Jenny and Chris, for trusting me (twice!) with your precious family ❤

 

 

This is a test…

Not of any emergency broadcast system, just a starter blog post test.

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Hey all, how’s this for a first real live, wendy b photos blog post! Welcome aboard. If you haven’t yet, click over to Facebook and give wendy b photos a ::LIKE:: Stay up to date with sales, and client teaser posts. If you’re looking for natural light, family photography in Northeastern Ohio, you’ve found it! I’m Wendy, and I want to photograph your family. Or your “pregnancy glow”.Or your newborn! Or your baby’s first birthday cake. Or your baby’s senior portraits. Whatever you want, I can find a way to make it happen.

Check out my website to see all the details on session pricing, and maybe have some questions answered in the faqs section. You can also click any of the links ^^^ up top there!

So, away we go! Check back soon for the first fall family mini session I’ll be adding!

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