Summer 2019 Dates! {cleveland family photographer}

My summer dates are below, with a special sale session coming, just for the littles! Times are approximate and can be adjusted in most cases. Don’t see a date you were hoping for? EMAIL ME. For real. Don’t feel weird about it 😉

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Don’t miss out! Summer is my favorite season to work in- there is nothing like Cleveland’s summer after a yucky winter! Winter will be back here before you know it. Book your session by emailing wendy@wboycephotos.com

The time I saw Maui {cleveland traveling photographer}

In January, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to the island of Maui, Hawaii. My dear friend Deb, the owner of Sensational Cakes…and More in Solon invited me to join her and her parents at their condo in Kihei and after two years of hemming and hawing (and saving every single penny from Wendy B Photos) I took the plunge. I bought a plane ticket in October, and flew out Jan 15th, 2019. As a person with serious motion sickness and water fears, flying to an island, 4500 miles away was a massive challenge. But I did it, and I did it alone. I met Deb and her loving mother Jane in Kahului airport at 1230am, EST, 730pm, their time. And I cried.  I had left my home in Cleveland at about 545am. The travel itself went *really* well, and I have to give the people at Delta huge props. Everyone I had contact with, was helpful and friendly.
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Hello room to stretch out! My janky knee was appreciative! 

It was dark when I landed, so there was’t much to see, but in the morning…

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Kahoolawe island, dead ahead

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Molokini crater and Kahoolawe Islands. They looked so close, but were 3 and 5 miles away!

I had planned to shoot film, the entire trip. I ended up shooting five rolls, but also had my cell phone (the photos above are iphone). The following images are film shot on a Nikon F100, with Fuji400 and Fuji400h film of my first days:

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My view of the West Maui Mountains- see the wind turbines! Hooray for renewable energies! The Maui Vista condo complex also has solar panels on the roofs! 

While we had thought that my first day would be one where I got caught up (I’ve never had jet lag before, for real, my travel book is nearly empty) I was ready to ROLL. I got to see lava fields, and coral; hadn’t ever seen either.  The white flecks are coral pieces. Don’t worry, I didn’t take anything. Makena Paia Lava-30

I saw beaches with some crazy soft sand on Makena and at Charley Young Beach

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I saw Pu’u Olai which I learned is a cinder cone from Haleakala!

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None of this trip would have been possible, without Jane and Fred Litt, who operate Maui Condo by Owner with help from Deb. I stayed with them, in their home on the island. They rent out several condos in Kihei, right in the perfect area. Everything is walkable, the beaches are directly across the street. If you have any thoughts about visiting Maui, check out Maui Condo By Owner.
I’ll be sharing more photos from my trip shortly, and heads up- if you’re into sunsets and beaches, and like to give yourself tropical vacation envy make sure you check back!

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Welcoming Bodhi {cleveland newborn photographer}

Winter newborns in full effect 😉 Spending time with Heather, Andrew, and precious Bodhi was wonderful. They were such naturals. Their clothing was perfect, natural and neutral without being fussy. If you ever have questions about what to wear for your session, let me know! I’m happy to help with selections.
Sweet Bodhi snoozed through our session and must have been having sweet dreams; check out that little

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Sweet Bodhi snoozed through our session and must have been having sweet dreams; check out that happy face!

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Yep, newborn smiles happen! Right place, right time ❤ Look at that little baby fuzz!

 

We laid Bodhi in his crib and Andrew made sure he wasn’t lonely… Bodhi settled right in and snoozed ❤ bgn-57wmbgn-67wm

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Yep, more smiles! love love love…

Being able to work in my client’s home is really awesome. It allows everyone to relax, not stress out about bringing all the baby things (and momma things) anywhere! My families never need to worry about picking up or making sure the house is tidy– I’m a mom, too. I am 100% not judging. I often times tell clients who make apologies for their home that I have been there, times two as a twin mom! I am a master at moving whatever needs to be moved out of frame 😉

If you or someone you know is expecting in 2019, make sure you give them my info (wendy@wboycephotos.com : Session Information Here! ) When your friend books, you BOTH earn a little bonus!

wendy b photos roundup {cleveland family photographer}

2018 seems to have gone by really quickly- I remember being freaked out about going to Costa Rica with my husband for a weekend trip he earned at his place of business. I get scared to travel anywhere (I’m mid mental breakdown about a trip to Maui, HI I’m taking very shortly). Even though I like going to these cool new places, I get totally freaked out. Leaving my kids, my responsibilities… shouldn’t I be trying to book work rather than take time off? Ugh. This Maui trip is messing with my head pretty badly, especially when I look back and see I didn’t book a single thing for January but to be fair, my daughters have been out of school until the 7th, I have to be back home in PA on the 12th for an event, and I leave on the 15th, almost all of my weekends are spoken for.
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I tried to set focus, and handed my camera to my husband. One shot came out.

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I got to shoot some really great newborns, and I’m looking forward to meeting even more babies this year (it’s never too early to book your newborn session, please PLEASE do not wait until the last minute).
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I shot so.much.film; I loved every freaking second of it. There hasn’t been a single shot that I was like, “Oh dang, missed it,” because even the shots that don’t come out perfectly, are perfect. Photography has always been about the moment, right? So sometimes, what matters isn’t what is “in focus” but what’s going on around the focus. Maybe that’s too meta. IDK. So many pictures of 2/3rds of our cats (the tuxedo cat is Fiffen/ Olive, the orange and white one is Beep)…

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So many pictures of my long suffering daughters who are juuuuust about finished being my little models…

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Cakes, and milestones, and families…. 2018 was a pretty full year of lots of good things.

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Best Tummy of 2018 ^^

I don’t have any idea what 2019 will bring. If we’ve worked together, I’d love to see you again. I’d love for you to tell a friend about your experience, I’d love to give you both referral credits 😉 I’d love for you to ask for a film session (yes, I am offering film for client work now). I’d love to keep growing this business. I really would. Every year it gets harder and harder, but you guys keep me going and I thank you for that. On to 2019 friends. Let’s see what we can create together. Check out https://www.wboycephotos.com and when you’re ready, email me: wendy@wboycephotos.com. Whatever you want, we can make it happen. 

Mighton Family {cleveland family photographer}

In usual Cleveland fall fashion for 2018, our scheduled session date was a total washout. Luckily, Tammie, Adam and the girls were able to scoot out during a few good hours for a reschedule! 

The family had recently lost their sweet kitty, so when Mila wanted her kitty Smokey to be part of the session, I was happy to oblige ❤ 

Beauties…

Elena had broken her arm, but I had no idea! She is such a natural with posing, I didn’t realize until we had begun shooting. Tammie, her mom let me know that she was in a cast! I could photograph light through that gorgeous hair every single day… you know, if Cleveland had sunshine more than 1x a month. 

Sister snuggle and a moody black and white ❤ Aren’t they adorable?
It’s never too soon to book your family session, and if you go under contract prior to 12.30.18, you’ll lock in 2018 session fee. There is a significant price increase coming in January of 2019, so it may behoove you to book early 😉 

wendy@wboycephotos.com or wwww.wboycephotos.com for session details and booking information

Space for everyone {cleveland family photographer}

Every year for the last five years, I have done family sessions for Jackie and her husband Greg, and Greg’s sister Leanne and her family. This year, Leanne moved away (all the sad faces, but happy that she’s happy!) and Jackie asked if we could do a family session… but with all the Fryz women! 

Extended family sessions are so special. They make the family tree a visual. When your kids are growing, they’ll look at these pictures and say, “That’s Aunt Missy! That’s Aunt Jackie!” They’ll see themselves as part of a bigger whole. They’ll see their cousins….

They’ll see the smiles and laughter while playing with their Papa

They’ll see the funny faces Mommy made, the time Daddy held on for dear life, because they wanted to run and play, they’ll see aunts, uncles, Gigi and Papa…and they’ll know these are their people, and their people are love.

Schedule your own extended family session for the 2019 year, by emailing wendy@wboycephotos.com 
Show your babies, the legacy they are part of. 

Photography and Stress {cleveland family photographer}

While I was working over the weekend, my client Steve said he was talking with a friend and mentioned they were having family photos taken. The friend groaned and said, “Don’t tell my wife,”. I laughed—men not being “all in” when it comes to family photos is nothing new. There are even a good lot of women who opt out of being part of their family’s photos. But why is that? Why is there push back, when it comes time for those family photos?

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Stress.

What’s the first thing you do, after signing your contract and submitting your retainer? If you’re like 97% of my clients, you start shopping or rummaging through dressers searching for The Perfect Outfit. While I’m guilty of this myself, I can’t quite understand why we stress about what to wear. Sure, we don’t necessarily want large prints of our kids with peanut butter on their faces, in their ratty sweat pants (my daughters haven’t worn jeans since Kindergarten) but does it *really* matter? I tell my clients, you do NOT need to be in your Sunday Best; clean pants or dresses, complimentary colors, weather appropriate and you’re all set. I’ve seen far too many moms work themselves into a tizzy, over pattern combinations, color coordination, hair and make up,  thoughts about their weight, and let’s not even get started with “will they behave or won’t they,”.

I want everyone considering me for their photography to know Pinterest Perfect is NOT real.  More important than everyone ‘sit-stay-smile-look’ is the genuine interaction. At one of my shoots over the weekend, this sweet little one picked up his shirt, and shared his belly with me. And I love that. I love it, because he was so comfortable, he was so happy, he was so three-years-old. I love that his siblings are all looking at me and that he is 100% toddler awesomeness.

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TUMMY!

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, who do you find yourself snapping at most?  If you’re like me, it’s the very people you’re hoping to get those happy smiling photos with. They see you worried about things and in turn, it upsets them. Your spouse may see you getting upset and wonder why you do this every year which frustrates them, then you get even more frazzled because what the heck are THEY so worried about when you’re the one doing everything!? (sound familiar?)

Please believe me when I tell you, you do NOT need to worry about Picture Perfect. It’s ok if you all throw on something you already own. It’s ok to mix pattern and color. Pattern it up! See the above, the stripes and plaids and solids? It looks so good together! It’s ok, if your toddler shows me his tummy. It’s ok if you weigh more than you did, your freshman year of college. If you’ve not worked with me before, I’ll just tell you right now- my sessions never last more than 45 minutes. This gorgeous family of eight? Forty-five minutes. I can get smaller families done, in and out in 30 minutes, even if your toddler takes his shirt off. If your partner is on edge about “how long do we have to be here?” you can tell them, 45 minutes tops. 😉

When we chill out, accept that all things aren’t Pinterest Picture Perfect and realize THAT’S OK we find ourselves and those around us actually enjoying photo sessions. I promise, it’s going to be better than you think, so shed the stress and the worry. Just come, hang out. It’ll be good!

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See? Having a good time! No worries!

It’s going to be better than you think {cleveland family photographer}

Corynn and Dan found their way to me, via referrals from two (!!) happy clients and I’m so glad they did. Their sweet boys, Dominic and Leo were a joy to photograph. Dan, like most men, came into the session with ideas about how it would go– and he was thinking it would not go well. No doubt, previous attempts at photos elsewhere hadn’t gone well.
I am very pleased to say, Dan left with a smile on his face, as did his handsome little fellas and his lovely wife ❤
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Could they BE any cuter?

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busy hands are the best hands ❤ I loved that they cuddled up together and read a story!

Currently booking DECEMBER newborns, family and milestone photos! Follow this link for pricing and session information–> wendy b photos
I’ll be taking milestone session in my home studio over the winter- no worries about cold weather! email wendy@wboycephotos.com when you’re ready to book!

Film snapshots {cleveland film photographer}

Early today, in a photography group I belong to on Facebook, we were talking about “going back to film”. I’ve mentioned before that there was no “going back” to film- I didn’t ever really shoot film, except for little point and shoot pictures like was the only thing available to most of us in a pre-digital era. There are so many fun things I’ve already waxed poetic about when it comes to film- I just wanted to share some of my personal photos, all taken on film. I’ve been using a Nikon FG and a Nikon F100 lately. My daughter Lilly has commandeered my much loved Vivitar v3000s and she has been shooting with it ❤ I’ll include a photo or two of hers, as well! I buy film on Amazon, and have it developed with Old School Photo Lab  If you have any questions about working with film, leave a comment!

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My good friend Adrienne took my daughters and me to Greenfield Berry Farm for blueberry picking!

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Olive, didn’t have her mouth open but full of attitude

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My girls’ elementary school read “Wonder” and this was the poster that hung in the hall

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My sister’s boys and my girls

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Clients! On film! haha! Mindy was very awesome to allow me to grab a few photos with my F100

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My favorite mugs, my second favorite beverage. (Dr Pepper is my #1)

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skies on film forever. 

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My Lilly, who has taken up photography herself ❤

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Lilly’s sky photo– light leaks like WHOA… so so so pretty

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Lilly’s photo of her twin sister’s ballet stance

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So far, my favorite picture of Lilly’s. This is her twin sister Molly, just running and playing. Sun star? Check. Light and shadow? Check. Both of my babies? CHECK! 

Fall Family Sessions are OPEN (cleveland family photographer)

The popular Fall Family Sessions are open, and spaces are *super* limited. I have available:
Oct. 13th– 5pm  sold out!
Nov. 3rd– 3pm sold out!
Nov 10th– 2pm, 2:30pm and 3pm sold out!

The sessions are 20 minutes in length. These spaces are best for families of 5 or fewer due to time constraints. Sessions may only be booked as family sessions (no milestone, newborn, maternity, etc). The session fee of $120 must be paid in full at the time of booking and your contract must be signed within 24 hours, or the spot will open to the next person in line. Sale price applies to ABOVE DATES AND TIMES ONLY.
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email wendy@wboycephotos.com for more details and to book yours today! Referral credits may not be used, no other discounts may be applied. Sessions cannot be transferred, or exchanged.
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