family photos, Film, newborn photography

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.
cr1-22wmcr2-1wm

cr2-14wm
I tried to set focus, and handed my camera to my husband. One shot came out.

cr2-18wm

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).
Lilly-68wmccs-2wmEDS-90wmEDS-56wm

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)…

9.18-23wm9.18-219.18-199.18-5octnov 18-20octnov 18-16octnov 18-14

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

octnov 18-32octnov 18-279.18-14wmoctnov 18-26

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

Fryz Familyjfox-5wmtaps-4wm

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. 

family photos

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

family photos

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?

jfox-5wm.jpg

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.

taps-4wm
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!

jfox-38wm
See? Having a good time! No worries!

family photos

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.
Fall-2018board
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.
MPM-32wm

je-47wmjam-38wmjam-55wm

family photos, mini session, Uncategorized

A really HUGE fall catch-up post

If that isn’t a catchy title, I don’t know what is.

It has been an absolute whirlwind fall. Every year I tell myself I’m not going to take on so much- I’ll spend more time with my family. I’ll actually hire someone else to take photos of us because I won’t be working every minute!

And then this year I took something like 12 more fall sessions than I did last year :*) I took 4-5 mini sessions every weekend and then also took my usual work load during the week. It was nuts and I’m pretty sure my eyes are going to fall out of my face. I’m taking only 2 sessions in December, not just to give my retinas a rest, but also because with the holiday season comes winter break for my daughters and you guys know I’m a mom first.

I wanted to share some of the families I had this year, and since my blogging is pretty much the worst ever, I’m going to pop them into a couple giant posts! We’ve had our first snow here, and looking back at the colors of fall is so nice 😀
gierlach-fb-cover-2016 mbw-25wm mbw-35wm mbw-50wmcrr-1wm crr-13wmjne-1wm jne-8wm

family photos, mini session, Uncategorized

Cassy + Jason {fall family photos}

I wrapped up my nephew’s birthday and dove face first into my incredibly packed fall family schedule.Cassy fall cover

I was lucky enough to shoot baby Alison when she was newborn, and getting to see her as a toddler was such a treat.

CO-78wm

Her big brothers are so much fun. They’re the perfect combination of silly and sweet.CO-43wm CO-32wm

We played in the leaves a bit, snapped a couple of the three together (the smooching happened all on its own!)CO-5wm

grabbed some fast family photos and that was that! I could have shot all day though; Cassy, Jason, Owen, Carter, and Alison were total models.  CO-9wm

Mini sessions go *fast*. Even though I time mini sessions out to no more than 30 minutes, my clients can still expect anywhere from 30-40 images for a family of five in their private online galleries 😀 I’m booking sessions for June and July NOW. Summer is such a great time for photos. I prefer summer to fall for my own family photos (GASP!) The sunlight is so warm, the days are filled with fun. There’s no pressure to hurry up and get the photos done so you have them in time for your holiday cards– shoot in the summer and you’ll have your images WELL in advance for those cards!

Book your session today by emailing wendy@wboycephotos.com

family photos, Uncategorized

Jackie and Greg’s fall family #TBT

Jackie and Greg, oh Jackie and Greg. I shot family photos for them in the fall of 2013 and had so much fun. We did some extended family photos with some of my other favorites Leanne and Dan.  I know I say that often, but the best part about my job is how *fun* it really is. Jackie and Greg must have enjoyed their time with me, too because I was asked to take their daughter’s 1st birthday photos and to take fall photos in 2014 for them as well. I’ll showcase their other sessions in future #TBT posts! You don’t want to miss them.

Andplusalso, I get to do a fun mini session for Maddie’s 2nd birthday ❤ (psst see her post HERE )

Our most recent fall family session was so full of awesome. We shot at a covered bridge, nearly killed ourselves on these giant nut-things all over the ground, and laughed till we cried when Maddie had a little diaper accident… all over Greg.  I went a little crazy photo overloading, but I could not just pick four or five to share.

Things started off great!
Things started off great!

Maddie loves her cousins and her momma!

Ah, hey there, Greg what’s going on?…. Oh yea, yep. That’s pee :*)

A quick clean up though and we were on our way. Side note, trying to hold a camera steady while you’re laughing so hard you have tears streaming down your face is NOT EASY.

Alls well that ends well!
Alls well that ends well!

I take a limited number of fall family mini sessions every year- so be sure you LIKE and FOLLOW wendy b photos on Facebook so that you can keep up to date with all sale announcements!

Don’t want to wait for a sale? Email me today at wendy@wboycephotos.com to set up your family session.

family photos, mini session, Uncategorized

fall mini catch-up

Leanne and the boys = best time ever. I’ve photographed Leanne, Dan and their kids a couple times now and each time it’s been a freaking riot. And so full of awesome professionalism….

wendy + leanne = ❤ haha

wendy+leanne-1wm

This year, my fall mini location was ripped out (literally) after the first week of sessions but I knew I wanted to take Leanne down to a new place for a change of scenery. I know I talk about how much I love getting to hang with my clients (friends?) but for serious. People like Leanne and Dan make it so easy. For instance, I was walking everyone back through the woods, off the beaten path. There were a couple other people a few yards ahead of us and Dan says loudly to me, “Hey Wendy, what are the ropes and tape in your bag for?” Such a charmer! :*)

Look how precious those boys are! Man… love it. Also, sure could go for some sweater-weather… wearing 14 layers is old already. How many days until next fall?

HeglerBoardwm

 

 

family photos, Uncategorized

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!

RossiCollagewm

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!

family photos, Uncategorized

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

Oh, beautiful Jenn…JE-3wm
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.
JE-5wm

 

 

 

 

 

 


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
.

JE-13wm
JE-59wm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.