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!

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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Stylized session {cleveland kids photographer}

Earlier in the spring, my designer friend Natalie Gartner owner of Little Miss Party Planner put together the most amazing tea party. We had two beautiful little girls, who got to enjoy *real* macarons, cake, and treats! There were felted craft pieces to fill in some decor, and Natalie’s own real tea set. The details of the tea party were stunning…

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The girls were both two years old, and you can see how much fun they had together, playing in their beautiful gowns, provided by LMPP. meant to be sharedtea-2wm

It wouldn’t be a toddler party, without a little sass, and Miss Cece had it to spare; I love that we had time to let the kids be kids, sassy faces and all.

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I was very spoiled as well, to see Natalie had set up this amazing “glamping” tent! I would love to set it up for simply styled Mommy and Me sessions! Maybe next April… 😉 tea-45wmtent fun

I am so grateful to Natalie for styling this incredible set. She has an eye for everything; I literally just had to show up and read the light. She plans beautiful events, weddings, parties– you name it. There is nothing she cannot do. If you’re planning a party, and want it to have a special touch, reach out to Natalie AKA Little Miss Party Planner. You will not regret it!
A special thank you to Shawna Polimene and Miss Cece for playing!
(sign ups for the tea party have now closed, but you can schedule your own full tea party session for September or even 2019 by emailing wendy@wboycephotos.com!)

When we met Cameron {cleveland newborn photographer}

They say there are very few mysteries in life. Kristen and Chris decided that learning the sex of their baby would be a mystery they hung on to ❤  When their precious little one was born in early May, they found out together, that it was a little boy.
I packed up and headed to their home in the Cleveland suburbs to photograph their new little family.  I love doing in-home sessions. They are my #1 favorite session to shoot.

If you’re pregnant and expecting in September 2018 or later (yes, 2019 dates included!) please email me today to book your in-home newborn session.  Let’s get your due date on my calendar! wendy@wboycephotos.com

“Hey, I just met you… and this is crazy. But I’m your baby, so call me maybe…”

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I thought it was funny, too Cameron

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Sometimes, all it takes is Mommy’s touch to coax out the tiniest of smiles ❤

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Pretty Photo Challenge {cleveland photographer}

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I belong to a number of photography communities on Facebook. One of those group is Pretty Presets for Lightroom. The group is really nice for photographers of all levels. I’ve been a community member for quite some time; I have been published in their magazine, and have had three articles published on their blog! The Pretty Presets group has challenges every so often, and this image of Leslie, Elise, Henry and Olive received an Honorable Mention 😀

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Interested in your own session with wendy b photos? Email wendy@wboycephotos.com today! Openings are available in June and July!

 

My Shoot & Share contest video!

This year, the Shoot & Share administrators put together videos for all contestants who entered 20 or more images. I went all-in with 50! See anyone you know? I know it goes by fast; I didn’t get to build this video or personalize it at all (you have to shell out $$ to be able to customize your videos) but it’s still fun to see.

I have already started a collection of images to enter for next year’s contest. I cannot WAIT for things to start blooming again here in Cleveland; I am really looking forward to taking my #nikonf100 film camera out and really stretching it’s legs.
I am hoping to score a model or two as well, to work on a semi-styled film session (think warm sunlight, flowing floral dress,sun hat, tall grass, and that touch of film making it all look so timeless). I’m even toying with doing boudoir on film! (woowoo) If you are over 18 and would be interested drop a line to wendy@wboycephotos.com You will be required to sign a contract with a model release. Don’t worry, they don’t allow any boudoir photography in the contest and I never share images without specific permission so your privacy will be respected 😀

Film, film… film! {cleveland film photographer}

A few weeks ago, my husband earned a trip to Costa Rica through his company. We along with about 50 other employees packed up for an all expenses paid weekend of sun and quiet and headed to Papagayo Bay, Guanacaste Province.  Considering that we were looking at seven hours in flights, and international flights at that, I brought only my film camera and carried it on with a few rolls of 200 speed film.
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As I’ve talked about, I enjoy shooting film for personal projects. I enjoy it so much, it has made me see my work in a new way, appreciate the technology available, and slow down to *feel* what I’m photographing, wait for and don’t waste the shot; not just spray and pray. I am in the market for an autofocus film camera that will accept the Nikon lenses and the Sigma Art lens. Unfortunately, those cameras are a little out of my personal budget right now (some costs upwards of $2000, not exactly chump change for something I just do for fun).  As you can see, I’m making due with what I’ve got 😉

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We went for a horseback ride, and my horse Maura did not like the sound my shutter made. I tucked my camera away and relied on my cell phone, on silent.

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

The area we stayed in was very dry and there were brushfires all over. The last night, we had a nice sunset… with a slight camp-fire smell. The days were beautifully warm, in the low 90s, but with no humidity. It didn’t feel overwhelmingly hot, or uncomfortable at all. cr2-18wmcr2-20wm

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I love the little lights you can see, in the bottom third of this image; it’s the lights from the other little casitas on our resort.

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Mommy and Me Mini sessions! {cleveland family photographer}

Mommy and Me mini sessions are now open and booking! They will be held April 14th, 2018 and will be best for five or fewer participants. We moms are so often the ones behind the camera, or holding our cell phones at arm’s length, and our kids deserve better than that. You are worth $100– honestly, you’re worth a million bucks. Treat yourself, or if you know a mom who maybe hasn’t had photos taken with her children, why not gift her a session?

email wendy@wboycephotos.com to book yours!

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Sitter Session Space available! (cleveland baby photographer)

Hey all! I have immediate sitter session space open, and wanted to throw it out there for March 27th, at 10:00am and 11:20am in my home studio located in Sagamore Hills, OH. I can take a boy or a girl in either time space, which will be discounted from the regular price of $149. I’m looking for a baby to model a bit for me ❤ Babies should be 6-10 months old, able to sit unassisted, but not be walking just yet. Email wendy@wboycephotos.com ASAP to book!

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