Film Photography Love {cleveland film photos}

Once again, I need to sing the praises of my favorite film developers, Old School Photo Lab, in Dover NH. I sort of, kind of, went nuts with my film. I think in June-July I developed something like 10 or 12 rolls. I was getting the actual 4×6 prints back as well as high res scans and that was adding up- for good reason of course and I’m happy to pay for services used.  But I was running out of film budget quickly, haha! I believe these were all developed on Fuji 200 and 400 speed film, which I’ve been getting on Amazon.

I shot film while we visited the zoo in Akron….

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We’d never been, and I was really surprised with how botanical it was! The gardens were so pretty. I wish I had brought three full rolls- I only brought one and a half :/ Live and learn; bring more film than you think you need.  All of the following images are SOOC (straight out of camera). The only edit work done was to place them into the collage spaces.

I shot film at my hometown’s Cherry Festival (North East, PA represent!) I shot some of the attractions and the things that just scream Cherry Fest , North East for me…

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I only wish I had time to get down to Freeport Beach. Oh well. I am planning on only taking my cell phone and my Vivitar v3000s camera on our family trip to NYC this month! I bought 40 rolls of film, and honestly I hope it’s enough. That’s going to be a hell of a develop fee though :S

I took my Yashica to the Luvin Lavender festival in Madison OH. One of my daughters and I went and had a nice morning together.

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And my other daughter and I took both the Yashica and the Vivitar on a walk through our neighborhood. We were having some painting done on our house, too 😉

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I am obsessed. I can’t believe how much more I’m enjoying photography working with film as my medium. A friend encouraged me to invest in a Nikon F6 film camera… but with a $2500 price tag, I think it’ll have to wait. Forever. I am sort of eyeing up this Nikon F10 though. How many cameras is too many again?

 

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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 😀
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Fall Flashback: Jenny and Chris {Cleveland Family Photographer}

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It’s hard to believe I’m going to be pre-booking fall family mini sessions for my current client list in just about seven weeks! Looking back at these fall photos makes me so excited for what’s to come!

Jenny, Chris, Grey and Wally are four favs. I was lucky enough to photograph them a couple times over the year and it’s always a treat. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of their hugs, their little smiles, or their family cuddles!JCR-11wm

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Oh, Wally :*) I love working with kids- you never *ever* know what you’re going to get!  Grey was all smiles and giggles and little boy energy, and Wally was…two. Haha! As with all my toddlers, a touch of shyness, and even grouchy faces are expected and totally normal. I photograph my families as they are, and sometimes that includes our furrowed (and super precious) brows.

I book family sessions through out the year; and am currently booking for September! If you’d like to squeeze the last drops of summer into a family session, check out the details of what’s included on http://www.wboycephotos.com and then send me an email! wendy@wboycephotos.com

If you’re a current client in good standing, keep your eyes out for my fall family mini session dates. I’ll be emailing them out in early August!

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.

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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

Spring Mini session- the C family

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I am so excited to have great weather for working outside in again! Spring! It’s warm again, the trees are greening up, we have grass! All wonderful things when you’re a natural light photographer. It wasn’t entirely “springlike” for Mandy’s mini session, but I’ll tell you what- her family crushed it. They looked great in their blues and greys -one of my all time favorite color combos.

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There were some laughs when Mandy’s oldest son Paul IV went toddler-zombie on his daddy :*) I love the shot of him noming on Daddy’s head. And the cheeks on baby J- good gravy. SO CUTE.  When we got to the park, there were quite a few people fishing off the large dock which totally figures because I knew I wanted to work on the dock! Luckily, after a short while they cleared out and we were able to get a couple cute shots. IV was excited and telling me about all the delicious things he wanted to get at Chic Fil A– Chocolate milk and three french fries! Cutie booty. collage-2wmMandy and crew were so easy to work with- I know I say it often, but my clients are so great and I’m so glad to call so many of you friends. Thank you a bunch, Mandy for choosing to work with me ❤ Your boys are super sweeties!

If you would like to schedule your own family session, feel free to send me an email- wendy@wboycephotos.com

remember if you refer a friend you’ll both get extra goodies 🙂

What makes a Mini Session “mini?

If you haven’t heard, I’m holding #SpringMiniSessions on April 25th. Now, you might be asking, “What makes a mini session with Wendy a MINI? What do I lose out on if I book during a mini sale?” The answer is time makes it a mini, but you don’t lose out on anything… want to see why? Read on, my friend.

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what makes a mini session “mini”?

It’s true that I am generally one of the lowest priced photographers in the Cleveland area with my experience (there are people out there selling sessions for $60 a pop, but buyer beware :more on that later:)  and it’s true that I provide digital files for sale below the industry norm, not to mention my prints available to all clients a la carte start at $2, so just what makes a mini a mini? (mini mini miiiinnnniiii!)

In short, a mini session with wendy b photos is a strict, set amount of time typically 30 minutes or less. It comes with fewer digital files included on your disk but additional digitals are discounted so you can add files easily. I restrict the number of people who can participate in the mini (usually five people tops) because more people = more shoot time= more edit time. You know what they say about time and money after all.

I offer mini sessions a few times a year; during spring (going on now), fall, and then winter. Minis are a great way to get that family shot you want “just a nice one of the five of us”, update your family photo wall, or grab some quick shots of your little kiddo hitting a fun milestone.

Minis are perfect for the budget-minded as well. Right now, my mini session is 35% off the regular family session price. If you have referral credits, you can in most cases apply them to your mini session, reducing the cost another 10%. Email wendy@wboycephotos.com for info on referral credits!

So, now you know! I have four spaces left for my April 25th family mini sessions– book yours today!

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.

Studio addition!

A long while back, I posted to my Facebook page that I had found a backdrop that I super mega loved. Then, at Christmas time, a large roll showed up at my home!  My mother in law had gotten it for me as a gift (yaay!)  When I got it set up, I begged/asked one of my girls to sit so I could take a couple pictures. She agreed, but only if I let her have her blankie with her. Molly-woodland-drop-8wm Molly-woodland-drop-2wm

 

I can see so many sessions with it. Milestone minis, first birthday cake smashes, newborns, holiday minis... oh so love it. Want to use it in your session? Just ask! Even if you want to shoot in your home, I can bring my drop and stand with me 😀 Send me a line and let’s set it up! I’m booking for March and beyond right now!

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A Valentine’s Mini to share

Oh, Valentine’s Day. Some people love you. Some hate you. I generally find myself in the latter group 😛 I’m a happily married lady, but Valentine’s Day has never been one of my favorites. However, now that I have two little girls who really enjoy passing out Valentine’s and celebrating with their friends, I might be coming around.

Of course, boys as adorable as this help, too. Multiples have a special place in my heart and these three were no exception. JKMini-collage-wm

Brothers ::puffy hearts::  These boys each were sweet and funny in their own ways. We took this at my home-studio space (slash guest room, working with what we have!) we got a couple shots off and took some breaks. We talked about where my basement was (“Under the house!”) and took peeks the playground out back (theirs is bigger, haha) and watched a few minutes of Jack’s Big Music Show to help us settle in again. Our mini was one of a kind, just like J, B, and Z.

Thank you, Jamie for coming out! It was a pleasure meeting you and your special crew ❤

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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

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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?

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