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Maddie & Paul just celebrated their one year anniversary!! (Blame my lack of blogging on pregnancy and a new baby!) Posts are going to be a little behind this year, but I’m still just as excited to walk down memory lane and reminisce these amazing weddings.

I love Winter weddings! I love the colors, the snow, an excuse to snuggle. There’s just something about them! Can we start doing more Winter weddings, Columbus!?

Maddie and Paul suddenly moved up their wedding date because they were just so excited to be married. Getting to know them both was such a joy. Maddie is an artist and incredible at ceramics. AND they are expecting their first baby right now!! These two are so genuine, and just so in love.

Maddie talking about their first look: “When we look back at those photos and remember those moments, there is just pure joy. We were so happy and felt so blessed to be there, doing what we were doing, with our closest friends and family that the fact that it was actually painful to be outside [in the cold] and did not have the perfect weather and fall setting didn’t matter even a little bit! We had the absolute best time and I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect day.”

I am so happy for these beautiful souls! Happy Anniversary you two!!

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Such a gorgeous DIY event pulled together by their friends and family!

Florist: Maddie’s Aunt Mary
Invites/Calligraphy: Maddie & Maddie’s Mom
Cakes: Carrot cakes/center pieces were my mom with the help of my Aunt Paula on icing/decorating and then Paul’s grandma made him his favorite german chocolate cake!
Hair: Maddie’s cousin Corrie Dignan
Makeup: Brooke Backus
Dress: Solo Dresses (online)
Bridesmaid dresses: – Tricks of the Trade Dress
DJ: Josh Staley Productions –
Video: Mark Schmitter –
Venue: High Line Car House
Caterer: Two Caterers
Portraits taken at: The Ohio State House
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I photographed Candase and Tony’s engagement in 2011 & wedding in 2012 – They’ve been around since the beginning! I have had so much fun watching their family grow over the years. They are one of my longest term clients, and I just love them! Photographing the love in their family is easy, and they make some pretty cute kids too.

I’m sharing their maternity and newborn session in one post today. April in Ohio is something dreamy. Loved all the gorgeous blooms and that perfect baby bump. Already excited for the next time I can photograph this sweet family. Hope you are loving life as a family of four!

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I shot this adorable family’s oldest daughters newborn photos years ago – It has been such a fun ride to follow them along the way! This Fall shoot was almost a year ago now. How does time fly so fast! I absolutely LOVE Fall portraits and will be so sad to miss this years season while I am on maternity leave. This shoot was done in October last year during my favorite time of year. We had tons of fun and I have loved watching their family grow.

I had some big plans to blog all of my events from last year before baby — ANNNDDD there’s no way thats happening!! I’ve been so focused on shooting and editing that blogging has dropped pretty low on the priority list. This makes me sad because I LOVE to share all of the amazing weddings and shoots I am able to be a part of every year. I wanted to blog about 30+ events this year and I’ve only gotten done about one per month. Whoops! Turns out growing and preparing for a baby takes a lot more time than I originally thought!

I mentioned on my personal blog last month that I will be focusing on more family shoots next year and scaling back on weddings. I LOVE weddings and will definitely still be shooting them! I have 8 so far for 2018 and plan to take a few more. I will miss shooting every weekend but am definitely looking forward to more family time with our little guy in the future! So I wanted to share a family shoot since that will be a larger focus on what I am photographing next year. I shoot typically 75+ families per year and it has always been such a huge love of mine. I don’t get to share a lot of them but hope I can in the coming months!

Just a little reminder I am starting my maternity leave October 8th. I am completely booked until then! Still hoping I can do Christmas mini’s but those will not be announced until November once our boy has arrived! Ashley Wallace will be shooting them whether I can or not! Stay tuned in a couple months if you’d like one!!

Now, onto this cute family! Happy almost Fall everyone!! I am SOOOO excited about this cool weather and pumpkin everything!

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I absolutely adore going into a clients home and photographing their family. I was lucky enough to shoot both their first and second sons newborn photos. These images just feel so personal to me, just like all in home sessions do. This is up there at one of my favorite things to photograph. Welcome to the world little Bo. <3

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