Northeast Ohio Family Photographer

Children’s Lake Session – Northeast Ohio Family Photographer

About a week ago, I traveled to Chesterland, Ohio, for a session of brothers and cousins. This session was planned by their mother’s, as a surprise for the boys’ grandparents. You see, their grandparent’s house is just around the corner from this beautiful lake, and this beach is a place the whole family has loved spending time at over the years. The perfect spot for a photo session in Northeast Ohio! I love when families have sentimental locations for their sessions!

We did the traditional poses, the candids, and even the ones the kids will be embarrassed by when they are older. But, what fun we had!! Don’t worry, no child was harmed during the pool noodle fight! Boys will be boys, right?

If you are interested in a family or mini session with me, contact me by filling out a booking form on my website Lindsay Dawn Photography. I would love to work with you and your family! I am not just a Northeast Ohio wedding photographer, I also love working with local families.

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Northeast Ohio Family Photographer

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Taking the Term Lady Boss to a Whole New Level – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

This past Saturday, this Northeast Ohio wedding photographer took on four roles in one day. You see, not only was it my mom’s wedding day, but also my son’s prom night. So, in one day, I was the:

  1. Daughter of the bride
  2. Wedding photographer
  3. Prom mom
  4. Prom photographer

And I killed it, walked in to the day with my Lady Boss face on, and I crushed it! I even managed to get in some of the wedding and prom photos, thanks to my husband who is also my wedding assistant. Was it difficult at times? Yes. But, I am a mom, and we know how to lady up. I cried during the ceremony, but through those tears I nailed the photos. My dinner got cold as I took prom photos, but it was re-heated and still tasted amazing. Thanks to my cousin’s boyfriend, and a quick tutorial from myself, I was even in my family’s big group shot. Some days are crazy and chaotic, but I think that is why I love what I do. I can think quickly on my feet, and make it all happen.

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Mr. & Mrs. Burger – Northeast Ohio Wedding

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The wedding day was perfect, from the gorgeous flowers to the beautiful cake, and of course the wonderful couple. I have never seen my mom so happy, she was glowing all day!

Yes, my poor son had to wear a suit ALL day LOL. He was an usher in his grandma’s wedding, and then it was his prom night. Look at how handsome he is!! And his date, so gorgeous and sweet! I was honored to take photos of them, and of my son’s best friend and his date. I even got myself in some of the photos, and my husband. Proud parent moments for us for sure!

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Madison High School – 2018 Prom – Northeast Ohio

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It was a long day. But a beautiful one!! I feel so blessed to have such amazing people in my life, and that I get to capture it all. Take the photos, all of the photos! Look at the one below, myself with my daughter, mother, and grandmother. Four generations. Not a lot of people get to have this kind of photo, and relationships with such amazing women, but if you do, take the photos!

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Four generations – Northeast Ohio Wedding

Now, look at the happy couple! So in love, and so blessed to have found each other! How did they meet? You will have to wait for their official wedding blog in a few weeks!

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Mr. & Mrs. Burger – Northeast Ohio Wedding

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Jessica & Aaron – Quail Hollow Country Club Wedding – My First Online Feature -Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

Thanks to an amazing platform, called Two Bright Lights, today I am able to say that I am officially published online for the first time. What a dream!!! Two Bright Lights is an amazing platform for photographers to get their work seen by editors and published online and in print. I met one of the owners of Two Bright Lights, Meghan Stolar Brown, while on an AKP Retreat in Destin, Florida. Meghan was an amazing teacher about how to get published, what the editors want to see, and what to photograph to get published. Since meeting Meghan, and following the tips she gave me, I have received notice that I have another ten publications coming up this year! That is amazing! My goal now, when I walk in to every wedding day, is to get that gorgeous Northeast Ohio or destination wedding published, not just for myself and my business, but for my amazing clients and other vendors from that day.

Yesterday, Aisle Memories, published Jessica & Aaron’s beautiful wedding from last summer. Aisle Memories is, according to it’s founders Liana & Jamie : “…a wedding blog about everything related to weddings and beyond with inspiration, ideas, insight, planning tips and tricks, showcasing gorgeous real weddings, and venue tours, and community forums. Everything comes from the perspective of a recent bride who is also a wedding coordinator and planner.”

Jessica & Aaron are the sweetest of couples. Parents to three little ones, they planned their Northeast Ohio wedding from all the way down in Columbus, Ohio, along with help from Aaron’s brother in-law Matthew. Matthew and I had worked together in the past, and I was so happy when he reached out to me about being their wedding photographer. The couple got ready, separately, at the gorgeous Steele Mansion Inn in Painesville, Ohio. Here I was able to capture beautiful bridal portraits of Jessica, and some of Aaron and their twin boys. Their wedding ceremony & intimate reception dinner were at Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord, Ohio. The ceremony was held right on the golf course, with dinner and cake in the country club following the formal photos.

Check out my first online feature below! You will be able to see how amazing Jessica looked in her Allure Bridals gown!

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Jessica & Aaron – Quail Hollow Country Club Wedding

 

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Aaron & Jessica – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer – Quail Hollow Country Club Wedding

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First look, traditional, or something unique? Ideas for your wedding, from other weddings! – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

In today’s day and age, there is something new brides and grooms have to decide upon for their wedding day..Will they do a first look? For those who have no idea what I am talking about, a first look is somewhat of a new thing, so don’t worry. A first look on a wedding day is a moment, usually set up by your photographer before the ceremony, where the groom sees the bride for the first time (or groom/groom or bride/bride, but you get the picture). It is a private moment (at least it should be) between the couple, with the photographer there to capture the reactions and emotion.

There are many pros of doing a first look, versus going for more of the traditional approach of the groom seeing his bride for the first time coming down the ails, and no cons honestly. From a photographers stand point, a first look is a dream! It makes for a smooth wedding day, with plenty of time for photos even before the ceremony, so we are not as rushed between the ceremony and the reception. Take Chelsea & Ben, for example. This couple planned it out to perfection! They did a first look in the same spot that Ben had proposed, how romantic is that?! We then were able to get some great shots of just the two of them, along the way to the ceremony & reception site. They had their immediate family and bridal party ready for photos before the ceremony even happened. So, after the ceremony, they were able to go right in to the reception and party the night away!

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What is another great thing about a first look? It calms the nerves! For those who have anxiety, or get nervous in front of a lot of people, seeing the love of their life privately before they say I DO can be such a relief on the big day. And, there are many ways to plan out the first look as well. If you don’t mind some people watching, you can do it like Kim & Jerry did, in the lobby of the hotel they got ready at. Afterwards, we were able to get all of their bridal party photos and ones of just the couple. So, after the ceremony, we only had the family portraits to get done before the reception.

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Want an alternative solution, where you still have the traditional look of coming down the aisle but still get to be in the presence of your love before the ceremony? You can follow in the footsteps of Carly & Jeffrey! These two had written personal vows to each other, but wanted to read them privately together and save the traditional vows for the ceremony, but also not see each other. So, I scoured the church basement and found a spot that they could be together, but not see each other. What an emotional, and beautiful moment it was. They even brought their photographer to tears.

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You could also be like Natalie & Jeff! These two met in private, even without me, before the ceremony. No first look photos, but just a private moment alone. Jeff then walked his own bride down the aisle at Gervasi Vineyard.

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If you don’t think a first look is for you, and you want the traditional way of you two seeing each other while coming down the aisle, do it! No one way is the right way. It is YOUR wedding day, do it how you want to do it. But, now you know there are plenty of options. Wondering what we did on our wedding day? My husband is more traditional, and he wanted to see me first when I was walking down the aisle. And I would not change a thing! Here are some more traditional weddings below, and the groom seeing his bride for the first time.

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Liz & Matt’s Northeast Ohio Engagement Session – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

I have know Liz & Matt for a lot of years, having worked together long before they were even a couple. We all met while working at the Redhawk Grille, and still work together. Matt was even featured in The News Herald when they wrote an article about the Redhawk Grille. I had the pleasure of watching these two fall in love, from the first beer after work, through the sunflower field proposal, and now while they plan their wedding. I could not be more honored and excited to be their wedding photographer!

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Liz & Matt’s Northeast Ohio Engagement Session – Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer

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We had been planning their engagement session for months. Liz did an incredible job choosing and coordinating their outfits! We met at South River Vineyard for the first half of their session, Liz’s mom even bringing their fur baby Benji. Because, what’s an engagement session without your doggie?! South River Vineyard is a beautiful Northeast Ohio winery, with acres of sprawling vineyards, the premises even being remodeled from an old church. An amazing spot for year round events, family get togethers, dates, and even photo opportunities…and of course, delicious wine.

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After exploring the winery, we ventured a few miles north to Geneva on the Lake, and just in time for sunset. Lake Erie rarely disappoints with a beautiful sunset. Can you tell it was only 32 degrees along the Lake? You wouldn’t know it by all that gorgeous warm sunset light! I love shooting in Geneva on the Lake, especially during the off season when we have the streets to ourselves. There are so many amazing photo opportunities, from the Lake, to the ferris wheel at Old Firehouse Winery (even when the seats are missing), to the famous Eddie’s Grill (best burgers and fries in Geneva on the Lake), and all of the colorful spots in between. Liz & Matt complimented it all.

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Liz & Matt’s wedding is October 21, 2018 at The Grand Barn at the Mohicans . I am so excited about this venue, it will suite their woodsy wedding theme just perfectly. I love working along side Liz at Redhawk Grille , and being able to hear all the planning and details along the way is so much fun, just this week I learned of their wedding hashtag #LaydenInLove. I know their wedding is going to one of my favorites this year, and I can’t wait to see these two tie the knot!!

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