Chapman Family

Who can resist a good sugar rush? I love seeing littles react to their smash cake. Some dig right in and some hate the mess! Even better is the look they sometimes give their parents like "Is this a joke, can I really eat it?" Haha, Celia definitely gave the look. Her two older brothers were so good about holding off, but we chuckled when were told they could dig in after she was done. What do you think Celia thought? Someone may or may not have enjoyed it being on her feet. Scroll down to see for yourself...

As per usual, I had a wonderful time capturing this beautiful and sweet family. These boys are smitten with their little sis and their game of peek a boo will melt your heart! Celia has some awesome body guards, play mates, and best friends. Can't believe she is already ONE. Time needs to slow down! Until next time Chapmans, stay exactly the way you are... awesome and fun! :)

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Danny - newborn

I've never seen a big brother more smitten! It was the sweetest thing to watch Joey love on his brother. Danny, I'm fairly certain, feels the same way after witnessing some sleepy smiles while he heard his brother play nearby. Joey loved helping and watching! He even preferred to have a front row seat while enjoying his lunch in his highchair nearby. He was happy to get baby brother a pacifier, ask how he was, and even stop his play session to go see and check on his brother. I'm pretty sure he was checking to make sure Danny wasn't still in my basket as I was packing up to leave. What a sweetheart! <3 Danny hardly made a peep as he watched and hung out with us for a few awake shots and then drifted off to sleep. It was such a joy to work with these little guys, and by work I mean snuggle!

Congratulations Steve, Sarah, and Joey! Little Danny is so lucky to have you and vice versa! <3

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Adalynn - Newborn

I apologize in advance for giving you all room envy! ;) Sweet little Adalynn has one talented family surrounding her with love. Both grandmas handmade the blanket, quilt, floral headband, and bunny outfit you'll see below. Having tried both quilting and crocheting, my hat goes off to them, such beautiful work and gorgeous keepsakes! We knew they needed to be included in Adalynn's newborn session. Her talented momma also put together the most adorable room and handmade paper flowers. I swear they should all team up and create some Etsy listings.

Adalynn, you are so very loved and were such a joy to capture and snuggle with. She slept like a champ and has the sweetest little lips, fingers and grin. Congratulations Andrew & Valerie, she is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and I couldn't be happier for you guys and all the adventures, love, and joy that lie ahead! <3

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Charlie - Newborn

Happy one month birthday Charlie! His little grin is so contagious, don't you think? 

In home newborn sessions are so wonderfully intimate, comfortable and personal. I love seeing and capturing their rooms and them in their cribs. It never gets old to see them look so tiny in there! Big brother had to pop in and check on his little brother a few times too, such sweet moments I can see happening now until forever. Charlie, you've got a great big brother in Graham and I think Graham will enjoy his sidekick and rebound buddy. ;) 

I couldn't be happier for my sweet friends Nick and Katie! Congrats you guys, I'm so excited for you and can't wait to watch your little men grow and see the adventures they have together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me into your home once again to capture your beautiful family, it was a joy to spend time with you all and get to meet Charlie. Lots of love and hugs!

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Mira - Newborn

I can already picture these two playing dress up, swapping secrets, and sharing some afternoon tea. Mira has one amazing big sister and Bella couldn't be happier have a little sister. Bella was my little assistant for the day, with every "coo" she asked if baby was ok and was quick to retrieve her pacifier. I think the love between siblings is the sweetest thing and to watch these two was an absolute joy! Little Mira welcome, you are so loved already! Even her fur sister Rizzo wanted in on the family portrait. Thump Thump <3! Congrats Sean & Christi, you have a beautiful family and I look forward to watching your sweet girls grow and become the best of friends as well as sisters. Enjoy all the wonderful new snuggles!

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Madeline - Newborn

Help me in welcoming sweet baby Madeline! Doesn't she just give you baby fever!?! Madeline was such a delight to photograph. She slept like a dream, barely made a peep (other than those sweet baby coos and sleepy sounds), she has the coolest parents, and she hates to be cold (totally feel ya girl). :) 

Greg & Jessica, I am so so very happy and excited for you guys, many congratulations!! Madeline is absolutely breath taking. I can not wait to watch her grow up and see her little personality develop. Parenthood is the hardest, most amazing joy I've ever felt and I know you guys are going to be fabulous parents. Enjoy all those wonderful new snuggles and give her an extra one for me! <3

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Corbin + Silvi - 9.16.17

Some weddings just take your breath away and this was certainly one of them. Corbin and Silvi, you are so sweet and adorable together! I was so happy to be a part of their wedding day and loved celebrating with them and their families. Thank you for welcoming me in like family you guys, it was a beautiful day and I wish you lifetime of wedded bliss! I can't wait to see where this wonderful life takes you two together, enjoy the adventure! <3

Ps. Don't they look like they just stepped out of a magazine!?! 

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Aiden - Newborn

Aiden is a little over one month old already. Each new stage is so amazing, but why does it have to go so fast. WHY? Let them be little! <3

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Celia - Newborn

Late nights spent editing are worth it when you get to stare at a face like this. Those lips, cheeks and sweet rolls have me all "awww"... *Cough "baby fever" cough*... you too?

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Sam & Sammi - Maternity

Momma is going to miss those little kicks, but she'll love kissing those little toes more. <3 Congrats Sam & Sammi, I hope you are enjoying all the new snuggles!

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Oliver - One Year

Look at this face, just take all the candy and stay up as late as you want! Am I right? Lesley and Jon, what a handsome little man you have. All the heart eyes for this cutie pie! <3 Happy First Birthday Ollie! 

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Mark + Jamie - 6.10.17

There are just some weddings where you feel like part of the family and can't help but get caught up in the celebration, Mark and Jamie's was one of those weddings. Their romantic and intimate ceremony was held at Frank Fetch Park followed by a lovely veranda dinner at Lindy's, just a few short blocks away. Mark's father was the officiant and I couldn't help, but well up with tears myself. So much joy and love to be celebrated. They each have two girls that stood by their sides and one of the cutest flower girls ever! It was so much fun to get to see them as one big family on this new adventure. I am so very happy for you both and wish you all the best now and always. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Reed! 

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Bradley + Sarah - 5.27.17

How is it the end of June already?!? I'm a little behind on blogging, but couldn't wait to share more from this recent wedding. 

I honestly had the hardest time setting down my camera and leaving this wedding. I had so much fun getting to know this couple, their family and friends, and celebrating with them all day long. Not only were they so wonderful and welcoming, but they ALL have moves. You made me want to "Shout". ;) The dance floor was packed all night long and I found myself singing, dancing and laughing along side them all. Bradley and Sarah, congratulations and best wishes to you both always, you two are the sweetest couple (not to mention gorgeous inside and out). I adored capturing your love story and hope you enjoy reliving your beautiful day. 

Check your inbox and mail (tomorrow). <3 

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David + Katie - 4.29.17

I've fallen a little behind on blogging lately, but got so excited when I realized this wedding was up next. David and Katie had a beautiful Cleveland wedding and I was honored to be a part of it. Mother nature tried to wish them luck, but I was glad she relented so we could get all these gorgeous shots in.

Photographing a wedding is intimate, I get to see behind the scenes and watch them love on one another. I have to say it's pretty cool. David and Katie, you have such a special , sweet, and light love. I had a wonderful time learning your inside jokes (Salutes), and capturing your loving glances. I'm so happy for you both and wish you the best now and always!

I also got to experience something new at their wedding and wonder if anyone else has seen or know about this? The brides mother hired a "live" artist to capture the reception as a surprise to her daughter and new son-in-law. How cool is that?!? Jacqueline DelBrocco, it was amazing to watch you work! We got to watch her painting come to life with the details of the ballroom and feel of the evening. I really wish this had been a thing back in 2011. You can see a few examples here, but you have to go check out her website, she is so talented and she travels. www.ClevelandEventPainter.com    /   Jacqueline DelBrocco Art & Live Event Painting