Evans Photography: Blog http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog en-us (C) Evans Photography (Evans Photography) Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:56:00 GMT Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:56:00 GMT http://www.photosbyevans.com/img/s10/v98/u367180101-o446119512-50.jpg Evans Photography: Blog http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog 120 120 Courtney & Dom | Mill Creek Park Engagement Session | Youngstown, OH http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/10/courtney-dom-mill-creek-park-engagement-session-youngstown-oh We had the privilege of getting to know Courtney at her cousin's wedding, and even more recently when we photographed her sister's beautiful wedding this summer. We are honored that their circle of friends and family have invited us into their lives these last few years, especially after they experienced and enjoyed our work firsthand at previous weddings.  When Courtney contacted us with the exciting news that Dom proposed, we were thrilled for them.  We were even more excited that they chose us to document their wedding day!  At their wedding consultation, Courtney and Dom already had fall on their minds for their engagement session.  The silver suspension bridge at Mill Creek Park never disappoints for warm sunlight and beautiful scenery.

 

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After capturing some romantic memories at the princess bridge, we took a short drive to Fellows Riverside Gardens to enjoy the flowers in bloom at the rose garden and get the perfect view of Downtown Youngstown.  We made sure to get Youngstown State University in the background of some photos, since their love story began when they worked together at the YSU rec center.  I can't get over how naturally photogenic Dom and Courtney are together!  I can only imagine what a gorgeous bride and groom they will be on their wedding day!

 

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That diamond engagement ring is fit for a princess!  

 

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Marry someone who makes you laugh!

 

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Courtney and Dom, we are looking forward to celebrating your love with your friends and family on your wedding day!  Thanks for being so beautiful, inside and out!

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Family Session at the Creek | Harding Park | Hubbard, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/9/family-session-at-the-creek-harding-park-hubbard-ohio One of the best parts of my job is meeting new families!  Ashley reached out to us to create their first professional photos as a family of three (or family of four if you include their fur baby)!  They wanted a country feel, and the woods at Harding Park in Hubbard, OH delivered!  We found a quiet spot by the creek, and even scoped out the nearby playground.  Their sweet baby might be too young for the slide and swings now, but we had to explore his future playdate options!  I love that all of our clients have such unique personalities, and they showed off their small town roots with red flannel shirts, jeans, and brown boots, just in time for fall!  Even their little guy had the perfect flannel vest!  

 

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Thanks for allowing us to document this special time for your family!  The love you share is beautiful!

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Magical 1st Birthday Unicorn Session | Sunflower Field | Canfield, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/9/magical-1st-birthday-unicorn-session-sunflower-field-canfield-ohio This birthday princess is one of the world's sweetest babies!  We love her parents dearly and have built an amazing friendship with them over the past couple years while serving alongside each other at our local church.  Chris is a talented artist and musician, and Bridgette is a beautiful vocalist, so I was elated to work with them as fellow creatives and as friends.  Bridgette told me that she had a unicorn outfit for their birthday girl (which wouldn't surprise anyone who knows Bridgette), so this golden sunflower field was the perfect location for her magical 1st birthday photo session!  

 

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I love when our clients include their whole family in their child's birthday photo session!  Since I enjoy capturing natural and candid memories, involving the family is one of my favorite ways to document the authentic joy and love in a baby or child's life.  If you are like me as a parent, you probably take more snapshots of your babies by themselves than you have time to print, so I always encourage parents to take advantage the opportunity to join in on the memories!

 

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Even when I'm photographing a family or birthday session, the wedding photographer in me eventually sneaks out!  After the wedding, most married couples don't get professional pictures together as husband and wife after babies enter their family.  While the birthday girl sat next to me watching her parents together, I had the privilege of capturing a glimpse of the love they share for each other.  The romantic golden hour sky showed up at the perfect time!

 

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Happy 1st birthday to our favorite unicorn princess!  We are looking forward to watching you grow, but just don't do it to quickly, baby girl!  

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Vintage Garden Wedding | Fellows Riverside Gardens | Avion on the Water | Canfield, OH http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/9/vintage-garden-wedding-fellows-riverside-gardens-avion-on-the-water-canfield-oh This bridal couple has a special place in my heart.  You might remember Nicole and Kenny from our very first blog post, when I gushed over their perfect vintage inspired engagement session at a 1950's style diner in Sharon, PA.  After witnessing their contagious laughter and how they adored each other with every glance, I knew right away that their wedding day would be one of my favorites!  I started the morning with Nicole and her girls at Salon at Creekside in Canfield, where they were pampered by the talented hair and makeup artists and relaxed with mimosas.

 

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The flower girl got a personalized cup with her very own chocolate milk!  Her flower girl shirt is just as sweet.  I love this bridal party gift idea!

 

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After hair and makeup at the salon, Nicole and her "I Do Crew" returned to their hotel suite at Courtyard by Marriott in Canfield to get dressed for the wedding.  This is one of my favorite parts of the wedding day, when I can spend time photographing all the gorgeous details while the bridesmaids get ready.  Nicole's vintage inspired lace dress was beautiful on the hanger, and even more stunning once Nicole was wearing it!  

 

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These personalized white, sparkly Converse shoes would be my choice over wearing heels any day!

 

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These are some of the best girls around!  They put up with my awkward sense of humor and treated me like an old friend!

 

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Kenny delivered a love note and a beautiful bracelet as a gift to his bride.

 

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While I was with the girls, Joel documented the morning with Kenny and his groomsmen.  Look at the groom's face when he read the note that his bride wrote to him!  So much love!

 

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Kenny and the guys arrived early to Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park to finish getting ready for the wedding ceremony.  I loved watching Kenny and his mom together!

 

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Before Nicole walked up the aisle with her father, Kenny was blindfolded so he could take his first look of his beautiful bride when they got closer on the brick path.  Kenny's reaction is the perfect example of how much he admires Nicole.  This is the look that most brides hope to get when their groom sees her for the first time walking up the aisle.  We were witness to so many warm hearts and joyful tears!

 

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Nicole and Kenny entered the gazebo with their bridal party and closest family to exchange vows, while the rest of the guests surrounded them with love and support.  Their joy is contagious!

 

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I love that Nicole and Kenny scheduled plenty of room in their day for family and bridal party portraits in the gardens.  They were able to enjoy the time with each other and their loved ones while we captured memories for them.

 

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Nicole and Kenny's wedding reception was at one of our favorite Youngstown area venues, Avion on the Water Banquet Center in Canfield.  We enjoyed lots of natural light pouring in the windows during dinner, and a stunning view of the water from the back patio.  The tables were decorated with yellow daisies and red roses for the centerpieces.  The Coca-Cola bottles and black and red accents were perfect for their 1950s vintage theme!  The evening was full of great food, family, friends, dancing, cookies, and endless laughter.

 

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Nicole and Kenny, our prayer for you is that your marriage has even more love and laughter than we had the joy of witnessing on your wedding day.  Never lose that feeling of admiration and pride every time you look at each other.  Thank you for allowing us to document one of the biggest days of your love story!

 

Thanks to our fellow wedding professionals:

Hair & Makeup: Salon at Creekside

Florist: Center of Attention

Videographer: Acclaim Wedding Films

DJ and Lighting: D and R Audio

Caterer: Avion on the Water

Cake: Rulli Bros.

Wedding Dress: Evaline's Bridal

Transportation: FAB Limousine

 

 

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Snyder Family | Golden Hour Farm Session | Hubbard, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/9/snyder-family-golden-hour-farm-session-hubbard-ohio When Sherry said she was coming back to town and wanted to set up a family session with her mom, brother, sister-in-law, and their babies, I couldn't wait to see them.  I grew up with the Snyder family since childhood and always loved their sense of humor, willingness to help others, and welcoming personalities.  Sherry's mom, Sheila, was even my bus driver and school "lunch lady" over the years!  When Sherry told me that they had a farm arranged for the session, I was like a kid on Christmas morning!  The farm is owned by their family friend who generously allowed us to explore the property and visit the animals.  Although the farm is just down the street in Hubbard, Ohio, it was refreshing to get away from the chaos of life and enjoy nature there.  It was even more breathtaking during sunset!

 

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The ponds on the farm are amazing!  I wonder if they'd let me set up a hammock and camp out by the water with a good book?

 

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Sherry's energetic toddler reminds me so much of my own son!  If my boy was on this farm, I have no doubt he would have done anything to hug one of those chickens!  Being the mom of two rambunctious kids has been the best training for photographing family sessions like this!

 

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Proud grandma! 

 

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These cousins are the sweetest!

 

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This family session on the farm was a blast!  I'm so thankful I was given the opportunity to capture memories for the Snyder family, and for the use of this beautiful Hubbard farm!  If you live on a farm or have access to a farm for your own session, I'll be headed your way with my boots and camera in a heartbeat!

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King Wedding | Garden Brook Banquet Center | Cortland, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/8/king-wedding-garden-brook-banquet-center-cortland-ohio My husband, Joel, met Dennis over a decade ago when they worked together at a local pizza shop.  They have both since moved on in their careers, but we are happy that we've been able to keep in touch over the years.  After Dennis proposed to his girlfriend, Ashley, we were honored to be asked to photograph their wedding.  We spent the day celebrating with Dennis and Ashley at Garden Brook Banquet Center in Cortland, Ohio, surrounded by their dearest family and friends.

I'm always happy to have time to photograph special details in the morning before the bride gets dressed for the ceremony.  

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Dennis and Ashley originally planned to have an outdoor wedding at the gazebo, but Garden Brook Banquet Center was the perfect rainy day venue since they also have an indoor space.  Michael Thomas Entertainment was set up inside for the reception later, but Michael went above and beyond to make their wedding stress-free by also running the sound and music during their ceremony.  An experienced DJ like Michael is invaluable, especially when last minute changes need to be made.  Things don't always go as planned on wedding days, but when the bride and groom love each other like Dennis and Ashley do, nothing will get in their way of enjoying every moment!  The ceremony was short, sweet, and genuine!

 

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The rain slowed down just long enough for us to sneak some family and bridal party portraits outside by the gazebo.  Their friends and family added so much fun and love to their day!

 

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The ceremony location was transformed into a dance floor for the reception.  It was a special evening of great food, kind words, dancing, laughter, romantic glances, celebrating, and love.

 

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Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. King!  We wish you a lifetime of unconditional love, happiness, and cake fights!

Vendors:

DJ- Michael Thomas Entertainment

Planner - Rebecca Lytle

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Whitmer Wedding | St. Christine Parish & The Embassy | Youngstown, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/7/rothbauer-whitmer-wedding-st-christine-parish-the-embassy-youngstown-ohio Ever since I photographed Andrew and Brittany's fall engagement session last year by Glacier Lake at Mill Creek Park, I couldn't wait to photograph their summer wedding day!  At their engagement session, they were the kind of couple that would take a short request from me like "give a quick kiss," and instead they'd give 5 long kisses, a bear hug, lots of whispers, and a good dose of laughter.  They were naturally affectionate and so in love, so I knew their wedding would be just as sweet!  The morning of the wedding, I met Brittany and her bridesmaids at The Courtyard by Marriott in Canfield, Ohio while they finished up their hair and makeup.  I was so happy to see a large, light-filled window in the hotel room.   Natural light helps the hair stylists and makeup artists do their job, and also makes for gorgeous photographs of the morning.  

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I knew Andrew as the athletic type as he posed in his football jersey at their engagement session, but I soon learned of his impressive artistic and intellectual talents as Brittany read the poem he wrote for her.  If you are a man reading this, I highly recommend learning to write poetry if you are trying to win a woman's heart! 

 

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This girl is too sweet for words!  I think she could make a living as a professional flower girl!  Look at that smile!

 

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The hair stylists and makeup artists were incredibly talented.  Brittany happens to have friends who are all naturally beautiful, but professional hair and makeup help that beauty come through on camera as much as it does in person.  If you are planning your wedding, we highly recommend consulting a pro early on in the process to look and feel your best on your wedding day.  Brittany and her girls were stunning!  Can we also just admire their matching floral robes?!

 

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The great part about working with my business partner and husband, is that I get to document the morning with the girls, and Joel catches the pre-ceremony excitement with the guys.  

 

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Andrew even got a special gift from their dog!

 

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Brittany's dress is beautiful!  While the bridesmaids got dressed at Brittany's parents' house, I had some time to photograph her wedding gown and some special details in her old bedroom.  

 

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The wedding ceremony was at St. Christine Parish in Youngstown, Ohio.  It is one of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the area, especially with the ornate stained glass windows and plenty of natural light in the summertime.  As much as I enjoy seeing the beautiful bride on her wedding day, I also love watching the groom's reaction when he sees his bride for the first time.  Andrew was beaming with joy even before the wedding began!

 

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Brittany and Andrew are both close with their families, which I love!  These are just a small sample of the family portraits we captured for them in the church!  

 

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After the wedding ceremony, Brittany and Andrew and their closest friends took a limo to Kennsington Golf Club in Canfield for bridal party portraits.  It was a beautiful, sunny, windy afternoon on the golf course.  The property is breathtaking with large ponds, perfect green grass, and enough trees to keep the bridal party comfortable in the shade.  More important than the location, is how much love Brittany and Andrew exude whenever they are together! 

 

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The light pink bridesmaids dresses, the pink and white rose bouquets, and the groomsmen's grey tuxes make a beautiful combination for a summer wedding!

 

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Brittany and Andrew celebrated their wedding reception at The Embassy in Boardman, Ohio.  Every last detail was perfect:  floral centerpieces, candlelit dinner tables, an elaborate cookie table, a kid's activity tab for the younger guests, a beautiful cake decorated with fresh roses, delicious food, great music, a packed dance floor, and even better company!

 

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Am I the only wedding photographer that tears up a little during the mother-son and father-daughter dances at receptions?  

 

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I always love anniversary dances!  Andrew's grandparents were the last couple standing after many sweet years together as husband and wife.  #marriagegoals

 

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You know you threw a good party when most guests are still full of laughter and excitement all the way to the end of the night!

 

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Thank you, Brittany and Andrew, and your amazing families for trusting us to document the first day of your beautiful marriage together!  We wish you many years of love, strength, and happiness as you go through life together.  Maybe you will even beat your grandparents' record at someone else's anniversary dance in a few decades!  Your wedding day is only the beginning of a wonderful journey as husband and wife.

 

Vendors:

Florist and Lighting - Sweet Arrangements

Videographer - Acclaim Wedding Films

DJ - Music Man DJ Services (Kevin Welsch)

Catering - The Embassy

Cake - Bake Me Treats

Transportation - Fab Limousine's, Inc.

Dress Shop - Jacqueline's Bridal

Dress Designer - Demetrios Bride

Hair - Dominique Biondillo

Makeup - Kara Miller, Angel Cusick, Brandon Rivers

 

 

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Lake Milton Sunset Engagement Session | Lake Milton, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/7/lake-milton-sunset-engagement-session-lake-milton-ohio Last year, we had the privilege of photographing a surprise marriage proposal at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.  Brad carefully made the arrangements to surprise his then girlfriend, Shaunna, as they walked their dog, Barley, across campus and made a stop on the "kissing bridge" to ask Shaunna to be his wife.  As if that wasn't romantic enough, I also got to witness their love for each other last fall during a chilly autumn morning during their fall engagement session at Lanterman's Mill and the Silver Bridge at Mill Creek Park in Youngstown.  I knew then that they were a great couple and I'd love to work with them again.  Fortunately for me, Brad and Shaunna asked if we could schedule another engagement session during the summer.  Engagement sessions are my all time favorite part of photography, so I was excited to plan something magical for them!  Since our last session was in the morning, Shaunna had her heart set on a warm evening enjoying the sunset.  What better place to watch the sunset than over the lake?  We discovered a quiet, little corner of Lake Milton with the perfect view during golden hour.

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Barley was there to witness the surprise proposal last year, so of course she is excited that her humans are getting married!

 

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If you've ever wondered why I'm obsessed with "golden hour," this is your answer!  In the hour just before sunset, the light is warm and flattering.  It actually looks… golden!

 

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Confession: I took this photo in a parking lot before we found our hidden gem by the lake.  Sometimes the most beautiful moments in life happen on the way to your planned destination.  I'm thankful that Brad and Shaunna trusted me to create something beautiful for them in a place where beauty may have been hard to see at first glance.  Give me some beautiful sunlight and a camera, and I'm happy!

 

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Don't worry!  I loved that parking lot sunlight, but I pulled myself away so Brad and Shaunna could spend the rest of the evening enjoying the sunset on the lake.

 

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Thank you, Brad and Shaunna, for allowing me to document your life together as you prepare to become husband and wife.  We are excited and honored to be your wedding photographers next summer as you continue your journey together!

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6 Months Old | Fellows Riverside Gardens | Youngstown, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/7/6-months-old-fellows-riverside-gardens-youngstown-ohio We love photographing the families of our former brides and grooms, but it's also a special treat to photograph former bridesmaids and groomsmen that we've met over the years photographing weddings!  Sarah and Robert were in their friends' wedding 5 years ago, and I remember adoring Sarah's beautiful engagement ring as she talked about her own upcoming wedding to marry Robert.  (I have a habit of adoring sparkly rings if you haven't noticed!)  Now it's their turn for family photos, since they've celebrated a few wedding anniversaries already and have a baby girl of their own!  We celebrated their daughter's half birthday at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park.  It ended up being a hot and humid evening, but Lily stayed flawless in her adorable lace romper and flower headband!  She even makes a little drool look cute!

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Sarah brought along this cute box and also the best hair accessories!

 

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These chalkboard signs are such a creative way to incorporate memories of each age in a photograph.  This one was made by Chalk It Up With Fallon in Cortland, Ohio.

 

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Although her white lace rompers were some of the cutest I've ever seen, Lily was happy to get out of her fancy clothes and cool down!

 

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Happy Half Birthday to this beautiful 6-month-old baby girl!  We can't wait to see Lily and her family again this fall to create more special memories as she grows!

 

 

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In-Home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Poland, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/7/in-home-newborn-lifestyle-session-poland-ohio We've recently transitioned our style of newborn photography, and I am thrilled we made the jump!  I adore the work of many studio newborn photographers with their props and sleepy poses, but my heart longs for the natural moments and candid memories when I am creating art for my clients.  I love capturing the simple joys that happen so organically in my clients' homes.  Dave and Amber welcomed their brand new baby boy into the world and invited me into their home to document this special time for their family.  

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I can't resist a good cry face!

 

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This might not be the traditional wall portrait you might expect, but it was too cute to pass up!

 

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Baby yawns!  Another one of my favorite things about newborn photography!

 

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We couldn't leave out big sister, Chloe!

 

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Dave and Amber have a beautiful deck to enjoy, so their baby boy went outside with them for some sunshine and cuddles!

 

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It was a privilege to witness this family's love for each other.  Dave beamed with pride when looked at his son, and Amber was able to calm their baby with so much gentleness and patience.  Even their sweet dog wanted to protect the baby of the house!  Dave and Amber, thank you both for inviting me into your home and into your lives to capture this precious moment in time!

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Lake Erie Family Session | Rocky River Park | Cleveland, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/7/lake-erie-family-session-rocky-river-park-cleveland-ohio Joel, my husband and the other half of Evans Photography, doesn't get to see his old college friend and YSU roommate often since Dave moved out of Youngstown, so we were excited to take a day trip to Cleveland to photograph some lakeside memories for his family.  (Bonus: Westside Market was just a few miles away!  If you've ever tasted the apple pie cheesecake or fresh soft pretzels from Vera's Bakery, you can't really blame me for having just a tiny ulterior motive!)  I asked around for recommendations for a great photo location by Lake Erie in the Cleveland area, and I was happy that a fellow photographer suggested Rocky River Park.  We usually schedule our outdoor photo sessions close to sunset because I love golden hour lighting, but we explored the park midday so baby Emerson would be wide awake for all the fun.  Rocky River Park turned out to be a hidden gem in the Rocky River suburb, with plenty of shade trees (which this fair-skinned photographer appreciates) and a relaxing stretch of sandy beach.

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Even with all the responsibilities of a 6-month-old baby, Dave still looks at his wife, Andy, like he did on their wedding day!  One of the most important parts of becoming a mom and dad, is remembering to still be a husband and wife.

 

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I always assure parents that it's okay if babies and children don't smile when we think they should or even look at the camera all the time.  I'm a big fan of candid photos and natural memories.  If you spend any time around kids, you know that they tend to do what they want, when they want, especially on picture day!  Their baby girl wasn't in the mood to pose for the camera for part of the session, but then she decided to steal the spotlight with her smile and charm!  I took advantage of her sudden mood to model and got down on the ground for her closeups!

 

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Emerson's best buddy, Paisley, also enjoyed the lake.  When a dog is a part of the family, we have fun including them in family pictures!

 

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I love that look of adoration Andy has for her husband!

 

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Thanks to Dave and Andy for inviting us to Cleveland to make some memories with your family!  We fell in love with your precious baby girl and look forward to our next trip!

 

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Pink Princess 1st Birthday Session | Fellows Riverside Gardens | Youngstown, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/7/pink-princess-1st-birthday-session-fellows-riverside-gardens-youngstown-ohio We love when we our former brides and grooms ask us to photograph their babies!  Kristin and Christopher were a stunning bridal couple when we photographed their wedding day a couple years ago, so when they contacted us about a maternity session after their first anniversary, I couldn't imagine just how beautiful their baby would be, too.  It's been over a year since their in-home maternity photo session, and I finally got to meet their sweet Gabriella for her 1st birthday pictures!  Kristin is as beautiful as ever, and their baby girl inherited those amazing genes from both her parents!

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That hair!

 

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Look at those gorgeous eyelashes and shiny curls!

 

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How beautiful is she in this delicate pink dress and sparkly gold & flowery white birthday hat?!

 

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Gabriella got changed into the cutest bright pink tutu and birthday princess headband.  Even the number 1 is wearing a princess crown on her shirt!  Her white and pink polkadot cake was too pretty to eat, but she gave the smash cake a try!


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Happy 1st birthday, Gabriella!  Never take those beautiful curls for granted.  Thanks, Kristin and Chris, for inviting me to be a part of your family's special memories over the years!

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Turquoise & Purple 1st Birthday Smash Cake | Boardman Park | Boardman, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/7/turquoise-purple-1st-birthday-smash-cake-boardman-park-boardman-ohio Although we usually focus on photographing weddings and engagement sessions, we have been happy to document memories for many adorable babies and children this summer.  This first birthday smash cake session was so much fun, especially because of the birthday girl's mom and even some unexpected weather!  Esmae started her 1st birthday photos wearing a pretty, pink dress in one of my favorite little gardens at Boardman Park.

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I usually check the weather multiple times in the hours leading up to our outdoor sessions and we were looking forward to the beautiful weather that was forecasted.  This particular evening threw us a big curveball, as some unexpected clouds rolled over the park and the rain started falling on our birthday fun! Fortunately, Boardman Park has a beautiful gazebo with plenty of rain cover.

 

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What happened next was music to my ears!  Esmae's mom, Alexis, might be the coolest mom I know: "I was thinking we can let her play in the rain and make the best of the weather."  Um, yes!  I love playing in the rain, and I knew Esmae would love it, too!  #momgoals

 

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What could be better than playing in puddles and getting your dress all dirty?  That's right, eating unlimited amounts of cake!  Alexis made Esmae's smash cake, and it matched her purple and turquoise lace romper perfectly!  (Shout out to Alexis for cleaning up Esmae's sugary mess before we left the gazebo!)

 

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Every time I thought Alexis couldn't possibly come up with more awesome ideas for Esmae's first birthday pictures, she had to prove me wrong!  Instead of the wet wipe bath I usually see after smash cake sessions, Alexis came prepared with a metal bath tub, a 5 gallon jug or warm water, baby soap, and bubbles!  Not many people can get away with taking a bath at the park, but Esmae pulled it off without a problem!

 

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Thank you, Alexis, for being a fun and creative mom!  I'm sure your daughter will appreciate many amazing childhood adventures with you.  Happy 1st birthday, sweet Esmae!

 

 

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Matt & Vickey | Ursuline High School and Backyard Engagement Session | Youngstown, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/7/matt-vickey-ursuline-high-school-and-backyard-engagement-session-youngstown-ohio I'm always fascinated by high school sweethearts!  Joel and I met during college, when we were (at least attempting to be) adults.  I always joke that I'm glad we didn't know each other in our younger, more awkward years, because I don't know if we could have put up with each other's teenage selves as we slowly matured into who we are today.  When high school sweethearts like Matt and Vickey have seen each other through all the difficult transitions humans go through to become their adult selves, and grow even more in love with each other over time, I can't help but be amazed by the strength they will bring into their marriage.  

Matt and Vickey's engagement session was a journey through their love story.  It was an honor to revisit old memories with them and learn about the years and experiences that formed them into the beautiful couple that they are today.  Matt and Vickey first met during middle school at Saint Edward's School in Youngstown, Ohio.  It began with a friendship, but they took their education and relationship to the next level at Ursuline High School.  Now, they are successful professionals about to take on the world together as husband and wife!  We started their engagement session where it all began, Saint Edward Family Parish.  I love that they will also be celebrating their wedding there next summer!  If they only knew back then what they know now!

 

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We also stopped for a walk down memory lane at Ursuline High School in Youngstown.  If you ever want to hear what someone is passionate about deep inside, ask them what they liked most about high school.  

 

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While we usually go to Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park if we are looking for breathtaking scenery, but Matt's mom had all the beauty we needed right in her backyard.  I kill almost every plant we buy, so you can probably imagine how impressed I am by her green thumb!  This hidden gem in Youngstown was the perfect place to make some memories during golden hour just before the sunset.

 

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Matt's laugh is contagious!  I could feel the joy between these two!

 

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Mommy and Me | Patriotic Open Field Session | Brookfield, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/7/mommy-and-me-patriotic-open-field-session-brookfield-ohio One of my favorite parts of having my daughter in school and community activities (besides being insanely proud of my daughter) is getting to know her friends and other moms who are in the same season of life with me.  Melissa is one of those great moms who I've had the privilege to know as we watch our kids grow and play together.  When she asked if I'd photograph a Mommy and Me session, I was thrilled.  Moms are never in enough pictures with our kids, since we are usually the ones holding the camera, so this was a special opportunity to document memories that Melissa, her husband, and their children can cherish for a lifetime.  We found a big, open field where the kids could run and have fun together.  Whenever I'm photographing kids, it's usually the best experience for all of us if we let the kids enjoy being photographed and be themselves.  There was no shortage of silliness and laughter from these energetic siblings, so I'd say it was a success!

 

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We had this session right before the 4th of July, so the kids came ready to celebrate Independence Day with patriotic outfits and American flags!  We had a blast!  It's a wonderful thing to live in a country where we have the freedom for our families to enjoy life and know that our kids have so much potential and opportunity ahead of them.  These particular siblings were proud to show off their red, white, and blue!

 

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Thanks to Melissa and kids for allowing me to capture these special memories!  Their dad also deserves a big shout out, as he tagged along to help take care of the kids and carry their outfits and props.  He is the real MVP for how he adored his beautiful wife as she posed for photos.  My next goal with them: a family session!  Enjoy the memories!

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Jared & Elizabeth | Backyard Wedding in North Lima, OH | Davis Center Reception Youngstown, OH http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/7/jared-elizabeth-backyard-wedding-in-north-lima-oh-davis-center-reception-youngstown-oh We kicked off our 2017 summer wedding season on a bright and sunny June Saturday in North Lima, Ohio.  When I photographed Jared and Elizabeth's snowy engagement session last winter at Elizabeth's family's farm, I couldn't wait to return to the beautiful property for their backyard summer wedding.  We started at the house bright and early before the ceremony as the bride and groom prepared for their big day.

 

If I wasn't working, this would be the perfect spot to sit with a glass of iced tea and a good book!

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I was blown away by all the details of this backyard wedding.  Jared and Liz built this pergola together for the ceremony.  The best way to test and strengthen a relationship is to work on a project together, and stay sane while doing it.  I would say that the bride and groom passed with flying colors!  It will be a beautiful reminder of their wedding day when they move it to their future home, and I'm sure it will last for years to come!  

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I try not to take too many ring photos, but can you really blame me?!  I don't think I will ever get tired of looking at sparkly diamonds!

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The mother of the bride, Holly, passed down a ring from her grandmother to Liz.  I love moments like this!  

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Gems Floral in Boardman, Ohio did a beautiful job on the flowers!  I love the combination of the orange roses and purple calla lilies in the bridesmaids' bouquets.  The bride's bouquet was elegant with deep purple and white calla lilies to complement the purple and orange wedding theme.  

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Liz surprised Jared (and almost everyone else) with a second wedding dress halfway through the day!  The gown she wore for her wedding had a classic and elegant touch to it for the ceremony, while this second dress was perfect for dancing at the reception!

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The wedding ceremony took place next to a beautiful pond in the backyard with the perfect backdrop of green trees and deep blue sky.

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We've attended and photographed many weddings, but this was our first ever wedding brunch following the ceremony!  The Georgetown in Boardman catered a beautiful and delicious brunch right in the backyard.  Guests enjoyed fresh fruit, pastries, bacon, eggs, potatoes, mimosas, and much more under the shade of a white tent.  As a special surprise for the bride who loves sweets, The Georgetown also brought a cotton candy machine.   ranch, ceremony, pergola, doors, rustic, sunny, summer, brunch, outdoorBackyard WeddingNorth Lima, Ohio Farm Wedding ranch, ceremony, pergola, doors, rustic, sunny, summer, brunch, outdoorBackyard WeddingNorth Lima, Ohio Farm Wedding ranch, ceremony, pergola, doors, rustic, sunny, summer, brunch, outdoorBackyard WeddingNorth Lima, Ohio Farm Wedding ranch, ceremony, pergola, doors, rustic, sunny, summer, brunch, outdoorBackyard WeddingNorth Lima, Ohio Farm Wedding


Although we found some shade at the park for most of our bridal party portraits, we took advantage of the beautiful scenery on the ranch for some family and bridal party photos after brunch.

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If any guests missed the driveway to the house, they surely couldn't blame Liz and her family!  I think they hold the record for the biggest and best wedding sign in the Youngstown area!

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We took a short drive from the country roads of North Lima to get some bridal party pictures at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park.  In photography, lighting is one of the most important parts of making beautiful images.  Since the midday sun is often harsh and causes squinty eyes and shadows (unless we get a cloudy day), we always advise our brides to consider using a shaded area for photos whenever possible.  This is great for the photos, and the guys are usually thankful to hide from the heat while wearing heavy suit jackets!  We found some big, beautiful trees in the gardens to provide just enough shade for the bridal party.
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This is that special ring passed down from her grandmother.  It's amazing how something so small can hold so much meaning and love.

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Liz and Jared's reception was in the Davis Education & Visitor Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park.  Gems Floral had each table decorated with a beautiful variety of fresh flower centerpieces to match the purple and orange color scheme.  

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Holly & Dave are newlyweds themselves!  After talking to Dave for a few minutes, it was obvious that he's in love with his beautiful wife.  Holly and Dave were on the dance floor before guests arrived for dinner and it made my heart so happy!

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Jared's parents also had me smiling on the dance floor.  I love seeing examples of marriage like this! Davis Education & Visitor Center, Mill Creek Park Rental, Youngstown, Gardens, Gems Floral, purple, orange, dance, cake, cookie table, The Georgetown, Davis Center Wedding ReceptionMill Creek Park Youngstown Wedding Reception

 

This sweet couple won the anniversary dance, and also got to cut their own cake!  The thoughtfulness that went into celebrating someone else's marriage at Jared and Liz's celebration was refreshing!

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I love father daughter dances.  I am the first to admit I cry almost every time!

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And the mother son dance, too.

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I'm not crying.  You're crying!  No matter how old we get in life, there is something special about a hug from your mom.
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There are way too many memories to fit into one blog, but I look forward to sharing all the rest with the newlyweds and their families.  Thanks to Liz and Jared for choosing us to document this special day in your lives.  This is only the beginning of many happy memories together!

 

Thanks to the vendors:

Florist: Gems Floral

Ceremony Music: One Cello - Ed Madej

Caterer: The Georgetown

Cake: Das Dutch Haus Restaurant

DJ: Shooting Star Mobile DJ's

Transportation: New Wave Limousine

Hair Stylist: Shonie Murphy Garono - Salon 340

 

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Baby Boy Logan | In-Home Newborn Session | Youngstown, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/6/baby-boy-logan-in-home-newborn-session-youngstown-ohio In my family, there is no shortage of sweet babies to cuddle and rambunctious kids to chase.  I am proud to introduce the newest member of our extended family, my precious nephew, Logan.  When my sister announced that she was expecting her fourth boy, my first reaction was joy, followed by a little giggle when I thought about the reality of raising up a houseful of energetic little guys.  She is the kind of "boy mom" who pulls weeds 9 months pregnant, goes to work in stilettos, cooks delicious meals from scratch, keeps her household running smoothly, generously helps others, and still musters up the energy to make special memories with her kids.  She is strong, beautiful, and makes me proud.  I stopped over with my camera to document some memories of this short time while her baby is so tiny and fresh.  We usually focus on the entire family during our in-home newborn lifestyle photo sessions, but I gave my sister a pass when she wanted me to focus on Logan.  After all, I guess I can forgive her this one time since she had 3 older boys keeping her busy while I got to snuggle with my nephew.

 

He wasn't sure what to think of me and my giant camera at first.  That face has me cracking up!

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We moved him to his bassinet and the sunlight pouring into the bedroom window was the stuff I dream of!  He was so cute here and it was hard for me to not pick him up and give him a big hug!

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Baby yawns are the best!

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Our mom's friend, Karen, makes beautiful baby blankets.  I love the blue, green, and white design on this one and it is so soft!  She made my son a matching blanket when I was pregnant with him, and I cherish her handmade gift.  Gifts that are made with love are the best!

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One more big baby yawn, because I can't help myself!  Being a baby must be exhausting!

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No pacifier needed!  

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The most important job as a newborn photographer is to help people remember a time that passes so quickly.  As a mom, I always think that I will remember the sound of my babies' laughter, the way they scrunch their noses, how tiny their little fingers and toes are, and all the details that make them who they are at each stage of life.  As they grow older, I look back on photos and videos and realize how quickly they've changed and how much I've forgotten.  That is why I love capturing the tiny details.  His toes will never be this tiny again, and years from now when Logan is stomping around the house with big, stinky, boy feet, his mom and dad can look back at these memories and be reminded of this sweet moment in time.

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Eric & Elizabeth Engagement Session | Downtown Youngstown | Youngstown, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/6/eric-elizabeth-engagement-session-downtown-youngstown-youngstown-ohio Engagement sessions are my absolute favorite.  We love photographing weddings, but there is something about engagement sessions that puts a little bounce in my step.  I get to hear love stories, learn the quirks and unique personalities of our brides and grooms, warm up for the wedding day, laugh until my stomach hurts, and be reminded over and over again how powerful love can be.  This valuable time between a wedding photographer and a bridal couple are an irreplaceable part of the months leading up to the wedding.  

This Downtown Youngstown engagement session was one full of belly laughs, dancing, sweet whispers, remembering the past, and dreaming about the years to come together.  Eric and Elizabeth (also lovingly known as "Tizzy") are down-to-earth, funny, and sweeter than words can describe.  I quickly learned that they are one of those couples that radiate love to the world every time they look at each other.  

We started the session at Tyler History Center in Youngstown, where they will be celebrating their fall wedding.  I'm not a big fan of static poses and a lot of seriousness, so I began by asking Eric and Tizzy to just dance.  I expected a slow dance so I could get some ultra romantic shots, but their personalities jumped right out as they danced to their own beat.  There was no shortage of laughter and twirling!

 

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Just next to the Tyler History Center is a beautiful red bridge on Fifth Avenue.  I'm pretty sure these two were pretty close to stopping traffic!

 

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Eric was a natural in front of the camera.  Tizzy and I joked that he must have been studying poses on Pinterest, but he was a great sport even through our giggles.  Seeing how committed Eric was to giving Tizzy the best memories during their engagement session, I know he will do the same in their marriage.

 

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This might be my favorite laugh ever!

 

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We ventured back to one of the alleys in the city.  Who knew that the Furnitureland of Youngstown alley would be such a romantic spot downtown?

 

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I'm always drawn to all the interesting facets of downtown, especially walking down West Federal Street.  

 

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We made a stop at The Federal, located on West Federal Street.  Their patio lights made the perfect backdrop for Eric and Tizzy to show their love to everyone passing by.

 

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Joel and I are proud grads of Youngstown State University, so I was excited that Eric and Tizzy wanted to include some YSU memories in their session.  Joel earned his MBA from Williamson College of Business Administration when it was in the old building on Lincoln Avenue, but Eric and Tizzy both had the privilege of attending classes in the newer business building on campus.  These lovebirds make this campus even more beautiful!

 

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I suggested one of my favorite hidden gems in Youngstown, and Eric and Tizzy were the perfect models for this ivy-covered brick wall.  The green is so vibrant in the summer, but the color changes to deep jewel tones in the fall.  This little hideaway is gorgeous, but no more than the people in front of it.


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My favorite part of the evening was when I backed up and gave Eric and Tizzy some time to talk alone.  They whispered about what they look forward to as husband and wife.  The joy just spilled right out in their quiet moment together.  They have so many memories to make and dreams to live out in the coming years together.

 

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I had a great time getting to know Eric and Tizzy during their engagement session.  We can't wait for their wedding this autumn!  Show them some love and make sure you tell them how beautiful they are together!

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Brother and Sister Birthday Session | Buhl Park | Hermitage, PA http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/6/brother-and-sister-birthday-session-buhl-park-hermitage-pa Amber and Andrew are one of our special bridal couples who have supported us throughout the years.  We photographed their wedding almost 5 years ago, and have watched their family grow ever since.  Their kids' birthdays are only two days apart, so they have been busy with toy shopping, party planning, and celebrating!  Big brother, Liam, just turned 3 years old, and baby sister, Avery, is celebrating her 1st birthday today!  We ventured out to Buhl Park in Hermitage, PA for some birthday fun with the family.  The memorial gardens are my favorite little hideaway.  The pond and ducks kept Liam entertained, and the flowers and trees are magical!  Since it was Avery's big first birthday, she was the princess of the day, but we got some fun memories of her big brother, too!

 

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Avery was in a bit of a serious mood that evening, but she loves her daddy, and it's obvious that her daddy loves and adores his little girl!

 

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I just can't stop with these crying pictures!  If you are ever worried that your young child cries during a photo session, you are not alone.  We have a blast with the kids, but sometimes 1-year-olds act like 1-year-olds, and they will only be this young once!

 

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Avery knows how to turn a frown upside down!  I love her pink and gold polkadot romper with that matching hair bow!  Her momma always does a great job making her picture perfect!  She wasn't so sure she wanted to hold the "O" letter up for us the whole time, but the "ONE" pink and gold letters were too cute!

 

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She is a brown-eyed beauty!  I love that little twinkle in her eyes when she smiles!


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Amber brought along this gold framed mirror, which provided some entertainment for this busy 1-year-old girl.  She was so pretty in this outfit, too!  The white lace design on her light pink romper is so sweet and delicate.

 

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While Avery modeled for her pictures, Liam was busy chasing ducks and adventuring near the pond.  When I captured this moment, he was yelling, "Jen!  Look at the duck!"  I get a little attached to the sweet kids I work with, especially when they remember me at each session and start calling me by name!

 

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How cute is this personalized plush elephant?!  It's hard to believe how much Avery has grown this year!

 

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Liam was excited to use the gold picture frame his mom brought along.  We encouraged him to sit with his baby sister, but he was happy to be the star of this one!

 

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Just as the sun was beginning to set, Avery was ready for her smash cake!  Those are some impressive birthday balloons!  I think I might have Amber plan my next party.  She always finds the cutest decorations!

 

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Happy 3rd birthday to Liam, and happy 1st birthday to Avery!  I hope your parents let you eat lots of cake this week!  We can't wait to see what joys this year brings for your family!

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Flower Garden First Birthday Session | Mill Creek Park | Youngstown, Ohio http://www.photosbyevans.com/blog/2017/5/flower-garden-first-birthday-session-mill-creek-park-youngstown-ohio Four years ago, we had the privilege of photographing the wedding of this beautiful girl's parents.  We've seen their family grow stronger over these past few years, and it is a joy to document their journey.  I already loved being a part of celebrating the special milestones in the lives of their two older boys, but then this precious baby girl came along and stole another piece of my heart.  Grace recently celebrated her 1st birthday surrounded by lots of family and friends, and we were thrilled when the weather warmed up enough to head outside and create some beautiful birthday memories at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park.  This blossoming beauty fit right in!

 

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Check out those big, blue eyes!  I also love how her mom incorporated flowers into her outfits.  She is adorable in these little dresses!  

 

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Grace was on the move!  I decided that I would never need a gym membership if I keep up on these first birthday sessions.  There's nothing like an energetic toddler to keep you moving!  If anyone ever finds a way to bottle all that energy, I'll be your first customer.

 

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I think that she's trying to tell us, "I do what I want!"


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I love this little nook in the park.  It always reminds me of The Secret Garden.  How long do you think they'd let me loiter with a good book and a big glass of iced tea?  

 

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One of the best parts of being a 1-year-old girl has to be the pretty birthday clothes and bows!  When else in life do we get to wear frilly dresses adorned with gold princess crowns?  Another obvious toddler perk: no shoes!  I also have to point out that our Gracie girl is wearing one of my favorite colors.  


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I know most parents hope for pictures of their children looking at the camera with a big smile, but this right here is real life!  I love these real moments, and I think it'll be fun look back on when Grace is grown up.  If you've spent enough time with me, you know that I'm an ugly cryer.  If I was this cute while I was crying, though, I'd be sure to frame it.  ;)

 

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One thing I've learned over the past few years of photographing babies and toddlers, is that many of them aren't big fans of cake.  I can't get over the fact that there are so many people who don't appreciate the experience of this sweet dessert!  I love being a wedding photographer for many reasons, but if I'm really honest, one of those reasons is cake.  :)  Grace doesn't share my love of cake, but at least she amused us long enough for a quick smash cake photo.

 

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She might have gotten more cake on her purple tutu than inside her belly.  Grace looks like she sprouted from this garden with her purple and blue flower headband and fluffy lavender tutu! 

 

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Happy 1st birthday, Gracie girl!  We can't wait to see how your life continues to bloom!

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."  -Audrey Hepburn

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