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