Highbanks Metropark Columbus Ohio

Lifestyle Photographer Columbus Ohio | Baby Milestone Session - James + Jackson

With all of this rainy weather lately, I was SO happy we scheduled this session on a beautiful, sunny evening at Highbanks Metropark. I also took James and Jackson's newborn photos so it was SO amazing to see them again for their six months milestone session! I could not believe how much they have grown!

These two handsome guys stole my heart and I loved getting to cuddle them again! Added bonus: their parents are AWESOME and I always feel more like we are hanging out than having a photo shoot! 

Enjoy the cuteness!

Love and Light, 

Erika

Columbus Ohio Photographer | Sunset Family Session | Lolo + Lola

As a photographer, I now see light in a whole different way. I see how it falls on faces, when it is soft and when it is harsh. I can see the colors of light change as the sun disappears. A lot of times, I will ask my husband at the last minute if we can go to the park for pictures because I can tell we will have a pretty sunset or the light outside is perfect. I have to say, the spouses (and families) of photographers are SAINTS. He knows I have to work long hours often after our son has gone to bed, drops everything and packs up to head to the park if I ask him, and listens to creative ideas that pop into my head about my art and my business.. I would not be where I am today without his constant support! 

With the slow season for my business coming to an end, I knew I wanted to photograph our son with his grandparents (Lolo and Lola) soon. When I saw the sun this day, we made another one of our last-minute photo shoots happen and headed to the park. 

I really enjoy shooting at sunset. I love the softness and warm glow that the sun gives. It creates a dreamy, dramatic look and really speaks to my artist's heart. Candid shots and slightly posed portraits (it's hard to pose a toddler that just wants to run!) make up most of the photo shoots that I do. I prefer capturing real moments and interactions and almost never ask my clients (or family) to look at the camera. I want them to interact as if I am not there.. those are the best photos. 

I am so happy I was able to get these special photos for our family! I hope you all enjoy them and be on the look out for my upcoming client sessions on the blog soon!

Love and Light, 

Erika

Columbus Ohio Photographer | Couples Session | Charles + Manuela

Dancing at sunset and lots of laughing, does it get any better?!

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I really enjoyed this sunset session with these two. After the session, Manuela and I talked about photography and lenses until it was dark! I guess this means we need to have a coffee date to talk shop! She is in the process of getting a new lens to take photos of the products she makes for her business, Uponaworld Cosmetics. Manuela is my sister-in-law and also the owner of Uponaworld Cosmetics where she makes amazing, creamy vegan soaps and make up!

Her shop is currently on a break but if you are looking for local, hand-made soaps and cosmetics, please go check out the Uponaworld Cosmetics Facebook page to get notice when she re-opens! You will not want to miss out on her first batches! 

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Columbus Ohio Photographer | Family Session Location Scouting

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Hi friends!

A few days ago, I reached out to you all on facebook asking for locations that had a grassy field I could use for family shoots this year. Well, I think we have a winner.. last night we kept our little one up a little late and headed over to High Banks Metropark at sunset. It was an area of the park I had not visited before and I am so glad someone pointed us in this direction! It was exactly what I was looking for. Tall, wild grass, a few trees and the perfect sunset light.

The photos below show why I LOVE shooting about an hour before sunset. See that orange glow in the photos? Yeah, that won't happen at 2 in the afternoon.

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A lot of my families have young children or babies so sunset usually isn't their happiest hour, but if you can, try to have your kids take a longer or later nap that day or eat dinner a little later than normal. I know schedules are EVERYTHING with kids but trust me, heading out for photos at sunset is something you will not regret.

These photos were taken to scout the location surroundings and light so there are a lot of bloopers, which I think is hilarious.. and I couldn't help but share them anyways! I am so excited for family sessions this year! Bring me all the families! 

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Sometimes a photo looks awesome flipped upside down!

Sometimes a photo looks awesome flipped upside down!

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melt down.. he wanted to keep running on the track but it was time to go! 

melt down.. he wanted to keep running on the track but it was time to go! 

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the only way to carry a toddler during a meltdown haha

the only way to carry a toddler during a meltdown haha

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Ending with a kiss.

Ending with a kiss.