Ahhhh... Hit Play... My favorite band in the Ohio Valley. In an effort to shoot more fun and creative photos during my "off season" for a personal project about things I enjoy, I thought I would ask Hit Play if they minded if I shot one of their shows. I contacted Ezra, lead vocals/guitar/and band leader, and he welcomed my idea with open arms.
The first time I heard Hit Play was a few years ago at the Wing Festival in Center Market in Wheeling, WV. I have seen them quite a few times since then and they have even played at some weddings I have photographed. This band is a melt-your-face-off top 40 cover band with some old school music (Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Sublime, and much more) mixed in. If you can sit in your chair while they're playing then we probably can't be friends because I don't understand you. If you have seen them play- you definitely understand. If you haven't seen them, you should really get on that. So much talent and energy radiates off of these guys. It is so awesome photographing people doing what they love and I had a blast shooting these photos.
Thank you Hit Play for allowing me to capture some creative little glimpses of your recent show. Here are a few of my favorites....
...and while you're looking, do yourself a favor and HIT PLAY below
Ezra- Lead Vocals/Guitar
There's no way I could leave this photo out because it makes me giggle. The party light hit him at the right place right time
Rico- Lead Guitar/Vocals
John Lec- Drums
Thanks so much for letting me hang with you guys!
Lots of Love,
For almost 3 years Jocelin has been running her accessories business, Frou Frou and Frill (www.froufrouandfrill.com). For just under two years, I have been shooting product photos for her Instagram, website, and Etsy pages. We used to meet at Wilson Lodge in Oglebay Park to shoot photos and have since found that Jocelin's home is the best place to shoot. The Solarium room in her home is a photographer's dream; lots of windows and white accents. Frou Frou and Frill offers trendy, fun accessories at affordable prices. There are also quite a few handmade items like personalized jewelry trays and travel mug sleeves.
Jocelin has a day job at Sokolin (a fine wine merchant), is a mother to sweet Declan, a wife, and a boss lady at Frou Frou Frill. I'm still wondering when she sleeps! I just love our shoots together. Jocelin has a great eye for setting up a shot, and we both love playing with the products and taking fun and unique photos. I decided I want to shoot and blog about people, places, and things that I enjoy and Frou Frou Frill is the first of that series. So, meet Jocelin and her business, Frou Frou and Frill...
Our little helper, Declan!
Random shot because I thought the stuff jumbled on the table looked pretty
A classic Jocelin shot. She loves showcasing bracelets while holding something in her hands:
The Solarium. We have a special gift of being able to mess up a room in 1 minute while shooting.
Styling the jewelry trays
Taking a photo for Instagram
"Here's to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them."
-Stacey Bendet- Alice+Olivia
Lots of Love,
A few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting the newest member of the Hladek family, Hazel. I went to Bethany College with both of her parents, Liz and Luke. As it happens, we all grew up, moved on with our adult lives, and (other than social media) lost touch. I knew Liz was expecting (thanks Instagram and Facebook!), and when she contacted me to shoot a Lifestyle Newborn session, I was super excited. Liz is a preschool teacher and an early childhood art teacher with impeccable taste. Naturally, I felt so privileged she wanted ME to photograph their brand new bundle of joy. I emailed Liz that I would love nothing more, and ONE DAY later, sweet Hazel was born. It was so great catching up with Luke and Liz and meeting Hazel and Faye (their fur baby). Faye is the best big sister, by the way.
When I walked into the nursery, I couldn't believe how gorgeous it was. I mean just beautiful. I hope I have captured the absolute joy I felt radiating from every corner of their home. Here are a few of my favorites....
This is one of the most beautiful newborn outfits I have ever seen. We were going to shoot this photo without a diaper and, unfortunately, the little princess tinkled in her britches. At least we have the beautiful onesie documented!
Lots of Love,
Smiley, bubbly, sweet Arlow's little back yard photo session was a cute little Valentine's Day treat to shoot. Her talented dad made her a Valentine's Day kissing booth (He makes all kinds of home decor items that are for sale-Robert McKown-Check out his work). Since his design is rustic, we knew the photos would work better outside. Since it is still winter and Arlow is a wee little babe, we decided to shoot in their back yard in case it got too cold. I had so much fun with this bouncy little girl! Her smile and facial expressions just melt my heart. We ended up with a TON of photos - here are a few of my favorites...
If you have worked with me, you probably recall me taking random shots of things during our shoot. As we are chatting and moving locations, my eyes search around and I snap photos because I can't turn the shutter part of my brain off. I like to see what a certain spot looks like on camera before I add in my subjects. Taking a test shot also helps me adjust my camera settings and decide the general area where I might place you. I also do test shots once clients are added, whether you are looking or not, so I can adjust settings, etc (I end up deleting those). While going through photos to update my website, I came across some test shots and just enjoyed looking at them...so I thought I would share! Although I do love landscape shots, I find myself always looking for where a person would fit in to complete the photo. I guess I just love looking at people.
Here are a few of my favorite shots before THE shot...
West Virginia Wedding, Family, & Lifestyle photographer