I was driving through one of the coolest neighborhoods in Columbus the other morning. It’s called Short North. It’s full of art galleries, bars/restaurants, stores and some of the more eclectic folks seen around town, especially in the evenings. But I was driving through around 9:00AM when the streets are remarkably calmer. There’s such a nice quiet that takes over the area in the mornings. You’ll mostly see shop owners sweeping off their steps, some of the more active people running down the sidewalks and friends sitting at a cafe table catching up on their week. This day, the sun was out, the trees were at the start of their spring bloom and peace took over the air. I do love the Short North.

These arches are the architectural signature of the Short North.

Photos taken this past Fall of another young and attractive couple who are getting married this spring. I’ve worked a lot with Carrie’s family in one way or another. They are such great people with kind hearts. You can see it in her smile and the way she and Eric look at each other. Wishing them the best in their marriage and their life they will make together.

Below are a few of my favorites from our afternoon together.

Seriously Stella

Posted: September 27, 2011 in Photography
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I borrowed my neighbors baby girl the other day because I bought a tutu and I needed someone to wear it! That’s right. I bought a tutu. I was perusing the Etsy website and came across the cutest tutu that I’ve ever seen. I bought the 18 month size immediately with no regard to the fact that I not only don’t have an 18 month old daughter but I have no daughter at all. And all my nieces are too old or live too far away. And besides, I don’t want to give it to anyone else. I want to keep it. I’m stingy that way. So that’s what I did. I kept it. For months and months until my neighbors’ daughter was old/big enough to wear it. Then I borrowed her so I could get the cutest photos I’ve ever taken in my life. Here’s one of them. Seriously. Tutus rule!

Tutu cute!

My friend’s sister asked me if I would be willing to be her photographer for her upcoming wedding. I’ve shot a few weddings for friends and they’ve turned out pretty well. Well, let me put it this way…I took photos at friend’s weddings and they turned out well. However, I’ve always had the added cushion of other people or another professional photographer there to catch the shots that I missed. This time, however, it looks like it’s just going to be me. I’m excited for it. I think it’s going to be a fun day and the bride- and groom-to-be are two beautiful people who are very photogenic so that will be helpful. I feel good about doing it but I won’t pretend I’m not a little nervous. I certainly want to be able to give them the best shots possible to tell the story of their big day. It’s coming up quick.

But before getting to the wedding, we had to tackle the engagement photos. Here are a few of my favorites.

I was taking my friends’ family photos the other week. We were at this awesome-looking stone building at Highbanks Park in Columbus. I was trying to have them sit together on the edge of the stone because I thought it might add good texture. However, getting three kids to sit and pose perfectly in unison was about like herding cats. The parents were pretty much always on and waiting for the camera. Which helps. It does. But the kids were all about doing their own things. Ends up, I pretty much like the resulting natural photos better.

I’ve been thinking a lot about trying to put myself out there to take more photos of children, families, couples, etc. Like, you know, professionally and all. I look at blog after blog after website after website. Some that I see are insanely phenomenal and they remind me to keep my day job. Others that I view…well…let’s just say they lead me to believe this is something I can do.

I have been so fortunate recently to have some friends need just the type of photos that I want to take. Three separate people, actually. I feel like this is a good testing phase to see how I do. I shot two of them yesterday and I have another in a couple weeks. So, within the next few weeks, I’ll be going through my pics to get them ready to give to my “clients.” I’ll post some here and there to give you a glimpse into my progress.

Here’s the first unofficial official new business that’s not yet a business photo. Let me know what you think.

My husband and I just got back from being in our friends’ wedding in Scottsdale. It was an awesome, long weekend and the wedding couldn’t have been more perfect for them. I smile thinking about it.

While walking around their neighborhood on day, I came across this bush with sweet little orange flowers. I must have spend 20 minutes taking different photos around it. This one is one of my favorites. The title is in honor of our friends.

In Love

Shutter Speed: 1/1300
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 57mm
ISO: 160

…then cropped to square, used the Creamy Cyan photoshop action and added a slight texture over the top. Voila!