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Williams Family Blues

Those eyes though... 

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The Williams Family with those beautiful blue eyes... and Dakota, the prettiest, happiest girl you will meet. She waved at me the first time I met her. Loved capturing this beautiful family during my winter mini sessions, and though it was cold, we had fun with this little beauty! 

What a gorgeous family! Excited to capture more of them soon. 

-Amanda 

McGrath Winter snow

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The McGraths are a beautiful couple I had the privilege of meeting during my Winter Mini sessions this month. They were also chosen as my winners of a custom Christmas card from Lotts of Designs along with 5 photos from their session. When I chose this lovely couple, I didn't know they were going to use the photos for their card, and it worked out perfectly that I had the chance to officially design their Announcement Christmas card. 

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They were hoping for snow that day... and well, since I love to make my clients happy, I gave them snow! So thankful that they love their photos and Christmas card and I'm looking forward to capturing more special moments of this growing family. <3

A very Sterby Christmas!

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This beautiful family allowed me the privilege to enter their home and capture this special season in their life. The Sterby's are such a blessing and I can't wait to see this beautiful family continue to grow. You can feel the unconditional love in this home!

Malachi's First Christmas! What a doll. I can't get over how cute and sweet this little guy is. We had fun dressing him up as a sleepy reindeer. <3 

The Christmas jammies were the best, and my favorite moments were just the tender love of a mother for her son, and daddy reading "God gave us Christmas". This was quite a special session. Best way to start out the Holidays!

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year Matt, Heather & Malachi. <3

 

Warmest Wishes,
Amanda 

Nick, Jenny & Rheya!

I had the privilege of capturing engagement photos for these two local Veterans, on Veterans Day this past weekend (11/11/17). Nick and Jenny are such a cute couple, and their dog Rheya... well, see for yourself. 

Moving from the beautiful tropical Island of Hawaii to the wavering Cleveland weather, these two came prepared with their winter coats. You never know how cold it will be, but the coats, and dog hat that their puppy Reya wore, made for an adorable outdoor winter photo shoot. 

I still can't get over what a sweet and well behaved puppy Rheya is, and I hope to get more opportunities to capture her cuteness. The love and simplicity of this cute little family is adorable and I am thankful for this opportunity. Can't wait to see their save-the-date Christmas cards. 

Oh... and Happy Birthday Rheya {11/16}!

Thanks,
Amanda

Keith's 70th birthday, Game of Thrones Party!

I truly enjoy capturing memorable moments, whether its through family portraits, or lifestyle photos, but every once in a while I get invited to do events, where I get to show up to parties and walk around taking pictures. 

Keith's Surprise 70th Birthday, Game of Thrones themed Party was certainly one of my favorite moments this year. The simplicity, yet attention to detail about his favorite show was impressive. I enjoyed capturing his reaction, interaction between friends and family, and all the simply awesome detailed decorations. 

This crown... <3

The cake was a one of the best I've ever seen, the centerpieces were simple yet very fitting, and all the small dragons and and saying from GOT from tied everything together perfectly.

Here are some of my favorite photos of the night. 


Thank you Sullivan Family for allowing me to be a part of this special day and capture lasting memories of such a great celebration. 

-Amanda 

 

Team Thomas!

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I had the honor of capturing this beautiful family, who have a special place in my heart. Great friends, though we may not see each other often due to the business of life, when we get to catch up, it's as if we just recently spoke.

We met up at Edgewater to capture the great backdrop of our city #CLE. This gorgeous unit was so fun to follow and I even got some assistance from a little princess, who had a few ideas for some poses herself... with her little brother. 

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These kids are amazing! They are smart, bright, full of life and love! Their parents are raising them to be upstanding, intelligent, and God fearing... Oh I can't wait to see the places they will go. 

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I enjoyed spending some much needed time with the Thomas family and getting some great shots. Looking forward to capturing more memories with them soon. Here are my favorite moments with Team Thomas. <3  

 

Love,
Amanda 

Cruz girls, surrounded by Gold!

Capturing these three is one of my favorite things to do. I never know what to expect when looking from behind my 50mm lens. 

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My sister is a great mother to her two beautiful girls. They always keep me laughing, and she works very hard, (third shift to be exact), just to be around for her daughters, and never misses a school event. She loves to mess with the girls and often plays many tricks on them, (which I know they will have their revenge someday, lol), but when I get the opportunity to capture these gals behind the camera, all I see is love! 

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There is nothing like the unconditional love of a mother. 

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness". -Honore de Balzac

This past summer I had lots of fun spending time with the Cruz Girls at Maria's Field of Hope in Avon, showing them the field of gold and all that it represents. We enjoyed it so much, that I hope we get to make it a yearly tradition and visit the sunflower field often, creating and capturing beautiful moments. 

Here are some of my favorites from this session! Enjoy!

 

With Love,
Amanda 

 

Generations of Love!

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Josiah is a blessed little boy! Before his grandmother moved to Florida to be with the rest of the family, I had the honor to capture three generations of Love!

Great-Grandma, Grandma, and Josiah visited Maria's Field of Hope, where I was privileged to capture some special moments between these three, memories they will always cherish! 

Thank you, Debbie, for entrusting me with such a special task! I love to capture these moments, you can feel so much love from just looking at the photos. 

Yours truly,
Amanda 

Happy Birthday My Love!

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Today I dedicate this blog post to my dearest love. Thankful that God created someone just for me. He is an amazing husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He works hard and provides and supports us daily... he even makes us dinner! #KyleFoodieLife

When I asked God for a husband and described his looks and personality (without even knowing him), I never imagined he would give me the desires of my heart.

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Now, 8 blissful years of marriage later, I get to walk alongside the one my heart loves, with our two little guys, were raising together. Never imagined to have 3 amazing boys in my life, and I am so thankful and extremely blessed! 

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Sincerely,
Amanda

Maria's Field of Hope!

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Sunflowers at Maria's Field of Hope!

At the close of Summer 2017, I had the opportunity to capture some beautiful family photos at the Prayers from Maria Sunflower Field, in Avon, OH. This beautiful field is home to thousands of pretty sunflowers, representing the little Angels impacted by children's glioma, and is founded by the Maria Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation. 

This beautiful field honors the memory of many children and family impacted by childhood cancer like our own family was impacted when our little cousin Ty, passed away in 2008, at just 7 years old. I didn't get the privilege of meeting this precious little guy, but I think of him when I see the family photos, and every time I visit this field of gold.

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I plan to visit Maria's Field of Hope annually, to not only support children's glioma research, but to continue capturing lasting memories for families. 

Here are some of my favorite shots of that day... Mr. Bradley Cooper, the famous Goldendoodle of Instagram, Siah with his grandma and great-grandma, the De Los Santos Family, the Cruz girls, and the Santiago family with their new bundle of joy! 

Looking forward to September 2018 when the sunflowers bloom again. 

Thanks,
Amanda

Baby Kayden Geovanny

Welcome to the world Baby Geo! We are lucky to have you! Your parents are so blessed to raise you and your family is fortunate to have a third generation Santiago male.

I've been lucky enough to capture Baby Geo's birth, and now his newborn photos, which was precious. This handsome little guy slept peacefully while we wrapped him in a nice warm blanket and cute little bowties and with his stuffed animals. My favorite moments were the simple close ups of this cute little newborn and the intimate moments with his parents. What a beautiful family! Here are my favorite photos from this session.

Enjoy!
Amanda

 

 

Botanical Garden Beauties!

Back in June, my wonderful husband Kyle asked how I wanted to spend my 32nd birthday... of course I chose my favorite place in Cleveland - The Botanical Garden 

Every time I walk through the garden, I am lost in the beauty of all the gorgeous flowers, especially my absolute favorite, Orchids during Orchid Mania, (February thru March). I brought my camera and captured some breathtaking shots that I wanted to share.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them! From Orchids to butterflies, this is a great place to enjoy some tropical scenery in "The Land". 

Enjoy!
Amanda

Tito & Michelle Maternity Photos

These two soon-to-be-parents are very near and dear to my heart. I had the special privilege to capture some special moments of this couple's pregnancy. Through these photos, you can see the love they have for each other and their special, soon-to-arrive blessing, Baby Geo. 

Here are some of my favorite moments from this maternity shoot...

Happy Birthday Devon, 2017 Grad

Wishing the Happiest 18th Birthday to Devon, Solon High School 2017 Grad! Devon was an outstanding student, talented athlete and even enjoyed a Mission Trip to Destiny Village in Haiti, through Church on the North, in Valley View, OH.

I had the privilege of capturing Devon's Senior photos and wanted to share a few of my favorites. Congratulations 🎓and Happy Birthday 🎈Devon! 

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Thanks, Amanda

 

Ursuline Alumnae Art Show Reception!

Feeling extremely thankful for the opportunity of being featured in the Ursuline College Alumnae Art Exhibit at the Wasmer Gallery, in Pepper Pike, Ohio! 

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June 16th was the opening reception to the latest exhibit the Wasmer Gallery is displaying through July 21st, 2017. What a fitting time for Alumni Weekend, to display works from Ursuline grads, ranging from the class of '54 to recent grads ('16). 

It was great to see fellow Alumnae and their work as well! I had the opportunity to see Dana and her awesome paintings, and got to enjoy Ebony's fashion threads.  

 

Fashion by: Ebony (Bailey) Glass

Fashion by: Ebony (Bailey) Glass

Fashion by: Ebony (Bailey) Glass right at the entrance of the gallery. 

Fashion by: Ebony (Bailey) Glass right at the entrance of the gallery. 

painting by: Dana (Dinks Best) 

painting by: Dana (Dinks Best) 

I also had the privilege to see all the other featured Alumnae and my favorite design professor, Sister Rosaria Perna! 

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With Sister Rosaria, Graphic Design Professor

Another gorgeous digital art piece by Sister Rosaria. It wasn't until someone mentioned seeing my photo on the Ursuline home page that I even noticed that one of my photos was featured there as well. Needsless to say, I am very honored to be a grad of Ursuline College!    

Another gorgeous digital art piece by Sister Rosaria.

It wasn't until someone mentioned seeing my photo on the Ursuline home page that I even noticed that one of my photos was featured there as well. Needsless to say, I am very honored to be a grad of Ursuline College!  

 

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The evening featured some amazing Alumnae art and ended with a great dinner at Choolah in Beachwood. It was also great to reminisce and walk around the beautiful campus again.

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Thank you Ursuline!

-Amanda  

Gender Reveal (Father's Day)

In honor of Fathers Day, 2017, I wanted to share some of the photos I captured for my brother Tito and his girlfriend Mishelle during their gender reveal party. 

This reveal was very special, especially for our family this being our only brother. Tito loves cars so much and what better way to reveal the news of his future child then by using his Acura. 

For this reveal, our father, "the grandfather" of Baby Geo, pressed on the gas to reveal the color powder that blew out of the exhaust and out came BLUE! 

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Needless to say, the parents to be and entire family were so excited to learn that there will another boy in the family!

Happy Soon-you-be Father's Day Brother! Congrats, we can't wait to meet Baby Geo! 

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Excited to see blue!  

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Baby Geo, we love you already! 💙

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Team Boy!

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Proud Abuelo and his only son.

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Team Blue! 💙

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Happy Father's Day to the soon to be Dad!  

Congrats Noah!

Today we celebrate Noah Boyles, an amazing young man with a bright future ahead. Not only did I get to capture this handsome guy with some great senior portraits, but I got to design his graduation announcement/invitation as well!

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Noah has a long list of accomplishments, along with graduating from St. Ignatius High School, like participating in the Greater Cleveland Young Marines Program for 6 years, volunteering for veterans at the Louis Stokes Veterans Hospital, tutoring and mentoring fellow students, and now he will be pursuing a Homeland Security Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Florida. 

Can't wait to see the places you will go Noah Boyles! So proud to call you my cousin! Best wishes and many blessings! 

-Amanda   

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Check out more Senior photos on the Photography page, here!