Baby J 4.20.15

The post really begins with mama. She and I have known each other for years but it was when I shot her wedding back in 2012 that we really became friends. She is truly the most positive person I know, just a wonderful human being and it gives me so much joy to see a person like her become a Mom. Last week I stopped over her house and took a few pregnancy shots of her and her fur babies!
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Her sister is also a good friend of mine and was kind enough to give me the play by play of her labor and delivery. The baby’s gender was a total surprise to everyone but many of us were convinced it was a girl. Mom already had a fabulous mother’s intuition because she was certain it was a boy, and she was totally right! Baby J made his appearance last night!

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First off, he has amazing hair. I am not surprised as Mom has some fabulous hair herself. He has that beautiful newborn glow and is the quietest little man I have encountered in awhile! He barely made a peep the entire shoot.

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Taking photos of him, I was once again reminded how lucky I am to have repeat clients, even if they are friends. I shot their wedding and here I am, taking their very first family portraits! I mashed up some wedding images with today’s images and love the way it turned out.

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THE A FAMILY 4.14.15

It’s always a big compliment for me when I receive repeat business and it was so nice to hear from this family last week as they welcomed a baby boy into the family! About 3 years ago, I did newborn photos of their daughter and they were kind enough to ask me back and take photos again.

aberblog-30Having children of my own, I know how chaotic but beautiful this time is. It’s stressful, peaceful, scary, exciting, everything you can feel, its all of that. Mom looked absolutely amazing for just giving birth. Seriously, I looked and felt like a zombie with my second one and I was just amazed at how well she was doing and how good she looked doing it!

aberblog-37 aberblog-38I was impressed with how well big sister was taking all of this. It is new for everyone and as a photographer working with families, I can often see how overwhelming a new baby can be for the big brothers and sisters. Big sister was very engaged and gentle with her brother and I had so much fun with her. By the end of the shoot we were fast friends, she really cracked me up!

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aberblog-36Little brother was such a quiet little man. He let me pose him and barely made a sound or sudden movement. The perfect client!

aberblog1Dad was also very engaged and involved which was really nice to see! It’s always fun to see how different parents are the second time around, it’s like going pro. He was calm and collected!

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We finished the shoot with a couple family shots and it was nice enough to even snag one outside!

aberblog-40aberblog-41I hope to work with this family in the future, they are so sweet and fun to be around! If you like these images and are interested in having a similar shoot, please contact me at mandawakeman@yahoo.com

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MELISSA & KEVIN 4.11.15

What a beautiful day! We spent the day on the east side in Chagrin Falls, what a cute little town. I grew up on the west side so I still find myself getting to know the east side all these years later! The bride’s parent’s home was filled with beautiful natural light which made for beautiful shots.

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Melissa’s ceremony was equally as warm and bright. Lots of beautiful natural light. The church was located in the woods, which I have never seen. Goes to show that no two weddings are ever the same! Wanted to share just a couple images from the ceremony below!

bertkepreview-7bertkepreview-8¬† ¬†This bridal party was big and full of energy! The sun was VERY bright so we were resourceful in getting as many shots as we could in the few shaded areas we could find. We headed to downtown Chagrin Falls and took advantage of the older brick buildings, including this popcorn shop that is apparently a staple of the downtown area…

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When we snuck Melissa and Kevin away for their photos, we visited various buildings and a field that was SUPER muddy. Melissa braved it, walked barefoot and never complained! I had a difficult time choosing images to post because there were so many I liked. I also want to save some of the best of the best for Kevin and Melissa’s CD. Here are a couple sneak peeks!

bertkepreview-11 bertkepreview-27Melissa’s reception was absolutely STUNNING. I was blown away by the decor and the color scheme. She and her wedding coordinator, Denise McPherson of Denise McPherson Design, clearly paid attention to every detail and it really showed!

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Flowers by Urban Orchid

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Paper by Minor Details
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cake by Hummingbird Cake Shop

Really enjoyed this venue, The Federated Church Family Life Center. It is much prettier and elegant than it sounds! Its a HUGE facility, so it would make a great option for bride’s with larger weddings. Lots of natural light and woodwork. I really love that the couple chose to have their bridal party’s significant others sit with them at the head table.

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The reception was full of some hilarious dancing. Kevin had to have been the most expressive groom I have ever seen on the dance floor. Typically I never see the groom dancing or I see him being dragged onto the floor by guests or his new wife, but not Kevin. He was definitely enjoying himself and so were the guests!

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bertkepreview-29Overall had a really wonderful day with Melissa and Kevin! Want to thank my shooting partner Alicia Shepard for all of her hard work. Also wanted to give credit to the DJs for the evening, F-1 Sound.

Kevin and Melissa are off to New Zealand for their honeymoon, but I hope they find some time to take a peek at some of the images I took on their big day!

bertkepreview-23Thank you so much for looking and if you are interested in my services, please email me : mandawakeman@yahoo.com

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Thank you so much for visiting the new blog! I made this blog with the hope it would create a more personal experience for current and potential clients. While I have had a website for many years, as well as a facebook page, I can better tell a story through a blog. So I hope you all enjoy this blog and it’s content! Thank you again