Mommy and Me session
Summit Metro Parks, the second oldest park district in Ohio, is full of beautiful spots to photograph, but one is a North Canton, Ohio, family photographer’s dream: F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm. Just half an hour south of Cleveland, it feels as though you’ve stepped into another world, and each time I bring clients here, I find new and beautiful places to photograph.
What makes this park so perfect for family sessions is that so many distinctive locations, from a rock and herb garden to a suspension bridge to multiple ponds to grassy fields, are just a short walk apart, so little children don’t have far to hike.
And the Nature Realm came through for me again, giving me a beautiful location to photograph a “mommy and me” session with Ashley and Oliver. I had the privilege of photographing these two, along with Ashley’s husband, last year, and I will be photographing the whole family again in the fall. I love building relationships with my clients, especially the little ones, and watching them grow year after year.
Oliver, who I was able to bond with over a mutual love of Finding Dory, was such a talkative little explorer. I may or may not have had to bribe him with candy as we neared the end of the session, but he was such a champion, smiling for the camera and posing perfectly.
The golden light coming through the trees gave an ethereal quality to the shoot that was such a joy to capture, and could any photographer ask for more than a field full of dandelions to photograph a precious little boy?
As a mom of a little boy myself, I deeply feel how special it is to capture these moments of youth while they last so that they can be treasured long after he grows up.
Check out some of my favorite photos from this “mommy and me” session below!