Holiday Fun – I Heart Faces

When I first saw this month’s theme, I thought “Oh, fun!  I’m sure I have a photo from one of the holidays to enter.”  Then I started opening my photo files and I realized that I have not been very good about taking out the camera with my own family.  I have decided to tell myself that it’s because I was just so present in the moment that I didn’t think to grab the camera.  I hope that’s what it was.  I hope I wasn’t playing Candy Crush or checking Instagram.  More likely, I was relying on my iPhone camera so I didn’t have to lug around the big one.  Whatever.  I need to do better this holiday season.

I do have one of Ethan dressed up for Halloween as a soldier from Call of Duty.  Missing a shoe. It’s a good shot for the scrapbook, I guess, but not really photo-challenge-worthy.

This morning I decided to check the images from the day we decorated the tree last Christmas.  Well, there’s a whole lot of silliness going on in all of the shots.  Most of them were crooked or blurry because I was laughing so hard at their dancing and silly faces.  Some of them, like this photo below, one kid is focusing on the task.  The other is very clearly determined to “ruin” the shot with his silliness.  There’s not a single “pretty” photo in the bunch.  (Except for the cat sleeping under the tree after they were all done.  That won’t work for this challenge since the photo has to have people faces in it.)  But this IS an authentic Zwart family holiday moment.  Full of fun. Full of memories.  Most definitely holiday.

Zwart Family Christmas Tree Decorating

Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day, Halloween–What do holidays look like at your house?  The Holiday Fun photo challenge at I Heart Faces ends tonight, but if you hurry, you still have time to enter.

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Life with Kaishon - October 9, 2015 - 3:49 pm

This is beautiful because it is real! I never wantbto take real pictures on the holidays since I am usually sick of editing by the time they roll around. I hope you have a great weekend, Adrienne.

Kara Abbey - October 9, 2015 - 6:41 pm

I love it! It’s so authentic & genuine & REAL – sometimes those photos are the best because they tell the truest story 🙂

Kelly Sturzenegger Turnbull - October 14, 2015 - 4:48 pm

What a great capture. I love these kind of moments!

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Welcome to the World Kasen! – Birth Announcement Video

It’s been a little while since Kasen was in the studio, but I hope it’s not too late to say “Welcome to the World, Little One!” with this birth announcement video.

Disclaimer:  This is one of my first attempts at creating a video out of some of my favorite shots from a session.  Trying to keep it simple, I kept it short and it’s supposed to be optimized for mobile devices. Which evidently means that it doesn’t look great in full-screen mode.  Yes, you’re going to try that now if you haven’t already.

See?  Better to view it small. 😉

But it was fun to try, and hopefully, I will figure out how to make video look good on Facebook soon, too.  (I tried posting it there first–it looked awful.)

I’d love to get your feedback, so please feel free to leave a comment.  (Please keep it kind and constructive, thanks!)

And just in case you can’t get the video to play, here are some of the images from Kasen’s newborn photo session:

Baby Kasen - Newborn Photo Session in Uniontown, OHBaby Kasen - Newborn Photo Session in Uniontown, OHSleeping newborn baby photo by Adrienne Zwart Photography.  Akron/Canton Newborn Photographer

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Lilly – 11 Days Old

Lilly - 11 Day Old Newborn Session by  Adrienne Zwart PhotographyMeet precious little Lilly who had the most gorgeous baby-soft skin I have ever seen!  Weighing just 6 pounds, 2 ounces, she was so tiny that we had to improvise with the tutu that her mom brought along to her newborn photo session.Lilly - 11 Day Old Newborn Session by Akron Newborn Photographer Adrienne Zwart PhotographyLilly is the daughter of one of my previous senior clients, so this portrait session was extra fun because I got to catch up with her mom and grandma.  And you know it’s a good day when a newborn smiles at you, right?  Okay, I admit she was sleeping and would have smiled for anyone at that point, but I’ll take it!Lilly - 11 Day Old Newborn Session by  Adrienne Zwart Photography

Lilly - 11 Day Old Newborn Session by Adrienne Zwart Photography,

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Props – I Heart Faces Photo Challenge

Props can add so much to your senior pictures!  Not only do they add meaning to your session and help display your personality, they often give you something to do during your session.  That’s important because you might not be super comfortable in front of the camera.  Totally normal!!  (Unless, of course, you are modeling as an after-school job.)  And so, bringing along a few important items helps us showcase who you are and also helps you feel more at ease during your portrait session.

For example, I recently had a photo session with Jonathan, the pitcher for Norton High School’s baseball team.  Now, Jonathan really was very relaxed for his session, but he lit up when I asked him about the scripture references on his ball glove.  He told me that his coach is a big proponent of positive thinking and that he had encouraged his team to write inspiring quotes under the bill of their ball caps.  Whenever the game wasn’t going their way or one of them made an error, his teammates were supposed to look at those sayings to strengthen their resolve to do their best.  Jonathan had lots of verses that encouraged him.  Too many to fit in just the space under his cap, so he started writing the references to his favorite verses all over his glove, too.  We felt that it was an important enough element to his story to include a photograph of the glove in his final album.

Senior Pitcher

“Props” is the theme of this month’s photo challenge at I Heart Faces.  Click on the button below to head over to their blog and view the other amazing entries.

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Life with Kaishon - June 3, 2015 - 10:01 pm

This made my day. What a great kid. God bless him.

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Megan – Green High School Class of 2015

Green, OH Outdoor Senior Pictures Session with Adrienne Zwart Photography

I’m so excited to finally share my daughter Megan’s senior photos with you.   She wanted to do her hair two different ways, so we split her session between two locations last fall.  The first day, she had her makeup professionally done by Kevenah at Connyx Salon & Spa, and then we headed down to Canton for some beautiful outdoor senior pictures.  (Green High School is wonderfully located between two cities.  There are so many great locations to choose from in either direction!)

Megan-Green-High-Class_of-2015-akron-ohio-senior-pictures-11Senior Girl Posing Idea - Canton Senior Photos by Adrienne Zwart PhotographySenior Girl Sitting by Creek - Canton Senior Photos by Adrienne Zwart PhotographySenior Girl Leaning Against Brick Wall - anton Senior Photos by Adrienne Zwart PhotographyCanton Senior Photos by Adrienne Zwart PhotographyThen for her next outdoor senior photo session, Megan chose a beautiful park north of Akron with a boardwalk and beautiful creek bed.  This time, I did her hair and makeup.

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Congratulations, Honey!  I am so proud of you!  And I am honored that you wanted me to take your senior pictures.  You’re my favorite senior ever!

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