photographing my own family during summer | shaker heights, ohio lifestyle photographer

Believe it or not, it's really hard for me to photograph my own family lately. After I capture wonderful moments for other families and spend so much time editing , mailing and taking care of details, the last thing I want to do is pick up my camera to make even more work for myself. Plus carrying my big camera around along with the other load I already have makes it hard too! This is not good, because I strongly believe that is how I will grow creatively. It's through the mistakes, the unplanned that magic happens on camera!

Life has been busy around here. School is out and I am left with the super hard task of keeping my four year old entertained enough! Who would of thought it would be so challenging! My one year old has been crawling for half his life already and we are all waiting for him to walk. I tell you though, he is soooo fast on all fours though so why would he want to slow down to learn something new :) 

We have an amazing trip coming up in August. I will make it a point to capture as many beautiful, wonderful and happy or not so happy moments (because those have a beauty too) as I can! But for now I will try to get some fun July summer memories as well! 

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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a portrait and lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs. Specializing in family photography, maternity photography, kids photography  and lifestyle newborn photography and fresh 48 photography

your story, your life, your memories | cleveland, ohio family photographer

Family photography is so important and my passion. It's not just about taking pretty pictures but about showing and preserving your story, your family memories, your love. Everyone is uniquely different and this is what makes us beautiful because we each have our OWN story.

Being photographed can feel a bit intimidating but don't worry, I have you covered. My number one goal is to capture YOU. So I want your kids to act silly and even "misbehave" a little. It's totally okay because that is you, the family you are right now. Do you have a favorite spot you like to hang out with the kids? Take me there and show me what it is you do. In fact, don't show me, just do what you do and I'll take the pictures. Yes, once in a while I will guide you and tell you where to stand but it will be so casual, you won't even notice the camera and sometimes you won't even notice me. Let's go to the park, to the playground, hang out at your house or backyard, or go have some delicious cupcakes in that neighborhood bakery! Whatever is meaningful to you, let's preserve it! 

So...

Do you want to capture your family the way you really are, the way all of you love each other? 

Are you attracted to more candid, lifestyle and a bit of portraiture photography? 

Do you want to see how beautiful your family really is? Because let's face it, we hardly have time to step back and notice the incredible love, authenticity and connection. I will. 

I will preserve your love. Your story. Your family. The way you are now. 

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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Height, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a fine art and lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs. Specializing in family photography, maternity photography, kids photography and lifestyle newborn photography.

taking pictures of autistic child | chagrin falls, ohio family photographer

Looking back at this family photo session in Chagrin Falls, Ohio puts a big smile on my face. The moment I walked in this families house, I felt so much warmth and love which instantly put me at ease and eager to get started.

Christine reached out to me in the fall to schedule a family session. She was a bit worried about moving forward mostly because her son has autism. She told me all she wants is "one good family picture". If some one reading is not too familiar with autism-it is characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors and many instances difficulty making eye contact. I approached this family as I would every other family. We simply had a good time and captured real, authentic and full of love images. I can say we have way more than "one good family picture"! 

Although I am no expert. but I'd like to share what worked for me when I took pictures of a boy who has autism and hope to ease some worry and apprehension to other photographers.

  • Don't make it a big deal! Use your camera a lot, show him/her pictures if they want, let them touch the camera, be friendly but not pushy and go with the flow! 
  • Sing! If the child responds well to music, everyone sing. It takes the tension away and makes the session more fun!
  • Photograph them doing something they love! John loved playing with the leaves, the mulch and being on the playground set. I was able to capture some great photos of him doing what he loves!
  • Explain what you're doing. Even though they are not looking at you, they are listening! Ease their fears by telling them what's happening.
  • Be patient. Every child is beautiful and has an amazing story to tell.
  • Consider the environment. The mom thought staying in their yard was the best idea and she was right. It's familiar and everyone felt more comfortable.

I was truly honored to photograph this wonderful family and I hope to capture more beautiful memories for them in the future. Thank you again for entrusting me as your family photographer. 

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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Height, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a fine art and lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs. Specializing in family photography, maternity photography, kids photography and lifestyle newborn photography

family of four-winter pictures on a snowy day | cleveland, ohio lifestyle portrait photographer

In Cleveland you can bet that snow can fall as early as mid-Ocotber but not this year! This was the first snow of the year in mid-November. Family pictures look great against the snowy backdrop. The beautiful simple white color makes everyone stand out and look ahhhmazing! I love it plus its a natural reflector which photographers love! The only catch is you have to be brave enough to stand a little chill. So far, we've been having a unusually warm winter so no worries there! 

This adorable family was such a pleasure to meet. Kelly found me on Facebook via a friend. I love to hear peoples stories of how they came across my work. I couldn't get enough of the cute big brother and little sister, they were so sweet to each other and full of happy giggles. I personally love the first image the most. It's the most authentic and true to this family-so joyful and full of love. I think we captured some beautiful photos which I'm sure will be treasured for a lifetime. It was so nice to meet you guys and hope to do this again! 

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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Height, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a fine art and lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs. Specializing in family photography, maternity photography, kids photography and lifestyle newborn photography

big brother and little sister-sibling cuteness | cleveland heights, ohio family photographer

The Heights meaning Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and University Heights is full of charming parks for beautiful family photography! I met this family back in November on a gorgeous sunny day! They are no strangers to me because this is the third time I photographed them and this time with a sweet addition of a little sister! Big brother couldn't have been more handsome and loving! He spoiled his sister with hugs, kisses and so many smiles!! Instead of just the parents and kids at the session, even grandpa joined us for a few lovely captures! I always love when grandparents come because these photos are extra special and such wonderful memories for a lifetime! I know these parents are overflowing with gratitude and love for this cute bunch and I'm sure their house is always full of giggles and lots of laughter! So much joy to watch this family grow! Thank you again for entrusting as your family photographer! 

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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Height, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a fine art and lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs. Specializing in family photography, maternity photography, kids photography and lifestyle newborn photography