Holiday Mini Session at Sugar Pines Farm | Cleveland, OH Family Photographer

Yes! It is finally December and we are all waiting for snow around here in Cleveland, OH! My Holiday Mini Sessions at Sugar Pines Farm were such a success! We've purchased our Christmas tree there once and since I have been in awe at how gorgeous the farm is! We had a spectacular day and even got lucky with some sunlight! It was a bit chilly, in the upper 30's but you can probably hardly tell! The jolly, merry mood was in the air and a little brisk air didn't stop anyone from sharing a few smiles and tender family moments. 

I've had the pleasure of photographing this sweet family last year and again this year. Their little boy is two years old. At first he wasn't sure about me and my camera but quickly that hesitation went away! I was happy to see lots of smiles from this sweet little boy and his wonderful parents. 

Thank you guys for choosing me again and Merry Christmas to all of you!!! 

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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.

welcome baby sister-chagrin falls | cleveland, ohio newborn photographer

I met this wonderful family at their Chagrin Falls home for a lifestyle newborn session a few weeks ago on a beautiful summer day. The moment I walked in their house, I felt so welcome and at ease. The love and happiness every single time a new baby is welcomed, can not be hidden. It radiates through everyone, despite the sleep deprivation and extra dose of exhaustion! The two little girls were so sweet. Big sister could not be any more tender with her tiny 10 day old baby sister. She gently stroked her head, delicately counted her little toes and held her in her arms so protectively! 

I have to say this felt like a easy, pleasant Sunday morning. Most of my newborn sessions are scheduled around 10 to 11 AM. Babies and siblings are rested, calmer and most patient during those early day hours. When I arrive, mom is usually getting ready or nursing her baby. Dad is trying to get things in order. Everything is just how it should be. 

There are no rules and no expectations from me. We follow what the newborn baby wants to do. If she or he needs to be nursed, we let it happen as many times as we need to. Along the way, I take photographs of amazing sweet memories! 

Thank you so much for inviting me into your home! It was such a pleasure meeting all of you. What an honor to do this for you and all, always. 

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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

family welcomes baby girl-moreland hills | cleveland lifestyle family photographer

I had the pleasure of visiting this fun loving family in their Moreland Hills home a few weekends ago to capture some family photography as well as some lifestyle newborn photos. When I first arrived we started with the girls room. Cora is a little over two years old and not too long ago became a big sister to Nina. Becoming a sibling is tricky business because not only you no longer are the center of attention but you have to share so much, especially your parents! Cora is doing pretty good! As parents, with your first child you have to figure every thing out about taking care of a baby. With your second child, you know everything but man, oh man the word "tired" takes on a new meaning! Although no matter how tired you may be, at the end of the day, you wouldn't change a thing! Everything is perfect, your heart is full, life is the way it should be filled with smiles, joy, gratitude and true happiness. 

I was so smitten with the girls room. We had so much fun capturing many playful and sweet moments in this very cute bedroom. Later Grandma and Grandpa joined us for some fun outside in the yard. The weather was perfect and the sun was shining giving us beautifully warm images. Below are only a few of my favorites from this session! It was such an honor to be invited into this home. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for choosing me as your family photographer. 

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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

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 five-fall photos | cleveland, ohio lifestyle photographer

I met this stunning family for a fall family photography session in Acacia Reservation near Cleveland, Ohio. We had a great time with the most amazing sunlight to end a perfect autumn evening! 

Okay, sometimes I admit, I take too many photos and share too many photos with my clients. But it's because I am in LOVE with what I do and when the circumstances are as perfect as they were during this session, it's hard not to! I love to show my clients that their families are beautiful and a true work of art! It's just amazing and when I'm capturing these memories, all I want, is to show them the real beauty of who they are right now! To me it would be unfair to only pick and choose certain images while there are so many other that speak so much beauty! So I give everything and run my photography business "all-inclusive" because all the details, moments matter. Just look at these and feast your eyes! I love how the baby brother grabs the big brothers hair and holds on for safety. The way their sweet daughter is so free, happy and shines with love. The parents after three gorgeous kids, their affection is so strong. 

It was such an honor to be chosen as their family photographer! Thank you guys and to all my clients from the bottom of my heart! This is so great and so important to be able to do this for all of you!!! Thank you!

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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