six month old milestone baby session | cleveland, OH lifestyle family photographer

It has been a long time since I did a blog post! October to be exact! January is usually a month a family photographer takes some time away from the camera after the busy fall season! It was truly a wonderful one for me-the busiest thus far. I met many new wonderful families and reconnected with previous clients. The weather cooperated for most of my sessions and many beautiful memories were captured! This month I caught up on some personal photo projects, took a photography workshop and the dreaded-preparing to file my taxes!

Let’s get down to a little about this happy, adorable family of three. I had the honor to visit them in their Edgewater home the beginning of this year. Their little girl just turned six months old and was doing all the sweet milestones she is supposed to be doing! Grabbing her feet, blowing bubbles, clapping, laughing at her reflection, sitting like a pro and just being super CUTE! Her parents are completely in love with her and so was I by the end of this session! I especially adored the way she instantly smiled from ear to ear when she saw her sweet face in a mirror! It was hilarious and I’m so glad we caught it on camera because that is one of the things that would probably be easily forgotten but now it’s captured and will be remembered. :) I loved being in their home. I felt so much love and warmth between this family, it was truly a pleasure to spend some time together.

Thank you for choosing me to document your family story during such a wonderful moment in your life. All the best to you and hope to watch this little peanut grow!

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Agnes Szlapka Photography is based in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a Fresh 48, lifestyle newborn, family and maternity photographer capturing artistic and timeless photographs.

family of three with baby girl in fairview park | cleveland, OH newborn photographer

Newborn photography is one of those events that may seem impossible to plan and coordinate but it doesn't have to be.  I met this family in their Fairview Park home and when I arrived, dad was still ironing moms blouse and I smelled coffee in the air. It was like hanging out around their house and simply taking some pictures here and there. It was so effortless and I came home with so many beautiful portraits of a new family of three. Baby girl was the sweetest little doll with her pretty head ties and fluffy tutu! She was all smiles and contentment. When she needed a break, we stopped to fill her up and all was good! Not every newborn session has to be done right away. This one was photographed at two months old. Parents are more accustomed, more relaxed and comfortable with their new role. 

So, if you want to wait to capture those precious newborn memories a little bit later than the recommended two weeks, it is a great idea!! 

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Agnes Szlapka Studios is based in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Agnes Szlapka is a newborn, family and maternity lifestyle photographer capturing artistic and emotionally moving photographs.

a golden hour couples session | cleveland, ohio lifestyle photographer

Yes, my passion is family photography but lately I've been capturing a lot of love between couples and I adore it! So if you find me and want your love captured, contact me! These images are of my brother in law and his gorgeous girlfriend. Taken at my favorite time - the golden hour! Right when the sun begins to go down and there are not too many clouds, magic happens! Everything begins to glow and images take on a completely different mood. Visiting these two and so many others in Poland is always bittersweet. We love spending time with everyone but we also know our visit is always too short and tears will be shed when we leave. Also, these images are taken in Kobylniki Palace where we celebrated my father in laws 70th birthday. It was amazing to be there because it was where my husband and I married 11 years ago. The memories and emotions came flooding back into my heart. It was wonderful. 

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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.

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

a precious baby girl is born | cleveland heights, ohio newborn photographer

Newborn photography is so precious and I believe capturing newborns in their sweet, comfortable and honest state is the best approach. Not too long ago I had the pleasure of doing maternity pictures for this mom and here she is today, holding her precious little baby daughter in her arms and couldn't be happier! 

This little sweetie knew exactly when to arrive. Her dad came home from another country just two days before her due date! She slowly made her entrance right on the day she was due to be born. Even her loving grandmother suffering from cancer who passed away shortly after she was born was able to hold and kiss her first and only granddaughter. The love and strength little Alexandra is providing during a sad time for the whole family, is immeasurable. I'm sure her Grandma is watching from heaven smiling down. It was such an honor to capture these memories for an amazing family. I can not wait to watch this little girl grow since she is my newest neighbor! Thank you all for your trust.

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CONTACT ME to book your lifestyle newborn photography session! 

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