Amazing Families | Ohio Portrait Photographer -Toledo

Amazing families are everywhere outdoors, especially with the summer months.  Outdoors is hot, Summer is hot, get outdoor mini sessions done now.

The families that schedule with me are absolutely amazing, especially since they often have the best wardrobe choices and can talk for hours about things like certain television shows or home decor that’s on the *dream home* list.  This family was just as amazing as my newborn and baby families have been, and I loved how our location of choice worked so well for them.  Here are some of my favorite images from the day.  Thank you to the family for being patient while I hand-retouched your images. They are beautiful!

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I especially love the covered bridge area that we were able to use that day (even though it seemed to be a pretty popular spot with all the people out running/exercising).  If you would love your own set of family images, mini sessions are being held for $125, which includes up to 10 digital images with a print release.  These are perfect for families who just need a few updated pictures (or pictures of baby outside.)  With Father’s Day quickly approaching, this would be a perfect gift to get for dad too.  If you’d rather get portraits for the next upcoming holiday, don’t forget, the fourth of July is coming up too. I’d love to get some patriotic portraits of your little ones!

The Fresh 48 Session | JOY Photography OH/MI

You may be here thinking, “what exactly is a fresh 48 session?”  It’s an easy, laid back in-hospital session done with your baby (if mom & dad are feeling up to it, they are more than welcome to be included in those first days with baby while still in the hospital.)  You may be wondering how they’re different from the normal pictures that the hospital photographers capture.  Let me show you one of the beauties that had her photos done with me, at not even 24 hours old.  What is created from those portraits is art.

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just arrived newborn fresh 48 joy photography toledo ohio michigan perrysburg adrian
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The good news is these sessions can be purchased as a stand-alone session, or as an add-on to a complete newborn session.  So, if you love the lifestyle look and want beautiful portraits of your baby within those first days of life, but also love the beautiful posed portraits, you can bundle them and get them both.  🙂  If you’re thinking about scheduling a newborn session, my June availability is already filling up, so contact me asap to save your spot.

Mom Talk – Lets Talk Stains | JOY Photography Toledo

As a mom with four boys, to say that they’ve made some incredible messes would be an understatement.  A big big understatement…and that had resulted in carpet stains, that for the life of me, I could not get up.  I had purchased high-end cleaning solutions, and lucky me, those stains were STILL there.  I was annoyed, and thought that those stains would just remain until we moved, or until we hired a professional carpet cleaner (which yes, I’m thrifty, and I prefer to DIY when it comes to cleaning things…) so, that obviously wasn’t happening.

Insert the online love of my life: youtube.

Thank you to Youtube.  I found that a mixture of hot water and vinegar on a stain, lightly scrubbed, will remove it.  If you have a hot iron and a towel to use on top of it to draw out the stain even more, then that’s even better.  I did both.  I’m happy to report my stains are GONE.  Such a cheap solution to such a big problem for so many moms.  I know, I could share my lovely mixture with some drops of essential oils, and probably make a fortune…but with such a cheap fix to such a huge problem, I had to share it with you all instead.  If it works for you, I’d love to hear about it! 🙂  I might even have to try this for the next time a blanket gets a bad mess on it from my lovely babies that I photograph.  I may be convinced that vinegar works on everything now.

Oh, and of course, if you’re looking for a photographer, I’d love to work with you.  I’m even doing a special through Memorial Day Weekend, for the first five people to schedule & pay their deposits.  For those who do, you’ll get a 16×20 canvas from your session as a complimentary gift from me.  Pretty awesome right?!  Especially if you love having your babies and families on your walls as beautiful art.

Twins! Twin Girl Newborn Baby Session | JOY Photography OH/MI

Twins. There is something about the bond of twins that is so indescribable.  Knowing that these little ones have grown next to each other, and in doing so, have created a bond that regular siblings just don’t have.  I find it amazing how many times during sessions, just having the other twin there will immediately make both of them much calmer than they were before.  That was mostly the case with today’s twin session.  These girls came early (at 34 weeks) and we did their session today, which would have been their 36 week mark.  So, of course, they were tiny, and adorable, and seemed SO much more fragile than other twins I’ve worked with, but after a lot of soothing the girls (and having mom and dad feeding, burping, and taking diapers on and off) we were able to take some amazing portraits of them.

Since the sneak is posted on Facebook, I thought I would share it here as well, since I have quite a few readers of this part of my site.  So, here they are everyone!  Meet the newest set of twins!

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Aren’t they adorable?!

If you’d like to schedule your own session with me, please contact me either here, on my website, or through my email address.  Having multiples?  I’m still seeking a boy-boy pair, and girl-boy pair of twins for a discounted session.

Oh, and don’t forget to follow my Facebook page!  Awesome stuff is going on there too!

Things to do with kids in Toledo | JOY Photography Ohio

Whether you’re from the area or not, having a baby means getting out and doing some fun things (once they’re at least a few months old) because in those first few months, aside from the newborn session and doctors visits, we all know the real thing moms want.  Sleep.  and maybe a shower, uninterrupted.  But once the lack of sleep doesn’t feel quite so draining, it feels pretty fantastic to get out and start making some memories as a family.  I was looking online (actually for my own boys) to see what we could do, and I found a list of fifty things at various places around Toledo.  You can go and see the list here.  Especially for those of us who have older kids as well, some of these would be a lot of fun.  We actually already go to the Zoo here quite often (and the new aquarium is AMAZING).  The Imagination Station is also pretty fun  (we just went for our first time a few months ago even though we’ve lived here for quite a while).  Of course, there are others on the list that we’ve never done, so we’re looking forward to exploring our city a bit more and having fun with it all.

If you’d like an even bigger list that has things in (and around) the Toledo area, a friend of mine sent me this one as well.  Some of the things are repeated from the first list, but contains 101 Places to go.  🙂  Enjoy!  That list is available for you here.

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