Photographs are memories that we freeze.  A still frame of something we don’t want to forget – or better yet, someone we don’t want to forget. The emotions captured are what preserve that place in time for us.  Cindy’s talents capture emotion in almost every picture she takes.  The beauty of her photography is in the life behind the faces, the moment frozen in time.  Sometimes, those pictures aren’t always smiles.  The emotions of life are real and some are sad.  Regardless, those moments we want to freeze in our hearts and never forget.  June 16, 2016 is a day I will never forget.  My son Emmanuel’s day of birth and death.  These pictures Cindy captured freeze the moment at the funeral when I found Emmanuel’s purpose in the midst of my grief.  In the middle of my heart break she captured a point in my life when I felt my son’s life was not wasted.  Though these pictures have no faces, they’re pictures of my son and the message I received that day.  He was created in love, lived in love, knows only love.  So with that, I will Live in Love.  Photography isn’t about faking it, it’s about living and capturing it – that is Lifestyle Photography.

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Lifestyle Photography tells a story, you can see a story of a family, memory or event by flipping through the images.  These pictures capture the story of me as a mom with my children.  You’ll see the teddy bear, the tattoo, my love for my kiddos here on Earth with me and my love for my kiddo waiting for me with Our Father.  These images tell a story about a place for a child that will forever be in our family and in our hearts. Life will keep moving; Claire, Luke and Ben will keep growing and Emmanuel will always be part of us.  God will always be part of us, and we will Live in Love.  So, though my memories of Emmanuel aren’t always smiles what I remember is more than happy – it’s real emotion.  It’s humbling, it’s pain, it’s longing, it’s depression, it’s anxiety, it’s inadequacy, it’s fear, it’s sadness, it’s hope, it’s faith,and it’s love. And now, it’s captured and my baby boy will always be remembered. Emmanuel, God With Us.  With Love, Lindy

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Cindy and I (the ‘indy’s) have a pull to red, white and blue.  The nostalgia connected with it.  There is something about summer, our freedoms, patriotism that makes us happy.  The respect we have for the colors, and those that protect them is heavy.  We have talked about how those colors just draw our eyes and our hearts.  Summer and red, white and blue.  Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day – that’s summer in Ohio.  Often, however, with these holidays we forget the reasoning and emotion behind such a celebration.

In 2016 there are 322,762,018 people,  colors, and 1 flag.  So, in today’s world, as we struggle to find common ground on politics, religion, race, lifestyle.  We can celebrate that we come together for 1 symbol.  That 1 symbol should remind us that in the end – we support each other. On the daily, we are sent images of tragedy, destruction, hopelessness and fear. Today, let’s find our hope, our strength, and our future and gather around our 1 symbol and find joy.

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I can’t imagine what it will feel like to have my little girl preparing for her Senior Year of High School.  She’s 4.5 years old now and I already want things to slow down.  But, I can imagine that you want to savor every minute you have with them in this last year before the “real world” starts.  So, let us take care of the details of capturing your baby girl, starting with makeup and ending with the design and printing of graduation announcements.

Sarah, was such a doll – we did airbrush makeup in our studio The Loft on Louisiana Ave in Perrysburg before we headed out for the shoot.  If you’re interested in having makeup as part of your Senior Session just mention it!

Make your Monday Beautiful, Capture some Joy! *Lindy*

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The Kies Family ended our sessions here at Walloon Lake.  And this bunch was so much fun, so great to capture their goofy sides. Their family has been coming up here for 41 years and we are so excited to share their love for this place and each other.  Cindy and I are whooped from the work here so we put together a quick preview of the wonderful Kies Family.

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