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The Weinhardt Family Engagement Session

Anytime I can find an excuse to head up to Lake Erie and do a session on the beach, I’ll happily take it. After having so much fun doing beach sessions up there last year, I had hoped I’d make it up there again this year. After almost a month of rain my local lake closed down for two weeks due to flooding, which left us with the perfect excuse to move this session up north. It is a drive but so, so worth it. The way the sun sets over the water is stunning and from looking at these pictures, you would never know we weren’t at the ocean. Shooting by the water is one of my absolute favorite places to be.

Meet the Weinhardt Family. They contacted me early spring because they wanted a mix of engagement and family pictures in celebration of their upcoming wedding.  They decided as a fun move to do a destination wedding to Mexico so the location seemed even more fitting for their wedding. We spent the evening by the water with lots of splashing and playing. As with any beach session, if you don’t come home soaked, you didn’t do it right.

They changed into some Hawaiian attire to get some fun pictures to use for their wedding. Their daughter decided right at that moment (as most young children do) she was no longer going to sit by and watch all the fun and was going to be a part of the action. This resulted in a game of tag, where we would set her down and quickly run to take as many pictures as we could before she would reach us, then repeat all over again. We probably looked pretty humorous to all the people sitting on the beach that night. Even with all those chaos, we had a great time and I am loving all the moments we captured.

Mom’s dress is borrowed from the Studio Wardrobe, available anytime you book a session with me!

A beautiful family portrait of a family of three standing in the nature preserve at Mentor Headlands State Park A Mom tosses her baby girl playfully up in the air during an outdoor family session in Cleveland, Ohio A Mom tosses her baby girl playfully up in the air during an outdoor family session in Cleveland, Ohio A beautiful moment as a Dad stops to kiss his daughter as they walk through the dunes of the nature preserve at Mentor Headlands State Park A gorgeous black and white portrait of a couple sitting together on a log on the beach in Cleveland, Ohio A close up portrait of a couple smiling and embracing each other A Mom and Dad playfully swing their daughter in the air as the walk along the beach at Mentor Headlands State Park A playful portrait of a family of three walking together along the beach A fun, playful moment of a family playing Ring Around the Rosie on the beach at sunset A beautiful portrait of a couple kissing while standing on the beach of Lake Erie at sunset A man twirls his fiance around in the water at sunset during an outdoor engagement session at Mentor Headlands State Park A couple embrace each other and slow dance together while standing in the water at sunset A gorgeous portrait of a couple kissing at sunset standing on the beach of Mentor Headlands State Park in Mentor, Ohio A black and white portrait of a family walking along the beach together A gorgeous portrait of a couple standing together smiling on the beach in Cleveland, Ohio A gorgeous portrait of a couple standing together smiling on the beach in Cleveland, Ohio A man twirls his fiance around as they dance along the beach at sunset A Dad kisses his baby girl while playing on the beach at Mentor Headlands State Park A Dad smiles down at his daughter as they walk the beach at Mentor Headlands State Park A family plays together along the beach at sunset at Mentor Headlands State Park A family plays together along the beach at sunset at Mentor Headlands State Park A close up portrait of a couple kissing with the sun setting behind them while on the beach in Mentor Headlands State Park A gorgeous portrait of a couple holding each other on the beach at sunset A man playfully carries his fiance away on the beach at sunset A man playfully carries his fiance away on the beach at sunset A beautiful moment as a man picks up his fiance and kisses her while standing on the beach at sunset A beautiful moment as a man picks up his fiance and kisses her while standing on the beach at sunset A beautiful moment as a man picks up his fiance and kisses her while standing on the beach at sunset An authentic moment as a father pulls his baby girl close and hugs her during an outdoor family session in Cleveland, Ohio A Mom and daughter standing together watching the sunset go over Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio A beautiful portrait of a Mom and Dad comforting their baby girl while standing on the beach of Mentor Headlands State Park at sunset with the lighthouse in the distance

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