2018 Columbus Ohio Fall Mini Sessions | Joyful Moments Photography

Fall Mini Sessions in Columbus Ohio

In Columbus, Ohio, or really anywhere in the mid-west, fall is the perfect time to get your pictures taken. The temperature is typically not too hot and not too cold. The fall scenery in Ohio is stunning this time of year as the trees turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. Central Ohio is filled with so many beautiful metro parks that make the perfect backdrop for pictures. In the fall, sunset is earlier so you also don’t have to worry about trying to keep the kids up late for their photo shoot.

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2018 Fall Mini Sessions with Joyful Moments Photography

This year, fall mini sessions will take place on the weekend of October 20th and 21st. Typically, during the third week of October, fall foliage is at it’s peek, so that makes this the perfect time for pictures.

You will have the opportunity to schedule your session online this year by clicking here. Sessions are available in 20 minute increments beginning at 4:00 pm and ending at 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. These sessions are VERY LIMITED. There are only 14 total time slots available (7 each day). So hurry and sign up while there are still spots left.

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Fall mini sessions will take place at the beautiful Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. This park has multiple entrances and several different areas to explore. Our sessions this year will take place in the area near the Nature Center. The spot I will be using has a beautiful mature tree, a fence, tall grass, and a trail covered with a canopy of trees. About a week before the session takes place, you will be given more specific directions on exactly where to find me at the park for your pictures.

During your 20 minute session I will lead you to a few different scenic backgrounds to add some variety to your pictures. I will also guide you in a few different poses for the groupings that you want (i.e. family picture, picture of just the kids together, picture of each child individually, etc.).

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While you may hear my camera click a few more than 5 times during our 20 minutes together, you will receive 5 pictures in the form of a digital download. A few weeks after the session has taken place, I will email you a link to view and download your 5 fully-edited high-resolution images. With that download you will also receive a print release. This release gives you permission to print your pictures at any lab, and in any size or quantity that you would like.

2018 fall mini sessions cost ONLY $125. That price is over 50% off my normal price for 5 images. That is a HUGE discount! Now is the time to get updated family photos at a fraction of the normal cost. Once you choose your time slot online, I will send you an invoice for the full session amount which must be paid in advance in order to reserve your spot.

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If you have any questions, please email me at joyfulmomentsphotos@gmail.com.

Again, to schedule your 2018 fall mini session online click here.


1st Birthday Cake Smash Pictures | Columbus Ohio Baby Photographer

This Little Monster Turns One

We have been doing a lot of cake smashing around here lately.

This little guy’s mom (who also happens to be one of my best friends) chose a monster themed 1st birthday party and decided to stick with that theme for his cake smash session. She provided the birthday banner and I custom ordered the cake to match her theme and color choice.

Contact me today to book your child’s custom 1st birthday cake smash session.

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To see more sessions like this one, visit the Joyful Moments Photography 1st Birthday cake smash portrait gallery.


Mommy Indulgence | Columbus Ohio Photographer

The guilty pleasures of motherhood

I have written a few articles lately (like this one and this one) about some tough days as a mom. Today, I want to talk about some of my mommy indulgences that help me through the bad days.

I am pretty sure I am addicted to chocolate, especially when paired with peanut butter. I have several peanut butter chocolate loves in my life. Here are a list of a few of them (in no particular order).

  • Dove Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate. Melt in your mouth dark chocolate with a creamy peanut butter center. Yum!Columbus-Ohio-Photographer
  • Peanut Butter M&M’s. I love the crunchy shell and the delicious combination of creamy peanut butter and milk chocolate. (No picture because I just finished them last night.)
  • Snickers Peanut Butter bar. Caramel, nougat, creamy peanut butter, and crunchy peanuts all covered in chocolate. Can’t go wrong there. (no picture of these either, they don’t last long in my house)
  • Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. (my sister made these for my dad’s birthday)Columbus-Ohio-Photographer
  • Even my morning Larabar is peanut butter and chocolate. Columbus-Ohio-Photographer
  • Can’t forget about cereal. Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheerios for the win.Columbus-Ohio-Photographer

Do you have a mommy indulgence to get you through your rough days? Maybe it’s chocolate like me, or perhaps it’s coffee, or maybe tea. I would love to hear what you do to survive as a mommy.

 


Baby Travel | Columbus Ohio Photographer

A New Adventure

Last weekend my husband and I embarked on a new adventure. We took a road trip with our almost 6 month old son. A lot of preparation and stress went into this journey. This was not a long road trip. We traveled from Galloway, Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana.

Preparation

I am a woman of lists. In fact, I’m not sure I could survive without them. So, of course, I made a packing list…or two. These lists helped me stay organized and somewhat sane throughout the process of packing. Thankfully, due to my organization and list making, I only forgot one thing, snacks for my husband. That missing item was easily solved with a stop at a convenience store when we filled up with gas. Overall, I would consider the preparation stage of the trip a success.

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The Car Ride There

I was really worried about the car ride. I honestly imagined the worst. Our son isn’t typically great at sleeping in the car. If he does fall asleep, it is preceded by 15 minutes of screaming at the top of his lungs and the nap itself only lasts about 30 minutes. That being said, you can imagine my surprise when he fell asleep, without crying, and stayed asleep for an hour and 15 minutes. Sweet success!

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While There

I wish I could say everything went really well, he ate full feedings, and took all his naps, but that would not be the truth. He was fussy almost the entire time we were there, he wouldn’t nap, and he cluster fed. On Friday, he only slept for a total of 20 minutes between the time he woke up from his nap in the car (11:15 am) until bed time (8:20 pm). That made for a very grouchy little man. He did fall asleep without a fight at night, although I’m pretty sure it was just out of pure exhaustion. He did a little better on Saturday and took two 45 minute naps.

On The Way Home

Josiah was well over due for a nap by the time we hit the road to come back home on Saturday afternoon, and quickly fell asleep. Once he woke up however, he was very cranky. He grunted and groaned the rest of the way home. The only way to keep him from fussing was to allow him to suck on my fingers. I’m certain they looked like wrinkly raisins by the time we pulled into our garage. But hey, you do what ya gotta do.

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1st Birthday Cake Smash Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Beautiful Birthday Girl

I have been photographing this sweet girl since she was still in her mommy’s belly. She gets more and more beautiful every time I photograph her. As always, I took a few portraits of her before she smashed her cake.

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Cake Smash

Now on to the fun part! The best part of cake smash sessions is that you never know what a baby is going to do. Every child reacts differently.

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click here to view other cake smash sessions by Joyful Moments Photography

*cake by Cake Creations


Family Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

I photographed this beautiful family for the first time during the fall of 2016. In the fall of 2017, while the grandparents were in town, they wanted to do another session. They live on a gorgeous golf course so their session took place in their backyard.

To view the Joyful Moments Photography family gallery, click here.

Click here to contact us to book your next family session.

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Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer


1st Birthday Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

1st Birthday Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

This little guy is one year old! His birthday is just a few weeks away from Christmas. Therefore, mom wanted to incorporate a Christmas theme into his 1st birthday pictures. She specifically wanted a picture of him playing with lights.

Click here to check out Joyful Moments Photography’s 1st birthday portrait gallery.

Do you have a little one about to celebrate this one year milestone? Contact us to book your session today!

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Family Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

I absolutely love this family! They are such kind people, which makes photographing them each year even more enjoyable. The siblings picture is always my favorite because there is sure to be a lot of laughs.

This session took place at one of my favorite locations in central Ohio, Prairie Oaks Metro Park. Prairie Oaks features two beautiful lakes, winding trails, beautiful forests, and several picnic areas for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Contact us to book your next family photo session today!

To view the Joyful Moments Photography family portrait gallery click here.

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

Family Pictures Columbus Ohio Photographer

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Fall Mini Sessions | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Fall Mini Sessions 2017 | Columbus Ohio Photographer

My husband and I are happy to announce that our son, Josiah James, was born at 3:41 am on Saturday September 9th. Due to his early arrival and my quick recovery, I am able to schedule some fall mini sessions this year after all. Sessions will be held on Sunday evening October 15th and Saturday evening October 21st at Prairie Oaks Metro Park. The cost is $125 for 8-10 digital images and a 20 minute session. Email joyfulmomentsphotos@gmail.com to book your session before they are gone!

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