Laura and Joey tied the knot on St.Patrick's Day. It was absolutely fabulous and I was so honored to be apart of their special day! The pictures that follow tell the story of all the love and joy shared with their friends and family.
To Laura and Joey, I wish you nothing but love and happiness as you build your life together. Thank you for letting me share your wedding story!
***This is a very unique blog so I'd like to share my appreciation and thanks up top!***
Photography By Faye Sommer -Thank you!
Something Old Dayton -Thank You!
The Wellness Studio- Thank You
Kendra, Toshika, Andrea, Dev, Emerald, Garrison, Troy, Teray, Caillin, Marianne, Chase, Annie -Thank you! This couldn't be possible with out you!
And of course, Melanie- Thank you for letting me take this crazy ride with you!
"What started as a small idea for Sol Vibe and Claire Cross Photography to collaborate on an artistic project that would highlight both of our creative endeavors, a magical project was birthed that took on a life of its own. A labor of love, many hours spent creating, planning, sharing the idea with potential models, and executing the ideas, the project quickly became about more than us. It became an unexpected heart-centered experience as we approached 12 people, some we knew and some who were complete strangers, to donate their time to help us create a message that manifests love, showcases unique beauty and positive energy. This photo series includes beautiful people, yes, but it’s the inner beauty and the passions of each individual that made this project pure magic.
So, who are we? We are students of school and students of life. We are entrepreneurs and sales executives. We are artists, musicians, photographers, bakers, servers, social justice warriors, nurses, hair salon owners, personal trainers, yoga studio owners, sports enthusiasts, basketball referees and massage therapists. We are young and we are older. We have passions, dreams, and hustles. We are here to teach, to inspire and to be inspired. We are all beautiful souls with a unique energy."
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Here is an inside look of Melanie in her Sol Vibe studio.
Hands down, my very favorite image of Melanie. She is really shining here.
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There has never been a more powerful entourage!
I'm so thankful for everyone involved on this project that helped showcase Sol Vibe.
Honestly, you each taught me something and I love that we share a community
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Would you believe me if I told you that these four woman had not met each other previously? And furthermore, this is the 3rd picture of the shoot! These beauties could have fooled me!
There is something for everyone!
Marianne and Cailin are the needle and thread that really sewed the magic together for us. As you can clearly see!
Troy is looking very handsome rocking all kids of Sol Vibe!
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Tis the season for being thankful.
Words will fall quite short when it comes to my thankfulness for Melanie. Our lives and business are so intertwined, she's basically family. Melanie is a small business mentor to me, a creative sounding board and really, a sister! I am so honored to be her photographer time and time again.
Thank you for checking out our little love child. If you need help promoting your business, please contact me! I'd love to collaborate!
In honor of the spirit of giving, leaving a little comment and telling me which image is your favorite would be a wonderful treat!
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My dear friends, Candace and Alex tied the knot in September and it was absolutely beautiful. So much thoughtful planning went into the wedding day from both the bride and groom. It was truly an honor to be apart of their special day. Their sweet daughter Gwenivere was a champ even after spending the morning in urgent care!
There has been so many ugly words shared this past week, I hope you can take a moment and enjoy this timeless love story without any words at all.
The love Candace and Alex has for one another is so rich and so deep. I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness as they endure this world's struggles together.
Please leave some love in the comment section below for Candace and Alex!
All my love friends, all my love!
I love photographing seniors. Graduating High School is, in essence, your first GIGANTIC accomplishment in life. 'Opportunities-a-plenty' and wonderful experiences are immediately in front of you. The emotions towards the idea of that have to be exciting (okay...maybe a teeny bit scary, but mostly exciting!)
Senior Portraits are something to look back on that captures (hopefully) exactly who you were as a teenager. Your children and your grandchildren will look at these pictures fondly and compare the differences and similarities.
Morgan was such a joy to work with. She's my favorite type of girl- she's glam AND sporty at the same time. Not to mention, she has charm for days!
I hope you enjoy these pictures of our time together, please comment in the comment section below and let me know which image is your favorite!
Nothing beats a nice smoldering smile.
Mmm! Get it girl!
This next one is my personal favorite!
White sneakers only stay white for a short amount of time! I had to take the opportunity to freeze the freshness for ever!
(If I could include emoji's you'd see 100% 100% 100% right about now)
I love this one too, so cool!
Thank you again, Morgan for allowing me to take your senior pictures! It was an honor!
Good luck as you finish out 12th grade and the best of luck in ALL that you do!
As always! Be sure to leave some love in the comment section below. Let Morgan know how awesome she looks!
If you are interested in having portraits made, feel free to contact me! I'd love to chat with you!
I hope the cuteness overload from this little blog post will put a little smile on your face.
Juliana is just the sweetest little girl, not to mention- so much fun to photograph! All of her expressions crack me up! You may remember her newborn session here.
Miss Juliana, I hope this spunky personality sticks with you forever! You have such a warm and beautiful spirit (A reflection of great parents, I'm certain!)
I always love hearing which image is your favorite, leave a comment in the comment section below!
The very best thing about my job is that I always get to do something different. No two photos I make will ever be the same.
Dyllan was such a fantastic sport during her Senior Session! Talk about a blast! This girl is going places! Dyllan is gorgeous, brilliant and most of all kind. With a trifecta like that, there isn't much you can't accomplish.
On a more vein note, Dyllan has the most amazing eyebrows! Put that on your college application, D!
For the first time ever....Every single picture posted is my very favorite! I can't wait to do part two of your senior pictures!
Dyllan, Thank you SO very much for letting me take your senior pictures. You absolutely SLAYED! I hope you enjoy the rest of your senior year and best of luck in all that you do!
Be sure to leave some love for Dylan and her family in comment section below. Also, I'd love to hear which image is your favorite!
If you are interested in a senior session or a family session of your own, here is my availability for the rest of the month! Contact me to set something up!
Recently, Sharon and Larry tied the knot and it was absolutely beautiful! I had a front row seat to a absolutely perfect day. Honestly, It was such a joy to see two people so happy and excited about joining their lives together. It was also extra special to witness the love of their supportive children as these hearts blended together. I hope you enjoy the images from their big day. This blog is slightly different from what I normally post because it's heavy on the portraits, all the same, it was a lovely day! Be sure to leave some love for Sharon and Larry in the comment section below.
It is rare that I post my favorite picture at the top of a blog, but I just love this one!
Sharon is always beautiful and flawless, her wedding day attire was no exception! Sharon, you are stunning! Larry is one lucky man!
The older I get, the more emotional I become during the ceremony. The wedding nuptials between Sharon and Larry were probably the sweetest, and most heartfelt I've ever heard.
It's certainly the only wedding ceremony I've attended that mentioned "Zombies" in the vows. Larry sure does know how to work a crowd! :)
Hooray! Mr & Mrs!
The extra sweet and super cute Jr. Bridal party! All the littles are so happy to have Grandpa Larry in their lives! There is no doubt that his heart beats for Sharon and those four (soon to be FIVE) ornery little smiles!
Left to right
Emma, Cora, Abbey and Aiden
a little silliness never hurt anyone!
Check out these handsome Gents! Personally, I am a BIG fan of these suits. There were very fun to photograph
I love this picture of a Momma and her Bear Cubs! This is one good looking bunch!
Larry II, Suzanne I & Larry III
I always have great respect and appreciate to the kind people who put up with my more than cheesy photographer jokes.
Susanne and Larry are so happy for their Pops, you can just tell!
Siblings and spouses!
Here is another personal favorite from the day. Aiden is so excited to become a big brother in November... or maybe he's just excited about Cake at GiGi's reception! Ha!
Missing a few spouses and grand babies, but what a nice pictures of three generations!
The Cake was made at my very favorite Dayton Bakery.... The Cakery. And the beautiful Flowers are courtesy of Furst Florist another personal Dayton favorite!
Congratulations again, Sharon and Larry! I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness! You two deserve each other and I am so honored to have been apart of your special day!
As always, be sure to leave some love in the comment section below for the newlyweds to enjoy!
If you have any questions on booking a session OR a wedding, feel free to contact me!
All the best!
Buckle up! This is a jammed-packed blog filled with lots and lots of LOVE! This is officially my "biggest" post! Whoo-hoo!
Becky and Bradley tied the knot a few weeks ago in Cincinnati. Brycen and I were honored to photograph such a beautiful day! You'll notice there are blended families, but that only multiplied the love and adoration for the Bride and Groom on their special day! It was awesome!
Enjoy these pictures that hopefully tell the perfect story of Becky and Bradley's (..or #Beckybrad) Wedding Day! Be sure to leave some love in the comment section below for the newlyweds!
The sweetest little flower girls!
All the bridesmaids! What a great group of girls! They made my job easy and they sure were a ton of fun!
We all need our beauty sleep! This sweet girl sure was a trooper!
I love this special moment between a mother and daughter :)
I could gush and gush about Becky! She is the kindest, most easy-going bride I think I have ever met. Her smile is contagious and she is so much fun to be around!
Mr. Scott is one proud Daddy!
I'm a big fan of imperfection. Poor little Brynlee was so sleepy and she just wanted her Momma to hold her. To me, this family portrait is perfect just the way it is! You can tell this bunch really loves each other...sleepy babies and all!
The leading flower girl, Brooklyn and her daddy! Nothing beats a good Daddy/Daughter picture!
Becky and Bradley decided they didn't want to see each other before the ceremony. So, once the girls headed to the riverboat it was time for the guys to come hang out with me.
Groomsmen fly together!
(Sorry, I can't help myself! Hopefully thats the only cheesy joke I have, but don't hold your breath!)
Gotta show off that bling!
Bradley and his family. Talk about incredible genes!
A little down time before the ceremony. Brooklyn and Brynlee looooove Aunt Becky :)
Yay! Congratulations Dr. & Mrs. McFadden!
It's not a party until somebody breaks out into "Sweet Home Alabama"
I want to, but I won't... I won't make a joke about grabbing some 'buds'. I wasted my cheesy line with the Mighty Duck reference :)
But seriously, these guys are so handsome! A fun gang for sure!
These next two images are my very favorite, the first is Brycen's view, the second is mine. Both are just stunning and I love them so much! Which one do you like?
11 out of 11 Bridesmaids agree..Becky and Bradley are the cutest!
I know this day was a dream come true for both of them :)
More McFaddens! Bradley's Dad with his siblings.
This is the most perfect cake topper! Bravo!
That's just about everybody!
I could probably do an entire blog of just dance floor pictures! It was such a fun crowd who came to party! A full dance floor is one of my favorite things to photograph and this crew did not disappoint!
Bon Voyage! Congratulations again! What a fabulous day!
Be sure to leave some love in the comment section below! I know Becky and Bradley would love to hear from you! Also, let me know which image is your favorite!
Thanks for reading!
I LOVE Senior Sessions! This one certainly did not disappoint. It was so much fun working with Braden and his family! Braden is a Senior at Springboro (Go Panthers!) He plays football, makes good grades and is planning on attending THE Ohio State University next fall! Braden also has a passion for cars, take a look at his "whips"* featured in this blog.
*What? I'm cool enough to use the word "Whips", right? No? .....Okay, your right.
This Senior session was broken into three parts. We did a mini session with his family, which I HIGHLY recommend! We spent some time in downtown Dayton, but the icing on the cake was the time we spent at Care Flight Field. Even in the rain, I love the images from the football field.
I really hope to be doing more things like this soon!
Braden, best of luck in all that you do and ENJOY your Senior year!
It's a tough call, but I really think this is my favorite picture! For once, the rain clouds did me a favor!
Say Hello to Braden's family! His mom, Shannon had a GREAT idea of using this time to make family portraits in addition to Braden's senior pictures.
I'm telling you, you only regret the pictures you don't take!
This is Hannah! She'll be a freshman this year!
I've said it before! Siblings are my very favorite thing to photograph! I hope these two cherish this picture forever!
Be sure to leave some love for Braden and his family in the comment section below! Also, let me know which image is your favorite!
If you would like to book a senior session or a family session of your own, please contact me! I'd love to hear from you!
Until next time, Cheers!
Claire Cross Photography