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Cleveland, OH Children and Family Photographer | Little Italy | The F Family

I adore this family. There’s no other way to say it.  From a photographer’s standpoint – it’s obvious that they are a dream family to have on the other end of the lens with the adorable, flirtatious little boys and a Mom and Dad who have such a playful and “real” relationship with their kids.  There’s little directing, and a whole lot of just stepping back and making sure that you capture that authenticity in the most perfect way you can during our sessions.

But personally… they’re the kind of people who leave their own holiday party that they’re hosting to drop your Thanksgiving dinner off on your family’s doorstep because one of your kids got sick and you couldn’t leave the house.   Or who demand that they take your kids one night so you can have a solo dinner together as husband and wife and GENUINELY enjoy doing it.  Needless to say – I could spend all of my time with these guys and never have it get old.

We’ve worked together on a lot of sessions – and Mom’s idea to head to Little Italy for this one couldn’t be more fitting to mix it up from what we’ve done before but also add a little sentiment as the location has a lot of personal meaning to them.  I’m proud of how authentically these pictures document who they are as individuals and as a whole… but more proud to call them friends…



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Avon Lake, OH Maternity and Newborn Photographer | Baby Boy T | At-Home Session

I am BEYOND excited to share both of these sessions with you! I typically like to wait to share a maternity session until the baby is born and I can share the baby pictures with you at the same time – but you have no idea how hard it was to keep this maternity/family session to myself until now!

Mom initially came to me about doing a maternity session and she loved the idea of combo-ing it with an-at home lifestyle session to document a “day-in-the-life” before their sweet family of three became four.  It was a not-warm-at-all day in January (in Cleveland? shocking) but these guys rocked it out anyways before we headed back to their house to capture some personal shots 🙂  Mom has the most amazing spirit about her, and a natural beauty that the camera adored.




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Heart First, Camera Second | Photography by Brea | Cleveland, OH Children and Family Photographer

So… it’s been almost four years since I left my “real” job and jumped into this photography thing – and naturally, after several hundred sessions and tens of thousands of shutter clicks …. there’s a time where you stop for a second and start to question if your style needs a fresh new take or if you need to change the way you approach sessions. You look at other photographers with umpteen thousand followers and you’re like “crap… her styled shoots are amazing. do i need to learn how to do that?” or “man, that editing is insane. should I be editing more dramatically?”

Early in this photography journey I compared myself A LOT to other photographers.  It’s a natural thing to do when you’re traveling that path of trying to figure out “who you are” as a photographer.   I’ve come a long way since then in the sense that I have learned to trust what’s in my heart and be confident in the way that I choose to approach my work. Because back in the day when I was doing something photographically that I KNEW wasn’t “me” – at the end of it, the pictures reflected it. And I hated that feeling.

But over the last couple of months that “unsettling comparison” crap started creeping in.  And I started to waver.  No idea where it came from but it hit me hard.  And that little devil voice was like, “Hey Brea. Seriously. You’ve been doing this for a while.  Do we need to do an overhaul?”

And then – this session happened… and it brought my thoughts right back in focus.

This family has been with me for four years and I’m pretty sure we’re officially in double digits in the amount of sessions we’ve done together.  Luckily – Mom has always shared my vision about what makes a photograph beautiful.  The “imperfectly perfect” shot that we always talk about that is more about “emotion” and “authenticity” than it is about “technicality.”

But… you want to talk about a challenge to keep things fresh?  We’ve done the lake thing. We’ve done the park thing (a couple times). We’ve done the downtown thing.  We even did the OTHER STATE thing.  But the one place we hadn’t gone?  The one place where their “emotion” and “authenticity” as a family really comes out? Their home.   And it was imperfectly perfect with these three hilariously adorable and incredibly-unique-from-each-other little men and their incredible Mom and Dad.


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