Marlane Kennedy Photography: Blog en-us (C) Marlane Kennedy Photography (Marlane Kennedy Photography) Mon, 29 Nov 2021 00:01:00 GMT Mon, 29 Nov 2021 00:01:00 GMT Nathan ~ Downtown When I was contacted about a November senior session for Nathan, I was thinking it would be a sweater and coat shoot, with me shivering as I clicked away. But we ended up with the very last warm day of fall. The sun was shining brightly and temperatures reached the low 60's! It could not have been planned more beautifully. No sweater or heavy coat needed for Nathan and I was comfortable in my role as photographer without bundling up.

Nathan brought a nice variety of clothes, from dressy to casual. We started the shoot with Nathan looking quite dashing in his tie, dress shirt, and blue dress pants. Not long after the session started, I had a spur of the moment inspiration to drag a nearby chair into an open space and I'm happy I went with that spur of the moment idea. Sometimes trying something new works and sometimes it doesn't, but this worked out wonderfully. I loved the end result! I also loved the way the colors he wore paired with the tried and true backdrop of the Artfind Tile storefront. It is a gorgeous backdrop, which I use a lot, but very busy and can clash if you are not wearing something complimentary. Nathan's look nailed it. Next up was a more casual look and I think the light denim jacket/hoody with his black t-shirt really popped in the photos. Another great clothing choice Nathan made:) There were really so many terrific shots of Nathan that I took from the heart of the city square, that it was hard for me to get down to manageable amount to share on this blog! We ended his senior session by moving to an off street alleyway and with Nathan wearing a long sleeve t-shirt paying tribute to the college he will be attending--Moravian College--where he will be playing soccer. I am a big fan of at least taking a few pics with college apparel. They make great photos for graduation announcements!

I really enjoyed my time with Nathan. He was so polite and accommodating. And it is always great to know the family a little bit as well. I took his sister Violette's senior photos a couple years ago and she was a awesome to work with as well! Besides being an accomplished soccer player, Nathan also plays percussion in band. I'm glad he found time for senior pics in his busy schedule and I'm also glad I was asked to take the pictures. It is hard to describe the fulfillment I get out of creating forever memories of young adults who are soon to be transitioning to life after high school. It is such a special time for them and for their families. I'm just grateful to be a part of it and that the images will not be fleeting, but something that will be appreciated and looked at for years to come. So thank you to Nathan and his family for allowing me to be a part of Nathan's journey! I hope he has a wonderful rest of his senior year and wish him much success in college life and a bright future ahead! 

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Mon, 22 Nov 2021 21:59:24 GMT
Andrew ~ Arboretum I had the pleasure of photographing Andrew's sister, Anna, last year and she was so much fun to work with, that I was, of course, excited for this photoshoot as well! And Andrew did not disappoint:) He was such a good sport about all the posing requests and, as I told his mom, pretty darn photogenic to boot, which always makes my job a breeze! The main problem I had was that even though it was an evening shoot, the sun happened to be harsh and super strong. Not vey many big puffy clouds for the sun to hide behind, so I had to find shady spots that wouldn't make him squint! Luckily, with the trees and bushes at the arboretum, we were able to find areas that helped soften the overabundance of light streaming through. And towards the end of the session we were able to capture a few "golden hour" shots in the warm glow of the setting sun. Funny story--while the lowering sun rays surrounded Andrew in the last few snaps of the camera, I had him sweep his hair back off his forehead. I actually gasped when I looked through the viewfinder. I swore a young Leonardo Diccaprio from his Titanic days had time traveled back and sat before me! "Oh, my gosh, you look just like Leonardo Dicaprio" I couldn't help but scream. Andrew laughed and said he had heard that before. So no, I hadn't lost my mind. I was not seeing the ghost of Leonardo past. It truly was Andrew. Check out the last two pics and see if you see the resemblance as well!

All in all, I think we were able to get a good variety of backdrops, despite the strong sun, and it helped, too, that Andrew brought some shirt changes, which also added in creating a nice mixture of options. Andrew is quite handsome with his serious "look", but also has such charming smile. Some people photograph better one way or the other, but he wears both expressions exceedingly well! 

Saying Andrew is a busy young man is an understatement. He has had an impressive high school career as a talented student athlete--varsity letterman and state competitor in swimming 3 years in a row, varsity goalie/keeper in soccer, and varsity letterman and team captain in lacrosse. He's also an honor roll student, member of SALT (student, athlete, leadership team) and played in Symphonic Band (trombone). He is planning on continuing the sport of lacrosse in college. I wish him much success and am so happy I was able to take his senior photos!  

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Wed, 06 Oct 2021 19:08:40 GMT
Neena ~ Blossoming Tree Last spring Neena's mother texted me a photo of the most beautiful, sprawling tree in bloom at the arboretum--a type of crabapple, Malus Rosseau, planted 70 years ago in 1951! We had hoped to do a photo session of Neena under the luscious pink blooms. Unfortunately, by the time Neena could come to be photographed, the blooms were gone. And the magical tree lost its brilliance and looked quite ordinary and ho-hum! We went ahead and did Neena's senior photos over the summer, but I promised we could come back the following year for a "mini" session with the tree. So this spring Neena's mom kept watch and texted me almost daily on its progress. We ended up deciding to do the photo shoot before it was fully in bloom because there was a freeze warning and cold weather in the forecast. But I think it turned out perfect--since the tree was a mix of fully open flowers and and buds it gave such an interesting variation in color. A mix of light and deep fuchsia. The tree was spectacular and so was graceful Neena the ballerina! Loved the white tutu against the colorful floral backdrop. It's funny, but it was hot and humid when I took her senior photos over the summer and for this mini session it was a little too chilly to be out in a tutu! You really can't custom order weather for photography sessions. But it really didn't matter in the end, because no matter the weather, Neena is such a beautiful and poised subject to have in front of the camera. She is simply radiant.   

Neena just finished up her senior year and will be doing a gap year, after which she has plans to study music, dance, and political science. She will be a very busy college student, but I'm sure she will enjoy immersing herself in her passions. For years I have watched Neena perform on stage and what a joy it has been to watch her grow up from a tiny dancer to an accomplished young woman. I have no doubt she is headed for great things! Congratulations on your graduation, Neena, and I wish you the very best! NeenaShell-2NeenaShell-2 NeenaShell-3-2NeenaShell-3-2 NeenaShell-4NeenaShell-4 NeenaShell-6NeenaShell-6 NeenaShell-10NeenaShell-10 NeenaShell-11NeenaShell-11 NeenaShell-12NeenaShell-12 NeenaShell-14NeenaShell-14 NeenaShell-19NeenaShell-19 NeenaShell-21NeenaShell-21 NeenaShell-24NeenaShell-24 NeenaShell-29NeenaShell-29 NeenaShell-30NeenaShell-30 NeenaShell-34NeenaShell-34 NeenaShell-36NeenaShell-36 NeenaShell-38NeenaShell-38 NeenaShell-39NeenaShell-39 NeenaShell-42NeenaShell-42 NeenaShell-44NeenaShell-44 NeenaShell-46NeenaShell-46

(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Thu, 27 May 2021 00:59:52 GMT
Eli ~ Arboretum Brrrr! It was cold out when Eli had her session at the the arboretum! I have never done a session this late in the fall. The colorful leaves were gone and no flower blooms were left. Yet the stark and moody atmosphere was gorgeous in its own way--especially with the pops of color that Eli added with her red sweater, bright green jacket, and plaid skirt. Really loved the contrast and it made for some striking pictures. One of my favorite pics, though, is when she donned her late grandfather's black leather jacket. I thought it was so touching that she wore it--such a tender and meaningful gesture. And somehow the lighting at that moment was extra perfect with a beautiful glow surrounding Eli when I snapped that picture. 

I wore my heavy winter coat and ear muffs for the session and I'm amazed that Eli looked so comfortable--and absolutely adorable, too! I know she was actually freezing, but you honestly can't tell from the resulting photos! She even laughed and joked and improvised as I clicked away. I was lucky enough to catch some of those spontaneous moments. It is so much fun when the person on the other side of the camera lets their personality shine through! She even bought a pair of really cool sunglasses to play around with and, oh my goodness, how cute did those pics turn out? LOVE them so much!  

It's been a few years since I had seen and talked to Eli. Her older sister is friends with my daughter Hope and when Hope was in high school I remember Eli as the little sister who tagged along and looked up to my daughter. It was great to see her all grown up and doing well. She is active in Drama Club, acting regularly in the high school's plays and musicals. She is also a member of Speech and Debate with this being her second year competing in the humorous interpretation category. After spending time with Eli, I'd say that is a pretty good category for her. She is playful and fun and those characteristics just tend to bubble over and out! I'm happy she was secure enough to bring her good humor with her. She made what could have been a miserable shoot in the cold into a memorable adventure. And now she will always have these lovely photos forever to remember her senior year. After graduation Eli has plans to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art and major in animation and/or illustration. She is a creative soul, so I'm sure she will do well!

Thank you Eli for braving the cold! I'm so glad I was the photographer that captured these beautiful moments for you! 

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:57:29 GMT
Ian ~ Downtown I've known Ian since he was born. He and his family are often fixtures at my family gatherings and holidays. I've known his father since I was a young adult--translation a very long time! Ian's dad, Eric, is a pilot and trained my dad on getting his instrument rating and they became fast and lasting friends. In fact, my dad was the best man at Eric's wedding. Eric is only a few years older than me and I guess you can say Eric is my brother from another mother:)  So anyway, I was all too happy to take Ian's senior portraits. Ian's family lives a few hours away, so they had to travel to get his portraits taken, but they made use of the trip by visiting a few area colleges, too. So the trip was double duty! 

We settled on a downtown setting for Ian's senior session, but before that came a quick family session at my long, wooded driveway. Since the driveway was so picturesque with the fallen autumn leaves, I took a few individual pics of Ian there as well before moving on to the downtown part of the shoot. Luckily, it was a warm fall day and Ian did not have to bundle up for his pics! Ian has a great smile and honestly all his photos turned out awesome. After all, what is not to love about his dashing dimple, beautiful eyes, and long eyelashes? The camera certainly noticed his good looks! And since I have known him since he was a baby, I can say in full confidence that he is as nice and kind as he is good looking. I think the camera captured that as well:) We had some misty rain show up for a few minutes during the session, but I kept snapping away and you can't even tell Ian was getting a little damp. I was sure it wasn't going to rain and Ian's father thought it would--we had dueling weather forecasts going on. I guess Ian's dad won that bet (moral of the story--always trust a pilot with the weather!) but thankfully all turned out well in the end.

Ian's high school activities includes soccer, bowling, tennis, and In The Know team. He is really hoping he will be able to continue to bowl in college. Right now he is leaning towards larger campuses with a lot of green space. They have had to do their own campus tours since colleges are not doing formal ones right now, and though it means missing out on a lot (for example Ian can't go into dorms to check them out due to Covid), it has still been helpful in getting a "feel" for what he likes and doesn't like about campus settings. I'm curious to see where he lands, but one thing I am sure of is that this wonderful young man is headed for success.

You were a terrific model for me, Ian, and I wish you great good luck as you transition to college life next year! I know I will see you at future family gatherings and am looking forward to seeing all that you become as you enter adulthood!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Mon, 16 Nov 2020 21:58:01 GMT
Jaden ~ Downtown For some reason boys don't get official senior portraits taken as often as girls. I wish they would! Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles love having nice pics to mark graduation. Plus senior guys deserve to capture the transition from high school to adulthood, too! Freezing time at 17 or 18 years old can be magical and will be something they can show their kids and grandkids one day if they come along. "Look how cool and handsome grandpa was back in the day!" Ha. So I am always happy when a senior guy comes my way. Especially one like Jaden. I thoughly enjoyed my session with him. He was willing to try different poses no matter how silly he felt and I think he had some fun, too! We meandered around downtown and I did a mix of my favorite photography spots along with some new ones. And WOW...look at the results! He was a superstar senior in my opinion. Mr. GQ-- looking like a magazine model:) I loved his hair, too! Very cool shade of purple on top. It is his trademark and I'm glad he didn't try to change it. He captured who he is at the moment and that is so important for senior portraits. 

Jaden runs track and is on the robotics team. He has plans to major in engineering. I told him that was a great career choice! My son is an engineer and it has been a wonderful field for him to be in. I wish him well his senior year with track, robotics, and his college search. I'm sure he is headed for success and will have a great transition to college life! And maybe one day engineer Jaden's kids will look in awe at the super cool pics of their dad:)

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:51:16 GMT
Ellie ~ Arboretum We originally had Ellie's photo shoot scheduled for two hours before sunset. However, the weather had other plans for us. With rain forecast, we moved the session to afternoon. It was supposed to be cloudy, but the sun kept peeking brilliantly through the clouds! You have to be careful with strong midday sun as it can be harsh, but I'm happy to say all turned out fabulous in the end. And it did indeed rain later on, so we made the right decision in changing the time! With photography it is always good to be flexible:)

Every time I visit the arboretum it is different. On this day, there was just starting to be a tinge of fall colors, berries dotted foliage, and there were still a few colorful flower blooms to be found. It was gorgeous and so was Ellie, so I had a great time as we explored the grounds with my trusty camera in hand. We did run into a snake on one of the paths, which gave me a startle. No stopping by the snake for pics-ha! I loved Ellie's outfits--the cream sweater looked perfect for the pond and tall grass, the dress complimented the butterfly bench and open field, and the orange sweater coordinated perfectly with the early fall colors. At the end of the session we went to a different area close-by but off the grounds and tried out a really cool sculpture as a backdrop. It is always fun to experiment and try new things! 

Ellie is lovely inside and out and I'm so happy I had the chance to work with her. She is an accomplished young woman with a busy schedule, participating in cross country and track, playing the violin in orchestra, and writing for her school newspaper as a feature editor. The college search is complicated I'm sure due to Covid (makes college visits a bit of a challenge if you can visit at all!) but I'm sure she will land where she will thrive. I'm hoping when she starts college that classes can resume to be in person and she can get the full college experience. And I hope she has a great rest of her senior year, despite all the difficult changes that have taken place. 

Best wishes for a bright future, Ellie! It was a true honor to be your senior photographer!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Wed, 14 Oct 2020 18:41:18 GMT
Kessler ~ Family and Downtown Mini Session Despite being super photogenic, Kessler is not a fan of having his picture taken. Which I can certainly sympathize with as I much prefer being behind the camera than in front of it. But he certainly came through for both family pics and a quick downtown mini session! Kessler has the most intense blue eyes and I have to say my camera was just not able to take a bad picture of him! He looked handsome in every single one

We started out at his home for the family pics that included the family dogs. And boy did a miracle happen—I caught all THREE dogs looking at the camera at the same time. I love that photo so much! We then moved out to the bright sunshine for a few more poses with a country feel and then back to the shaded yard to finish up the family portion of the shoot. By that time the setting sun was seeping through the shade and casting glowy orange and gold rays. Perfect backdrop for an early autumn vibe. I actually do not usually do family pics as I like to concentrate on seniors, but Kessler’s mom, Angie, is a friend of mine from way back. So when she asked, of course I had to say yes. And I am so glad I did! Doing something I normally don’t do stretched and challenged me as a photographer, which is a good thing. And I was so happy to be able to create these beautiful family portraits for my friend. 

After the family photos, we moved to downtown for Kessler’s senior session. By this time I think he was quite tired of having his picture taken, but you would never know it by looking at the photos! It was a quick 15 minute shoot and we made use of three spots in a concentrated area—a brick wall, red warehouse door, and a rich looking wood backdrop. I am really pleased with the variety we got and have to give credit to my wonderful model. He was a real trouper. And with every click of the camera he delivered. I know he made his mom (and grandmas) really happy. These photos will be treasured for years to come by those who love him. And I hope one day he will look back and be glad he had them taken. As you grow older, you realize youth is fleeting. So how lucky we are to be able to capture a moment in time with photography! So thank you, Kessler, for being patient with me as I clicked away like a crazed woman. I adore your photos and am grateful I had the chance to do your senior portraits.

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 16:50:00 GMT
Allaina ~ Farm This is my third year photographing Allaina and her 4-H animals at the farm. This year Ziggy the pig and Marlo the dairy steer are featured! Ziggy was a hoot, posing up a storm. And just take a look at all his different expressions! I told Allaina and her mom that Ziggy needs a modeling contract--ha! Marlo was a very playful, ornery, and curious steer, but settled down for some sweet snuggly pics and even tried to give Allaina a few kisses over the fence.

This will be Allaina's last year showing her 4-H animals. She is on her way to being a very busy college student at Trine University on a figure skating scholarship. Soon she will be competing at the collegiate level at ice arenas, but her next competition will be at our local fairgrounds, leading Marlo and herding Ziggy in the ring. Our county fair this year is going to be a little different due to Covid. There won't be any rides, endless food booths, or bustling display and commercial halls, but all the 4-H'ers will still be able to participate with their projects and animals. After all the work that goes into being a part of 4-H and raising animals, I am glad that the fair was not totally cancelled. 

During a break between clicking away and capturing images of Allaina with Ziggy and Marlo, Allaina's dad suggested I take some pics of her with an old rusty cattle trailer named "The Last  Ride" since this would be her farewell to 4-H and the fair as an exhibitor. I thought it was a marvelous idea and was totally onboard! I adore how they turned out and the sentiment behind them. I loved the old rusty trailer so much, that after I was finally done with the animal pics, I asked Allaina to continue to pose using the trailer as a backdrop. She was a good sport and agreed even though she had wrestled with her animals and got her clothes dirty--which I happen to think makes the pics all the more authentic! After all, what is a farm girl without some mud and animal slobber? Somehow Allaina managed to look totally glamorous and absolutely beautiful despite wearing clothes that weren't pristine, but this didn't surprise me at all. I actually don't think Allaina is capable of taking a bad pic and I'm grateful I have been able to capture her these past three years. She is ALWAYS such a lovely subject to have in front of my camera lens and her big brown eyes are jaw droppingly gorgeous. I'm really going to miss going out to the farm and spending time with Allaina and her animals. Makes me sad this will be the last time, but at least there are these photos to remember the fun we have had!

Best wishes, Allaina, for a successful showing at the fair with Marlo and Ziggy! It has been a joy to be part of your 4-H journey!  

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Thu, 20 Aug 2020 23:23:48 GMT
Neena ~ Arboretum and Downtown I have known Neena since she was a tiny ballerina. She has shared many moments on stage and off with my daughter, who is a few years older. Neena's mama is also a friend of mine. So this made this particular photography session extra special! I was so excited to be able to capture some wonderful senior moments for Neena and her family! Having watched her grow into a graceful leading lady of the dance stage has been an absolute pleasure. Neena was supposed to be Belle in Ballet Wooster's production of Beauty and the Beast this past spring, but of course that was cancelled. I took some publicity pics of her in her beautiful yellow Belle costume shortly before Covid closed everything down. It is my hope that sometime during her senior year she will be able to dance as Belle and get to don that radiant costume again. After all the years of hard and dedicated work in ballet, Neena deserves a last moment to shine on the stage!

Neena had asked for a split session encompassing the arboretum and downtown. We started out at the arboretum. It was a bright and sunny day so we had to scout out areas of shade. Luckily we found some perfect backdrops! It was hard to stop taking pics there (could have gone on forever with my beautiful subject), but downtown was calling and so we moved over there before the sun went down. It is hard for me to decide which setting I like best! Both places offer a unique atmosphere and picturesque spots. So I'm glad Neena choose both!

Neena owes her gorgeous features to her Italian, German, and Navajo heritage. What a stunning combination! It is hard to take a bad photo of Neena. Smiling or serious, she commands the camera lens in her own unique way. I'm grateful and honored to have had a chance to be her senior photographer. Besides dance, visual arts classes and music also play a big part of her life. Especially music! She plays piccolo and flute in marching band, symphonic band and orchestra. She sings in concert choir and chamber choir as well. She is a busy and determined student who excels in all she does. Her plans for college includes pursing a degree in one of her great passions--music! She would also like to study political science as a minor or dual major. I'm looking forward to seeing where life leads this smart, talented, sweet and fiercely strong young woman! She is going places for sure! 

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:45:36 GMT
Chloe ~ Downtown and Arboretum I did a split session with Chloe. First we visited downtown for an urban vibe and then we headed to the arboretum for some nature shots. Best of both worlds! I loved Chloe's red hair and deep blue eyes so much. Just gorgeous. Chloe is a dancer for Ballet Wooster and so, of course, we had to do some ballet shots. Tutu shots are so much fun to photograph! I adore them! We were lucky with weather. Temperature was in the 70's and quite comfortable. It was a perfect June day and one I'm sure Chloe will always remember thanks to the resulting beautiful portraits. I think senior photos are so very important. They capture a landmark time in a young person's life and go on to become treasured keepsakes. A picture is forever and priceless!

I hope Chloe's senior year includes a chance to take the stage again in ballet. Her spring production of Beauty and the Beast was cancelled like so many other things due to Covid. I also hope she has the chance to go to prom and have a traditional graduation ceremony. It is a strange new world and so many things to sort out as we maneuver our way through the challenges ahead. But no matter what, I know Chloe is headed for a bright future. She is lovely, hardworking, and kind. After graduation she hopes to explore various medical fields to decide what avenue of medicine she wants to pursue. What wonderful and needed career goals to have! Those in healthcare are true heroes and it doesn't surprise me at all that Chloe is headed in that direction. 

Thanks, Chloe, for having me as your senior photographer! I truly enjoyed working with you on the other side of the camera lens and wish you the best in your senior year!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:56:16 GMT
Hope ~ Arboretum Session Back in the fall, I was thinking about upgrading my camera. Before investing in something so expensive, I decided to rent the model of camera I was considering to see how much I liked it. I had it for a week and asked my daughter Hope to be my test subject. Being the good sport she is, she agreed. I had two senior sessions scheduled later that week and wanted to familiarize myself with the camera and settings before doing an official shoot. After I took the photos of Hope I checked a few I had taken and was very happy with the camera and decided to purchase it as a Christmas gift for myself. Then I got busy with editing photos for paying clients and a million other things in life and her photos were put on the back burner. Well, the past few months have been pretty slow with the shelter in place order, so I finally managed to get busy with putting the finishing touches on Hope's pictures. I'm so glad I did. I love these photos of Hope so much! I am one lucky mama and looking at these photos makes my heart swell. So proud of this wonderful girl of mine. 

Hope just finished her sophomore year of college--dual majoring in Musical Theatre and Biology. It was a much different semester than expected, most of it spent at home doing online classes due to Covid-19. Like many young people she has dealt with disappointment over the many things that have been canceled. She had been cast as the lead in a production of Footloose and was so excited about that, only to have the theatre close a few weeks after auditions. But she is understanding of the situation and handled it with such grace. I think of my seniors from this past year--prom and graduation ceremonies suddenly swept away from them. I know some young people have gotten a bad rap for not being responsible, but the young people I know have been handling things with maturity and a remarkable attitude despite all normal rights of passage that have been taken away from them. Many have lost so much more than they have and they are well aware of that. I have had the best seniors and am looking forward to working with the next new batch of seniors who will be graduating in 2021. I hope their year will be trending back to all the normal landmarks and that better days are ahead for everyone. 

When I snapped these pics of Hope we didn't have a clue as to how the world would dramatically change in a few short months. It has been a strange journey for sure. But one thing remains constant and that is love. The love and care we have for those we know and even those we don't know. It is what gets us through difficult times and I take comfort in that. And I'm glad I was able to shelter in place with this girl that I love so much.

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Mon, 11 May 2020 16:36:47 GMT
Abbey ~ Headshot and Winter Session Abbey is a student at The Ohio State University studying Agriculture Communications with plans to be a future farm owner! How cool is that? She is currently Ohio Miss Agriculture and National Miss Agriculture USA Runner-Up and needed a headshot for the upcoming competition season. The day she scheduled her headshot it was cold and snowy. Burr! We started off inside the barn (and wow the lighting is fantastic in there!) and then moved to take some more headshots outside the painted red barn, which was equally as pretty. I can't decide which backdrop I like best. Good thing I don't have to make that decision:)  

Of course, after we went outside I couldn't help but want to extend the session and take some snow pics. Fortunately, Abbey was game and happily braved the elements for me and my camera. During part of the shoot flakes of snow came slowly drifting down. I loved her red hair against the stark white--so striking! And her coat ended up being perfect and OH MY GOSH the popped up fur hood framing her face made me forgot how cold it was. I just wanted to keep on snapping away. This past summer her sister did a senior session at the same location and some of my favorites were of her on an overturned rowboat. Well, that overtuned boat was still there and I HAD to have Abbey give it a go, too. It was damp and freezing this time, but you wouldn't know it by looking at Abbey. She smiled and posed as if she were Elsa from Frozen singing "the cold never bothered me anyway"--ha. Though with her red hair she looks a lot more like Anna:) I'm sure she was actually quite cold, but you can't tell from looking at the photos!

This was the first time I did a photo shoot in the snow and it was so much fun. Thanks, Abbey for being such a good sport!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Thu, 13 Feb 2020 02:00:15 GMT
Allaina ~ College of Wooster Allaina suggested The College of Wooster for her fall photo session. I had never shot there, so I was game to try something new. It ended up being perfect! The trees were brilliant in oranges, yellows, and reds and the ground was beginning to accumulate a carpet of leaves that had fallen. There were interesting architectural details on campus and we found a playful yellow Adirondack chair that added a great pop of color as well. We also had the added bonus of live music as Allaina was posing--The College of Wooster marching band was rehearsing a Queen song for much of the session! That just added to the fun:)

I have taken photos of Allaina since the summer before her junior year, when she agreed to be a practice model for me as I started my photography business. I was then her official senior photographer this past year, taking photos of her in a variety of settings, including a farm shoot with her 4-H animals. Allaina is my most photographed senior and, oh, how I will miss having her gorgeous face and big brown eyes in front of my camera! I even joked to her mom to please have her wait another year to graduate. It makes me a bit sad to have our senior photoshoots coming to an end. But I think Allaina is ready for the next stage of her life and I'm excited for all the wonderful things in store for her as she begins college life. So thank you, Allaina, for choosing me to be the one clicking my camera to capture your senior portraits. I've loved every single moment with you and it has been a true honor. And at least I have one more session of you at the rink with your skates on to look forward to!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:15:35 GMT
Bryn ~ Secrest Arboretum Fall Session I was so excited to be photographing beautiful, beautiful Bryn again! This time it was a fall session at Secrest Arboretum. And wow, did I get some striking photos! Sometimes magic happens and this was definitely a magical session. The leaves were just beginning to change and drop and the skies were overcast, which gave everything a moody, mysterious and rich autumn-like glow. Of course, Bryn helped with that glow, too; she is an absolutely radiant young woman! Love the way the light showcased that gorgeous curly hair of hers and those deep, deep blue eyes. Between the summer shoot downtown and this one, I really don't know how she and her mom are going to choose photos for her graduation announcement when the time comes! It seems like it will be an impossible task--Bryn you are just way too photogenic--ha! Bryn is planning on studying psychology in college. I hope she has a fun-filled rest of her senior year amidst all the activities she is involved with and that she enjoys life as a college student as well in the years to come! 

Oh, and Bryn is going to soon be playing Marty (one of the pink ladies) in Wooster High School's production of Grease! Show runs November 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24. Can't wait to see her! Break a leg Bryn!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Tue, 12 Nov 2019 02:58:52 GMT
Anna ~ Downtown Session Anna is such a busy young woman, that I'm not quite sure how she found time to schedule her senior pics. But I am glad she did! At the time of her session she was juggling soccer, writing for the school newspaper, participating on the Speech and Debate Team, and rehearsing for her high school musical Grease (she is going to be a pink lady soon--opening night is November 16!)  Whew! Not sure how she does it all, but not only does she keep up, she excels at everything she is involved with.

Anna chose a downtown setting and it was a slightly crisp but warm enough fall day that she didn't have to bundle up in a coat or worry about shivering. I love fall sessions, but you never know how warm or cold it will be! Many of the summer flowers were done blooming, but luckily they were replaced with fall mums in oranges and yellows which provided a nice splash of color in the background. But my favorite thing about the session was the occasional gusts of winds that blew her hair perfectly. Though I love windblown shots, it is hard to take photographs if the wind is relentless and continually blowing hair around, but the wind cooperated with us nicely and for the most part stayed away until I needed it. So thank you wind!

I really enjoyed spending time with Anna during the shoot. She is lovely and kind and has accomplished so much during her high school years. I have no doubt that she is going to excel at college as well and I wish her all the best!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Sat, 09 Nov 2019 17:43:36 GMT
Violette ~ Downtown Violette is an incredible young woman and athlete. She plays goalkeeper for Internationals Soccer Club, which part of the the Elite Clubs National League. She is often found traveling across the country to play, not to mention the intensive practices required, so I'm glad she found a brief opening in her schedule to get her senior pictures taken with me! The dedication and hard work regarding soccer has paid off as she has committed to play for Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania next year. I love that she brought her soccer jersey and soccer ball to the photo shoot. It is such an important part of her life and now she will have some senior photos capturing that! And I love that she was able to wear a college t-shirt as one of her other outfit changes, too, since she--unlike many seniors--already knows where she is going! It will make a great photo to include in a graduation announcement. I told her it must be nice to relax during her senior year instead of stressing over applications and not knowing where she will end up! 

It was a lot of fun wandering downtown with Violette, finding spots to stop and frame her in my camera. I tried some new spots, including some wonderfully decorated store window fronts which made for great backdrops and reflections. She was game to try anything! Violette was just as sweet and pretty as the flower her name reminds me of and I'm so happy I could capture these beautiful photos for her and her family. I wish her all the best when she heads to Lehigh University next year. I know she'll do great!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Thu, 03 Oct 2019 20:40:13 GMT
Allaina ~ Farm Besides being a competitive figure skater, Allaina also keeps busy with 4 -H. She raised a steer, hog, and dairy calf for the fair. So she is both a glamorous figure skater in sequined costumes and a down to earth farm girl getting dirt on her plaid shirts. I love that about her. She wanted to show her country girl roots so what better place than the farm she spends much of her time on when she is not gliding across ice! I can't decide what my favorite backdrop there was--the tall sunflowers, the white barn, the red barn, the cornfield, or the pond!

Allaina is planning on pursuing Athletic Training in college. I hope she has a fabulous senior year and I wish her all the best! She has been the most amazing subject to have on the other side of my lens. Can a camera fall in love? I think mine did with Allaina :) Thank you, Allaina, for asking me to take your senior pics!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Mon, 09 Sep 2019 18:34:27 GMT
Allaina ~ Arboretum Tip to Seniors--bring a hat! Allaina brought one for her mini session at Secrest Arboretum and I'm so glad she did. There is just something really fun about posing with a hat. It is an easy way to change up a look and it highlights and brings attention to the eyes. And speaking of eyes--how big and sparkly and brown are Allaina's? Wow. Just wow. Her eyes are simply amazing! I'm in awe of them.

Allaina is a competitive figure skater and she brings a lot of sassy attitude with her when she takes the ice to perform. And she sure brought that attitude with her on this warm and golden August day for the benefit of the camera. I loved capturing this spunky senior. I've known Allaina since she was a little thing. An ornery tomboy with a short bob haircut that would go flying around the rink. What a joy it has been to watch her grow into the gorgeous young woman that she is today! 

I'm looking forward to photographing Allaina again soon. A full session with outfit changes, a picturesque farm setting, and her 4-H steer. Can't wait!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:57:30 GMT
Bryn ~ Downtown Bryn is such an accomplished young woman. Not only is she involved with drama club, student government, and playing the violin in orchestra, she is also a two time National Champion for Speech and Debate! And she is beautiful to boot--tall, curly hair and deep blue eyes. I knew before I even started clicking the camera that she'd have some striking pics! But I learned something, too, as the session progressed. Even though there is no doubt  she has a radiant and gorgeous smile, Bryn is the absolute QUEEN of the serious look. I told her mom that it is hard for some to pose with a non-smiley look. It can come across as angry, sad, or annoyed. But with Bryn there is something dreamy and mysteriously fierce, strong, sweet, and gentle at the same time when she doesn't flash her pearly whites. Her mom called it a Mona Lisa smile and said it runs in the family. Though I love her smiley pics, I think my favorites of Bryn are when she is rocking her serious look! I adored the stylish outfits she put together, too. The bright orange floral romper really popped against the grayish blue brick wall. And the blazer, double circle belt, and black converse hightop combo were perfect for the pavilion setting. In the photo of her holding onto the dangling chain links, she reminded me of a model in a high fashion magazine ad:)

I'm lucky and honored that I got to take Bryn's senior pictures. I know wherever she is headed, she has a bright future ahead of her! I have no doubt this girl is going places! And I'm glad she will always have these lovely photos to remind her of her all important senior year.

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:24:32 GMT
Lizzie ~ Arboretum Many of the flowers were done blooming at our early August shoot (though we found a few still colorful and lingering), but there was still plenty of picturesque spots to be found at Secrest Arboretum. If you look closely I even managed to catch a few goldfish making a guest appearance in a couple of the pond shots! Just look for glimmers of gold among the greenish tinged water (3rd and 5th photos). Lizzie has the most gorgeous light green eyes and this setting sure showed them off. She was as pretty as a picture (literally) wherever we stopped and I began clicking. She is comfortable in front of the camera and it shows. Just easy, breezy, beautiful to work with. Like a cover girl model:) 

Besides dancing with Ballet Wooster, Lizzie also plays the flute. After she graduates, she is planning on studying Biology with an interest in pursuing genetic counseling. I wish her the best of luck! Thanks, Lizzie, for being one of my beautiful summer seniors! I loved capturing these "forever" moments with you.

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Sun, 18 Aug 2019 16:17:33 GMT
Lizzie ~ Downtown Whether in a tutu or a cute denim skirt--Lizzie lets her natural beauty shine. She was such a joy to photograph. I met her and her mother on a pleasant August evening downtown. Lizzie dances for Ballet Wooster and so, of course, wanted some ballerina pics! So we started with that first. I love the juxtaposition of a graceful ballerina and downtown architecture. There is just something simply breathtaking about it. Once we were finished with the ballet shoot, we moved onto the pavilion area on the square. It has become one of my favorite backdrops for photos. Twinkling lights, flowers, metal chairs, surrounded by historic buildings. It is just perfect. And Lizzie took center stage there like a pro. She was perfect, too.  

Stay tuned. My next blog post will feature more of Lizzie at our Secrest Arboretum shoot. From an urban vibe to nature! 

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Fri, 16 Aug 2019 19:52:43 GMT
Isabel at the Arboretum I had so much fun doing Isabel's ballet shoot in downtown Wooster--and I was happy to have the chance to work with her again! Isabel chose the arboretum for her second shoot. Lots of different backgrounds there--from the small pond with waterfall to the rose garden and little nooks and crannies and bricked pathways. Isabel put together some different looks as well. I loved her casual and dressy combo she brought with her. I always strive to create a variety of pics to choose from and the backdrop and Isabel certainly come through! The purple flowers cascading down the wall were breathtaking--we luckily caught them in full glorious bloom! The big puffball flowers (not sure, but I think they are giant alliums?) were definitely not blooming and yet I absolutely love the way they framed the pictures of Isabel when I posed her in front of them. The arboretum is such a lovely place no matter the season, but it was made even lovelier by Isabel!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Fri, 12 Jul 2019 21:47:09 GMT
Isabel Isabel has many talents. She is an accomplished member of the Speech and Debate team and a graceful ballerina who dances for Ballet Wooster. We have a traditional senior session scheduled later this month, but she also wanted to pay tribute to the time she has spent in pointe shoes. I suggested downtown Wooster for a backdrop and so we scheduled a Sunday evening. Unfortunately, the forecast said there was a chance of rain when we were scheduled to meet up, so we decided last minute to move it up a bit to afternoon instead. It was supposed  to be overcast, which is perfect for picture taking. But once she was ready and I got my camera out, the sun came out. Afternoon sun is great in most situations, but the camera doesn't love it at all. It is harsh, not to mention it makes people squint. So we had to be creative and look for any shady areas we could find. In the end, I'm glad the sun was out. I discovered several spots I have not used before, including a really cool, narrow alley space between two buildings. I'm pleased to say it all worked out. I got some absolutely gorgeous shots of Isabel. She is such a lovely girl and that loveliness radiated out to the camera lens with each click. I can't wait to see how her next session turns out! We are planning on a park setting and I'm sure she will be every bit as lovely among flowers and nature as she was among the historic buildings of our downtown area. 

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Thu, 06 Jun 2019 17:01:46 GMT
Lexi Fall Session You might remember Lexi from this past summer. She took some wonderful photos in downtown Wooster. But it is always fun to do two different seasonal sessions when it comes to senior photos. Definitely a different look, different vibe between summer and fall. Fall is for boots, coats, sweaters, scarves and changing leaves! And Lexi took full advantage of this:) Loved the way Lexi styled her different looks for the cooler weather! I also loved the way she adapted to the "feel" of each different setting we used for this fall Oak Hill shoot. For example, the yellow chair pics have an aura of whimsy and fun and the red coat and blanket in the woods pics look mysteriously beautiful. Different aspects of her personality shined though, and when that happens it is like magic to a photographer:) Lexi also managed to look effortlessly glamorous and put together despite the brisk temperatures that day. It was quite chilly out, but Lexi handled it like a pro! To see more from Lexi's fall session, just visit my portfolio page.

Thanks, Lexi, for letting me be a part of your senior year. You are an amazing young woman and I know your future holds many wonderful things!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:43:39 GMT
Hope So Hope happens to hold a very special place in my heart. As she should--she is my daughter:) I'm so proud of this girl. She is incredibly kind, smart, hardworking, talented, and responsible. Everything I could want in a daughter. She was certainly busy in high school--keeping up with ballet, figure skating, drama club, choir, and community theatre along with a boatload of AP classes. I am still amazed how she juggled it all and she did it with such grace. Hope is actually the reason I became interested in senior photography. I had some nice studio shots of her taken last summer, but wanted some outdoor natural light portraits as well. So my husband bought me a professional portrait lens for my birthday so I could try my hand at it. I took Hope's photos early this summer, right after her graduation, and now here we are! I had too much fun and didn't want to stop:)

Hope is currently in college happily studying Musical Theatre with plans to dual major in Zoology.

Love you bunches, Hope!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:14:10 GMT
Elliott and Marley As promised yesterday, here is my blog post dedicated to Elliott the steer and Marley the pig. Both participated in Allaina's photo shoot and I am so glad they did. Gosh what fun! Elliott was a big baby--very sweet and cooperative for the camera. He stood still and posed nicely looking quite handsome in the process. And Marley, well, Marley was quite ornery! What a character. He was attached to a bowling ball of all things--it was like his teddy bear. His bowling ball had to be in the pen with him at all times. But we managed to get him to leave his pen and beloved bowling ball for a few pics. In the first photo of Marley below you will see he was also fond of mini-marshmellows. Allaina had to bribe him with the treat to keep him from running and snorting around once we did get him away from his bowling ball and out of his pen:)

A barn cat happened to make a surprise appearance during the photo shoot as well. I don't know his name. He jumped on Allaina's lap as I was snapping away and I figured he did not want to be left out, so I went ahead and took his picture to make him happy. I talked about Allaina's gorgeous eyes in her blog post yesterday, but that cat sure has gorgeous eyes, too!

Thanks, Allaina and family, for having me over to the farm! It was an absolute blast!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Tue, 02 Oct 2018 01:41:34 GMT
Allaina Allaina is a competitive figure skater, but she is also a farm girl at heart. So when I found out she wanted her photos taken with a farm setting I jumped at the chance. Her family invited me to come to the most charming farm where she kept her 4-H steer and hog. It was perfection--a white barn, a red barn, sunflowers, and a picturesque pond with windmill beautifully reflected in its still waters. We took many of her photos during the "golden hour" before sunset and the lighting was phenomenal. There was even enough natural light flooding into one of the barns that we got some dreamy shots inside. If it weren't for the sun setting, I could have taken photos for hours and hours more of Allaina. I was totally enchanted with the setting, but oh my goodness what totally got me were Allaina's eyes! Those big brown eyes packed a whole lot of WOW--just stunning. But alas the disappearing sun put an end to our session, though we managed to get a final shot of Allaina in a field with the last glimpse of orange on the horizon.

Stay tuned tomorrow--I am going to share more from our farm session. Photos of Allaina with Elliott the Steer and Marley the Pig deserve their own post!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:06:14 GMT
Josh Josh did such a terrific job. He was a good sport with all my posing requests and nailed looking confident and cool. Which wasn't easy. It was really warm and humid out! But you wouldn't know by looking at his pics:) Josh runs cross country and track and is an honors student. I don't think posing for pictures is one of his favorite things to do, but photos are pretty important to senior moms and boy did he come through with some great photos for his mom to choose from! I think he looks like he stepped out of a magazine. He brought with him a dressier look with belted khakis and a casual look with shorts and sneakers. Great choices which worked well in creating a bit of variety in his photos. He also did a few photos without his glasses to change things up as well. Options are always good when it comes to senior pics!

I really enjoyed working with Josh and meeting his mom and am so happy and honored to have captured some "forever" moments the summer before his senior year!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Fri, 28 Sep 2018 01:41:19 GMT
Elizabeth Elizabeth is active in drama club and musical theatre. She shines on the stage (I saw her playing the lead, Emily, in Our Town and she was wonderful!) and she shines in front of the camera, too. She has the most gorgeous glowing complexion that the camera adores. Paired with her dark hair and eyes she reminds me of Snow White:) Love, love, love the yellow shoes she wore for her photo shoot. So cute! We walked by a yellow pole and I had to have her stop to take a photo leaning against it--her shoes matched the pole almost exactly! You might have noticed the pole in my prior blog post but Elizabeth was actually the first I photographed at that very spot, so she helped me discover a new favorite backdrop for senior photos thanks to those yellow shoes. I might not have noticed it otherwise. Elizabeth is planning on studying theatre in college and I wish her much luck as she continues to take the stage! And if there is ever an opportunity for her to audition for the part of Snow White, I think she should totally get the part.

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:20:08 GMT
Lexi Lexi had the posing thing down pat. She was a natural and so good at improvising when I asked. As the session progressed I knew I could just say change your position and expression and she instinctively knew what to do to make the camera love her. I'd say she could pursue modeling, but she has plans to study neuroscience and eventually go on to medical school. She has also competed at the National level for Speech and Debate. Beauty and brains! She brought along her violin for a few pics--loved that! Want to see more pics of Lexi from her session? Just visit my Portfolio page:) 

Thank you, Lexi, for allowing me to take your senior pics! 

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Mon, 24 Sep 2018 03:13:10 GMT
Lauren Lauren is an amazing and accomplished figure skater. Not only is she lovely and expressive on the ice, she also is in front of the camera as well! She has a sweet side and a spunky side that I had so much fun capturing. I loved that with every clothing change she also switched things up with her hair. She rocks the messy bun look, doesn't she? It was hard to pick out my favorites from her Oak Hill session--Lauren is just too photogenic:) Check out more from her session on my Portfolio page!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:55:36 GMT
Summer 2018 What a great group of models I had for my Summer 2018 sessions. They made my job easy and so much fun! So without further ado I'd like to introduce Lauren, Lexi, Hope, Josh, Allaina, and Elizabeth. I will be featuring them each individually in the next few weeks on my blog, so check back often. I'm currently booking sessions for fall, so it's not too late if you still need senior pics!

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(Marlane Kennedy Photography) Wed, 19 Sep 2018 05:22:58 GMT