Karla, Magnificat Class of 2016, Late Summer Senior Shoot

Meet Karla, she’s one of my daughter’s dearest friends. Over the years, I have watched her grow up into a beautiful young woman, inside and out. Karla, Gen and I went out to take some after senior photographs of her.

We has so much fun running around downtown Cleveland . One surprise we didn’t plan on was the weather on the Cleveland water front. High winds did not stop the shoot! We had a ton of fun shooting through then. I m glad the winds hit, because you get to see some genuine smiles and the lovely personality that is Karla!

When I graduated from High School, I had photos taken with my best friend in our caps and gowns. I thought Gen and Karla might like that as well.

Gen and Karla brought theirs along as well. The wind was so strong, it was blowing Gen over! I was laughing so hard I was crying during this part of the shoot….

We finished up this fun shoot in Downtown Cleveland, on East. 4th street and the House of Blues.


Best of Luck at Ohio State this fall! I love you like my own! I can’t wait to see the amazing things you will accomplish Karls!

Avon Lake Prom 2016 – Avon Lake Class of 2016 Senior Photographer

Wow. I just can’t believe it. My little baby girl went to prom for the last time! She graduates in a few short weeks. I had a ball shooting her getting ready. When last Saturday took a turn to rain showers,  we had an impromptu photo shoot for friends and their parents in my living room. Special thanks to my honey for moving out all of the furniture and decorations in 20 minutes! With some tears in our eyes, we watched her head down the driveway  to her last prom. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Special thank you to Mademoiselle Boutique for helping Genevieve find the perfect dress!

 

I loved having her friends over… Since when do seniors looks so sophisticated and beautiful?

Nugget was not impressed with the Prom photoshoot, and he turned down Genevieve’s invitation to come with.

 

What a fine upstanding young man, flashing his credentials before they hit the road…. :)

Erin , Magnificat Class of 2016

Meet Erin, Magnificat Class of 2016. Ive known this beautiful young lady since Kindergarten! I had to pinch myself , while shooting her Senior photos. Where has the time gone?

I loved spending time with you Erin during our shoot, and Im so thankful we’ve known you forever! Good Luck at Ohio University next fall!

And a few months later, we snuck a few in the famous Prayers From Maria sunflower field. A rite of passage for Northeast Ohio Senior Girls…

Genevieve, Avon Lake Class of 2016, Cleveland Senior Photographer

Its no secret that Genevieve is the most amazing assistant Karen Menyhart Photography has. This year is Genevieve’s senior year.   Genevieve helps with all of the senior shoots we do. Genevieve works every wedding schlepping gear, helping with lighting, and shooting a camera on her own. When It came time to do Genevieve’s senior pics, we knew they had to be different .

We wanted a shoot that said something about her and her passion. Presenting to you dear blog reader, Genevieve’s senior year in working pictures.

I have been documenting Genevieve and her passion for years through my lens. Every shoot she is a light model, or a focus tester, an ice light ninja, or the reflector stuntwomen, and always the punchline of my corny jokes. She faces everything I throw at her with a smile.

During downtime, she’s the creative pose test group. As soon as a shiny new lens  comes out of the box, she’s my go to model.

For every shoot, test run, and candid moments caught this year, I am so grateful and privileged to work with her. I can’t wait to see what she will do with her future through her own lens. I am so proud of my Genevieve, Momma loves you so.

ps- stay tuned for her portrait session in the spring…..

 

Jenna, Avon Lake Class of 2015, May senior shoot, Cleveland Senior Photographer

Sometimes Seniors wait until May before graduation to have their senior portraits taken. I always think this is a fab idea. There are gorgeous flowering trees out in May, and you can only have the flowering trees in your session at that time of year. I had a ball meeting up with Jenna and her Mom , shooting a fun session at the Miller Road Conservatory, Bay Arts and Hunington Beach. Jenna is probably packing up her stuff soon and heading out to Bowling Green. As an alumni of BG, I can tell you Jenna, that you will love it! Best of luck, Go Falcons!

Jake Clemons in Your Living Room, Cleveland Photographer

Ok- so I am fan girling here- I saw Jake Clemons a few weeks ago in Bill T’s living room! Some of you may ask, who is that handsome dude with the cool glasses in these pics? Well, he’s Jake Clemons, a musician and one of the regular members of Bruce Springsteen’s E. Street Band.

Now it’s no secret to those who know me that Bruce and I have been an item since my first concert in 1985. If there is a chance to hang with a member of the E. street band, I make it happen. This chance had me driving all the way to Howell, Michigan to meet Jake Clemens.

What’s really cool about the E. Street band is that all of the members are amazing musicians and  have careerers outside of the E. Street Band. Jake is multi-talented musician who tours on his own when he’s not hanging with Springsteen. Jake was touring on his own , in a serious of really small and unique venues!

 

A little side chat here- Bruce fans stick together. Once you meet up with another fan, you know that they are in your tribe.  A very fortutious meeting happened for me last April in Pittsburgh, at the Springsteen concert . I met up with a group of fans from Detroit. Bill T , his friends, and  I got along just fine , and I was welcomed into his tribe through a fun Facebook fan page. Bill is a big fan of Jake Clemons. One of his pals heard about a fun tour/ adventure that Jake was creating across the country for his fans.  Basically, Jake was offering to give a concert to a small group of fans in their living rooms. The lucky fans who have hosted Jake are all around the world ! Bill T was a lucky fan who got to host Jake in his living room in Howell, Michigan last week.  As a member of Bill T’s tribe, I got to go!

Jake walked in, quietly set up, and then blew us away with his musical talent. He shared his inspirations for songwriting, and amazing stories from the road. Jake Clemons is a natural born story teller. He did share a few tales of Bruce Springsteen and his famous uncle, Clarence Clemons of the E. Street Band, but this night was all about Jake and his music.

Jake wanted to bring back the music and the experience of the concert back to it’s basic roots. Long ago, people would gather in homes and invite musicians to play. The concerts were intimate, and the music sincere. Jake wants to revisit this concept, as he travels all over the USA playing small concerts in fan’s living rooms. It was an incredible experience as the listener. His stories and music left me with goosebumps.(not to mention his lovely southern accent). I went to this concert to as a Bruce fan, excited to meet and hear Jake Clemons. I left my pal Bill’s house as a brand new Jake Clemons fan, who… just happens to like Bruce Springsteen a little bit as well.

I’ve Already Been Devoured! – Cleveland Photographer

Behold the fashion piece, “I’ve already been devoured” by artist Angel Oster. Angela is a Cleveland artist with the coolest and most original eye I have ever seen. She creates whimsical and dark and spooky playful art. Whenever I come across her art, I HAVE  to snap it up!

Angela created  this fabulous piece for  the Cleveland Museum of Art in celebration of the newest exhibition, Forbidden Games : Surrealist and Modernist Photography. The Museum is producing a runway show featuring  surrealist inspired designs. Angela’s piece will walk this Friday night, from 5:00-9:00. If you are  Cleveland local, come visit the show, and check out the new photography exhibit!

Over Halloween weekend , Angela and her amazing Model, Doll Bambino and I had a crazy fun photo shoot. I got to try my hand at fashion photography of sorts!

Nothing gets your creative juices flowing like a Burlesque dancer being devoured by a scary fish at the bottom of the ocean.

It was a pure joy  photographing you Doll Bambino, come back anytime!  Angela Oster, you are a creative genius! I can’t wait until the show!