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I am a Columbus based photographer and welcome to my blog.

I love to photograph babies in the tummy, babies out of the tummy, kids being good, kids being bad, kids with special needs, kids with fur, couples in love, families being themselves and seniors in between text messages :)

I have a fun and carefree style that I think you will be very comfortable with. Of course I love to take the classic picture where everyone is looking at the camera with a perfect smile but what I really love to catch is the real "in between" moments. The candid moments that you will cherish forever.

This is my photo blog where I will share favorite images from recent sessions and blab about my interests and family.

Thanks for visiting my site and taking a look. I really appreciate it. 

the BURKE KIDS | columbus, ohio family photographer

Sometimes sessions are so meaningful. This was one of them.  I can barely even find the words to write – I’ve started 3 or 4 times. Don’t get me wrong I love the fluffy sessions where kids are crazy laughing rolling around and mom and dad are right there with them…but what keeps me going are the birth sessions and cancer sessions and unfortunately funeral sessions and now I can add foster kid sessions. Those give me purpose and make me realize what I do is important to some people.

Therese (mom) contacted me because she wanted a session of her four biological children with their 19 month old foster child they were trying to adopt. Perfect. I already felt connected to her because she had four children:) When they showed up I had to change my game plan a little because I could tell there was going to be no rolling around and plastering each other with hugs and kisses, lol. I had some angry teenagers on my hands. Angry isn’t really the right word – but they didn’t want to be there:) I was the enemy but for some reason I was really drawn to them. REALLY drawn to them. I liked them. A lot.


Right off the bat I noticed that if I could get little David to smile everyone smiled. They adored him. So I was golden…img_9428-blog



And sometimes you don’t have to be happy and excited to get beautiful shots. This one took my breathe away – kind of took on an Abercrombie feel. I hope she knows how beautiful she is:)img_9524blog

They each had their own style. Loved their shoes and band aids…img_9582bwblog

I asked her what the key was for around her neck….”to keep my sister from stealing my jewelry”. Classic. I was so glad I asked. I guess she keeps her jewelry (that she designs) in a box with a lock on it. So of course I had to focus on it.img_9545blog

Perfect pose for two sisters that aren’t in a particularly loving phase in their relationship. I can tell though that they will be thick as thieves once someone goes to college and the other gets out of  the ever so challenging middle school. I know it.img_9771bwblog

Unfortunately about a month after the pics were taken David went back to live with relatives. Just like that. I don’t know much about the foster care system and this certainly isn’t the right place to discuss it but it can certainly be unsettling and doesn’t seem fair. But the world is a better place because of families like the Burke’s that give everything they have to give a little man a strong loving start.

I love my job.


July 25, 2011 - 3:25 pm elisa - That broke my heart. I can't imagine giving Eva back. :(

July 22, 2011 - 6:16 pm Lisa Scherer - Simply gorgeous. The shot of the sisters, took my breath away. They are going to cherish these forever.

July 22, 2011 - 4:12 pm Beth - loved these pictures!

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