Who Kissed Who First…Columbus Family Photography

Alexander Fam.

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With so much personality!

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Harper.

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Ryder.

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Avery.

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And that GORGEOUS Momma. <3 <3 Love her so!

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When are you always the third wheel…

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Session fave.  NOT STAGED.  That’s why I love it so.

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Avery’s pose.  Ha!

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Here are a few fun facts about this family…

Tell us a little about your family dynamic.  How you met your husband, how long you’ve been married, names and ages of the children.
Ryan and I met through a mutual friend… at Brothers, 10 years ago. We have been married 8 years. Avery- 6 1/2, Ryder- 4, Harper 1 1/2

Do you have any hidden talents or something unique to you?
Avery- “I can sing and do gymnastics”
Ryder- “I so stwong!”

If you could be any person for one day, who would it be?
Avery- “A kindergarten teacher”
Ryder- “I dunno! Work at da zoo”

What’s one thing you want to learn to do?
Avery- “a backhandspring”
Ryder-“reeeeeeead”

If you had a $100 bill in your back pocket to spend on whatever you’d like, you’d buy…
Avery- “100 candies” 
Ryder- “a elephant!” 

Describe the perfect weekend.
Avery- “going to the beach!”
Ryder- “Play wif you!!”

Are you more like your mom or your dad?  (parents even answer this one!)
Avery- “Mom because we are both girls and like to craft”
Ryder- “You! (mom)” Why? “tuz I wike you!” 
Melissa- I feel like I am a good mix of both… just the right amount of crazy from both of them.
Ryan- Mom

Love is in the Air. Columbus Engagement Photography

Amber and Nate. Engaged.

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Soon-to-be..

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Session fave…

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Nate drives one of these big things for a living.  So of course we had to have photos with it!

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You both are adorable and just so much fun!  I’m super excited for your big day. XO!

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Here are a few fun facts about this cute couple….

When and where is your wedding?
Our wedding is November 25th 2017 at Rolling Meadows Ranch in Lebanon, OH!

How did you meet?
Nate and I met at a concert. A couple weeks went by, he took me to dinner and from then on we were inseparable!

Tell us about your proposal!
We ended up buying a house in Wilmington together. This past October we were walking out the door to go to dinner. He stopped me in front of the door and got down on one knee! Just the two of us in our new home together. The start of many memories!

What’s your favorite thing about your significant other?
This may sound weird, but Nathan reminds me of my father. My dad has always been a hard worker, and made sure we were taken care of. Nate works hard for us, and he’s an amazing father for his daughter Addie who is 5!:)

What makes you guys unique?
I think we’re unique because we instantly clicked. Whoever said “when you know, you know” isn’t kidding! With Nate, everything just fell into place and we couldn’t be happier!

How did you find Crystal Jo?
I found Crystal Jo though my childhood friend, Cail. When I was looking for a photographer I remembered how gorgeous Cail and Jordan’s engagement and wedding photos were!!

How was your experience with Crystal Jo?
Crystal Jo is amazing! I was super nervous to be in front of the camera, but she made our session so fun! Nate isn’t much of a picture guy, and HE had fun!:)

Cutest Boys Ever. Columbus Family Photography

Vanakeri Fam.

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Session fave!  I love mom’s hair blowing and all of those fun loving smiles!
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Here are a few fun facts about this family….

Tell us a little about your family dynamic.  How you met your husband, how long you’ve been married, names and ages of the children.
Ours was an arranged marriage traditional in South Asian society and we are married for 15 years.  We have two children 13 and 6years old and there names is DHRUVA VANAKERI and SIDDARTH VANAKERI.
If you could be any person for one day, who would it be?
Albert Einstein
What’s one thing you want to learn to do?
How to bring a smile on others face.
If you had a $100 bill in your back pocket to spend on whatever you’d like, you’d buy…
Ans: I will donate $20 to poor rest $80 I spend with family buying lunch or dinner.
Are you more like your mom or your dad?
Both
How was your experience with Crystal Jo?
Very interesting, memorable and we enjoyed the time we spent.

Natural Born Champion. Columbus Baby Photography

Alice. Newborn.

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Modeling is exhausting!

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She’s absolutely adorable. 

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I’m so proud of you, friends, I really am.  Congratulations.  XOXO!

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Daddy bought Mommy this gorgeous ring for her “push present”.  How BEAUTIFUL!  Great job, Hunter!

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Brandie is an amazing Crossfitter.  All through her pregnancy, she has been referring to Alice as Super Alice.  Another one of our cross fitter friends gifted Brandie this adorable kettle bell and barbell.  All for SUPER ALICE! A natural born cross fitter right here!

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Here are a few fun facts about this little bundle of joy…

Tell us about that first moment when you saw your baby.

It was an absolute whirlwind. I had been in labor for 24hrs before they brought me into the OR for a c-section – my stubborn girl wouldn’t turn her head the right direction – I have no clue where she gets her strong will from:)Anyhow, while having a c-section was the one thing that I did NOT want to have happen, the experience was amazing. All of the nurses, doctors, assistants, etc. were so very kind to Mike and I – we were actually joking and laughing through it. And honestly by that time, all I wanted to do was see my little girl. Everyone joked when they pulled this large baby out of my small frame and I kept trying to stretch my neck farther and farther over the curtain to see her. They brought her around and a rush came over me that I can’t even try to put into words. I fell so instantly and madly in love with this tiny human with her Mama’s huge cheeks. All of the pain and disappointment of having to have a c-section melted away. She was here, and perfect!! I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

What was your baby’s birth weight and length?
Well the doctors, Mike and I were all wrong. She wasn’t a tiny little peanut; Alice was 8lbs 7 oz and 20″ long. We shouldn’t have been surprised though, I had a huge baby belly. And no wonder I ended up with a C-section due to her head not turning – her head was in the 97 percentile!! Big head = big brains, right?!

Is there a story behind your baby’s name?

There is! I was extremely close to my grandmother growing up, even calling her “mom” through the years. She helped raise me, taught me how to garden, cook, bake amazing cookies, love country music, and laugh and love unconditionally. With her passing, I wanted to pay homage to her memory, so Miss Alice is named after her, Alice Marie. I will admit, it was rather strange at first saying her name, but now, every time I do, it gives me a warm feeling in my heart. I know she is watching over her namesake every day.

Give us the scoop. What has surprised you the most about parenthood?  Are there any funny stories or firsts that you’d like to share?

There are a few surprises. I didn’t know how quickly and deeply you could fall in love with someone so instantly. And how things that you thought were so incredibly important pale in comparison to spending the time to care for, interact and love on your daughter – like sleep, a hard workout and a hot meal!! She makes Mike and I laugh constantly with all of the sounds she makes – she grunts and moans like his grandma, she burps incredibly loud like her Aunt Ashley, she cannot sit still like her daddy and is already extremely stubborn like her Mama. I find myself just staring at her some days completely amazed that we made and get to love such a perfect little girl.

What did you like best about your experience with Crystal Jo?

Crystal Jo made every part of our experience enjoyable. She was relaxed and incredibly patient with our stubborn and uncooperative girl that day. She makes you feel like your shoot is the most important thing in the world to her that day and will spend as much time as necessary getting you the perfect shots. Her energy is infectious and her eye for what will be stunning in a photo is undeniable. Even Mike, who loathes having his picture taken had a great time – now that’s saying something!