Monthly Archives: April 2015

Country Girl Maternity {Marietta, Ohio Maternity Photography}

She is a country girl – from her curls to her bare feet. She is happiest on that piece of land she calls home, surrounded by cats, dogs, chickens and family. She is about to add to that family and pass on those country roots to a very lucky little boy. We enjoyed an outdoor maternity portrait session making good use of the landscape and architecture around us. I have a thing for old barns.

Want to see the cute little guy that popped out? Check out this post!

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Lil’ Bear {Marietta, Ohio Baby Photography}

After five long months of waiting I finally got to meet this sweet little boy and photograph him. He has sparkly blue eyes, a dimple in his chin like his Mama and the sunniest disposition. He was happy to be the center of attention and full of smiles when his mama tickled him.  Five months is a fun age, they are generally pretty smiley, not very mobile, but can be propped and hold their heads ups while on their tummies. I love that Mama came prepared to be photographed as well, most babies this age are still very attached to Mama and being held is their most natural state!  Thanks for stopping by Lil’ Bear! You can check out Mama’s maternity session here!

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Book Lover Senior Portrait Session

Edain’s senior portrait session was a dream shoot. She had a natural ability to relax into a pose and was game for anything! She was a book lover, a musician and so freaking smart! She had an easy laugh, beautiful eyes and super sweet spirit.

It was a really hot day and we were in an old building without much airflow, but she was up for it! We brought in Valerie Crabtree to do hair and make-up. Edain still wanted to look like herself but slightly more glammed up. We loved her outfit choices because she really mixed it with different textures, necklines and styles.

It is almost time for Edain to graduate so we wanted to give her a little shout out! What type of images would you want us to create for you if you could have your dream  portrait session?

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Music is Her Religion – Marietta Teen Portrait Session

How did this happen? Wasn’t she 12 just yesterday? When did she become a 16 year old musician that plays 2 AM gigs at fracking protests? Folks, meet Lydia.

We had the good luck of having Lydia in the Marietta, Ohio studio this week for portraits. We had the even better luck of being serenaded by her while we were photographing her. I am going to let you in on a little secret, you have not heard Bon Jovi’s Dead or Alive until you have listened to Lydia bust out her version.

Do you have a teen or a high school senior that is a musician? Maybe it’s you that is the musician! We love photographing musicians. Musicians love being photographed by us!  Andi has years of experience photographing musicians, working stages and hanging out in dark bars! Is it time for promo photos? Maybe it’s time to honor yourself or favorite musician by scheduling a rock and roll portrait session. Come prepared with a short set list and your favorite instrument. We’ll provide the moody light and interesting angles. The rest? Well that’s just magic!

Hair and Make-Up by Lauren Magruder, Styling by Jesse Hyde, Portraits by Andi Roberts

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Bucket List : Volkswagen Bus Session

Interesting Andi fact, I once spent part of a summer living in a 1966 Volkswagen Bus. I was on summer break from Ohio University and worked for one of my besties Denise doing hair wraps on Hilton Head Island. I stayed between Savannah and Hilton Head Island in a little town called Bluffton, SC. It was an adorable campground with the most beautiful roaming peacocks and a ton of pecan trees. More about the peacocks later.

I had been happily occupying a tent for about three weeks when Das Bus (pronounced Dahs Boose)  became available. I was grateful to move into more luxurious digs. Living in Das Bus definitely had it’s advantages over a tent – doors that locked, no rain leaking in, a solid floor and a comfy bed. I can still smell that distinctive scent of old Volkswagen mixed with “incense”. It felt safe and it was always warm from having been parked in the sun all day. Surprisingly, there were a few disadvantages too.

Example: In addition to being my boudoir, Das Bus was also a primary source of transportation for my employer’s husband. To paint a clearer picture, he was a passive-aggressive, feminist fearing, bearded hippie. This particular hippie had little regard for my bedtime. I would meander about with no particular place to be until he would VWBUSeventually show up. Once he would finally return to the campground with my bedroom, I would gratefully slip inside. I instantly felt cozy and secure in my little tin can oasis where I would read or journal. I would drift off into a blissful slumber and only occasionally be jolted awake by the screams of the peacocks. Like I said, it was mixed bag.

Having briefly lived in a Das Bus has done a few things for me. First and foremost, hippie street cred. I never went on tour, but I did live in a Bus.  Second, I notice when a Bus has a split windshield. Split windshields means it was built before 1967.  Lastly, I feel nostalgic and inspired to do a Volkswagen Bus shoot at some point. It is the first portrait session to make my bucket list.

Volkswagen Buses are hard to come by. Buses that run and are in good shape are even harder to come by…but I might have a lead on one. And my bucket list session might be happening!

I picture a relaxed family portrait session, or a fun senior portrait session with lots of bright and colors and laughter using the Bus interiors and exteriors as atmosphere. I imagine a family snuggled in the bed, reading, telling stories and rough housing. For seniors I could see someone curled up with a pile of books or a journal and a guitar with fun boho inspired hair and make-up.

What would you do with images from a shoot like this? Well anything you wanted of course! Amazing holiday cards with the words Peace maybe? I think it would fun to decorate a family room with gallery wraps from a bus session. I picture lots of bright large canvas gallery wraps grouped together or a custom designed album to commemorate the experience.

Are you a family that loves to travel of just has a thing for all things 60’s? Do you love being cozy together and feel inspired by the iconic feel and hippie values that a Volkswagen Bus shoot would vibe? Let me know and if this session happens I will give you first dibs on a spot.

I have been inspired by a couple of my favorite photographers that have already done a Bus shoot, Tara Whitney and Barb Uil. Check them out for some amazing inspiration if you are a photographer! You will see their work on this mood board I put together on Pinterest!

Check out my mood board Bucket List: Volkswagen Bus Portraits on Pinterest.

Roberts Family Photography has the skills and the resources to pull off customized portrait sessions from simple to the most epic! What is your bucket list portrait session? I want to hear about it! I may be interested in shooting it.

photo credit: VW Volkswagen Bus with Canoe via photopin (license)


AMR_9602Andi Roberts is the director of Silliness and Sunshine at Roberts Family Photography and Hot Tomato Pin-Up Academy. Andi splits her time between Marietta, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.

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