Olivia's in home 6 month session by chelsie burkhart

Hey Guys!

OHMYGOSH!  I finally got to meet Olivia this past week!  I was so excited when I heard the news, I couldnt be happier for these two! I photographed Neely+Dans maternity photos this past fall, and had such a great time. I was excited when they got ahold of me so I could meet the little girly girl!

Neely decided to do an in-home session of Olivia! I'm tellin ya, these sessions are so nice and relaxed at home! The babes are already comfortable in their own home and really allows for organic smiles and laughs.

My favorites are of her and her animals! Love it, isnt she so cute!?!?

Ricky Stelzer by chelsie burkhart

By her parents surprise, little GIRL Ricky  (name taken after her Grandpa)  was Born on January 21, 2018. 💕 9 lbs 3.5 oz!

It is one of the best feelings seeing the love and happiness a child can bring to a family. Its even more special when it happens to one of my closest friends! I cant even describe the feeling of being able to capture moments like this for people so close to me. Rory and Jake are a couple of the most calming, down to earth, and loving people I  know. (I'm biased because I feel that way about all of my closest friends) but seeing her and Jake hold and cuddle Ricky...staring into her eyes...radiating the joy and love through their presence with her, WOW. That, in my opinion,  is what life is about. Having the blessing of god, to be able to bear a child, and pray for health and happiness. Being able to hold a little one in your arms and know that God gave you this blessing and that you're able to experience a deeper love that you've never been able to fathom before, its incredible to see.

Thank you Rory & Jake for having me photograph Ricky in her first few days welcomed into the world. I love you guys so much <3

Jessica + Derek Toadvine by chelsie burkhart

GUYYYS! This wedding was  like a fairytale!!

I met Jessica + Derek last year during our engagement session and let me tell ya, they are are photographers dream.  Meeting people who are as beautiful on the inside as they are outside is rare <3. Working with these two was so easy. They are laid-back, genuine, and humble.

Their wedding day took place at Rustic Acres Farms. One of the coolest things about this wedding is that Jessica's mom did most of the styling & florals. Her brother made alot of the centerpieces himself, and the rest of the family helped execute the whole thing! They spoke their own wedding vows under a wispy willow tree in front of their closest friends and family. We couldnt have asked for a better August day with mid 70's temperatures and a clear skies!  They shared a family style dinner on the wrap around deck of the venue. I watched as they laughed and stared at each other for the first time as husband and wife. I can tell how much these two love each other by those small intimate moments. It's like those cinematic moments where there are tons of people around, so much going on, yet the only person that the other see's is their loved one.  That is exactly how Jessica + Derek were and have been each time i've met them. Its was so much fun to work with them and i'm so excited they chose me to be their photographer.

How sweet they are <3 <3

Venue & Food: Rustic Acres Farm
Dress: Bridal Beginnings
Flowers:
 

The Huddles by chelsie burkhart

Tis the season for snow! What a perfect time of year for those cozy in-home sessions. I was so happy Kaleigh had got in contact with me to do her newborn, Sadie's photos. I had photographed CJ's newborn three years ago! Wow, time flys by. Its always awesome to see how much the kids have grown and blossomed into their own little person. In this instance, CJ and his little sister look like identical twins as babies! Its basically CJ with a bow!

If you're on the brink about an in-home session, take a look at this gallery! I personally love the feel of how natural and organic in-home sessions can be. :)

Alyse + Jordan by chelsie burkhart

Ahhhh December Weddings! Sunsets in winter are always so crisp and beautiful! We got really lucky for good temperatures and a beautiful sunset! Alyse was one of the most relaxed brides i've ever had.

We started the morning with the girls, Alyse's friend did the girls makeup (she was THE BOMB). I mean, seriously. Really no edits on the face and they all looked flawless <3! All of the girls were so calm and relaxed. This group was really the go-with-the-flow type and made the day so much more fun!

The ceremony + reception was held at Pritchard Laughlin in Cambridge, Ohio. It was really cool how they split the room up. Ive photographed multiple weddings here and it was the first time i've seen a set up like that. Theo's of Cambridge did all of the event styling and really made a special atmosphere to walk into.

As for Jordan + Alyse... They were so stinkin' cute together! I love working with relaxed couples who are just in love and want to get married. That's what the whole day is about anyways! It was so good to be apart of a wedding where I felt that's all they wanted to do! Congrats to Jordan + Alyse and best wishes for a happy and fufilled marriage <3!

Derek + Jessica :: Engagement by chelsie burkhart

Derek + Jessica :: Engagement :: 

 

Gah, Talk about a gorgeous engagement session! We decided to photograph at La Casa Narcissi Winery (gorgeous landscape and well, an excuse to pick up some great wine!). They winery was very accommodating and open to letting us shoot at their location. The people were all very sweet and it was the perfect location for the style that Jessica & Derek were going for.

I had a blast shooting these two. They were down to earth, beautiful, relaxed, and trusted whatever I told them to do. Take a scroll to look at a few of the final edits from our shoot <3 

 

 

The Hartman's :: Family Session by chelsie burkhart

I was super excited when Mandi had contacted me to do their family photo's again. We got lucky with a nice fall evening and was able to get gorgeous evening light. Its always a blast shooting photo's of toddlers. They are crazy, they want to run around, and they try their hardest to be bashful in front of the camera. Lets face it, they are smarter than we think and they know they are just being ornery. Luckily, working on location where we have the freedom to run and roam around with beautiful scenery in the background, we were able to pull out a reel full of personality.

 

 

Jake & Rory's Romantic Charm Ohio Wedding by chelsie burkhart

Let me start off by saying how near and dear Rory is to my heart. We met in middle school and gradually became close friends as the years went on. These past couple years, Rory and I have grown closer and I can only thank God for making such a wonderful human being. She is kind, loving, generous, and has such a big heart. We conversed numerous times in the past couple years about this man that had walked into her life. As the years went on, the conversations about Jake, a man she met while working a summer job at Salt Fork State Park, grew more serious and the feelings she had for him grew deeper and deeper.

So, when I heard the news about their "normal" trips down the road to Salt Fork, and how this particular walk wasnt so normal... how Jake had stopped on the bridge and asked Rory to let this be the story they tell their grandchildren one day of how he proposed....it brought great joy to my heart. She said yes! ...after asking if this was even real!?? haha! I knew by the way Rory talked about Jake (and the times we all spent together) that he and her would be a great fit for each other and that they would spend many happy years growing, learning, and loving one another.

 

I'm so blessed to have been able to capture and document such an important day for the both of them. Rory & Jake...I wish you both the best and I love you both oh so much <3


Stephen & Alyssa's Intimate Backyard Ohio Wedding by chelsie burkhart

Oh how I love these small intimate backyard weddings! Alyssa, who is also a phenomenal hair stylist one day asked me while I was getting my hair done "Okay, Chelsie...just tell me what days in October you have available and we are going to make this happen!" Granted, we were having this conversation in September! haha with only a few weeks to plan, Alyssa and Stephen pulled off such a gorgeous backyard wedding at Stephens sisters house. It was perfect. A bit cold, but nonetheless perfect.

The pond and fall trees made for a picturesque backdrop during the lovely ceremony. They even had a basket full of blankets and hand-warmers for the immediate family who attended the ceremony. It may have been chilly that day, but Stephen & Alyssa pulled off this whirlwind of a charming intimate wedding.