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Ali + Joe | Married



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Jessica + Michael | Engaged




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Penelope | Newborn



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Kampsen | Maternity



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Raymond Paul | Newborn

(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:15:57 GMT
The Klaine Wedding



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Ali + Joe | Engagement



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Sarah + Tyler | Married



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:36:03 GMT
This little tiger <3



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:16:18 GMT
Laura + Brad | Married



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Kari + Alex | Best Day Ever.




(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Mon, 06 Jun 2016 23:19:18 GMT
Oliver | Newborn



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Hunter + Susie | Married




(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Wed, 11 May 2016 01:09:32 GMT
Lincoln | One year        


(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:42:21 GMT
Teddy | Newborn



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:01:24 GMT
The Denigan Family | July 2015

(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:03:08 GMT
Baby Sloane and Family



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Mon, 03 Aug 2015 21:09:08 GMT
Ashby + Stacy | Married | Cincinnati Museum Center



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:04:06 GMT
Mallory + Tony | Married



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:09:30 GMT
Ashley + Joe | Married <3



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:19:48 GMT
Stella's 2nd Birthday



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:40:13 GMT
My Girl.

Dear Imogen,

Our summer was filled with nature trails, swimming and hunting for bugs in princess dresses.  I had such a wonderful time with you in all of our adventures.  

You are so imaginative.  We had to remove a tree in our yard and you were concerned it might be feeling pain.  When I asked you what we should plant in its place you quickly answered a "Magic Beanstalk".  You said we could wait until it grew all the way up into the clouds and then climb to the top.  You described how we might be able to see the whole world.  It made me think of a time when I used to believe in beanstalks or at least believe I would see the whole world.  After you have kids you forget about those things in a way.  You made me realize that I do still dream of seeing the world and I want to see it with you.

One day this summer you came running into the kitchen yelling about how you needed to Go West.  You said you learned that the sun sets there and you must see it.  A couple weeks later your dad had a business trip to California.  You were so upset you couldn't go to see the sun.  That week he sent you a picture of the sunset and it made you smile.  

This summer you have talked a lot about True Love.   You caught me and your dad kissing.  You asked us to "Go ahead and stay in true love and you would be back in a minute."  I hope that we will be able to instill in you an accurate idea of love despite all the "Happily Ever After" messages.  I need you to always know how amazing you are and you deserve to be treated.  

At the end of the summer you turned four.  On the morning of your birthday you jumped into our bed and told us we had to wake up because the sky was awake.  One of your favorite presents was an ant farm.  You spend the mornings observing their behavior.  You make sketches of their tunnels and write messages from the ants for me to read.  These messages are made up entirely of scribbly lines in which I have to interpret.




(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:04:03 GMT
Henry's First Birthday.



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:37:37 GMT
Shannon + David | Married



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:37:11 GMT
Hudson is 2!!



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:38:10 GMT
Kate | Newborn



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:01:31 GMT
Harper | Newborn



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sun, 09 Feb 2014 23:05:43 GMT
Newborn Vivienne



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:26:20 GMT
Ashby + Stacy | Engagement



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sun, 05 Jan 2014 00:02:57 GMT
Newborn Bronson <3



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:55:18 GMT
Kate + Israel | Married <3



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Fri, 15 Nov 2013 03:30:38 GMT
Myra + Ryan | Happily Ever After



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:00:51 GMT
Annie + Matt | Happily Ever After

September 14th 2013...



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:34:00 GMT
Clark | One Year



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:25:11 GMT
Matt + Annie | Bury the Bourbon

Burying the Bourbon is an old southern wedding tradition.  You bury a bottle of bourbon in the spot you will be married exactly one month before the wedding.  It is believed this little ceremony will keep the rain from making an appearance on your big day.  Annie and Matt will be married where Annie grew up, an adorable country home.  I love the chemistry between these two.  Their personalities really seem to balance and complement each other.  I am anxious for their September wedding.  



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:51:38 GMT
Avila | One year!



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:37:31 GMT
Little Luna | 3 months



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:15:54 GMT
Sarah + Chris | Happily Ever After

Here is a glimpse inside of 6-29-13...



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:24:12 GMT
Suzie's Shower

Suzie's shower was absolutely perfect.  A radiant mom-to-be surrounded by friends and family, Pinterest-worthy decor paired with creative food presentation and shower games that were actually a lot of fun to watch.  



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:22:39 GMT
Lilly 8 months

Eight month old Lilly is so much fun to photograph because she is such an expressive little baby.  I also love the way the light reflects in her intensely blue eyes.  She was pleasant throughout the shoot until we tried to put her in the grass barefoot.  That was the only thing that seemed to make her upset.  This was my second session with Lilly and I look forward to future dates with her!



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:11:08 GMT
Stella 6 months

Stella is the happiest little 6 month old around.  She smiled almost all the way through her session with her parents. I always enjoy hanging out with a family who is full of warmth and love. It was great to see how Stella has grown since our last session.  She is strong and ready to explore.     



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:09:37 GMT
Letters to Imogen | May\June

These past couple of months have been all about questions.  What do pterodactyls eat?  What does the word important mean?  Mommy, could you please tell all the cars to stop being stinky?  Each question is followed up by another question and I find myself quickly running out of answers.  However,  I love your curiosity and inquisitive nature. It reminds me how important it is to ask questions.  

Recently, you had your first real encounter with fireflies.  It is probably one of my favorite things I have experienced with you.  Watching you spin around in the grass barefoot, with this face full of amazement.  Fireflies dancing around you while you pretend to catch them.  Squealing with delight when they fly out of my hands.  You made us laugh when you said, "  I am so impressed there are fireflies out here!" Your dad and I were so impressed that you used the word impressed.

There is nothing more special to me than watching you and your dad together.  I love listening to the two of you sing your made up songs or watching you dance to the strum of your dad's hair brush guitar after a bath.  Seeing you squirm out of your dad's "Baby Trap" or sit in his "Robot Chair" gives me such happiness.  The other day I watched your dad taking careful instructions from you on how to comb your fairy princess doll's hair.  I could not be more in love, seeing him listen to you and hold that tiny doll in his huge hands.  You two have created this unique relationship separate of me, that only the two of you fully understand.

In the mornings you beg him to play with you before he goes to work.  You say " Daaaaaady, come on...."  Most the time, even when running late, he will sit in the middle of the floor and play with you.  When he finally insist he must leave, you select a toy that he has to take to work with him.  He has a collection of these very special toys at his desk.  





(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:25:37 GMT
Milo is 2!

Milo is such a sweet little boy.  I enjoyed being able to hang out with him on his special day.  He was all smiles being surrounded by family, friends, and farm animals.  I believe a farm party for a 2 year old is genius.  You could tell he had a blast because at the end of the party he gave his mom a "you're the best mom ever hug."  



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:24:30 GMT
Hayden 1 year old!!  

Happy Birthday to Hayden, one of my favorite little photo models.  Hayden is such a charming little guy.  Since my last session with him, he has grown curly blonde hair and is walking all over the place.  He's definitely all boy, climbing without fear, smiles when holding power tools and loves his mommy. 



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:47:55 GMT
Claire's 1st Birthday

Claire was the perfect little birthday princess.  Her pink and orange accessories matched everything down to the cupcakes.  She did not have any problem being center of attention and there was no hesitation when digging into her cake.  Lots of family and love for this little girl.



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sat, 01 Jun 2013 14:16:39 GMT
Sarah and Chris | Engament

You can't help but notice how much Chris and Sarah adore each other.  I truly enjoyed watching them interact.  Chris is quite the comedian.  I found myself laughing out loud a few times editing their session.  Sarah is gorgeous, with this uninhibited, infectious laugh.  I can not wait to see these two walk down the aisle.  They have a great story and are completely deserving of happily-ever-after.



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sat, 18 May 2013 01:13:14 GMT
Letters to Imogen | April 2013

Dear Imogen,

This month I really enjoyed our car conversations. You said things like, " Sometimes...... Spiders cry....." or  " I know a fly could workout just the same as you do." Each statement would make me think...  I couldn't decide if you were just saying random things or if you had an important message.

This month you counted to 29 and then insisted the next number was 2010.  I tried to explain to you that I was 29 and I would be 30 next.  You said I was 29 and Mimi was 2010.

You have been telling me recently how happy you make Mimi and how much she misses you when you are not around. I wanted to take pictures of you and Mimi this month because I love watching the two of you play.  Since you were born, Mimi has changed so much.  We had a rough year at the beginning of 2010, but when you were born everything changed.  I saw Mimi smile for the first time in years.  Truly smile.  She all of the sudden had a whole new outlook on life.  She lost over 80 pounds just so she could keep up with you when you started walking.  Now she has more energy than anyone I know.  Seeing her happy and healthy is such a gift.

I know everyone always says this, but after you have your own baby, you find a new appreciation for your parents.  When you were born I needed Mimi more than I ever imagined I would.  I remember my own childhood and how she filled it with magic.  She made it all look so easy.  I feel so lucky that we have her today.  I hope you always know how you were heaven sent, and how you changed our lives into something wonderful.  



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sun, 12 May 2013 15:54:12 GMT
Emily | Maternity 5-1-13

This is such a special project for me... I love the idea of documenting change and transformation.  Emily was my first ever photography muse.  I have lots of pictures of her around 5 years old in angel wings and dresses.  Now she is about to become a mom and is beginning to evolve.  She is readjusting her life and starting to imagine motherhood.    



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sun, 12 May 2013 15:54:01 GMT
Connor's First Communion

This was my first - first communion....  I felt honored to be there to capture such an important event.  The whole Frantz family was dressed to perfection, and Connor was a great sport enduring all the family photos with a smile.  I loved seeing all the boys in their handsome little suits and all the girls wearing their white dresses and veils.  

Thanks again to Frantz family and congratulations Connor!



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 07 May 2013 14:24:08 GMT
Juliet | 4-21-2013

Juliet could definitely be a professional baby model.  She was a natural and the light loves her little face.  With her sparkling eyes and adorable smile, I had to resist the urge to pick her up and cuddle.  It was a wonderful experience all together.  It is always nice to be around a warm family with a truly happy baby.



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:18:06 GMT

This family is one of the happiest little families I have had the pleasure of knowing, so I was thrilled with idea of photographing them in their home.  This is a magical time for their family.  Erin is 33 weeks pregnant and absolutely gorgeous. Their little one, Addie, is such a sweet and funny girl, excited to be a big sister.  It made my heart melt listening to her talk to her mom's belly.  I can't wait to meet new addition.



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:23:20 GMT
Ana, Elliot, and Londyn

It was so great to see old friends with their new family.  They seemed to have transitioned effortlessly into parenthood.  Smart, beautiful kids and a happy home.  

It was a challenge getting 3 kids, ages 3 and under, together for a shot.  Kind of like herding cats.  However, it was fun trying and I enjoy the candid group shots the best anyway.  It is more interesting to see kids being themselves. 



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:22:57 GMT
Ferry Girls

    The Ferry family is a treasure, with abundant long flowing red hair, a wonderful location, and baby chicks.  It is all a photographer could ask for... I really wanted to experiment with a lifestyle session.  I always enjoy capturing candid moments, but I still spend a lot of time trying to get specific formal shots. I wanted to document a Saturday morning with a family doing what they do.  Something natural where I could disappear into the background and just observe, forcing myself to be creative in a new way.  I also feel as a parent, a sense of urgency to capture such a beautiful time in a family's life.  These sunny Saturday mornings are numbered.  I love being able to capture that for people.

   It was difficult for me to not give direction, I had to stop myself a few times...  At one point we did have the girls get together just so I could capture all 3 of  them in one shot.  We also did a candid family shot.  It was a great experience and I hope to do lifestyle shoots more often.



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Wed, 17 Apr 2013 02:36:27 GMT
Letters to Imogen| March

Dear Imogen,

This month you started to develop your critical thinking skills. For instance, I asked you if you would like to try some turkey, and you said it would be silly to eat turkeys because they have wings and feathers. I didn't know how to argue with you.  

I feel so inspired by you every day. One of the best things about being a parent is being constantly reminded of the wonders we overlook. How thrilling it is to see a helicopter fly by or how much fun it is to play with rolly poly bugs. The other day you watched the water drain in your bath and when the water formed a funnel you said "It's beautiful".

You are beginning to have such a fantastic little voice. I woke up the other morning to you singing a beautiful melancholy song about being alone in the dark.  You sang it with such emotion and held this lovely note to finish. It made me cry. 

I have to tell you that one of the best parts of your age right now is that you always tell me the truth, even if you know I won't like it. When you are in the other room and it is a little too quiet, all I have to do is ask what you are doing. You will say "poking Glennie's eye" or "painting on the walls." Sometimes you will just tell me "Mommy, I took my diaper off and I am peeing on the couch." If you could always be that honest with me that would be perfect.

I love how you think band-aids can fix anything, especially if they are the right kind. When you notice I am upset or frustrated you ask me if I would like a band-aid. One with butterflies bought from Target. You asking me if I need a band-aid almost always works for me.



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:02:07 GMT
Hudson's First Birthday!!

This was definitely the most adorable first birthday party I have ever attended.  The yellow submarine theme was fun and Beatlesque - without going overboard.  Every little detail was thought out so well.  It was such an honor to be a part of this fabulous party.

Hudson holds a special place in my heart, not just because he is practically family, but I have been taking pictures of him since he was 3 months old.  I have to admit I got a little teary-eyed when singing "happy birthday" and watching him dig into his cake.  He is such a happy little boy,  full of expression.  He is surrounded by so many people who love and adore him. 




(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Thu, 04 Apr 2013 02:20:15 GMT
Austin | March 2013

Meet handsome little Austin.  I photographed him in November of last year.  Since then he has grown some vibrant red hair and is ready to take off walking any day now.  He is adventurous and independent.  Like most boys, he seemed to be most content digging in the dirt.  He has mastered waving and clapping hands, both of which are adorable.  We were lucky enough to find a spring location in the midst of a snow storm. Hope to see more of Austin in the future.







(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Wed, 03 Apr 2013 02:53:04 GMT
Zane | 3-16-2013

I absolutely love photographing this family.  They have a beautiful house full of character and light.  Parents are loving and relaxed, making for the perfect environment for pictures.  This is my second time hanging out with this cutie.  It is amazing how much our little ones change in a few months.  He is one happy little boy, full of activity and curiosity. 



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Sat, 30 Mar 2013 13:46:59 GMT
letters to my daughter/ february 2013

Dearest Imogen,

This month, I couldn't keep your clothes on...  You insisted that you "wanted to be naked" almost all of the time.  The only article of clothing you truly wanted to wear was your tutu.  I had to do some serious negotiating on anything else. I guess I can't feel bad about letting you enjoy the freedom as long as you can.

   You absolutely love to run around the house singing your new made up song, "The Moon Song".  The whole song goes like this " Why not, it's your favorite, at all."  Sometimes you change the ending to it's your favorite dress or it's your favorite cake.  I love watching you sing it.

   I also love watching you have heated conversations on your plastic banana phone.  You say things like "Can you here me?!" and "Why not?!"  You pace around the house shushing anyone who looks at you while having your very important phone call.

  You have two new imaginary friends.  Their names are Dizzy and Stoop.  They are both trucks.  Stoop is the more popular one.  He is the one who promises to finish your dinner when you won't and I am always stepping on him.

Lately, you have been requesting RocknRoll and asking for it to be turned up loud.  You make quick decisions on what is and is not RocknRoll.  Justin Bieber- not RocknRoll.  Rolling Stones- RocknRoll.  I think you have it figured out.   You close your big blues eyes and sway your head side to side, sometimes tapping your feet.  It has been so much fun experiencing music all over again with you.

This month I watched you catch dust fairies in the sunlight and become frustrated when they disappeared in your tiny hands.  I wonder all the time what you are thinking and what you see that I do not. 




(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:11:47 GMT
Little Lilly

    Meet happy little 4 month-old Lilly.  I can't tell you how much I enjoy spending Saturday mornings getting to know a new family.  Lilly makes the most expressive faces.  She was so much fun to photograph.  The family pet, Webster, was even cooperative.  It's not every day I get to take pictures of a rabbit.  Hope to see more of Lilly and her family in the future.



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:35:57 GMT
letters to my daughter/ January 2013

For a while now I have been looking for a project to work on that is personally-driven and satisfying.  I have also felt that the time with my daughter is flying by and all of these wonderful moments or phases will sooon be forgotten.  So when I came across a blog called "Letters to my daughters", I was inspired. Several of my favorite photographers participate in this kind of blog.  I am not totally sure where the idea originated, but I think it is genius.  Here I will dedicate a blog every month to my growing girl.  I only wish I would have thought of this sooner.





      My darling Imogen,

  I wish I could say january was a great month for our little family, but it was filled with runny noses, coughing and sleepless nights.  You really had a rough month - complete with a trip to the emergency room.  Although we were not feeling too great, it didn't stop us from having our daily dance parties and building imaginary sand castles in the living room.   You are starting to have such a great imagination.  The other day you told me that the cat's ears looked just like mine.  You are always making me laugh.

    Over the past couple of months you have developed a whole new sassy side.  Sometimes your dad and I don't know what to do but laugh.  You have such an opinion now on what you wear, right now it's pink sweat pants and Mini Mouse socks.  You're lucky it works for you.  I love how much you put up a fight to get into the bathtub, but once you're in, it is almost impossible to get you out.  

  Aside from your sassiness you are extremely loving and gentle.  You take such good care of everyone.  The other morning you made all of us an imaginary cup of coffee.  Even the cat had some reading material and a little porcelain tea cup in front of her.  I love all of the little things you do.  I can't help but smile when I reach inside a tissue box and get a hand full of legos or find all of my clean kitchen towls laid over your stuffed animals to keep them warm.  You have such a beautiful curious soul.  I can't begin to describe the happiness you give me every day.  





(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Thu, 21 Feb 2013 02:50:19 GMT
love bug claire

   I could not help falling in love with eight month old Claire.  She was such a little angel throughout the photo session.  With her baby doll lips, vibrant blue eyes, and fabulous wardrobe she is a tiny super model.  I always feel so honored to be invited into a home to capture these special little moments. This is such a wonderful time in a family's life.  At eight months you are beginning to see your child's personality emerge.  Claire seems ready to skip the whole crawling thing and go straight to walking.  She is capable and confident with her loving parents at her side.  




(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:54:01 GMT
The Cosgrove Family 2012

The Cosgrove Family is probably one of my favorite families I have photographed yet.  They were creative, full of personality and very photogenic.  Even their dog, Chief, couldn't take a bad picture.  Their gorgeous home was the perfect location for a photo shoot.  Thanks again to the Cosgroves!





(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:18:19 GMT
The Allen Family






  The Allen family is full of fun!!  They make it look easy, caring for 6 month old twins and a 3 year old.  It was lots of fun hanging out with them.  Even though it was a cold day, we managed to get some shots outside.  I had to include the grumpy "Joy" shots.  They were too cute to leave out.  Thanks again to the Allen family for inviting me into their home.





(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:00:31 GMT
Shana + Eli

Shana and Eli chose the perfect location for their engagement photoshoot.  Spring Grove holds special meaning for the couple who jog there weekly together.  It was gorgeous!   Can't wait to see this lovely couple married at the end of the month!







(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Thu, 01 Nov 2012 19:08:47 GMT
Lou is Two!

My favorite little red head is all grown up.  I always enjoy photographing Louisa, but it was especially fun watching her interact with her loving parents.  What an adorable happy family!!  I feel truly lucky to know them.



(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:45:15 GMT
Rowen, Declan and older sisters

Welcome baby Rowen and baby Declan!!  These two are so lucky to have three older sisters to look after them.  One thing is for sure, these babies do not like being naked.  They were happiest after being fed and tightly swaddled by dad.  No surprise there.  It was such a fun session..  It is so great to see all the love and excitement for new tiny little babies.  Congratulations Somervilles!! 




(Jessica Cunningham Photography) Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:56:43 GMT
Lena + Bryce  

Congratulations to Lena and Bryce!!  Lovely couple and lovely reception...  A special thanks to Ohana studios who created the perfect backyard chic party.  The travel theme was imaginative and fun.  Every little detail was well thought out and designed to celebrate the couple's unique background.