Cynthia is an on location lifestyle and storytelling photographer serving the Toledo, Sylvania, Maumee, Holland, Perrysburg, Oregon and Northwest Ohio areas. She is available for maternity, newborn, baby, children and family portraits and documentary photo sessions.


Labor and Delivery St. Charles Mercy Hospital

This fresh 24 photo session at Labor and Delivery St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon made my heart sing! It is so hard to describe the energy that surrounds new parents after they meet their baby. Love is just pouring out of them, which makes documenting that love super easy! When your little guy is this sweet and cuddly, how could you not be in love?!?

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Labor and Delivery St. Charles Mercy Hospital parents holding newborn photo by Cynthia Dawson Photography

Labor and Delivery St. Charles Mercy Hospital parents holding newborn photo by Cynthia Dawson Photography

Before & After

The connection between this family immediately stood out to me when I was with them. I love how they both have their hands on their sleeping baby here. When I saw the light hitting baby’s face, I knew it would convert to black and white beautifully. After opening the photo in ACR, I added a preset by Erin Hensley called window light bw. I love the way this preset works with so many of my images. When the preset was applied, I tweaked it just a little by bringing up exposure and the shadows.  Then, I brought down the highlights and added clarity. Finally, I cropped it in just a little so the family would fill the frame. Love the final edit!

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Cynthia a Toledo Ohio Lifestyle Maternity Photographer.  She shoots on location lifestyle and storytelling photography and serves the Toledo, Sylvania, Maumee, Holland, Perrysburg, Oregon and Northwest Ohio areas. She is available for maternity, newborn, baby, children and family portraits and documentary photo sessions.


Glowing at 32 weeks

When I was pregnant with my 3rd baby I decided to have a maternity session done. I had never had maternity photos taken but decided to go for it, even though my belly was HUGE and I felt like the biggest pregnant woman ever!

The last trimester can be a hard time for some pregnant women. Your body isn’t your own anymore and is changing everyday. Growing a new life is incredible but at the same time you can feel removed from yourself. The reflection in the mirror is just so different than what you are used to seeing!

When I saw the images from my session, I was surprised! I was in awe of the beauty I saw staring back at me. My photographer gave me such a gift. She showed me myself in a way I didn’t notice. She showed me just how beautiful my changing body was and the connection I already felt to my child. They say a photo is worth 1000 words and in those moments, every word running through my head was positive and uplifting.

This is the feeling I hope to give to my pregnant clients. One of strength and pure beauty. Because you are ASTONISHING and working with the right photographer for your maternity session will give you a gift you didn’t even know you needed. Mackenzie was incredible to photograph because her beauty just poured out of her.

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Toledo Family Photographer Review

Cynthia is an on location lifestyle and storytelling photographer serving the Toledo, Sylvania, Maumee, Holland, Perrysburg, Oregon and Northwest Ohio areas. She is available for maternity, newborn, baby, children and family portraits and documentary photo sessions. 


What the “K” Family Thought

“I wanted photos to capture the way that complete chaos and transcendence can exist in the same fleeting moment with small children. Cynthia did an amazing job! There were so many little details she managed to capture. Things I see every day and are perfect representations of those moments with our littles but would never think to document with a photo. Like the dimples on my almost three year old’s hands…, our dog waiting patiently beneath the high chair for our one year old to inevitably drop some food, or our four year old’s look of concentration and pride as she works on zipping her own coat. Her style and composition are breathtaking! She put my kids completely at ease and got our photos done incredibly quickly. In a very short span of time she managed to “read” our family and capture so many of our special moments. We’re thrilled with her work and with the whole experience. Thank you Cynthia!” – K Family

Toledo Family Photographer Review kids at table photo by Cynthia Dawson PhotographyToledo Family Photographer Review child holding cup photo by Cynthia Dawson PhotographyToledo Family Photographer child holding cup photo by Cynthia Dawson PhotographyToledo Family Photographer child holding cup photo by Cynthia Dawson PhotographyToledo Family Photographer Review family reading photo by Cynthia Dawson PhotographyIt’s always so humbling to hear such positive feedback from clients. I put so much of myself into my photography so it means so much to know images I have created also move my clients. I want nothing more than happy clients who adore their images as much as I do! Check out their whole session here!

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Cynthia specializes in Toledo Lifestyle Photo Sessions.  She shoots on location lifestyle and storytelling photography and serves the Toledo, Sylvania, Maumee, Holland, Perrysburg, Oregon and Northwest Ohio areas. She is available for maternity, newborn, baby, children and family portraits and documentary photo sessions.


A Year of Stories – Always Making Wishes

I’m not sure what draws kids to dandelions, but M can not go past one of these flowers without picking it. If it is full of seeds, then she is making a wish as she blows them all over the yard. If they are blooming, then she can be found picking as many as she can to make a mini bouquet. Usually as a gift for me. I adore watching the wonder in her as each flower is a new discovery. With kids it really is the simple the things that bring them so much joy.

toledo lifestyle photo sessions girl spinning flower photo by Cynthia Dawson Photography

toledo lifestyle photo sessions girl spinning flower photo by Cynthia Dawson Photographytoledo lifestyle photo sessions girl blowing flower photo by Cynthia Dawson Photography

A year of stories is a group of photographers who come together each week to share stories with words and photographs. See more inspiring stories here.

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Cynthia is an on location lifestyle and storytelling photographer serving the Toledo, Sylvania, Maumee, Holland, Perrysburg, Oregon and Northwest Ohio areas. She is available for maternity, newborn, baby, children and family portraits and documentary photo sessions.

Toledo Zoo

If you live in Toledo, then you have been to the Toledo Zoo. My husband would tell me stories about visiting this zoo as a child and I know he loves the opportunity to take our little ones now. On this zoo outing, we had spent a lot of time at the indoor exhibits. It was still early spring and quite chilly. When the kids stopped to look at the pelicans, they were in awe of them. I don’t think M had ever seen one up close and she was struck with just how big they were. Jr just stared and stared.

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Toledo Zoo girl pointing at pelicans photo by Cynthia Dawson Photography

Before & After

I loved this image from the moment I took it. Standing behind M and getting her point of view made this such a fun image. Her arm pointing at the birds leads your eye to the heart of the image and allows for you to explore it more. This image didn’t need much post processing. In ACR, since this was overexposed, I adjusted that first. Then, I moved the white balance slider down to 5450, it was at 5650. Next, I upped the contrast and shadows to add more depth. Finally, I added just a touch of clarity. Love the pop the after has!

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I'm Cynthia! I can usually be found chasing after my kids with my camera, I strive to capture the nostalgia of their childhood with my photographs. I love to push my creativity and have a soft spot for imperfect imagery. I feel so blessed that I get to share this gift with so many!

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