Cynthia is a Perrysburg Ohio Breastfeeding 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.


Perrysburg Ohio Breastfeeding Photographer

Each year, I participate in a project that means so much to me. The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project is a group of photographers that aims to encourage women to not be “ashamed” or “hide” while breastfeeding. Certain pressures from our society unfortunately do just that. Through the project, it is the hope that the more the public sees just how normal and beautiful breastfeeding is, the more those pressures of covering up will subside. I’m super proud to be one of the 70 participating photographers worldwide! I’m so excited for breastfeeding awareness week in August that I thought one of my favorite images from last year would be great for the before and after series.

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Before & After

Perrysburg Ohio Breastfeeding Photographer mother nursing toddler photo by Cynthia dawson Photography

Jodi and I were taking cover in downtown Perrysburg due to an unexpected rain storm. We got lucky that the rain only lasted a few minutes. It just so happened that the store front we sought shelter from the rain, had American flags in the background and they were dressed in red, white and blue. I couldn’t of asked for a better color palette! This image didn’t need much. I started by adjusting exposure. Then I popped the colors using a preset by Erin Hensley Photography. I tweaked the contrast slider and shadow slider just a little bit. Finally, I cropped it just a touch. Love the bright colors in the final image. How about you?  See more of last year’s favorite images here.

 

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Toledo Ohio 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 B Family Thought

“Cynthia is the most talented photographer we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Her work simply blows my mind! The way she captures real life moments, her eye for lighting, and her ability to make everyone feel comfortable is beyond exceptional! She even takes the time to help you pick out your outfits. If you’re searching for a photographer to capture an important moment or “once in a lifetime moment” don’t waste your money on a “cheap” photographer. It’s true, you get what you pay for and may never get that moment back. So save yourself some stress and call Cynthia instead. I would recommend Cynthia to everyone especially expecting mothers and people looking for a one-of-a-kind family photo shoot.” – The B Family

Toledo Ohio Family Photographer Review family with dogs photo by Cynthia Dawson PhotographyToledo Ohio Family Photographer Review 3 dogs on bed photo by Cynthia Dawson PhotographyToledo Ohio Family Photographer Review girl eating cupcake photo by Cynthia Dawson Photography

It’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 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. 


Gathering Volumes Bookstore

When you walk into Gathering Volumes Bookstore, your senses come alive. Books are neatly displayed on tables and shelves. Rows and rows of colorful book covers and intriguing titles pull you in and you can quickly lose track of time browsing their 8,000 different titles. Denise opened Gathering Volumes after seeing a need for an independent bookstore in the area after regularly driving to Ann Arbor for new releases and her favorite books. With a little time and lots of courage she, opened Gathering Volumes. With a comfy long and tea station, she encourages the store to be a gathering place for those enthusiastic about sharing their love of reading and community.

Gathering Volumes Bookstore photo by Cynthia Dawson Photography

Events

Summer is in full swing and that may mean a little extra encouragement to keep your little one’s mind fresh and engaged. Gathering Volumes has many different learning based activities all summer long. From story time for your toddler to book club for your emerging  and well established readers, the activities are endless! The children bookclubs are especially fun for young readers because the kids love to share their thoughts about the books with friends. They also have special book lunch parties, craft and game nights and adult bookclubs. Check out their packed calendar here!

Gathering Volumes Bookstore photo by Cynthia Dawson Photography

Summer Fun!

Where’s Waldo is celebrating 30 years and Gathering Volume will be celebrating along with them! They will be hosting a scavenger hunt so your kiddos can track down Waldo in local businesses around town. Finding him will mean a cool prize and party at the end of July. I know my little ones will love to play along and discover Waldo around town.

Gathering Volumes Bookstore photo by Cynthia Dawson Photography

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K. Rowling  Denise says it is their goal to help you find the right book. There are many unique titles and authors here. Books are selected by the customers and owner so you know the perfect book is right around the corner. So come in and check out this fun bookstore! Learn more about Gathering Volumes here.

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Cynthia is a Findlay Ohio Lifestyle 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.


A Year of Stories – Making a Masterpiece

His sister had art camp last week. He had such a hard time dropping her off each day. One afternoon he even protested that he was seven and could stay. I felt so bad that he wanted to go to art camp too so when we came home I set up the paint for him. I usually shy away from painting because of the mess. Watching his face light up as he dipped his brush in and out of the different colored paints made it all worthwhile. When he had covered his paper completely in paint, he decided to move on to his belly. I couldn’t stop it because (1) photos and (2) his smile was huge! He was too proud of himself and his masterpiece!

Findlay Ohio Lifestyle Photographer boy painting self photo by Cynthia Dawson Photography

A year of stories is a group of photographers who have come together to share a story each week. See more inspiring storytelling imagery 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.


Maumee Bay Beach

A few weeks ago, we decided to skip homeschool for the day and have an “adventure.” We took the kids to Maumee Bay Beach for a little playtime. It was a bit too cold to go into the water. They didn’t mind with all the fun to be had on the sand and having their toes in the water. I actually think they would of gone in if we let them. We can’t wait to go back more this summer! See more from our day trip here.

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Maumee Bay Beach two kids playing on beach photo by Cynthia Dawson photography

Before & After

When I took this image, I loved the movement of the birds in the background and how both M and Jr were caught throwing rocks. The colors seemed really drab to me so in ACR, I played with the blue/aqua saturation under the HSL panel. I adjusted it manually because I wanted to keep the colors natural. I then used a curve layer to add more pop to all the colors. This image required more photoshop than what I normally do. I knew I needed to clean up the sky thanks to all the dust on my sensor and I wanted to remove the toys on the sand since they didn’t add anything to the story of this image. I was able to easily do that with the patch tool. After a crop, the image was finished.

Want to learn more about photography? Ask Cynthia about her mommarazzi workshop!

 

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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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