Northeast Ohio Photographer | comparison is a dirty little word

Dear Creative Soul

“Do you sometimes feel your progress is slow? Do you sometimes blame yourself for not being talented enough, and not doing enough with your career? Oftentimes the reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes circumstances with everyone else’s public highlight reel. Forget what everyone else is doing and achieving. Your life is about breaking your own limits and outgrowing yourself to live YOUR best life. The ONLY photographer you should compare yourself with is the one you used to be!”- Christina Greve

I recently stumbled across Christina’s words about comparison and it hit me like a ton of bricks. She said it perfectly. So I left it alone and decided to share.


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noun: comparison; plural noun: comparisons
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    the act or instance of comparing.

We all start somewhere. And 9 times out of 10 that beginning point isn’t pretty. What’s important is that we keep moving. Striving. Working. Learning. Improving. Perfecting. That’s a good point above. What we see from other photographer’s is their highlight reel. We don’t see the imperfect photos that they deleted. We don’t usually see our neighbor’s stressful day. Social Media has been both a blessing and a curse to the way we view the world. We post the best of the best because we want to show that off. We enjoy showing everyone how happy we are and “Hey look at this perfect photo I just took of this adorable new baby?!” And then when we turn around and view our own work, culling a session and we think “Ew. Look at these photos that didn’t turn out. I had something in mind but I couldn’t get the baby to cooperate. This is my fault. My photos aren’t as good as ____. They’re perfect. They were always perfect. I’m sure of it. I’ll never be as good as ____.” Sound familiar? Yeah. I thought so.

So why don’t we put a stop to it all? Every award winning movie star was once a struggling actor. Every great author once was embarrassed to let someone read a chapter out of her scribbles. Every athlete was once out of shape. The same goes for us. Every amazing photographer you see was once just first picking up a camera. It’s a process. Enjoy it! Pick up your camera every day. Keep practicing. Keep moving forward. STOP COMPARING!! Comparison is the thief of joy. The only photographer you should be comparing yourself to is the photographer you used to be. I tell myself this almost daily as a reminder.

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Want some photo proof that it gets better? Look at my editing too… even that changes drastically as I’ve grown and learned more about Photoshop and post processing. I am thankful for every stepping stone I’ve had in this journey. 🙂

(PS – All of the before photos are of my own babies 🙂 )

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Tuscarawas & Stark County OH Red Thread Adoption Photographer | NE Ohio

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”

I feel like not many people are aware of this program available to new parents who are adopting or the fact that there are 100’s of photographers nationwide who offer their services, love and time for this organization.


This is taken from Red Thread Session’s website:

About Red Thread Sessions

Red Thread Sessions was started in 2011 by two custom photographers in Texas and Maryland, both whom added to their families through adoption. Feeling the need in their communities to celebrate the beauty of adoption through photography, Red Thread Sessions was born. Soon after, many other photographers throughout the U.S. felt moved to donate their time as well. Red Thread sessions not only captures family portraits of new families, it also capture the precious, happy, confusing, exciting, exhausting, traumatic, life-changing time that is so often brief and fleeting in the life of an adoptive family.

Why “Red Thread” Sessions?

The Ancient Chinese Proverb is a commonly-used saying within the adoption community. It symbolizes the bond that all adoptive children have with their adoptive parents, even before they meet. An invisible “red thread” connects them to the people they are destined to meet. Although this Proverb truly relates to all people, it has a particularly strong connection to adoptive families and seemed like the perfect name for this organization.


 I wanted to also take a few moments and explain why I became a Red Thread Photographer. Even though my husband and I have never adopted, it’s always been something deep on my heart and I find myself drawn to families who’ve adopted. When I was a little girl, my Barbie dolls always had at least 1 family who adopted. I imagine this originally came from my Aunt and Uncle adopting all of their babies, 4 in all, and from all different backgrounds and reasons. I love each and every one of their stories. I also have friends who were adopted and other friends who have adopted or are planning to adopt. I love the heart behind it. The love. The instant bond that makes you a family. It doesn’t matter how you became a family. Just that you ARE. And that right there is why I became a Red Thread Session Photographer. My extended family is made up of all kinds from all over. Some were born into. Some were adopted. Some have been from a divorced family and their father or mother married into our family and we gained cousins and Aunt’s and Uncle’s. I have half siblings and it doesn’t make a difference how I feel about them. Family is family no matter how they arrived. ❤

All that being said, these sessions are free (travel fee’s may apply) and are limited to how many I can accept each year!! In order to comply with the Red Thread guidelines, the adoption session needs to be completed within 3 months of the child coming home (barring any unusual situations where health complications prohibit that from happening). If you are planning to adopt in 2015, or know of someone else who is, and want to reserve a time for one of these sessions please contact me. I offer a free session, your choice of 5 digital images selected from your finished proof gallery and a set of 4×6 proof images with a 15% discount on any optional print/product purchases. Or you can choose one of my full sessions at a 50% discount. View investment information here regarding baby’s first year plans as well as maternity and family session information. Please make sure you’ve viewed my portrait galleries prior to contacting me so that you know your style meshes well with my own. 🙂 Contact me for your own shoot by emailing me at info@brandiwilliamsonphotography.com or by clicking here for my contact tab.Dover New Philadelphia Canton Akron Green Massillon Ohio Red Thread Adoption Photographer | Tuscarawas County and Stark County OH | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com(Note: Not all clients in above photos are from Red Thread Adoption Sessions)

© Brandi Williamson Photography | baby, family and adoption photographer serving Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County, Stark County, Holmes County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Dover New Philadelphia OH children’s photographer | Easter Mini Sessions

Who’s ready for those adorable little chicks to chirp chirp chirp back into my studio? This year I am playing it safe for both the kids and the bunnies and opting out of bunny pictures. I will have chicks again and will enforce washing hands before you leave in addition to signing a safety/health waiver. Legalities! Gotta love them! 😉 We can also do photos without the chicks if you would prefer.

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Cost is listed above and there is a $25 non-refundable retainer required to book (retainer is deducted from total cost). Payments accepted are credit card (I can invoice you online), check (made out to Brandi Williamson Photography, mailing address is PO Box 301, Midvale OH 44653) or cash. No gift certificates please. Easter Mini Sessions are intended for up to 3 children (siblings please). $10 extra per child. Cousins and extended family can book back to back sessions. These are not intended for family sessions.

Saturday March 7th will be using the turquoise backdrop:
11AM | 11:30AM | 12PM | 12:30PM | 1PM | LUNCH | 2PM | 2:30PM | 3PM | 3:30PM | 4PM

Saturday March 14th will be using the cream colored backdrop:
11AM | 11:30AM | 12PM | 12:30PM | 1PM | LUNCH | 2PM | 2:30PM | 3PM | 3:30PM | 4PM

If you want to schedule a weekday (between 11AM – 2PM) between these dates I will have the chicks available then as well. These will be on select days and scheduled in-between other sessions as well.

I’m looking forward to another fantastic year of fun Easter sessions!!! Don’t forget, refer a **brand new** client to me and you can both receive a $20 credit (I will allow using this for Easter Mini Sessions this year too!!)

© Brandi Williamson Photography | child and children’s photographer serving Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County, Stark County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Akron OH children’s photographer | quick 2 year milestone session + a big brother

Ahhhhh 2 year olds. ❤ Their sessions are either tons of fun and full of giggles… or the opposite. 😉 In Cali’s instance, it was giggles that won out. 🙂 Her Mom and I knew we had to work fast with this one so it was a short and sweet milestone session. And then of course big brother had to stand in front of my camera too. 😛 I love his toothy grin!!

Go here to view more milestone sessions. View investment information here regarding milestone sessions. Contact me for your own shoot by using my contact tab or emailing me at info@brandiwilliamsonphotography.com.

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Carrollton Ohio first birthday photographer | isaiah’s sprinkle smash cake session

Isaiah recently saved me and this adorable sprinkle smash cake from Sugarfuse. Due to sickness, I had a cancellation so his Mom booked this last minute cake smash mini session in my Tuscarawas County OH studio. 🙂 I’m so glad I was able to meet him! Such a little sweetheart! He was a little wary of really digging in, but Mom gave him a taste of the frosting and then he was more apt to at least scoop the frosting and sprinkles off of the cake. 🙂

Go here to view more first birthday smash cake photo sessions. View investment information here regarding smash cake and milestone sessions. Contact me for your own shoot by using my contact tab or emailing me at info@brandiwilliamsonphotography.com.Carrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comCarrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com

If you’d like to schedule your own smash cake mini session see contact info below.Carrollton Ohio smash cake birthday photographer 44615 | sprinkle smash cake | Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | cake by Sugarfuse | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com

© Brandi Williamson Photography photographer serving Carrollton (44615) Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Dover New Philadelphia OH Photographer | Project 52 | imagination

Oh my word!!! This is a FUN theme!!! You’re for sure going to want to check out ALL of our blogs this week!!! 🙂

I really hadn’t messed around with this type of Photoshopping images so this took some playing and learning on my part. I love that it really pushed me out of my comfort zone!!

The first image I attempted was my oldest daughter, Emma, and her books. She LOVES to read so we wanted to document her in this stage. Her composite was fairly simple. I took a shot of the books stacked up and then I photographed her sitting on a stool and I combined the 2 with some behind the scenes Photoshop magic. 😉 She is so excited about her finished photo that she’s asked if I could print it as a poster for her bedroom. How fun!

New Philadelphia Ohio childrens photographer 44663 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | Project 52: ImaginationLiam’s photo was quite a lot more difficult. First off, he’s 3 and he’s very much not a fan of my camera. He refused to wear the clothes I chose for him. And we ended up changing up the entire idea and instead went with whatever he decided to do. Isn’t that the typical life with a toddler? LOL I do love the end result though!! Don’t you? He giggles every time that he sees it too and says “Oh I’m small Liam! Look Mommy! That dolphin’s gonna gobble my fishie! Stay awayyyyyy shark! Oh no!” And then all of that is typically followed by “Let’s go! I want a bubble bath please!!!” Love this little boy and his fun imagination!!New Philadelphia Ohio childrens photographer 44663 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | Project 52: ImaginationIzzy Grace’s chalkboard image was the last one we got around to finishing. She and I discussed what we wanted to do at the beginning of the week but things kept happening and we would put it off another day for one reason or another. (Kind of like the same reason I have yet to call the Preschool up again to set up another date for a tour for Liam?! OOPS!). Isabella’s photo was a lot of fun to execute!! I knew that I didn’t want a generic chalkboard stock image in the background. I wanted it to be HER drawing. So she set to work on that this morning. Then immediately following a studio session on Saturday morning, I told her we would photograph her “flying”. And of course we needed to add in her beloved Duffy Bear who goes everywhere else with her. It’s only natural he would go on a flying adventure through her chalkboard drawing wonderland too!!! 😛Dover Ohio 44622 New Philadelphia Ohio childrens photographer 44663 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com | Project 52: Imagination

Next in line for our blog circle is the talented LeAnn Rehm Photography. Seriously, you do not want to miss this so please click her link to view! 🙂 Her photo is so much fun!!

To view past week’s of our Finding Me: Project 52 click here.

© Brandi Williamson Photography photographer serving Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Tuscarawas County Ohio baby + child photographer | Dover New Philadelphia OH | Mack + Hudson

We all know that 6 month baby sessions are high on my favorite things to photograph list. 🙂 Add in a sweet 3 year old brother and it’s a big win in my book! 🙂 Meet Mack (3 years old) and Hudson (6 months old). These adorable brothers recently moved to Ohio from Virgina along with their big sister and Mom & Dad. I get to see big sister again in just a few short weeks for her 6 year old studio session and Hudson’s 9 month milestone as well. 😀

I cannot get over Hudson’s flyaway hair-do! Can he be any more precious?! And Mack & his tie? I die. ❤

Fun tidbit: Mack has had his photo taken with the same tie for every milestone session beginning with his newborn shoot. The photographer they used in Virginia can be found here. She is pretty amazing. And that makes me feel even more special and happy that these little one’s Momma chose *ME* as their new Ohio photographer. ❤ Thank you Natisha!Dover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.comDover New Philadelphia Tuscarawas County Ohio baby and toddler photographer 44663 44622 | © Brandi Williamson Photography | www.brandiwilliamsonphotography.com

© Brandi Williamson Photography 6 month baby and 3 year old child photographer serving Strasburg (44680) Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County, Stark County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Dover New Philadelphia OH Extended Family Photographer | the family’s all here!

Every once in awhile I do extended family sessions and I usually get a little nervous beforehand because they can be a little chaotic. I feel like that impending chaos just makes the end result that much more satisfying. 🙂 This family was the sweetest! All of them. Some live here in Tuscarawas County and others were visiting over the Thanksgiving holiday. The visit was the reason for the photo this year. I was worrying a little due to the cold weather we were having but they were troopers! We arrived at Warther’s Museum & Gardens in Dover and got right to work. Lucky for me the kids were amazing too. Just look at that grin on their sweet baby girl!!! ❤ Plus they all looked amazing and that really helps as well!! Thanks Ellen for thinking of me to capture your beautiful family!!Dover Ohio extended family photographer Warther's Garden 44622Dover Ohio extended family photographer Warther's Garden 44622Dover Ohio extended family photographer Warther's Garden 44622Dover Ohio extended family photographer Warther's Garden 44622Dover Ohio extended family photographer Warther's Garden 44622Dover Ohio extended family photographer Warther's Garden 44622Dover Ohio extended family photographer Warther's Garden 44622Dover Ohio extended family photographer Warther's Garden 44622© Brandi Williamson Photography extended family photographer serving Dover (44622) New Philadelphia (44663) OH and surrounding areas in Tuscarawas County, Stark County and Northeast Ohio | To book your session contact me via my website’s contact page to reserve your appointment!

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Dover New Philadelphia OH Smash Cake Photographer | rider’s giant cupcake smash

Rider. ❤ Gosh, he is so darn cute! He was right from the start too of course. See for yourself and go look at his newborn session and his 6 month studio session too! See? Told you! Future heart breaker for sure. ❤ Now let’s talk about this awesome (and yummy!!!!) giant cupcake of his from New Philadelphia’s Sugarfuse. Have you been by their storefront in Bistro 131 yet? Try their buckeyes… Yummmmmm. Buckeyes are sort of my favorite everywhere though so I might be biased towards them. 😉New Philadelphia Dover Bolivar Canton OH smash cake photographer | Tuscarawas County Ohio | © Brandi Williamson PhotographyNew Philadelphia Dover Bolivar Canton OH smash cake photographer | Tuscarawas County Ohio | © Brandi Williamson PhotographyNew Philadelphia Dover Bolivar Canton OH smash cake photographer | Tuscarawas County Ohio | © Brandi Williamson PhotographyNew Philadelphia Dover Bolivar Canton OH smash cake photographer | Tuscarawas County Ohio | © Brandi Williamson PhotographyNew Philadelphia Dover Bolivar Canton OH smash cake photographer | Tuscarawas County Ohio | © Brandi Williamson PhotographyNew Philadelphia Dover Bolivar Canton OH smash cake photographer | Tuscarawas County Ohio | © Brandi Williamson PhotographyNew Philadelphia Dover Bolivar Canton OH smash cake photographer | Tuscarawas County Ohio | © Brandi Williamson PhotographyPhotographing studio and outdoor sessions in Dover, New Philadelphia, Bolivar, Canton Ohio and surrounding Tuscarawas & Stark County areas | 1st birthday smash cake studio session | © Brandi Williamson Photography

Dover, New Philadelphia OH photographer | project 52 | light

Week 3 | light

We haven’t had many sunny days lately with all of the cold and snow and ice so I jumped at the chance when I saw this gorgeous sunshine pouring in the window this week. My 3 old wasn’t exactly the perfect model I expected, but I like his take on the theme too. ❤

We’ve decided to turn our little project 52 into a blog circle too for fun and to help hold us accountable as the weeks go by. 🙂 Make sure you stop by Stacy Espinoza Photography next to view her take on this week’s theme. 🙂 After that, continue on through the circle until you get back to me! Don’t forget to leave us comments and “likes”. Thanks!!!Canton Ohio, Dover New Philadelphia OH photographer | © Brandi Williamson Photography © Brandi Williamson Photography | project 52 | light | Dover, New Philadelphia Ohio photographer