Carousel Fun || A Cleveland History Center Family Session

Sometimes I get the honor of photographing other photographer’s family sessions. It isn’t often because let’s face it, we typically take a tripod, a remote, and an (often) unsuccessful shot in the dark. Not this time. And honestly, this family needed a little bit of fun.

Shay’s oldest son, Jace, has unfortunately been the target of some serious bullying. This session was originally supposed to be just Shay and Ryan. These two were long overdue for some photos of their lovey-dovey selves. It was decided they would use this session to promote self love, and family closeness within their own little tribe instead. I couldn’t have been happier to swap hats from engagement photographer, to family photographer.


As a mother, can I just take a moment to talk about bullying in our public school systems? I’m not going to get political and talk about debates over gun control or anything. But have you taken a step back and just listened to your kids? Have you eavesdropped on their conversations with friends? Are you assuming your child is a good kid, but not 100% certain. Just a friendly reminder from one parent who is outnumbered by her offspring to another, kids are really, REALLY good at hiding things from parents. Just stay aware. I hate thinking that my child is a victim of bullying (which she is), let alone that they may be a bully themselves. Okay, I’m stepping off my soap box now. 🙂


All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better family, or a better location for these images. I mean, come on! A carousel! Like, this is every kid’s dream, am I right? I know I’m right. Plus, I got to hop on a horse and go round and round a few times myself.

Oh, did I mention this carousel is over 100 years old? It’s a restored original from Euclid Beach Park circa 1910. Talk about history. Oh, and here’s a quick little plug for the Cleveland History Center, it’s ran by Western Reserve, and if you haven’t gone, I highly suggest it. They had a Delorean on display when I was there. We’re big Back to the Future nerds in this house.


Interested in booking your family session with us at Gra Photography? 

Here’s how you can get in touch with me:

Love Gwaltney
GRA Photography
Your Akron Boudoir Photographer
Phone:  (234) 334-7684
[email protected]


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