Maria's Sunflower Patch of Hope | Portrait Sessions 2019

One of my favorite parts of my job is being able to give back to the community. Sometimes we all get wrapped up with what's happening in our own lives that we forget there are bigger problems to solve. Being an Avon Lake resident and seeing this beautiful Sunflower Patch in the late summer reminds me just how fleeting life can be and also change in a blink of an eye. Life is so, so fragile. Also, every child also deserves the chance to live a long, happy life. 

I AM so HAPPY to hear that the Prayers from Maria Sunflower Patch will be once again planted at it’s Avon Lake location! It was built out of love and compassion for children and their families and the dire need for research from The Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation.

The Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation is dedicated to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for the deadliest childhood brain tumors known as gliomas; raising public awareness about gliomas and bringing hope to children and their families who deal with the hardships of this disease. I will be photographing at the sunflower patch the end of August 2019. For every session booked, I will be donating 30% of each session towards this amazing foundation.

If you would be interested in booking a mini or full session to help support this great foundation - please feel free to contact me directly at: or 440-506-8547. 

Mini sessions will be $150 for a 30 min. session and full sessions are $350 for 1 hr.

Dates for the sessions will be updated once the Foundation releases the dates. The field is anticipated to bloom by the end of August.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about this amazing organization and all that it stands for! I hope to see some of you out here next month for the last sessions in Avon Lake.

Enjoy some of the highlights from last year's sessions. :)



Matt + Carla | Engagement Session | Independence, OH. + CLE

May has been a pretty schnazzy month so far! Pretty excited for some new clients and brides for this summer - life is great. No complaints here. I'll be in Hocking Hills mid-next week and can't wait to bring all my film cameras to be a complete photo nerd. Hooray!

One thing I am really happy about is all the referrals I've been getting lately for my weddings. For a small business, referrals are everything! They are my bread and butter. In all honesty, it is the best compliment to know that your clientele is enjoying their photos so much that they are kind enough to pass on the good word. For all my weddings, I offer a great referral program for all my brides that book with me. It always feels so great to be able to give back. Love it.

I had a blast with Matt and Carla's engagement session because it was so fun, unique and just carefree. Matt is a firefighter for the village of Oakwood and Garfield Heights. It was super neat to bring out the firetruck and have a good time. Carla is such a sweetheart! My favorite thing about Carla is her contagious laugh and sweet personality. We had a blast traveling down to Edgewater Park and finishing off at the Cleveland sign right there. Can't wait to photograph these two for their wedding next May! Enjoy my favorites from that day. <3 <3

Enjoy the weather and have a good weekend,

xo Nikki

Photographer | Nicole Follen

Locations | Oakwood Village Fire station, Edgewater Park 

Hanna + Brian | Maternity Session @Rockefeller Park Greenhouse | Cleveland, OH.

Warmer weather is *finally* here in the CLE! Hooray! You can bet all your monies that I am a happy little lady indeed. What better way to finally celebrate the decent weather than with a beautiful maternity photo shoot with great friends? 

Hanna and Brian are such a great couple. They are family friends of mine and I couldn't be more ecstatic when they told me that they were going to be parents. It felt like it was just yesterday when I was photographing their wedding down at Windows on the River. Time really does fly ladies and gents. It's crazy!

The Rockefeller Park Greenhouse is just a gorgeous location. Surprisingly enough, not a lot of people really know about it. It is always changing with the seasons inside the greenhouse too. The outside grounds are so pretty all year round. The best part: It's FREE to go see whenever you please. How about that? :)

I also just wanted to point out how insanely GORGEOUS Hanna is, friends! She made this too easy and her husband, Brian was there to help with the smiles and chuckles along the way. I hope you all enjoy the photo of Brian's "food baby." Who says you can't have fun while taking baby photos?! Anyways, I hope you all enjoy this lovely couple at this hidden gem in the Cleveland area.

xo Nikki

Location: | Rockefeller Park Greenhouse  

Photographer: | Nicole Follen

Dress: | shoppinkblush