My name is Lydia Schaefer and I am a family, high school senior, and creative portrait artist. And I abso-freaking-lutely LOVE what I do! Being able to capture both - the beautiful everyday moments of a family session as well as creating more dramatic and stylized sessions for seniors and brand imagery - is honestly the best!
I was born and raised in the Toledo, Ohio area - living in Point Place until grade 6 and then moving out to Whitehouse and graduating from Anthony Wayne High School. I like to joke that I had a 'surf & turf' childhood - starting with boating, fishing, ice skating in the Point and then moving onto a farm with horses, participating in 4-H, and rocking it on my high school Equestrian Team.
I graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in Microbiology - only to find out that it wasn't the right path for me. So, after lots of trial & error in different jobs and trying to figure what I wanted 'to be when I grew up' (haha)... I finally realized that the only constant was my love of photography. And here I am. Finally. Doing exactly what I was meant to do - creating beautiful, personality-filled images that tells your unique story!
Thankfully, I have a loving and super supportive husband that enables me to pursue this passion of mine. As well as a spunky, 4 year old daughter who keeps me on my toes and is constantly reminding me how beautiful and exciting life really is. These two beautiful humans give my life so much meaning. <3
Growing up in Point Place, Ohio was a special part of my childhood. One of my fondest memories includes my pet duck, which I named Darkwing (because, well he had dark wings, but also because of the 90’s cartoon that I watched called "Darkwing Duck", so it seemed fitting, haha). So, since my photography style revolves around telling stories of families and showcasing the individual personalities of seniors, I wanted the name to be unique to my own story. Thus, Darkwing Photography was created! :)