N A T U R A L L I G H T P O R T R A I T P H O T O G R A P H Y
Working with Candy!
Do you ever wish you could experience what it feels like to be photographed with the people you love the most? Do you wish you had a keepsake photograph of yourself and your family that would be passed down for future generations? I shoot a wide variety of natural light portraits and love to create gorgeous images that become family heirlooms that you will treasure and pass down to your children. I am Candy Barks, Natural Light Portrait Photographer - I'm a wife, a cat mom, an artist and a chef. I love to shoot a variety of natural light portraits, including seniors, headshots, small family groups, engagements and couples. My style is fun, creative, relaxed and honest. My goal is to capture all those meaningful moments and true personalities! Portraits can be shot on location or in my beautiful home studio or you may select the location of your choice, including parks, venues, open fields, cityscapes, beaches or your home!
I also feature a fine art photography collection.
Prints can be viewed in the client gallery/portfolio section of this page and are available for purchase.
My work has been presented at The Cleveland Print Room, University Hospitals of Cleveland, The Cain Park Arts Festival, Cleveland Photo Fest, TOMO, Michael Stefan, Stella's Art Gallery, Willoughby Senior Center, The University of Arizona and Painesville Art in the Park.
I attended school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where I earned a BFA in Visual Communication and Studio Art.
I love Canon products and enjoy working with my Canon 5d Mark III.
I have a variety of beautiful backdrops for all your portrait session needs.
"Candy did amazing work with my daughter's senior pictures. She was so flexible with the location and creative with incorporating the natural surroundings. My daughter was so comfortable working with Candy, and she made her feel so special. The photo box with the matted prints is absolutely beautiful. It's hard to believe the photos could look any more spectacular than they already were. Ecstatic over the finished product!" - D.C.
Originally, Laney wanted to get her photos done somewhere in Cleveland but had no clue where to go… Candy Barks to the rescue! We live in Mentor and Candy was able to offer many local suggestions so that we didn’t have to drive very far. We chose Lake Erie College and couldn’t have been happier!
Candy’s focus is on her subject, and she really interacts with them on a very professional yet personal level. She will literally get into the suggested poses to make sure the subject understands what is being asked. And there is always laughter, as well as compliments galore! Candy has a knack for making people feel good about themselves.
When it was time to choose the photo for the yearbook & the photos for our personal folios, we were overwhelmed and had no clue where to start. Candy carved out some time for us to sit together to go through the photos with her expert opinions. She was able to simplify the process and made it fun to make choices!
Candy was always available via text/messenger to answer questions and discuss options. She is our favorite photographer. We have utilized her services for about 10 years and will continue to do so for my (now sophomore) twins in a couple of years, as well as any family functions that come up in between! - A.B.
Candy took amazing portraits of my daughter for her Senior Photos. She captured her personality in all of them. Candy made both of us feel so comfortable, like we have known her for years. It was so much fun watching my daughter laugh with her and making her senior year special. I highly recommend Candy for any occasion!!! - L.E
"Never felt so relaxed having my picture taken!!! Candy is a Natural making you feel comfortable behind the lens!" - K.S.
"I don't think there is ever going to be a photographer I choose over Candy!! She is genuinely interested in getting to know her clients so she can deliver pictures that show exactly who they are. She has photographed many members of my family and never fails to deliver the best photos ever! She is nothing short of amazing!"
"Candy goes out of her way to ensure her clients get exactly what they ask for! She has a keen eye for detail and is so creative. I would use Candy Barks Photography over and over again for many moons to come!" - R.M.
"Candy is not only creative, and an amazing artist, she also genuinely loves people, and brings out the best in them. My family, especially my children, have had many opportunities over the years to spend time with Candy, having pictures taken, but more importantly, having fun. She captures their beauty, their moods, and their personalities. The kiddos are only 9 & 10 years old, but we already know that Candy will be shooting many more family occasions for us, as well as their Senior Portraits and weddings!!!!" - A.G.
"Candy really took the time to sit with me and my husband to make sure she got every photo of our oh so special day! She really went above and beyond and got some amazing pictures that we will cherish forever. We will definitely be going back to her in the future for any other photo needs! If you want a truly artistic photographer Candy is your girl!! She made our wedding one that we will be able to remember forever!"
"AMAZING! She did a wonderful job capturing the happiest day of my life." - A.A.
"Candy has done numerous portraits for my family including my sons senior pictures, family portraits and my nieces wedding. She is very creative with the sessions and there is no pressure with her. I highly recommend her for any type of portraits you are looking to get done." - M.M.