Family Portraits Session

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2018-09-29 09:00 - 12:00

2018 Family Portraits Event
Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 9am to Noon
Leetonia Beehive Coke Ovens Park, 999 Cherry Valley Rd., Leetonia, OH
Photography provided by: Jada Landgraver Photography, LLC

Families should arrive 10 minutes before their scheduled session time. If you registered last year and did not show, you will not be eligible to register this year. We are trying to allow as many families as possible get their opportunity for a family portrait. If you register and are unable to attend we ask that you kindly give 48 hours or more notice by emailing to allow another family to register. Families will receive best photo emailed to them, as well as a free 5×7 photo mailed to them. All portraits will be taken outside. If rain is a possibility, we will have tent coverage.

Event Registration for our annual Family Portraits Event is FULL! We are currently not accepting any new registrations. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please email us at

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