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HEAD SHOTS

This team of ladies hosted a meeting the other day where I was able to pop in and photograph them for their head shots. And lucky us, there was a touch of sun that day so we had some warmer weather with gorgeous natural light. I love the glow the sunlight gives these portraits. They just look like people I want to work with! In fact, if your student is in need of a little academic assistance to help reach their goals, these ladies are the ones to contact. The company is called LEAP and they are locally owned and operated. If interested, visit their site at www.leaprogram.com. They were a joy to work with, and I know your child would love working with them too! Thanks ladies for a fun morning and for allowing your personalities to shine through in your portraits.

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HEART COLLAGE

I created this fun, gorgeous heart collage for the family I photographed in the winter snow a few weeks ago. I love having a plan as to what to do with your treasured images after the session. It’s so great to get those family portraits on the walls for all to see and for you to enjoy years to come. This collage was created to be a 30×30 canvas, but can be any size print or even a small 5×5 card! There are lots of possibilities and it just makes me smile. I hope this gives others an idea what they can do with their portraits, or if you have a session with me, you may see these kinds of designs popping up in my product offerings.

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DO TODAY WELL

Every once in a while I’m reminded what we really do as photographers. It’s not just snapping the camera to get a good picture. It’s watching the magic between loved ones unfold. It’s seeing that quiet moment and catching it at the exact second so it stands still in time forever. It’s helping families create memories and laughter doing something they enjoy together. It’s giving the gift of precious photos for loved ones to enjoy now and years to come. When I stand back and see what photographers truly achieve, it makes me proud to do something in life that brings such joy and simply makes people smile.

I was reminded all this the other day during my photo session with a very special family. Two years ago Jen, this sweet mama, was diagnosed with advanced cancer and one of the very first things she requested the day she heard the news was to have a photo session arranged for her, and quickly, before chemotherapy started. To see our session at that time, check out the archive here. Fast forward two years, Jen had completely beat stage IV cancer (yes she’s an amazing fighter) but this winter it returned again. This time we did not have the luxury of squeezing in a session before chemo started so rather than waiting until it’s over, we just went for it and did it now. No time like the present, right?! I love that we came up with the idea of fun hats and scarves and sweaters out in the snow! Of all winters here in Cincinnati, this is the most snow we’ve ever seen so it was perfect for our session. Jen and I planned out the session and then waited for the next snowfall. When it started snowing, we made quick arrangements and I’m so glad we did.

We had a great time playing in the snow. The kids romped in the snow, cuddled on a sled, threw snowballs, and even made a snowman at the very end. We finished the session with an indoor treat of hot chocolate and warm cookies. Now that’s what I call a fun session! Their girls played with my girls and we just had a very enjoyable afternoon. Love that kids can pick up and play together without ever even meeting. :)

Do today well. That’s the phrase coined by this mom when she titled her blog that records her life with cancer, the days with her family, the moments she cherishes and anything that interests her in her full life. This strong mom has a grasp on life that’s amazingly inspirational. She gives plenty of squeezes and cuddles to her girls, goes on romantic dates with her adoring husband, travels the world, loves Jesus, and still finds time to do everyday things like meeting for playdates, cooking dinner, attending church, and just being a good friend. If you’d like to get to know Jen too, and read her blog, you can find it at www.dotodaywell.com. She would also appreciate prayers for her and her family. Enjoy seeing our time together!

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Patty Wheeler - You are an amazing family…

SandraA - You captured this family in all their glory. Their love and happiness is evident in every picture.

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WELCOMING BABY BROTHER HOME

What a joy it was to spend the afternoon with this family photographing the new baby boy they welcomed into their home just a few weeks ago. It was actually a cold and snowy day, but I feel such warmth and brightness when I look at these portraits. There’s just something about this fun family that keeps me happy and smiling. I love that their personalities (even baby’s) come alive in the images. Doesn’t he have the cutest look?! We waited a long time for baby to fall asleep and he finally did although for about 5 minutes. He truly didn’t want to miss out on the action. :) But in that time we documented some sweet sleeping moments along with those tiny fingers and toes. And wow, I must say how much I adore those black and white images with mom and baby. There’s something just so special and tender about that relationship and I love sneaking up and capturing it on camera. Thank you D family for being so amazing and for inviting me into your home!

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HOME SWEET HOME

Can I just say how much I adore this family? I have photographed these kids multiple times and they are so sincerely sweet and fun every time! This past month when the mom contacted me it was to say that they are moving and building a new house and to ask if we could take some special photos around their current home before they move. So happy to share in the excitement, I said of course! The day was pretty dark for indoor shots so we headed to a nearby favorite park where we found some gorgeous spots with golden light streaming though the trees. (I love that this is such a special place for them too.) After the park we topped the late afternoon off with some portraits in their front yard which is so beautiful. Years ago we photographed the kids in the tree house and I’m so glad we could grab a photo of them squeezing in there together. This time with tons of sun flare, but I think that just adds a cool vibe. And yes, they are bigger now and it was quite a squeeze! They live in one of my favorite homes so it’s no surprise it sold before even hitting the market. I know their next home will be even more amazing. Congratulations K family on your upcoming adventure. Thank you for always thinking of me and allowing me to photograph your children over the years. It’s a joy and blessing to see them grow!

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