5 Tips for Your Next Session

I remember my first portrait session. It was terrifying. I felt like I had no idea what I was doing, and I couldn't believe that someone had paid me to do this. I felt inadequate, unqualified, and untalented. Regardless, I raised my camera, framed my subject, and took the first picture. Sometimes it's all about first steps. Many times, starting a shoot can feel like you're walking for the first time. It might start a little bit shakey, and you might not feel like you have control, and there are people staring at you (or at your camera) expecting you to wow them. It's a lot of pressure! But eventually, you get the hang of it, you feel more comfortable doing it, and you even play with running,


I have never liked sunsets. It's not that I dislike them, but I've never been wowed by them. I've always thought sunsets were kind of cliche. And posting them on Instagram? Forget it. But yesterday, when I woke up at 7:00pm from my 3 hour nap (spring break!), I walked right out of my house and into spring. It felt almost as if it had sprung while I was asleep. The smell, the colors, the freshness, the sunset, it all hit me at once. And I loved it. But it's not just spring that I love, but specifically spring at home. I feel like home gets a bad rap. It's where you grew up and went through your awkward phases. It's the place you couldn't wait to leave. It's where your parents live. When I

Why Your Present Matters

It can be really difficult to appreciate the ending of things. Not just the end, but also the time leading up to the end. Personally, I love new beginnings and new challenges, but once I sense them coming, it’s hard to resist the urge to drop everything I’m doing now to get there faster. This waiting period can turn the present stale, no matter how good or rewarding it used to feel. This week is my last week of work before I go on spring break. It’s also the week before the spring musical, of which I am the assistant director. No matter how excited I am for the musical, or how ready I am to bring my students quality content before break, that’s a little tarnished by the view of spring break

March Minis

Up for a March Mini Shoot? March is one of my favorite months because everything begins coming back to life. This winter may not have been harsh, but I was still SO grateful to see flowers blooming and open up my classroom windows. I may be biased towards March since I have two weeks off for spring break (perks of being a teacher!). This March I've decided that I want to take advantage of the month by introducing March Minis! A March Mini is a one hour, $100 photoshoot with a guaranteed delivery of 15-20 images. Anyone can schedule a March Mini! A family, a couple, someone looking for portraits; you can even schedule a photoshoot for your pets! March Minis are quick and easy, with beautiful


IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR, FOLKS. We're all stressed out and that's all we can talk about. It’s the time of year when I realize I have never known stress until now, no matter how much I’ve complained about it before. It’s the time of year when I have to put my foot in my mouth because of all the times I’ve written about how I love stress and it keeps me productive and WHY am I like this. My body is currently shutting down at a time when I need to be running on 110%. I’ve found that a defining characteristic of adulthood is swimming when the current is too strong, and trying to smile while doing it. BEING AN ADULT IS HARD, But also way better than being a student. I loved college, but it was ju

Tamara Portrait Session

LAST WEEK, Tamara and I drove around Eden Park looking for locations to for our. Needless to say, we were not disappointed! Eden Park is one of my FAVORITE areas in Cincinnati, and I'm so glad Tamara was up for the adventure. Eden Park sits atop one of Cincinnati's towering hills, and has an amazing view of the city and the Ohio River. There is so much to explore- it's a photographer's dream location! I knew it would be great, but I had never actually shot there. We immediately found the Krohn Conservatory, and even though it was closed, the exterior was gorgeous to work with. Everything was so green, which perfectly complimented Tamara's olive jacket. We caught the sun at a PERFECT time and

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