New Years Resolutions and Blog Blog Blog

           I hate blogging! When I was younger, my New Year’s resolution was typically about exercising more and cutting out “bad” foods. As I matured, my New Year’s resolution leaned more towards becoming a better person; things like meditate every day and don’t gossip. The past few years my resolution has been to blog and to engage more in social media in an attempt to grow my business.  Here it is almost March and I have broken my resolution once again.

        Marketing and SEO experts say that search engines don’t see pictures; they see words, especially “Key” words. They say your blog posts should be at least 350 words and they better be the “right” words. I am a photographer, not a writer. Whatever happened to “a picture is worth a thousand words”? Google doesn’t agree with that old adage.  Usually when I write something,  I send it to my daughter to proof read. She is the queen of grammar and sentence structure. I have decided to quit torturing her. I am going to apologize this one and only time.  Please forgive my poor sentence structure, bad grammar and general lack of writing skills. This is simply an attempt to be seen by search engines so that I might get to do the thing I love the most, which is to photograph the fabulous families, children, babies, newborns, high school seniors and professional head shots in the greater Cincinnati area.

OK, so my post is well short of the 350 suggested word minimum and probably does not contain the proper key words in the correct amounts. Not to mention that no one ever reads this stuff anyway! They just look at the pictures! But at least I am on my way to keeping my New Year’s Resolution albeit 2 months late. Next time I am going for words AND photos.

Wyoming High School class of 2018 senior portrait

I took Maddie's senior portraits in early October at Glenwood Gardens. This year the leaves were not spectacular, but the great weather made up for the lack of fall color.People with dark hair and darker skin tones look great in richer, deeper colors. Maddie looked beautiful in her off the shoulder deep red blouse and blue jeans. The rich deep blue was also fabulous. Her third choice was a sunshine yellow summer dress. Maddie still had a bit of a tan line leftover from summer but it was easy to take out using photoshop. The end of the session was a bit playful and she gave me a sly smile and a tilt of the head and I took my favorite photo of the session.

 

 

Indian Hill High School senior class of 2018

I photographed Tommy's parents wedding over 2 decades ago, and Tommy is the youngest in the family. I photographed his sister Connor's senior portraits a few years ago in the same location, Alms Park in Mount Lookout. Having done this before, we had a clear idea of what the end result should be. We needed a collection of images that would create a storyboard collage for the wall. Tommy has bright blue eyes so a blue shirt was the perfect choice. He is a super talented saxaphone player and as soon as he had his sax in his hands, he relaxed in front of the camera. I always offer a complimentary famliy portrait session to my high school senior clients. I look forward to photographing the whole family again in May! 

Flashes of Hope fills me with inspiration and gratitude

   Today I get to go to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/  with Mark Bealer from Studio 66  http://www.studio66foto.com/  to photograph the inspiring families whose children are being treated for life threatening illness.  Mark Bealer, Vicki Daniels and I are chapter directors for the local chapter of Flashes of Hope http://www.flashesofhope.org/. Flashes of Hope is an all-volunteer organization. We donate free portraits to the families we photograph at CCHMC. It was my privilege to be the photographer this past January. Here are my favorite pics from that session. I am continually inspired by the families and the medical staff I come in contact with at Children’s. Thanks to all the photographers who donate their time and our family and friends who donate money to help fund our chapter.

 

Mother's day mini sessions!

Please join me at Camargo Trading Company  http://www.camargotrading.com/  May 12th and 13th for mini sessions with mom.

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The Stout Family - children and family portrait studio Cincinnati

   This adorable family came down from Columbus Ohio so I could photograph their children.  It was early spring and things did not look good outside so we opted for a studio session. The studio eliminates a lot of distractions for young children. Babies who are Lucy’s age  seem to smile more in the studio.  Little boys like Colin sometimes need the four walls of the studio to keep them reigned in a bit. Check out Lucy’s shirt! My clients often say “What will I do with all of these photos?” I suggest wall collages or albums. Here are 2 of the collages I created from this portrait session.

 

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Greek Orthodox Baptism Ceremony

    I love rituals. This was the first time I have ever witnessed a baby baptism at a Greek Orthodox Church. This took place at Holy Trinity on Winton Road, where the annual Panegryri festival takes place. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. http://www.holytrinity.oh.goarch.org/panegyri/panegyri2016  The baptism begins with the Godparents denouncing Satan. The Godparents stand with the baby during the entire ceremony while the parents watch. The naked baby is anointed in olive oil that has been blessed by the priest. The slippery baby is dipped into the baptismal font and then placed on a white cloth in the arms of the godfather. The baby is dressed in a beautiful white christening outfit before having three locks cut from his hair as an expression of gratitude for receiving God's blessings in baptism and confirmation. Of course the baptism would not be complete without a reception that rivals a wedding and includes traditional raucous Greek dancing! I was amazed when the priest invited me to stand right on alter with the family. He told me that the photographs are as if not more important than the ceremony! It was a privilege to witness such a beautiful rich tradition.