Cincinnati family and newborn location portrait

       It is not easy for a new mom to schedule a newborn and a family photo portrait session. New parents are exhausted , especially when they have two older boys. I am filled with gratitude whenever I have the opportunity to photograph a brand new baby. This little guy was one week old went I went to their home for the portrait session. As much as  I like the control of being in the studio, it is far easier for the family if I come to them. When I arrived there was just the right amount of chaos happening for me to feel at home. While Annie and Dave lured the baby to sleep, I grabbed a few candid shots of the older boys. The playroom was filled with beautiful natural light. I love how these images capture a slice of life. Big brother is not at all impressed that his little brother is actually spider man. Spider man took off his mask and practiced flying for a while. Thank goodness dad is a good catch. Moms never want to be photographed one week postpartum. Kudos to Annie for allowing me to do so! The photo of her holding her newborn baby boy with that oh-so-fleeting smile characteristic of new babies is one of my favorites. I offer a first year baby package that includes 3 sessions and discounted prints during the first year of a child's life. I make birth announcements available through www.http://www.tinyprints.com and http://www.minted.com. Keepsake photo albums designed at the end of the year are amongst my most popular items.  

Flashes of Hope superhero

Check out this spunky guy. He is sporting a batman hat, a superman outfit and a winning attitude, all while luging around an IV pole twice his height. Kind of puts my complaints into perspective.  Visit http://flashesofhope.org/  to donate to our Cincinnati Chapter. Every month we provide free photos to families with children who are being treated for life threatening illness. I wish you could see firsthand how grateful these families are.

 

2 year portrait, 3 month portrait and family portrait

     It was time for Leon’s 2 year portrait and Nora’s 3 month portrait.  My favorite part was when I got to play peek-a-boo and sing “The wheels on the bus”. I miss those days with my kids. What to do with all that hair! We tried the ‘man-bun” and finally decided to let those curls fly. LOVE those curls!

Susan Sontag, Nik Filters, and the Future of Photography

http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/in-the-future-we-will-photograph-everything-and-look-at-nothing?utm_source=On+Being+Newsletter&utm_campaign=edd4079876-20160820_running_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1c66543c2f-edd4079876-69866905&goal=0_1c66543c2f-edd4079876-69866905&mc_cid=edd4079876&mc_eid=858fa84774     I came across this article in The New Yorker by way of   www.onbeing.org.   Saying that photography is ubiquitous is an understatement. Everyone truly is a photographer these days. This has become the negative mantra of professional photographers everywhere. Anyone with a cell phone can make good and sometimes great photographs, making it harder than ever to earn a living as a photographer. When Google announced that NIK filters would be free to everyone, I felt defeated once again. I wanted my $400 back! NIK gave me another way to separate myself from the “amateur”. What I really want back is the gap that used to exist between a professional and an amateur.  Maybe it’s all for the best.  When everyone is an artist the world is a beautiful place. The fact is that I still have skills that separate me from the pack. I know how to make people look their best. I know how to arrange groups of people so they look balanced and natural. I understand light, color, design and composition. I know how to make people feel at ease. I love telling the story of family and preserving priceless memories.  I am humbled when people tell me that the first thing they would grab in a fire is the portraits we have made together.

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph”. Susan Sontag wrote this in 1977 in her book “On Photography” Forty years later it seems as though the photograph exists instead of the experience it is supposed to represent.  Om Malik says “In the future, we will photograph everything  and look at nothing”. I wonder if we will photograph everything and experience nothing.

http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/in-the-future-we-will-photograph-everything-and-look-at-nothing

Sycamore High School class of 2017 senior portrait at Washington Park Cincinnati, Ohio

     Keeping up with Madelyn was a challenge. She knows what she wants, and she moves fast! I love shooting on Sundays. It’s quieter than usual, and everyone is more relaxed.   This Sycamore High School senior wore me out as we went from Washington Park in Over the Rhine (http://washingtonpark.org/) to Madelyn’s favorite coffee shop, The Coffee Emporium (http://www.coffee-emporium.com/).   

     Madelyn has an adventurous spirit, an artistic eye, and great taste in coffee.  I know it’s hard for younger folks to imagine life without Starbucks, but The Coffee Emporium was around way before Starbucks.  The baristas know Madelyn by name!

     I couldn’t have done the photo shoot without Madelyn’s mom, Mary Kay, who carried the wardrobe and held my reflector. I love when moms come to the senior session. Mary Kay teared up when she looked at the photos on the back of the camera. The senior portrait has become a rite of passage ritual that the whole family can partake in. It’s a love fest! Here are some of our favorites from that special day.

   

 

Certified

     This year I celebrated 30 years as a professional photographer. For most of that time, I have been a proud member of the Professional Photographers of America (http://www.ppa.com/). PPofA is a non-profit organization that helps those serious about photography live their dreams profitably. They educate photographers on business and technical skills. They advocate for copyright and maintain a powerful and continual presence on Capitol Hill. Professional Photographers of America (PPA.com/CPP) is the leading body for certifying imaging professionals. CPPs must complete a written examination, finish an image evaluation and adhere to a strict code of conduct. Certification must be renewed on a periodic basis, ensuring continued confidence in the professionalism of Certified Professional Photographers.

    After 30 years, I decided it was high time I became certified. You might think that would be an easy thing for a long time veteran, but the exam and the portfolio submission proved to be a challenge in spite of my experience. I passed with flying colors. These are some of the images I included in my portfolio, showcasing a specific required skill set.

      Professional Photographers of America currently recognizes fewer than 2,500 CPPs. Even though I have been in business for many years, I saw this as an opportunity for growth. I believe it is necessary to continually challenge myself to learn and to stay current in my field.  When you hire a CPP, you know you’re getting someone who is willing to go the extra mile to deliver the best possible images. 

Mason High School Senior - Cincinnati high school senior portrait photography

I photographed Ally's brother when he was a senior at Mason High School. This year it was Ally's turn. She is a member of the Mason High School class of 2017.  Ally is in the color guard at school and is interested in becoming a biomedical engineer. We met at Sharon Woods Park and had a great time in spite of the heat. Here are her favorites.