Indian Hill High School senior portrait session at Smale Park

      Congratulations Noah, on achieving your goal of getting into Stanford, not to mention all your accolades and awards for diving, and for your stellar academic achievement overall! You ought to be very proud of your accomplishments. I have photographed Noah and his 3 siblings since they were little tykes. I photographed his little sister, Olivia’s Bat Mitzvah last year (more on that in another post). During one of my visits to the Vigran’s home, I became overwhelmed with emotion when I saw my portraits taken over many years displayed prominently in their home. The entire family history was there on the walls. It hit me how fast time passes. Hannah, the oldest is away at college and Noah is next in line to leave the nest. I felt honored and privileged to have been there along the way for many of the milestones.

     We decided to do Noah’s photo session at Smale Park, a very popular destination for portraits these days. Cincinnatians have on ongoing love affair with the Roebling suspension bridge and the Ohio River and we love having them in the background of our photos.  Aside from those two landmarks, Smale Park has a wonderful variety of background elements to incorporate into a portrait. One thing Smale does not have a lot of is shade, which is why I recommend shooting there about 2 hours before the sun goes down. Noah brought 2 different blue shirts, one golf shirt and one long -sleeved blue checked shirt. He also brought and orange golf shirt and his Stanford shirt. We switched things up with Khaki shorts and jeans. I like to get enough variety during a session that we can make a keepsake album. I usually need between 25 and 35 shots to make a nice album. Noah did end up getting an album. Here are some of my favorite shots from our senior portrait photo shoot at Smale Park.

My favorite bridal portrait ever!

    This photo session was one of the highlights of my year. Carol has been married for 37 years. In 2017 her daughter and her son both married. They would all be together at Christmas time and Carol wanted a portrait of herself with her daughter and her new daughter in law all wearing their wedding dresses. I immediately fell in love with the idea!

     Carol had a bouquet made for each of them mimicking the colors from each wedding. I thought it was pretty amazing that Carol can still wear her wedding dress after so many years. Her daughter however had a bit of a challenge fitting into hers. When she came out of the dressing room she turned her back to me and showed me the safety pins used to make the dress a bit wider in the waist. It turns out she surprised her family at Christmas by announcing that she is expecting her first baby!

      We took photos in the studio as well as in my front hallway on the grand staircase. The love they share was obvious during the photo session. When Carol picked up her proofs she teared up and talked about how grateful she is to have such wonderful women in her life. We talked about family and photography and a bunch of other stuff. Carol loves photography and travels around the world with her camera. She is curious about everything and never stops learning and she is filled with gratitude about her life every day. I want to be her when I grow up!

    Here are my favorite photos from that day. I knew these portraits would make beautiful paintings so I played around with one of them and the result is posted here as well.  I am providing my clients more paintings and creatively edited versions of my portraits every year. These works of art beautifully enhance your home décor and become family heirlooms.




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  with Mark Bealer from Studio 66  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 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  May 12th and 13th for mini sessions with mom.