The Seven Hills High School senior portrait

      My previous post was about my portrait session with high school senior Caroline at Ault Park. I had scheduled back to back sessions that day. My next appointment was with Harper, who is a senior at the Seven Hills High School. I had no idea Caroline and Harper had been friends their whole lives! I have been photographing both of them since the beginning. We ended Caroline’s session (or began Harpers) with a few shots of them together. Harper also brought her sister Mason who graduated a couple of years ago, and her adorable dogs that have been in several of our family portraits. We were still shooting after the sun went down. The light went from warm to cool quickly. Twilight gave the landscape an almost cinematic feel. It was the perfect end to a great day. I am very grateful for the relationships I have built over the years with my clients. Here are my favorite pics from Harper’s senior portrait session. 

Cincinnati Summit Country Day senior portrait

      I have grown very fond of Caroline and her entire family over the past 18 years or so. I remember photographing them all in matching PJ’s in my studio when they were young. Sooo cute!  Now she is part of The Cincinnati Summit Country Day senior class of 2017.  We chose Ault Park for our portrait session partly because it has the most beautiful flowers of all the parks, and because she lives so close. I prefer shooting at Ault Park near the end of the day when the sun is lower in the sky making everything glow. Here are my favorites from our session. As we were wrapping up, my next appointment arrived and happened to be a childhood friend of Caroline’s, so we got a bonus photo of them together. See my next blog post for that one!

Northside 4th of July Parade 2016

      The Northside 4th of July Parade is my favorite parade in Cincinnati. It is truly a celebration of diversity and freedom. It is unique, eclectic and beyond colorful. My husband and I lived in Northside for several years in our early 20’s. It is a neighborhood where anyone can feel at home. After 30 plus years of marriage I look back at that time and remember being madly in love, poor and unconcerned and full of the innocent hubris that comes with youth. 

     At that time, I was just beginning my photographic career. My favorite subject to photograph happened to be parades. I was drawn to street photography, and parades were a safe place to be voyeuristic. I am endlessly curious about people and this exercise feeds my curiosity. This year the rain gave a nice gloss to the street and made it easier to shoot in all directions. The political climate added an extra layer to the parade this year. I hope you enjoy these photos.

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