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. 

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!