School photography re-invented

I photographed my first school in 2015. A big shout out to The New School Montessori. My kids went to The New School. My parents were founding parents of The New School. My husbands Uncle was director of The New School back in the day. It is a  magical place that has a special place in my heart. I had  a BLAST. The kids and families are a pleasure to work with. When I was growing up, school photos were dreadful. The smiles were fake and the poses stiff. I thought it would be fun to re-invent the school portrait.  My goal was to make school photography that was fun, relaxed and authentic. This is  a tall  order when you have less than a minute to spend with each subject. There is no time to wash faces or fix hair. When it comes to portraiture, capturing personality is better than perfect hair every time! I couldn't have done it without the help of parent volunteers Melissa Robinson and Julianna Ndikintum. I can't wait to do it again!

Best Magazine

The latest issue of Best Magazine has hit the newsstands. The current issue features six talented and fascinating local cincinnati artists including  painter Jimmy Baker ,, Loren Long, illustrator of President Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughter's,  painter Gail Morrison,  sculptor and plaster artist Ted Gantz of,  sculpter Matt Kotlarczyk of, and  painter Carl Samson  The talented painter of all things delicious Pat Olding is also mentioned in this magazine. I am the proud owner of several of her paintings. You can find her at


It was  a thrill for me to photograph these artists. They inspired me to be my best. The magazine is designed by the talented Steve Sullivan who makes me look better than I really am!

Warmer Days

Here are some photos to remind us all of warmer days. I took these  children's portraits  at my favorite secret spot. It was a perfect fall day, everyone's favorite time for year for outdoor portraits. I never thought we would get a photo with the new puppy - he was just too squirmy. At the end of the photo session I was sitting and catching up with the mom when I looked over and saw the puppy sitting calmly with the two girls. I grabbed my camera and  frantically starting shooting before they all scattered again. I said to the mom " that's your Christmas card". Sure enough - it was!

Happy New Year!

Alyssa came to my photography studio to model for the cover of Cincinnati Parent Magazine. She twirled and tossed glitter up in the air creating fun movement for the photo while keeping a perfect smile on her face. She reminds me of the energy, joy and optimism that youth AND the New Year brings. Happy New Year!



Fresh! Cincinnati children's portrait photographer

I love it when grandparents bring their grand children in for a portrait session. These cousins all got along so well. I think they enjoyed the natural beauty of Spring Grove as much as the adults did.



Shooting in the rain

Believe it or not it poured down rain during this photo session. The sun was out when we started taking high school senior portraits at Ault Park for the St Xavier student. After a few minutes black clouds and thunder started moving in. As we made our way to shelter we stopped on the steps for a family portait . We made it under cover just in time for it to pour for about 10 minutes. The sun returned along with the extra steamy heat and we finished our session. Typical day in the life of portrait photography in Cincinnati. I always encourage my high school seniors to do a family portrait as well. You never know when your next opportunity will be. NO EXTRA CHARGE -  free family session with every high school senior portrait. Here are my favorites from this one.  



Dog Days of summer at Krombholz Jewelers