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

high school senior portraits by Cincinnait portrait photographer

Colleen is the last of her siblings to have senior portraits taken by my studio. It was one of the hottest days of the year and she stayed calm, cool and collected. About a week before this session we did family portraits in their yard in Blue Ash before everyone in the house scattered. I love the colors the family wore for the photo shoot. Time flies and the kids are gone before you know it.  Don't put off that family portrait!!




Switzerland Day 5 - Bern

Bern was my favorite city we visited in Switzerland.  If we had more time we would have visited Murten as well which is supposed to be the best preserved medieval  town in Switzwerland. The capital city of Bern took us back in time. We enjoyed walking along the cobblestone streets people watching, window shopping and appreciating the architecture. We joined a group of spectators watching  two gentlemen play a life size game of chess in front of the capitol building. Not far from the capitol building we saw my favorite of many colorful fountains. This one depicts and Ogre actually eating children!  We had lunch nearby. The food as usual was unremarkable but I loved the clever posters hanging in the resteraunt showing cows doing yoga. Maybe that explains why the dairy is sooo delicious in Switzerland. We went on to visit the awe inspiring Bern Cathedral.

We then took a bus up to the Paul Klee Center. The bus went through a beautiful residential neighborhood. The museum is an amazing piece of architecture in itself with undulating curves like waves coming out of the ground and the mountains in the background. On the way back from the Paul Klee Center we were sitting on the bus and the gentleman accross from us starting laughing . He took out his camera and took a photo of a woman facing us and said "just legs" and continued chuckling. I was curious about what he was seeing from his seat so I went to check it out. There was a view of the woman sitting facing us with just her legs sticking out from under an oblong shape. It was very amussing. I took what may bemy favorite photo of the whole trip. The man on the bus was from Sweeden and was very friendly - I loved his comment when he took the photo - he said "ha, ha, just legs.. a Man Ray photo" I am not sure I see the similarity but you can judge for yourself at www.manraytrust.com/ On the way back to the train we stopped to see Bear Park. The symbol of Bern is the Bear but Bear Park is not much to speak of. I would not recommend it although the Japanese tourists seemed to enjoy it. You would expect bears to exist as part of the wildlife in a mountainous country like Switzerland but they have been hunted into extinction and are just now staring to make a comeback.

As we walked back to the train station we stopped in front of a wedding dress shop where Claire found her wedding dress. Don't get me wrong - she has no plans to get married as far as I know but it is always good to have your dress picked out well in advance! It is the blue one in the photo. After a long day we went back to Zurich and had asian food with Serena who works way too much!!




Baby ballerina

I love this red pettiskirt on this baby - so cute!  I photographed her 6 month portrait at her home. We photographed her outside in the yard and indoors with window light.  I get to do it again soon in her grandma's garden with her big brother.