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Category Archives: portraits

Trent & Katie | two years married

There’s a type of shoot that isn’t all that common but should be. Well, should be in the sense that I LOVE to photograph it ;) An anniversary shoot! Of course, the wedding and engagement shoots are an obvious thing to document…but 1, 2, 3 years in…I mean, how sweet?! You don’t have to have kids to document who you are as a family. I wish Justin and I had more photos from the time “before kids.”

Trent emailed me a while back and asked if I’d be interested in heading to their town to photograph a session as a gift to Katie for their anniversary.  Not only did he want that to be her gift to her, he specifically wanted to document them in their home and current season of life…where they like to go and the area where they live now. If you know me…you’d know I’d be all over that! I love when couples want to personalize shoots to really have a record of how life is this moment in their lives.

Of course, we lucked out with it being as hot as possible ;) You all know how much I love heat…but they totally rocked it regardless. I swear my clients have super powers…I can assure you, I don’t resemble anything that would be “camera ready” during those hot shoots! It blows my mind every warm session how girls still have perfect hair and makeup by the end, haha!!

Justin and I headed to Covington, Kentucky (super cute town across the river from Cincinnati) for the session…here’s a little look at…well, some of it. You all know I have no control, so there is so much more ;)

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A quick note on this one…this building is scheduled to be demolished…I’m so happy they wanted to include it.  I mean, what an amazing piece of art! Love that they have this to remember such a neat part of downtown before it’s gone.

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I hope that made everyone want to schedule 1, 4, 7…”whatever” year anniversary shoot…and you know who to call ;)

Guys, it’s just a really fantastic present. I promise.

 

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The Fulton Twins | a sweet little mini shoot!

Well, it turns out…not a ton of people knew I did mini shoots at anytime! I have had SO many inquires & bookings for them since I blogged about them a couple weeks ago. I am so excited for all the new upcoming sessions I set up since then, we are gonna have so much fun! I do have a few restrictions on them, but we can chat about that if it’s something you are interested in!

Speaking of mini shoots…I wanted to share this sweet one I did in early June. If you know me, you know I have a soft spot for twins…being one myself. So I was over the moon when this momma contacted me about a 6 month shoot for her twin girls. We just did a mini, as to not wear them out and just get a few great shots of them at this age…which I think is the perfect commitment for little ones!

Also, I will be having another summer mini session day (with several in one afternoon, and a handful of files included)…my list is already larger than what I have room for, but if you’d like to get on the list for mini session days in future, message me so I can get your name down!

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The sweetest little mini session … the Vitatœ Family and friends!

I was so excited when McKenzie contacted me about a mini shoot while their dear friends would be in from Spain. You see, McKenzie and her family were missionaries in Spain for a few years and while there, they met and bonded with this sweet couple. Not only were they coming to visit, it was their first trip to America! I love that she wanted to have that documented for them all to remember. We had such a fun time…but I think my favorite part was that I had my first ever interpreter! You see, they speak just a little English…and I speak even less Spanish, so there’s that. Now, of course if you know me, or had me photograph you…you might catch on that I can be a little…hmm, what’s the word…for lack of a better one…blonde. Who’s surprised that I asked how to say “fantastic” in Spanish? You guys. It’s fantástico.

*face palm*

Anyway, enjoy our little mini session…it was a perfect evening, with the sweetest people!

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Oh, and a heads up, it seems people are just finding out about this…I offer mini sessions at any time. Yep. You don’t have to wait for a “mini session event” to have a mini session with me. My regular mini sessions are half the investment, half the time, but just as much fun (so ladies, if you are trying to convince that husband of yours for updated photos…this might be your ticket! 20 mins, that’s it!). They have been increasingly popular lately and I think it’s just that people didn’t know I offered them. So for the record, I do offer full sessions, mini sessions and mini session events. Just shoot me an email if you are interested in any of those, I’d love to chat to find out which type of session works best for you!

 

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a summer of 4 & 2 || part 1

IMG_8285Confession time: the amount of times I pick up my own camera and photograph my own children…it’s sad. Honestly, the amount of times I’ve attempted to shoot them as I do my own clients…I could count those on one hand, and still have fingers left. Don’t get my wrong, they are probably the most “iPhone documented” children to ever walk the face of the earth. We have pictures. Tons of pictures. Pictures from every single day of their life. The thing is, I really want to give them (and myself) those images that require me to think a little more and try a little harder. The ones I spend my life creating for other families.

I am making an attempt this summer to help me fix that. You see, each summer brings along a whole host of projects. Whether they are exciting, or boring, or frankly, just need to happen, summer is our time! With Justin being a teacher, and my schedule being as flexible as I want it to be (within reason), we think of summer with endless possibilities. Then August hits and we look at each other blankly while our fun day adventures got pushed aside, the bathroom is *still* demolished (from 6 years ago when I got *too* into an idea) and I still am not caught up on work. It flys, ya’ll. It flys by.

While we still have our big and small goals for the summer, today I decided on a project that I am going to try my hardest to stick to. I’ll be challenging myself to pick up my camera and focus for 20-30 mins a week on really documenting them. It could be as simple as them playing on the playset in the yard (see below), or something during a family day trip…whatever it is, I want to have a collection of images by summer’s end that shows my kids at 4 & 2. It may go beyond summer, who knows, but it’s a small goal to make a big change.

So here’s to projects, and intention and one heck of a fun summer. A summer of 4 & 2.

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Why family photos really are important. Meet the Givens Family.

029So often I hear people say, “we haven’t had family photos in 10 years” or something to that nature, it’s so common…and I get it. Life gets so busy. It does for me too. If it weren’t for a brilliant idea from my dear friend, I would actually probably be in the same boat (I shoot her family each year and she shoots mine). Kids pull you in so many different directions, whether they are toddlers or teenagers…it’s hard to manage another life in addition to your own…so adding extra things to the schedule can seem so daunting. Years pass and the last professional photo you have as a family together is the church directory photo with the kids in neon and teased bangs (oh wait…was that just us ;)

My point: Take the time.

This is my twin sister…she actually doesn’t have that issue because I am a rockin’ sister that updates her family photo each year for those cute Christmas cards…however, a real shoot…one that captures them as a family, where they live, how they interact…we’ve never done that.
Then, Father’s Day happened…the scariest day of my life. We were at my in laws house getting ready for lunch and I received a phone call, “something is wrong with Damon”, and my world stopped. We left the kids with Justin’s family and jumped in the car and headed straight for Dayton. You see, Damon had passed out while mowing and I wont go into detail of everything he went through or what all happened, I will say it was the worst few days of my life, I’ll also also say my sister and nephew are heroes. Absolute heroes.

You know those stories you hear about but never think they could happen to someone you love…well, it was happening to us and I wasn’t prepared. How could you be? I remember that early on while we were waiting for news in the ER, Whitney turned to me and asked for a family shoot when they got home.  You see, at this point…the doctors weren’t hinting that going home would necessarily be an option. We, as his family, knew it would be…and I told her I was already planning on that.

I pray no one has to have an experience like we had to really encourage you to update those photos…but please, remember, that while it might seem like an unnecessary event to add to the calendar, tangible memories that represent who you are and who your family is at this point in your life is such a precious gift to yourself and to your kids and to their future.

Meet Whitney, Damon & Henry…the most amazing, heroic people I know.

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On another note, I am heading on vacation with my entire family — we have a LOT to celebrate — in the morning, so email and phone calls will be pretty rare for the next week…but I’ll be back August 11th and I’ll be in touch then :)

Now go and HUG YOUR FAMILIES!!

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