Danielle and Bill are getting married this September, actually on the first day of Fall. With it constantly feeling like winter around here these days, I was relieved that we had picked a rare sunny and warm morning to take their engagement photos. Clifton was a big part of their lives, as well as their rescue pup, and Skyline Chili. Originally, we were just going to utilize the iconic sign, but then I thought "Do you guys want to do some inside? I bet they will let us. Lets go inside. It'll be good, I promise." We arrived right as they were unlocking the doors and they graciously allowed us to start our shoot. They also provided us with the most beautiful cheese coneys I've ever laid eyes on.
We ventured back outside to the beautiful early Spring day we were having. The amount of laughing we did in this session was unbelievable. These two are a perfect fit together. They had no qualms about dancing down the sidewalk, or laying down on the ground and cuddling up. These two were so happy to simply be around one another. Near the end of our session, we had hiked a bit into Burnett Woods. Danielle was in heels and carefully scaled her way up the trail, but Bill was ready and willing at the moments ask to pick her up and carry her wherever she wanted to go. I more commonly hear "You shouldn't have worn those shoes", so it was a refreshing moment to witness.
These two are amazing. Flat out. I'm ready for Spring to melt into Summer, so we are closer to hanging out again in the Fall! I can only imagine I'll be smiling for weeks after their wedding day. To check out the entire session, YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.
So it's been a little while since I've posted a blog post. I've been furiously busy with revamping some branding, and figuring out a more streamlined and efficient way to communicate files to my clients! Hooray! Galleries have arrived and now everyone will have access to their images! Also, I have reworked my website to be A LOT less cluttered and more direct. I hope y'all appreciate the changes.
On top of rebranding, I have been trying to do more networking and attending collaboration events throughout the city since wedding season is only just about to begin. I had the pleasure most recently of finding and event for a brand called We The Creators (@wethecreators_). Talk about an impressive setup. They had light installations and professional models bouncing around each set for 4 hours of shooting. I only needed an hour and a half to grab some of the best portraiture work I've done in a while. Super big shout out to all the bad ass babes that let me take their picture. I'm greatly looking forward to what the next event will be!
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I know on my Instagram, I ran a poll that yielded an Emerson blog as the next subject... But I apologize. I have to make you wait for that sweet little angel, because today I got to share an experience with an entire city of strong and nasty people, and I want them all to know how amazing they are with images from the day as soon as possible. This post is going to be almost entirely images, because they truly speak for themselves, I don't have to say much. So please be patient with my web host, it may take a moment to load all the images. I do want to say thank you, beautiful people of Cincinnati, for coming out today and showing support for a better world. It made my heart swell with the amount of young men that joined this year. Thank you for your bravery, today and everyday. Please enjoy and share with any of your friends.
THANK YOU! <3<3<3
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With 2017 now over, I'm thinking of potentially having my own version of "The Dundies" for my clients. Maybe "The Jillies"? Each event is it's own breed of individual and each one has perfect, beautiful, emotional moments, and all are down right unforgettable. So why not express how much I love my clients originality by digitally copying a fake award ceremony! But before we spill which award Carly and Ryan will be taking for the year, I have to share some of our past encounters with you all. I've known Carly for a long time. Maybe even more years than some of my readers are old, which mind you, is kind of a terrifying revelation. Also, that toddler below is basically an adult now...
I knew of Carly well before we ever met face to face. We had dated the same guy when we were teenagers. I lived in a northern Cincy burb, she was in an eastern Cincy burb, and this guy was from Northern Kentucky. There was no reason for us to ever cross paths... The internet has always been an amazing thing, even way back in 2003. When we finally met face to face, it was an instant friendship. Our life paths intertwined, we both walked difficult roads, and we have remained steadfast throughout the bad decisions, bad relationships, and even worse jobs. (Can I get a "ROME" nod Carly?) So of course, I wasn't going to miss a huge moment in Carly's life.
The first time I saw her and Ryan together I knew that she was going to break her "I'm never getting married again" stance. He is perfect for her. She is perfect for him. Carly and Ryan have both been married before and this time around, they both wanted something simple, easy, non-traditional (duh), but memorable. They chose a campground around the beautiful Red River Gorge and invited close family and friends to spend an evening in the woods with them. Camping is something they do as a family all the time, so it was a natural fit. I was chatting with Carly a couple weeks before her wedding and I found out that she didn't hire a photographer. I immediately said "Sorry about your luck, but I'm not going to allow you to not have photos on your wedding day."
I've been wanting to shoot at The Gorge for a long time, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make some beautiful memories for a good friend while also scouting locations for future shoots and explorations. Boy, did this place impress. It was October, just before Halloween and the leaves were just starting to really turn for us. The color and texture of this area of the world are unlike anything I've seen, plus I had two real swanky lovebirds to make everything look even better!
Without further delay, Carly and Ryan absolutely without hesitation have earned "Most Epic Walk" for their entrance music choice of "Ghuleh/Zombie Queen" by Ghost. A cheer from the small crowd in attendance as the line "Zombie Queen" was sang, a small arm movement of success was thrown, and Carly made her way to her groom. Their ceremony was short and sweet and Ryan's heartfelt vows had everyone jealous of the connection they very obviously have together. The smile on officiant Dad's face says it all.
After the ceremony, we took a few family photos and moved immediately into toasts so the evening of relaxing could begin. We got to see Ryan and Carly's physical dominance take over as a rip roaring game of catch began. Not everyone was amused with this game (see Lil), but it provided a ton of incredible action shots. The music was playing loud and proud, families laughed and danced together, the crisp autumn air had started to begin to set over the campground, and darkness was upon us swiftly. I stayed for a few more hours after the sun had set and observed my friend amongst her new family. I said it in the beginning of this post, I say it again. They are perfect for each other. Cheers friends. Thank you for allowing me to boss you around in the woods while essentially throwing fireworks at you! <3
Lesson learned. The most intimidating session I can have is to shoot family photos of another photographer. The whole time you shoot, in the back of your mind you can't help but think, "Are they going to like these? Are these going to live up to the standard?" Thankfully, when you have a photographer's child in front of you, it really makes all those worries go away. Talk about professional, Logan was a star for our morning session at French Park.
(Mom and Dad did pretty spectacularly as well.)
The ultimate goal was to capture a family photo to put on holiday cards, so as soon as we got our "formal" shots out of the way, we started to do a little bit of exploring in one of French Park's many open meadows full of texture as well as one of the trails into the woods. The weather was optimal considering the season, and with the sunshine and calm winds, it made for the perfect morning for shooting. Needless to say, I captured more than enough to make it a really hard decisions for them to choose their favorite.
Thank you for allowing me to be the one you trusted with your family photos Rebecca, Sean & Logan!!!
I've been photographing Emerson since before she was even technically conceived, so when mom Megan asked if cousin Kaden could come join some photos with his favorite gal, it was a no brainer. I've known Kaden for a couple years and how much he's grown up even in the short time I've known him is remarkable. He's such a little man now, whereas he seemed such a babe just last summer. I already can tell the same thing is going to happen with Emerson. We are going to blink a couple times and she's going to be off to her first day of school.
(Stop crying Megan, we will get through it together!)
If you thought Emerson had fun with Kaden, you should see her with Mom and Dad. Endless giggles, smiles, winks, and flirts when she is in the arms of her creators. It's really hard not to just melt like butter around this girl. Easy doesn't do this shoot justice. The leaves, the temperature, the tone of the day, the subjects- all prime for beautiful images all the way around.
We headed to our "Iconic Karle" spots and continued our morning. The foliage throughout the park was breathtaking, so the difficulty upon us was selecting just a couple locations to shoot, as Em had about 10 minutes of smiles left in her before nap time. Boom. The very first place I ever shot Em, almost exactly a year later. Megan and Em climbed through the tall grasses to the exact same spot as last year, and finally completed our first year of stage photos. Then I made Andrew climb in as well and I insisted we get at least a couple in front of the green door before calling it a day.
When I first met Nicole, I knew that her story would be anything but ordinary. I could feel the electricity of excitement from Mom who had joined for our initial meeting, and the way Nicole blushed and beamed as Mom gushed about their love story, I could tell. These two were going to be exceptional to work with. I hadn't yet met Steve, but I knew ALL about him by the time we met for their engagement photos.
Nicole and Steve met in high school. They never dated, but were close friends during (arguably) one of the most trying times in anyone's life. High school is a defining time in life learning- who are you going to be, what do you believe in, when you have control of your life which way will you take it? They separated after high school and lost touch, but Nicole's being stayed with Steve. As Mom put it, "He compared every single girl he dated to Nicole."
After years of being disconnected, Nicole and Steve found one another again. It was a no brainer. These two... These two compliment one another so well. I know their destination Italian wedding is going to be out of this world insanely gorgeous, and I can't wait to capture their reception at The Transept after which is sure to be the same!
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If you are a regularly scheduled follower here, you will recognize Alicia and Eric. I've worked with them before, and have been grateful to call them friends since before even then. Eric worked with my husband and their mutual respect for hard work made them instant man buds. Plus, Eric is one of the most friendly dudes you could ever know, so when we met Alicia the first time, we knew she was the one for him.
He knew it too. It was only a matter of time. I'm pretty sure we discussed me doing their wedding photos nearly 6 months before Eric had even proposed. It was destiny, and I am thrilled to oblige. But first, Eric needed to officially ask, so he did, and she of course said something along the lines of "Duh." It didn't take long before we decided we needed to get these engagement photos done, and my word... Did we get them DONE.
The trees were perfection, the weather was idyllic, and the love was strong. Thank you for dancing in public with no music, traversing wobbly rocks, and being epically comfortable with one another. It translated beautifully. I hope you love them as much as I do. Check your inbox Alicia, your downloads are ready!
I met Lauren what feels like forever ago. She was the very first bride that I met with after deciding I was going to give running my own business a go. My very first booking as my own boss. A no fuss wedding with no fuss photos with plenty of time to party down - TOTALLY the ideal clients. They tied the knot at The Oasis in Loveland.
Lauren and Andrew had a short and very sweet ceremony. Once the ceremony had wrapped, we took a moment to fill up our glasses to cheers the new couple. Thankfully the rain held out long enough for us to get pictures outside, but the wind chill had poor Andrew's hands turning blue by the time we wrapped outside. It was well worth braving through the cold as we captured some absolutely gorgeous moments.
After freezing for the sake of beauty, we returned to the reception where all the details were pulled together with perfection. A candy bar with SO many choices, the most beautiful cake with a custom topper, and plenty of dancing to boot. It was the perfect day, and everything came together nearly flawlessly. Lauren and Andrew, thank you for putting your trust in me to capture your beautiful wedding! The rest of your images will be coming in a few more weeks!
Let's talk about adorable for a second... every time I think of Rachelle, I just imagine her big smile and super joyful disposition. And Austin, talk about a cool cucumber. These two lovebirds are getting married in June, and I have the privilege of spending that day with them. But before that, we had to capture some engagement photos to really solidify our chemistry as photographer and client. We chose Sharon Woods, and on an gorgeously overcast afternoon, took a stroll around the lake and attempted to find the infamous waterfall. We unfortunately didn't find it before running out of light.
It was all my fault D: Sorry.
Not finding the waterfall ended up being no big thing, because everywhere we went in the park Rachelle and Austin looked radiant. Even as we wrapped and the sprinkles started, these two were glowing. I can only imagine what kind of gleam they will have on June 2!
Cause a Batman-Brun wedding don't stop! I recently traveled to Tennessee to capture my friends Jordan and Tyler as they finally took the plunge. I've worked with Jordan in the past and played a bit of soccer with both of them, so it was an easy decision when they asked if I would come down and spend a day and night in the country with them. We started the day at a beautiful church in Hendersonville, Our Lady of Lake. The ladies got Jordan perfected, the gents patiently waited for instruction, and dad anxiously awaited his little girl in a tradition he knew nothing about. He said after our first look with tears in his eyes (because of course!), "I didn't know this was a thing you could do, but I really appreciate you offering to do this." It's one of the most emotional moments of the day. I usually have to take deep breaths myself to steady my hands when dad sees his baby as a bride for the first time.
But despite dads effort to be the most adorable moment of the day, he was trumped by Tyler's reaction to seeing Jordan. With a gorgeous setting surrounding us at every turn, it wasn't hard to find a spot to get some photos of just the two of them. This is the first time I've photographed the two of them together, and their chemistry is undeniable. Their attraction to one another is obvious, although that could be in part to Tyler's constant announcing of his admiration of his *WIFE's beauty, but mostly because they truly make each other happy. Their wasn't a moment in the day that they weren't smiling, laughing or winking at one another. #couplegoals for real.
Now, when I say this was an amazingly entertaining and fun wedding, I feel like I'm not doing it enough justice. I've been racking my brain and even googling searching obscure words that could potentially even halfway do this event justice... but I don't think anything exists. It was beautiful, welcoming, hilarious, loving, emotional, energetic, perfect, and one of the biggest groups of photogenic people I've ever had the pleasure of getting to know. They allowed (encouraged) me to light stuff on fire, and let me pose them as if they are a Norwegian death metal band, which is quickly become one of my most favorite shots I've ever orchestrated. The gentlemen had no hesitations when I requested they choose their own pose for one of the their shots with the groom and believe it or not, I only had to not post one of those poses due to the level of inappropriate!!! Way to go guys!
We did some family photos before the wedding itself so we could really enjoy the party after the kiss. We celebrated the official union in a Catholic ceremony. The architecture was a real bummer, as there were so many obstructions and restrictions, I couldn't move much... now please re-read in your most sarcastic tone because holy cow- what a BEAUTIFUL venue! I had NO restrictions whatsoever any the natural lighting made balancing my lighting a breeze.
After the ceremony, we headed to a farm in Portland, Tennessee, where the most impressive tent was erected in the middle of a field (See Reeds Event Rentals!). Jordan and Tyler had mentioned that if I wanted to camp out, I would be more than welcome to as most the guests would be doing the same. After careful consideration, I ultimately chose to stay in a hotel, but looking back, it would've been really killer to spend the night in the middle of the country. There was beer, wine, the freshest pork ever, PIES GALORE, epic sunsets, laughter filled speeches, dancing, dancing, more dancing, a million stars, keg stands, and a bonfire that lasted longer into the night than I ever could. Thank you all involved for embracing me so effortlessly- you were an absolute blast to work with, thanks for partying. And especially the Batman and Brun families, I hope I caught everything you wanted and more. <3
"Do you play soccer?"
It all started with a really simple and hilariously obvious question. Jerry was smitten from the very first time he saw Tia that fateful day in high school.
"I knew she was going to be my girl."
Now what seems like a lifetime ago can officially be filed away as the past, as Jerry and Tia are beginning their future life together. They exchanged vows in front of an intimate crowd at the BEAUTIFUL and historic Simon Kenton Inn in Dayton. Their son Parker had the most emotional ride down the aisle, but most bets had been on Jerry. Jerry hadn't seen Tia until she walked down the aisle, and his expression says it all.
"That's my girl."
After the ceremony, we braved the wind and post rain skies and took advantage of the remaining light to get our formal photos, as well as stealing the newly weds away for a moment alone after the chaos of the morning. They ate, they spoke, they cheers, they danced and they drank. They did it all and did so with style and flare. Tia, Jerry, I apologize this post is a little bit late, but here you are. Officially. Thank you for allowing me to capture you and those closest to you. I hope I did your day justice.
(Also Tia, let me know if you're interested in doing a coffee table book chronicling your gift giving abilities! You're a master!)
You know how when you're young, dumb comes naturally and it becomes really easy to make bad decisions. The people that you think will be in your lives forever are more important than anything else, impulse and temptation are everywhere... We all have moments we aren't proud of and it takes a special kind of person to be able to see you at your worst and then years later, still trust you. Justin Ogilby was my former landlord. He has seen my life at it's worst. So when Elizabeth reached out to me to do a lifestyle family session for them, I was SUPER surprised, a lot a bit thankful and incredibly nervous.
Long story short, turns out Justin is a REALLY forgiving dude with a really amazing family. I'm so glad I got to spend a bit of time with them in their Clifton home on a Saturday morning and properly reintroduce my adult self. We started our adventure out back in their perfectly shady back yard. We ran around and played with the newly fallen leaves, found a pond for "leaf boats" to float around in, and discovered the intricacies of pumpkin stems.
We found our way back inside and decided we needed to include Dylan the dog more, naturally. I instructed them to just act natural, as if I wasn't even there, but the little ones didn't need any instruction. Sass and giggles galore on the agenda.
Ogilby family, you were WONDERFUL to work with. I'm already looking forward to our next session! Thanks and cheers! Your download link is coming in a few moments!
I may have underestimated Laura when she said multiple times, "my crazy family". I knew there were 6 boys between the ages of one and six, but with my experience acting like an insane person to make kids smile while the parents and grandparents are available to help wrangle, I thought it would be another breeze of a shoot. We had the perfect location, but our lovely cool morning quickly changed to a 95 degree day with no clouds in sight... or maybe it was all the running I was doing that made it feel 95.
I think I've mentioned it before - if we work together, I'm going to sweat through the entire session no matter what. I don't stop moving. Up, down, running ahead, running behind, trying to time background walkers, tickling babies while also getting 5 other children and six adults inframe and smiling. All the while, the adults are surely wondering, "What did we get ourselves into here and who is this insane person sneezing with a feather..." But it works, and by the end of our shoot, the boys had enough and I caught a hilarious moment with Grandma and Grandpa before calling it a day.
We ALL were exhausted after the shoot, but the images and fun we had will live on forever and I can't wait to play with this crazy bunch again soon!
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"Okay, so I promise I'm not normally this bad at getting back to people!" I knew I liked Mary Kate instantly by her first email, but by her fourth, I could tell I really actually adored her. Thorough and courteous in her well crafted replies, I knew her style of communication was right on par with what dream clients are made of. After finally meeting, and chatting for two and a half hours, it was decided - it's a match.
The day had finally arrived. I don't know if MY arrival made the day feel more upon her, but the nervous energy of Mary Kate was radiating. Her tribe was the best she could've ever picked to have by her side, and after a few words of reassurance that can be summed up with "Yes, Mary Kate, you do look absolutely breathtaking. Are you blind?", and few deep breaths, she was ready to step into her dress and start the journey to the aisle and her future husband.
I have the best job in the world. You remember that friend from childhood that you ALWAYS were laughing with? The one that not only really got your offbeat sense of humor, but encouraged and played off of it? Eggie, as I very vividly remember nicknaming her, was one of those people for me. We played on the same club soccer team when we were 11, and while reconnecting 20 years later while her and her family were in town, I immediately knew Eggie will always be one of the most beautiful people I will ever meet.
Kellie, her sweet husband Juan, and their curious little Carmen were in town from Chicago for the weekend. I was thrilled to see her name come through the contact form on my website, as memories of soccer practices past and all the laughing we did came flooding back into my mind. "Are you available?" YES! The universe knew, a rare Saturday morning in August free with this beautiful family, wanting to choose me?! We ventured to a sunflower field, we sweat, we laughed, we learned that sneezes maybe can be sort of funny after all, and we created another memory I'll think back on fondly.
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I found myself running errands Monday, and decided on a whim to stop by Fred Meyers Jewelers in Newport. I had just picked up my husband and my wedding rings Friday from being inspected and rhodium plated, but I wasn't sure if they actually had been done (Now that they are ACTUALLY done, DUH. Of course they weren't). Enter Dr. Sparkle.
Now, I have a feeling Jamaal knows no strangers. A genuine good person through and through. He checked my rings, gave me tons of options and recommendations and somewhere in-between I mentioned I was photographer, and suddenly his eyes lit up.
"I've been wanting to surprise my wife with photos for our one year anniversary. The dude I originally called about doing it has been a little bit difficult to actually set plans with."
"WELL, I LOVE THIS IDEA and here I am! When is your anniversary?"
"Tuesday... Tomorrow." He stated with a nervous laugh, "I've been trying to think of something really special and I think it needs to be photos but it just hasn't come together yet."
The plan was born. I wasn't going to walk away without getting the confirmation that I was going to be the one photographing this night. I mean, how could I? The way Jamaal glowed while talking about his perfect plan, I couldn't trust anyone else to do it right, and thankfully he agreed. The time, the place, the approach, we mapped out our plan to execute the event flawlessly.
We schemed. It worked. She LOVED it. I can not wait to scheme more in the future with these two and their family. Thank you universe! It was truly a pleasure.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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I'm BLOWN AWAY by the amount of interest I've received the past couple weeks regarding boudoir photos. Well, I hear you and I had SO much fun last time, I just needed to do it again... BUT! This time I'm officially doing TWO boudoir dates!
Register for your boudoir experience today! Complete collection now includes FULL makeup by Trina at Pout Studio, light hair, jewelry to model, snacks, and (of course) wine for those who need a little encouragement to let loose. I HIGHLY encourage you to bring someone you trust with you, as it can sometimes be a little hard to get totally comfortable with just a complete stranger and a camera. Someone who can make you laugh when you really need it would be ideal. We will have plenty of space to accommodate. You want to include your dude? We can make that happen! You receive all viable photos from your hour long session for only $300! $100 secures your spot now, only 3 spots left for August 27th!
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Most people consider themselves lucky to survive 5 years of marriage. If you've made it to 20 years these days, I'm pretty sure you get knighted. To make it through 60 years of marriage though, Nobel Peace Prize anyone?
What a pleasure this group was. A beautiful, sunny summer afternoon with the entire gang. I was there as a surprise, as grandpa is generally the one behind the camera documenting. But on such a momentous occasion, he needed to be the one being documented.
Thank you to everyone involved, you were amazing! And THANK YOU for the cupcakes, they were amazing too!
Sincerest apologies to those reading who didn't get to taste one of those cupcakes- because they were to die for.
So I finally cut these photos down to an acceptable amount to preview. What a difficult job these two created for me, because they had a phenomenal wedding that created equally phenomenal photos throughout the entire day! Lake Lynsday sure did deliver on a venue. It was my first time there and everything went so smoothly. When I arrived, Leah had just wrapped hair and makeup by the talented Makeup By Lindsay. So into the dress she went, the vail placed in her hair, and shoes strapped on- It was time to go meet Don.
One thing about summer weddings... they're HOT. We didn't last long in the sunshine as the paper towels I brought to dab sweat were almost worthless. But we can't let a 100 degree afternoon show. So to the shade we went, and shortly thereafter, onto the ceremony.
Never in my life have I been able to tell a groom was having a reaction due to the guests reactions as I face the bride. I'm glad I turned around. Sweet Don, a man of few words and many emotions, let his heart swell. A beautiful, timely ceremony on a serene lake that led into the perfect sunset with a fun group and suddenly we find ourselves mid-reception!
Speeches, tears, dancing, drinks, and cake. All of the fun end notes to a wedding day. I am SO thankful that Leah and Don picked me to be part of their most special day. Thank you for the amazing time and images! This was the summer wedding that other summer weddings dream of being. Congrats you two!
Oh, San Diego. *insert heart eyes emoji here*. I didn't remember you being SO unbelievably breathtaking. To be fair, my previous exposure to the city was significantly limited, whereas this time I had the opportunity to truly experience you for what you are. I had heard "the weather is nice" as one of the only pros, but I have to wholeheartedly disagree. The views alone are worth any endurance. This is also not a place you will ever find yourself thirsty. Oh, the beer! *insert more heart eye emojis*
Naturally, as soon as we were off the plane, we headed to Little Italy to grab a fresh California Kolsch from Ballast Point. Now, if you have ever found yourself parched on a warm evening after breathing recycled air for 8 hours, you know any liquid is quenching... but if I could explain in words to you how heavenly tantalizing this beer was in that moment, they still wouldn't do the sensation and taste justice. *even more heart eyes emoji, and about a dozen drooling ones* The next day, I grabbed my camera and our adventure really started with a trip to Home Brew Mart, the original Ballast Point brewery location. They still serve (the best) beer, have top notch merchandise, and all the home brewing equipment you could ever fathom needing.
We then headed to La Jolla. There aren't enough emojis in the world. The sea lions are inches away from you, and suddenly your vision simply becomes Pepe Le Pew, the horizon their Penelope.
After a cocktail in La Jolla, we headed to Miramar to another Ballast Point location. This facility is top notch, and the food was exceptional. I highly recommend the mussels if you have the ability to get there. There is no doubt that BP is a master of the craft, in every way.
Before the night was over, we headed to Modern Times for our final stop. Imagine if the dreamiest library nook, a record store, and an 80's game room had a baby and birthed a space, it's Modern Times. Three flights later, we eventually made it back to our homestead for the trip.
San Diego, La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Ballast Point, Modern Times, Pizza Port, and all the places in between, thank you for being more than I could've ever envisioned. I'm already looking forward to our next visit out. Although, we may have to head to Roanoke first...And now, my final, foggy, cold day. It was perfect.
I must start this post by apologizing. It's taken me far too long to make this post, as our beautiful mommy has already been thriving as such for over a month. And yet here I am, just now posting her final maternity session?! SHAME ON ME! To attempt to make up for my extended delay, you are getting a double dose post. Today, we celebrate her completed journey to the world, the newest Karle family member, Miss Emerson Lucille.
Before we can get into her being here, we have to go back in time a bit. Megan, Andrew and I met at a new location for our final maternity photos. I wanted to try a new spot I had driven by daily, and since Megan had a new outfit, I knew it would be perfect. The flowering trees were just starting to poke their blooms out, a tell tale sign that spring just getting underway, and the weather for the day was impeccable for setting the whole romantic tone.
Now, at some point, I'm going to share all of Megan's maternity side by sides, but for this final session, since we had Andrew, we had to take extra advantage, and that's mostly what I'm sharing today as Emerson's before journey. But fear not, our beautiful mommy (to-be) got more than enough solo shots to enjoy too!
We snapped these photos one week before Emerson made her grand appearance. Just like her mommy, she arrived perfectly on time, as predicted, and quietly accepted my nearly two hours of serendipitous moments with her and my camera.
Sweet as can be. I am truly looking forward to watching this little burrito grow into an amazing woman. Welcome to the club, E!
Around two years ago I got a phone call from my sister. "Talk me out of this." was her request. It would've been easy to oblige. My big sister, the sister who did everything right, who did everything everyone told her to do that was "right for her" her ENTIRE life (including feeding herself her first birthday cake with a fork), suddenly found herself in a situation needing veracious inward self examination.
"Tell me this is a bad idea."
"Do you, man. This isn't anyone else's life."
A bit of background: 12 year old Jaleen at summer camp experiences "Circus Day" and does an introductory trapeze class and falls in love. She's continued practicing aerial acts in her free time her entire adult life thus far. So, an opportunity has presented itself in her time of reflection. The rest is history. Since then, Jaleen has been traveling and working different acts in a couple different circuses all over the country, full time. For the first year and a half, she was exclusively performing out west, so seeing her act wasn't feasible. In the last couple months, she found herself poised to come up through the south, coming within 90 miles of us, here in Cincinnati.
Now, this was my first circus - I had zero expectations of what was going to happen. The amount of times I had to pick my jaw up off the floor was un-trackable, and the amount of stress sweat I seeped was more than a bit of dewiness. I kept finding myself repeating "NO WAY." over and over again.
The amount of effort, talent, and grind these performers take with them through their day to day is, simply put, awe inducing. I am so proud of my sister and her abilities are unlike anything I've ever seen before. If you're anywhere near any of their remaining dates, go check her out!
Welcome to the world Miss Vivian Whitaker, the newest addition to the most adorable family ever. I did a family session for Brandon and Heather, as well as a few 1 year photos of their son Beau, and a few maternity photos this past fall. What an unexpected surprise to be asked to come to the hospital and take photos of their brand new daughter less than 24 hours after her grand entrance into the world.
We learned pretty quickly she's a big fan of being swaddled, is going to be a really good eater, and has the sweetest little cry, but calms within seconds of being cuddled up.
Our new baby girl is a gift beyond measure, a wonder to hold and a lifetime to treasure.
Thank you for the call, Brandon and Heather! Your downloads will be available shortly!
With babies, come baby showers! Today, we are going back to Saturday's brunch themed baby shower for both Megan and baby girl.
It's been 70 degrees here this February, so we imagined we could potentially get lucky with some beautiful weather. The first day in weeks that it's been sub 30, and that happened to be Saturdays high. I arrived to the address, opened the doors to the most adorable event space called A Turn Vintage and immediately forgot the cold, blustery, snowy day that was unfolding before us.