Most Romantic & Photogenic Places to Get Engaged in Cincy

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You’ve found the love of your life and now you have to plan a romantic and picture-worthy place to ask them to marry you, but where can you find such a place? Luckily for you locals, Cincinnati is a very beautiful city. In this blog, I’m gonna tell you five of the most romantic and beautiful locations to get engaged. 

  1. Ault Park- This is my favorite park in all of Cincinnati! It’s huge and offers you so many different places to propose. There are Cherry Blossom trees that bloom usually around March and April and are perfect for pictures and a romantic gesture. You could also go to the Brumm Garden wedding area, which has a gazebo-like area with plants surrounding it. It’s also very picture worthy and romantic. Another great option is the Pavilion, which has a great view of the park. Finally, there’s a botanical garden if you like being surrounded by plants.
  2. The Chateau Laroche A.K.A. The Loveland Castle- This is an authentic castle, what could be more romantic? The castle has many entrances and exteriors that are photogenic and your partner will love feeling like royalty during the proposal. There are also gardens surrounding the castle for our plant enthusiasts. You can even bring lunch and sit at one of the tables to have a meal together after the proposal, or before if you need an excuse to bring them to a castle for the proposal. 
  3. Eden Park- Another great option with lots of beauty. This park has a beautiful giant fountain in the center of it, which is a great option for proposals. Near the fountain is a beautifully decorated gazebo that’s great for privacy and pictures! Another area is the overlook up the hill of the park which allows you to see the Northern Kentucky skyline. Finally on the opposite side of the overlook is a pretty garden and a big lake with a bridge over it. This is yet another great option at Eden Park to pop the question at.
  4. Sharon Woods- This beautiful park is great if you want to be by a large body of water when you pop the question. There’s a waterfall in the woods with a balcony overlooking it. There’s also a bridge over the water that would be perfect for the occasion. 
  5. Devou Park- (Technically in Northern Kentucky but for our purposes we’ll call it Cincinnati!) – This park is so gorgeous! There’s an overlook that shows you the Cincinnati skyline. City skylines can make for great pictures! There’s also a gazebo near the overlook that would be great to utilize. 

There you have it. Five awesome locations in Cincinnati to propose at. Hopefully, you’ll choose one of them and if you do, I hope you’ll consider giving me a call to photograph you and your significant other!

8 Engagement Shoot Ideas to Make You Say I Do!

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Engagement shoots are a fun time to celebrate the next step in your relationship and also a good way to get some awesome photos with your fiancé. If you don’t have an idea for the type of engagement photoshoot you want I’m here to give you five ideas that’ll make you say I do!

  1. The Fairy Tale-This theme is all about recreating your favorite fairytale or creating a whole new one! You can recreate a look by your favorite Princess and Prince (maybe even change it to two princesses or two princes, or nonbinary mages; we’re all about inclusion over here.) or you can just dress up as the King/ Queen/NonBinary Royal that you are! Fancy dresses, crowns, tiaras, and thrones can all be used in these types of shoots. 

2. All The Romance- Picture this. A gazebo decorated in beautiful lights just after sunset. In the center of the gazebo are you and your fiancé sharing a kiss or maybe dancing, whatever you think looks best! Still don’t see the vision? Okay, try this: One half of the couple on their knee proposing to the other who is standing up. They’re on a bridge covered in beautiful decorative lights. (I like the decorative lights look personally) There are many ways you can create romantic looks like these that remind you of a rom-com.

3. The Adventurous Couple- This theme allows you to explore beautiful parts of the city or maybe even beautiful places outside of your city! This theme could happen on top of a mountain with one person proposing to the other, on a beach with the couple walking during sunset, on top of a cliff with a couple sharing a kiss, or in an open field with one part of the couple picking the other spin their arms! The possibilities are endless.

4. A Night On The Town- This option is perfect for those couples who want something simple and in the heart of the city. This photoshoot would take place in a crowded part of the area or downtown. Pictures would be taken of the couple hugging by large beautiful buildings, walking down city streets together while holding hands, or even just standard poses in your favorite part of town. 

5. Straight Out of A Movie- This one is fun if you like t cosplay or if you just have a favorite movie as a couple. In this scenario, the couple would dress up as characters from any movie (or television show) and recreate the movie poster or scene from a movie. Common examples of movie scenes that are sometimes recreated include The movie poster from Queen and Slim (with them next to a car), the Notebook rain scene, and the Titanic Boat scene.

6. Glamorous and Sexy- For the sophisticated couples, this shoot involves you grabbing your most fabulous Tuxedos or Gowns, getting all dolled up, and taking glamour pictures. This can be done well in a studio or outside. If you like this theme but are a little awkward/uncomfortable at being “sexy” (like me) your photographer should be able to help you come up with poses!

7. A Walk In The Park- For our Nature lovers, this is the perfect concept for you! You’ll be in either a park, the forest, or the woods. Sitting or posing by trees and getting pictures with beautiful flowers. You can also go to a local sunflower field to get some beautiful romantic images. Or if you’re more into the country look, you can try a local farm–with permission from the owner of course!

8. The Blissful Boat Ride- A beautiful concept, this photoshoot requires you to get out on a lake or river and ride in a boat while the photographer captures some posed and candid images. You can simply talk to each other and look out to the shore when doing candids. And you can do some seed poses for the staged ones.

I hope this gives you some inspiration for your engagement shoot! Good luck!

Percy Jackson Cosplay Photoshoot

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If you know me then you know that the Percy Jackson series is my favorite book series! In honor of Disney+ bringing my favorite books series to life with a television show and casting the main three characters of the first book series, I decided I would do a little cosplay photography for one of my favorite characters in the Percy Jackson Universe: Hazel Levesque.


In the second Percy Jackson series (The Heroes of Olympus) Hazel Levesque is introduced as a teenage girl born in 1920s New Orleans but currently living in present-day San Fransisco. Sound impossible? Well, they explain how this happened in the series and you’ll just have to read it to find out! Hazel also has a curse that summons gems, these gems can cause those who possess them to suffer in different ways.


For this cosplay look, I ordered a popular shirt from the series on Amazon and matched it with some jeans and sneakers. Next, I bought some rhinestones to look like Hazel’s jewels and would hold some and scatter them around my feet for different looks. Next, I took the pictures on a self-timer using my camera. Now came the time-consuming part: Editing.


I edit using Adobe photoshop. To get myself looking like Hazel, I had to make it appear so my black curly hair was brown and my dark brown eyes appeared gold like Hazel’s. I also had to touch up some of the photos as you normally do when editing with a backdrop. If you’re a fan of the series

Graduation Season

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Graduation Season. It’s one of my favorite photography seasons of the year and one of my favorite things to photograph. It was actually how I started doing photography professionally. What I enjoy must about these sessions is getting to congratulate and help create celebratory images for each of the graduates I encounter.

Last week, I had the pleasure of photographing one of my best friends for her graduation this year! She’s a very special and hard-working grad. School wasn’t always a piece of cake for her, but she sure did make it look that way! I know she’ll go far and that this is only the beginning for her.

To all of the graduates this year, congratulations and welcome to adulthood!

4 Reasons You Need a Surprise Proposal Shoot

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So you know you’ve found the person that you want to marry and you just need a creative way to propose. What better than a surprise Proposal shoot to capture the moment forever? Here are four reasons you need to do a surprise proposal photo shoot. 

  1. Capturing a happy moment. A lot of times during engagements the special moment is only captured on cell phones if at all. Having this moment professionally captured will help you get an authentic reaction when you pop the question. It’ll also be professionally taken and Instagram-worthy. 

2. Less stress planning for the wedding. If you do a surprise proposal shoot, you won’t have to prepare and look into engagement session costs later down the road if you don’t want to. This will be one thing you can cross off your wedding checklist and one less thing to stress about when planning your big day.

3. Multipurpose use of photos. The photos taken at this session can be used on Instagram, as save the dates, and/or as wedding invitations. If you use the photos as part of your invitation or save the date, you’ll be able to get your money’s worth and check another thing off your wedding planning list. 

4. Less stress planning the engagement. If you don’t know how you want to propose to the love of your life, we photographers can help you come up with an incredible, creative, and picture-worthy surprise. We can walk you through any ideas we have done or seen in the past so you don’t have to!

Tips for High School Grad Pics

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Graduating from High School is a huge accomplishment. And what better way to let everyone know and celebrate than with a photoshoot? If you need tips on the type of a senior photoshoot you might want, then you’ve come to the right place. 

Option #1 Sports

If you play any sports during your high school career this might be ideal for you. You can grab your old uniform and pose on a football, soccer, or baseball field. Or if you’re a cheerleader or Basketball player you can grab your pom-poms or basketball and take pictures on the basketball court. There are numerous ways to pose for any sport!

Option #2 Visual/Performing Arts

If you were involved more with visual or performing arts this idea is for you. If you were a member of the band you could grab your instrument and uniform and pose for a picture. If you were in the choir you could stand in front of a backdrop with a prop microphone. If you were in the theatre club you can take pictures on a stage in costume. The opportunities can be as creative as you want them to be.

Option #3 Clubs 

If you were involved with one or more clubs during your time in high school you might want to showcase that in your portraits. For example, if you were involved with the yearbook club you might want a picture with a camera in your hand or if you were involved with the Robotics club then you might want to take a picture with one of your projects or even with a trophy you won if you all competed competitively. 

Option #4 College Major

If you know exactly what you want to major in and want to tell the world then this might be a good option for you. For example, if you want to go to school for construction work, you might want to dress up with a hard hat and have blueprint props to show off what field you want to go into. Or if you want to study chemistry you might want to grab a white lab coat and some beaker glasses and pose in a fake science lab. You just have to get creative with this idea.

Option #5 Outdoor Candid

This idea is traditional and timeless. You’ll pose in some of your favorite outfits at different locations such as your high school, a park, a popular city landmark, a beach, or even a lake. This offers you pictures you can use both as your senior pictures or just as nice Instagram pictures months after you graduate.

Option #6 Indoor Studio Candid

This idea is also traditional but a good option if you want backdrops and pre-made sets instead of going outside and finding different places to take pictures at. You can talk to your photographer about ideas you have for set-ups or ideas they might have. 

What Season Should Your Wedding Be?

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You’ve just got engaged to the love of your life and now comes the next big question: when will the wedding be? Sure, there are lots of things to consider when planning when your wedding will be but the season is an important one. Let’s explore all the pros and cons of weddings in different seasons. 

Winter

A pro about having your wedding in the winter is that you can have a cozy feel. A warm fireplace with big windows to see the white snow outside can set the mood. Don’t forget to offer guests some hot chocolate in addition to their champagne!

Another pro about winter weddings is that you could save some money. Wedding vendors are usually not as busy during the winter since it’s not the traditional wedding season. That means vendors could have some deals or lower prices during this time. 

Many winter weddings are indoors but that doesn’t mean yours has to be. It just means you need to be a little more creative. You’ll need heaters, tents in case it snows, and probably an indoor option just in case guests get cold or the weather gets bad. 

The cons of a winter wedding are that you could be competing with winter holidays meaning some family or friends might not be able to make it for your special day. You may want to avoid late December and early January dates. A more ideal Winter date could be in late January or all of February.

Another con for winter is that you might not get as many outdoor pictures as you want on your special day. Cold temperatures could prevent you and your bridal party from staying outside for very long. Also with Daylight Savings, there are only so many hours of daylight before the sunsets. This could also mean it’s too dark outside to get pictures if your wedding is closer to the afternoon.

Finally, the last con with a Winter wedding, depending on where you live you might get a bad snowstorm. Snow emergencies can prevent you and your guests from attending the wedding.

Spring

Spring is a good option for your wedding especially if you would like it to be outdoors, everything is blooming and beautiful! It’s also usually warmer so you don’t usually have to worry about being cold while taking your wedding pictures or saying I do. 

Another pro is that spring is a less busy time of the year for your friends and families because of the lack of holidays or vacations planned. this means you’re more likely to have more people available to come to your special day.

The last pro for spring is that the days are longer. This means you have plenty of sunshine to take wedding pictures of, even if your wedding is closer to the late afternoon or evening. 

Moving to the cons of spring weddings. If you have allergies, this may not be the season for you. No one wants to feel sick on their wedding day.

Another con, the price of some of your wedding vendors and venues may go up. Especially in late spring when the typical wedding season begins.

Another con (which is very applicable if you live in the Cincinnati or Tristate area) if you have your wedding in early spring….the weather can be unpredictable depending on where you live. There’s been late March/early April snows in the past and just this week while I’m writing this article we had a hot week in the 60s and 70s and now we’re bout to have a cold week with light snow. You get the picture. You just might not know what you’re getting with early spring.

Summer

Summer offers more predictable weather and therefore you don’t usually have to worry about a freak snowstorm. You also get longer summer days and warm summer nights both of which are ideal for weddings and receptions, especially if you plan on having them later in the day. This once again means more sunlight for wedding photos!

Another pro for a summer wedding is that you’ll have more venue options(as long as you book early!!!). The reason you’ll have more options is that some venues are only open for warmer seasons like farms, sunflower fields, and other outdoor venues.

The final pro for summer is the honeymoon options. Your honeymoon options are pretty much unlimited. There are so many places nationally and internationally that you could travel to with summer usually being a great time for the weather. 

And now for the cons of summer. The Heat. if you do not like hot temperatures summer may not be an ideal season for you. Especially if your wedding gown has a lot of heavy materials, you could find yourself overheating a little if it’s outdoors. 

Another con for summer is the affordability. Late summer is the most popular time to host a wedding, and you can bet the prices for wedding vendors and venues are up at this time of the year. 

The last con is some of your guests may be going on summer vacation during the weekend of your wedding. This could mean certain people wouldn’t be able to attend.

Fall

A pro for Fall is that there is some natural beauty here just like in the spring. The leaves are changing colors, it’s still usually warm and sunny, and there are still some outdoor venue opportunities in the early fall. 

Another pro for fall is that if you are looking at late fall, the prices for wedding vendors usually drop since the wedding season is over. This could help you save some money which is always a plus!

Finally, fall weddings have the opportunity to have unique fall flavors on the menu. From pumpkin spice-themed desserts to Apple Cider drinks!

The first con of a fall wedding is that if it occurs during the late fall an outdoor wedding might not be possible due to the weather or cold temperatures. This is especially true if you’re planning to have one in the late fall. 

Another con to a fall wedding is that fall can be a busy time of the year in general. There’s back to school for kids, Labor Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Not to mention some guests may be strapped for cash this season or lacking vacation time since the summer just passed.

Lastly, inclement weather could cancel your special day. During the late fall, snow can sometimes come out of the blue, especially in the Cincinnati/Tristate area.

Black Girls, Anime, and Photography

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I know, I know….It’s not often that you see these three topics together in a sentence, much less a blog, but that’s what today’s post is all about. 

In case you’re not familiar, anime is an animation style that originates from Japan. They’re sometimes based on manga, the equivalent of an American comic book or graphic novel. Becoming popular in the U.S. in the 1990s, anime left a mark on many American childhoods, especially in the black community. 

While one may usually see more black males talk about anime, there’s a huge black female audience that enjoys it as well….including myself and my model for the photoshoot we’re talking about today.

My friend Lena and I wanted to do a styled shoot that showed Black Women and their love of anime. So we ventured to one of my favorite vintage clothing stores in Cincinnati called Casablanca to see what we could find. This place has every type of clothing from every decade that you can imagine. We soon settled on the idea of Lena cosplaying as Usagi Tsukino AKA Sailor Moon from the Anime Series of the same name. The staff was able to help us find the perfect outfit to bring our vision to life. 

After that Lena did her make-up while I set up my studio. And the rest as they say is history. We created one of my favorite styled shoots that I’ve done so far. I enjoyed this shoot because it felt like it was highlighting a different side of Black women that the world doesn’t usually see. 

Check out the video of me and Lena’s adventure here.

How to Take Self-Portraits in 4 Steps

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Flashback to 2020 (I know you don’t want to but bear with me) I was a senior in college graduating and I wasn’t able to get my Senior portraits done or even leave the house because of quarantine. So, what did I do? I took self-portraits in my backyard and they came out amazing! Now I model for myself all the time!

If you’re just getting into photography one of my biggest pieces of advice is that you are your best model. You can pose yourself however you see fit, free up your schedule for a shoot, and you can choose what you want to wear for the pictures! Whether you’re a seasoned photographer looking to get into self-portraits or a newbie who also wants to give it a shot I’m here to give you some advice!

Step 1: You’ll need a camera. It can be a real camera like my handy dandy Canon Rebel T6 or it can even be an iPhone. 

Step 2: You’ll want to set the camera up on a tripod. (Different Smartphones have Tripod stands that you can buy off Amazon and use for these purposes.)

Step 3: Angle your camera toward your backdrop and adjust. This might be one of the longer steps. You’ll have to continuously adjust your camera, step in front of your backdrop or wall and take test shots until you’re in focus (Look clear on the camera screen), lit properly (have enough light to be seen clearly), and don’t have too much or too little headspace(Don’t have your head cut off from the photo or too much space above your head). You might be wondering, how can you take pictures while standing in front of the camera away from the button. Simply use the self-timer on your camera or phone and set it for about ten seconds. this gives you time to press the button that takes the photo, step into the right spot, and pose. 

Step 4: Perfect your pic. Once you have a test photo that you like mark the spot you were standing in so you know not to move too much from that area. Now you can set the timer on your camera and continue to strike different poses, and even change outfits for your mini photoshoot! 

And now you have self-portraits that you can say you styled, modeled, and took yourself. If you’re more of a visual learner or want to see how I did my self-portrait pictured below check out my behind-the-scenes video here.