5 Tips For Preparing For Photoshoots

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This week I’ll be sharing with you five tips on how to prepare for a general photoshoot. These tips come from seeing some clients get a little flustered when things don’t always go to plan which causes their sessions to sometimes become stressful and we want our photoshoots to be fun. So here are 5 tips for preparing for photoshoots. 

Beauty Appointments- If possible try to book your hair and make-up appointments way earlier in the day than your actual photoshoot. I’ve unfortunately seen too many people run into this situation where their hair stylist or make-up artist is running behind which puts the client behind for their photoshoot. For example, if you make your hair appointment at 1 pm but the photo shoot is at 3 pm and the hairstylist is running an hour behind you might become late for your photoshoot. Instead, try to make that hair appointment at 11 am so that even if they were to run a little behind you still have time for your session. 

Packing Ahead- Try to pick your outfit(s) for the shoot ahead of time, preferably a week before. This can help you to have everything ready the week of the shoot. Also during the time between when you organized the clothes and the shoot, you may realize you forgot something and then you’ll be able to add it in before the shoot takes place. 

Packing Extra- If you have multiple outfits try to pack one to two more extra outfits in case you should have a wardrobe malfunction or spill something on one of the outfits that you planned to wear originally. This is especially true if you have kids that are getting their pictures taken because let’s face it, kids can be messy sometimes. 

Arriving Early- Please make sure to arrive at your photoshoot early. When you arrive early you may be able to get into the make-up room to change into your clothes or touch up your make-up ahead of time which could get you more shooting time. When you leave early for the photo shoot it can help you with any traffic you may encounter but didn’t anticipate as well. 

Speaking With Your Photographer- My final tip is to speak with your photographer about your vision for the photoshoot. This way the photographer can give you more tips and tricks to make your vision come to life, especially if you have a more complicated shoot or don’t know how exactly to make your vision come to life by yourself. 

I hope this list helps you out for your next photoshoot. I’ll talk with you all again next week. 

5 Halloween Photoshoot Ideas

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Halloween is right around the corner and in case you want to get a Halloween-themed photoshoot soon or you have one coming up, I want to give you 5 Halloween Photoshoot Ideas.

Kids In Their Costumes- If you have kids then you’ll probably want to get some pictures of them in their costumes, especially if it’s one of their first Halloweens. Picture this, you tell your photographer that you want a Halloween-themed photoshoot for your kid(s). You inform them of your child or children’s costume. They create a backdrop or scene setup that brings your kid(s) costume to life. For example, maybe your daughter wants to be a princess. So your photographer uses a backdrop with a castle for them to pose in front of. Or maybe your three boys want to go as Freddy, Michael Myers, and Jason, so your photographer created a backdrop in a creepy dark forest. The possibilities are endless.

Cosplay-Themed Shoots- If you’re into Anime then this will be the Halloween-themed shoot for you. Imagine dressing up as your favorite anime character with a backdrop of their hometown behind you. This especially works well if you have a partner or a group of people to portray several characters from one anime. Maybe you and your friends dress up s the crew from One Piece. Or if you have a lot of sisters you dress up as the ladies from Sailor Moon. 

Halloween Movie-Themed Shoots- If you’re big into Horror Movies like I am, then this might be your best bet. You dress up as a character from your favorite Halloween movie and reenact a scene. This is especially fun for couples or groups to do once again. Imagine reenacting a scene from Halloween with your best friend dressed as Michael or a scene from Chucky by yourself with a good guy doll. And if you have kids, maybe you dress up as Pennywise and pose your kids to be running from you. 

Family Halloween Portraits- If you and your family have been wanting a family portrait done and your favorite holiday happens to be Halloween then you may want to do this nontraditional option. A family portrait in costumes. Maybe you all dress up as the Adams Family or The Incredibles. This could be a very fun option for both adults and kids. 

Pets In Their Costumes- If you want some portraits taken of your pet in costume this is a great idea as well. You can also jump in the picture with them if you bring a costume of your own as well. Maybe you and your dog dress up as Scooby Doo and Shaggy or maybe you just show off your dog’s latest ghost costume in this photoshoot. There are a lot of fun options to do here. 

I hope this list gave you some spooky good ideas! I’ll see you all next week for another blog.

5 Tips For Beautiful Photos With Your Dog

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If you’re anything like me, your dog is a part of your family and that means you sometimes will want to take pictures with them or of just them alone. However, dogs can be tricky to get good photos of. They can be squeamish, clingy, or just not interested in looking forward at the camera. That’s why today’s blog will give you 5 Tips For Beautiful Photos With Your Dog.

Call Their Name and/or Bribe Them- When taking a photo of your pet they can sometimes look off in a direction that isn’t where your camera is located. Be sure to call their name or have someone hold a treat next to the camera. This can sometimes get your dog’s attention and get them to look toward the camera for a great picture. If you’re trying to take a selfie with your pet, or you have a camera set up with a timer, you may want to have someone else sit behind the camera or you’re phone holding a treat so that once again it looks like your pet is looking at the camera.

Try Some Candid Shots- Sometimes pets just aren’t in the mood for pictures. This is when you may want to get some candid shots of them. Try to take close-up pictures of their paws, some pics of them chewing their bone or playing with their newest toy. These types of pictures can be very cute as well. 

Take Them For A Walk- You may be wondering what taking your dog for a walk has to do with getting a good picture of them. Well, if you take your doggo on a walk you’ll be able to use up all their energy walking them so that when you get home they’ll want to lay down or sit and rest. This is the perfect time to snap a few pictures of them while they aren’t all rowdy. You may even get some cute pictures of them taking a nap. 

Be Patient- Patience is going to be your best friend. Sometimes you have to wait for your pet to settle down or to sit the right way so that you can get the money shot. If you’re not patient then you’ll just frustrate yourself. 

Book A Photographer That’s Good With Pets- Your last option is my favorite and also helpful if you want professional photos taken of you and your pet or just of your pet alone. There are many photographers who are good at getting dogs to settle down and take pictures. Some may even have treats or toys for your dog to help them look at the camera.

Cincy Street Meet Photos

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Each year in Cincinnati there’s an event for photographers, models, stylists, make-up artists, and more called The Cincy Street Meet. Last year was my first Cincy Street Meet and it was amazing. I got a lot of awesome photos and videos and got to meet a lot of great people. I went again this year and it was another great year of networking and snapping photos. I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite Cincy Street Meet photos and outfits!

4 Awesome Wedding Venues in Cincinnati

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Cincinnati has a lot of amazing wedding venues. If you’re new to the area or never looked at wedding venues then this post is for you. For today’s post, I’ll be highlighting 4 awesome wedding venues that I’ve shot at.

Ault Park- This is a beautiful and huge park where a lot of Cincinnatians host their wedding during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. I recommend hosting your wedding here in the Spring if it’s warm enough so you can see all the beautiful flowers blooming and maybe even the cherry blossom trees! In the gallery below you’ll find some pictures I took at the park. 

Abby’s Farm- This is a beautiful venue that gives you both a farm feel and a river view. There’s an indoor venue where you can host the reception or your wedding, a huge outdoor area where you could also have your wedding and reception, and a gazebo which is fantastic for photos. Find pictures of the farm in the gallery below.

Gorman Heritage Farm- If you love nature or farms then this may be the venue for you. This farm has a sunflower field in the summer that is truly a spectacular sight. This venue can be good for engagement photos as well. It’s a stunning sight that will truly wow your guest. You can find pictures of the farm and the sunflowers below. 

Sugar Event Loft- This is an indoor venue that I have shot a couple of weddings at and it is always decorated beautifully. The lighting is well and once you leave the indoor venue you can go outside to the Liberty Center to take some outside pictures with your bridal party. 

I hope this has inspired you to take a look at a couple of Cincinnati Wedding venues. Let me know your favorite venue in the comments section.

5 Reasons You Need a Mommy and Me Photoshoot

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Imagine this. You’re dressed up in a corresponding outfit with your child taking pictures in a studio or out at the park. What could be a more fun and bonding experience for you and your child? Today, I’ll be giving you 5 reasons you need a mommy and me photoshoot.

Bonding Time- the first reason that a mommy and me photoshoot is a good idea is that this will be a great opportunity for you and your child to bond with each other. Picture this, you could wear matching or corresponding outfits, take some photos and then even go out to eat afterward. It’ll be a great way to spend time with each other especially if your child’s getting older and ready to leave the nest soon. This could also be something fun to do with the little ones as well. 

Memories- I am a big believer in taking photos with your family so that you can have memories for when everyone gets older. Especially for your kids who will have kids of their own one day and want to share pictures of their childhood with their new families. Doing a photoshoot like this one will allow you to create those memories with your child. 

Mother’s Day Gift- The next reason you should do a mommy and me photoshoot is that it could make the perfect mother’s day gift. If you’re the father and want to plan something nice for your wife or the mother of your child, it would be a great gift to have the mother get all dressed up, take them out for brunch, and then to this photoshoot. They would have a great day and get to have some pictures of them with their child as a gift. Another option is if you’re the mother in this situation and want to get your mother (the grandmother of your child) a gift you could plan this photoshoot and get the pictures delivered to them as a Mother’s Day gift. 

Redo Photoshoot-This next reason that you should do a mommy and me photoshoot will probably pull at your heartstrings. in the picture for this post the mother wanted to redo a picture pose she did with her son when he was a baby of them laying down and holding hands. the reason I told you this is to give you another idea of what could happen for your mommy and me photoshoot. You would be able to recreate certain pictures you took when your child was younger or if they are already young or you don’t have any pictures of you together you’ll be able to make one and years later recreate it. 

Birthday Gift- the last reason you should do a mommy and me photoshoot is that just like using the photo shoot as a Mother’s Day present or surprise you could do the same for the mother’s birthday. This would be a great idea for a mother who maybe hasn’t gotten a lot of time to spend with her kids in a little while. You could start the day with the mother getting her hair, make-up, and nails done. Then you would drop off her and the child or children at the photoshoot locations. After taking pictures with the kid(s) the family could go out to dinner together as a family. What could be a better way to spend your birthday with your family? And you would get pictures from the occasion as well to keep for years to come. 

I hope this article has inspired you to do a Mommy and Me Photoshoot session. Tell me the last time you did a photoshoot like this in the comment section. I’ll see you all next week. 

7 Photos All Parents Need of Their Kids

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I’ve always believed that parents should get professional pictures taken of their kids to keep in a photo album so that when they grow up they could have memories to look back on and share with their future family. That’s why I’ve made this list of 7 photos all parents need of their kids. 

Newborn- These photos will be great to look back on once your kids are all grown up. It’ll remind you of the days when they were small enough to carry in your arms. Newborn photos are important not just for the parent’s nostalgia but also so that the kids can see what they looked like as a child and share them with their friends or spouse in the future. These photos can be taken within the first two weeks of the child’s birth or if you need a little more epitome to adjust to parenthood, they can be taken a few months after you welcome them to the world. 

First Birthday- It’s a huge milestone when a baby makes it to the age of one. So huge that it should be celebrated and remembered! What better way to celebrate and remember your kid’s first birthday than with a photoshoot? This will once again be good for you and your child to look back on through the years. I recommend a cake smash as part of your photo shoot for babies at this age. 

Kindergarten Graduation- This is another important milestone for your child. Their first graduation! Grab a small cap and gown for your child and prepare to get them some pictures of this moment. This will also be a good throwback picture for them in the future. 

Sweet Sixteen- While Birthday pictures at any age are highly encouraged, sweet sixteen pictures are one of the most popular. Go ahead and celebrate them with a photoshoot that they can share with their friends and family or even use on their birthday invitations for a birthday party. This type of photoshoot can be very fun for the teen because they can pick the type of theme they want and express their style. 

Prom- Every high school student who wants to go to prom should have prom pictures whether they’re taken by a professional or on your cell phone. This is a moment your child will probably want to remember and it might be one of the few times you’ll get to see them all dressed up. If you do go with a professional photographer, which I obviously recommend, be sure to have them capture your child and their friend group or date at a nice park. Some photographers offer this as part of their senior pictures package deal so be sure to ask if that’s an option for your child. 

Senior Photos- Senior pictures are another big part of your child’s senior year besides prom. They should definitely get senior pictures done to celebrate their achievement of graduating high school, to use as invitations for their high school graduation cards, and or just for memories of what their high school days were like. 

College Graduation- Just like when you’re child graduated high school, if they’ve decided to further their education at college, you should definitely have senior pictures of them taken celebrating their success at completing college. These photos once again can be used as pictures for graduation invitations, and to help them remember their college days. 

That’s my list of 7 photos all parents need of their kids. Can you think of any I’ve left out? Comment below and let me know. I’ll see everyone next week!

5 Ways to Prepare Non Newborn Babies for a Photoshoot

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Non newborn babies can be tricky to take pictures of, since they don’t sleep as much and start to crawl around. But that’s why you have me to give you some tips. In this week’s blog, I’ll be giving you 5 ways to prepare non newborn babies for a photoshoot.

  1. Nap Time. First thing’s first, make sure you schedule the photoshoot for right after the baby’s nap time. Or at least try to have your baby take a nap before the photoshoot. This ensures a happy baby that will probably smile during picture time. Sleepy babies are usually more fussy and don’t want to sit still for a photoshoot, especially one that’s gonna last a whole hour.

2. Eat! Eat! Eat! Make sure that the baby has had a meal relatively recently so that they are not hungry during the shoot. This will keep them from being fussy while taking pictures. You may even ant to bring a snack just in case the baby is still hungry during the shoot. If you’re gonna be in the photos, make sure you eat as well. It can be easy to forget about yourself when taking care of others! Speaking about packing some snacks for the shoot, that brings us to number three on the list.

3. Packing the diaper bag. You’ll want to pack a few items to make sure you have a successful photoshoot. This includes a couple of your babies favorite toys, some snacks, their sip cups, diapers, baby wipes, and a change of clothes. The diapers and baby wipes are pretty self explanatory. The snacks can be used to bribe the baby if needed but also to give them something if they’re feeling hungry. Same with their sippy cups in case they’re thirsty. Their favorite toys can be used to get their attention while they photographer takes pictures. it can also be used as a prop in their photoshoot. The change of clothes are good in case you want your child in multiple outfits or in case baby has an accident and stains their clothes.

4. Grab a Helper. If you plan to be in the pictures with your little one, you may want to call your spouse, parent, or a friend to help with this shoot. They can help hold up a toy to grab the babies attention while you and your baby pose for the photographer. This is especially helpful if you plan to take the picture with your baby and other kids you may have. Then they can try to grab all of the kids attention with the photographer for even better pictures.

5. Don’t Stress Yourself Out. Babies might not be happy and playful the entire session. They may get fussy or not want to get still but that’s because they’re still young! There’s no need to stress yourself out about it. As a photographer we’re trained to be able to capture as many photos as possible when they baby is cooperative. It’s rare that we’ll do a shoot with your little one and come out with little to no images at all. However if it is agreed upon by both the photographer and the parents that the baby was a little too fussy the day of the shoot, you can always reschedule and try again another day.

I hope this article has given you some good tips on preparing a non newborn baby for a photoshoot. Remember to have fun and enjoy this time with your child. Creating these types of moments are important. Share some tricks you have to make your baby laugh during pictures in the comment section!

4 Reasons You Should Have A Double Maternity Shoot

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Double maternity Shoots. They’re super fun to do and I had the pleasure of doing one for two sisters this past month. Both were pregnant and expecting baby boys. They wanted to do a maternity photoshoot together and with their spouses as well. It came out beautifully and made me want to do more photoshoots like this one. So, I’m here to give you 4 reasons you should have a double maternity shoot!

  1. You can get Both Pictures By Yourself and With Your Double Maternity Partner! How many times have you taken professional pictures with your sibling or best friend during adulthood? Probably not many because life happens. Or if you have it might be a family or group portrait instead of just the two of you. If you both happen to be pregnant at the same time, this could be not only a great opportunity to get pictures taken together but also a great time to share an experience of your pregnancy journey with each other. It’s not quite often that you see both siblings or two best friends pregnant at the same time, especially if you’re twins! Now I know what you might be thinking. “I still want to be able to take pictures by myself. I don’t only want pictures with just another person.” Well, no need to worry about that. Another benefit is that even though you’ll be taking some pictures together, you can still take pictures separately and have your moment to shine. 

2. You Won’t Feel Awkward. If you normally feel a little awkward taking pictures by yourself then a double maternity shoot could benefit you. This would allow you to take pictures with your sibling or best friend, who can help you to relax a bit more or even come up with some pose ideas. This is especially true if your sibling or best friend may be more outgoing. They’ll be able to get you out of your comfort zone and into the photoshoot mood. Even if both of you are shy, you’ll both feel more comfortable trying poses together instead of apart.

3. You Might Could Save Money! This, of course, depends on the photographer but usually, it’ll be cheaper for the both of you to do a double maternity shoot together than to schedule two separate photoshoots apart. With me for example, I was able to shoot both of the mothers-to-be within an hour. So they were only charged for an hour instead of them both being charged for an hour separately. Keep in mind that every photographer is different and they may have different ways or prices for doing a double maternity shoot. 

4. You and Your Future Kids Will Get To Spend Time together. Perhaps one of the best benefits is that you and your sister or best friend will get to spend some quality time together. This could be a great time to catch up and bond with each other especially if you two haven’t seen each other lately. Another benefit to this is that by having a double maternity shoot together, the two babies to be will get to be together in pictures for the first time, even if they are still in your bellies! This will hopefully set them up to be very close friends once they are born into the world. 

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope I have convinced you to try a double maternity shoot with a sibling or best friend. Be sure to share this with someone you would do a double maternity shoot with! I’ll see you all next week. 

Fun Cosplay Photography

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For my birthday this year I held a mini costume party and decided to do a mini photoshoot of some of my friend’s outfits well. So here are some fun cosplay photography for you all to enjoy!

First up we have Atom Eve played by my friend Jazz. Atom is a character from the show Invincible currently airing on Amazon Prime.

Second we have Static Shock played by my friend and fellow photographer Q. Static Shock is a superhero from an older TV series of the same name.

Third up we have #5 played by my friend Nay. #5 is from another older show Codename: Kids Next Door.

Fourth there’s Strawberry Shortcake played by my friend Des. Strawberry shortcake is a character from the TV series of the same name. (Multiple TV series actually!)

Last but not least is Noelle played by yours truly. Noelle is a character from the series Black Clover which can be found on Hulu or Funimation.

If you want to get some cute pictures like we took for a costume or themed party you can take some seamless color paper, hang it to your wall and set up some lights near the paper. This will allow you to have a backdrop that’s fully lit and can allow you to take some great pictures!

4 Steps to Planning a Baby Photoshoot

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Planning a baby photoshoot is just as important as actually taking the pictures. It can also be just as tricky. You want a photo shoot that showcases the baby’s personality while also capturing their adorableness. In this blog, I’ll show you exactly how I do it.

Step 1: Conversing With Parents. Most of the time that a photographer takes pictures of a baby, they don’t know the baby. This is why it’s always good to talk to the parents to get an idea of what the baby likes and what the parents would like to see the baby doing in the photos. For example, the baby might really like a TV show or movie. By talking to the parents you can learn this and plan a theme around that television show or movie. The parents might also say the baby has trouble sitting up on its own, this will help you prepare to prop the baby up so it can look s though it’s sitting up on its own.

Step 2: Finding The Dress Code. A lot of times parents will have an outfit or two in mind that they want the photographer to take pictures of their babies in. The photographer should ask the following questions in regards to what the baby is going to wear on the day of the shoot: What color will the outfit be? Is it a dress? Skirt? Pants? Jumper? Or nothing at all. (Sometimes parents might want babies to be naked but swaddled in a blanket for a picture or they might want the baby to look like they’re taking a bath in a picture. This could require the baby to not be clothed.) Will there be any accessories such as bows, headbands, ties, etc? By finding out this information you can start to plan how the scene behind the baby will look in the photos. For example, in the photo above you’ll notice the baby matches the green decor. That’s because I asked the mother what color the baby would be wearing and she described a green and white dress. So I decided I wanted green and white to be the theme in the background. I also learned that the baby could sit up on her own so I didn’t have to bring a special baby pillow to make her sit up in the fake bathtub.

Step 3: Finding The Right Props. Now that you have talked to the parents to learn bout what the baby will wear and a little about the baby’s personality, it’s time to find the right props for the photoshoot. If the theme revolves around Christmas you might want to pick out green and red props to give it that Christmasy feel. If the theme is around the 4th of July you’ll probably want colors like red, white, and blue to give it that holiday feel. If the theme is around a TV show or movie, you might want to order a backdrop, plush props, or balloons that show off that movie or TV show. You’ll also probably want to make sure any additional props match the color of those TV or movie props. For example, I did a photo shoot for a baby that loved Cocomelon. I ordered some Cocomelon plush toys and some colorful balloons that matched the color of the plush toys to make the scene come together. For the picture above, Since I knew we were doing a green and white theme, I ordered some green and white flowers and vines to add so that the colors of the baby’s outfits would pop.

Step 4: Set Up The Scene. This is our final step before taking the actual pictures. You’ll want to set up the scene early so you can make any adjustments you need before the baby arrives at your studio. For example, if you set it up and it doesn’t look up to your standards, you’ll be able to run to your local store or find other props in your studio to fix the scene to your liking. I usually try to set up 30 minutes to an hour beforehand.

That is all my advice on planning a baby photoshoot. I hope this was helpful and be sure to check out my other baby photoshoot tips!

5 Ways to Prepare Your Newborn For a Photoshoot

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Congrats! If you’re reading this post, you’re more than likely a new parent or are about to be a new parent! I bet you want a photo shoot to celebrate the new addition to your family, but also want to know how to prepare your bundle of joy to get in front of the camera so they can take the best pictures possible. Here are 5 ways to prepare your newborn for a photoshoot. 

  1. Keep Your Baby Awake Beforehand. This might come as a surprise but you’ll want to keep your baby wide awake before the session so that they can be sleepy by the time of the photoshoot. A sleepy baby during a photoshoot is a cooperative baby!

2. Feed them Before the Session. Try to feed the baby a little bit before the photo shoot so they’ll get tired by the time of the photoshoot. This should help them keep from being awake because of hunger. Hangry babies don’t like pictures!

3. Make Sure They Have a Clean Diaper. You probably already figured this one out but make sure the baby has a clean diaper so that they are comfortable during the photo shoot. 

4. Swaddle Them Tightly. If the photographer asks you to swaddle the baby, make sure you swaddle them tight so they’re warm and comfortable. This will help them sleep during the photo shoot. 

5. Be Ready To Be in a Couple Photos. I know, I know, you may not feel like taking pictures but in the future, you’ll look back and be glad you had some pictures with your new family member. So dress in a comfy but cute outfit and be prepared to be in a couple of images.