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Cincinnati Cake Smashes - Unicorns

Remember When Portraits is so excited to share one of our 2019 goals with you. Our goal is to bring you 10 themed cake smashes that we have never done before to show you what we are capable of doing. We plan to be doing model calls throughout the year looking for 11-13 month olds, boy and girls, when we are ready for that next set up. You can find our model calls on our community group on Facebook under Remember When Portraits.

I have to tell you though, I have a love/love more relationship with cake smashes. By far these are my FAVORITE sessions when little ones are involved. You get to see and document them enjoying the glory of all calories at an age where they are learning about everything. You get to see them enjoy or dislike immensely the texture, taste, smell and look of the food product put in front of them. They get to take in the sights, get messy and enjoy foods they have mostly been told they aren’t allowed to partake in. It is kind of glorious and special to be the photographer to share this moment with these little ones and their parents.

On the love more side, you have to know how much preparation can go into these sessions. Our studio coordinates the ordering of the cake, including discussing design and color. Color is actually really important to get right as if the cake doesn’t match the outfit or the backdrop this creates a LOT of work in photoshop for us. We are talking it could be hours of time we simply won’t get back because we didn’t communicate the design from the get go. Planning all these little details and allowing our creative juices to flow is what I love most.

We spend at minimum an hour prior to your arrival decorating the set. This includes any items needing to be shopped for like fresh veggies and bread for our spaghetti smash, wrapping of presents or decorating boxes to fit that Mario Bros. theme behind your child or creating snowflakes and white paper garland for that Buddy the Elf set up, and even making the balloon garland by hand. We also work with our clients to select and order your child’s costume or outfit for the shoot. We make sure we hit the budget and get everything delivered or picked up on time. It all takes time and time is valuable. That is why we offer 2 different cake smash packages: one that is simple that we can whip up the hour before you arrive or the turn key session where we do it all for you, spending hours coordinating, designing and planning every last detail where the only thing you have to do is show up with a well rested little one!

If you are interested in scheduling a cake smash or food smash session for your little one, contact us at april@rememberwhenportraits.com and let us know what you had in mind! Here is one we did last week. We partnered with Stephanie’s Cupcake Company in Maineville, Ohio for the gorgeous unicorn cake that our little model tore into with ease. I mean can you blame her?

Savoring Your Senior Photography Experience

Treasure every moment. They only stay little for a little while. Some day you will miss this.

Sam Williams, Senior - Class of 2019, Moeller High School 

Sam Williams, Senior - Class of 2019, Moeller High School 

As parents we have all heard these clichés a time or two. However, none of them ever ring so true as they do when your baby starts their senior year of high school. The whirlwind of emotions and "busy work" in preparation of this final year in high school leaves both you and your senior ready for it to end yet praying it won't all at the same time. 

One of the biggest parts of senior year is coordinating senior photos. There are so many questions: When is the yearbook deadline? What should I wear? Can I hide all these teenager battle scars? I am so scared to be in front of the camera, do I really have to? Do I really need them? What will they cost? - The questions are endless and rightfully so!

Sam Williams High School Senior Moeller High School

Remember When Portraits is here to help you navigate through all of these questions! Even more importantly, we are here to help you remember to slow down and enjoy the process. Part of our process is to purposely meet with you before scheduling your session to assure you are comfortable with working with us before we even pull out the camera. We want you and your baby to actually enjoy this experience as these are the memories of one of their biggest life accomplishments so far!

Moeller High School Senior Sam Williams 2019

 

We help you put into perspective how quickly (or not) you will need to book to assure you have plenty of time to hit your school's yearbook deadline. We talk with you about outfit ideas and ways to assure you will look timeless instead of trendy in retrospect in your photos. Our studio takes the time to remove any blemishes or marks on the skin that you won't see on any other given day. We understand how frustrating being a teenager is and we assure when you look back in 30 years on your senior photos you won't see any of those teenage battle scars!

Do you need senior photos? Honestly that is up to you. No one can make that choice for you. However, once the time passes you can't get a re-do. When in doubt it is better to have them done than to always wonder if you should have. Should of's and could of's never win ball games!

Sam Williams Class of 2018 Senior Moeller High School

Remember When Portraits offers a full service experience that it customizable to your working budget. All of our products are available al a carte´ and there is no minimum purchase. We sleep well at night knowing you are only purchasing what you LOVE and NEED! 

We are currently booking fall senior sessions with local senior students. You can schedule your complimentary pre consultation with us by hitting the BOOK NOW button up above.  Come in and meet us at a time that works best for you and see if we are the right photographer for your senior portrait needs!

Sam Williams Moeller High School Class of 2019

 

 

Referral Program

Thank you for referring clients to us! Remember When Portraits

Do you guys like free stuff? Do you have a friend or family member who wants their portraits taken? Lucky for you we’ve officially started a Remember When Portraits Referral Program! It’s as easy as filling out a short form—we want to know a little bit about your interests so we can give a more personalized gift as a ‘thank you’ for sending clients our way. You don't have to even be a current client or have had portraits done with us before to register! 

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We decided to get the ball rolling on this so we can show our appreciation to you guys for all that you do.  We only ask that you be over 18 years old to take part (and if you’re over 21 we’ve got some special gift ideas for you). Check out the form here: 

http://www.rememberwhenportraits.com/rewards/

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We hope you enjoy the new program! We’re excited to show you some gratitude.

- Jackie

Cake Smashes and More

This past weekend we tried something new: cake smashes!  The shoots with the kids went amazingly well—we were able to see four small clients enjoy making a huge mess!  A few of the shoots were traditional ‘first birthday’ set-ups, but we had one two year old in attendance, proving that age doesn’t matter when it comes to eating cake and having fun.

Remember When Portraits cake smashes

As the weekend moved along our participants got braver and braver.  The first session started with what we’d call a taste-test, and the final session was a cake-explosion!  It was almost sad to see the beautiful creations of Stephanie’s Cupcake Co. get smashed to smithereens… almost. :)

Maineville cake smash photography session

The cake smashes were so much fun that we’ve decided to add them to our line up with three radical packages!

Krazy Kitten Krafts provided us with banners for each shoot, dialing up the level of decorations from fun to fantastic!  With the purchase of one of the larger packages, one of those banners will be yours for the designing and taking.  How awesome is that??

custom banner cake smash decorations

Gussied Up Has Moved!

Over the past year and a half I have had the pleasure to get to know a local small business owner, both as a client and as a peer. Karie Lacy came to the Maineville area with a dream of bringing hair designs and styles to life in our community. 

Karie Lacy, Owner of Gussied Up by Karie Michelle in South Lebanon, Ohio

Karie Lacy, Owner of Gussied Up by Karie Michelle in South Lebanon, Ohio

Gussied Up by Karie Michelle came to life right across the hall from our studio in the Maineville Professional Building. Together we have co-marketed with back to school photos and hair cuts, worked side by side at the Maineville 4th of July Parade and most recent at the Shop the Village Event in December with the LMIS PTO. Gussied Up has grown leaps and bounds since coming to our community. It has grown so much that Karie shifted gears last month by announcing she was moving 5 minutes up the road to a new location - one big enough to expand her service offerings to give her clients (including me!) a full luxury experience.

Gussied Up by Karie Michelle located at 383 S. Main Street South Lebanon, Ohio 45065

Gussied Up is now located at 383 S. Main Street South Lebanon, Ohio 45065. It is right next to the bike trail and just minutes away from Target, Lowes, Kohls and Starbucks right off of 71. Karie’s new space offers a snack bar and a front porch for those coming for an appointment, doing a walk-in appointment or just taking a break from being out on the bike trail exercising. 

Gussied Up by Karie Michelle in South Lebanon, Ohio Hours of Operation

Gussied Up offers very convienent hours, same day appointment options, free parking with little to no stairs, a snack bar and online booking. Here is a link to schedule your appointment online:    https://www.vagaro.com/gussiedupsalonandboutique

Here is a photo of Karie’s new space, but you can see the entire new space make over on her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/gussiedupsalon/ or by stopping in during normal business hours to check it out in person!

Gussied Up by Karie Michelle Makeover

Currently Karie is looking to bring on another stylist through a booth rental opportunity. If you or someone you know is looking to branch out into a self-employment opportunity, please contact Karie directly by phone: 513-403-7943.  

Gussied Up in South Lebanon, Ohio is hiring a cosmetologist, nail tech and/or last stylist

Karie, I have enjoyed watching your business grow since we first met. I cannot wait to see the new space in person and experience the excellent customer service and styling in your new location that you have always given me! I am seriously so happy for you and the grow Gussied Up has experienced. We will miss you at the professional building, but I cannot wait to see how much your business will thrive in its new location! Cheers to a job well done!

What Legacy Do You Want To Leave Behind?

At the start of the new year many people excitedly anticipate the beginning of many new things: a new time of year, a new diet, a new job or a new journey to embark on whether personal or professional. We take time out to reflect, to make changes and to challenge ourselves to be an even better rendition of who we were the previous year.

Greg Oakley, Co-founder of pivitsoft.com in Cincinnati, Ohio

Greg Oakley, Co-founder of pivitsoft.com in Cincinnati, Ohio

One of the things we can all do to better prepare ourselves on the cusp of such change is to assure we look the part of who we want to be. This isn't in reference to being shallow or something we are not. However, it is about putting our best face forward.

Our personal portrait shows who we are and who we are capable of becoming. It shows how successful we have been so far and also outlines where we are headed in the future. As they say, a picture tells a thousand words. We all could stay status quo in our lives, but we all know full well the only thing certain in life is change.

Whether you are looking for a promotion at work, sadly going through a divorce, treasuring some time with family and friends or just being present in the moment this year - exist in photos. Keeping your headshot or profile photo current and of high quality online might not seem relevant, but when no one knows who is going to see it tomorrow it becomes even more important that you make your best first impression before you even realize it matters.

Tell me, what legacy do you want to leave behind for others to see?

Welcome 2018!

Maineville Ohio Photography Studio 2018

Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2018 already? I cannot believe we are almost already at mid month. It is going by so quickly! 

I wanted to share some exciting news that we have going on at the studio for 2018. First and foremost, I want to THANK YOU for continuing to support our photography studio. We are approaching our 3rd year in business this year and we know it wouldn’t be possible without you! 

Last year we photographed over 80 different sessions that included individuals, families, newborns, model calls and corporate clients. Our goal this year is to photograph over 120 different sessions in 2018 by offering you a full service experience that allows you to enjoy being in front of the camera.

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This past week we have added on an intern to our staff. Jackie Haynes with the DAAP program at University of Cincinnati will be working with Remember When Portraits through April 2018. Jackie brings a high level of painting experience and fine arts education to the table. Jackie will be focusing on design content, video creation, client interaction and photography assistance. 

Jackie Haynes

 

This year we are going to be sharing more information on the following: cake smashes for the littles, more hair and make up appointments in studio with sessions for women, a Senior Model Call program, a corporate head shot program for your staff, and ways we are partnering with our community. We also are going to be rolling out a Referral Program which will include your opportunity to provide testimonials to earn studio credit!

Please help me in welcoming Jackie to our studio and keep a look out for more information on ways you can be a part of our studio’s journey in 2018!

 

Black Friday To Cyber Monday

Next week when all of those brave souls enter the retail market to shop for some of the lowest prices of the year, you can stay in your pajamas to shop with us! Remember When Portraits wants to give you a better, more memorable experience by allowing you to shop with us without the lines or need to leave your home. We also want you to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family. Therefore, the gift certificate sale will NOT be LIVE until the clock strikes midnight!

Here are the details on the gift certificate sale for next week:

Gift Certificate
 

Spend $100 receive a $150 gift card
Spend $175 receive a $350 gift card
Spend $250 receive a $500 gift card

All gift cards purchased will also come with a complimentary session (valued at $100) for the recipient so you are guaranteed that the value of the gift card goes directly towards the finished products of their choosing. What a great deal!

We will be offering gift certificates online for you to purchase right from our website. Here is a link to the web page where you can purchase them starting on Black Friday: 

www.rememberwhenportraits.com/gift-certificates

The sale will run through Cyber Monday. This is a ONCE A YEAR sale! After Cyber Monday gift certificates will be available for purchase at face value without anything else attached.

Daydreamer Turned Storyteller

Cincinnati Children Photographer Dress Up

Once upon a time there once was a little girl who dreamed to live like a princess. She wanted to wear beautiful gowns, satin laced slippers, a dab of make up to accentuate her natural beauty and a crown on top of her head to signify royalty.

Cincinnati Children Photography Dress Up

She envisioned moments of dancing like a proper princess; beautiful classic music playing in the background, surrounded by tall walls filled with windows overseeing rolling lawns and beautiful gardens as far as your eyes could see until they kissed the horizon afar.

Cincinnati Photographer Children Dress Up

The older the little girl got, the less she dreamed dreams similar to what she would read in her fairytale books. She began to lose the childhood spark that allowed her to get lost in her own imagination pretending to be anyone she wished she could be as she matured and grew older each year. Eventually one day that spark wilted out just like a candle at the bottom of its wick.

Cincinnati Photography Children Girls Dress Up

After many years of living in a cold and cruel world, facing many sad realities, that little girl began to remember and long for her innocent childhood dreams. The ones that made her feel alive, taking her to new places that were safe to explore and to experience, while simply being lost in her own imagination. The wonderful little girl realized that although she was no longer a child free to daydream anytime she wished to, she was able to control her own destiny and very capable of bringing her childhood dreams to life.

Cincinnati Womens Glamour Photography

She realized she herself had become a story teller through her craft just like the authors of all the many books she read and built her dreams around. Because of her craft she was able to allow other little girls, who were still in those innocent years, and even those little girls trapped inside adult bodies, to experience their own princess dreams! Hence the birth of Girls Dress Up Sessions and Women's Before & After Sessions!

Cincinnati Women's Photography Before and After

Check out our video below showing our women's before & after transformations along with a video showing our Girls Dress Up sessions.

All professional hair and make up provided in studio by: Trina Paul with Pout Studio

More Than a Candidate

I had the honor of photographing the Myers family earlier in October. This was the second time that I have photographed Nathan, Ashley and their little man, Cooper. Over this time I have gotten to know them and have enjoyed getting to watch Cooper grow in front of my camera.

Myers Family Photo 1

The Myers currently are working hard in support of Nathan’s run for Hamilton Township Trustee in our community. Having gotten to know Nathan and Ashley prior to his announcement to run, I have to share some small things I know about him and his family to help paint a light of the simplest fact – they are great people! Nathan and Ashley are big UC basketball fans. They are out and about in the community whenever they can be. Whether it is enjoying Kings Island together, the neighborhood park or swimming with Cooper (as he LOVES to swim!), they are a very active family. I have to admit I admire their love for Halloween and the thought and planning that goes into their family – yes family – Halloween costumes! 

Myers Family Photo 2

The other part about the Myers family is their hearts of giving. Monthly they are donors to St. Jude. Nathan has also been a big advocate and supporter for Urban Success Mentoring Organization here in greater Cincinnati. Urban Success Mentoring Organization provides crisis intervention for domestic abuse and human trafficking victims. This organization is very near and dear to my heart as I am an active team member of this organization. Through people like Nathan, USMO is able to remove victims from their abusers and get the help they need to start over in healthy lifestyles.

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Over the past year I have also watched Nathan grow as a candidate for Hamilton Township Trustee within our community. I applaud Nathan for his compassion towards members of our community. He has spoke with individual community members 1:1 about his ideas and plans that he wants to implement to build a great sense of community. He has attended small business meetings and engaged with business owners in the community to offer support and listen to our needs. He has also been very vocal about his support of our school district and our community parks. These are some of the key “hot buttons” that matter to many in the community. 

Myers Family Photo 4

I cannot persuade anyone myself to vote one way or another as we all have the right to vote for the candidate we feel is best. However, I do have to say after spending time with Nathan, Ashley and Cooper, I am very happy to be able to vote for Nathan as it takes more than just a name on a ballot to earn my vote. I am more interested in who the candidates are as people and how they go about their daily lives – both professionally and personally. I am confident if Nathan is elected that he will serve our community well. In turn it was my pleasure to serve his family this fall season by photographing their “Remember When” moments last month!

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If you or anyone you love or know is currently the victim of domestic abuse or human trafficking please contact Urban Success Mentoring Organization at 513-508-1171 or visit www.urbansuccessmentoring.org for more information.

 

 

Sugar and Spice in the Fall

Don't you just love the season of fall??? It is by far one of my favorite times a year. The scenery changes giving us beautiful colors, the temperature gets a little cooler and we begin to bring out those long sleeves and sweaters. We also get some of the most gorgeous sunsets that Mother Nature can provide in those golden hours that are dwindling down before winter. 

Cincinnati Family Photographer

Earlier this month I was honored to photograph the Wilson family from Louisville, KY. They made the drive leaving as the sun came up just to have me photograph their beautiful, little family. I was forewarned Miss Lor was more spice than sugar and just to get any photos of her even looking at the camera would be considered a win. I knew the cards might be stacked against me, but I am also not your typical, everyday photographer. You see what many people may not realize is I am a mother of 3 with two of my kiddos have different disabilities. I also have over 7 years of experience working with children on a day to day basis. There isn't much a small child can throw at me that I haven't already figured out! Needless to say when I was given the challenge, I confidently accepted it!

Cincinnati Kid Photographer

Mis Lor was not exactly "in the mood" to talk with me at first just like most kids. I was a stranger and was holding something she didn't recognize. I broke the ice with her by playing peek-a-boo around the camera which got her to play along with me. She finally gelled with me within 10 minutes when I showed her how my camera worked and explained about my cool frog that hides in the lens. Then we went frog hunting near the pond and found some live ones! I had her hooked!

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For the rest of the session we played games of hide and seek. She swung and did tickle wars with her mom and dad, made faces, threw her head back and covered her eyes in moments that could not be timed any more perfectly. She was simply her perfect little self which is all anyone could ever ask for!

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Her mom had this to share on our Facebook page: "Thank you April Sova for these amazing photographs. We traveled To Cincinnati for them and it was a worth every mile with a grumpy toddler. Thanks Remember When Portraits LLC!" For the record, Miss Lor wasn't grumpy at all. She was merely living up to all the sugar and spice that she has been given in her little life. I loved working with her and her family to capture the photographs they were wanting. Remember, it isn't always about capturing what you think will be the perfect photo, but instead capturing the moment perfectly!

Cincinnati Children Photographer 2

Here is a quick video ad we made out of their session. I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

Save the Date October 13, 2018

A few weeks ago at a hidden gem of a park nearby, I met a sweet young girl who is planning to be married next year. Her soon-to-be-husband stood as her protector, her rock and the love of her life. Their names are Kaytlynn and Brian.

Cincinnati Photographer Engagement Session

 

The engagement session was a gift from her mom. The joy exuding from her mother on being able to watch and enjoy this journey with her daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law was simply enough to melt your heart. The kids were in tow as everyone in the family was so excited by this upcoming transition in Kaytlynn and Brian's life.

Cincinnati Engagement Photography Ring

Through the next hour as we wandered through the woods and trails finding beautiful scenery to place in the backdrop, I found myself in awe of their young love. The hand holding, the smiles, the genuine kisses and whispers of secrets to help me capture for them the look that they wanted in their engagement images - it was all so magical to be a part of. Even though I am merely the story teller at that moment in time, I am ever so grateful and thankful for my own talents and treasures to be able to witness the love these two share for one another. 

Cincinnati Photography Engagement Session

My favorite photo of them out of them all was the piggy back ride image. It encapsulated every word I have written in the last two paragraphs - all boiled into one image. That's right. One image. Congratulations to you both on the upcoming wedding. Just know the best part is the "happily ever after"!

Check out the video from their session below

Jayelyn, Class of 2017, Georgetown High School

Welcome to Seniors Week!

Today I want to introduce you to Jayelyn. She is an upcoming senior at Georgetown High School in Ohio. On the day of her session it was raining and simply not so pretty outside. However, she made the best of it. We were able to capture images both inside the studio and out around the downtown Maineville area in between rain showers. It was so much fun being able to try different outfits and get an assortment of different looks. Jayelyn, you were a blast to work with! We wish you well on your upcoming Senior Year!

 

Currently in High School Jayelyn is active in basketball, soccer and drama club. She also enjoys learning and serving other. 

What are your aspirations in the future?

Nursing School

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

Traveling as a Traveling Nurse

What is most important for you to be able to look back on your senior year/senior photos and be reminded of or see?

Just to see how I was in high school

What has been (or will be) your most memorable experience during your high school career?

I love being able to learn and serve others right now, sometimes doing both at the same time!


53 Ways to Ensure an Enjoyable Portrait Session - Part Three

53 Ways to Ensure an Enjoyable Portrait Session - Part Three

This is part three of 52 Ways to Ensure an Enjoyable Portrait Session. We will be looking at all of the things you can do the day of your portrait session to assure you have a fantastic time and get the most memorable images possible!