Cincinnati children photographer

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?

Smiling is My Favorite!

This time of year many of my friends break out their favorite Christmas movies in anticipation of Christmas. Some do the movie countdown on TV and others pull out the DVD’s. To be honest, I am not a big TV or movie watcher, but at Christmas time I LOVE watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas.

Buddy the Elf Breakfast Photo Session Remember When Portraits

Last year I finally relented due to my kids non-stop requests and digitally purchased the movie Elf. Move over Charlie Brown because there now competition for the top spot on the favorite list! To enjoy this new favorite Christmas movie I decided to have some fun with the theme for all of you to enjoy with me!

Buddy the Elf Photo Shoot Remember When Portraits

The quotes from the movie Elf are ENDLESS and the details of Christmas flow throughout each scene. From the garland made of white paper to the Christmas carols all the way down to the food choices - they all scream Merry Christmas to me in a silly style I just love.

Adding Chocolate Syrup Buddy the Elf Breakfast Remember When Portraits Cincinnati

Some of my favorite quotes fringe this movie include “You sit on a throne of lies!”, “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.” and “He must be a South Pole Elf.”

Buddy the Elf Photo Session at Remember When Portraits in Maineville Ohio

My favorite scenes are when Buddy sings in the bathroom, decorates Gimbels overnight, takes out the kids in the snowball fight and then makes his famous breakfast. My family loves to remind some of these to belly laugh a few times every time we watch it!

Evie the Elf, Buddy the Elf Breakfast Remember When Portraits
Sprinkles on Buddy the Elf Breakfast Maineville Ohio

Based on Buddy’s breakfast this year I decided to allow his crazy creation to be the inspiration of a fun shoot at the studio. Armed with everything from the elf costume down to the sprinkles on the bed of noodles, we tried to capture the spirit of Christmas - all the fun and anticipation that it brings - in photographs.

Buddy the Elf Breakfast Remember When Portraits Cincinnati Ohio

Thank you to our little elf model, Evie, for being a good sport! If you would like to schedule a fun, themed cake or food smash with our studio, please contact us at april@rememberwhenportraits.com. We are open to all ideas! No age limit on fun either!

Buddy the Elf Photoshoot Breakfast at Remember When Portraits


Thanksgiving: 10 Reasons to Give Gratitude

The day before Thanksgiving everyone is itching for a long weekend, some time off, great food and to be able to wear sweatpants with no shame. I, with the rest of you, cannot wait until tomorrow. With the anticipation of a fun filled long weekend, I can’t help but sit back today and reflect over how thankful I am for so much in my life.

Almost all of the photos in this blog post show families and friends together, enjoying one another and sharing the moment they are present in. A few show a single person who many are thankful for.

Almost all of the photos in this blog post show families and friends together, enjoying one another and sharing the moment they are present in. A few show a single person who many are thankful for.

Thanksgiving does that to you. It makes you realize the glass is half full if not overflowing in abundance in your life. Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to choose gratitude. For some, gratitude comes easier than others. I know for me I tend to choose gratitude more so in hind sight. Sometimes it is hard to see the blessings in front of you in the moment.

Family Remember When Portraits 2018 Thanksgiving

It takes discipline to choose gratitude daily. Lately though, given personal circumstances, I have found gratitude to come easier for me. Even if gratitude doesn’t come naturally to you, you can still give thanks. Our days are filled with never ending opportunities for us to practice making gratitude a habit.

Mom Dad Baby at the River 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

Here is my challenge to you as we approach Thanksgiving tomorrow: make a list of gratitude. Reflect tonight on your day, on the past week, the past month or even over the past year to discover how many blessings you can choose to be thankful for. Here are my 10 reasons to give thanks for this Thanksgiving:


1 - I am thankful for access to healthcare. Those that know me personally know our family’s world has been flipped upside down due to health issues. Because of our access to caring doctors, specialists and talented surgeons, members of our family are on their way to living a better quality of life.

2 - I am thankful for my husband, for being my constant, for choosing to love and support me every day and for being the reason I have clean clothes to wear daily (yes, he does the laundry in our house!)

Man looking out at the lake 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

3 - I am thankful for my children, for assuring me that I am smarter than a 5th grader and for teaching me how to unconditionally love.

Siblings at the lake 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

4 - I am thankful for my family in Michigan, who have gone above and beyond in the past couple of months to show their support with constant calls, texts, visits, and assistance to our family - even going so far as to traveling 4 hours tomorrow providing and cooking Thanksgiving dinner for us to assure we aren’t alone or go without.

5 - I am thankful for our community, for rallying around our daughter to offer well wishes, meals, visits, donations, calls, messages, packages - you name it, you all provided for her and us during a very trying time. From previous CRHP sisters to MND to the Moeller Band Family to our St. C parish community to the Maineville Small Business Networking Group to neighbors and friends to people in the community at large - you all are the real MVP’s! I am grateful for each and every one of you.

2018 Moeller MND Marching Band Thanksgiving 2018 Remember When Portraits

6 - I am thankful for the ability to serve others through my gift of art, for being selected by many to help them to preserve their memories in photographs.

Girlfriend on Boyfriend's Back Thanksgiving 2018 Remember When Portraits

7 - I am thankful for transportation that is safe and runs the way it should without issue.

Red Chevy Corvette Home Coming Prom 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

8 - I am thankful for music and the ability to hear, for songs on the radio, for live concerts and local performances, for music teachers, music lessons and how every day our home is filled with music.

O'Keefe Music Foundation Prom Band Thanksgiving 2018 Remember When Portraits

9 - I am thankful for the ability to learn through technology and all at the touch of my fingertips.

Teenage Boy and Girl Holding Cell Phone 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

10 - Lastly, and most importantly, I am thankful for grace - as a believer, without God’s grace I would be nothing.

Baby in basket with Army Uniform black and white 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

If you have read this blog post - Thank You. I hope it inspires you to choose to be grateful and be present tomorrow while enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday with those who matter most to you. Don’t be afraid to share with one another reasons you are thankful!

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

 

 

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!

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.

Myers Family Photo 3

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!

Myers Family Photo 5
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!

Cincinnati Family Photographer 1

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!

Cincinnati Family Photographer 2

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!