Hamilton Township Ohio family photos

Ugly Sweaters for Christmas

It is funny how fashion changes over time. We can reminisce about how a style comes from a certain decade invoking certain memories or how we pray another never comes back into style ever again.

Ugly Sweater Session Remember When Portraits Cincinnati Ohio
Devon Rex Clooney wearing a Christmas Ugly Sweater Cincinnati Ohio Remember When Portraits

Because history tends to repeat itself, it is not a surprise that those 1980’s sweaters we were all forced to wear still are in style today. Well, in a different purpose anyways. Every Christmas season those old sweaters emerge from the back of our closets to be worn as ugly Christmas sweaters once again.

Ugly Sweater Remember When Portraits Maineville, Ohio
Ugly Sweater Session Remember When Portraits Cincinnati Ohio

Thankfully over the years the designs of sweaters have become more holiday festive and even more fun to wear. From bands having their logos embroidered on them to funny quotes to homemade sweaters to even animals wearing sweaters, the options are endless! Even now people host parties simply to see who wears the ugliest sweater. Thankfully we aren’t all dressing like Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air daily anymore!

Devon Rex Cat with Reindeer Ugly Sweater on Remember When Portraits Maineville Ohio

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!

No Shave November

Welcome to No-Shave November! The month where the weather grows cold, we all bundle up more and the razor meeting the skin gets postponed for a while. But why? What is so special about November? Is it to keep us warmer and protected on those cold, blistering days? Or is it to accept the challenge of bringing awareness to cancer? Let’s learn more.

Ryan Stout Letters & Grain Remember When Portraits No-Shave November

“The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.” - Quote from the No-Shave.org website.

Matt Davenport Maineville Music Academy No Shave November Remember When Portraits

The No-Shave November non-profit started in Chicago in 2009 by the children of Matthew Hill after he passed away from colon cancer. The No-Shave November organization has raised over $2 million to date through donations and by selling bracelets and t-shirts online. One of the differences between Movenber, which was started in the UK, and No-Shave November is that women can participate in the No-Shave November movement as can beards. It isn’t only for the mustache wearers of the world!

No Shave November Remember When Portraits

To join in on the No-Shave fundraising, check out www.no-shave.org and sign up today.

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!

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.