Maineville Ohio

Hamilton High School Class of 2020, Upcoming Senior Amelia (Mia) Turner

I would like to introduce you to our final upcoming senior for our 12 Days to 12th Grade Promotion, Amelia (Mia) Turner. Mia is an upcoming senior at Hamilton High School.

Mia Turner Hamilton High School Class of 2020 Senior Portraits Remember When Portraits Cincinnati Ohio

 

Mia loves horseback riding, loves taking photographs of nature and still life, and doing make up. Mia loves spending time with her mom and poodle, Harper, taking Harper to the dog park. “I love watching scary movies with friends and eating food. Even though I don’t look it, I can eat more than my dad! Especially steak!” 

Mia Turner Hamilton High School Senior Photos Hamilton, Ohio Remember When Portraits

 

Mia has big plans and dreams for college and beyond for her life. “After I graduate I really hope to go to Berea College in Kentucky. I want to study in nursing and psychology.” After college she wants to work as a psychiatric nurse that works inpatient with teens that are going through depression, anxiety or trauma.

Mia Turner Cincinnati Ohio Senior Pictures Remember When Portraits

 

When asked where she sees herself in 5 years, Mia shares that she will still be a college student but independent. She knows it won’t be easy, but the good days will make the tough days of college worth it. 

 Although Mia is excited to spread her wings, she will miss all the amazing people she has met throughout the years in high school. She has had the influence of amazing teachers that have helped to mold her into being the best she can while pushing her towards her goals.

Mia Turner Hamilton High School Class of 2020 Cincinnati Ohio Remember When Portraits

 

After college Mia has plenty of dreams. “Since I want to be a psychiatric nurse, my one true accomplishment would be to know that I saved someone’s life and turned their life around. I’d love to someday live in an old house with no debt to my name. I want to go to Italy with my dad, because he was stationed there while he was in the navy and lived there for 4 years.”

Mia Turner Class of 2020 Senior Photos Cincinnati Ohio Hamilton High School Remember When Portraits

 

Mia is looking forward to all the college tours this upcoming year. She also is excited for the opportunity to make her senior year her best year yet. “I’ve had a couple hard years in the past but I have made it through the storm and I am so thankful for everyone that has stood by my side. I love the self-confidence I have and the love I have for life. You have to live everyday as if there is no tomorrow. So I make sure to tell everyone I love them and that I do what makes ME happy.”

Mia Turner Class of 2020 Senior Pictures Remember When Portraits Hamilton High School Cincinnati Ohio

 

Mia, we wish you the absolute best and hope all of your dreams become your reality. The sky is the limit! Make this year your best yet!

 Do you know a great Cincinnati high school student? If so, share this blog post with them! We are doing a gift card giveaway with over $200 in gift card prizes. ALL high school students can enter to win! To enter to win, click here. Good luck!

Archbishop Moeller High School Class of 2020, Upcoming Senior Kyle Smith

Our next upcoming Senior is Kyle Smith. Kyle attends Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kyle came to his session wearing clothes that truly represent his inner spirit. I had a blast working with Kyle!

Kyle Smith Moeller High School Cincinnati Ohio Remember When Portraits Senior Photos

 

Kyle is very active at Moeller. He is on the bowling team, a member of the concert band, the marching band and jazz band. He also is a part of the Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps. 

 “I am really excited to be a leader for the school next year,” Kyle shares. “I am part of several leadership teams at Moeller and I hope to lead well.”

Kyle Smith Class of 2020 Archbishop Moeller High School Montgomery, Ohio Remember When Portraits

 

If Kyle wasn’t busy enough he also likes to fly R/C airplanes and really enjoys rollercoaster rides. When asked what he would miss most from high school once he graduates high school, Kyle said that he will definitely miss being in the band program at Moeller. 

Senior Portraits Cincinnati Ohio Big Moe Kyle Smith Remember When Portraits

 

Kyle plans to attend college to study architecture. In the next 5 years he sees himself working on his masters degree, helping out local marching bands/drum corps and bowling competitively.  

Kyle Smith Cincinnati Ohio Moeller High School Senior Photos Remember When Portraits

 

Kyle has already started a bucket list of things he wants to accomplish after school is done. “I would like to make it onto a world class DCI drum and bugle corps. I would like to design my own roller coaster and I’d like to try and make it onto the PBA tour.”

Kyle Smith Archbishop Moeller High School Montgomery Ohio Remember When Portraits Class of 2020 Senior Pictures

 

Kyle, you have fantastic dreams and ambitions. You have already proven you are more than capable of obtaining anything you set your mind to. Keep up the hard work and dedication to your dreams. We wish you the best in your last year of high school and beyond!

 

 Do you know a great Cincinnati high school student? If so, share this blog post with them! We are doing a gift card giveaway with over $200 in gift card prizes. ALL high school students can enter to win! To enter to win, click here. Good luck!

Little Miami High School Class of 2020, Upcoming Senior Cody Anderson

The next upcoming Senior I would like to introduce you to is Cody Anderson. Cody attends Little Miami High School. He is a part of the wrestling team. Cody seemed a little shy when I first met him, but as we began working together he became a natural in front of the camera.

Cody Anderson Senior Photos Little Miami High School Remember When Portraits Kings Mills, Ohio

When Cody isn’t in class or on the wrestling mats you may find him working at Gold Star, spending time with his family or attending concerts. “I am really into music,” Cody shares. “The first concert I ever went to was to see Kiss with my dad and we have seen them 3 times together.”

Cody Anderson Little Miami High School Class of 2020 Remember When Portraits Cincinnati Ohio

 

Cody plans to attend college for either education or business. His 5-year plan is to graduate from college and begin working in his field choice.

Little Miami High School Class of 2020 Cody Anderson Senior Portraits Cincinnati Ohio Remember When Portraits

 

Although Cody says he will miss his friends most once his senior year of High School is over, he is looking forward to becoming an adult and venturing out into the world. Two of his bucket list goals that he wants to hit is to go sky diving and to snorkel in the Caribbean. 

Cody Anderson Little Miami High School Senior Pictures Cincinnati Ohio Remember When Portraits

 

Cody, I am certain you will go far in life while having fun at the same time. We wish you the best in this last year of high school!

Cody Anderson, Little Miami High School, Class of 2020 Senior Photos Cincinnati Ohio Remember When Portraits

 Do you know a great Cincinnati high school student? If so, share this blog post with them! We are doing a gift card giveaway with over $200 in gift card prizes. ALL high school students can enter to win! To enter to win, click here. Good luck!

Little Miami Class of 2020, Upcoming Senior Taylor Bailey

Little Miami Class of 2020, Upcoming Senior Taylor Bailey

12 Days to 12th Grade Promotion - CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Today is the beginning of our 12 Days to 12th Grade Promotion!!!

Remember When Portraits Cincinnati High School Senior Portrait Photographer Giveaway

 

Over the next 12 days we will be introducing you to 6 upcoming local High School Seniors and giving you the chance to enter into our giveaway with over $200 in gift cards – just for greater Cincinnati high school students!

 

Also during the next 12 days we will be giving upcoming High School Seniors the opportunity to schedule their Senior Portrait Session with Remember When Portraits with an early bird special. Receive 50% off your session fee PLUS 10% off the products you select. This special is only available during the promotional time period!

Remember When Portraits Gift Card Giveaway for Local High School Students

 

If you are a High School Student and are ready to enter our giveaway, here is the giveaway information page. 12 Days to 12th Grade Promotion Page Good luck!

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?

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

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.

Bleeding Purple in October

I never knew my heart would bleed the color purple. Purple is a nice color, but it is not my natural favorite color. I am not instinctively drawn to it. However, the color purple signifies for me, and sadly many other women in our society, much more than a pretty color. It has grown on me – not because I wanted it to, but because of being a victim of circumstance.

The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. It is recognizable by the purple ribbons and light that shines to spread awareness of this quiet societal problem. The purple began being used to signify women back as early as the 1900’s. It stands for elegance and royalty.

My own experience with domestic violence happened in my 20’s. I learned the hard way that a narcissist and an empath never mix well together. After nearly dying at the hands of someone I loved simply for recognizing the gas lighting, the manipulation and lies, the isolation of myself and most importantly the loss of my own self value – I found the strength to build an exit plan and I was able to leave. Unfortunately not many are as lucky as me. It isn’t as easy to leave as one would think.

April Sova, Owner of Remember When Portraits and Domestic Abuse Survivor

April Sova, Owner of Remember When Portraits and Domestic Abuse Survivor

September 11, 2016, was a somber day for our nation just like all 9-11 anniversaries are. As a nation our red, white and blue runs in unity through our veins as we remember those who suffered. However, for me the color purple bled more than any other color that day. My friend was killed in a murder-suicide by her ex-husband. She had it all. Her life was on the up and up with so much more great things to come. 

The pain my body felt knowing she was no longer with us, no longer going to be here for her children, no longer going to be my business soul mate sister, no longer going to be across the hall from my studio forced me to my knees that afternoon. One of the biggest struggles I had processing her untimely and unfathomable death was the survivor’s guilt I felt. Why her and not me? She wasn’t done bringing her goodness into the world. It wasn’t fair. I realized in that moment just how very lucky I was to still be living to tell.

April Sova Remember When Portraits Owner

 Two years later I have connected with many domestic violence survivors and have mourned many others whose light was taken away too soon. I have come to grips with my survivor’s guilt by continuing to chase my dreams just as my friend always did and pushed me to do. I still get little reminders she is watching over us all. Between the songs, the peacocks and the color purple I know she isn’t a statistic. She lives on through the rest of us who are honored to bleed purple.

If you or someone you love is being abused by a spouse, domestic partner or loved one, know help is available. Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224 to get help 24/7/365.

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

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!