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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!

"She Said Yes" Engagement Session Giveaway

Are you recently engaged? Do you like winning giveaways and having new experiences to create memories of? If so, we have the giveaway for you!

Engagement Session Cincinnati Ohio

Remember When Portraits is offering an engagement session giveaway running Saturday, October 6th, 2018, through Saturday, October 13th, 2018. The lucky winners will receive an engagement session, up to 1.5 hours, and 2 fully edited digital files as a “Thank You” for being a part of our growing portfolio! More details can be found, including how to enter at: She Said Yes!

We look forward to learning more about your love story soon!


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.

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.

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!

 

 

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!

53 Ways to Ensure an Enjoyable Photography Session - Part One

53 Ways to Ensure an Enjoyable Photography Session - Part One

I am going to share with you 53 different ideas to help guide you to having an enjoyable photography session even if you don't like having your photo taken. This will be a three part blog covering many different aspects from start to finish. Here are the first 17 of 53.