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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.

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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!” 

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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!

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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.”

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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. 

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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.  

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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“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.

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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!

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

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

Project Kindness in Little Miami

There is a new group of kids lurking around Little Miami Schools this week. You don't know their names nor their affiliation to one another. They may be someone you sit at lunch with, play flute with in the band room or it may be the baseball player sitting across from you in math class. However, this group of ordinary kids just made today a little extra-ordinary with their kindness antics.

Project Kindness Little Miami

This morning when Little Miami Junior High students got into the building they were greeted with Post It Notes. Post It Notes everywhere. On their lockers, on the walls, in the bathrooms, even on the garbage cans! Why Post It Notes? Because each Post It Note brings a little bit of kindness to each beautiful student and staff in this school. It reminds them they they are important, loved, beautiful, and matter. 

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How did this get started? It all started with a girl and her mom who really enjoys seeing other people happy. Together they rallied up some friends and created Project Kindness LM! In our crazy world it is very easy to get lost in the negative and forget that kindness is free. This small, anonymous group will continue to remind their fellow classmates, the entire school district and our community that a little bit of kindness goes a long way. Stay tuned here for more blog posts about this group as the year goes on! If you are on Instagram make sure to follow @projectkindnesslm for real time updates.

At the end of the school year, Remember When Portraits will be hosting a reveal party for the team members of Project Kindness LM, inviting each member of the group to our studio to photograph everyone and to celebrate their hard work sharing kindness in our community. Please share this blog post to those in our district to help spread the word to those students on the team as none of them know this is happening and we have no other way to notify them because they are truly anonymous!

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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

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

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

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

 

 

Sugar and Spice in the Fall

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

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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!

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

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

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

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

 

 

Save the Date October 13, 2018

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

Cincinnati Photographer Engagement Session

 

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

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

Cincinnati Photography Engagement Session

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

Check out the video from their session below