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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.

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!

 

What You See Vs. What I See

Back before I started my own business I was in corporate America like many others. I had a marketing degree, but I wanted something more. Something more creative and fun. How I would love to wake up every day and get paid to have fun! Who wouldn't want that??? Ok, not every day is all glitter and rainbows, but I would say my line of work is a close second. Let me explain why.

Every day that I have the opportunity to photograph someone or be a part in the evolution of a digital negative file and turn it into the vision I see in my head - well that to me is fun! I never dreamed of actually being a photographer. I honestly wanted to be a graphic designer. However, when I went to get my certificate that nicely complimented that marketing degree I realized the world of photography. My first class was an introduction to photography and the rest is now history! 

The creative process for me starts even before I turn on my camera. I plan out the session, location or set itself. I consider colors, themes, lighting and the end result I am trying to obtain. All of these elements are ways for me to control or let loose in my creativity. However, that isn't were the creativity stops!

After a session I get to take the digital negative files and begin the post editing process. How do I do that? I use Photoshop to help me mold what you might see versus what I see when I am taking a photo. Many people think that Photoshop can fix anything or solve any problem you may have. Sadly that isn't always the case. Not everything can be "fixed" or "altered". Sometimes it is a lack of information on the digital file. Sometimes it is simply a bad photo. Sometimes the changes requested are simply not realistic and may even cross ethical boundaries. Photoshop is a great tool, but one that as a photographer we have to use carefully and with a lot of thought and skill.

Let me share with you a quick story. Last weekend I took photos for my extended family. After the session I was browsing through the images on the back of my camera to confirm with my brother-in-law we got them all. We came to one set and he asked me if these would be good enough because he was concerned as to how they looked. I assured him these were not edited yet and all I was looking for was the right foundation for me to get to work with. This small conversation is exactly why it is worth hiring a professional. My job doesn't stop when I hit the shutter-release button. Let me show you some of the examples I have in my portfolio of the post processing work I have completed!

Newborn Photoshop Before & After. Yes, that is my foot in the original!

Newborn Photoshop Before & After. Yes, that is my foot in the original!

From Suburbia to the open road!

From Suburbia to the open road!

What You See Vs. What I See

What You See Vs. What I See

Color changes to accentuate and "pop" this image

Color changes to accentuate and "pop" this image

Light skin touch up and smoothing, brightening teeth and eyes and clean edits to brighten the image. All done to compliment the subject without taking away her natural beauty!

Light skin touch up and smoothing, brightening teeth and eyes and clean edits to brighten the image. All done to compliment the subject without taking away her natural beauty!

I will admit I LOVE post processing. I love the challenge. I love the frustration. I love the rewards of my hard work. I love seeing the before and afters, just as much as you do. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed creating the end result!

 

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