My First Ever Kids Trashion Show at Red Balloon Cafe!

I know I’m a photographer and most photographers don’t usually put on events that have NOTHING to do with photography. BUT I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… That is not how I roll.

I freaking love doing things that are silly, bring out creativity in the world and allow people to have fun. So one day when I had the idea to have a Kids Trashion show, I knew I had to make that idea come to life!

If you have no idea what a Trashion show is let me help you out. Think Fashion show but all the clothing is made from recycled goods and all put together by a easy on the environment binding agent.

Way back in my corporate career (ew), I was in one of these myself. I made my outfit out of paper tissue and bags. It was insanely puffy and hard to walk in but I strutted my stuff in that like I was Lizzo on the VMA’s. In fact, I actually came out to the song Bangarang by Skrillex, perhaps a little to much for the Macy’s call center but it was amazing to me.

I also did my hair in this big puff/hawk fashion, strapped on my tallest heals- that I totally almost fell in- and loved every second of my short lived runway time.

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This event though was for kids ages 3-11. I asked them all to create a outfit made out of recycled materials just like I did in mine and to get as creative with it as humanly possible.

Red Balloon Cafe partnered with me for this event and we used one of their class rooms for the kids to use as their runway. We even had some amazing prizes for them to win:


1st place:
Giftcard to Say Yes To Jess for a Dream Session value-$350
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And an awesome Goodie Bag!

2nd place:
GiftCard to Say Yes To Jess for a photo session-$250
Giftcard to Target- $20
And an awesome Goodie Bag!

3rd place:
GiftCard to Say Yes To Jess for a photo session-$150
Giftcard to Target- $10
And an awesome Goodie Bag!

When it was finally time for the Trashion show, everyone got dressed and let me tell you these kids did not disappoint. Their outfits were amazing, and put my masterpiece above to shame. We even had a little girl who dressed her baby sister up to match her in the show.

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Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer
Trashion Show At Red Balloon Cafe by Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer

It was such an amazing event and I want to thank everyone who helped during, and helped me set it all up. You all rock and I cannot wait to do this all again next year! <3

Dreamer Days- Giving a little bit of magic where it is needed most!

If you have been hanging around her a while, you know that I volunteer at the Ronald Mcdonald house pretty often. I used to go every Thanksgiving to take free portraits for families who had to stay there on the holiday and I would do it again sometime in the summer.

A while ago, I had signed up to volunteer another set of free family portraits when a little girl in this big fancy dress walked out of the hallway and told me she was ready to take her photos. I looked at her and all I could think about was how much she looked like a princess. She didn’t have any hair, she had some tubes taped to her arms but she looked like a princess.

I told her that we were going to do something special for her and do a photo that would make her look like the princess she is. Her eyes lit up and she started spouting out ideas on what we could do and how it should look and even asked to get a different color ribbon to put on her head.

It was at that moment I realized that yes, family portraits are great and should be given to these families but the thing I should really be giving is a Dream Session.

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I went home and thought about it. What can I do, how do I do it and what does it all look like. I set up my next volunteer date but this time for free Dream Sessions! The event page blew up and even had a really long waiting list. Each child who signed up gave me their ideas and things they liked before hand so I was ready for them when their session time rolled around. We had a zoo keeper, a little guy who wanted to ride on the back of a dolphin, kids who loved Unicorns and Dinosaurs. The imagination was bouncing off the walls with these little ones.

Session day came and I got to meet each one of them. They were all so adorable and ready to create an amazing portrait. It didn’t matter their situation, why they were there or what was going on that day, they were all ready to play and dream things up with me.

Dreamer Days by Cincinnati Photographer Jess Summers of Cincinnati Ohio
Dreamer Days by Cincinnati Photographer Jess Summers of Cincinnati Ohio

After the day was over it really sank in even more that this is not only something fun and unique that I can bring to their world but something that lets you relax and forget your troubles for a short time. It even brings a since of comfort to the parents watching their children during the experience. Some of the parents even told me it was so heartwarming to see their child smile such big real authentic smiles, some said that it was amazing to get to see their child do something they are unable to do as their situation prevents them. Some also said it was just something nice that made a hard situation easier.

It’s such an amazing feeling to know that I’m not just snapping a photo and transforming into a dream but helping out others as I’m doing it. Sprinkling a little joy and happiness in.

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Since doing my first Dream Session day there I’ve decided that it now has to become something I do normally. Something that I can give to bring smiles, happiness and of course creativity to the world. I will now be doing this 2 times a year at RMH and will be calling it Dreamer Days ℠.

Dreamer Days by Say Yes To Jess Cincinnati Ohio Photographer
Dreamer Days by Cincinnati Photographer Jess Summers of Cincinnati Ohio

Each family who signs up for these days gets a free Dream Session, 11x14 print of their portrait and a little video of their session and a video of how it was edited- and of course a little goodie bag!

I’ll have more to come about this in the future as it grows and evolves from what it is today but just know the sessions you book throughout the year go to help fund these days. You can also donate to it as well. All proceeds go to anything the sessions need to make them successful for the children and families involved.

To learn more about this, check out the Dreamer Days page here on Sayyestojess.com

Most Magical Maternity Session EVER!!! Cincinnati Ohio

There are so many ways you can do a maternity session. From Milk baths to something more casual, it’s really all up to who is being photographed.

Personally though,I love it when that person really jams with what I love to do and my style of photography. If you’ve been around here long enough, you know that I LOVE magical things and whenever possible I try to sneak that into an image. I love playing with the ideas of fantasy and reality to bring you something that is both surreal and beautiful. Even with something like maternity portraits.

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There is always a way I can sneak in just a little magic. Maybe its the lighting with tons of sunshine filling the image, a butterfly here or there, maybe even fairy lights dusting their way over water. Whatever it may be I’m all about it.

If you are too, I would love to help! There is no better reason to ask for magical looking portraits than a new little one. <3