I'm turning 30! MY EPIC 30's Cake Smash Session in Cincinnati Ohio

It’s happening!

This week I said goodbye to my 20’s and HELLLOOOOOOOOO to my 30’s.

I know a lot of people struggle with this switch but I’m actually kind of excited. Mostly because I know it’s going to be pretty damn awesome.

Personally, I think that my 20’s were really tough. Especially in my early 20’s with all sorts of poor life choices. However, I loved years 25-29. Those were full of amazing things and stuff I never ever want to forget.

Really 30 is going to kick some major ass and I’m actually really thankful for those rough 20’s years. They set me up for an excellent life… even if they really were difficult then.

To bring on my new set of double digits I’m doing a good ol’ classic cake smash session! However, not just any cake smash session… a 30’s themed one!!

I got a 30’s era dress, some AMAZING powder blue shoes and I made a headdress to match.

The headdress is made with feathers, headbands from Michaels. It was a fairly simple thing to make and I think it came out super lovely. You may even catch me wearing it on the normal because… why not.

Peep the creation of my headdress below


If you recall back when I first started my blog back when I just turned 27, I did a “cake smash”. It wasn’t really a cake smash though, more like me just smashing my face in a cake to see what would happen- creative experiments haha. This time I went all in and channeled my inner cake eater. I also took some tips from my old blog post “How to smash cake like a boss” and just went at it!

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So here is to 30 and the next chapter of my life. Now to come up with my 30 things to do in my 30’s list. Have any ideas? Let me know in the comments.

Want your own cake smash? Send me a message!

2018 Has been a CRAZY year... Here's why

Looking back at 2018 has me like whoa!

Quite literally like this:


Yes. My year was that exciting and I didn’t really expect 85% of it to happen. However I’m INCREDIBLY grateful that it did.

So what was it that made my year freakishly good? Let me make you a little list. ( Because I love lists!)

5. I started doing portraits of places in the city and random ideas in my head.

Why does this make my year so good? Because it let me have another way to create things without needing a person or just running off some random idea I had in the moment. I used to have ideas of something that I thought would look good as a photo but I just let them sit there and collect dust. That time is gone!

*ps, you can get your own copy of my prints by going here


4. I got out there in the public and met tons of new people!

If you recall this year I made it a goal to attend craft shows/markets. I was going to slowly dip my toe back into the vendor life and see if it was a good fit for me and what I do. What did I find out? It was- well mostly. It is kind of weird showing up to a vendor fair not really selling anything but trying to tell you who I am and hope you remember me.

Even though it was a little weird, it was worth it and I’ll not trade those long (really sometimes rainy-tent blowing learning experience) days for anything.

3. I dug way deep into education
Yes, that is right. REAL DEEP! I took lots of time to learn new photoshop tricks and ways to edit things to make them look even better than they would have. I spent money on classes without thinking twice, knowing it was for a good reason and would better my future.

It is funny to me to look at photos that I did in the beginning of the year to now. Growth is real my friends.

2. I started doing self portraits two times a week
That seams like a lot, right? Well, you’re correct. It sure is. Some days I didn’t want to and it took EVERYTHING I had to make those photos happen but I did it- give or take a couple of days. It has not only let me try out ideas and newly learned skills but show what I can do with very little. It’s become a personal challenge to see what I can and can’t edit.

**Peep my end of year video below

1. I took a big chance- and WON!

Back in the early months of 2018 I entered a contest that Olay and Artworks put out. They wanted a woman artist to show them what their version of “Light as air” was. For some reason I just had an overwhelming feeling that I needed to do something with a girl floating in a bubble. I kept the idea in my head for a while and turned it in right before the deadline approached. A couple months later I got an email that I and 4 other awesome ladies were selected as finalists for the competition.

We were all ecstatic! From an amazing dinner with the (super fierce) women putting the contest together, having my work displayed downtown in 3 different places and oh yeah… having a spot in Oprahs Magazine really just set this year over the top.


A little after this I was also in Cincinnati Family Magazine- Cherry on top of my ice cream.

So basically, 2018 you were amazing. Literally.


2019 you have a lot to live up to along with a whole new number added to my age (Hello 30’s, goodbye 20’s- it’s been real)

So here is to 2019 and TONS of new adventures and amazing opportunities to come. <3

Let me know in the comments what made your year extra awesome! :)

How I turned a photo in to a Polar Express Dream! Cincinnati Ohio Photographer

When I was little, I’d say roughly about grade 2 or 3, our class was told to sit down for a story. We all sat down on the big rug on the floor by the chalkboard. The lights were dimmed a little and my teacher began to read us a story that to this day is still one of my favorites.

The story has to do with a little boy who is picked up by a train that magically appears in front of his house before Christmas. He is taken on a wild ride that night and is given a bell with no ringer when it’s over.

Know what story I’m talking about? ( I hope so!)

If you don’t its The Polar Express.

A Christmas Classic in my eyes.

The day the read us that story I was just so captivated by it and the idea. Our teacher even gave us little bells at the end of the day to take home- I still have mine.

This year I wanted to bring a little of that feeling back and provide a mini that more or less brought it to life once again for everyone.

I had my friend bring her two awesome kids over to test out my idea. I told them to wear their pj’s and come over ready to look amazed.

The funny thing about photographing 1-3 year olds is they have their own timeframes and you really can’t tell them what to do when it comes to a photo. If you look at the video close our littlest one kept walking off, being super focused on low hanging Christmas tree things.

Good thing I only need one good shot to make it work haha.

My main focus for the edit for this was to make sure the kids looked like they fit into the photo AND that they looked like it was shot at night. Since colors look different in the dark, especially red, that meant I had to mute the tones a little and add a lot of shadowing.

I also added a fun snow video overlay to the end photo. Like I said in one of my last posts, it’s becoming a favorite thing to do. You can add them as a facebook profile photo too. Definitely something I’ll be offering out from now on as a nice little extra treat ;)

All in all I love how it came out and it’s something I’m sure I’ll bring back next year but a little earlier in the season. I’m also thinking photos with the grinch next year as that is another movie I love for the holidays.

If you have fun ideas for holiday photos let me know in the comments!

Happy Holidays everyone!