We're Cleared for lift off! One man's Dream to become an Astronaut in Cincinnati Ohio

Have you ever had a dream of doing something amazing but never really was given the opportunity to do it? 

Maybe that dream you had as a kid to become a fire fighter, Super hero or to be a fairy princess on on planet Happy land that was located only a little past pluto... just me?

Regardless of what your dream is, we all have one. Some are a little more far fetched than others but we all have one.

This dream however was one I found to be so fun and definitely up my ally. It was to create an astronaut.

Step one of the whole process was to make a costume. 

I started out by making the helmet. Taking a beach ball and laying a paper mache over it. I did this a couple times to give it a nice solid base to work off of.  When that was dry, I started adding plaster to the ball in smooth layers.

That part can get really messy. Good thing for a swiffer and vacuum.  

Once the plaster was dry came the fun part... sanding and designing. I wanted the helmet to be as close to a real helmet as I could get. I got some white shiny paint along with some gold and silver paint to do the wires, bolts and other parts of it.  I cut out a peace where I thought the face would fit and covered the edges with Eve foam. 

The jumpsuite portion of the costume was made with a set of coveralls from amazon and some super sweet Nasa patches... you know, to look legit ;).

I also made a neck piece for the helmet to attach to and sit nicely while it was being used. 

I think the funniest part about this whole Dream Session is that we had to photograph it all under a overhanging next to the river because it started to downpour on us. Since none of us are quitters, we just made it all work. 

Despite the rain, the shoot was amazing and so much fun.

Cincinnati Man becomes Astronaut in Dream Session by cincinnati Photographer Jess Summers of Say Yes To Jess



Glammed Up Pups! Hotel Covington's Dog Days Of Summer Pool Party.

If you haven't had the opportunity to check out the photo below, I really hope you do.

It's of my cat Polly who was ever so excited to help me out when testing this idea. You can just see the enthusiasm on her face as we held her in a position that we could see her beautiful kitty face.


Ok, perhaps she wasn't so thrilled about it but I sure was. In fact this is my phone wall paper right now... 

It may look silly but it is literally one of my favorite photos of her. Her own little portrait that I'll undoubtedly get printed and framed at some point- and most likely hung in the bathroom so everyone can enjoy this while ding their business. 

Now that you understand just how much I love this photo, you'll understand why this is the photo booth theme I chose when Hotel Covington asked me to do a photo booth for their Dog Day's of Summer Pool Party. 

Tons of puppies, big and small, took a dip in the 4 baby pools that were located in the court yard of Hotel Covington's beautiful lawn space. They were obviously having the time of their lives and it was such a cute thing to watch. 

Some handled the flower crown better than others but it was definitely one of the cutest things I've gotten to do to date.

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To check out the rest of the photos from that day, click here. 

To book your own Pet photo booth or a Dream booth, click here.

Do Things That Bring You Joy- Goat Yoga In Cincinnati & Covington

The past couple of weeks have been REALLY REALLY exciting for me. From winning fourth place in the Light as Air Contest to having a mural displayed downtown but today we are going to talk about something that is 0% photography related. Something I just purely think is fun and brings me a great amount of joy. 

If you guessed goat yoga, you would be correct. 

I've actually wanted to do this for a while after first seeing it on facebook. I had already done cat yoga a couple times and needed to check this one out because really, what could be better than a baby goat jumping on your back while you're in the middle of cat cow pose. 

Thankfully last weekend I got the chance to check it out in all it's glory at a place in Covington Kentucky called Corestrong

It was literally everything I had hoped it would be and more. 

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Each goat took their time going around the room getting love and a good scratch from everyone. Some even spent some good quality time standing on peoples backs in-between postures.  It literally was one of the cutest things I've ever seen. 

We didn't just play with goats though, we did actual yoga in between all the adorable cute moments and funny ones too. I learned I've gotten much better at holding a plank pose. So that's a win right?

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I think the highlight of the entire time was when one goat jumped on someones back and then promptly decided it was time to go to the bathroom. (Yes on her and then turn around and pull a number 2 on the other side)  She was an excellent sport about it and grabbed a new shirt and carried on with class.

I guess that is just something you have to expect when doing anything with animals. However, I will say it was incredibly funny.

I hope you get the opportunity to stop in and do a class of goat yoga. It's not only good for your body but good for your soul.

Live in the moment, my friends- even if you're being pooped and peed on.