I like People Who Smile When It's Raining- Cincinnati Ohio Maternity Photography

A few weeks ago I found myself hiding under a group of trees with my clients as we waited out a random rain storm that decided the best time to let its cold drops of rain go was during my late afternoon session.   

We were huddled under a tree for quite some time playing " don't smudge the makeup" and "keep the dress dry"  while we watched a boy on a unicycle juggle in the rain on the side walk in front of us without dropping anything or falling. - I know sounds like a crazy weird series of events but he was getting some super sweet shots for his senior photos... I think. 

I knew this session was going to be amazing when I saw my client, Amber, get out of the car with an incredible black tulle dress on. My mouth quite literally fell open when I saw it. The perfect amount of fluff and adorable!  


I've done a lot of different sessions at Ault park and to be honest I get tired of that location but for some reason it was just different that day. There was an amazing beauty to it that I'm not quite sure I've seen before. Maybe it was all the leaves changing and the storm clouds in the background but it was beautiful. 

Take that rain! 😻 

Take that rain! 😻 


Later we went to my studio to shoot the rest of the session, something I'm always super thrilled to do- a milk bath.  


I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE  milk baths. They are beautiful and always have such an amazing color scheme to them.   

This is one of my favorite sessions to date and I'm so excited for the Amber and her husband on their newly announced baby BOY!  

I hope everyone has an Thanksgiving!


Come Little Children I'll take thee away | Halloween Levitation Photography

Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to welcome it than to shoot some creepy levitation photos in the woods. 

Levitation photographs have always been super cool and interesting to me. I love the look having someone flying through the air or creepily floating down a wooded path.  

To plan for this session I wanted some dresses that would be super flowy. Ones that if the wind were to hit it would create some amazing movement. What creates better movement than a vintage wedding dress?  Answer- nothing! 

I packed up my car with a tall wooden latter, clips, string and anything else I thought I may need to pull this off and we headed to the woods. 

It took me a little longer than I'd like to admit to get her dress to look like it was flying in the air. if you feel like watching me make several failed attempts check out my Facebook live video. I eventually turned it off because I thought that 30 minutes of mess ups was enough haha.

I ended up tying the dress to the surrounding trees as high as I could reach and tying the dress to her feet so when her feet would lift up so would the dress.  It took roughly 45 minutes to get it all together.

Once she was up, found her balance on the latter we started the session. - Watch here

My main goal with these was to make it look like she was flying through the air looking for something or somebody. Letting you create your own story when you looked at the image.

The movement in this dress is just AMAZING! 


We brought some extra outfits and tried out some different poses like the one above. A little more creepy but still pretty cool. 

Hope you all enjoyed this weeks project!  If these images made you think up a story to go along with it let me know in the comments below!

If you're interested. Here is a video of one of the edits from start to finish.



Xoxo- Jess

A Big Field, Stars and a Whole Lot of Imagination

Meet Charlie and Jonathan. Two sweet dapper gentleman from cincinnati that I got to hang out with for the afternoon while we set up and photographed the "Stars in the sky" session. 

Cincinnati Ohio Photographer Say Yes To Jess| Childrens Portraits

I think I may have drove around for at least 35 minutes trying to find the spot I was looking for and never actually made it there. Sometimes you just have to make an executive decision and just park your car.   so we set up at a little field - I mean big - really really big field- inside East Fork State Park. 

When we were setting up we realized the field itself was full of fossils from the water that used to be there and the boys absolutely loved it! I think they spent more time fossil hunting than actually taking photos. Charlie found some super cool ones though and I dubbed him the Fossil Whisperer. 

The session itself was actually a super short and sweet deal. The boys were perfect at posing and doing what I asked. There is a really short Facebook live video on my page that captures the first couple shots but my phone was about to die so I had to take what I could get.  

If you remember from my last post this session was all about the imagination of two little boys who wanted to put the stars in the sky. I've been planning this session for quite some time now and I'm so excited that it finally became a reality.  

I'm so happy with how these turned out. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a compleatly finished set of image that can tell a story. 

Cincinnati Photographer| Say Yes To Jess Artistic Portraits
Cincinnati Photographer| Say Yes To Jess Artistic Portraits

Just for funsies, here is a before and after of what it looked like when I shot it to the final image above. 

Stay tuned for more upcoming projects! I hope to have some crazy cool milk bath sessions coming up and I can't wait to share them with you all!

Till next time!