Two Years old Already? Unique Portrait Session Cincinnati Ohio

Want to know the coolest thing about being a Photographer?

Is it the fact that you get to do some really cool stuff? no

Maybe the fact that it involves traveling sometimes? nope...

OH! It's totally that I get to sit and edit photos all day in my yoga pants and a tee shirt, right? No. 

Say Yes To Jess| Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer| 2 Year Old Birthday

All of those things are pretty great! Like really, they are. However, the coolest thing is getting to watch people grow and change. Clients become part of your life when the walk into your studio. You learn about each other and suddenly you're invested in them as they have invested in you.  You get to see them start out their lives or bring new life into the world and its pretty amazing to witness.  

I personally am fortunate to have have families I get to see grow and change every year. They schedule things like birthday portraits or yearly family portraits and its just so cool to see how much each of them has grown since I last saw them, especially their children.  

It's kind of like I have a time capsule of their family made of images. Every time I see them I always find myself going back through the old images we took the years before and lining them up to see how much they have changed. It's always fascinating to me. 

A couple weeks ago I had one of my favorite littles for a "Turning Two" session. I've watched this little boy grow from infant to now 2. It's been so crazy to see how he has changed... and gotten more ok with photos... ok sometimes he's ok with photos. He recently told me to "put it down" at his birthday party and wouldn't open his gifts till I did.  HA! Kid knows what he wants! 

For his session we stopped off at one of his favorite places... His daddies work, to see the diggers. He brought his own so he could help dad get the job done. It was absolutely adorable.  

My favorite thing to do with children is to photograph them while they are playing and boy was he loving it!  He even got to sit in one of them and honk the horn. Talk about kid in a candy shop!

Say Yes To Jess| Cincinnati Ohio Family Photographer| 2 Year Old Birthday

It was such a fun day session and He had a blast!  I still can't even believe he is two. It feels like I was just taking newborn photos of him, trying to get him to stay asleep so I could get a good one. He was not a fan of the sound of the shutter sound and would wake up every time I'd snap a photo.

but like I said, things have changed... sort of. 

Happy 2nd Birthday Trent! I can't wait to see how much you've grown next year! 

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Why It's Important To Let Your Childs Imagination Out To Play

Why It's Important To Let Your Childs Imagination Out To Play

All dressed up in her brand new dress, she climbed into her spaceship looked up at me and said "My spaceship runs off of glitter."  I laughed, and put a hand full of glitter into what I assumed was the "gas tank".  She was on a mission to fly away and meet the other princesses on different planets. 

Stars in the sky: A Behind the scenes look in planning my next session

Sometimes sessions don't really need planned. You have a person, have your gear, they are the subject in the images and no props or additional items are required. With the type of photography I am working on that is no longer the case.  

I now need a full circle of things to properly pull off an amazing final image. From wardrobe to makeup to props and location. It all matters and it's all very specific to the session theme.  

As I mentioned last week I had a list of ideas I wanted to photograph. Things that are more so a challenge to me and to showcase what it is that I want to do because changing "who you are" in the world of photography is challenging.

On the top of that list was:

Stars in the sky:
Picture a little (boy or girl) in a field with their older (brother or sister) . It's getting dark so to keep it bright enough they start putting stars in the sky.  

This is the session I will be planning for next week.

So what is the first step to setting up a solid session? To me, it's location.  I have a very specific look in my mind for this specific photograph.I want lots of tall grass, a giant hill and amazing scenery in the distance. I also want it to look like it was taken at the start of dusk, right before the sunset really starts to get dark giving it the look like the kids are lighting up the sky.  After a lot of location hunting I have decided that a local park called East Fork is the perfect location. 

But that is the easy part. 

The next step is finding the people be in it. I've had this idea in my head for so long I think I've basically made up what the two people in the shot should look like. Basically, I'm looking for two boys or two girls who are younger than 8 and 3. I will be posting an open call for this soon so be on the look out! :) 

Finally, my last piece to the puzzle is wardrobe and props. Luckily, prop wise I have everything I need -Wooden latter and a bucket... CHECK!  Since I want this to have a classic olden time kind of feel to it I don't want jeans and tee shirts. I'm looking for things like suspenders and button downs, white flowing linen dresses or lace. Things that really bring out the feeling of innocence and childhood. 

With this kind of session I get to plan out every little detail even how I want them to be standing or sitting and the actions I want to be taking place when I am photographing it. To prepare more for this I have a little sketch book that has all of the notes above along with a little doodle of how the image should be composed.  Things like this come in handy when you're in the moment and scatter brain takes over. - yes I suffer from spontaneous scatter brain. (EEK!)

For now those are the big details for the session. I'll be working hard at finding the perfect children and wardrobe for it this week!  I can't wait to finally get this set up and taken and to share it with all of you! 

Wish me luck!!

xoxo- Jess