Cincinnati Adult Cake smash

A Cake Smash Alternative You NEED To See!

We have all by now seen and love a good cake smash session for a one year old's birthday photos. It's adorable and such a fun thing to watch as it's happening. I mean babies covered in cake with huge smiles on their faces as they claw their way through it! Win win! Well till you have to clean them up I guess but that is a different story

A while ago an article surfaced about a little girl who used Tacos as alternative to cake for her photos and I absolutely loved it. When things like this pop up online, I always hope that someone will ask me to do a session like it, but you know... with my own personal ideas for it. 

Well, i got my wish on this one!

A friend contacted me to start planning out her daughters 1 year photos for a classic session with a twist.  She had seen one of the very first Taco smashes that came to lite online early this year and wanted to do one for daughter too along with some more traditional styled images. I of course was on board and we began to plan out the look of the set.

We opted for not a lot of distractions when it came to decoration for the first backdrop we kept it simple to match the colors of the clothing and some banners in the back  for added flair. For the Taco Smash we decided to go with a Fiesta banner and a sombrero Pinata that way we could keep the focus more so on Bri, her daughter. 

When doing Classic Sessions like this I don't like to photograph EVERYTHING on one backdrop or in the same location even so we opted to photograph 2 outfits inside and the 3rd we would take a quick drive over to the park. If you know me, you know I'm more of an outside natural light photographer anyway, so I'm always happy to take a trip to the park.

When the day came the weather was perfect and Bri was such a good little model. 

And lastly, the TACO SMASH!  

Unlike a cake smash it was not as messy and the cleanup for something like this was quite a bit easier. Also, oddly enough she was very clean about it and was picking up the little pieces and eating them first until we showed her i was ok to make a mess with it. All in all it was such a fun session and I can't wait to do another one like it. 

Hooray for tacos! 


Have you ever done a cake smash? Would you have rather done a Taco smash or something else along those lines? Let me know what you think in the comments below! 

If you're interested in booking your own Smash send me a message or visit me on the Book A Session Tab. 

My First Opening Day In Cincinnati

I've lived in Cincinnati now for almost 10 years. I moved directly here after graduating High school. So I think that by now it is safe to say I'm a full blown Cincinnatian. 

I really do love Cincinnati. From the people to the places and the city wide traditions that happen here, its all wonderful to me. Since moving here 10 years ago, there are some things I've still yet to do and hope to check them off my list very soon. One of those things was Attend the Opening Day Parade and game. 

I've wanted to go for the past couple years but it's never actually worked out for some reason or another. However, this year the planets aligned and my bestie and I got to partake in the festivities.

We arrived downtown at Findlay Market, where the parade was set to start. We may have gotten a sneak peak at all the parade things because were rebels and chose to walk down the road that they were lining up on. 

Once it started I was so excited to see everything go by. I felt like a kid in a candy shop. The energy of the crowd was amazing and we made a new little friend who would dance and or try to be in the parade at any chance she got. It was absolutly adorable. 

There were so many fun things in the parade. It was almost 2 hours long but it didn't feel like it at all. I think my favorite thing had to be all the horses. Especially the mini horses.  

Side note. I didn't know there were therapy horses but I'm going to need a whole lot of therapy if that is the case. 

LOOK AT THOSE HOOVES! <3 

LOOK AT THOSE HOOVES! <3 

My other favorite thing was this set of costumes from a local school. Each one was dressed up as something cincinnati related. They were all so adorable and I wanted to look at each and every costume but couldn't see them all. They even had some dressed up as city landmakrs. It was such a cute idea. 

When the parade was over we headed down to the stadium to watch the game. One of the things I love most about Cincinnati is the amount of pride we have in our city. The streets were lined with people who were there for the festivities and to attend the game. It's truly something you just have to experience if you're from out of town. 

April and I actually didn't plan on going but like I said earlier... the planets aligned, wishes were granted and April won tickets the night before! It was a very welcomed surprise and I'd like to formally say thank you  to the Venue Kings for them!! The seats were amazing and I don't think I've ever actually sat that close before.

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In typical Ohio fashion, rain was of course in the forecast but it only started raining when we were on a mission to find the dollar hot dog stand, that I may add we could not find. Thankfully it wasn't a long storm and ended just as fast as it started. I was really happy about that not because It was a little cold but because you cant make sure balls are not going to hit you in the face when your glasses have little rain droplets all over them.  

Yes, I spent a good portion of the game being nervous I was going to get hit in the face with the ball. They hit hard... 

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All in all the day was amazing and went entirely too fast but like every opening day past it means summer is right around the corner and I'm extremely excited about that! 


Have you been to opening day before? Tell me about it and what your memories in the comments below! 

Want more? Enjoy a slide show of the parade! 

5 unique ways to display photos in your home.

So you went out, had your daughters photos taken for her 5th birthday. You spent tons of money for the outfit, shoes and the photographer to take the images.  You finally made it in to pick up your prints and you're so excited that they are ready. 

3 weeks go by, your prints are still sitting in the same spot they were when you came home and sat them down. 

Ever been there?  I have, and I don't even have any children.  Life is busy and complicated it takes time to plan out the way we want to display the things we love  in our homes.  Not to mention that some of us just have a simple fear of putting something on a wall.  * you know who you are* 

It's a big decision, I get it. 

As a former Interior Designer I know that a person has a zillion ideas of what they want to do and not so much on the actual execution when it comes to designing of those ideas. This is why it's important to start out with a game plan. 

Finding the perfect design that speaks to you is always step 1.  

Do you like a modern look? Maybe something that is more modern? Perhaps a hodgepodge of things. An eclectic style?   Everyone is different, and that is how it should be. 

To take some of the stress away from designing a gallery wall I hit up Pinterest (Perfect afternoon if you ask me) and found some amazing options for different styles of gallery walls just for you. I also made a board for it that you can follow and use to help inspire and make your own Gallery walls.  

To save you time though, I pulled my top 10 favorites that you can totally copy and put in your own home. 

1.  Rebecca Minkoff's Mid Century Modern Apartment Gallery wall Is absolutely STUNNING!!! 

I love the idea of using shelving to host frames vs attaching them to the wall sometimes. It allows more versatility and you're able to change out your frames with no worries of messing up your wall or having to re do the whole thing. This is definitely favorite. 
 

2.  Black on white  by Interior Junkie

For a girl who absolutely LOVES color I sure am attracted to black walls with pops of white.  I also am a big fan of adding in little pieces that are not photos. Like that little drawing figure. 

3.  Matted images vs Frames

No one said you had to FRAME your images. I love this idea because it brings a unique spin on a traditional wall and if you know me. I like anything that is unique and non traditional. 
 

4. White on White by Urban Nesting

As much as I love and am attracted to black walls, I'm also IN LOVE with white walls with pops of color. Something about the clean bright look just makes my heart sing.  If you've ever been in my studio, you'll notice this is a common theme. 

5.  Big Statement pieces

I am a huge fan of BIG over the top statement pieces.  They draw attention and  are fun to look at. If you have kind of a dull space that needs a little life these are the perfect way to do it.  

There are literally so many ideas out there and the key is finding what really speaks to you.  Do you already have unique way of displaying your photos? I'd love to see. Post them to Instagram and tag me in your photo or comment below.