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Be Your Own Princess!

Ok, lets chat about something really quick.

Growing up, we all at one point or another were introduced to the Disney Princesses. Those sweet caring little delicate creatures who somehow always wound up in some kind of danger and needed to be saved.  Some of us, I'm sure, owned dresses that looked like their favorite princess or your children do currently.  Regardless, we all had a favorite princess who we admired and wanted to be like her. 

(In case you were wondering, mine is Jasmin. She was pretty badass for a Disney princesses if you think about it. She didn't just sit around and wait to be saved. She took several hits for the team. She even had to deal with Jafar who was a super creep and basically had to seduce him to save Aladdin's butt. Pretty badass in my book) 

Jafar is a creepy McCreeperson!

Jafar is a creepy McCreeperson!

... Back on topic :) 

I however have personally always had an issue with the idea of wanting to be like one of the princesses.  I loved the movies for what they were and don't get me wrong, its ultra adorable when little's are running around in their princess dresses but I always want to pull them aside and ask " Ok, but if you could create your own princess, what would she look like?" 

Actually, knowing me I'd ask way more than that. I would want a full detailed description like, What is her favorite color? How long is her hair? What does her ballgown look like? Does she even wear a ballgown? Is she a modern princess who listens to punk and rides a dirt bike vs. kissing frogs to find her prince?  Is she an astronaut from another planet? ... My question list could go on forever.

Chances are she would have one amazing answer that would top any Disney princesses theme. Perhaps its the part of me that is always striving for uniqueness and originality but I always want children to run with their own ideas and not get boxed into someone else's description of something.

With this being said, I've put together a character building sheet to do with your own children (or yourself, because it's fun and really gets your creativity going.) Once you get it all filled out share your answers with me either here on the blog post or send it to me in a message.  I may or may not be planning a big surprise for the person who has the most well thought out princess. 

So print that bad boy out and get to working on the ultimate princess description. I can't wait to see them! 


20 Things To Do This Weekend For Mothers Day

Can I get a HELL YES For all the mommas out there?  

Moms, its your day coming up this weekend and there is so many events going on just for you! Not dad.. You! Sorry dad, you have to wait! 

Since it can be a little bit of an overwhelming task to surf the interwebs and try and find out best deals and things dedicated to you, I've decided to do it for you because I know how busy you are and ain't no body got time for that! ( Anyone else sing the song every time they say that?.. Just me? ok.) 

So what's going down in Cincinnati this weekend:

2. The Macaroon Bar is offering a Mothers Day Macarons Class
3. B&B Riverboats
 Mother’s Day Cruise.
4. Say Yes To Jess Mothers Day Brunch. ( Yeah, totally me. I'm having an AMAZING Brunch that you have to check out!)

5. Krohn Conservatory half price admission for moms  10 am-5pm.
6. 7th Asian Food Fest in Washington Park in OTR
7.Mother's Day at Vinoklet Winery Free Wine Tasting and craft show
Family Garden Weekend- Free Pumpkin plant
9. Appalachian Festival at Coney Island
10. Blue Manatee  
Make a Monet for Mama!
11. Beech Acres Park Mom and Son Superhero Dance Friday May 12th 6:30-830 p.m
12. The Great Gatsby at Mariemont Theatre
13. Cincinnati Dinner Train is hosting a special ride just for moms. Every special lady will receive a flower upon boarding

14. TCBY Free Cup of Froyo! 
15. McCormick and Schmick Free Strawberries dipped in chocolate for mom!
16. Hooters is serving up free meals for mom all day!

17.  Mothers Day Valligarphy Work shop by Jen k. Calligarphy
18. Mother + Daugher Yoga and shopping event. 
19. Sunrise Riverboat Yoga
20. Mommy and Me Princess Party

Oh! and a bonus one!

21.  Floralai Mothers Day Pop Up Shop

This list is bound to have something on it that you can attend with any mom!  So Happy Mothers Day to all you mommas out there! May your weekends be amazing and filled with love and fun. 

P.s.. If you had to pick anything on that list to do I'd personally pick number 4... but ya know, that's just me ;) If you needed that link again... Just click here


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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