Cincinnati Portrait Photographer

What it's like to play a card game with.... Yourself? Cincinnati Photographer takes selfies to a new level.

I always have these weird ideas for images that I never really get the chance/make time to do. Things like me lounging in my cereal bowl full of fruit loops floating on a fun unicorn float just enjoying the day or me skydiving with my cats- because I know they would enjoy it ;).

I literally have a huge list of these things ready to go at any time I am ready to take them. I recently decided I needed to start prioritizing them. Mostly for myself because I need a creative outlet for the things that I keep stored in my head. 

This week I chose to do one of those images. 

Basically I wanted to have a card game with myself but each self was reflective of an emotion I would have while playing the game. 

I set my camera up on a tripod and I made sure it was framed to my table. The hard part about this image was that I needed to see every face in it.  So I needed to be careful of the positioning of myself in each shot. 

I also wanted to make sure I was wearing different clothing each time so in-between each shot, I'd grab a different outfit and do a quick change.

(Fun story- the apartment maintenance guys showed up in the middle of this and I had to put a quick random outfit on. I feel like you always get a knock on the door when your not fully clothed.  Check the video and you can see them pop in for a sec. Gotta love apartment life haha! ) 

The image itself is made up of 4 different shots, one for each chair of the table.  It's pretty obvious who's winning the game, or at least dominating that round in the image but we also have a version of me that feels cheated, an playful/overzelus one that is about to throw her cards and one who thinks it's funny.  I think it pretty much sums up my competitive nature haha. 


Now I know what it would be like to play a card game with myself. I have to say it would be a fun time and very entertaining.

Want to check out how it was all put together? Watch the video below! 

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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! 


Why Printing your images is important

This past weekend I started cleaning out my living room for a yard sale I'll be putting stuff in soon. I was going through all the bins, shelves and stuff I never really take the time to even look at any more. Everything there has become tchotchkes even if they weren't mean to be.

I started digging through an old bin of DVD's and came across CD's labeled "14th Birthday", "Florida Vacation" and "Freshman Year" and more. I had compleatly forgotten I had them and was so excited to see what was on each one that I grabbed my laptop (the only thing in my house that even reads a CD) and popped them in. 

The first couple I went through were fantastic throw backs to a fun vacation my mom, brother and I took to Cider Point. One had evidence of the hot second I was in color guard and another of really bad haircuts and makeup with a side of epic toe socks from my 15th birthday party. It brought back so many moments I had compleatly forgotten about. There were even some I found that had images I thought I had lost, like images of me as a kid with relatives who have since then passed. 

Yep... That's me right in the middle. Pleated skirt and all. 

Who let me have those bangs? COME ON!!!

I swear my brother can swim even though he looks like he's flailing around in the backround of that. 

However, as I kept going through them there seamed to be one thing that was clear. CD's corroded and become unreadable quite quickly. Even if they are protected in sleeves like mine were. ( ps. This is also why I don't offer them  :) )

Since starting photography, I've gained a new found love for printing and being able to hold an actual finished image in your hands that you can show off to y our friends. Something more than just a flash drive or CD. No one is ever impressed by a CD or Flash drive... Trust me. 

Sad face!!! 

Sad face!!! 

This weekends find made it even more clear to me how important it is to print your images out. Even if it's just a 4x6.  The fact that I can no longer see what was on those 7 CD's of images kind of makes my heart hurt. That is my history, things I saw as important and photos of people I knew along the years. 

I bet you're saying... "Well yeah, CD's are kinda crappy anyway. So duh, I'm sure that happened"

Well... My lovely friend. I agree with you (and If I was paying attention I'd have grabbed the images off of them sooner)  but that brings me to another point.  Flash drives will eventually do the same. Maybe not nearly as fast, but they will. 

Even the cloud we store our lives on is bound to go away some day or (Heaven forbid) go offline in some way and we would have nothing left but a wish that we had printed some of them. 

So really what I'm getting at is print the images you think are important and save backups of them some where safe. Don't just go straight to digitals or CD's.  I don't want you feeling the way I did this weekend when I couldn't open the files on my CD's.