Dream Session

How I turned a photo in to a Polar Express Dream! Cincinnati Ohio Photographer

When I was little, I’d say roughly about grade 2 or 3, our class was told to sit down for a story. We all sat down on the big rug on the floor by the chalkboard. The lights were dimmed a little and my teacher began to read us a story that to this day is still one of my favorites.

The story has to do with a little boy who is picked up by a train that magically appears in front of his house before Christmas. He is taken on a wild ride that night and is given a bell with no ringer when it’s over.

Know what story I’m talking about? ( I hope so!)

If you don’t its The Polar Express.

A Christmas Classic in my eyes.

The day the read us that story I was just so captivated by it and the idea. Our teacher even gave us little bells at the end of the day to take home- I still have mine.

This year I wanted to bring a little of that feeling back and provide a mini that more or less brought it to life once again for everyone.

I had my friend bring her two awesome kids over to test out my idea. I told them to wear their pj’s and come over ready to look amazed.

The funny thing about photographing 1-3 year olds is they have their own timeframes and you really can’t tell them what to do when it comes to a photo. If you look at the video close our littlest one kept walking off, being super focused on low hanging Christmas tree things.

Good thing I only need one good shot to make it work haha.

My main focus for the edit for this was to make sure the kids looked like they fit into the photo AND that they looked like it was shot at night. Since colors look different in the dark, especially red, that meant I had to mute the tones a little and add a lot of shadowing.

I also added a fun snow video overlay to the end photo. Like I said in one of my last posts, it’s becoming a favorite thing to do. You can add them as a facebook profile photo too. Definitely something I’ll be offering out from now on as a nice little extra treat ;)

All in all I love how it came out and it’s something I’m sure I’ll bring back next year but a little earlier in the season. I’m also thinking photos with the grinch next year as that is another movie I love for the holidays.

If you have fun ideas for holiday photos let me know in the comments!

Happy Holidays everyone!


What is a Dream Session and how do I book one? Cincinnati Photographer

What is a Dream Session and how do I book one? Cincinnati Photographer

Dream Sessions are very in depth when you get down to it. I want every aspect of what you want to be true to detail and look as realistic as I can possibly get it. This may mean that I send out a dress to be custom made for you and the best part is 80% of the costumes I make, you get to keep after! Why? Because I don't want to reuse your specially made costume on someone else's shoot. Each one is unique as you are! 

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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