cincinnati Travel

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! 

The Best Way To spend 2 Days in Orlando.

As a kid I was ALL about Nickelodeon.  I would stay up way late watching Snick and anything on it like are you afraid of the dark , All That and Double Dare. I was a DIE HARD Nick fan.  Basically what I'm trying to say is I was not a huge Disney fan. I had my favorite movies of course like Aladdin (I'd watch that on repeat and knew every word to the soundtrack)  and Beauty and the Beast but I was no where near the person who was head over heels for the vast majority for Disney.  

I know.. unpopular opinion but 90's nick is where it was at for me!

But to be honest in the back of my mind I always wanted to go to Disney World. The magic behind what they were creating always seamed to catch my attention and as a teen when I was watching things like Lizzy Mcguire and all the tween shows and movies like Halloween Town and Smart House ( because yes, I was SUPER into those). But needless to say, I never went to Disney as a kid but it was always something in the back of my mind that I wanted to do eventually. 

Well it may have taken 28 years but guess what..

I DID IT! I FINALLY WENT TO DISNEY WORLD! 

If you recall a while back, I had said I wanted to make traveling a part of my normal life and I started to make moves towards that. Within the past 6 months I've been to Albuquerque, Vegas and Nashville and you bet when I got the opportunity to join my friend Sue from  From west to Midwest, I was compleatly on board! 

We started our trip out by having a great lunch at Phans, where I had my very first Pho dish and some AMAZING Ribs that you should definitely stop in and try if your in the area.  If you know me at all you know I'm NOT an adventurous eater and I stick to some main dishes but you guys I'm trying to step out of my little box of pizza and various Italian foods. 

After doing a small amount of exploring and seeing some lovely things in Orland we were off to our next stop at  Canvas Restaurant & Market.  I was so impressed with how gorgeous this place was. It sits off a lake and provides the most BEAUTIFUL Sunset views to enjoy while you're eating dinner.  

Sue  looking fab!&nbsp;

Sue looking fab! 

And as you all may know.. I'm such a sucker for a sunset, so I was EXTRA excited about this view.

The next day was the big day.. DISNEY DAY!

The minute I saw Cinderella's Castle my childhood dream got checked off the list and I'll admit there was a moment that I was so excited about being there and seeing everything that I may have cried a tear of joy.  (dorky.. I know. I don't care.)

I didn't actually take that many photos while I was there oddly because there was SO MUCH to capture. I think I was just a little overwhelmed with it all.  I think my favorite part of being there was how themed things really are and I miss that aspect in amusement parks around Cincinnati that used to be theme parks... Kings Island, I'm talking to you....

We road several of the rides, mostly the ones with 45 minutes to an hour wait times. I was so impressed with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the Haunted Mansion ride especially the animatronic aspects  or Heliographic ones, they looked SO REAL! I actually questioned if they were real people a couple times.

When it came time to call it a day at Disney we headed over to Planet Hollywood Observatory and had an amazing dinner and quite possibly the most EPIC milkshake I've ever had in my life.   The restaurant itself was pretty cool with memorabilia and costumes from movies throughout time displayed in little cases throughout the building.  It was kind of cool knowing that they were actually used in the movies themselves.   The building was really cool too, they had a DJ at the bottom floor who would interact with tables throughout their visit, while playing music videos on the observatory wall. At one point he played Frozen's "Let it go" and the whole place started singing the song. 

I posted on Facebook that I was about to make some terrible food choices that night but you know, terrible in a good way and I so did.  I had a burger with Mac and cheese, bacon and onion straws on it  and some amazing seasoned fries.  I also had, as stated above THE MOST EPIC MILKSHAKE EVER. They had 2 different ones to choose from and it was a hard choice but i went with the strawberry one with cake on top. It was so good and not hard to eat like I kind of thought it may be. Pro tip... you have to take it apart to make it work, thats why they give you an extra plate ;). 

So all in all my short trip to Orlando was perfect and just what I needed. I've actually already started planning out some future trips to California, Utah and Florida again. I'll be bringing my Mermaid Crown workshops to those locations.  Also, if you're in those areas and want to book a shoot with me while I'm there send me a message! I'll be sure to let you know the dates as well as add them to my Events calander. 

Have a place you think I should visit next? Let me know in the comments! 

P.s. I'm coming back for you Universal... I'm coming back!