Top 4 Resources for Summer Fun in Greater Cincinnati + Bonus

June 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hello Moms and Dads!

Are you enjoying your summer with the kiddos?  Summer is so much fun, and when school agers are on summer break, there's more time to enjoy all the cool places around town.  We have been having a great time so far with our kids, and thought it would be beneficial to put a resource guide together for SUMMER FUN!

Here's a list of our top 4 resources to learn about activities and events (click the names below to visit each site):

Cincinnati Mom's Blog


Cincinnati Parents Magazine

Cincinnati Family Magazine

BONUS!  Here are our top 5 picks of places to go this summer:

Summit Park

Niederman Farm

Smale Riverfront Park

Fort Ancient Earthworks

Goebel Park

Hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful summer!

All our best,

Gary and Angenise

A Mother's Day mini session | Sharon Woods Park

May 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hello Friend!

Hopefully you're enjoying this warm weather in Cincinnati as we are!  Seems like spring has finally sprung!

Here's a peek at one of our Mother's Day mini sessions...

Mini sessions are a great way to "test drive" our services without a huge commitment.  When you book a mini session, they're only offered around holidays, such as Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Christmas.  Plus, mini sessions are shorter (usually about 35 minutes), and only offer digital images.  

All of our regular portrait collections offer up to an hour in session time, free in-person consultation to help you choose your prints and wall gallery, and include prints.  

Looking for Father's Day gift ideas?  Click here to check out the Pinterest board we've put together for you!

Interested in booking your own portrait session?  Click here to get in touch with us or call 513.212.4142 to schedule a time to capture your family's joy!

If there's any helpful tips you'd like to see us cover, feel free to leave a comment below.

Thank you for stopping by!

Until next time, be blessed.

From our hearts to yours,

Gary & Angenise 

Cincinnati OH Family Session

May 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


Hello Friends!

The saying "time flies when you're having fun" is really true!  We've also found that time is fleeting when you're raising your children.  By the time you schedule senior portraits and order graduation announcements, you're wondering how your baby grew up so fast!  Not there yet?  Just wait and see!  After raising twelve children of our own, with three still at home, we know by experience that those years while your children are growing up may be exhausting, but yet so precious!  Embrace the moment, because one thing's for sure, we can't go back in time!

Here is a beautiful family we had the privilege to photograph recently.  We absolutely loved capturing the genuine laughter and fun during this session at Sharon Woods Park (Sharonville, Ohio). 

As you can tell, the kids had a great time!  It makes photographing so much easier when the kids are having fun!  

At first, mom didn't want to get in the picture.  We challenged the kids to help us encourage mom to enjoy these moments and not worry about coming straight from work in her work clothes.  What's most important is that she will look back on these moments, as will the kids, and smile at the joy they shared this day!

Once we're done editing all the images from a session, we meet with our client in person to choose prints, wall art and albums.  It's easier to have an idea what your portraits will look like on the wall after we put together a sample wall gallery.  Poses can be changed of course, but you get the basic idea, right?

Wall GalleryWall Gallery

We hope you enjoyed seeing the love in this family, as much as we enjoyed capturing it!

If you're looking for a natural and fun experience for your family portrait session, click here to book your session!

From our hearts to yours,

Gary & Angenise


Is Custom Boutique Photography Right for You?

April 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hello Friend!

Hope you're enjoying this lovely spring weather we've been having!  We sure have!  We've been learning of great family fun places around town (many are posted on our Facebook page), and visiting them in our spare time.  Just can't wait for summer when the kids are out of school...We have lots of fun planned!

So, we figured that maybe you have or haven't heard of custom boutique photography, and that we could address what it's all about in today's post. Before we began our business, we knew we wanted to do photography but had no idea the field was so big!  Aside from the fact that some of the genres of photography include landscape, documentary, portrait, fashion, commercial, food, architectural, fine art and more, then we also had to decide the platform we wanted to run our business on.  After much reading, online courses, trial and error and joining photographer groups, we learned that there's a name for the type of services we offer.  It's called Custom Boutique Photography.  It doesn't refer to the genre, but rather the way we run our business.

If you've never heard this term, let us give you the summarized details.  It means we:

  • Help you choose the best location for your session based on natural lighting,
  • Consult with you prior to your session to make sure we are a great match for each other and we understand your portraiture needs,
  • Focus on connection and interaction rather than posing,
  • Cull and professionally edit all images,
  • Invite you to view your final digital images in person and show options for how to make a wall gallery,
  • Make sure you receive archival quality prints, wall art, albums, specialty products or custom invitations/announcements or cards.

We also do lifestyle sessions for maternity and newborn, which means we come to your home (or hospital in the first 48 hours after birth) to capture the love and miracles blossoming during this season of your life.  

For weddings, we like to take time to get to know our brides through email, conversation and of course, in person (maybe coffee or lunch?) well before the wedding.  Not only do we offer engagement portraits, but we work closely with the bride to complete a wedding timeline that allots enough time to get all those bridal party, pre-ceremony, reception details, and groomsmen portraits out of the way before the actual ceremony.  That way, all of us can rest assured that after the ceremony, we only have to do the family formals, wedding party and reception.  Did we mention that we love to get a stunning shot of the bride and groom's rings?  They can be composed with vintage or heirloom items dear to the bride or be worn by the newlyweds with their hands resting on a Bible.  

In case you didn't know, the "Design" part of our business name refers to graphic design.  We also offer custom and personalized wedding invitation suites, birth announcements, graduation invitations and open house announcements.  In addition, we enjoy designing nursery art, digital scrapbooking pages and even handmade canvas featuring your child or children's handprints with hand-lettered calligraphy.  When you've become an empty nester, you'll relish those tiny handprints that were captured, almost like having a time capsule.

The time that we take with each of our clients makes a difference because, as parents ourselves, we know how important it is to not only spend quality time with our children, but to sometimes document those precious times so future generations can see their history in action.

We aren't trying to compete with the large photography chains that offer tons of prints for a bargain.  Neither are we the type of photography business that takes your pictures, puts them all on a disc or USB drive, leaving you with the responsibility to decipher what pictures to print.  If that's what you're accustomed to, you could branch out and try custom boutique photography.  Then again, you may decide you'd rather stick with what you know.  Either choice is fine.  We're not trying to force you to like our style.  It's just that we can't expect you to make a decision without informing you of the facts, right?  

By no means are we the only photography business that uses this style of services.  We've learned along the way that the reason why we liked this business model is because we are print artists.  Simply put, that means we take pride and passion in seeing the whole process of capturing the portrait to ensuring the final product in print.  It also means that for art pieces (prints or canvas) larger than 11x14 will also include a Certificate of Authenticity, guaranteeing you've received an original art piece from us.  After all, this is part of your family heirloom.

Hope you find this information helpful!

Until next time, stay prayerful and grateful.

From our hearts to yours,

Gary & Angenise

Kyson: Lifestyle Newborn Session

April 07, 2017  •  1 Comment



"Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee."  Jeremiah 3:1

Welcome to our blog!

We are so happy for the miracle of our newest grandson, who is a gorgeous bundle of goodness with a head full of beautiful red hair!

Little Kyson didn't have an easy way to go at first, having to stay in the NICU for a week after his delivery.  But, the Lord answered our prayers and he was home at one week old.  Born at over seven pounds when our daughter was only 36 1/2 weeks is a miracle in and of itself!  His long legs and feisty spirit (he kept pulling out the feeding tube, kicking his leg out of his swaddling blanket and more) let us know he is a determined little guy.

He was 12 days old during this session...Enjoy!

To capture your own newborn "fresh out of the oven", get in touch with us on our Contact page for more information.


Gary & Angenise


Looking for some free family fun in April?  Check out the Healthy Kids Day at Winton Woods Parky's Farm on Saturday, April 29, 2017.