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Betsy Pittman

Misty Morning Walk About ...

Misty Morning Walk About ...

This was an early morning shoot, which isn't something I have often but I am reminded every time why I love them.  Each time, I receive remarkable greetings from a rising sun as I wind my way to locations and this morning was no different.  I drove the back roads to get to the Cincinnati Nature Center to meet this Senior and her beautiful Momma bright and early.  When we arrived, few other people were there and it felt that we had the entire place to ourselves, the only other inhabits being the Nature Center staff and the array of little critters that sang some sweet music on our way.  The air was fresh and mist still adorned the ponds.  The effects of the week's rain could be felt as we maneuvered our way through tall grasses, the wild Ohio botanicals and the the paths layed out for us.  This stunning girl, graceful as she was, was easy to shoot.  My camera loved her and those bewitching eyes of hers appeared as if they owned the light.  There wasn't a spot in Rowe Woods that wasn't illuminated by them or by her genuinely soft nature.  Spending the early morning hours, wandering a magnificent place with this lovely and her wonderful Momma was a perfect way to start the day.  Sarah and Maria, I am so thankful to have met you.  Thank you for allowing me the time to collect a few moments in this season for you.  Documenting these seasons is a genuine love for me and spending time with you two made it truly enjoyable.  I can not thank you enough! ~ B 

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And so the adventure begins ...

And so the adventure begins ...

Alms Park, such a treasure in this beautiful city.  One side has sweeping views of Lunken and the other follows the curves of the great Ohio River.  We arrived on a day the clouds hung low with the crisp Summer sun dodging them like a quick game of peek-a-boo.  These five college bound friends laughed their way through a sweltering humidity in a sweet way.  Their interactions allowing one to see how genuine their love over one another.  Years together turned graduated and headed for college.  This bittersweet season hangs between the young girl in a prized twirly dress, catching lighting bugs on the breezes of Summer to a young lady lightly stepping from one side of the door to the other and into a great big world awaiting her greatness!  Jean de La Fontaine once said, "Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer" ... I am sure these beauties, though they move beyond these days of friendship, understand their gift in each other and I don't think change, distance or adventure will change that.  I wish you beautiful ladies great success in your new endeavor, know that you are amazing and that this is only the beginning of something really beautiful! ~ B 

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Urban Summer Nights ....

Urban Summer Nights ....

One of the hottest evenings of the year had nothing on these beautiful gals. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll through a busy downtown Cincinnati alongside a few hundred other folks with the sound of salsa music echoing from Fountain Square.  Several spots I'd planned on were unavailable to us but it was nothing to find a new and great locale in this gorgeous city, even an empty  and dismal parking garage. These three were truly a lovely addition to the urban views.  Sincerely enjoyed another wonderful night with these gorgeous seniors!

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Kentucky Charm ...

Kentucky Charm ...

Every once in awhile you meet a kid with a genuineness and hospitable way that has you thinking it impossible that he's just 18 ... that was the way with this guy.  This young man commanded the room with his glowing smile and kind charm.  In the short time we spent with him, I left impressed by his demeanor and stunned by his forward thinking from the way he greeted us as guests to the offer of something to drink while we were there ... Mom and Dad have managed to refine some intuitive and "others" centered focus with this guy.  A, I am confident that you will pave ways as you move forward into college and wish you many blessings on the way.  Thank you for allowing me a time, albeit it brief, to snap a few photos for the season's sake.  

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Joy is Evident ...

Joy is Evident ...

What amazing weather we had for the end of November with this beautiful family of 6.  They were troopers as their brood ventured through downed trees, dry creeks and steep inclines as we sought the sun in open spaces.  I was genuinely impressed with the love that they exuded for one another as these siblings not only joked with one another but even spoke of being inspired by one another.  As I inquired to the "secret" of their warmth for each other, both parents joked, but in truth it was obvious that there is an inner joy residing in this family of 6 and that joy works to develop a love and respect that seems ten fold.  These sweet kiddos and their wonderful parents were a fun crew to wander with.  I am so thankful you, A & M, allowed me the absolute privilege of photographing your beautiful family! ~ B Gallery

 

Sometimes there is beautiful sass ...

Sometimes there is beautiful sass ...

One beautiful Sunday night, I got to meet this gorgeous senior and her talented & humble Momma.  As she made her way to me with a great big grin, her beautiful blonde locks bounced as she walked. I had looked forward to meeting this girl for awhile because she knew exactly what she wanted and was truly excited about the time, which makes my job just that much easier.  We chose a favorite, Ault Park and spoke about our plans and as the sun began to lower in the sky we walked about talking of swimming, jobs, growing up in the area, and the legacy of her Mom's business and what it naturally teaches her.  This girly has a smile that is unmatched because it is easy to catch a glimpse of her personality with one look.  You can't miss the raised eyebrow telling you that she means business in her all-the-time approach because there is serious sass behind that checkmark of a brow.  She moved quickly and spoke kindly of her friends and her extensive family, of which you can hear her love of and loyalty to.  She has a natural artisticness behind her great beauty and it is evident in the way she carried herself, spoke, what she wore and her pursed lip grins.  This girl is going to pave ways, I don't doubt that even in just this meeting.  She embodied a confidence that is rare in seniors and approached ideas with zest.  The time with this beauty and her beautiful Momma was such a pleasure.  Thank you for gifting me the time to spend with you two, capturing this time for you and allowing me the privilege, I truly relished the opportunity! ~ B Gallery

Green eyes & Gracefulness ...

Green eyes & Gracefulness ...

I arrived at this session a touch later than my norm due to a detour, so my senior and her Mom beat me there.  As I pulled into my space, I saw the two walking towards the car to meet me and I smiled, remembering how much I love what I do.  This senior carried herself with a natural grace enhanced only by her striking beauty.  We set about our direction and went to work walking in the midst of towering trees, listening to the crunch of heavy leaves beneath our feet.  The glow of Autumn's color complimented this beauty as if she was made for the season because with every spot we chose and every turn of light her large, green eyes shone like nobody's business and her smile glistened from ear to ear.  She and her beautiful Momma laughed together the entire time making this session one that put my senior at ease allowing me the opportunity to snap through beautiful candid moments and letting my lens see her so naturally.  She was easy to spend time with as we talked about family, friends, city and future.  It was clear to see the heart of this gal through her words and to learn that her level of kind and internal beauty is rare, just further explaining her outward beauty and charm.  Thank you two for allowing me the time to walk with you and to catch a glimpse of a sweet season for your family.  I genuinely enjoyed the evening with you two gorgeous ladies and loved laughing along side you as we strolled the center together.  Allowing me to capture these images is appreciated more than you know and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for you, K, as you walk like a beautiful light through this world! ~ B Gallery

A Quiet Strength ...

A Quiet Strength ...

The night with this lovely girl didn't feel like October at all.  The weather warm and the sun hung lightly as if it was late evening in Summer.  As we walked about the Nature Center the only clues to the season were the beautiful leaves underfoot and the trees ablaze with color.  This senior spoke delicately with a chuckle that resonated each word and I think that her inner strength was evident as she spoke of her hopes for a future abroad.  It was just the two of us as we slowly made our way through the trails and over the ponds.  It was an effortless walk as we listened to the rustling of trees and brush, standing near one rather heavy sound anticipating the arrival of a large bunny only to be surprised by the quick sprint of a teeny chipmunk.  Time with this gal was a pleasure and it is truly a hope of mine that she know her beauty, that it is uniquely and individually designed.  That she knows where ever she goes her wit and charm will serve well and her ability will surprise her.  Thank you for the opportunity E, you're one stunning girl! ~ B Gallery

Mommas & Daughters ...

Gallery Heavy rain and rolling clouds have a beautiful way about them.  The quick session with this gorgeous Momma and her stunning girlies wasn't going to be hindered by the weather.  So of course, parking garages being absolutely fantastic places, we defaulted to the perfect one for a change of venue!  These pictures just remind me how much I love a terrific grey and with these beauties it was just the pop on what would have been an otherwise dreary day! ~ B

Rainbows in Random Places ...

Rainbows in Random Places ...

What do you do when you're off for the weekend?  You grab your daughter and one of her friends and drag them out for impromptu pictures.  When we arrived T expressed that she felt as if she was in a giant's house with the large, expansive pillars and wide open spaces.  Likening it to a scene from "Jack and The Beanstalk".  The girls ran freely around this place, uncontained by the influence of an outside world that buzzed loudly by in passing vehicles, they sprinted and laughed throughout the garage, finding perfect echo spots and picking which color was their favorite.  The giggles echoing through these open walls rang sweetly across the cemented ground.  What a blast to just enjoy a unique space with these cheerful beauties, proving that anything, even parking garages, can lend itself well to photographs! ~ B

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