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Cincinnati Seniors

Thunderclouds, Sun and Windswept Whispers ....

Thunderclouds, Sun and Windswept Whispers ....

I met this gorgeous Senior, her beautiful Momma & even the handsome guy in her life, on a night where the thunderclouds hung overhead.  We kept a close eye on the forecast and wound up with a perfect night for shooting.  I had the pleasure of wandering this beauty's backyard of a couple hundred acres which was home to many a critter and many fantastic corners, even snapping pictures on the very spot her own sister was wed. There the towering trees provided a perfect canopy of shade on the area, a location not much different than one you'd find in a classic film.  This senior, a talented one, with such an ear for music, managed to teach herself how to play a variety of instruments and still stay grounded.  She truly commanded the attention around her with the least bit of intent.  It was easy to capture her in a place she called home, where she has likely run barefoot more times than can be counted with the sun falling on that smile like it was made just for her and where the wind's in her hair like it has sweet whispers of her beautiful future.  Alex and Sherry, Thank you so much for the wonderful time, for allowing me the opportunity to catch a glimpse of your world and for allowing me to document this place in your book.  I am sure there are wonderful things in store and I wish you many blessings en route!  ~ B   

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Leaning Into A Legacy ....

Leaning Into A Legacy ....

Sharon Woods provided a shady backdrop for this gorgeous Senior and her beautiful Mom as we spent a couple of hours together the other night.  Many folks had the same idea and hovered around the water and bridges as we found our way wondering the open green-ways.  The weather was perfect for our long walks and this pair was up for the challenge.  It was easy to gather that this blonde beauty is a hard worker bent on doing well in her efforts, from tennis play to a heavy load of AP courses but she had an ease about her that made me feel what would be overwhelming for another is a cinch for this gal.  The ambition is evident when she speaks and the love of loyalty and family big as she speaks of the potential of heading to The University of Virginia for her college education, following in the footsteps of her parents and brothers, a genuine and very rare legacy.  P & S, I wish you great adventures in this new chapter of life and trust that the sky is the limit for you!  Thank you for allowing me to wander with you both and grab a few pictures in this wonderful season for you! ~ B 

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Dancing among the concrete daisies ...

What a beautiful Cincinnati night we had with this session.  The sun placed perfectly above the high rise buildings as we meandered through the city streets.  This girly was at ease in our wandering and moved gracefully in and out of each shot.  We were not short on spots because she brightened them all with her sunny disposition and positive outlook on life.  Walking with this senior and her beautiful Momma was a pleasure, Mom even willing to watch for oncoming traffic, scare the birds for a shot and wander for blocks on a hot Summer evening.  Penny and Mikayla, thank you so much for your time and support.  It was wonderful meeting you both and I genuinely look forward to more time with each of you!

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Towering Beauty in Over-The-Rhine ...

Towering Beauty in Over-The-Rhine ...

City shoots are always a fun sort.  For this one, we found ourselves in Over-The-Rhine and Washington Park.  They aways lend themselves well to great images.  The old German architecture, the towering buildings and brick paved alley ways are amazing, even the graffiti is awesome in it's own right!  There is always so much life in these spots and it can easily add a nice twist to our vision.  This gorgeous Senior and her beautiful Momma were a lot of fun to stroll the city with and they were so open to venturing into different territory; walking into the middle of streets, under posted signage, sitting on private doorsteps, laying down in grimy alleys and even running through the fountains.  It is easy to find a new perspective on a shot in a place like this.  And if you can't find it, it's natural for passerby's to offer their personal thoughts on the composition.  One person sharing his concern over our choice of ragged old door frame versus the next one that was covered in beautiful flowers and fresh, colorful paint.  His statement along the lines of, "She's too pretty to be in that place" ... what he didn't understand is, that with this girl, that "pretty" begins internally and the radiance that comes from that can brighten the darkest and gloomiest doorstep on their own.  This beauty walked with a fantastic confidence that towered like the gorgeous buildings we stood between and when she kicked off her shoes and freely wandered barefoot, her joyfulness and contentedness were contagious.  Hanna & Michelle, it was a joy spending the evening with you two.  Thank you for the time, I wish you all the best for your Senior year! ~ 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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First 2017 Senior Model Session of the Season ...

These two beauties met me on a hot evening in Glenwood Gardens.  We spent our time wandering the beautiful park, easily a favorite of mine, and admired the vast space as the sun lowered behind the trees and provided a minute by minute changing backdrop.  Genuinely looking forward to the model year with these talented, intelligent and soccer playing 2017 seniors.  Thanks for the time S & J! 

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My Brown Eyed Beauty ...

My Brown Eyed Beauty ...

That moment you become a mother, everything you know ceases and you are set down a path of incomprehensible change.  From the minute this girl came screaming into my life my heart was changed and everything I never knew I would want was wrapped up tight in a teeny blanket.  With this shoot, my mind wandered to sitting back seat beside our new daughter on the long, windy roads of the Monterey Peninsula on our first drive home. My husband driving the slowest and most cautiously he ever had.  We smiled uncontrollably as we both sat in disbelief that she was ours, while holding back our complete and utter concern that we could parent her well.  I remember her teeny frame overwhelmed by what was to be her "coming home" outfit, although newborn in size, giant on her preemie body.  Her beautiful dark brown hair soft and silky upon her perfectly shaped head as the car lulled her into a sweet sleep.  I remember holding her tiny fingers between my own and gently rubbing the wrinkles of her palms.  I can recall the overwhelming feeling swelling in my heart; the pride and gratefulness that shown in tears streaming down my cheeks.  I had no idea that the days would pass too quickly and the moments singing songs inspired by a purple dinosaur would be days I would, all too soon, miss.  I would watch this babe of ours grow into a beautiful young lady, who would handle countless moves and change that would have even experts rattled with an inner determination that exuded grace.  Freezing time with her on what was a warm Spring night had my breath taken away like the first moment our eyes locked.  We wandered together, not photographer and client, but mother and daughter laughing, joking and talking life.  At one point as she stood near budding apple blossoms, I lowered my camera to look at her and my mind instantly drifted back, tears accruing, in movie motion, through the eighteen years God has gifted me with His beauty.  To think that He believed me worthy of sharing in the raising of this treasure blows my mind and to think that this treasure doesn't know just how priceless she is, even more confounding.  To say that it was my absolute privilege to take these photos of our girl at the end of her senior year in high school, is an understatement that I just do not have the right sentiment for.  This girl, a subtle, yet prodigious stamp of God's love in this world and of whom I am forever grateful! Isabella Faith, you are more than you know; courageous, kind and inspiring.  You are compassionate, curious and intelligent, beautiful inside and out and your Dad and I are couldn't be more proud.  Thank you for loving us when we've gotten it wrong and for your gratitude when we've gotten it right.   Thank you for your confidence in us, your respect of us and your unyielding positive attitude.  We love you more than you could possibly know and are both so excited to walk out this new chapter with you! Forever prayerful over your journeys and steps beautiful girl! ~ Mom & Dad

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