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Tree Lined Hills and History Lined Streets ....

Tree Lined Hills and History Lined Streets ....

This Handsome guy and his beautiful Momma met me at Devou Park on a warm Sunday evening.  The weather was beautiful and we were able to freely enjoy the park as we wandered into several spots from the Behringer-Crawford Museum to Rotary Grove.  The park was bustling with folks, many of whom were enjoying a good game of golf in the unseasonably warm weather.  From there we found ourselves on the old brick roads of downtown Covington, where we admired the gorgeous architecture and character that was around each corner.  We could hear Reds fans cheering across the river as they watched their favorite team in the last game of the season.  I genuinely enjoyed the great conversation and ease of our walk with these two.  It was easy to see with these genuinely kind and brilliant folks that "beauty and handsome" aren't only skin deep in this fantastic family.  Thank you, Tina and Mason, for the wonderful time and for the opportunity to photograph the start of this new season for you all.   I look forward to round two on the Soccer Field with you both! ~ B 

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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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Home ...

Home ...

Another early morning shoot and I found myself in the beautiful backyard of this lovely senior. The grass still wet from the crazy weather we'd had the night prior and the sun peeked just around the corner of the house.  We moved about their landscaped haven of living stories, chasing the light as it stretched further and further into the day.  I could easily see why this was a sentimental place for Mom & Dad, despite the obvious comfort of "home", this gorgeous girl, their last, headed off to college in some short months.  We wandered the very yard she used to tip toe about in as a wee kid, climbing, racing and finding refuge in a treehouse formerly positioned in the exact tree we took pictures around.  We found ourselves in the chairs gathered around a fire pit that I am sure has seen many late night memories for this endearing family.  It was a calm morning, with a quiet that permeated everything as Mom stayed close and kept an attentive eye on her blue eyed beauty.  Such a bittersweet season for sure!  Kathy & Kirsten, thank you for welcoming me into your space and allowing me the opportunity to capture your portraits.  I greatly enjoyed the time at your wonderful home with you two and I wish you both great success in the coming year and beyond! ~ B 

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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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