ROYGBIV #5: Brown

This is my Rainbow Project. Conceptualized November 2010. First session photographed January 2011.

Brown: That Girl!
Model: Rachel That Girl (1) That Girl (2) That Girl (3) That Girl (4)Photographed: February 17, 2012

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Raptor, Inc.

rap·tor  [rap-ter, -tawr]  n.

A bird of prey.
[Latin, one who seizes, from rapere, to seize; see rapt.]


Last Sunday morning, I met up with several nature photographers at Raptor, Inc. in Milford, Ohio.  Raptor, Inc. is a facility that raises, heals and rehabs native birds of prey back into the wild.  They also provide teaching services to help educate people about certain  species.  Within their educational program resides a few permanent feathered guests.  Permanent in that they can never be released back into the wild due to injury or other underlying issues.  So, without further adieu…

This is Scarlet, the Red-Tailed Hawk

Isis, the Almost-Albino Red-Tailed HawkWildwood, a juvenile Red-Shouldered HawkStorm, the Barn OwlSteel, the American KrestelSylvester, the Great-Horned OwlFrom left to right:  Earl (a girl) the Turkey Vulture, Lucy the Peregrine Falcon, and Priscilla the Barred OwlTo see more images, please check out my Raptor, Inc. gallery on my website!

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March for Babies, Clermont County

Saturday morning started with a BANG!  Literally.  A big boom of thunder beat my alarm clock by about 1 minute.  5:59am.  I was due over at Miami Meadows Park by 7am to help photograph the Clermont County March for Babies event.  What a beautiful day for a walk.

Fortunately, after the storm wore itself out, the skies stayed dry through the actual event; though it was pretty darn cold.  Even with the dreary weather, walk participants and supporters showed up in droves.

I photographed alongside a local sports photographer that has some personal ties to the cause.  Upon meeting him face-to-face, I realized that this was not my first time meeting him.

From the Summer of ’98 to the Summer of ’99, I worked as a front desk/lab tech at a Motophoto franchise.  I was the only employee, working very closely with someone that turned out to be one of my all-time favorite bosses.  And being a small, family-owned shop, we had many loyal and frequent customers.  One of them being David Miller, of Photos by David Miller.  I remember certain people, and he was a memorable one.  He shot mainly sports/team photos that we processed for him.  With his non-sports photos, he preferred black & white photographs with a sepia tone to them.  Being that this was during the film-era (hah!) you had to create those hues in camera, with film and with processing; not in [enter digital processing program here.]  He wanted a certain look and my boss accomplished that look for him.  I tried.  I wasn’t as successful.

So anyway, jump 13 years forward, and here we are working side by side.  I love those Small World moments.  And I really love it when I realize that my memory does still work on occasion!

From what I observed, the walk was a total success!  And again, even from under the hoodies and behind the shivers, there were smiles all around.

Butterflies + Kids

The annual butterfly show at the Krohn Conservatory opened this past weekend!  This year’s theme is not about a particular region, but from all over the globe.

Saturday was their grand opening and to celebrate, they invited people/kids to wear their butterfly wings for a quick mini-shoot.  I was invited by another local photographer to help out for the first 2 hours of coverage.  Saturday’s forecast was less than ideal: lower 50s for the high, mixed with rain.  It was beautiful! (please catch the sarcasm there)

We photographed outdoors, under a white canopy, just out of the rain’s reach.  In total I photographed 15 winged children.

I take my son to the show every year and highly recommend.  If you can swing it, definitely go on a weekday.  It is packed regardless; but packed to capacity on the weekends.

Show information:

  • Runs April 21st – June 24th, 2012
  • Open Daily 10am-5pm
  • Adults $6, Seniors $5, Kids $4, Children 4 y/o and under are FREE

For my fellow photogs, there are Photographer’s Only time slots as well!

  • Photo Nights: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Mondays: April 23, April 30, May 7, May 4, May 21
  • Photo Morning: 8:30am – 10:00am Saturday: May 26
  • $10 admission

There are several additional events during the show’s run.  You can check them out here.

Also be sure to check out my fellow photographers work!


Mary Turns 80, SURPRISE!

This is Mary.  Mary and I share a birthday.  April 16th, 2012 marked my 32nd birthday and Mary’s 80th birthday.  I am not sure what Mary had planned for her 80th birthday, but I  mine was spent at the vet’s office and then out for some Mexican food.

So, Mary’s family decided to surprise her for her big milestone year by throwing her a party.  Without her knowing about it.

And these four men.  These are her sons, two of which live across the country.  All four were in attendance for the big reveal.

The party was last Saturday…  Remember that one?  The rainy one.  Apparently, it can be a little challenging getting someone to get out of a car for no reason, in the pouring rain.  Somehow, they got her out of the car and into the clubhouse (aka Party Central.)


Mary had an amazing turnout.  I met her, her family and her friends for the first time that evening and I can vouch for her.  She has some wonderfully welcoming and hilarious family and friends.


For My Sweet 16th…

I didn’t receive a pony or any huge birthday bash.  I was taken out to dinner with my mom, my stepfather, my sister, my grandmother, and my two best friends.  I view my 16th birthday as a game changer.  My grandmother gave me my very first Canon SLR.  It was the first Rebel model (35mm.)  I learned a lot from that camera and used it throughout my remaining high school years.  Another 16 years and several upgrades later, it’s still a Canon in my bag.

Now, back to my Sweet 16th.  My dinner was at a newly opened restaurant, across the street from the Kenwood Mall (now the Kenwood Towne Centre.)  The restaurant was named “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Grill.”  And that evening, as luck would have it, was the night that Dick Clark stopped in for a visit.  Now, he wasn’t really “my type” (I was more into The Monkees, Brandon Lee, and my boyfriend,) but I must say that it was pretty awesome to have received a kiss on the cheek from Mr. Dick Clark on my 16th birthday.

(I would be the one sporting the red plaid)

Rest in Peace, Mr. Clark.


My Flight in a Basket


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The cliched “third time’s a charm” comes to mind as I start my blog post off today.  I purchased a trip in a hot air balloon through Groupon last April for my birthday.  If you recall, every weekend in April … Continue reading

My Evening with Ronald McDonald

March 31st, 2012 was an evening devoted to a whole bunch of people that devote a portion of themselves to the Ronald McDonald House.  It was a big Thank You! party to honor the volunteers at RMH; it was at the Newport Aquarium; and I got to photograph all of it!I was invited to bring my family along to enjoy all of the festivities and they had a blast!  At one point, while most of the party-goers (myself included) were upstairs, attending the acknowledgement ceremony, the aquarium was left completely empty; leaving my husband and four year old son with the place to themselves.  As I was told, “[it was} pretty awesome, but a little creepy.”

The Ronald McDonald House is currently celebrating their 30th anniversary and likewise, acknowledging those people that have generously donated their time over the past several years (some, since day 1.)It was a wonderfully enjoyable evening that I hope to do again!And, Mighty Mike says hi!