ROYGBIV #4: White

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

White: Snow Bunny
Model: KellySnow Bunny 2 Snow Bunny 1 Snow Bunny 3 Snow Bunny 4Photographed: January 28, 2011

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ROYGBIV #2: Grey

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

Grey: Gloomy Glamour
Model: TiaraGloomy Glamour 1Gloomy Glamour 2Gloomy Glamour 3Gloomy Glamour 4Photographed: October 11, 2011

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ROYGBIV #1: Black

Okay.  I have been withholding these images for almost 2 years.  Even though I am not 100% complete, I have decided to start rolling these out.  In order.

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

Black: Gothic
Model: AmberGothic BlackGothic BlackGothic Black Gothic BlackPhotographed: March 20, 2011

You can see all 10 images are available on my Facebook page.

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For the Dads.

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I wished all of the Mommies a Happy Mother’s Day in May, so of course I wasn’t about to neglect all of the Daddies out there! First, Happy Father’s Day to my husband, father to our 4 year old son:Happy … Continue reading

May 27th: Leah + Bobby

A week ago I shot my very first backyard wedding and it was beautiful! The bride was gorgeous in her tea-length dress and the groom looked ever so handsome in his grey-jacket suit.  The weather was HOT and the turn-out was amazing.

Leah had a huge family and I had the privilege of meeting ever member.  Each one was incredibly welcoming and rather humorous. 😉

I actually arrived to my first destination early and had the privilege of hanging out with the bride’s two nephews and their adorably new puppy, Rigby!  For those wondering, Rigby is a Bernese Mountain Dog.

The theme of the day was Chabby-Chic and every thing looked amazing and pretty darn chic!  There were fresh-cut flowers everywhere; beautiful, yet mis-matched china adorned every table; and one of my favorite decorations, framed mirrors hung next to the bride & groom’s table.Can you imagine my excitement when the bride asked me to do her a favor and take her picture with puppy Rigby?!  Seriously?  Like I would say no!!!Leah and Bobby’s first meeting of the day!Even with the heat index at 100 degrees, everyone stuck it out with me for the formal/wedding party photos!The bride’s family had this incredible collection of older/antique furniture.  (Did you notice the couch in the dress picture?) For the Daddy-Daughter Dance, Leah was surprised with a favorite era song, “Daddy’s Little Girl.”  And not only was she surprised by the song choice, but by the family members that sang it to her. (Notice Dad in this first shot)  Que the tears and Kleenex!  This was one of my favorite moments of the day!And at the end of the dances, my day came to a close.

Wishing the happy couple another HUGE Congratulations and a special thanks for inviting me to document the big day!  It was an absolute pleasure!

May 11th, 2012: Emily + Todd

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Recently, I had the privilege of photographing a wedding on May 11th, 2012 in Hamilton, Ohio. The venue was Lake Lyndsay (rather fitting, if you ask me) and the weather was perfect at 72 degrees on a cloudless day. It … Continue reading

For the Moms.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mommies, Grand Mommies, Adoptive Mommies, Foster Mommies, Aunt Mommies and every amazing individual that has assumed the Mommy role!

I was hoping to post candid Mommy and Me images sent in through my EfyP May Giveaway. Sadly, even with all of the submissions I did receive, I did not have enough to complete my candid collage.  Thank you to everyone that participated!  (Winners posted below.)

Inspired by all of the image submissions, I decided to pull some of my own.                    The top 4 are of me with my Mother; the final image is of me with my Grandmother. And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for!

The Winner of the FREE Burgundy-Beaded, Photo Charm Bracelet is:   Amanda C!The RUNNER-UP, and Winner of a 50% DISCOUNT on their next EfyP Portrait Session is: Kristina S!Congratulations to both of you!  The next Giveaway will be announced in a few short weeks.  Don’t forget to sign up for my email list to get the news firsthand!  You can also check my website: http://www.eclecticallyforyou.com under the “EfyP Events” tab for current Giveaways and other happenings.

*Winners were selected via Random.org. Each image submitted equaled 1 line entry, with a maximum of 5 entries per applicant.

To all of my EfyP Mommies out there!

My Spring visit to the Ronald McDonald House

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Ronald McDonald House and the services that they provide, PLEASE visit their website and read up.  What an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G organization.  The RMH is a nationwide organization (and trust me, I do not do them justice with my brief description) that provides a “home-away-from-home” for families currently seeking treatment at a neighboring children’s hospital facility.  These families travel from all over the world to receive therapies and procedures for their children.  RMH provides them with a place to stay, food for their bellies and a community environment shared with other families in similar circumstances. Crazy-Amazing organization.

My first visit to the Ronald McDonald House (with camera in hand) was during last year’s holiday season.  Santa Claus stopped in to collect the kids’ wish lists and toy requests. He brought along some presents and a pair of dancing Christmas trees.  Each child took turns sitting on Santa’s lap and smiling for my camera.  It was a blast!

This trip (last Thursday) was to provide mini Spring/Easter-themed portrait sessions to any residing families that were interested.

So let me start by describing just how packed my mini-mini van was.  It was PACKED.  I had studio lighting, backdrop stands and backdrops (the folding kind and the rolled-in-the-tube kind.)  I had props like crazy.  It was Easter themed, so I HAD to have over-sized eggs and a basket.  I had my beanbag chair, just in case I had any new babies.  I had stools, blankets, faux fur rugs, flowers, my brand new, really cute baby flower cart, etc.  If it fit, it was in my car.  And if it didn’t fit, well I tried.

I borrowed a concierge cart to haul my studio goodies from the parking lot to the determined set-up area inside the Ronald McDonald House.  It worked wonderfully.  Although, if anyone was watching, I’m sure they got a great show.  There is a 45 degree (that’s a total guess) decline (to)/ incline (from) my car to the front door. The empty cart trip down to my car was a somewhat terrifying journey, with the cart trying to go much faster than my legs care to go.  The loaded trip up just reminded me how crazy it is that I can completely master photographing/chasing a two year old for hours on end, but somehow cannot handle a brief hike up a very small mountain for two minutes.

After I caught my breath and unloaded the cart, I spent a few minutes determining which equipment I was actually going to be using.  After all, these were mini-sessions, meaning that they would last about twenty minutes each, with about 5 minutes in between.  In a full studio set-up, you would generally use 2-3 lights.  With my available (ambient, very vibrant natural sun) lighting, I opted for a single, simple soft box.  The big purple bag could’ve stayed in the car after all.

I then decided that I really should just keep it simple and stick with one backdrop.  After all, a 20 minute, prop-loaded session really doesn’t need a bunch of background changes to make beautiful images in the end.  And, these are kids that I’m photographing; kids that probably don’t need/want to be moved over and over for different backdrops. So BLUE vinyl backdrop it is! (BUSTED: I did actually use my white muslin for a few shots of a larger group (3) of kids.)

I will say that while I didn’t use my beanbag chair, my flower cart, or ANY of my blankets,  I did make use of all of my other props at least once. (Could’ve left about 50% of my prop stash in the car.) The bunny ears were an absolute hit, as were the eggs.  Babies REALLY like to bang eggs together.  I even got to use my newborn, hand-crocheted bunny outfit. 

These families have been through a lot, but for 20 minutes those kids pulled out their “cheeses” and put on the smiles and the funny faces (and the bunny ears.)  I think they kinda had fun and maybe even enjoyed the experience. 😉

It was pointed out to me that so many of these families haven’t had any recent portraits taken; all of the hospital visits, treatments, and long journeys from home just don’t allow the freedom to do so.  And so I will make sure to come back every few months to offer up my services for these amazing families and this incredible organization.

Next time, I will probably pack a little lighter.

The Lucas Family

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I have been photographing the Lucas Family for a few years now.  I believe my very first session with them was before their youngest was even born. (See below) This past weekend, he celebrated his third birthday.  I love watching … Continue reading

I love shooting the 6 month olds!

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Over the past month, I had the opportunity to photograph three different 6 month old babies.  They were all within about 1 1/2 weeks of each other and very happy to have their pictures taken.  Two of these babies (the … Continue reading