The Wilds

Back in July, we got the hankerin’ for an adventure.  We had recently heard of The Wilds and decided to give it a try. The Wilds is a conservation center, so the focus is, well conservation.  There is a welcome lack of crappy junk to waste time and money on, and we also enjoyed simply observing the animals (NOT feeding them).   It was AMAZING.  We all LOVED the great big wide open spaces, the beautiful landscape and the crazy cool animals.  We all would highly recommend a day trip to this place!



{Fisher} Family::2014

Man Oh Man, what an amazing summer it’s been. I am so grateful to have met and worked with some of the most awesome families.  This is Cindy, Harold, Lauren and Jake.  They love spending time together, laughing and having fun…and, as you’ll see…we did just that!



These four are so natural and so sweet with each other!fisher-2

Like so many this summer, we had to reschedule this gorgeous family once due to the weather…but the evening we met was a beautiful one! fisher-3

This family loves sports, being outside and going to the movies…


Seriously Jake, with those blue eyes and dimples!?  Jake is as sweet as is his handsome, and quite the joke-teller too! :) fisher-5

Big sis, Lauren…her natural smile and happy personality, sure made my job easy!


I was sure to point out to the kids what good-lookin’ parents they have!  ♥


A quick outfit change, and we finished up with some more family fun at one of my favorite old barns (which I hear they are in the process of re-painting…NOT happy about that!).






















You sure are a beauty, Lauren…fisher-12


Thanks for being so fun and happy and kind, Fisher Family, it was a pleasure meeting you and I’m sure we’ll be seeing each other again! Much love, friends!


{Stewart} Family::2014

You guys remember this awesome family, right?  These are High School friends, Roger and Erika and their amazing, beautiful, full of joy family.  It’s always a pleasure to see them and catch up with each others lives for a bit.


Three words they use to describe themselves…loving, laughter and busy!  :) stewart-2

Erika’s one request…a shot of those most adorable freckles on Blake’s nose….stewart-10stewart-14stewart-13





















This little guy just turned three, so we had to snag a few that represent his personality right now.  And if you’ve ever known or met a 3-year-old-boy, superheros are where its at!  LOVE these!! stewart-12stewart-11

Oh my.  This is gorgeous oldest sis, Taylor.  She is a busy athlete who plays volleyball, basketball and track.  She is as kind as she is beautiful and I loved chatting with her during our session…we’re already planning a date for her senior pics…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet…:)


And the gymnast of the family, Hannah.  Hannah is sweet and smiley and obviously super gorgeous…


Think these big sisters love their little brother much?!  :)  These images melt my Mama’s heart!
























You two love birds make me smile.  When I asked Erika for an update on the family, she gushed about how proud she is of Roger’s hard work and how thankful she was that he is so encouraging of her working full-time as the head of their household.  Roger is the co-owner of Bistro of Green and newly opened Bistro of Oakwood…both are AMAZING restaurants and knowing that they are owned by such an amazing family makes them even better! stewart-15

Would you just look at this super-family!


Thanks a bunch, friends, for another fun session!  You 5 are so full of love for one another and are always so fun to be around! Much love!



{Savannah} Class of 2015

Ohmygoodness. What. A. Thrill…this shoot was!!  This beautiful young lady was once a giggly, adorable, silly, smiley, bouncy second grade student of mine when I taught in Cincinnati.  To say it was an honor that Savannah and her mom, Holly, asked me down to do Savannah’s SENIOR PICTURES is an understatement, to say the least. What a great time we had catching up and chatting. Savannah and her Mama’s main request was to capture her doing what she loves best, riding horses. :)


Savannah’s usual horse and barn were unavailable for our session, so her friend Lilly was kind enough to help us out at the barn where she works.


Savannah attends Lebanon High School and says the best thing about it is, “The whole experience is amazing! Making new friends, getting to join clubs where you and others have something in common, all the activities, Friday night football games, school dances, and being able to find yourself through all 4 years of high school.”


She says the worst thing about it is that it goes by too fast. savannah-4savannah-5


Her favorite movie is “Forest Gump” because it shows how you can overcome obstacles and still make something of yourself no matter what or who stands in your way.


Can I just tell you how cool it was to shoot around these big animals?  It was way cool.  Okay, okay…I may have “jumped” or “ran” or “squealed” a few times as that big horse was getting close to me…but still, it was awesome!























In her spare time, Savannah hangs out with family and friends, goes horseback riding, goes to Kings Island/the mall/movies/the park/and watches movies on Netflix.


Oooohhhh I love this one! It’s sooooo you, Savannah.


Savannah says she can’t live without her family and friends. She says, “They keep me grounded. They’ve made me who I am today. I’m blessed to have them.”


Gaaaah!!! This!savannah-12

After the barn, we scooted over to the little downtown square of Lebanon, and I was in total amazing-spot-to-take-pictures-overload. Everywhere we turned was ADORABLE.









































Savannah’s advice for underclassmen: “Just remember, in high school first impressions will stick with you through all 4 years. When you walk through the doors that first day, remember that it’s for the next 4 years so enjoy it and make some memories.”


I started asking seniors to share a favorite quote this year, and love their insight.  Here is one of Savannah’s: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” -Walt Disney

Love this!  Keep moving forward!


Savannah and Holly, that you so much for being great at keeping in touch all of these years, and for thinking of me for this important milestone. I enjoyed our day together more than you know.  Savannah, I am so proud of the young lady you’ve become, and can’t wait to see what your bright future holds.  I’m sure we’ll be keeping in touch, but let’s try not to make it 10 years before we see each other again! Much, much love to you! ♥

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August 21, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Dana Workman - Savannah…………these pictures are absolutely beautiful, just like you! LOVE them taken with the horse…GOOD LUCK in pursuing you dreams dear.
Holly………….what a wonderful memory this is for both of you! Soon, you will be entering a new chapter in your life when your oldest daughter graduates! Best Wishes to all!!

July 2014::Iphone

To be perfectly honest, July was a bit of a fog.  The loss of our friend, Angie, left us bewildered…and yet, life went on.  We celebrated our dear baby girl’s birthday, went on vacation and tried our best to squeeze the most of summer.

This first pic was taken at The Wilds…we had a great day there together, I’ll be digging through those pictures sometime.

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Boat boy…zoo at home…blueberry picking with pap…blueberries

my pappy and i…swimming with the wilsons…anna’s birthday party…she’s 7!

mini-me…workout buddy…HOF balloon festival…chelle and her buddies

saying good-bye to angie…anna’s actual birthday…so good to see those smiles…birthday day


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