{Pence} Family::2014

After spending some time with this family, you get the feeling they’d give you the shirt from their backs if you needed it.  They describe themselves as honest, God-loving and patient.  They were full of love and fun and we all had a great time at their session.



This is Chassity and Jeremy.  She describes him as the rock of the family and the man of her dreams.  They met in the Army both as paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne Division. They’ve been married for 18 years.  ♥pence-13

Oh how I love real-life-long-time-love…pence-12

I must take a minute to compliment Chassity for getting together some of the best outfit choices I’ve ever seen.  I loooooove how they coordinate, but don’t ‘match’, I love their color-scheme, I love the layers on the girls, I love the patterns and textures, I love the little details like scarves, shoes, hair bows…Love it all! pence-11

This one makes me smile.


And now, let me introduce you to the Pence kids…this is Eden.  She is 9 months and such a little ball of sunshine.  Her family, in Chassity’s words, “sits and admires her constantly”.


This is Isaiah.  He’s 6 years old and his Mama describes him as quick-witted.  He and big-sis, Ava are the best of friends.


Sweet Ava is 8. And, again, I have to share with you what Chassity says about her oldest girl…Ava has a heart of gold, is loyal and honest and has a gentle sweet spirit.


And last, or maybe first, I guess:)is biggest brother Zach.  At 15, Zach is the family’s comedian and athlete.  His mama says he is an old soul.


I have to tell you, Jeremy was so complimentary of my process and the session.  He made my day when he said that he was actually enjoying himself while we were shooting.  It’s always my goal to make family photo time enjoyable…I want you to look at these photos hanging on your walls each day and have happy thoughts of when they were taken. Life’s too short, right? Let’s have some fun.   So thankful that Jeremy and his family got that!


Oh sweet Eden…you’ve got them right where you want them, don’t you!


Such great kids…Chassity and Jeremy, you two sure are doing something right!


Me: “Hey, you guys.  Will you all lay down on this dirty ground for a quick shot?”

Them: “Sure!”

I ♥ when clients trust me.


Okay guys, here’s my advice…these next four images…print them BIG and take up an entire wall of your house with them!


We did a quick outfit change (Yes! This Mama came up with 2 amazing outfits for her family!!) and happened upon the most perfect spot for these outfits!:)



Pence family, I am SO thankful that we finally had the chance to get together for photos.  Your family is the sweetest!  Much love to you all!



{Ritzert} Family::2014

How time flies! Last year at this time we were admiring a newborn Reed, and this year, he’s one!  I adore working with this family and love watching all of their love.


This year, we met up at Matt’s parent’s house and it was a Dream (with a capital D).  First, Matt’s parents were some of the most welcoming, kind people I’ve ever met and second their property was simply gorgeous. And third! Matt’s adorable niece, Alli, was there and was such a help!


I bet if you looked up ‘love’ in the dictionary, you’d find this picture.


This scowl was a brand new face Reed’s been doing…it was hilarious!  ritzert-6ritzert-13

His first birthday theme was baseball…

























I sneak-peeked this one over on my Facebook page and my Instagram (Hey! You guys following me on Instagram? You should!) and I have to tell you, this is one of my most favorite images ever.  I adore when so much personality and emotion can be conveyed in a single image.


A few last shots for Dad…Go Browns!  (And Go Thumb-Suckers! Ooooohhhh how I love a thumb-sucker!) ♥


Matt and Marissa, it’s obvious you’ve done an amazing job this year with your little man. I loved getting to see you guys and make some more memories!  Much love and Happy Birthday, Reed! xo!


Rick and Marcia have a way of making you feel like family.  They are warm, kind and loving people that I am thankful to call friends.  And not just any friend, these are Lake friends!  You see, these are some of the great people on our boat dock who have taught me what it means to ‘show up’ for one another.  Rick and Marcia, and a whole dock full of sailors, are some of the most amazing people we’ve ever met…they are good friends and are there for each other in every way.


A little while back, I photographed these crazy sailors, who are good friends of Rick and Marcia.  This shoot inspired them to have a photo session of their own.  Which, was a pretty amazing thing. You see, Rick is usually the guy behind the camera.  (He takes some pretty amazing pictures!)  So, to go from behind the camera to in front of the camera takes A LOT of courage.  I was so proud of Rick for taking the leap with me! :)


Rick and Marcia have a truly loving and genuine marriage…it’s admirable, to say the least.  Their love for one another sure made my job an easy one.


These two cuties live on a nearby lake.  It was a natural spot for their session.  They could not be more thrilled or thankful to live by such a beautiful place.


This one makes me smile! :)  You two are fun.


Smooching AND feeding the ducks?! Aye-Yai-Yai! ;)


We did a quick outfit change and picked up their little sweetie, Abby.  Abby was the perfect little pup for her photos…she may have some experience in front of the camera…enslen-10enslen-11enslen-12

One of my favorites…


After this shot they said, “Oh! We almost forgot you were here!”….which, as a photographer, is a huge compliment.  Nothing better than actually relaxing and being 100% the real you while getting your photos taken!:)


Rick and Marcia, I had such a great time with you two! I am so thankful for your friendship and am thrilled that you allowed me to document your love.  Much much love to you both…see you at the Lake!


{Haley}::Class of 2015

Another gorgeous senior girl! Haley, her Mom, Krista and I had SO much fun shooting her senior portraits.  Haley is in her Senior year at Jackson and a true beauty, inside and out.  We started her session at the gorgeous grotto behind Central.


Haley looks great in color and I LOVED her outfit choices for her portraits.  She did a fabulous job accessorizing too…I’m thinking I could use some fashion lessons from Haley. :)










































We popped over to beautiful Sippo Lake for the rest of her session.  There, we were greeted by a wedding (what?!), some darn hot weather, and lots of bugs.  You would never know it by looking at these portraits though, Haley was sweet the entire time and was such an easy girl to work with!


GAH! In LOVE with all of these tall grass ones…but this one! Oh my!


Haley is the sister of Garrett, whose senior portraits I did last year.  I was so thrilled when they called me for Haley.  It’s always fun getting to know such great families.


Haley, I have to tell you…my two little girls saw your pics while I was editing, and my oldest said, “Oh man! I’d like to go shopping in her closet!”:)







We finished up by the lake and I could not be more thrilled with these ones. :)haley-17haley-21

Thanks for being so fun and easy to work with, Haley!  BEST of LUCK to you in your Senior year!!  And much love to you all!



August was a busy month! We started the month on the water and ended it the same way.  We squeezed as much of summer out of the month as we could!:)

cate loves cheesy poozies…anna’s dolly ready for the beach…double rainbow…lightning on the beach

more lightning…our view…beach date night…BBFF Jen

bagels and tomatoes…messy ice cream pier kids…grandma and pop…love


cate starts cheer practice…will fishes in the dirt…this did not end well…summer homework slackers

best buddies…best buddies…new sidewalk…trip to cincinnati

river rats…concert at riverbend…senior pics of my old student…HAPPY BANGAVERSARY TO ME!


zoo…haircut day…new do…ran in to elsa and anna

family day at work…open house…boat boy…boat kids

favorite spot for a sunset…watched jake SWIM THE LAKE!…fire night at the wilson’s…best buddies


cheerleader cate…team pictures…first day of school

my date for the day…playing ‘worker-guy’…birthday decorations…more decorations by anna

jaime’s birthday dinner…meet the team night…football guys…the ‘black’ team


limo ride to blossom…the girls…lee brice…best buddies

luke bryan…hellloooo luke bryan!…open house…first football game

first game…nana and papa…gram and betsy…chelle and cate

(and whoa, i just realized this block was all in 2 day’s time!)


school kids…bike ride…nice night

‘gwape famawee’…tractors at the fair…farmer-guy

corey’s birthday…cousins at cate’s game…sunset on summer