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2017 Photographer’s Choice SessionsSTN_3600

What is a Photographer’s Choice session?

Simply put, these sessions are a set or theme chosen by the photographer, in advance, each month for a short and sweet session!

These sessions will have less images in your gallery to choose from than a full custom session and smaller packages starting at a lower price than a full custom Creative Session! By simplifying options and putting some limits on each session, we can give you more for you money by reducing our time involved in all the creative before and after stuff. The quality of the images and the Studio N experience are still the same, our time together is just much shorter and some things can then be automated behind the scenes!

Images of exact props and sets will be posted as they become available for 2017 sessions. Images below are not exact sets for the calendar year and props/locations may vary. These are sessions in the past with similar themes to give you an idea of what the session will feel like. If you have any questions on what to wear or what you can bring to make your session a little more personal and unique give us a call! While it’s the photographer’s choice on the theme and set we love to add your personal touch when we can to make your session super special to you!

“Why would I choose this session over a fully customized Creative Session?”

So you can come in every few months (instead of once a year) to have that beautiful child photographed when each little thing starts to change before your very eyes of course!

Truthfully, many clients have asked for a shorter option with less images to choose from so they can update all of the milestones in their child’s lives at a lower price point. I hear it all the time, “I only need a couple images, a few small prints to give to family, can’t we just get the digitals?” or “I just need one photo for the Christmas Card.” Yes, yes you can and here’s how we can make that happen.

If you are looking for a custom family portrait experience from start to finish this type of session is NOT for you. If you are not sure what you need, give us a call and we will help you figure it out! There are some limitations to these types of sessions of course but quality will NEVER suffer! That’s a promise! All newborn, maternity, baby, senior and in home sessions subject to Creative Session fees and regular portrait pricing guide. Call studio for more information.

Here is what you will get with a Photographer’s Choice Session:

  • Monday through Friday Session bookings only*

(*one Saturday a month will be available and specified on the calendar. All other Saturday appointments are considered a full Creative Sessions and will be subject to full session pricing and portrait agreements).

  • 30 minutes of session time scheduled on the hour just for you. (no back to back 15 minute sessions on one day…ever. We can’t work like that and neither can your kids). 
  • 10-15 final images to choose from in an online viewing/ordering gallery.
  • up to 5 subjects – Children only unless specified Family Allowed.
  • Children MUST be able to sit alone at the time of the session unless they can be held by a sibling, please call to confirm.
    • *If your child cannot sit we need to have special accommodations for a full session time/props/sets. Please book a full Creative Session with the studio if your child is 0-6 months no exceptions.
  • Print Packages start at $199 and al-a-carte options start at $35. Digital files are also available in packages or individually.
  • There is a minimum order requirement of $199 from every session.
  • A $125 non-refundable* deposit is required to hold your appointment and will be applied to your print order and minimum order requirement. (*re-scheduling with a 48 hour notice is an option as long as sessions are still available for your theme. Issues come up with sick kids/accidents/life we understand. We will be happy to re-schedule one time and carry over your deposit if needed and within a reasonable time of cancellation thank you for respecting our time).
  • We will photograph as many groupings and individuals portraits as your children will allow within the time frame you have booked. However, should we do individual breakdowns for 2 children your minimum print order will be $249, 3 children $274, 4 – $299. If you would like to book two time slots to allow for multiple groupings your minimum print requirement will be $199 per half hour (suggested for family sessions).
  • NO clothing changes permitted.
  • Group and individual on same set/location only, no changing permitted after booking.
  • Online viewing and ordering gallery will be provided via email link 7 days after your session.
  • You will have 48 hours to place your order online and your order will be delivered to you or ready for pickup within 2-3 weeks depending on the products/prints you have purchased.
  • Email or call 513-245-1097 for scheduling and full pricing.

The Calendar of choices for 2017 is as follows. Session availability will be limited per week so call now to schedule in advance. 

March 2017 


Spring Simplicity/Easter Best – Studio – Simple backdrops, classic props, Spring flowers available or bring your own basket.

STN_8427Fine Art Classic – Studio – Come as you are or dress to the nines! Let’s create a classic portrait (with a modern twist) of your child or children that captures their spirit and personality but most importantly the way they are in this moment. These images make beautiful wall portraits and conversation pieces not to mention family heirlooms that will stand the test of time.


11169933_10153298954240799_1224085215390682550_nOpening Day/Lil Slugger – Studio – Grab your jersey, your favorite ball and cap and head to the studio or throw on a pair of overalls and head to the studio. Opening day is almost here and we are ready for peanuts and cracker jacks! Vintage baseball props and background, bring any team specific props you would like to include and we will make it your own!

Saturday in March available will be the 25th

April 2017

11150927_10153299573490799_2996616545101385565_nSpring or Magnolia – Outdoor location (flowers/weather permitting) (FAMILY PERMITTED) – Call studio for more details and availability – this one is on Mother Nature and comes and goes quickly. Space will be limited.





First Communion – Studio – Communion attire, classic set.



Singing in the Rain – Outdoor Urban Location – Let’s go puddle Jumping! If it’s not raining, we will make it rain! Bring your rain boots and Umbrella! If you have a raincoat too! We will provide the puddles!

Saturday in April available will be the 22nd

May 2017

 Mommy and Me Session – Studio – Classic Portrait Set, dress it up, go casual or twin it up! This sessions babies of non sitting age are also permitted but only with Mommy in the photos.


Bed in a field – Outdoor Location – Family Allowed – Pillow Fight Optional! Weather permitting. Twilight is a great time for this session (an hour before sunset). Those time slots go QUICK! Please call as soon as you know you want to book this session.


14449025_10154580339995799_8179248233553092466_nBest Friends Forever – Studio – Grab your best bud and head on in for a fun session you will giggle your pants off about for years to come! Your BFF can be furry or prickly, short or tall, young or old, your sibling or classmate. Come as you are or dress to impress you decide!


Saturday in May available will be the 20th

June 2017

4th of July/Classic Americana – Outdoor location – Think Coca Cola, Classic Cars, American Flag then throw on your jeans or overalls or simple white dress and meet me for some fun!

1185061_10151846056125799_413093759_nMuddy Laundry – Outdoor location – SO MUCH FUN! I provide the clean laundry and buckets of mud your kids provide the mess! This is one you won’t want to miss and your kids will talk about it for months!



Daddy and Me – Studio – Classic Portrait Set, dress it up, go casual or twin it up! This session babies of non sitting age are also permitted but only with Daddy in the photos.

Saturday in June available will be the 24th

July 2017 

13938509_10154456737135799_7498055590523134395_nCamp Fire/fireflies – Outdoor location – Smores, a tent and a campfire what more could you need on a warm Summer night? Twilight sessions will be limited so if you want the authentic look of a Summer eve book as soon as possible.


1149078_10151846082980799_400064937_nPopsicle/Watermelon – outdoor location – Let’s get messy with our favorite Summer Treats! You provide the kid I provide the sticky hands! Bathing suits are super cute for this session but a plain white shirt or dress also adds to the mess!


When I grow up – Studio – Bring daddy’s uniform, Mommy’s stethoscope or your favorite chef’s hat and come tell me what you want to be when you grow up! Props not provided, but call for suggestions on what’s best to bring to your session.

NO Saturdays in July available – Summer Vacation month

August 2017

13901369_10154411121120799_4016176919001572766_nBeach Bum – Outdoor location – Bathing suits, beach balls, water guns and sun! Props provided but bring your own as well to make the session more personalized (sunglasses not provided).



STN_8244Come Sail away/tub and bubbles – Outdoor location – Bathing suit or shorts and a t-shirt or tank are great for this session. Take a sail in our sail tub and hunt for pirates and buried treasure or take an outdoor bubble bath!



Grandparents and me – Studio-Classic Portrait Set, dress it up, go casual or twin it up! This sessions babies of non-sitting age are also permitted but only with a grandparent in the photos.

Saturdays in July available will be the 5th and 26th

September 2017

Back to School – Studio – vintage school desk, books, and school props. Chalk board to show us your grade! Make it a yearly tradition!

Urban – Family Allowed – outdoor location

This is me! – Studio – Come as you are!!! Let the kids pick their outfits and props for this session. It’s all about personality and personal style. We will also video a short clip of a little Question and Answer Session to capture that personality in 3D which will also be available for purchase in a photo montage. More details to be announced closer to the sessions.

Saturday in September available will be the 23rd

October 2017

Fall Family Session – outdoor location TBA

Dress up – Studio – Come show me your scary Halloween costume or any dress up for fun as your favorite super hero.

562038_10151261856420799_1897174018_nSunflowers – Outdoor Location – TBA – Family allowed – Call to be put on wait list for more information. Weather permitting.


Holiday/New Years Card Simplicity – Studio – Family Allowed – Simple backdrops and all personality! Come in and have your family portrait updated for your Holiday or New Years cards and to give as gifts for the season.

Saturday in October TBA


November 2017

Baby it’s cold outside – Urban – Family Allowed – Grab your coat, scarves, hats and mittens! Maybe we will even have a snowball fight! (with Ohio weather maybe we won’t need any of these but we will pretend!) These are great for Holiday Cards and gifts for the family and not Holiday specific.

stn_4055snowWindow Shopping – The American Sign Museum -Family Allowed – specific dates TBA



Studio Simplicity – Family Allowed – Studio – simple neutral furniture/backdrop that will work well with Casual or Holiday best for a contemporary classic portrait.

Holiday Studio Simplicity – Kids Only – Simple Holiday props in neutral or holiday colors available for a contemporary classic portrait.

Saturdays in November TBA


Enjoy the Holiday! See you in 2018! Only Creative Sessions will be booked as available for the month of December. 

For any questions or for full details on pricing and packages please call 513-245-1097 or email

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I’m so excited to announce this new line of custom portraiture to Studio N! Special packages and products are now available for your 8-13 year olds! I’m also ecstatic to introduce our first group of 2014-2015 Tween Ambassadors! We had so much fun together at The American Sign Museum. Lots of giggles, singing, and even some dancing! These girls rocked their session and I can’t wait to meet your Tweens in the coming months! Sessions are available on location and in the studio. Hair and makeup options are also available for your group sessions or just for your individual Tween session. These sessions can be for boys too! I can meet you at the skate park, on the baseball field or even down by the stadiums! Call for a custom session consultation and we will pick the perfect place!

What Tween portraits are all about:

This time in your child’s life is rarely documented and its so important to who this person will be for the rest of their life. Tweens change just as rapidly as a preschooler. Their voice, mannerisms, personality and their faces will become so different in just 3 quick years. These years are the last stage of childhood. Not much will change in terms of how they look as teenagers into adulthood.

Tweens can range in age from 8-13. This can be fun for boys or girls. 8-10 may be the younger side but depending on your family dynamic, having siblings in the Tween to teenage range can dictate your child’s mentality and behaviors. If you are thinking about including any children or siblings between the ages of 8 and 10 lets chat so I can get a little more information and background and make sure the session is age appropriate for them as well.

During this stage in your child’s life they are testing and building their self-esteem. Take a look at their Facebook pages and Instagram, the selfies and friend group photos are plastered on their walls. They are searching for an identity and want to show the world their personalities! You will see silly photos of your child with their friends still acting as a child but also their “model look” selfies, establishing themselves with their friends as confident in their skin and “grown up”. This is healthy for self esteem and much needed at this stage in your child’s life. During a session we will cover both sides of your child to show a well-rounded idea of who they are at this time in their life. They will play a major role in clothing, prop and location choices for their session to reveal every aspect of their personalities.

So why should you photograph your Tween?

 #1 This is the last time that your kid is a kid.

Nowadays teenagers are very much like 20 year olds, and 12 years olds, well they are nothing like an 18 or 19 year old! Not just in their looks but their personalities. Full fledged teenagers want their freedom and not to be treated like a kid, but Tweens are still straddling that line of not having to look and act so independent.

#2 Photographs are a huge self-esteem booster.

While many think this is an awkward stage of growing, braces and physical changes, children at this age love to feel like a model! This type of session makes them look and more importantly FEEL beautiful in their own skin and they really enjoy the attention. Add hair and makeup to the session for the ultimate rock star experience!

#3 Documenting this time with their friends is very important.

Think about all of the photos we cherish of our friends we grew up with. How often do you look back to those images of your BFF’s from middle school and high school very fondly? This type of session is great for a birthday party get together with close friends or to kick off the beginning or end of the school year.  Start off the day with a photo shoot and go into a sleepover night of silly selfies, Instagram posts of behind the scenes images from the session and maybe a sneak peek of images from yours truly to get them excited!

Two weeks ago I got to fly out to Chandler, AZ to meet little Miss Callie! I’ve known her mommy for about 8 years after meeting her and becoming close friends during my stint working at Nationwide Insurance the year I started my own business in Columbus, OH. That job was a blessing in more ways then one. I met friends I will have for a lifetime and it allowed me the opportunity to focus on starting up my business without focusing on how I was going to pay the bills. I was only there for under a year before my business was on its feet and running! I kept all of my buddies though in the office and Leeanna and I stayed really close. Such an amazing friend and such an amazing supporter of my work! I have been there for all of Leeanna and her Husband Pauls major life moments thus far. Their engagement, wedding, first born and now Little Miss Callie’s arrival! I was excited the day Lee called me to tell me she was having another baby and knew I’d be requested at some point to make the trip out to photograph this beautiful addition to their family! So without further ado meet Callie and her Big Brother Aiden. Your family is so adorable I could cry! I’m so happy for you guys and know that you are living your dreams. Thanks for having me be a part of watching your love unfold. 🙂



Someone loves their Daddy…




All Boy!


Sweet Baby Smiles are the best!


Being able to photograph newborns outside in October = amazing!




Your little family is too perfect! <3 you guys!




I love little baby lips.


Momma and her girl.

STN_1039Daddy and his boy.



This is Red Trabue Nature Preserve in Dublin, OH it used to be, and still is one of my favorite places to photograph there. Meet Ava & Luke! They are too funny! Their Mommy is a friend of mine from growing up back home in Youngstown. We had a great time giggling at the park! The last time I photographed them Luke was just a few days old! So cute! I love catching up and seeing how big your kiddos get! 11x14STN_6407







Bella and her Mom and Dad stopped by for a fun Summer session!5x7STN_6158






Splish Splash!


64109_10201619839236983_875801864_nOver the last few weeks I have been going through an overhaul of pricing, procedures and policies for the studio to try and create the best experience possible for all of you! I recently attended the PPA SMS 3 day Business Breakthroughs workshop where all of my business matters were analyzed by A few of the top Portrait Photographers in the Industry. EEK! Talk about scary. Its kind of like going to the principals office only knowing the only thing that will come out of it will be really great things if you can just listen to the advice your peers are giving you and trust that they know what they are talking about! That being said there were lots of sessions going on around that time that I really wanted to post on the blog since Facebook likes to crunch them up and make them much less pretty than they really are. So here you go! I will be trying to post images every Friday as they become available. Hold me to it!



Welcome Baby Madison to the world! Her 5 brothers and sisters and proud Mamma and Pappa couldn’t love her more!



Such a sweet little profile….Mom’s favorite image.


Miss Meadow Mae turned one! We had a big celebration in Youngstown and had to take her Annual (soon to be annual) pool and bathing suit picture! We couldn’t forget her furry brothers for this session…they were beyond thrilled!




Pretty stinkin’ cute right?!


Little Gavin got to have his day to play in the Mud in Youngstown and had a blast! I think Mom, Dad and myself ended up a little dirtier by the end than this guy did!





OH SUMMER! Another Youngstown Session with the amazing Giada and Nicholas! Seriously some cuteness here! I can barely stand it!










Wow, this session!!! Every little thing fell into place (after a rain re-schedule and a second re-schedule to make sure we got the truck) and what an awesome thing to get to do, photograph one of my former photography students and her ADORABLE family!!! Kandice had some great ideas of her own so we worked off of those and I threw some suggestions her way as well to come up with what is pretty much an out of the ball park conceptual/styled session. Kandice’s husband Noah is a performing songwriter (check out his amazing music here.) So we knew that his guitar and all things music should be included in the session. I mentioned how fun it would be to have a classic truck for the session and Kandice jumped on that and got us a truck! What fun! I’ve photographed her little boy Cash in the past and that boy has style all his own, loves hats and I think we made him a cape out of paper last time I photographed him! Little Waylon smiled from the time I laid eyes on him until we left, with those two little bottom teeth sparkling in the sun! That love you see in these images…that’s the real deal. Its no fancy photoshop or posing magic. I barely had to direct these guys on “snuggling” they’ve got the lovin’ part down pat! So happy we got to do this Kandice!!! You guys are amazing! STN_3088











Yep Little Man has a pin that says YOLO. How can you not love this kid?! STN_3415

I’m pretty sure Kandice grabbed a shot of me taking this shot, because I was upside down and he was copying me! So funny!


Without direction and me a long ways away….STN_2975

Her boys love her…

STN_2906Can this shot say Summer any more?







A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting this Mamma and two of her girls at the JinkyArt workshop in Oxford, OH. They were models for our shoots and they were just so sweet! We’ve been friends ever since! Her girls make great little models and they are just so much fun. They finally got in for a full family session since the addition of their little brother who just turned 1! The love they share is bursting in their giggles and smiles. I cannot wait to watch all of these little kiddos grow…so happy to have spent the day with ALL of you! Oh Also check out this family’s awesome style!! They took advantage of the complimentary Family Styling portfolio offered with all family sessions currently at Studio N! Gone are the days of matching white shirts and Khaki’s 🙂















Brothers playing in the park on a beautiful day! I’ve photographed these boys since they were infants! Growing too fast!!!