Emanuel, Julian & Stella

These little cuties came down from Columbus for a Summer Session with me here in Cincinnati! I know their mommy from High School where we cheered together and caused a ruckus with our other Cheer Pals. I remember all of the fun like it was yesterday! The last time I saw Mom in person though (thanks Facebook for keeping us all so close and up to date these days) was in Venice, Italy in 1999.

What was so amazing about the last time I saw her was that it wasn't planned! See Allison was stationed overseas and I hadn't talked to her since High School, let's say in 1995, when she graduated. I was in Italy for the Summer studying and visiting family and we decided to take a trip to Venice on a Sunday. It was going to be so much fun. However, my friends and I were on a 1:00 train from Florence and didn't realize, until we were halfway there, that the last train out of Venice was at 7:00. That wouldn't be nearly enough time to see the sights and experience Venice the way we wanted to. It was also the middle of Summer and we didn't bring a change of clothes. But we decided to get a hotel room, stay the night, and leave instead the next day. It was such a great idea because there was a huge fireworks display that night on the banks of the Arno celebrating one of the churches and we really got to experience the culture of the city.

So we were beat, we were sweaty and stinky, and we were ready to get back to Florence the next morning. We plopped down on some steps outside the train station to wait for our trains arrival in a few hours because our feet were done. Low and behold I hear "Natalie?!, Oh my gawdddd!" I looked up and there she was! Randomly in Venice with friends for the day! My cousin was with me and had her trusty disposable camera out and snapped the interaction as it happened! So cool! I posted the photos at the end of this post if you'd like to see. It was such an amazing memory that we still talk about to this day! I can't believe we have pictures to remember it!

Ok so on to seeing each other again for the first time in person in OMG 19 years!!! Almost to the day at that! I got to hug her again and meet her 3 beautiful children and play in the park with them! Dad couldn't make it but I was able to sneak mom in for some of the fun! These kids are adorable and I am so thankful she asked me to capture their portraits! 

STN_6487 copy.jpg
STN_2190 copy.jpg
STN_2235 copy.jpg

I made sure to tell mom to bring snacks for the kids for after the long drive and they were chowing down on these plums. Look at this baby's eyes! LOVE! 

STN_6516 copy.jpg
STN_2218 copy.jpg
STN_6508 copy.jpg
STN_6430 copy.jpg
STN_2296 copy.jpg
STN_6500 copy.jpg
STN_2288 copy.jpg
STN_2280 copy.jpg
STN_6555 copy.jpg

Thanks so much for coming down and catching up! You don't look a day older than the last time I saw you and exactly the way I remember you! I had so much fun looking at your babies while editing and noticing all of their little features that remind me of you! Next time I hope to get to meet dad and so much time won't have passed before we can catch up again!!

xoxo - Natalie

 "OMG what?"

"OMG what?"

 "Are you serious?"

"Are you serious?"

 Cheer pic for good measure (she's gonna kill me ;)). That's me front row on the left - I had Mono for what felt like 3 months before they diagnosed what was wrong with me, so the start of my Sophomore year was a little rocky. That's Allison on the right, front row. This photo is great! Also, I've photographed 5 of these girl's families over the years...how awesome is that? 

Cheer pic for good measure (she's gonna kill me ;)). That's me front row on the left - I had Mono for what felt like 3 months before they diagnosed what was wrong with me, so the start of my Sophomore year was a little rocky. That's Allison on the right, front row. This photo is great! Also, I've photographed 5 of these girl's families over the years...how awesome is that? 

Steph & Jordon | waiting for baby

Living in our loft the last 3 years we have made some really amazing friends that we now consider family. As we started the home buying process we knew we wouldn't be moving far and our friends still living at the lofts would only be 2 blocks away! However, we got to keep two of our pals just as close as living in the same building since they moved onto the same street as our new house! Jordon and Steph are expecting a sweet baby at the end of August and I'm over the moon excited that I will be only a few houses away for all the baby snuggles I can handle at any given time I choose! We are so excited for you guys and can't wait to meet that little bug! Steph you look stunning! Ok Jordon you look pretty ok yourself ;)

STN_2082 copy.jpg
STN_1970 copy.jpg

These images were taken in what we have dubbed the neighborhood photo garden! I noticed shortly after we bought the house at the end of the street (literally maybe 50 feet from our house) there is a field with wildflowers and tall grasses. It's like it was made just for me to photograph in! I called Steph and told her we HAD to photograph there before the flowers were gone. So we waited for the perfect light and walked down the street! 

STN_2114 copy.jpg
STN_6019 copy.jpg
STN_1940 copy.jpg

The light in their house is pretty gorgeous too! We were taking a break from the heat when I saw the light coming through the dining room and had to do a few shots there. Jordon and my husband got in on the action for their own "belly photos" but I'll let them post at their discretion elsewhere :)

STN_1917 copy.jpg
STN_5914 copy.jpg

LOVE!

STN_5928 copy.jpg
STN_5905 copy.jpg
STN_5885 copy.jpg

Absolutely STUNNING STEPH!!!! You are such a pretty mamma! 

STN_5932 copy.jpg
STN_5889 copy.jpg
STN_5860 copy.jpg

I'm so happy we get to be a part of this new milestone in your lives and we cannot wait to meet that sweet little bundle! Soon enough! 

xoxo - Natalie

The Erjavic Boys

There has been nothing but joy watching these boys grow! Brooks, Mason and Hudson's mommy is a childhood friend who grew up down the street from me. I always thought Jami was the coolest chick and looked up to her growing up. We were cheerleaders together in High School and for the most part, the only girls on the squad doing back-handsprings across the field. We went to the same gymnastics center together, and I was lucky to be invited into her friend circle in High School...she even let me borrow her super cool jeans that she wore in her Senior Pictures for a few days (think 90's grunge, a little punk a lot of holes and patches). Too many memories to list, but nothing has made Jami cooler than being a mom to these GORGEOUS children! It's been amazing to see her become a mom and I know she is a pretty cool wife to her hubby Joe too. I digress....check out these studs! 

STN_1779 copy.jpg

We all jumped in the SUV and took a ride around the corner from their house to find a spot to get some updated photos of these boys because they grow entirely too fast! It was the perfect light and non-descript location to jump out. Classic PWT and jeans and all the personality in the world make for a great session!  

STN_5728 copy.jpg
STN_5740 copy.jpg
STN_1827 copy.jpg

Oh Mason, you little Model! He's such a character and says the funniest things. He kept us laughing the whole time. 

STN_5782 copy.jpg
STN_1859 copy.jpg

Since he was a baby Hudson has always had the most piercing eyes and beautiful olive skin. I fell in love with this baby the first time I met him...now he's looking more like a teenager!

STN_1867 copy.jpg
STN_5772 copy.jpg

Oh Brooks you sweet sweet little boy! He's a lover and cuddle bug and doesn't like to share his mommy with the other boys. Hang on tight Jami, keep him small forever! 

STN_5745 copy.jpg
STN_5767 copy.jpg
STN_1795 copy.jpg
STN_1747 copy.jpg

Perfection! 

STN_5755 copy.jpg

You boys are so much fun and smart and handsome and I'm lucky to get to be a part of your lives. But stop growing k? 

xoxo - Natalie

The Adventures of Alice & Bruce

Alice and Bruce are best friends that live in an old firehouse turned Art gallery, wood shop, artist studios, educational makers space and their home! Alice's parents founded Wave Pool Gallery in wonderful Camp Washington and are pillars in the art community as well as some really friendly faces you will often see in the neighborhood! We've all become fast friends and look forward to our community continuing to grow.

We photographed Alice just before she left to spend her 4th birthday in Sardinia, Italy with her parents while her momma is doing and artist residency! This is a kid after my own heart, celebrating birthdays on vacation is my kind of party! We chose to photograph Alice and her pup in their neighborhood and in our new Neighbor's yard where Alice likes to play, pretend and explore. 

STN_5584 copy.jpg

We started the session at the Razzle Camp mural on the side of Wave Pool Gallery. A collaboration with ArtWorks, Wave Pool Gallery and Heartfelt Tidbits to celebrate the refugee community living in Cincinnati. Artist Christian Davies worked with refugee families to create the design. The design comes from a pattern of different traditional textiles from the countries represented by refugees in Cincinnati. 

STN_5550 copy.jpg
STN_5596 copy.jpg
STN_1646 copy.jpg
STN_5656 copy.jpg

We then moved to our new Camp Washington resident and friend, Andrew's home. Andrew is a photographer who recently moved into a really gorgeous home near the gallery with a beautiful garden and gated yard. Alice had her run of the place so I just followed along! 

STN_1727 copy.jpg
STN_1682 copy.jpg
STN_5649 copy.jpg
STN_5620 copy.jpg
STN_5660 copy.jpg

After our session and before our lunch at Camp Washington Chili (where we discovered they have a chili melt, OMG!!), we stopped at the Camp Washington Neighborhood Center to talk to WCPO about the USPS worker Shortage, missing mail and how the community has been affected. Alice in true form, as I have seen her many times at many events, entertained herself. While mom was giving an interview she walked over to this little stoop and started looking through her new Italian workbook from her friend Andrew. She sat until it was done and we headed off to lunch! Such a wonderful family, community and sweet spirited little girl! 

STN_1735 copy.jpg

So glad we got to capture this milestone age. Before you know it she will be off to high school and leading us! I'm enjoying your adventures in Italy on social media and we look forward to having you all back home!

Baci e abbracci! - Natalie

Beatrice|8 month milestone session

They grow up entirely too quick! Little Beatrice, one of the "Kuhlkids," is the 4th little love to experience her first year in photos with me from her family. She is the baby sis to a big sister and twin big brothers! I've had the pleasure of capturing them all since birth and sharing their first year with each of them. I also get to see the entire family once a year for several years now all the way back to mom and dad's Engagement session! These blonde beauties are always a joy and full of laughter and personality. Check out little Miss! You are the sweetest! xoxo - Natalie

STN_5474 copy.jpg
STN_5512 copy.jpg
STN_5484 copy.jpg
STN_5519 copy.jpg
STN_5457 copy.jpg

The Hezleps

It's always a mix of emotions when a fellow photographer contacts you to photograph their family. I am flattered, then panicked, then excited and then panicking again! Sessions with other photographers can go many different ways. I have to prove myself as a fellow professional, that yes, indeed their children (and hubby) are going to cooperate with me, I am indeed a magician in that realm and that they are going to love their photos. All while trying to be the most creative I possibly can be, showing my super powers as a photographer and artist, making everyone comfortable and happy and enjoy themselves (which if you are a kid of a photographer, the last thing you probably want to be doing is having your photos taken....again). It's a roller coaster! Being on the other end is also exhausting as a photographer having your family photos, wedding photos, any photos done! Did I pick the right thing to wear, are my kids going to listen and behave, do I look ok (really I should know how to stand, I pose people all day long, why can't I do it backwards?)...it goes on and on. But in the end we both end up so happy and wondering what we were ever worried about in the first place! 

So when Lisa from Hezlep Photography emailed me last Summer about getting on my books I was both thrilled and terrified! Yes, it took us a while to get together for a session but the Hezleps were busy adding two special little ladies to their roster and once it was official we booked that session and made it happen!! We got delayed a few days because of rain, but I'm so happy we waited for a dryer day and things to cool off! The light, the location, THIS FAMILY! OMG. Perfection. So much love, so much fun and so much goodness...It was such a treat to meet everyone and make these memories for your family!!! 

Disclaimer: The other hard part about photographing another photographer is narrowing down photos for posts and their gallery...sorry in advance Lisa, I don't know how you will pick because I couldn't either!! :) more to come.

Thanks for inviting me into your lives for the day.

xoxo - Natalie

STN_5329 copy.jpg
STN_5350 copy.jpg
STN_5106 copy.jpg
STN_5379 copy.jpg
STN_1487 copy.jpg
STN_5032 copy.jpg
STN_1174 copy.jpg
STN_5229 copy.jpg
STN_5096 copy.jpg
STN_5191 copy.jpg
STN_5182 copy.jpg
STN_5175 copy.jpg
STN_5097 copy.jpg
STN_1257 copy.jpg
STN_1268 copy.jpg
STN_1170 copy.jpg
STN_1546 copy.jpg
STN_5260 copy.jpg
STN_1344 copy.jpg
STN_5211 copy.jpg
STN_5126 copy.jpg
STN_5270 copy.jpg
STN_1427 copy.jpg
STN_1447 copy.jpg
STN_5305 copy.jpg
STN_1126 copy.jpg
STN_5003 copy.jpg

The Miller Kids

This year the Magnolias almost didn't make it...again! The weather has been crazy the past few Springs and the beautiful flowers don't quite hold up to several frosts, warming up and a few more cold nights! I didn't think we'd get any sessions in this year but thankfully we did! A little windy and a little less warm than we would like but we enjoyed the Spring Day with these cute Siblings! I love the Magnolias and I'm thankful to have gotten a session in this year! On to Summer! 

STN_0311 copy.jpg
STN_0396 copy.jpg
STN_0245 copy.jpg
STN_4062 copy.jpg
STN_3886 copy.jpg
STN_3983 copy.jpg
STN_3917 copy.jpg
STN_3927 copy.jpg
STN_3973 copy.jpg
STN_3902 copy.jpg
STN_4023 copy.jpg

The Webbs

I got to meet this adorable family last year for a Fall session in Spring Grove Cemetery. We played in the leaves and enjoyed the beautiful weather. I was super excited to hear from Mom again when I posted about Spring Mini sessions and that they wanted to schedule some time in front of the camera again! I also loved that rather than wait, they were excited to commemorate a little crash on the playground their little Sadie had a few weeks prior in which lots of stitches were involved! I think it's wonderful to accept our kiddos will fall and bump their faces, or loose a tooth, or even get a cast and commemorate these times in their lives rather than pretend they never happened! Little Miss Sadie was a riot last session and she did not disappoint this go round! Little George was as cute as ever and celebrating his first Birthday! Happy Birthday George! Thanks for coming to play with me again!

STN_9912 copy.jpg
STN_3696 copy.jpg
STN_3657 copy.jpg
STN_3703 copy.jpg
STN_3671 copy.jpg
STN_3655 copy.jpg
STN_3659 copy.jpg

Matthew Class of 2018

I can't tell you how much I love shooting in my neighborhood, but I think you can tell when you see all of the amazing Senior sessions I get to do here! The American Sign Museum has such a great feel and even without the signs the textures, color and light are so amazing and everything looks so different with every session! Throw in a great subject like Matthew with the perfect look and style for a great Urban Session and you get amazing images like these! Looking forward to photographing Matthew's Family here in a few weeks at their beautiful Home too! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation Matthew! Had a blast photographing you and look forward to seeing you and the family again soon! 

STN_3527 copy.jpg
STN_3590 copy.jpg
STN_3553 copy.jpg
STN_3483 copy.jpg
STN_3507 copy.jpg
STN_9719 copy.jpg

Angie, Dusty, Avery, Mia and Baby Blaine

On what would be the 5th "Friendaversary" of our official meeting at a good friends wedding in Puerto Rico, Angie brought her cute little family to Cincinnati for a portrait session. Baby Blaine was born a few short months ago and his mamma and family made the trek to the studio to capture him with all his adorable chunkiness! I'm so glad I got to snuggle this little man and hang out with you guys and we look forward to seeing you all again soon this Summer! 

STN_3765 copy.jpg
STN_9958 copy.jpg
STN_0049 copy.jpg
STN_0145 copy.jpg
STN_0181 copy.jpg
STN_3850 copy.jpg