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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! 

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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!  

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

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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!

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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! 

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Perfection! 

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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. 

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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. 

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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! 

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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! 

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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

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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

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