I had the pleasure of assisting the amazingly talented Leah Robbins of Leah Robbins Photography a few weeks ago photographing a wedding at Rolling Meadows Ranch in Lebanon, OH. It was a gorgeous day, a fantastic couple, and a whole lot of fun capturing the day with my friend.
Here are some photos from this magical day. Many blessings to Matt and Brittney!
This was an incredible "first-look" moment when the bride turned the corner and saw her groom for the first time.
We took a short drive to downtown Lebanon for some really neat shots in town.
And then it was time for the outdoor ceremony on the grounds of Rolling Meadows Ranch.
The couple had The Photo Bus Cincy at the reception which was a lot of fun for guests to have a candid picture from the night! Now I'm kind of wishing Leah and I had hopped in there for a fun photo. :)
Nothing tops off an evening of wedding fun like a sparkler exit.
This gorgeous house will soon be available for purchase in Hamilton, OH! Located in a beautiful neighborhood overlooking the city, the view from the wall-to-wall windows in the family room is absolutely AMAZING! Don't miss out on this 2400 sq ft (not including an unfinished basement for even more space) 4 bedroom house with a view! See the full listing here.
My sweet friends are getting ready to return to their other home out of the country. While I'm so sad to see them go, I am excited for this next chapter with their new addition! They wanted one last family photo session before they leave, so we headed to a local park. You may recognize this mama and baby from the main page of this website! They are all so beautiful inside and out and I am blessed to know them.
The original plan for this session was to travel to a park but with four large dogs, this family decided the backyard would be a better idea. Honestly, I love backyard sessions! Everyone is more relaxed and comfortable being in a familiar place, pets are welcome to take part (including lizards - see Kermit below!), and the pictures are more meaningful because they showcase home. If you are looking for family pictures but are hung up on a location, just take a look outside your door!
Sometimes it's just easier to have pictures taken at home. I totally get it, and often recommend this to clients! This session was an at-home session in Centerville to capture some pictures of an 18-month-old cutie. I really like taking pictures at a family's home because the children are more apt to be themselves, feel comfortable, and the pictures reflect their personalities. I was also able to grab a few of the adoring siblings waiting in the wings.
This well-maintained three bedroom home with a finished basement in Liberty Township just went on the market! This home has many updates and in a great location! See the link below for the full listing.
See the full listing here!
This sweet family has lived a few streets away from us since we moved to Liberty Township and they recently just purchased a new house a whole 25 minutes away. How dare they! Just kidding. I'm super excited for them, and I know we will still see them a lot because I plan on lounging by their new pool all summer! ;)
As a fun little goodbye to the old house, I came over for a family photo session the day before they closed. We only had a short time before the new owners came for their final walk through, so we did a quick session using the beautiful shiplap wall in the family room, a few pictures on the stairs, and then finished on the front porch.
Little Levi is now nine months old! He and his siblings have graced the blog several times before, and they are so much fun to photograph. Here are some of the highlights from our latest session together!
I may live in the suburbs of Cincinnati, but I love getting the opportunity to take photos in Downtown Cincinnati! This session was a three generation session, and these ladies were so much fun to spend the morning with walking along the Ohio riverbank! Smale Park is a beautiful location and is the perfect setting for a picture session!
Well, friends. I admit it. I have no style. I mean really... I just want someone to pick out clothes for me and say, "Hey! That looks great on you!" Maybe this seems foreign to you. Maybe you love shopping. Perhaps you delight in putting together different pieces of clothing to make that perfect outfit. This is not me. At all.
If I'm totally honest, I will admit that I really do not enjoy clothes shopping. I never have. I vividly remember shopping at the mall with my entire family-my mom, dad, and two older sisters. I was probably 10 at the time. I remember my mom and my sisters painstakingly touching every piece of clothing in the store while I rolled my eyes and wondered when we could get out of there. My dad and I decided to sit in the seats outside of the dressing rooms and make up games to keep the two of us entertained. I do have fond memories of that because my dad is a pretty funny guy and I think he understood the severity of the situation-that we could actually die of boredom if he didn't keep us entertained.
Fast forward 30 years and here I am, 39 years old in a few short days, and I still really struggle to put together a decent outfit. I'm constantly frustrated with my wardrobe, and usually just end up in jeans and a comfy top or now that it is hot, shorts and a t-shirt. There is nothing wrong with that I suppose, but I'm ready to actually have a decent couple of outfits in the closet.
For my birthday, I took the liberty of ordering a ThredUP box for myself. If you are not familiar with ThredUP, it is a shopping service much like StitchFix or other similar store to door shopping services out there. ThredUP is different than other companies because the items are high quality pre-owned and it is run like an online consignment store. You can send in your gently used items and receive cash, and then they use these items to ship to customers at low prices. You also get 15 items, which is much more than all of the other companies that may send about 6 items per box. Also, if you spend over $100, you get a $10 credit toward your next box!
You may not like the idea of the clothing being gently used. I actually like this, because there is nothing worse than paying full price for clothing, washing it, and it fitting all funky. When you buy used, you know what it will look like and fit like after it is washed.
How does ThredUP work? Simple!
1. Sign up for an account. If you use this link, you and I both get $10 towards our purchase!
2. Click the "Get a Custom Goody Box" button.
3. Fill out the information, and pay $10 by credit card. (This $10 goes towards anything you purchase)
4. After payment, you will get a more detailed questionnaire. You can make requests (mine included no yellow, shorts longer than 5" inseam, and longer shirts) and even attach a Pinterest board with your fashion tastes.
5. In a few days you will get an email that your box has shipped with tracking information.
6. Once your box arrives (it is like Christmas morning!) you open it, squeal with delight, model clothes for your family, choose what you want to keep, and put everything back in the box that you don't want.
7. Attach the return shipping label and drop off at a USPS location within 7 days, and once it arrives back to ThredUP, you will only be charged for what you kept and the $10 you paid up front goes towards your purchase. If you keep over $100 worth of items you will receive a $10 credit toward your next box.
Here is the price list for my box. All of the items that I am keeping are under $20 and were name brands like Athleta, Ann Taylor, and North Face. There were two items over $40, a Fossil purse and a skirt, but I chose not to keep those items.
So these are the items I am keeping. Not bad for my first box! I now know to be a little more specific (i.e. no Lu La Roe, please) and to give more specifics about the type of tops I like. They did send me items that all worked together in a complete outfit, which I liked. And the price tag was even better. These four items were just under $70. One major complaint I have heard from friends that have tried StitchFix is that the prices of items are so high. One of my friends paid $70 for one pair of pants. While she loves the pants, I'm just to cheap to spend that much... Unless there was a neverending supply of chocolate in one of the pockets... No, probably not even then.
In conclusion, my review of ThredUP is that it is a must try. For $10 and a shipment of 15 items, you are most likely going to find at least one thing you like. The risk is low, and it is really fun. And you don't have to play mind games with your dad in front of a dressing room at the mall. Win/Win.
Please comment below if you have tried StitchFix or ThredUP or anyother shopping service like this! I'd love to hear your experiences.