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52 Weeks Project | Week 49 | The Artist


Creativity is
the child that
never died. 


I think people naturally attach creativity to just art. But honestly, creativity exists in all sorts of forms from the way we think, live, and ultimately express ourselves through all the various forms of speech, writing, and 'traditional' creativity with art. 

When we are all babies, toddlers, and kids, we naturally gravitate towards learning and are really creative in our ways of doing so. Some naturally pocess artistic abilities and explore those while others get creative with the way they interact with others and the world around them, play, and even think. And it's so important for all of just to not only recognize what makes us different and creative humans, but to embrace that fully  and keep using it as our tool for self expression through our teens and into adulthood. Because, speaking for myself, it's a powerful tool to stay sharp amongst a changing world and against a society that wants to make you it's pawn.


I've actually had this concept in mind for months now. Sketched it in my notebook and it got left behind amongst other ideas pouring in. But with the difficult week this has been, I thought it was time to really break out my own creativity and embrace this idea of a paint theme as not only a means of expression for this week... but that major stress reliever to find my center again. 

This theme was actually inspired months ago by the art of Yaoyao Ma Van A. I discovered her personal work over on Instagram when she was drawing a character series that I identified with so, so, so much. It almost felt spooky how accurate some of her drawings were to my own real life situations. So, I of course have got to share some of her work here <3

I really am so happy with the way this all turned out. But I'm even happier too that my sister came over and not only helped me do this, but got in on the picture taking as well! She's an artist too - see her work here - and is so insanely talented at watercoloring, sketching, drawing, and painting. She's only really gotten back into her art these last couple years and it's been so wonderful to see her get better and better with each passing month. So proud of you, Holly! 


52 Weeks Project | Week 48 | The Dreamer


My mind has been swamped with creative ideas lately. It's one of those months where I wish I had 10 more of me to walk around to do all the things I want to do and NEED to do. I spent all last week making stuff for Leo's 2nd birthday party (See that fun Monster Mash theme here) and I thought for sure after the party my mind would take a break from the creative churning that it does (such a blessing and a curse lol) but sure enough, the day after Leo's party I was already dreaming about doing this photo. So I stuffed it in against the madness that was the rest of the week and did my best to make it happen. And I'm so happy that it turned out the way it did despite my initial plan not being able to happen! 


I had a lot of fun making this one. And it's a concept I've had in mind for years and years but never seemed to have the resources to make it happen. And all I did to make this cloud was cover an old IKEA paper lamp with cotton filler and spray adhesive while binge watching shows. 

I actually used a corner of the little studio I rented for my son's birthday photos. After I finished taking his photos I used some extra time to do this little mini shoot! This turned out different from my original concept, but I'm honestly super happy with the way it all turned out :]

Fun fact, I started up a new instagram account where I'll be posting photos of things I make and journal. I've been wanting another creative outlet after this project is done (Only 4 weeks left!!) so that will be where a lot of my creativity probably goes. Feel free to check it out and follow along for other things I do other than photography! 


The Rice Family | Cincinnati Family Photographer

I don't normally write anything for my portrait sessions because I shoot so many these days! But this one, I want to share a little something extra. 

I've been photographing one of the couples of this family, Lauren and Chris, since they discovered me back in 2011. I did their engagement photos, wedding photos, and most recently their anniversary session up in Chicago (see that session here). 

Well, Lauren wanted me to capture photos of not just her and Chris this time, but of her whole immediate family. They are such a fun group of people and it was so nice getting to see how their family has grown since Lauren and Chris's wedding in 2014. 

Lauren now has a little niece named Charlotte who is the daughter of Erin (one of Lauren's sisters). And just 4 days after doing this photoshoot with this beautiful family, Charlotte became very ill and was soon diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and my heart is completely broken.

I want to spread as much awareness I can to help this little baby girl who is just two years old to help her and this whole family fight cancer together. If you want to help support or contribute to this baby girls recovery, please visit their GOFUNDME page and follow Charlotte's Brave Fight facebook page. I really do believe they're going to beat this!! 

Anyway, enjoy these beautiful and special photos of a family full of life, laughter, and a whole ton of sass.