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thrift store finds

I love thrift store shopping, and Cincinnati is rich with little gems of shops! The one I hit up yesterday was the Salvation Army & Donation Center on Park Avenue in Norwood. This particular thrift store is really great for tops and trinkets for around the house. They also usually have a really nice selection of dishes and nick nacks.

I found some great patterned blouses, and a couple of sweaters too. The prints on the blouses are a bit springy, but I care not. I'm going to wear them anyway, even though it is only 8 degrees out. 

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home

Norwood, Ohio. That's my home, and what a beautiful place it is. Norwood is full of gorgeous historical houses & buildings that are full of personality and character. These shots were taken while walking my dogs. I really enjoy the walks we go on together; Not only is it great exercise, but I get to see beauty in places that I otherwise wouldn't have noticed. These walks force me to slow down and appreciate my surroundings, which is something I don't think the average adult does enough of-including myself. Enjoy. 

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hitched

If you didn't know, I got hitched this past May! Yipee! My husband and I were lucky enough to meet our photographer, Julianna Boehm, at our annual city yard sale-how awesome is that? It's pretty awesome. She and her side kick, Mandy, did a kick-ass job. We couldn't have asked for a better pair. I finally finished editing the gorgeous photos and here are some of our favorites!  

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parents to be photos

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to shoot some photos of my soon to be sister and brother-in-law. They are newly pregnant, expecting their first baby! To remember such an exciting time in their lives, they decided to have some photos taken; enter Becca.

They decided to shoot in Ault Park, which is absolutely gorgeous and a perfect place to have photos taken. I can certainly understand why so many weddings are held there. The day itself proved to be a wee bit sunny for my liking and so we tried to stay in the shade as to avoid blowouts. If you are new to the world of Photoshop and photography, let me tell you something I learned the hard way. It is much better to shoot when it is a bit shady than when the sun is beating down directly onto your subject because you can always lighten a photo if it is too dark. If you take a photograph that is too light/white (in other words, blown out), you can't darken it without it looking bad. That information is already lost and there is no rebuilding it.

All in all, some good shots were gotten. I think these are the best.  

If you like the style treatment of the following photo, check out this Photoshop tutorial to recreate the leaky light affects for your own photos! 

Imagery by Rebecca Wilson.

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a different kind of self portrait

Check out these crazy beautiful and (playful self) portraits! They are by - wait for it - a 16 year old girl named Cristina Otero! According to My Modern Met, she has only 2 years of experience. You can see more of her self portraits on the My Modern Met website. These are some of my favorites because of the composition and vibrancy! 

Imagery found here.

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