Oh the joys that come in the down season….after the craziness of the fall madness soon followed by the holiday rush, I get to relax for a few months and catch up on other odds and ends I enjoy. It also gives me the opportunity to do shoots like this one. Something I enjoy is just taking an inspiration and making it come to life. Kindra and I have worked on a few sessions now and it’s been such a blast to work with her. She’s up for anything of my crazy ideas. She even beat me to the punch line this winter with collaborating again…..she didn’t have to ask twice.
Kindra found this old 1800’s abandoned house that was the perfect fit for what I was looking for. The house is going to be torn down this coming spring. Holes in the floor’s, holes in the ceilings, wallpaper shredded, dust, and cob webs, but this house had a story to tell.
It just happened to be a warm winter’s day……is was spring like. For all those other shoots we’ve done in absolute freezing conditions, we welcomed the warmer air.
My love for old houses, it was hard to imagine this once beautiful home soon being destroyed. The pieces of woodwork within the house were charming and still in mint condition. But the year’s of abandonment have taken their toll. Animals have been taking over the house.
I fell in love with this sun room area, the turquoise color was just perfection. If I could take this space with me, I would have shoved it in my car. It was stunning.
The home has been abandoned for likely around 30 year’s or so..nature has overtaken it. Weeds and branches climbing through the windows. We had to be very cautious of where we walked for fear of falling through to the cellar.
The house is a bit of a walking museum. Piles upon piles of news papers and magazines from decades ago….the upstairs we couldn’t even shoot in cause the piles were literally so high you couldn’t get in the door…an for fear of falling through, we thought it best not to go up there.
I fell in love with this old retro wallpaper. Kindra graced the room with her natural beauty among the falling down home.
You are stunning lady….
A funny lil story…..in this room is the remains of a unidentifiable carcass. I took it out of the photo for the sake of shock value….but it was a sight for sure. It was completely mummified.
Kindra changed it up for a different look. The countless vines have twisted and turned about the property, making it hard to even get in the door from year’s of being unkept.
It was fascinating the finds in this old house. This old red chair covered in year’s of dust….a painted image of the Virgin Mary. So many interesting finds just left behind.
This kitchen was crazy….multiple year’s of wallpaper falling off the walls around us. The floors were covered in year’s of dust, dirt, feces, (yes, I said it) and strange odds and ends. We laughed how when we both went back to our homes we were going to take several showers to wash down the surroundings we’d been in all day.
And this is why I love working with Kindra…….she doesn’t ask questions, she feels the art within her and we mesh. One image out of a session can speak so many words to me. I walk away with ‘That’ was the image.
I love the play on colors, how both the black and the white colored dresses stood out on their own in the sun room.
Thank you again Kindra for being such a fun chick to work with. I always have such a blast and I look so forward to our next collaboration together!!
I had the pleasure of meeting up with Charis, Dan and Ben to start off the new year with a family portrait. Ben will soon be a big brother, so they wanted to be sure to document this time before the baby arrives. They are looking forward to their spring arrival.
Ben is a charmer, he was so good with the camera, ready with a big smile. He was sure to give his mom kisses and hugs.
Like father, like son, these two are spitting images of one another. How cute is that!
3 is a particular age, you never know for sure what you will get when dealing with a young child, but Ben was a wonderful sport. He was very attentive and all smiles. He was happy to even pose on his own and show Mom and Dad what a big boy he is.
Charis is having a hard time believing how quickly this pregnancy is going and how soon the baby will be here. Weeks pass by quickly an before they know it, that bundle of joy will be in their arms.
This is all Ben….he was so cute, bringing his mom and dad’s heads together with his. Such a fine young man.
Ben loved climbing up on dad for a better view and having a laugh with them. They’ve certainly been blessed with their son, and soon will be doubly blessed.
Fall 2016 was a record season for me. Thank you all so much who I had the pleasure of working with. I’ve truly come to look forward to my fall season. It’s always great to meet new faces, and catch up with families I have worked with over the year’s. I love seeing how much the kiddo’s have changed over the year. I have met some awesome seniors who are getting ready to spread their wings in their final year of high school. Newborns who melt my heart with their sweetness. I have shared in the joy of close friends having their first child to a sweet adoption. From pregnancy announcements, to family reunions. I won’t lie, fall sessions get crazy busy and I don’t see much of my family in those months, but I love it. I have such a good time getting to spend a little time with my clients. 2016 has been a great year and I look forward to the exciting things lined up in 2017. I’m enjoying the slow season now, catching up with my family.
Thank you all for working with me over the past year, it’s been a lot of fun. Can’t wait to see you in the new year! All the best-Kama
This lovely is Katie. She’s excited for the year ahead. Senior year is always full of exciting times and the anticipation of what is ahead. Katie is a student at New Albany High School.
Katie had such a brilliant spirit about her. She was very comfortable in front of the camera.
We had a lot of laugh’s during our session. Katie is very down to earth and a sweetheart.
Katie is looking around at local colleges in Ohio. She hopes to major in Visual Communication Design. She adores drawing and is very talented. She has been published three times in Celebrating Art. She won National Scholastic Art award, as well as being recognized by the school board.
An avid animal lover, Katie spent this past summer collaborating with CHA Animal Shelter. She took her talent and created some wonderful pieces that were auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Animal Shelter.
This image was by far my favorite…it’s funny when you get to the editing process, you start to see things differently than when you shot it. It’s a process I love so much.
With just a hint of fall coming, Katie wore her smile with no fuss even though it was a little hot for a jacket.
All the best to you in the road ahead Katie. I’m positive your talent will take you far. It was so fun working with you!!
Tom and Denise and their happy family, and attentive dogs. It’s one thing to keep the kiddo’s attention, but to have the dog’s, even better.
Robbie, Lizzie and Reagan were such good pups, smiling for the camera. The Chihuahua Robbie is 11, the Boarder Collie is 11, and Reagan the Pitbull is 9 in dog year’s. Tom and Denise’s kids, Andrew and his wife Amy an their daughters Allyson and McKenna and Bryant and their daughter, Jenny an her husband Todd, along with their daughters, Addison and Lucy.
Tom and Denise wanted not only to have some updated photos with their family but also with their aging dogs. They are just as much part of the family.
Allyson and Bryant are 5, and their sister McKenna is 3.
Lucy is 5, and Addison is 6.
The swing in my yard is always a kid favorite……
Denise and Tom have so much to smile about a great son and daughter, an their spouses an their sweet grandbabies and fur babies. What more do you need!