Emily/Brandon Wedding

So things have been a bit crazy in the world of Kellie, but we’re back! In fact, we’re back and ready to talk about WEDDING PHOTOS! I’d first just like to say thank you to Emily and Brandon for entrusting me with the all-important task of taking photos at their wedding. It was a beautiful location full of beautiful people. I had a wonderful time and am psyched about going through the MASS of photos and editing the best of the lot.

Here are a couple I’ve gotten to already:

Schroeder Dog Pics!

So my sister and brother-in-law came over last night and, since we had some time to kill, we busted out the portable studio and had a puppy photo shoot! It was pretty darn fun, but also a learning experience. Her youngest pup is a beautiful golden color, but he looks terrible on a red background! And always make sure mom has a treat!

Check out the pics on my Facebook page and let me know what you think! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.441860232550749.1073741826.382926461777460&type=1&l=c0cc649e23.

Trip to DC!

I was lucky enough to go to Arlington, VA with a coworker for an awesome PBS training. While we were there, we made sure to take the Metro over to DC for all the standard DC tourist things. I’ve been to the capital a few times, but the gal I went with hadn’t been in 30 years.

Since I just took a kit lens with me to save on luggage, etc., on the train, I had a little trouble in the dark. Lots of ‘deep breath and hold it’ photos!

Check out a small gallery of pics on my Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.435125856557520.1073741825.382926461777460&type=1&l=c7f4531eec.


Goodbye Holidays, Hello 2013!

As always, the holidays were crazy for me. Baking, new PR freelance gig, photography for Help Portrait and clients – busy, busy, busy!

Now that the holidays are officially over, I’m actually looking forward to a normal schedule and spending more time on photography. I also am excited to use my three new backgrounds: A grey tie-dye muslin, a scarlet/velveteen and a purple/velvet canvas. Now for models to practice with…

Anyway, 2013 is a wonderful time to document your family with portraits, to treat yourself to a glamour photography session, for a new couple’s shot… The possibilities are endless! Email me via the contact page for more information!

And check out my work from Help Portrait here: http://www.facebook.com/KellieWorksPhotography?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.399584536778319.87788.382926461777460&type=1.

Excited to be part of Help Portrait in Cincinnati

I have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. Sometimes I log on and am just bombarded with information about people’s lunch, their frustrations and pictures of their workplace. But SOMETIMES something really cool comes up.

A couple weeks ago, I happened to see a post about someone taking part in Help Portrait in Chicago. It got my mind churning – what is Help Portrait? I have the equipment, can I participate? How does it work? Do they have one in Cincinnati?

Now I know there are actually two groups of people in Cincinnati doing Help Portrait events and, yes, I can help!

I’ll be volunteering my photography services at Help Portrait at Higher Branches in OTR from 2pm to 5pm Sunday, Dec. 9.

During this day, we’ll be providing 8×10 prints to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have a portrait of themselves, their kids, their family, etc. I think it’s extremely important to remind people that they are beautiful and should have a reminder of that, even if they can’t afford it. We’ll also be doing hair and makeup to help everyone look their best. 😀

SO! If you know someone in Cincinnati who would fit the bill for this special project, send them our way! Feel free to contact me (visit the contact page) if you need more information. Thanks!

Louie’s Legacy Live in New York

One of my many hats is to be a communications volunteer for Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue. Our president Emily Gear asked me to put together a press release for something kind of awesome. Check it out:

Donations allow local animal rescue to help animals in New York

Cincinnati – Thanks to donations from local companies, Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue is making a difference in post-Hurricane Sandy New York.

Louie’s Legacy is a non-profit animal rescue with locations in Cincinnati and Staten Island, New York. They specialize in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming pets, but this fall, they are taking on a new responsibility – helping people care for their pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“Staten Island was probably hit harder than almost everywhere else – a lot of people have damaged homes and others lost their homes completely … At the end of the day, we have displaced people and animals,” said Emily Gear, Louie’s Legacy President.

Volunteers in Cincinnati reached out to pet-loving companies in the Queen City to find assistance for their sister location in New York. The two biggest needs were dog and cat food as well as crates for those pets. Gear said that while the shelters in New York allow people to bring their pets, those pets have to be in crates.

“That posed a big problem for some people, because they didn’t have crates. That means we have people who haven’t left their homes – even though they may not have heat or electricity and could be in unsafe houses – because they don’t have a place to keep their pets,” Gear said.

Petco donated 30 wire crates to make sure those people could pack up their pets and get to a safe shelter.

On the food front, P&G donated a semi-truck loads (about 44 pallets) of dry Iams dog and cat food – with another semi-truck load waiting in the wings if more is needed. Jack’s Pets, a small, family-owned company, donated a literal ton of pet food to the cause. All of the food will be handed out at donation distribution centers and, in some cases, door-to-door.

“I’m extremely grateful for the support these companies are showing for the animals and people in Staten Island,” she said. “I’m especially impressed with the smaller, family-owned companies – those who have no connection to the New York – who are still making huge donations to help the cause. I just want to say thank you to everyone.”

Gear said the important part about all these donations, aside from the health and safety of the animals, is that they will help the people of Staten Island to have the time and the resources to take care of their own needs.

“Many of the people at these shelters have been living hand to mouth. They haven’t been able to take the time to figure out their own situation. These donations will help take the pressure off. It will make a big difference,” she said.

If you’d like to get involved, Louie’s Legacy still needs help. Gear said shelters in New York had to close because of the storm and there are many pets without homes. Louie’s Legacy’s Cincinnati location will be coordinating foster homes and care for as many animals as possible. Gear asked that anyone who would like to help by being an administrative volunteer should visit http://www.louieslegacy.org.

Mummies and witches and pumpkins, Oh my!

So I’m usually a big fan of Halloween. It’s actually kind of funny because I hate scary movies, I don’t visit haunted attractions and I don’t get trick-or-treaters at my house…

Anyway, I was sick over the weekend and the weather Hurricane Sandy brought to Ohio has been dismal, so I haven’t had any projects to get in the spirit. Last night my husband convinced me that I should at least bake a little something for the holiday. We had the stuff to make sugar cookies and a batch of icing, so….

Of COURSE that led to a full-blown trip to the store to buy Halloween Funfetti Cupcake mix, stuff for another batch of icing, candy eyes, fudgestripe cookies and kisses for witch hats, etc.

Three hours later my table was covered in orange, brown, white and black icing, but I’m glad I took the plunge. These treats are pretty darn cute and it definitely made my Halloween a little better!

Check out the photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100123033347490.2244052.50900860&type=1&l=ce7a1ba4bc.

Bark Bash photo shoot

As a volunteer with Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, I started doing “photo booths” at events. Essentially the presenting organization sets up a tent/hay/cornstalks, etc. and I take the pictures. I donate all my time and I email the photos (so there’s no overhead) and the organization gets all the donations.

This weekend I did just such a photo booth at the Louie’s, ABC’s of Bullies and Cincinnati Pit Crew’s Bark Bash in West Chester, Ohio. It was a BRISK day and I was fighting a pretty bad cold, but I’d still say it was a success.

I’m not sure how much money I helped raise, but I had about 20 to 25 groups who took part in the photo booth fun. It was a ton of fun and I got to meet a bunch of great pooches.

I emailed the photos out this morning, but I also put some on Facebook. The album is public, so you should be able to see it. Check it out here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.385093331560773.84367.382926461777460&type=1&l=b54b28a753.

Maternity shoot wrap-up

My first maternity shoot was Tuesday and I think it went quite well. I met with Jaclyn, who is 37 weeks pregnant, at her house, set-up the portable studio and headed outside for the last of the sunlight.

We started with just a few photos of her. Not all of them are “maternity shots” – including my favorite of the bunch, which is just a headshot of her. We tried blowing bubbles, playing with her young son, family shots, all sort of poses, etc. It was a really fun, learning experience for me. I’m sending her the CD of edited photos today!

I just want to thank Jaclyn, her husband and her little boy for taking the time to be my muses for the day. Thanks guys!

Here are a few of the photos I uploaded to Facebook. I hate how Facebook makes BW photos so grainy! Link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100118128566710.2243344.50900860&type=1&l=d656a2dc54.

Also, I just created a KellieWorks Facebook page and would like you to “like” it for me. That’s where I’ll be sharing a majority of my work from here on out. I’ll still be posting links to this site, but they’ll be on Facebook first! Thanks! www.facebook.com/kellieworksphotography

Fun shoot tonight – maternity meets glamour and family

So I have a pretty fun shoot lined up for tonight – my first maternity shoot plus a little ‘up close’ glamour and shots with her husband and little one! I’m pretty excited!

Even though I’ve never done a shoot quite like this before, Jackie is a friend from high school and she’ll be a great test subject. We’re going to try some outdoor pictures (if the light and weather hold) as well as a few with the studio kit.

I’ll put a few photos up tomorrow. Any suggestions for tonight? I think I’ll be spending some time on Pinterest today… 😀