Personal, portable studio on its way!

So, I’ve always wanted to do more portrait work, but it’s hard to solicit people for that when you can only take photos outside. Granted my favorite pictures are always in sunlight, but there will always be a place for indoor, studio background shots.

Next week is my birthday and I’ve been pining over this Loadstone Studios backdrop/lighting set for a couple of months. Today I broke down and ordered it! Happy birthday from my hubby!

This new set includes three 10×10 backgrounds (white, black and green chroma key), the rigging and clips, a muslin protector, two studio lights and two umbrellas (snow white and black/silver reflective.)

I am going to be antsy until it arrives and I can set it all up. Good thing my little house has big rooms!

Now to find willing models…  🙂


Photos at the park – postponed!

The last few days have been absolutely beautiful in Cincinnati. Blue skies, pleasant temperatures, nice breeze … the perfect weather for taking portraits at the park!

I was all excited because tomorrow was supposed to be operation-take-photos-of-an-old-high-school-friend’s-daughter day. OF COURSE the forecast now says rain throughout in the afternoon and early evening. Even if the rain passes by our appointment time, the ground will be too wet and muddy for park portraits!

I’m shaking my fist at mother nature right now, by the way.


How it all went…

First of all, sorry it’s taken me a few days to get this post together. The Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue event I took photos for and baked dog cookies for and did the public relations for was Saturday!

Anyway, the event went wonderfully. The turnout was a little low, but everyone who came had a wonderful time – and lots of people brought their great pets!

I want to thank Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, especially Emily and Carol, for putting this event together and for letting me be part of it. I hope I can work with this wonderful group again soon.

Here are just a couple of the photos I took at the event, including one or two of the dog cookies:!/media/set/?set=a.998970194070.2239922.50900860&type=1. The album is public, so you should be able to see it!

Operation Dog Cookies

So I’m volunteering with the Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue event this weekend and I offered to bring dog cookies. I think they’ll be fun to make – as long as they roll out and cut OK without cracking! Hopefully everything goes OK and I get them all baked tonight.

Check out the recipe below. I’m definitely going to be buying wheat flour, flax seeds and spelt flour for the first time. Hope they are just tucked away in the organic section!

Have you made dog cookies? Do you have a puppy-safe recipe to share?

I’ll post some photos of the cookies tonight or tomorrow!


2 cups whole wheat flour, or as needed

2 cups spelt flour

2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

¼ cup flax seeds

2 ½ cups warm water

½ cup natural peanut butter


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine wheat flour, spelt flour, oats, and flax seeds in large bowl. Stir in water and peanut butter. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in more flour as needed until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thick. Cut with small cookie cutters into desired shapes, and place ¾ inch apart on greased cookie sheets.

3. Bake 40 minutes. Turn oven off; leave biscuits in oven until completely cool.

Photos at Washington Park

Today was such a beautiful day that a couple coworkers and I walked over to Washington Park for lunch. While I was there, I couldn’t resist the urge to take a few photos! Check them out here: It’s a public album, so you should be able to see them.

Enjoy! And swing by the park soon, it’s lovely!

Louie’s Legacy event this weekend

A few weeks ago, a co-worker asked if I’d be interested in helping Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue promote their upcoming community festival. I’m always game to loan my skills and time, so I agreed!

I put together a release filled with all the wonderful happenings and had a fantastic time meeting the great people who make this rescue such a successful organization.

The event is from 2pm to 6pm this Saturday at Kennel Resorts in Milford/Miami Township. If you’re in town and can swing by, I’d definitely encourage you to do so. There will be a sponsored dog walk, vendors, demos, special events, raffles, silent auction and FREE stuff. And, best of all, the proceeds help to rescue, rehab and rehome pets in the Cincinnati area.

In addition to the release, which you can read on my Public Relations page, I’m also going to bake special dog-friendly cookies AND take pet/family portraits at the event. It will be a great opportunity to have a fun picture with your pet! I will be emailing the photos Sunday to everyone who had them taken. Rather than have a fee for these photos, we’re asking people to make whatever donation they can. Please help us raise money for this great organization!

Contact me or leave a comment if you need any additional information! Thanks!