Mermaid Model Shoot. Toledo Ohio Photographer.

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Mermaid Model Shoot. Toledo Ohio Photographer.

No Disney princess; I am a warrior queen.

My hair is the color of the tropical sea, hemmed in by a crown of lost life.

My arms wear strength like golden cords, infused with the energy of roaring waves.

My body moves with agility and speed, like the currents of the laughing deep.

My gown shimmers and shifts, as the sun casting a broad arm over a calm horizon.

My tale would push me further and faster, ever moving to explore every ravine of the ocean floor.

Alas, my feet, keep me tethered to the shore.

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Exploring Louisville Kentucky. Anniversary Trip.

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Exploring Louisville Kentucky. Anniversary Trip.

These photos show our explorations of Waterfront Park where we visited the Fleur de Flea market. We also explored the neighborhood where our accommodations were located, the Old Historic Louisville. We wandered around downtown and ate at Feast BBQ. The last group of photos were from Cave Hill Cemetery, a historic burial ground covering over 300 acres and boasting of such famous occupants as Muhammed Ali and Colonel Sanders. 

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Brynne Headshots. Toledo Area Modeling Session.

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Brynne Headshots. Toledo Area Modeling Session.

When I began organizing my first group photo shoot, I planned to invite a variety of models to join us. The main goal for the event was to give each of the photographers an opportunity for practice and an environment in which to be creative. It is so easy, as a business owner, to become caught up in the "work" and forget the "art" that initially drew us to our profession.  I decided to facilitate this day to return to the art without the pressure and restrictions that sometimes accompany a paid session.

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Mommy and Me. Ruth and Priya. Toledo Ohio.

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Mommy and Me. Ruth and Priya. Toledo Ohio.

If you observe Ruth and Priya interact for a few minutes, it is clear that they have a really special bond. Priya is definitely a strong personality, and sometimes she buts heads with her momma when she gets told "no" (what kid doesn't?). But Priya is totally smitten with Ruth and she loves her mom so much! The smiles that these two shared while singing songs together were priceless. 

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Teague the Great Dane. Toledo Ohio Pet Photography

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Teague the Great Dane. Toledo Ohio Pet Photography

The mighty Great Dane is known as one of the largest breeds of dog. The American Kennel Club attributes the Danes with three main character traits. According to AKC, Great Danes are friendly, patient and dependable. You might think of the famous, dopy comic character, Marmaduke, when you think of a great dane. Or maybe you think of the mighty boar hunters as they were first bred to be. 

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Grace & Gelmar. Toledo Engagement Photos.

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Grace & Gelmar. Toledo Engagement Photos.

These two were all smiles as we started their engagement session at Wildwood Metropark in Toledo. We picked a perfect day to show off the interesting Toledo weather. We had some snow on the ground, it was raining and very overcast. Such a contrast to their usual sunny Florida! But Ohio is where Grace was born and raised and it was nice to see the two of them experiencing Toledo together. 

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Santa Paws. Pet Photography. Toledo, Ohio.

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Santa Paws. Pet Photography. Toledo, Ohio.

These photos were taken on a beautiful property just outside of Toledo in Whitehouse, Ohio. We were hoping for a snowy scene, but all we got were gray skies. I like to think that the pine trees still helped to convey the season. I truly enjoyed working with Tessa and Max again! I hope you enjoy their adorable collection of photos! 

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Brammer Brakel. Senior Photos. Bedford High School.

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Brammer Brakel. Senior Photos. Bedford High School.

Then we ventured into the woods for my favorite set of photos... the fencing ones! I have never shot a senior in fencing garb and I took this opportunity to be creative. It was so much fun! Brammer looked amazing in his uniform with his saber. He also added a personal touch with his Pikachu socks. 

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Niagara Falls. New York. USA Side.

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Niagara Falls. New York. USA Side.

Not only is the nature a wonder, but I found the diversity of its visitors to be an amazing sight! We walked through the park and heard many different languages. We saw multiple cultures represented by their clothing and style. It is truly an amazing idea that so many very different people find value in the same thing. We all had gathered together for the same reason. To see a gorgeous work of natural art. 

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Weemes Family Portraits. Toledo Botanical Gardens.

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Weemes Family Portraits. Toledo Botanical Gardens.

Working with young children is always an adventure! You never know if they will smile or cry. Will they look at you or hid their faces in their mom's arms? Three-month-old Brinley was so good! She wasn't quite interested in smiling a lot, but she didn't fuss and she had some adorable poses! 

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A Lab and His Lady. Wildwood Park. Toledo, Ohio.

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A Lab and His Lady. Wildwood Park. Toledo, Ohio.

Tessa has a huge heart for people and she gives 100% to everything she does. Tessa decided she "might" get a dog... As soon as she met Max, she had to say yes! After all, who can resist those puppy dog eyes?! Pet photography has got to be one of the most fun and unpredictable types of session I have done. This puppy was constantly on the move!

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Millbury Ohio Senior Prom Photos. Jessica & McKenzie. Lake High School.

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Millbury Ohio Senior Prom Photos. Jessica & McKenzie. Lake High School.

I had a blast with Jessica and McKenzie as we sent them off to prom! Jessica, her mom, McKenzie and I all met at Rachel Christensen's place early in the afternoon. Getting ready for prom is serious business. Both Jessica and McKenzie are graduating seniors this spring. McKenzie attends Lake High School and Jessica was invited to go to prom with her. Both girls being seniors, this was their last opportunity to attend!

Jessica was put in the hot seat first as Rachel did her makeup. Be sure to check out Rachel's work on her Instagram account! As soon as Jessica's face was finished, I began curling her hair. Meanwhile, Mckenzie got Rachel's full attention. I also helped McKenzie with her curls. Let me tell you, she has a LOT of hair! Officially I was just there to take pictures... But I got roped into styling hair as well. How can you say no to your sister-in-law?

Finally the girls put on their dresses and shoes and jewelry. Wow! As you can see below, these two were absolutely stunning for their senior prom! I really enjoyed being able to see them off and grab some photos to document the occasion! 

Senior Prom: Lake High School - Millbury, Ohio

Photo Location: Main Street Church

Makeup: Rachel Christensen

Dresses: Macy's

Photography by Rebecca Trumbull. Rebecca Trumbull Photography serves northwest Ohio and offers portrait photography, event coverage, and commercial photography to Toledo, Bowling Green and the surrounding areas.

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Jessica St. Johns. Maternity Shoot. Sidecut Park. Toledo, Ohio.

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Jessica St. Johns. Maternity Shoot. Sidecut Park. Toledo, Ohio.

Jessica St. Johns is a good friend and a local Toledo photographer. She and I have enjoyed many evening "editing dates" over the last year. We mostly talk about business and girl stuff... Sometimes we actually get work done. Mostly we encourage each other with new ideas and talk about our dreams.

On occasion, Jessica and I get the urge to do some photos of each other for fun! We get to hone our skills behind the camera while also getting a reminder of what our subjects feel like in front of the camera. I find it much easier to direct and pose people when I know how things look from their perspective. 

Rachel Christensen, my sister, is also one of Jessica's closest friends. Rachel was very excited to lend us some of her Makeup Artist magic! She did such an awesome job with our makeup and we both left the house feeling like rockstars. 

Jessica and I ventured to one of our favorite shoot locations in Toledo at Sidecut Park. This place runs along the river and has a lot of variety in its scenery. Woods, meadows, river, a historical cemetery, an overlook, a gazebo and plenty of trails. What more could you ask for? We decided to explore a little and we got some really great settings. As the light began to fade, we tried to beat the sun and get a few shots of Jessica with her daughter, Ellie. Jessica is expecting her second child and it was wonderful to get to capture her and Ellie's relationship while Ellie is still an only child. Things are soon changing for them both, but they have a great relationship to be able to introduce the new baby into.

I hope you enjoy these photos of this truly beautiful woman!

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Toledo Ohio. Princess Shoot. Oak Openings Preserve.

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Toledo Ohio. Princess Shoot. Oak Openings Preserve.

Model Debbie Altman is a Princess...

I found out that Debbie was interested in pursuing some modeling and I jumped at the chance to do a personal project with her! I love doing themed shoots. Anything artistic that tells a story makes my creativity spike! I did some brainstorming with Debbie and we came up with the idea to do a princess outfit. 

I have been slowly exploring the parks in the Toledo and Bowling Green area. I had not gotten the chance to do any photos at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark so I suggested we have an adventure and try it out. Debbie was in!

On the day of the shoot, my lovely assistant, Jessica, and my talented Makeup Artist sister, Rachel, joined us in preparing Debbie for her debut. Hair was curled and braided, foundation was applied and diamonds were donned. Debbie looked like a true princess. We had a great time, despite some chilly temperatures!

I hope you enjoy this magical story as you scroll through these photos!

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Introducing Stylin Granny Mama

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Introducing Stylin Granny Mama

What could be more exciting for me than taking pictures?

Taking pictures and getting to help someone fulfill their dreams! Now, I have a quick disclaimer. This article is about my mom. Yes. My mom. I know it is a bit cliche and maybe a little personal... But when the blog inspiration strikes, I must listen!

So what does my photography business have to do with my mother? Well my mom happens to be a very talented lady. Yes, I am a little biased because I love her. But truly, she is brilliant. For the sake of giving her personhood in this post, I will be calling her by her first name, Amy. Amy is a writer. I am not sure at what age she began. Was it was journaling as a teenager? Was it was writing short stories as a child? I know she liked to write songs and play her guitar in high school. As long as I have known her, Amy has displayed a knack for the written word. She has a beautifully creative way of expressing thoughts and ideas. When I was a kid, I remember her creating fun bedtime stories for my sister and I. As we got older, she took a creative writing class and eventually began writing a historical fiction novel. 

Amy did not finish that novel, but the process of writing many chapters, and doing in-depth historical research helped to shape who she is as a writer. Perhaps she will pick up that quest again someday... 

Today Amy's quest is in a very different writing medium. Amy has just begun her first blog. Though writing a blog means less writing on one specific story or topic, it, in no way, means less writing. I gawked at my mentor when she suggested I write a blog post three times a week. Sure that would be ideal for my business, but really, I would have to change my schedule to make time for it. Amy decided to commit to blogging five days a week. FIVE. Maybe that is completely normal in the blog community, but I think that was very ambitious! Amy has kept true to her word and posted on her blog every single weekday since its launch on February 1.

Amy has five "topics" to each match a day of the week. Monday is Faith. This is where Amy discusses her beliefs as a Christian and gives daily wisdom and advice. Wednesday is Family. Family is something Amy values greatly and this is reflected in her writing as she explores what family means and how to take care of your relationships with them. On Thursday, Amy tells stories about Friends and she discusses ways to maintain these important relationships. Friday is Fluff day! Fluff is essentially a "catch all" where Amy can explore ideas outside of her other categories. Sometimes she share recipes, cleaning tips, movie ideas, or anything else that strikes her fancy. Usually it is something fun and lighthearted!

You may have noticed that I skipped Tuesday. Tuesday is my favorite day. Tuesday is Fashion day! Amy, aka Stylin Granny Mama, is not only a writer, but a pretty great fashionista! She loves shopping and learning about popular colors and various ways to accessorize. But Amy doesn't dress like a 28-year-old wannabe, Amy dresses in a way that flatters both her age and her body type. She is so excited to help other women, real women, learn to do the same! 

Amy asked me to help her with images for her blog. It was a no brainer for her. Daughter = Photographer? Perfect! I am not only a relatively new photographer, but I had never done anything fashion related before! However, I adore details and photographing beautiful individuals, so I couldn't refuse! It has been quite an adventure! There are many things I hope to get better at as I learn more about how to best display Stylin Granny Mama's amazing wardrobe ideas. We have done two fashion sessions and will be planning for the summer shoot soon! 

I really hope you enjoy looking at these images and I hope you will take a moment to check out this talented lady's blog!


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