Cincinnati Family Portraits

Today I want to share a special session I recently did on a tree farm in Kentucky.  Bonita and her family were my very first post on this blog back in 2010.  I was thrilled when she contacted me to set up another session.   When we were discussing where to go for the session she mentioned her grandfather's farm in Kentucky where Bonita grew up.  Her grandfather just recently passed away and she thought it would be a beautiful tribute to him.  I was thrilled with her idea.  I met her on the farm and ran around with her and her children for a couple of hours.  It was a very special experience.  He children have so much personality and they adore their momma so much.  They loved exploring the place where she grew up.2014-05-12_0025.jpg 2014-05-12_0029.jpg 2014-05-12_0002.jpg 2014-05-12_0003.jpg 2014-05-12_0004.jpg 2014-05-12_0005.jpg 2014-05-12_0006.jpg 2014-05-12_0012.jpg 2014-05-12_0011.jpg 2014-05-12_0010.jpg 2014-05-12_0007.jpg 2014-05-12_0028.jpg 2014-05-12_0027.jpg

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Sweet Little Chase! Cincinnati Family Photography

I photographed Rachel and Casey's maternity session a couple of months ago.  I was so happy to get the email from Rachel telling me little Chase was born right before Christmas.   I headed to their house last week to meet their little guy.  He is precious.  It was really sweet seeing Rachel and Casey nestle into their new life as parents.  Chase was a dream to photograph.  He was nice and comfortable being close to mom and dad.   

Katie and Evie's day at the park

Katie is leaving for Afghanistan very soon.  She is going to be away from her daughter Evie for a few months.  We did this photo session just for fun and to give Katie beautiful images of her and Evie together to help her get through these next few months.  I love how sweet and sincere these photos are.

 Please take care of yourself Katie, we'll miss you and make sure to give Evie lots of love while you're away. xx 

Sarah and Karen's Northside Cincinnati Engagement

I love when couples choose locations that have special meaning to them for their photo sessions.  It makes the shoot so much more personal.  I met Sarah and Karen in Northside for this very sweet engagement session.  Northside is where they had their first date and their first kiss.  It was a real pleasure getting to know these two and hearing all about their love story.  Unfortunately, the state of Ohio still has a ban on gay marriage so Sarah and Karen are officially getting married later this year in New York.  They will be having a commitment ceremony at the Bell Event Centre .  I am honored they want me there to photograph it.

Special thanks to Rachel at Brideface for dolling the girls up for the shoot, they looked fantastic! I met Sarah and Karen at the Northside Tavern, where we planned on taking a few photos.  There was a wedding reception at the bar and I could not get in due to a line down the street.  I spotted Karen in the window and decided to shoot from outside instead.  I love the way these turned out.  Magic.Northside is full of color and interesting art.  We had a little fun with some of the wall murals. :)Love. Sidewinder Coffeshop where they had their first date. We headed over to Covington to get some images along the river. 

Darienne Cincinnati Senior Portraits

Darienne and her family came all the way from Pennsylvania so that I could photograph her senior pictures.  They planned their family vacation around the session.  Way to make a girl feel loved! :) Darienne's mother started following my blog after seeing photos I took at Amber and Brian's wedding last year.  She is the sweetest,  I was blown away when she sent me the nicest condolence email when my dog passed last year.  How thoughtful!  Since Darienne and her family have never really had a chance to see Cincinnati I wanted to show off our wonderful city with a little tour.  We went to  Ault Park, Sawyer Point and Downtown for photos.  It was a great time.  Darienne is a huge animal lover with a heart of gold. She has a wonderful future ahead of her!  Huge thanks to  Kelly of Cinci Makeup for dolling Darienne up for these very special pictures! :)cincinnati-senior-portraitscincinnati-senior-portraitscincinnati-senior-portraitscincinnati-senior-portraitscincinnati-senior-portraits

Jordan and Kent's Love Session

Jordan and Kent met in England where Jordan is originally from.  I cant tell you how much I love her British accent and the fact that she calls all of her friends "mate".  After six years of marriage these two are still full of admiration and passion for each other.  It was really beautiful to photograph.cincinnati wedding photographercincinnati wedding photographercincinnati-wedding-photographercouple-city-downtowncouple-sitting-lovecincinnati-wedding-photographercincinnati-wedding-photographermarried-lovesilhouette-flare-couplekissing couple

Jessica and Ricky Cincinnati Maternity Photographer

Jessica and I first met when we worked together years ago.  I always thought she was such a pretty girl and so, so sweet.  I was so excited when she asked me to come to her parent's beautiful log cabin for a maternity session with her husband, Ricky.  They are adorable together.

Jessica's parents house was kind of a sensory overload.  It is full of gorgeous antiques, my favorite.  Since Jessica also booked a newborn session we thought it would be a great idea to shoot it at grandma's house so we can use some of her amazing furniture.  One more month until baby Zoey is here and we get to have more fun,  I can't wait.

I am very lucky to get such amazing clients who allow me  to experiment and push things creatively.  Thanks so much Jessica and Ricky for allowing to capture this special time in your lives.  See you next month!!! 

Cincinnati Senior Portraits

Im not going to lie, once in a while I pop out my senior memories book for a night of reminiscing.   I was a senior in 1996, which for me was a year of great times I will always remember,  but also a year of  bad hair, high waisted jeans, scrunchies, and clod hopping military boots.

My senior pictures were taken at the "it" studio that everybody was going to at the time.  On picture day I gathered up all of my favorite outfits and my best friend and we headed to the studio.  I thought it was so cool to have my pictures taken by a professional photographer.  I felt so special that day.  In 1996 I loved my pictures and  I wanted everyone of them, today I cringe at my pictures and feel awful that my dad spent so much money on prints that are still in the box.  No CDS back in those days... The studio used cheesy gold studio lighting and metallic backdrops.  They had  ladders and a fake graffiti wall with '96 spray painted on it.  My pictures were just corny.  One day when I am brave enough I will post them...though I will say this, the zipper on my jeans was at least 12 inches long.  I was wearing "mom jeans" at 17. :)

When Adrienne's mother contacted me about setting up a Senior photo session, she said she wanted something personal and special for Adrienne.  She wanted to shoot in Devou Park and Mainstrasse.  I love that more and more seniors want to take their pictures outside of the studio.  It makes the experience so much more exciting and unique.  Senior pictures don't have to be corny studio pictures anymore.  They can actually be pretty creative and cool pictures, instead of pictures you want to hide from 15 years later. :) We ran all over Covington.  I honestly felt like a 17 year old in a 32 year olds body that day.  It was a lot of  fun.  Adrienne is very pretty and so, so sweet.  She was a natural in front of the camera.  She brought along her best friend, Polly to be our performing artist/comedian and she did a great job keeping us laughing all evening. :)  Thanks Polly!  And thank you Adrienne for choosing me to take your senior pictures! :)

Caelen's Almost One

Caelen's Dad, Jhagger (who is named after Mick Jagger, his mom just spelled it different :) ) is Dave's good friend.  Every time he's at our house, I tell him how much I would love to take pictures of his little boy.  Finally just in time for Caelen's first birthday,  we managed to work out a time that worked for everyone. :) I met Caelen, Jhagger, and his girlfriend, Anna at Ault Park for their photo session.  This little boy is too cute for words.  I had a great time chasing him around the park and hanging out with Jhagger and Anna.   Ault Park is always the perfect place to go for a family session because of the diversity and size of the park.  Oh yeah, and because it is gorgeous there, year round!

Jhagger is a giant, really, he's like 6'6.  Little Caelen is following in his dad's footsteps for sure.  At just over 10 months he is already bigger than most kids his age.For those of you thinking about booking a fall or holiday photo session contact me soon through my website or email me here  nikita@nikitagross.com to set up a date.  I still have lots of November dates available, but I am sure they will book up fast. :)

Family Session on a Farm

Jennifer contacted me a few months ago about setting up this very special family session.  She has had a very tough year in and out of the hospital with a blood disease that has changed her life dramatically.  She has fought hard, with the support of her loving family and friends she is home feeling better.  This photo session is her way of celebrating her life and her family. I am so happy to be part of it! :)

We did the session at Jennifer's parents house, which happens to be on a glorious farm in Kenton County.  Jennifer, her husband Chris and her daughter Avery showed me around the farm while I snapped pictures of them.  This farm has what every great farm should have, cows, roosters, an orchard,  a huge barn, and lots of dogs protecting the place.  Ahhhh... my dream house for sure!

Jen and Paul Engaged

It's always so nice to spend the evening with two love birds.  Especially love birds that make me laugh.  Jen and Paul are getting married in October, and they picked me to be their photographer. :)  We had a blast taking their engagement pictures. By the end of the session my cheeks were seriously hurting from laughing so hard.  Thanks for keeping me on my toes Paul,  and Jen thanks for being so sweet.  I cant wait until your wedding. :)

This one is my favorite.Yummy light!They were so affectionate, this is what I love about engagement sessions.  It is  a beautiful moment when all of your focus is on each other.  This is the park where they got engaged.Love, love love this!