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a fun little workshop in my own backyard

lemonade and lenses asked and it happened. we (cincinnati) were so lucky to host the beautiful and uber creative shannon sewell as she added our little city in on her workshop trip across the country this summer. more of a sweetheart in person than you can even imagine. add to that a group of fabulous women photographers, three of the cutest 11 year olds from heyman talent agency, fun, colorful wardrobe from  zozobugbaby and the most beautifully created hair accessories by maya’s curls hair bows and accessories. a pretty good day, i’d say. here are a few images from the afternoon.


July 21, 2012 - 11:03 pm

Juliet Carey - Gina these are amazing!!!! So wonderful to meet you today!!! XOXO!

twenty-six on friday {just me}

life is happening so fast around me. more than usual. most of it good, even great.
overall, it has depleted me ~ for the time being.
right now, i need a little time…

to just {be}

follow the circle to see what Kristin Rachelle Brown has created for this week’s theme.

June 22, 2012 - 12:18 pm

breeze - amazing!! i love this set!!

June 22, 2012 - 4:08 pm

Sarah Cornish - Could you be any more gorgeous?!!! I LOVE these and now i am even more embarrassed my half arse instagram photos LOL

June 22, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Jessica Drossin - LOVE this you talented, brave, beautiful woman!

June 23, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Kara May - You are amazing. Beautiful, soulful, creative and talented. So happy to see this post of ‘you’.

July 8, 2012 - 11:15 am

Stacey S - What a fabulous post and that last image is absolutely gorgeous!

July 14, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Natalie - Oh Gigi, love this one! You turn the simpliest thing, “Taking time for yourself” into something absolutely beautiful…

the august collaboration

a few months back i was asked to be a part of a collaboration that was started by lexi vornberg from lemonade and lenses. it involved one crown (that traveled across the country), 15 photographers and our imaginations. the final images have been put together in a booklet and i am so honored to have been a part of it.

the august collaboration
the gorgeous crown is by if the crown fits

i immediately knew who i wanted to wear this crown and a loose idea of how i wanted to style the shoot. i could see the finished images, his locks, his eyes, the crown…yes, i said his. a boy. i didn’t even consider a girl. lou was the perfect subject for this project.
what i never considered was that he might not wear it. after a lot of bribing and pleading ~ lou was not going to have any part in wearing a ‘girl’s crown’ ~ his mamma and i let it go. i can honestly say we tried. as we walked to the parking lot, we both noticed a great textured wall with some graffiti on it. lou thought it was pretty neat too.
he came to the shoot dressed pretty hip to begin with and sporting a cool hat that he regularly wears. i wanted to photograph him and if the only way was without the crown, then so be it. we started out slow and he asked to see the images. he approved and asked that when i send them over, he would like to see them in b/w. my kinda kid!
his mom and i looked at each other and knew we were going to try for the crown, one more time.
so, in the far back corner of a parking lot, away from anyone who could ‘see,’ lou allowed me to snap a few, and i mean only a few, quickly. even though he did not wear the wardrobe that was intended, or use the props intended or even the location initially intended, i love the few images i made of him. a real boy, in his real clothes, in modern times, a prince.
thank you lou for being…perfect little you. above is my favorite from the few that i got that afternoon. the poem was unfortunately left off in the issue’s spread. i think it is perfect.

here is lou without his fancy, gold, crocheted crown, but with his everyday, favorite crown.

a prince either way.

to see the whole issue with everyone’s creative take, click on the link below

twenty-six on friday {i don’t want to forget}

how did two weeks fly by already? i had this whole post/story worked out in my head…but here we are the night before, and i ran out of time. i am going to do a very short part of it here tonight…with the full version to come. this theme is much too close to my heart to not give it it’s proper due.
for now, here are one of the ‘things’ i never, ever, ever want to forget. this face, this smile, these hands…more to come.

next stop in the circle of twenty-six on fridays…kara of kara may photography

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June 8, 2012 - 7:28 pm

martha schuster - it’s perfect as is. i love all of her rings – she has such great style. i remember when i was her age wearing all of the bracelets and paper concert bands, etc. – each one had such meaning. you’ve captured a perfect memory. 🙂 xo

June 9, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Kara May - love how she accessorizes!! she’s one hip-chic and I love her style. I wouldn’t want to forget this stage of her life either. It changes way too fast. So glad you captured and shared this Gina!! xoxo

June 10, 2012 - 10:32 am

aubry - what a cute style she has. love it.

June 11, 2012 - 9:34 am

Beth Ross | Tyler, TX Photographer - She is so beautiful! I love her fingernail polish and all of her rings. She has such a pretty smile and I love the way she poses for you.

July 14, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Natalie - <3 Sophia <3