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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

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

twenty-six on friday {a day in my life}

i think it would be safe to say that i am ~in no uncertain terms~ addicted to my iphone camera and a few favorite apps. why? because it’s always with me and i use it more than i’ve ever used another camera. why? because it’s small, unobtrusive and i can quickly and simply record what i see~immediately. this week’s theme has snuck up on me…and a few others, it seams;) i knew i could look through my iphone photos and find more than enough images that would honestly portray {a day in my life}.  so as i look through the folders, i am smiling because i am truly blessed.
i had intended on posting a small collage of {a day in my life}, but true to life, things ‘happen’ on their own terms and their own time. tonight, out of the blue, sophia asked me to comb out her dreads. yes, out. of. the. blue. considering the 6 months+ of pleading, notes, pictures, bribes and power points on the subject~and my finally agreeing. tonight, she has decided she is over them. we are starting slow as this will be a painful process for both of us. a half hour, a half a bottle of conditioner and a very sore scalp. enough for tonight. this, my friends, is  just another moment of just another day in my life….and i am blessed.

be sure to go through our circle. from here, see what the always uber creative kara of kara may photography has done.

May 25, 2012 - 11:20 am

Kara May - Oh Gina, I love this post!!! The iPhone ROCKS with photos. I love your compilation. So perfect for this week. Your daughter is a doll and it cracks me up that she begged for dreads and now is done. Okay, so it’s not so funny now, but she’ll laugh soon that she changed her mind so quickly. She carries them amazingly what a cool mom to let her experiment with her creativity. Awesome post!!

twenty-six on friday {dream, dream, dream}

our theme this time ~ ‘dream, dream dream.’ so many ways to go with this. images of gauzy, dreamlike figures immediately came to mind ~ i’ve actually had sketches in my ‘idea notebook’ with a similar feel for far too long. how wonderful that this project has come along to take them off the page and bring them to life. i felt that the real challenge was to make it my own as i’ve seen so many interpretations of this concept over the years. the only element i knew i wanted was some kind of sheer, gauzy material. though i did have the few sketches/preconceived ideas, in the end, i did what i almost always do…i let the subject take the lead and just went with the natural flow, circumstances, surroundings and evolution of the session which, in turn, completely inspires me. in my opinion, this is one way to guarantee a genuine outcome ~ every. single. time.
only after i started laying the images out, i thought of adding poetry but since the images were already shot, i wasn’t sure i would find something that would fit. and then i found edgar allen poe. one of my favorites…and his words fit perfectly.

i find that it’s getting harder and harder to get my girlies in front of my camera…sad face;( but i assured sophia that this would be different and i would be fast. in true fashion, the whole shoot lasted maybe 20 minutes and that was still far too long for her! still, sophia, thank you for wearing that pink dress (again) and letting mom{my} throw a sheer fabric over you. thank you for sitting and dancing in the street (where people could see you.) thank you for walking through thick, tall grasses to one of my secret places so i could wrap honeysuckle vines around you while you watched out for slithering things on the ground. mostly, thank you for adding your own beautiful, unique, individual, artistic personality to this shoot which turned out to be so much more than i ever could have envisioned or sketched out in a notebook.

and remember…i’ll always be in the big old oak tree in dreamland…forever. xo, mommy.


be sure to follow the circle and see what kristin from kristin rochelle photography’s artful interpretation of dream, dream, dream is…




May 11, 2012 - 10:07 am

Sarah Cornish - Oh how soulful and gorgeous!! I LOVE the way you styled this! Perfect for the theme! I am such a huge fan of your work Gina and can’t wait to see more from you!

May 11, 2012 - 10:22 am

aubry - i love everything about this image, the light, the bw conversion, her expression… you nailed it this week.

May 11, 2012 - 10:51 am

Jessica Drossin - That is an amazingly beautiful image. I keep looking at her bracelets and the expression on her face. I love it.

May 11, 2012 - 9:58 pm

martha schuster - help me……be still my poetic heart!!!!!!! your muse, your setting, your poet (xo) your b/w conversions, her hair, the whole thing. i’m sure you know based on our recent conversation how i feel about poetry and image pairing. incredible images gina.

May 11, 2012 - 11:20 pm

Val spring - What an amazing combination of breathtaking images and beautiful poetry! I have been wanting to photograph my girls with a tulle and this set is making me even more inspired to do it. Beautiful work!

May 12, 2012 - 9:30 am

Beth Ross | Tyler TX Photographer - What a gorgeous session! I love your words. The images are stunning and I love the moody feel to them. Absolutely beautiful!

May 12, 2012 - 11:30 am

Kara May - OH. MY. WORD. this is beyond amazing Gina! Incredible! You have such emotion in your images – I love it! Amazing, amazing post!

May 20, 2012 - 7:16 pm

Deborah Carr - Ephemeral. Statuesque. Diaphanous. These are the words that come to mind. I would love to watch you at work. Someday, Gina. Someday.

October 7, 2014 - 8:59 am

Kelly Neil - Simply stunning. So so beautiful. Makes we want to buy 10 yards of tulle and find a pretty girl to photograph. Inspiring!!

reart/world garden exhibition . cincinnati/kharkiv image exchange

i am honored to be a part of an artist’s exchange project between cincinnati and our sister city in kharkiv called ‘reart/world garden.’
it consists of 6 artists from our city and 6 artists from kharkiv with each artist producing one piece of art and then ‘re-done, re-worked, re-arted’ by each artist from the companion city.
the entire process was both freeing and frightening as we each had complete freedom to change and alter another artists work. I found it initially difficult to get past the thought of worrying about what each artist might think of my changes to their art. As i separated myself away from those initial worries, I was able to use the original piece as a starting point and let my own imagination spring and produce new art from that point, as was the intention.  From there, the experience was rewarding and in the end, i feel that inevitably, the themes or ‘feels’ to each new piece were not too far from the beliefs and predisposition (artistically) of my own ‘eyes.’

The opening is tonight, Friday, May 11, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park.

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