PLEASE Look at the locations before booking! A couple of them may be quite a distance away from the downtown Cincinnati area! Once you book, you will receive a contract and invoice for your 50% deposit to secure your session date and time.
Please note, these are only for mini sessions. If you wish to schedule a full experience session please call or email separately. Please schedule by emailing me via email@example.com.
Don’t know which session is good for you? Mini sessions are good for fun family shots and children’s updated shots in a park-like setting.
A full session is great for capturing the essence of your family and is great for creating walls of art in your home. It’s the best way to ensure that perfect shot that showcases each of your family members personality. Combine shots in your home, a park, or other location dear to your heart. These are ideal for Newborn and Family sessions.
Full Session pricing as well as ala carte print pricing and some custom products pricing can be viewed here: http://www.hezlepphotography.com/2012/07/16/current-pricing-2012/
Mini session CDs are packaged in a recycled CD half fold sleeve with a custom image printed on the front of the CD.
Full session CDs are packaged in a custom cover canvas case with magnetic closer for full protection for your CD. Can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=204673486228885&set=a.183458108350423.48080.118513191511582&type=3&theater
OUTDOOR MINI SESSIONS
Description: Outdoor mini session consists of a 25 minute shoot at predetermined locations. Includes a CD of 10 to 15 final retouched images with full print release. Once you book, you will receive a contract and deposit invoice via email that must be signed and paid in order to secure your session date and time. If inclement weather is encountered, a reschedule will be offered.
Price: $200 plus sales tax
Outdoor Minis Schedule (appointments made in half hour increments)
Sunday, April 7th from 3:00-7:00 location: Cincinnati Nature Center (Rowe Woods) 4:00, 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30 already taken!
Friday, May 3rd 4:30 to 7:00 location: Cincinnati Nature Center (Rowe Woods)
Friday, May 10th 4:30 to 7:00 location: Alms Park
Saturday, June 1st 3:00 to 7:30 location: Beechridge Conference Center (11284 Decoursey Pike, Latonia, KY. (FB page: https://www.facebook.com/BeechridgeConferenceCenter?fref=ts). This is a country setting with a large lake, white barn, small dock and a wonderful swing off a very large, old sycamore tree.
Saturday, June 22nd 3:00 to 8:00 location: Lake Lorelei (PLEASE GOOGLE THIS LOCATION from where you live before you book!)
Saturday, August 10th 2:30 to 7:30 location: land in Goshen with a barn, split rail fence, greenery.
Saturday, October 19th 2:00 to 5:30 location: to be determined
Friday, October 25th 2:00 to 5:30 location: Cincinnati Nature Center (Rowe Woods)
IF none of these dates and/or locations work for you, you are welcome to create your own mini session event if you find your own location and have at least five sessions to fill it up. We can choose a date together.
Spring daffodils at the CNC should be perfectly bloomed for this first round of 25 minute sessions for the year!
Where: Cincinnati Nature Center (there is a charge to get in, but I’m 95% confident I can gather up free passes and so far I have four. Check their website for info: http://www.cincynature.org
When: Sunday, March 24th, time slots available below.
What: 25 minute session, 10 to 15 full resolution images on disk for $200 (subject to 6.5% ohio sales tax). 100% of my mini session clients purchased the CD last year, so I changed the cost to include everything. A 50% deposit is required to hold your spot For which you will be invoiced for upon scheduling.
The daffodils should be in full bloom by this date. As you enter the main gate, you’ll see a ton of tulips to your left. We will meet there. These are perfect for Easter/Spring/Pastels attire.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513.528.3778 to reserve your time. First Time preferences given by email time stamp or call time.
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I’m a photographer, not a writer. Forgive the imperfections and grammatical errors
I’ve sat down many times over the past few months to write this post only to talk myself out of it for many reasons. People will think this or that, think I’m being self serving, think I’m just plain weird or a bleeding heart. I overthink everything. Well, I’ve decided that it really doesn’t matter what people think, only that I’m doing what I’ve been urged to do; tell this story. And with all the love that’s in the air in the posts today in honor of Martin Luther King, JR Day, I thought it an appropriate time to post this.
I’ve been a volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep for four years now. This past year I had many things happen in my life that caused a great deal of stress. We have all been to that point where we think, something’s gotta give! NILMDTS is tough organization to volunteer for. You volunteer to be in a position to deal with situations you aren’t trained for. We are photographers, not therapists, and as for myself, I have said dumb things in certain situations because I’ve either not known what the heck to say or I’ve tried to remove myself so much from the situation so I could work that I became insensitive. It’s a tough balance. If you let it get the best of you, your eyes are swollen with tears and you can’t see to take pictures!! You remove yourself too much and you just become a robot. You also deal with hospital relations. For the most part, nurses are sensitive to the fact that we are volunteers and not on call 24/7. Others aren’t so sensitive. Just in the past two years we’ve had to work to repair relationships because of things that have happened (which I won’t go into detail). We’ve trained nurses on how to use digital SLRs for the calls we can’t respond, we’ve worked to establish new procedures so the nurses aren’t clueless about what we do. We have alot of work to do because that was done with only ONE HOSPITAL! We cover SIX!!! (Children’s, Good Sam, Bethesda North, Mercy Anderson, Mercy Fairfield, University). Couple that with trying to serve all the families that need services and you easily have about three full time jobs. Except it’s not my (or other volunteer photographer’s) full time job. I have my family and my business. If I didn’t live with my heart I could easily just easily say, well…sorry I can’t come take pictures and that’s the end of it. Knowing the amount of families that go unserved truly upsets me. But I also can’t let it consume my life or I will also fail my kids and husband. It’s tough though when unexpected things happen, like arriving at the hospital for one session and realize there are three. Three. it’s mind boggling. Three funerals. Three sessions to edit (which for some sessions take many hours to edit). Three memorial photos to return in time for the memorial. And suddenly my regular clients don’t understand why my 5 week turnaround quote is now going to be 7 weeks. I constantly was feeling guilty. Always saying sorry. I try to keep my regular photography business part time and only have two days a week dedicated to editing (well, I’ve not kept that schedule, as my husband can attest!). I’m trying to change the guilt and the constant apologizing. I’m okay with how things are. This is what I’m meant to be and do.
HOW DO I KNOW???? This purse is how I know.
I was struggling with stress and prayed for a sign of what I should give up. What do I do? How do I fix this feeling? I hate feeling this way! I hate letting people down!!! So I thought, I will need to just give up NILMDTS.
Then I get a message literally that same week I just resolved to the idea that it was NILMDTS that had to be my relief. “May I stop by and pick up my CD and drop something off?” well sure! see you soon! It was Dana. Dana is the mother of Jennifer. Jennifer is the mother of Eli. She sacrificed herself for Eli. She found out she had breast cancer during pregnancy and chose to have Eli while delaying necessary treatment. I was honored to photograph Eli after he as born, and photograph his time with his mommy. She passed away March 8, 2011. But she’s still speaking!!! RIGHT NOW, in these words I am sharing!!
Dana came by and dropped off a bag and left. She didn’t want to cry and left me in private to open it up. In it was this purse, a card and a poem. Jennifer loved this poem. In the card sent to me Dana says “When Jennifer was in the Philly Cancer Hospital, they had a little jewelry show and she had seen a starfish necklace she just had to have”. On the way home “she told me this [starfish] story and then I understood. The little girl saved and made a difference in one starfish and Jennifer wanted to make and save her baby Eli when everyone was telling her to abort or let him go”. “After Eli was born, you were placed in our lives and made a difference in Jennifer’s life. You treated her as a young woman and not a person with cancer.” And a beautiful woman and mother she was! I just simply wanted to capture her little family the best way that I could for her, for Andy, for Dana…and for Eli to know what an amazing woman his mommy is. There are slightly different versions of the poem, but I’ll share the one they shared with me:
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
So it was a VERY BLATANT MESSAGE that Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep WAS NOT what I was supposed to give up!!! I was so worried about getting behind on work, stressing about getting this or that done. IT DOESN’T MATTER!!!! It’ll be there tomorrow. These families with these babies won’t. And while I have committed to taking a break from taking so many NILMDTS sessions to avoid burnout, I know that I’ll be there for the ones I’m meant to be there for. Even if it is just one a month. That’s one family that is served that wouldn’t have been. I will also continue to work on hospital relationships. We have some mending to do with Children’s Hospital and will be meeting with them next month.
“Do your best and God will do the rest” [Nick Vujicic, motivational speaker born with no arms and no legs]
“It takes the same amount of energy to worry as it does to believe” [Joel Osteen]
So I’m done worrying about how I’m going to do it all. Because I CAN’T do it all. I can’t volunteer for every call and feel guilty all the time. I can’t do everything at my kids school. I can’t run an effective business all the time when things happen in my family. I can’t do it all. And I’m finally okay with that. I’m okay if people think I’m a slacker. I know I’m not! I know in my heart I’m doing what I SHOULD BE DOING and what will have IMPACT. If that means I look rude to someone, well so be it. I’ve spent too much time worrying about what people thinkGod is directing me, so I know my future will be amazing! I CAN’T WAIT!
GO BE AMAZING with just doing little things!
To learn more about Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep or to become a volunteer photographer, visit www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org And THANK YOU to the local Cincinnati photographers that endure this special journey with me as a NILMDTS volunteer. We have some special people on our team!!!
This is Jennifer, Andy and Eli the week he came home. Thank you Jennifer for speaking to me through your amazing mom and your amazing husband: