So Miss D contacted me because she wanted to do something a little different for her hubby for Father’s Day. She decided she wanted to give him some boudoir photos for his special day. I’m sure being parents, with the every day hustle and bustle of keep up with a little one, can sometimes take the “sexy” out of marriage. But, boy oh boy, she certainly showed him there is still lots of room for “va va voom” in the relationship. Check out a small sampling of images from the session. Word of the streets is that the Mister absolutely LOVED his book of smokin’ images of his beautiful wife.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
Traveling is something that I think I’ve grown to love a little later in life than I would have liked. But that’s not keeping me from making sure I see the world and all the pages of joy it has to offer me. It always amazes me how inspired I am when I come back from a travel adventure. Being able to see the world is one of my favorite creative outlets. And this trip was no different. When my friend Rhiannon asked me to join her and her friend Sherazade to Ireland and England in May, my first thoughts were…where am I going to get the money?! How can I afford to take 2 weeks away from work (remember, no paid time off for the self-employed!) right when my busy season will be starting?! But then I thought, what if I never get this opportunity again? This is my chance to see parts of the world I have always dreamed of seeing. So with that, I said YES!
I started my trip by meeting Rhiannon & Shera at the Dublin airport. We picked up our rental car and headed towards our first B&B – The Abrae Court Guest House. Let me say that first ride on the left side of the road was an interesting one! We may or may not have did an extra loop around our first turn about. And we may or may not have clipped a traffic cone within the first 5 minutes of driving. Oops. And driving on the tight, narrow streets was sure nerve-wracking! Haha. But we eventually made it to our B&B!
My first Irish meal was at The Rathgar and my love for “chips” was sent in full throttle! How can you NOT love chips with garlic mayo and cheese?! Sooooo good!
After grabbing some grub, we decided to head into town and hit up Grafton Street for some amazing people watching!
(Just some random graffiti that I thought was a hoot!)
Tin whistle + Sun Flare + Beautiful Music = Happy Tami!
There were some interesting characters too amongst the streets of Dublin…like Mario playing a keyboard…and grown men dressed as bunnies (I’m assuming it was a Stag night!)
Somehow, while we had arrived in Ireland, the dinner option for our first night in town ended up being Italian from Carluccio’s…but let me tell you, it was damn good Italian food!
We also made sure that we stopped over to Saint Stephens Park. Oh the beautiful flowers, fountains, pond and arches!
After a day in Dublin, it was time for us to head south to Cork. (Don’t worry, we headed back to Dublin at the end of our week in Ireland to experience more!) Thankfully, driving along the highways (freeways, thruways, whatever you call it from your parts!) was a little less nerve-wracking then the narrow, traffic filled streets of the city. As we were driving along I saw a sign for the rock of Cashel and I immediately made Rhiannon get off at the exit to check it out! And an absolute beauty is what we found! While we came across our first bit of what would turn out to be a repeat appearance of scaffolding amongst the historic sites attached to this landmark, it was still breath-taking! The 3 of us gals decided to skip the tour of the grounds and ended up meandering around the outside of it on the rocky edges amongst the sheep, cows, and LOTS OF DUNG! Haha. But some pretty views we did get!
You will come to find that we LOVED taking “Jumping” shots at all the locations we traveled to!
We had a middle age couple that was kind enough to take this group photo of us. We couldn’t help but laugh when the wife of this pair said a resounding, “No way!” when we asked if she’d be climbing around the Rock, we later found this to be the trend with Irish women…very strong willed and stubborn. I love it! Haha.
After Cashel, we headed into the town of Cork. Though it took us a few loops around town to find our accommodations for the next few nights at the Killarney Guest House. How come no one has street addresses in Cork?! This makes Tom Tom very very confused! Haha. It was definitely lovely accommodations once we made it there! We did a bit of walking around Cork City Centre and ended up at SoHo where I experienced my first steak on a stone! So good, but we kind of smoked the place out a bit with our meat sizzling. Haha
Rhiannon decided to call it an early night, but Shera and I wanted to experience a night out on the town in Cork. We made a quick stop at the Hi-B (what an interesting suggestion, Ronan! Lol) and ultimately ended up at Crane Lane (a MUCH better option, thanks!) Such a fun night of dancing and drinking Guinness! We ended up making friends with Muiris that night and ended up treating us to a home-cooked Irish meal the next evening with his flatmate. Ummm…can I say I love the Irish hospitality?!! We continued the late night with some dancing in the streets. Exactly how I expected of an evening out in Ireland! Shera and I finally took our tired feeties back home at 3am, but not without another kind gent offering to walk us along, so we didn’t have to walk back by ourselves. These Cork men are the best!
On day 3 of our trip with a visit to Blarney Castle! I was hesitant at first on if I wanted to actually kiss the stone because I kept hearing rumors about locals pissing on it. But I guess “when in Ireland…” so a kiss was planted on the grey wall of Blarney Castle by little ol’ me. The Blarney Castle grounds took me by surprise with how gorgeous they were! So much amaziness!
I was OBSESSED with these trees!!
So much green! Exactly what I expected of Ireland!
One of my favorite photos of myself from my trip!
Why are our eyes closed in this next photo? This was the Blarney Witch’s Wishing Steps. Legend is if you can walk up and back on these steps with your eyes closed and thinking of nothing but your wish, it will be granted within a year. I made a great wish…we shall see if it gets granted.
Here I am getting all goofy at the sacrificial altar and the fairy glades! Haha
You know…just sitting amongst the white wild flowers. Haha
We picked some pretty pink flowers to put in our hair…shhh…don’t tell! Also, there was this wall to climb and a tire swing on the grounds…Didn’t quite get that, but we had fun with it!
So with that, I think I will stop and leave some more of my tales from my trip for another day. If you have any questions about the sites and locations I visited, let me know!
I met Megan a few years ago when she was an intern at the corporate fitness facility I used to work for. It was pretty much friends at first meeting. She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. During those days of working together, I also remember how her eyes would light up if she was chatting about Pat. So you can only imagine my excitement when I saw an absolutely stunning engagement ring photo flash on my Facebook news feed and I found out they were engaged! More excited came when she told me she wanted me to be the one photographing her big day. I am more than honored to get to capture this gorgeous and wonderful couple this August.
We headed to Lakewood for their engagement photos. Hit up Harry Buffalo (where the magic all started and where I got to see their hilarious funny side shine though…see the photos below!) and then to the Rocky River Reservation. Enjoy!
It was such a pleasure to meet Lilli and her parents. This sweet little lady was nothing but affection from the moment I met her. As soon as she saw me enter the room, she came right over and sat herself down in my lap. It was super cute and I was loving every minute of it…then I remembered that I can’t exactly take photos of this adorable kiddo when she’s snuggled up to me. Darn! Haha. Below are a few of my favorites from her first birthday / cake smash session. After it was time for Lili to take a sugar-filled nap, I stepped aside with just her mom & dad for some updated photos of this handsome looking couple.
I remember when I booked my flight in October, this trip seemed FOREVER away! But now it is finally here and I’m so extremely excited about it! You have no idea how much pleasure I get from exploring the world we live in! I will be heading to Ireland first, where I’ll be meeting up with friends in Dublin and traveling all through the countryside for a week. I also have a few other friends that I’ve met over the course of the last few months that I’m looking forward to meeting in person. Then we will be heading on a ferry over to London, England where I will get to start off where I left off back in 2010 (when I last visited). I’m extremely excited to be meeting up with 2 of my British besties too while I’m there!
So with that being said, I will be out of the office from now until Monday, June 3rd. I will respond to all correspondence as soon as I return! If you want to keep up with my travels while I’m gone, be sure to follow me on my Instagram here: http://instagram.com/tamikeehn.
Since I’m absolutely TERRIBLE about posting my personal photos (always trying to stay on top of my clients’ images), here some of my favorite images from my last trip to London in 2010. It blows me away to look back and see how much I’ve grown with my photography in the last 3 years (so be kind about what you see! Haha). Enjoy!
The Sloane Square station where we would get off to get to our hotel in Chelsea.
We did a little shopping and stopped for some lunch in Covent Gardens. Loved these statue dude street performers!
I do NOT recommend standing in one of these telephone booths…reeked of urine!
By the end of the weekend in London, I was finally getting the hang of the Tube.
Buckingham Palace – Changing of the guards!
It’s a Bobby!
I hope to get inside the National Gallery this time around! I didn’t get a chance to check out many museums.
The London Eye was probably one of the highlights for me. I loved the views from it! So very cool!
House of Parliament and Big Ben (and some of Westminster Abbey)
Charing Cross Station
Tower of London (another site I need to visit this time!)
After a weekend in London, we headed outside of the city. We headed to town of Avebury to see the stone formations (and you can actually get right up to them, unlike Stonehenge)
Loved grabbing a drink inside of the Red Lion (Est. 1802)
I don’t think my friend Lil even knew I took this photo. But I felt it appropriate to take a photo of the 51 Upper Queens Street – the address I sent long, handwritten letters to since we were both probably 12 or 13.
We took a trip to St. Peterborough Cathedral. Here lies the grave of Catherine of Aragon.
Look at this crooked steeple! This church in Chesterfield, had the spire added in 1362 and due to poor craftsmanship, it warped as such.
Next we headed to the town of Eyam. This was the town known as the “Plague Village” because they chose to isolate themselves when the Great Plague struck in 1665. They would use Mompesson’s Well to transfer food, medicine and coins in and out of the town.
Eyam Church. Being an American, the dates on the tombstones bewildered my mind.
I forget the age of this thing, but it was something ridiculous like 500 AD. I remember thinking it was so unreal to be able to stand and touch something so old!
After our trip to Eyam we headed to what I think it was the Peak District National Park? Whatever it was, it was beautiful! We got met by some friend cows and sheep and had some breath-taking views as we climbed among the rocky hills.
It was a bit chilly that day! We bundled up!
In Northamptonshire, I headed to Coton Manor Garden with Lindsey and her mum. It was bluebell season and as we entered the woods, I felt like I was walking into an enchanted forest and that fairies HAD to be hiding in the nooks just waiting to jump out at me! Haha.
And with that, I PROMISE I will not wait 3 years for photos from this trip! PROMISE!! Haha.
Mirjam and her hubby recently relocated to Ohio from Germany. If it were me and I moved to a new country and I was expecting my first child so far away from my family and friends, I’d be a little bit nervous. But not these two. They seem like they are so excited to take on this new experience in a new country and I’m so excited that they chose me to be there to help photograph these special moments and memories so they CAN share it with their loved ones that are a few thousand miles away. Sessions such as this always remind me why I love what I do so much.
Sometimes you come across couples where the love just radiates from them. You can tell that they are so completely smitten with each other. That’s Jen and Patrick. The warmth and kindness they had towards each other. All the tenderness and smiles. After finishing their engagement session, it left me all in love with love. Haha. I can’t wait until next month when I get to photograph these two exchanging their vows.
So I have to say that baby James takes the cake when it comes to the calmest baby I have probably ever photographed! This adorable little munchkin was sooooo good about keeping “passed out” for our session. I almost didn’t know what to do with myself…newborn sessions generally take lots of time and patience, so when I was finding myself able to get my shot within the first or second try, it was like “Wow!” Haha. Thank you for making my job easy, little guy!
Check out some of my favorite images below. Is he not the cutest thing ever?!
Last year, on a whim, I decided when I headed out to Vegas for the Annual WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference) that I was going to do a shoot-out session where I could get some hands-on shooting with other photographers from all over. I ended up doing Victor Sizemore‘s Golden Era Baseball shoot and had an absolute BLAST doing it. So this year it was a given that I’d be doing it again. This year’s theme was a Great Gatsby style shoot! We did some photos in front of the Paris Hotel, snuck into the Sugar Factory American Brasserie lobby for a few photos (before we got kicked out! Haha), then headed over to a RIDIC-ulous suite at The Palm Place were we ventured into some more boudoir-esque type of photos. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day.
To see more images from the day, please check out my gallery here.
Victor Sizemore Photography
Hair and Make-up
What better way to celebrate my birthday than to share with you a session that is one of my absolute favorite to photograph…sexy boudoir! There’s just something about bringing out the inner vixen of either the mother of 3 kiddos, the prim & proper company exec or the plain jane school teacher that never wears makeup. I love seeing the transformation after my makeup artist works with them to bring out their best features and then seeing them light up as we choose the sexiest outfit options.
Here’s a session that I did recently with Miss S…isn’t she gorgeous?!
It’s hard to believe that a year has past since I last saw Mr. Avi. This handsome little man has grown so much and I’m absolutely in love with his head of curls and bright blue eyes! We were lucky enough to get a beautiful March spring day in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and I had a blast playing and photographing with this little guy and his amazing parents. I also got news that Avi is going to be a big brother! Such exciting stuff! I look forward to getting to photograph again this soon to be family of 4!
And just a fun comparison to see how much Avi has grown over the last year! Craziness! I didn’t think he could get any cuter…but he managed.
Angela and Jon are two of the sweetest individuals you will ever meet. This gorgeous duo moved to Ohio not too long ago from Florida to continue to pursue their musical career. You could check out this guitar/flute duo’s website for some amazing sounding music. Being from Florida, they wanted to have some winter engagement photos done…especially since this would be their first time getting to experience snow! While we managed only to get some light snowflakes for their session (because Ohio weather can never make up it’s mind on what it wants to do! Haha), we left with some amazing shots of this loving couple.