Morning Bliss

Food, Lifestyle

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This smoothie is AMAZING!! I’ve been doing really well on my health kick, but found myself craving chocolate and wanting to cheat this week. I found the solution just in time. Here are a few different variations just playing around to see what I could get my husband into (he’s not a big fan of smoothies…..yet). Check out the recipe here from My Darling Vegan. I added cacao nibs which give you an added crunch. Also tried layering chia, greek yogurt, and granola. I’m sure some of you are asking what does this all have to do with photography\weddings\your blog?? Well, for me photography is so much more than just booking a shoot, showing up, and snapping a few photos. Its about creativity, connection, and understanding people\life. My recent health journey is helping me to pay attention to the things around me and within to look a bit deeper, find more meaning, and reconnect.

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2.18.17

Lifestyle

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Weekend Vibes at Home

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2.17.17

Food, Lifestyle

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robin mckerrell photography - cincinnati lifestyle-11“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

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Light

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robin mckerrell photography - cincinnati lifestyle-3“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”

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2.16.17 Clean Eats

Food, Lifestyle

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robin mckerrell photography - cincinnati lifestyle-6 clean eatsClean eats. A little mid-day meal prep. This is my adapted version of “the best detox soup” I posted earlier this week. I added quinoa to make it seem more filling and cumin\chili powder to add more spice. This is a really light and easy snack.

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3.14.17

Lifestyle

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Early to Rise

Food, Lifestyle

Last night was my third hot yoga class and I think its safe to say that I’m hooked. Never in a million years did I imagine doing hot yoga, because I’ve told myself all of my play it safe mantras : “I overheat easily,” “my wrists are too weak for yoga,” “hot yoga is sweaty, stinky, and gross.” The list goes on and on, but I accidentally showed up to a class with a good friend (thank goodness for Allison pushing me to go for it) and it was something new and different. Over the last few years I got into a pattern of doing the same things day in and day out that were not healthy for me: eating at Mcdonalds multiple times a day, never working out, and working too much without time for a mental break. I thought that if I booked my photography schedule with tons of clients, had a cool studio in OTR, and made extra cash that would be the perfect life.

However, as they say you can only keep that up for so long until you crack. Life isn’t all about work-even if you love it. You read about finding balance and living clean, but is it that easy to accomplish? Its been tough for me slowing down. I will admit there were days I was pacing around my house telling myself that it wasn’t ok to stop. My first step in the right direction was moving into our new home. It’s a mess and all of our belongings are in boxes, so growing into my new found house wife status I decided to take on our basement and closet and start unpacking. Something about working on your home for your family is very satisfying. I’ve never been the domestic type per say, but I’ve found myself doing more laundry and picking up around the house a lot more.

Part of my new routine is waking up and making a cup of detox tea to start my day (you are supposed to drink it 30 mins before a meal). I find that if I sip tea and wake up at my own pace I have a lot more energy and have less cravings. Since we decided not to get a microwave I’m forced to slow down, actually boil water, and enjoy the process.
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robin mckerrell photography - cincinnati lifestyle-3-2While I worked on making the tea my husband came downstairs, to run out of the house to get to work quickly. I was happy that I was able to slow the pace and stop him for a quick breakfast. I’m all about fast and easy when it comes to cooking. These greek yogurt cups have been one of my new healthy go-tos. Start with a Fage greek yogurt cup (plain 0%-you can pick these up at Kroger), stir, and then add your favorite toppings. Really easy. For these I used a bit of cinnamon, honey, Almond Butter, and the last bit of fruit that I had (ripe bananas, raspberries, and blueberries), and some healthy granola with flax and chia seeds. I don’t like to waste food and I had a small amount of fruit left so I also infused some water for me to sip while working. This is a great way to use every last berry. robin mckerrell photography - cincinnati lifestyle-8

robin mckerrell photography - cincinnati lifestyle-12After my tea I’ve been doing a soup detox this week that I’m obsessed with. I love soup and pretty much eat it everyday anyway so when I found this receipe I was ecstatic. My system has been out of whack for some time since I was only eating fast food (I know its terrible and embarrassing) so I’ve been looking for as many ways to detox as possible. I found the “best chicken detox soup” on Pinterest (which I also love you should check out my healthy diet board…and many others). I added brown basmati rice to mine too. As a disclaimer I am taking photos of the actual food I am making\eating and as I am working to become a better chef\work on my presentation things may not look perfect because the point of this is not to spend hours shopping for new dishes, lighting the food, and moving around microscopic bits to make the perfect image 🙂 If you are interested heres a link : Best Chicken Detox Soup.

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New, New, New : Dancing for the Stars 2017

Lifestyle

Hello! Its been quite a while since I’ve posted, as I’ve had many new things brewing. You may or may not know I got married in October 2016 and we spent the last year renovating an old house from the 1800’s (and moved into it). My husband also opened a new bar in OTR, closed a restaurant, and has another new spot in the works. I photographed waaaay too many weddings leading up to mine and spent some time catching up mentally, physically, and emotionally. Last year was intense for me to say the least and I learned a lot. One of the most important lessons was to take time for yourself. As a new wife I’ve pondered ways to make our family better, and build a loving home. I decided that it would be important for me to find things that I loved again so I could recharge. I am a firm believer that if you ask for it you will manifest it. I told my husband that I needed a hobby. Not art, not work, something fun (again something that wasn’t work. Not easy for me). Literally within a few days I got the call.

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I was asked to be apart of a wonderful organization, Dancing for the Stars 2017. It’s a Benefit for Cincinnati Arts Association’s Overture Awards and Arts Education Programs to provide scholarships for the arts. Since I was once one of those young minds looking for art scholarships I was thrilled to get involved and honored to be considered! One of my dear friends participated in the event and said that it was life changing and highly recommended that I take part. Little did I know that this would begin to take over many different aspects of my life and start to create the change I was hoping for. So far I’ve been to a handful of practices with my new coach Alyenendrov Tsorokean, founder of Phoenix Rising Ballroom. I had no idea how difficult and physically demanding dance can be and quickly realized I am really out of shape! I immediately started eating a clean diet to help shed a few extra pounds which are not helpful if you are being lifted in the air or wearing sexy dance costumes 😉 I also started hot yoga to help with my flexibility and vary my workouts. I have 2 months to get in shape and learn to dance….ahhhhh. If you are interested in my performance, helping kids get art scholarships, or just want to come drink, dance and have a good time I would highly recommend attending the 2017 Dancing for the Stars event. I promise it will be entertaining. For tickets please click here and make sure you purchase under my name. Hope to see you there!!

My plan is to start documenting this journey here, through photos. The kind of photos I want to take. My hope is that this will inspire my future clients to seek me out for what I do because I will be much more selective this year as I take on clients. As my style evolves for this new season so will my client base-I want like minded, style conscious, art inspired, creatives. If you don’t LOVE me, don’t book me. I want every client experience to be special, unique, and add something to both of our lives. Why do it if you don’t love it.

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Kelsey + Lou : Hilton Netherland \ Monastery Wedding

Weddings

Congratulations to Kelsey + Lou! Their wedding day started off at the Hilton Netherland Plaza to get ready and then the Monastery for their reception. It was tough to choose sneak photos for these two because all of their photos were just stunning! Kelsey did not stop smiling and her style rocks! They worked in bits of NY (where they live) and incorporated lots of special moments with family and friends. I can’t wait to share the rest. Enjoy!

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We stepped in Krohn Conservatory to escape the rain – it ended up being the perfect, romantic spot

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Yes please… love Jimmy and Tiffany

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Bubbles with sis to ease nerves is never a bad thing!

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First look with the girls

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First look with Dad and family

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A note from Lou before the wedding

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Wedding bands – hers and Grandma’s

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Sometimes amazing things happen when you aren’t expecting it! We decided to head up to The Rookwood in Mt. Adams to escape the rain. Kelsey kicked off her shoes with her girls and enjoyed a drink. She never stopped smiling!! This girl is so beautiful inside and out.

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They practiced their dance throughout the day and spun each other around to kick off the gorgeous evening

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Toasts from siblings didn’t leave a dry seat in the house. Hearing about growing up looking up to these two was so heartfelt. Congrats to you both!!

Getting Ready : Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza

Reception: The Monastery

 

 

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