Location, Location, Location....

We all know that location is everything… in photography this is no different. The location sets the tone of your session. Do you want a session in an urban setting, your cozy home, a favorite park or the place you and your husband first met?

Over the years I have photographed at many, many different locations. I do have favorites and not so favorites. I love finding new locations or when clients suggest a new place. I love photographing in your home (if the natural light is right) or in a place that has special meaning to you and your family.

But as much as location is important, I can also make a patch of green by the side of the road look great IF the lighting is right!

But for now, I am going to list a bunch of locations for you to choose from. Please keep in mind this is just a suggestion… there are tons of other places and I actually love if you find your own special place.

Ault Park

this is a great spot and has so many photo opportunities, the only draw back is that because it is so popular it attracts a lot of photographers.

Washington Park + OTR

Washington Park has so much to offer and makes a perfect backdrop for your photos. You have Music Hall, the fountains, the pavilion, lots and lots of photo ops in OTR and afterwards we can let your kids play on the playground.

Your Home or Backyard

As long as you have good natural light in your home (or even just a few rooms), your home is my absolute favorite location. Kids seem to be much more relaxed and have so much fun showing me their rooms and special toys. The whole session can sometimes feel like a play date… haha

Devou Park

I found this grassy, and secluded little patch of grass in Devou Park. This spot makes it perfect if you are looking for that high grass look in your photographs.

Smale Park

This location is a lot of fun, but sometimes to much fun and can distract kids with all the playground equipment. Lots of people, but the park is also big enough to move out of the way. All around a great park to photograph and in the heart of Cincinnati.

Johnson Hill

Johnson Hill is located in Anderson Twsp., on the east side of Cincinnati. Its a beautiful, very quiet park and the sun sets perfectly behind the trees.


Covington is great, as it has lots of different options in just one block radius. You have cobblestone roads, little alley ways, iron fences, flowers and the Cincinnati skyline.

My Studio

My studio is located at 2530 Spring Grove Ave, near Union Terminal. It has tons of natural light, backdrops, props and a really cool warehouse feeling.

Your favorite park, creek, meadow etc…

This family invited me to come hang out at their favorite creek. We took the kids for a short hike and bush whacked our way to the creek. It was so much fun and we got tons of natural smiles.

I hope this list helps you a bit… just let me know what you are looking for, where you live and how far you are willing to travel… and I will help you find the perfect location for our session.


Seems a little unreal but it is time again for Holiday Mini Sessions sign ups!

Where: in my studio at 2530 Spring Grove Ave. (who wants to deal with the unpredictable weather in November... not me! That's why I am doing them inside again.)

When: November 10 & 11, 2018

What: Mini Sessions perfect for Christmas cards, updating your family portraits or as gifts for family. Each session will be 20 minutes long, you will receive a minimum of 10 edited digital images for $175. (Non-refundable deposit of $50 due at time of booking. $125 due at time of the session)



Here are my available time slots

November 10

 9:20am, 9:40am, 11:20, 11:40am, 1:20pm, 2:20pm, 2:40pm,

November 11

11am, 11:20am, noon

(I will open November 11 afternoon sign ups if needed)


EMAIL ME at sonja.mcgill@yahoo.com

SUBJECT: 2018 Holiday Minis

and let me know which time slot you are interested in. I will then reply with a confirmation for your time slot and you can pay your deposit with the button below. (I will only hold your time slot when the deposit has been paid)




- each session will be 20 minutes long, not 15 or 10 like in the past years!

- I will be doing the sessions alone... I will miss my partner terribly but it will be just more relaxed if we don't photograph 2 families at the same time!

- we are going to raffle off a FREE full session with me! (I will post more info closer to the date but basically you can buy a raffle ticket for $5 and I will select a winner for a free session. All the money from the raffle will be going towards the City Gospel Mission)




Now let's talk about the set up!

I will have again 3 set ups this year.

FIRST: I will be building a "gift wall" like the one below. This will be a real fun backdrop, with some color and just very unique!

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will be on our large white wall (like last years) but instead of a mantle I will be setting up with a white piano and beautiful holiday decorations. Pictures below are just for inspiration. I will be sharing photos from this set up closer to the mini session dates.

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a minimalistic set up. a black drop with "snow". Almost like the one below.... This set up is more for kids but I am sure we can add parents to the mix if you want some really fun shots!

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I am looking forward seeing all of your beautiful smiles on November 10 & 11!