KRayProductions: Blog en-us (C) KRayProductions (KRayProductions) Sun, 05 Nov 2017 20:32:00 GMT Sun, 05 Nov 2017 20:32:00 GMT KRayProductions: Blog 80 120 Those Fabulous Fergusons It was a beautiful Fall afternoon when I took a lovely drive to Louisville and met up with Riley and her fam. They were so much fun and they are some pretty stellar subjects. Enjoy! 

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]]> (KRayProductions) family louisville park Sun, 05 Nov 2017 20:32:14 GMT
Yellow Springs Sunflower Field  It all started with this post on Facebook:


Those are my friends, Justin and Katie Chu. You might remember their engagement shoot.  I asked about this Sunflower Field, and Katie told me it was at the Tecumseh Land Trust in Yellow Springs. So I got home from school on one particular Friday and thought to myself, "Self. Do you want a nap or an adventure?" I chose adventure.

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Fortunately, I had the foresight to text my good friend, Mary Ollier, knowing that I would be passing right by her exit off the highway. Double (or triple) fortunately, Mary, Joe, and Maggie were available to meet me. 

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This is truly one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. The sunflowers go as far as you can see. They are planted in rows, and Mary, ever the mathematician and scientist, made observations about the sunflowers. They were clearly planted in rows, but there were dips and valleys we found interesting. We also practiced our personification skills, noting that some sunflowers were taller than others ("Pick me!") and others were turning around to talk to their neighbors. 

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I know a lot of these photos look very similar. I couldn't help myself. I just. Kept. Shooting. I also took some time to just admire the field. What a gift. 

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And if "Yellow Springs" sounds familiar---yes indeed. Young's Jersey Dairy is right down the street. Thanks, Olliers, for joining me on this adventure. Thanks to the Land Trust and the folks at Whitehall Farm for this beautiful 2017 memory. 


]]> (KRayProductions) friends outdoors sunflowers Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:49:52 GMT
Gambettas in the Summertime Thanks so much for letting me capture these good times with your beautiful family. I'm so grateful for all five of you! 

First, the fun-loving, nurturing, way-too-tall G3.

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And then there's silly, beautiful, thought-filled K8.

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And then our favorite full of mischief three year old, R0.

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Fam (4)The family that laughs together. . . Fam (6)We had to include Margarita. Of course.

]]> (KRayProductions) cincinnati family kids outdoors parks Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:20:15 GMT
Audrey and Friends: Prom 2017 I think I met Audrey when she was in second or third grade. She's the third child of my incredibly talented friends, Greg and Mia, and while I don't have a favorite of their six kids. . .Audrey plays the violin, is a friend to all, takes care of her younger siblings, sings, performs in East Central plays and show choirs, plays soccer, and makes me sound really good when we play at Mass together. She asked me to take pre-prom photos at their home and at Casey's  (thanks, Casey's!), and clearly, I had the best subjects ever. Here's a little slideshow. Thanks Audrey, Jake, Bryssa and Trevor, and thanks to Mia, Lillie, Simon, Peter, and Ceci for your kind hospitality. Enjoy! 

And enjoy the rest of Senior year. It's the time of your life. 


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Am I a lucky girl or what? I get to spend part of a beautiful fall afternoon in another one of Hamilton County's Great Parks (Thanks, Shawnee Lookout!) capturing moments for beautiful families. This time, it's Mike and Amy and their crew. Amy and I started teaching at St. Jude in the same year (12.5 years ago. What?) and I'm so grateful we've maintained our friendship. Take a look at this very fun, photogenic family. Modeling contract, anyone?

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Thanks again, you guys. I can't wait to see the card E designed! See you soon! 

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]]> (KRayProductions) Cincinnati Friends Outdoors Parks Sun, 11 Dec 2016 02:41:45 GMT
Hudson Rays: the 2016 Edition It was rainy and grey and kind of cold Thanksgiving morning, but that didn't stop us from our annual photo shoot. This sweet family--my handsome cousin Bill, his beautiful wife, Kari, and their four awesome kids--gets cooler and cuter and more stunning every year. Oh yeah. And more hilarious. Enjoy the photos. I'm so grateful for you guys! 

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]]> (KRayProductions) Cincinnati Family Kids Outdoors Park Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:32:56 GMT
Holly and Adam A beautiful fall afternoon at Fernbank Park. Another cute college couple. Thanks for sharing some time with me. I'm so grateful the Mount allowed us to cross paths. #WeLoveEXCEL. Enjoy! 

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]]> (KRayProductions) College Kids Outdoors Park Parks Wed, 23 Nov 2016 01:59:22 GMT
In the Park With Audrey I've known this beauty forever, and I can't believe she's a senior. Senior. In high school. She's kind and responsible and friendly and fun and  super musically talented. And she's one of those people that just makes you better by being with her. Truly extraordinary. What a gift. And she asked if we could "meet in the park" and do "the senior picture thing." You bet, Audrey. Check these out. 



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Look at the air she got! I can't wait to see how you set the world on fire, Audrey. Go get 'em. Just. Not yet. #rhythmnation



]]> (KRayProductions) Friends Outdoors Parks Seniors Sun, 06 Nov 2016 02:29:42 GMT
Erin and Cage: Oneiversary You've seen Erin before. You may have even seen Cage before. Now, you get to see them together. They've been dating officially for one year but met several years ago at a music festival. Long distance relationships aren't easy, but these two kids are making the most of it all. 
Our first stop was the very cool and trendy Summit Park in  Blue Ash. Outdoor seating. Very cool.

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Then we headed to this park-ish area near Erin's house where there's a firetruck in a field. Engine One. Get it?

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As we were leaving the park, a young couple was walking by with a sweet four-legged friend. "Can we pet your dog?" Erin asked. And thus began a new friendship with New York travelers Ben, Olive, and Neptune. DSC_0925Meet Neptune DSC_0933Erin, Cage, Ben, Olive, and Neptune. New friends.

Thanks for letting me celebrate with you, you crazy kids. Happy Oneiversary. It's a thing. 


]]> (KRayProductions) Cincinnati Friends MSJ Outdoors Park Pets Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:00:13 GMT
Olivia and Her Family It was hot. HOT. But we found some shade at Fernbank Park and took Olivia's two year photos. You can just see that personality sneaking out of Livvy's eyes and smile. Her siblings, Lucas and Ellie love her and love making her smile, and her Mom and Dad could not be more proud of their three wonderful kids. Congrats, Nate and Lauren. Thanks for letting me be a part of your day! 





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]]> (KRayProductions) Mon, 05 Sep 2016 14:54:26 GMT
It's a Schiller Thing I've known these people since they were tiny, and I am so grateful to still be in their wonderful, successful, beautiful lives. Say "Hey" to Matt, Liz, Kate, and Rachel. Good times shooting at Kenwood Country Club. Aren't they stunning? 

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And yes. Slightly goofy.

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Thanks for doing this for your Mom and for letting me hang out with you. So. Much. Fun. <heart> Kathy Ray

]]> (KRayProductions) Friends Outdoors Young People Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:50:10 GMT
Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Wild Turkey Our second and last stop, at least for this adventure, took us to Wild Turkey. When we arrived, we found Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell, busy signing bottles. So Chris bought a bottle, had it personalized, and then had it signed. 

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So our tour of Wild  Turkey began shortly after the bottle-signing. Our tour guide was Jimmy's granddaughter, and that family pride  impressed me the most about this tour. She is clearly very proud of her Wild Turkey heritage. Well. And the limestone. And Kentucky Basketball. And yes, although it's not pictured, there was a tasting at the end of this one, too!

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We had a little time in Frankfort.  

WT122Capitol Building. Worth the wait to get the flag just right. WT130Lamppost. Yeah. I have a thing about lampposts. Yes. It is one word. :) WT140Always fun to take photo of the photographer. . .

Haven't been on the Bourbon Trail yet? Give it a whirl. It's pretty interesting. 

]]> (KRayProductions) Kentucky Bourbon Trail Sun, 31 Jul 2016 22:02:53 GMT
Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Woodford Reserve So on one particular Saturday this summer, my cousin Chris and I set out for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. He'd been to a couple of the distilleries before, but this was my first trip. Our first stop was Woodford Reserve, and it's just beautiful. The tour was entertaining, informative, full of fabulous aromas, and of course, it ended with a tasting. Well done, Woodford Reserve. Well done. 


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]]> (KRayProductions) Family Field Trip Kentucky Bourbon Trail Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:32:38 GMT
Lauren: Class of 2016 Congratulations, Lauren! I met Lauren and her Mom, who also happens to be my boss, at Mitchell Memorial Forest for her Graduation Photo Shoot. It was a warm but beautiful evening, and she was a natural. 

I joked with her that she was kind of model-y, but looking at the results. . .What do you think? :) 

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Lauren's all set to begin her education about education (ha!) at Xavier University this fall. Good luck, Lauren! And thanks again for the honor of capturing these moments for you. Go get 'em!


]]> (KRayProductions) Outdoors Parks Senior Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:25:33 GMT
Congratulations, Kyle and Colleen! They did it! Kyle graduated from Badin High School. He was honored with a gold honor cord and the very special Archbishop Alter Medal for his contributions to the religion program at Badin. Congratulations, Kyle!

Colleen graduated from Ursuline Academy. She was honored with the Christian Leadership Medal and with the Centennial Spirit Medal. Way to go, Ollie! 

I'm so grateful to have been invited to celebrate these two amazing human beings with family and friends. We were missing two, but they are always in our hearts!  And in the spirit of full-disclosure, Patrick took many of the wonderful photos you'll see in the slideshow. Enjoy! 


Aunt Kath


]]> (KRayProductions) #soproud Family Graduation Sun, 05 Jun 2016 02:52:41 GMT
Olivia is 18 Months! Time flies! Olivia, the little cutie, is 18 months! We took advantage of the beautiful weather in late February to walk around Farbach Werner Nature Preserve to get these shots. Don't you just love that red barn? 

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Thank you so much for the honor of being part of capturing your memories! <3 Kathy

]]> (KRayProductions) Cincinnati Family Kids Outdoors Parks Wed, 09 Mar 2016 02:57:11 GMT
Photos By Chris I think it was Thanksgiving Day, 2014 when my cousin, Chris, first mentioned that he and his lovely wife, Amy, had taken a trip to the West Coast and he had some photos he wanted to share. We had a great discussion about the trip and the different things they'd seen and the cool captures he'd made, and I was thrilled at the opportunity to take a look at his shots and see what kind of "magic" could happen with them. It took us a few months for me to get the photos and Chris and Amy assured me that this was a "no pressure" kind of situation.  We talked about different approaches to the photos and did some learning together. We even morphed it into an opportunity to share a meal at my house with their wonderful recipes and a pasta machine! 

So, with the permission of the artist, and without further ado, I present to you--some fabulous Photos By Chris.
Thanks again for the opportunity! 


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And if you're thinking to yourself, "These would make awesome wallpapers," well, you're right. 

]]> (KRayProductions) By Chris Family Nature Outdoors Photos Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:48:24 GMT
Random Post: January 24, 2016 Sunday afternoon. Organizing Files. Thought I'd share some captures from summer and fall. Enjoy!  GazingGazingThree of my faves! AAvaIsn't she sweet? KandCCupcakes for the 18 Year Olds!18?!?!? PCandAPaige, Colleen, and AvaSuch beauties! BandABWConversationAdmiration

And how about some of the Ramily? 

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And then some truly random stuff. . .

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Take care, everyone. Stay warm and happy!

]]> (KRayProductions) Camp Ernst Family Football Kids Park Random Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:05:00 GMT
Scenes from Christmas 2015 Merry Christmas and Happy 2016, everyone! Here's a bit of a glimpse into my Christmas this year. Here's to joy, peace, and magic in the new year!

Christmas Eve at Brian and Karen's. . . 

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Christmas Day

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A Dermody Christmas--at Chris and Amy's. . .

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"Breath of Heaven"

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]]> (KRayProductions) Fri, 01 Jan 2016 23:47:07 GMT
Merry Christmas! This is a repost from last year, with the addition of a different song and some photos from last Christmas. Thanks for all of your support and encouragement. 

Wishing you all some Christmas magic. .



]]> (KRayProductions) Christmas Family Slideshow Sun, 20 Dec 2015 05:15:23 GMT