Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer: Blog en-us (C) Tony Arrasmith 2015 (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:58:00 GMT Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:58:00 GMT Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer: Blog 120 101 Eggceptional Time at the Pendleton Easter Egg Hunt As the clouds rolled away this past Saturday morning in the Pendleton District of Cincinnati's OTR the residents gathered for the first "Pendleton Easter Egg Hunt".  Not only did Peter Cottontail stash dozens of eggs around the former SCPA greenspace, local residence colored them, rolled them and tossed them.  

No Easter celebration would be complete without family portraits. To do this I was able to team up with the help of fellow photographers, Jim Gormley and David Slaughter and the Easter Bunny himself. (or herself)  Pndltn15Easter_web-CollagePndltn15Easter_web-Collage

Easter-Photo-Booth15Easter-Photo-Booth15photographers David Slaughter, Jim Gormley and Tony Arrasmith

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Easter Easter Egg Hunt Egg Hunt" OTR Tony Arrasmith Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:45:10 GMT
My Holiday Wish List Photo-Illustration of Citylink Center, 2014CityLink Center Fall 2014

It's that wonderful time of the year again, which means Holiday Wish List!  So, I thought I'd put this out for anyone looking to support a life changing organization in  Greater Cincinnati who's holistic mission is to eliminate generational poverty, CityLink Center

This past year we were able to team up with fellow photographers Joe Harrison and Todd Joyce to produce a client driven introductory video which  highlights what the Center is all about.  The beauty off this piece is it comes from the heart of the individuals that are experiencing first hand the benfits CityLink Center offers its client.  For the three of us, this project began as a creative exercise which we envisioned producing a nice sample of our capabilities, but quickly turned to a work of passion and belief in the extrodinary job that's being done by the volunteers and staff which offer the life skills neccessary for people struggling in our city to be self supporting. 


The culmination of this project is a 5 minute video designed to attract new and prospective clients to the Center, I must warn you if you prone to shedding a tear of two, grab a kleenex. (or Puffs, we do a lot of Proctor and Gamble photography)
What did you think, was I right? Citylink Center, is working and these client experiences are the best testimonial we could have ever hoped for.  Now back to the Wish List, one way we are continuing to serve CityLink Center  and connect with thier Clients is through the annual "Holiday Portrait Project".  Each December photographers, stylist, editors, and anyone that generally loves serving, sign up for this two day event that provides family portraits to inner city families.   The stories that come out of this session are priceless.   This year we on track to provide over 100 families this gift, each family recieves a CD with the sessions imagery as well as a matted 8 x 10 color print.   One of the highlights each year is seeing the faces of these individuals as they view the final print for the first time. If you can imagine an elderly lady who has never had a formal portait taken in her entire life. Then upon receiving the photo she looks up at you  with tears in her eyes and says, "I didn't know I could look so beautiful", then she gives you a 20 second hug.
You see beauty isn't just in the photography.  It's the visual representation of family, a tangible and lasting bolster of confidence in seeing the possibilities within yourself you handn't considered before.  The beauty is the hope these photos inspire. 

Holiday Portrait Project, CityLink CenterHoliday Portrait Project, CityLink CenterCapturing Holiday Portraits for families at CityLink Center. This is the part where I'm asking you to put us on your list, our goal each year is to cover as much of the cost as possible, all the individuals donate their time, talent and skills our only cost to Citylink is for materials, such as prints, matts, CD's, envelopes and tape.  As the project has grown so have these expenses.  If you find yourself looking for a great year end project to support, think of us.  As little as $10.00 will cover to portraits,  an all tax deductable donations will go directly to  CityLink Center.   It's been a wonderful year, I count myself truly and humbly blessed to have the family, friends and co-workers that are working to change lives.  Have a wonderful and joyous holiday season.



To make a tax deductible donation make check payable to:  CityLink Center.  Mailing Address: CityLink Center, 800 Bank Street, Cincinnati OH  45214  Attn. Holiday Portrait Project, Marissa Abernathy or donate online securely at www.citylinkcenter/jointhemovement and write in "Holiday Portrait Project" in the comment line.



]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) CityLink Center Tony Arrasmith Blog Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:04:31 GMT
It's High School Football Season Failed-AttemptFailed-Attempt High School Football Season was is in full swing this past weekend I photographed my son, Cameron Arrasmith blocking this extra point attempt against Reading High School during the JV game.  Reading went on the win the gridiron battle this day, after the Purcell Marion Varsity had defeated them the night before in their season home opener.  Go Cav's

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Arrasmith Photography" Tony purcell marian football sports Photography Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:11:32 GMT
Dad's Officially Retired, Again arra14fday_ulsgizarra14fday_ulsgizEnviromental Portrait of Ulous Arrasmith and his dog, Gizmo I recently joked with my father that he had retired more times than Michael Jordon, to which he assured me this one was it.  So with that in mind I decided to do his offical retirement portrait.

As I mentioned in the previous blog post, I had only taken one portrait of him over the years and it really wasn't about my Dad just the photographic technique I was trying out.  This time I wanted one that all about him, his enviroment and maybe a snapshot of his life today. arra14fday_ulousjoycearra14fday_ulousjoyceEnviromantal Portrait of Ulous & Joyce Arrasmith on back deck with Gizmo, their other son

The obvious place to capture this image was his home, Dad loves his back deck and kicking back on it with a glass of iced tea.  And then there's his sidekick, Gizmo.  The two of them seem to be inseparable, they have their daily walk times, nap times and bed times, oh I forgot to mention, snack times.  I often joke as two which one is the pet.  As you can see in this portrait, they both get somewhat even billing.

Hope you have a long and healthy retirement Dad, good luck Mom.


Tech NotesCamera-Nikon D800, Lens-50mm, Lighting-Profoto Compact Flash/Small Chimera Softbox, Illustrative Effect-Topaz Black & White

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Animal Photography Location Photogrphy Portrait Photography Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:11:17 GMT
Photographs and Memories for Father's Day Ulous-Arrasmith-and-TonyFather and son,1960snapshot of Ulous Arrasmith holding newborn son, Tony at approximately 5 days old

"If your going to sneak into the pool hall, don't wear a shirt with your name on the back son",  said my father as he tapped me on my shoulder thus eliminating any dream I had at becoming the next pinball wizard.  

To further understand this event you need to know my Dad was pretty laid back in the early 70's, he gave my brother and I free run of the 'one stoplight town' (Warsaw, Kentucky), which we grew up in.  He had only two rules, be home at 5pm for dinner and do not go near the pool tables or pinball machines at the pool hall. Oh, I was allowed to go in and order a burger or soft drink, but purchasing carryout at this fine establishment was my only option.  Never was I to pass the swinging Cantina doors and enter the "land of bililards and pinball".  

It wasn't the fact that my name was on the back of my shirt that got me busted, oh no.  You see I had done this dozens of times, collect pop bottles, cash them in for 2 cents each at Wood's Carryout  and head to the pool hall with the bounty.  What I failed to take into account, dad was working in town this particular afternoon, and the pool hall was one of his accounts, big overlook on my part.  Later that evening dad sat me down and again explained his reasoning for not allowing me in this establishment, only this time he didn't yell or give me the customary just sit there and listen lecture.  It was more man to man, a two-way conversation, I grew up a little that day.  

Left: Portrait of Robert Arrasmith in his home, circa 1998Left: Portrait of Robert Arrasmith in his home, circa 1998 Right; Portrait of Ulous Arrasmith, 1999 These photograph's are also images that remind me of my father and his father's love that has blessed four generations of Arrasmith's.  My biggest regret is only taking one portrait of dad in the past 20 years, the same goes for my grandfather.  The image of my grandfather, Robert Arrasmith, has always been one of my favorites, to me it captured his spirit, even into his early 90's he could tell stories with the best of them, and part of them were true.

Thanks dad for modeling what it is to be a father,  I love You....



]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Enviromental Portrait Location Photography Tony Arrasmith's Family Portraits Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:01:37 GMT
Digital photography versus film, I'll take digital every time. Dingle-Peninsula-IrelandDingle-Peninsula-Ireland I often hear photographers waxing on about how they miss film, and that they just can't get the same feel out of their imagery as they could in the days of old.  I'm not in that camp at all.  

What I do love is the ability to scan my old files, (spent two hours spotting out the dust, an inherient quality of film) then enhancing the photograph with filter effects in Photoshop CC.  This image was captured on the western shores of Ireland in 1996,  then using Adobe Photoshop CC's blur tilt shift filter and a Topaz plug-in, I was able to create the illusion of an image captured with a tilt-shift lens.  

The thought process I follow is that digital capture allows me to first photograph the image in a resolution and dynamic range that film never possessed,  then thru a variety of post production processes create any effect I choose.  It's just another tool in my camera bag.


]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Landscape Photography Location Photography Tilt-Shift Photography Tue, 13 May 2014 23:42:01 GMT
I'm going to put a rock on your head. I'm going to put a rock on your headI'm going to put a rock on your headMy dad always said if you don't stop growing, I'm going to put a rock on your head. This image of my daughter reminds me of those days. "If you don't stop growing I'm going to put a rock on your head", this was one of my Dad's favorite sayings as I growing up.  As I look back fondly on those days I realize it was really Dad's way of saying, slow down, I want to enjoyed this period of our lives.  So like my father, I often drop this line on my two children, only to get the puzzled look of, "Dad your crazy", or they will put you in jail if you do that in this century.

Like my parents did with me, I try to capture these times, recording as many moments and events as possible.   Looking at this photo-illustration of my daughter its hard to believe she is already 13 and competing in junior high events, she refers to her swim meets as training for her real passion, water polo with the Cincinnati Moose. This imaging is appropriately titled, "Moose in Training".
Indoor sports photography has change drastically in the past five years with the development of cameras that use hi iso's.  Shooting at iso 1600 and above once yeilded a grainy low contrast image with minimal clarity but, today digital camera's are able to produce stunning imagery at two and three times this iso.   With that in mind I'm off to the next sporting event, my sons first start as a high school baseball player, "Go Cavs"
Tech NotesCamera-Nikon D800, Lens-80-200, Exposure-1/800 sec;  f5.6  ISO 2500, Lighting-available overhead, Illustrative Effect-Topaz Clarity
]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) cincinnati sports photography photo-illustration" sports photography Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:40:55 GMT
Photographing the Cherry Festival Queen Pies, Pageantry, Paparazzi and PeptoPies, Pageantry, Paparazzi and PeptoStudio Set Photograph of Pie Eating Contest for Pepto Bismol It's always an exciting day when an agency calls to request a bid on a conceptual commercial photography project.  This was the case when we were asked to estimate the cost on a national campaign for the brand, Pepto Bismol.

The bidding involved three different location scenarios where one might seek the aid of Pepto Bismol, a Mexican restaurant, a bowling alley snack Pies, Pageantry, Paparazzi and Pepto SketchPies, Pageantry, Paparazzi and Pepto Sketchcherryfest base 193, Cherry Pie judging contest at the fair. Original concept created for Pepto Bismol Web Site. scence and my favorite, the Cherry Queen Pie Judging Contest.   As usual we submitted our bid, discussed the options available for producing the campaign and showed samples of the photographic style we had in mind.  We won.

Once awarded the project we set out to scout the various locations for our three scences and decided that two of the scences would be built in studio and only one on location in order to meet the tight deadline and budget.  The Cherry Festival Queen would be one of the studio sets.  The client supplied us with the rough sketch to help with the set buildout and point out the key figures we wanted to feature, which were the judge, the pagent queen and the table full of cherry pies (20).   From here we procurred the props, fabricated the trophies and custom built the signage and tent.  The building out of the scene took place over a two day period, with the majority of it coming on the second day. The baking of the pies began on day two and came out of the oven just in time for a late afternoon photoshoot. 

The light treatment we chose was one that would replicate the natural inside of a tent, combining the ambient golden bulbs that were strung along the rim with the studio strobe lighting.  For this effect we used a large 70 inch silver lined octabox on Profoto flash heads placed just to the left of the camera and filled in the far edges with two additional flash heads thru translucent panels.

Pies, Pageantry, Paparazzi and Pepto-BasePies, Pageantry, Paparazzi and Pepto-Basecherryfest base 193, Cherry Pie judging contest at the fair. Original concept created for Pepto Bismol Web Site.

The final element, "the Photographer", was an after thought not called for in the original concept.  But as we critiqued the scene if seemed to be lacking balance, so the paparazzi was added.   


Tech NotesCamera-Hasselbald H2, Lens-28mm, Lighting-Profoto, Illustrative Effect-Topaz Clarity


]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Pepto Bismol Pie Judging Contest Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:29:29 GMT
Photographing Cincinnati A Century Later, Part 3 Eden-Springhouse1900-4a23297aEden-Springhouse1900-4a23297a

Located less than a mile from our Cincinnati studio, is Eden Park's Spring House.  This beautiful ornate gazebo still sets beside winding Eden Park drive as it did over 100 years ago.  The most noticable changes are that the Eden Park Spring House, Detroit Publishing Co. 1904Eden Park Spring House, Detroit Publishing Co. 1904Postcard of Cincinnati Eden Park's Spring House, 1904 by Detroit Publishing Co. giant reservoir has long since been replaced by an oval refecting pool with fountain and the landscape that once framed the Cincinnati Art Museum now almost completely hide the italianate structure once the spring foilage comes in.  This was the reason for photographing this scence during the winter months and choosing an angle that closely matched the original photograph taken by the Detroit Publishing Company.  The 1910 image was also used to reproduced this hand colored postcard long before the introduction of color photography. To see additional Cincinnati Eden Park imagery visit the National Library of Congress Archives at:


Tech NotesCamera-Nikon 800, Lens-Nikon 50mm, Illustrative Effect-Topaz Clarity                                                                                

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park photography Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:07:39 GMT
Venus in Fur Set Photography Venus In Fur_Playhouse in the ParkVenus In Fur_Playhouse in the ParkPhotographer, Tony Arrasmith photographing, Theatrical Production of Venus In Fur cover image /PR image, hair and makeup by Cheynne Wright. Opening April 19 at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, is the theatrical production of Venus in Fur, by David Ives.  We recently photographed  the signature imagery for this play based on the erotic novel of the same name. Venus In Fur_Playhouse in the Park TestingVenus In Fur_Playhouse in the Park TestingPhotographer, Tony Arrasmith photographing, Theatrical Production of Venus In Fur cover image testing the lighting

So how you do make an image look erotic and seductive without appearing scandalous or offensive to the viewer or client base?  This was the challenge that guided us as we procurred wardrobe, lit the set and chose an alluring pose.  The image on the right is an example of us working through this process.  

Addressing these details before the talent arrives allows us to stay on schedule and remain within budget.  Once the models were finished with hair and makeup we placed them into position, focused the camera and, wha laa!  the photoshoot began.

Our Female model, Heather Chrisler worked through a series of situational roles from which two were chosen to use in the upcoming production.


Venus In Fur_Playhouse in the ParkVenus In Fur_Playhouse in the ParkPhotographer, Tony Arrasmith photographing, Theatrical Production of Venus In Fur cover image /PR image Verion B, hair and makeup by Cheyenne Wright  Hair and makeup were courtesy of Cheyenne Wright                                                                                                    

Tech NotesCamera-Nikon 800, Lens-Nikon 14-24mm, Lighting-Profoto, Illustrative Effect-Topaz Clarity                               

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park Venus in Fur photography Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:04:50 GMT
Cincinnati Photographic Panoramas, 1910 & 2014 Cinti1910 Pano_Mt.AdamsCinti1910 Pano_Mt.AdamsComposited photograph of Cincinnati Ohio taken between 1900-10 by Detroit Publishing Co. composited from 4-8x10 black and white plates When the photographers from the Detroit Publishing Company captured their imagery of 1900's Cincinnati they were looking at a downtown full of industrial manufacturing, rail yards and warehouses, these structures  dominated the cities eastern side.  Cincinnatian's fabricated steel buildings at Edwards Manufacturing, built the carriages and buggies at The Acorn Buggy Company, and bought and sold agricultural supplies at The Union Grain & Hay Company.  Cincinnati2014Pano_Mt.AdamsCincinnati2014Pano_Mt.AdamsPanoramic photograph of Cincinnati OH captured from Mt. Adams. Flash forward 100 years, only a handful of the now converted warehouse buildings stand, the once powerful industry base is 80 years removed and in its place is the eastern arm of a transportation hub flowing around downtown.  The grand Pennsylvania Station that once stood at the end of the  L&N Bridge gave way to the Queen City's transportation jewel of the 1930's, Union Terminal, the Mt Adams incline was replaced by the automobile and Columbia Parkway.   As the city's profile change so did the landscape, with one exception, the Mt Adams hilltop, the 10 to 15 houses on the street still know as Oregon remain largely intact except for the necessary upgrades time demands.  The Rookwood Pottery from where the image was captured ceased operation long ago, but the structure stands nobely on the hillside over looking the valley.  

Photography has changed dramatically in those 100 years as well.  To capture the original imagery the photographer exposed 8x10 glass negative plates, creating four individual photographs that were beautifully preserved and archived at the National Library of Congress.  Today's technological advances allowed us to download the hi resolution files and digitally stitch the four scene's together using the overlaping areas on each plate, thus producing the unique panorama.  For the 2014 image we simply used a wide angle lens with minimal distortion, then added the border effect in post production.  I didn't have to work nearly as hard!  But he had better weather.

Cinti1910-Pano_Mt.Adams-800Cinti1910-Pano_Mt.Adams-800Composited photograph of Cincinnati Ohio taken between 1900-10 by Detroit Publishing Co. composited from 4-8x10 black and white plates

Above: A Closeup from the 1910 Photograph showing Cincinnati's Pennsylvania Station on the corner of Pearl and Butler Streets just east of the

L & N bridge. This area is located to the left side of the large panorama along the river.

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Black and White Panorama Cincinnati Panoramic Photography Cincinnati color Panoramic Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:16:20 GMT
Photographing Joan The Girl of Arc in Cincinnati's Eden Park Joan Girl of Arc PhotographyJoan Girl of Arc Photographypr photography for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's production of Joan, Girl of Arc. On a recent assignment we had the opportunity to take promotional photographs for the production of Joan The Girl of Arc, for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Off the Hill Family series.  We could not have ask for bluer skies or calmer winds, but the 12º was challenging.  Batteries and other electronic devices seem to be a bit sluggish anytime it drops below 20º.

To work around the cold and help light the performers we used a portable generator as our power source along with large reflective panels to wrap the natural sunlight around them and separate the actors from the stone wall.   We had to work fast because of the frigid temperatures, the entire session was under 45 min.

If you get opportunity go to to purchase tickets to any of the Cincinnati Playhouse's upcoming performances. Tony Arrasmith photographs Joan Girl of ArcTony Arrasmith photographs Joan Girl of ArcCincinnati Based Commercial photographer photographs, Joan, Girl of Arc for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's advertising campaign

Thanks to the Playhouse's costume designer, Gordon DeVinney who the provided the great wardrobe for the performers,  I must note he had nothing to do with mine and the Indianapolis 500 hat, I wish someone would have.

Tech NotesCamera-Nikon 800, Lens-Nikon 50mm, Lighting-Profoto, Illustrative Effect-Topaz Clarity                     

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park Joan of Arc photography Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:10:55 GMT
Cincinnati, A Century Later. Mt-Adams-Incline-1910Mt-Adams-Incline-1910Photograph of the Mount Adams Incline in Cincinnati, Ohio taken by the Detroit Publishing Company between 1900-1910 In early January I posted an image of Cincinnati from an area known as "Over The Rhine". It was captured as I drove into downtown on one of our many subzero mornings.  One thing that stood out in the photograph was it's timelessness, many areas of the city looked like they had not changed in 100 years.  This raised my curiosity, I wondered what the city looked like in 1914 compared to 2014.  How had it changed, were the streets the same, which buildings still existed.

To answer some of these questions I started looking through the archives of the historical society and library of congress.  To my surprise there were great images from the era I was looking for, all downloadable,  which enabled me to revisit these various locations and make capture my photographic comparisons.

The first location I researched was of the Mt Adams Incline, of which I found an image taken between 1900-1910 by The Detroit Publishing Company.  This file resided in the photographic archives of the Library of Congress and was capture with a 8x 10 glass negative, the quality of this files was extraordinary.  The next step was to find as close to the exact location as possible to capture a new image.   Mt Adams Comparison PhotographMt Adams Comparison PhotographTwo photographs comparing the Mount Adams hillside buildings in 1910 and 2014

Once I arrived at the location and began the process of determining the angle,  I quickly noticed that most of the hillside had be dug out for the interstate system, and all of the buildings that stood at the base of the hill were razed, which mean't I would not be able to precisely duplicated the original.  By using the buildings at the top of the hill as a guide, I matched the height the original photographer used by backing up a few hundred yards onto the interstate ramp and and using a longer lens,  as I pointed out, it was not an exact match, however it's a wonderful comparison, did you locate the original structures that exist today.   Mt Adams_2014Mt Adams_2014View of the Mt Adams hillside today, the incline is long gone as well as many of the streets and replaced by the modern interstate system.


]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) cincinnati advertising photography landscape photography location photography Fri, 21 Feb 2014 05:30:00 GMT
Challenging Family Portraits Like, Who Wants A Treat A few years back an employee at one of my favorite agencies asked me to photograph her wedding announcement,  I quickly (but professionally) responded that I really did not take wedding or individual portraits.  She responded that theirs would not be the typical one, it was more like a family portrait, only her's included three dogs, two cats and her fiancee seated in a 60's style living room that was stored in her basement.  To which I quickly responded, I'm all in.

To pull off this nostalgic image we constructed a small set in the studio, laid down some shag carpet, put a coat of golden yellow paint on the wall and set up Laura's living room set.  There was one small obstacle to work around, we only had about half of the items need to complete the room.  This mean't shooting the image in stages and piecing it together in the post production.  The result was this hip image of Laura, her soon to be husband, Ross and their furry family. Tech NotesCamera-Hasselblad 501c, Lens: Zeiss 50mm, Digital Back-Imacon, Lighting-Profoto


]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Cincinnati Commercial Photographers custom family portraits set photography Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:09:09 GMT
HBSRC to Meet at Terry's Turf Club Terry's-Turf-Club_HBSRCTerry's-Turf-Club_HBSRC If you love neon and burgers or burger and neon, then you need to make Terry's Turf Club your next dining out destination.   Located in the historic east end of Cincinnati, Ohio,  Terry's is well known for his gourmet hamburgers surround by the world of neon sign signage he has collected from days gone bye.   As I enjoyed my burger with a nice slice of portobella mushroom, I notice this vibrant sign in the far corner and wondered if it really ever existed, so I grabbed my iphone, took a snapshot and looked it up, seems it did.

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Location Photography Terry's Turf Club Tony Arrasmith Photography iphone snapshots Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:16:56 GMT
Be Intentional Flashes of Hope Portraits, Summer and Levi.Flashes of Hope Portraits, Summer and Levi.Portraits of Summer and Levi at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital for Flashes of Hope, November 2013

As a father of two teenagers my thought was to start the new year out with a little motivational speech, you know the "Nothing good in life comes easy", or "practice makes perfect".  Nothing to deep, remember they are teenagers.   What I settled on was two simple words, "Be Intentional".  

Be Intentional, I said across the breakfast table, they both looked at me with glazed over eyes from thier sleep filled winterbreak, not having a clue where I was coming from. So I broke it down as any good father would do.   I explained how living intentionally requires taking responsibility for our physical, mental  and spiritual well being,  for example: it's easy to just go thru life doing the same routine everyday, get up, check text messages, eat breakfast, check text messages, go to school, check test messages, go to practice, check text messages, come home, check.. they started to see the pattern about here.  Knowing I had gained entrance into the teenage mind I added that being intentional requires gaining clarity about who we are and what we want to do,  not just showing up, but being a part, contributing,  and as a final statement, "It could be an awesome guide for the Arrasmith's in 2014".

I shared that personal experience because of how it impacted me, it wasn't until I mentally played it back that I realized the importance of that conversation. so many times I just let things happen, what would it look like if I made a conscious decision to make things happen?    So many times we think about what we "are" doing, but not about what we "are not" doing.  This is where it hit home photographically and professionally.   

During 2013, I was fortunate enough to be invited by Mark Bealer and Vickie Daniels to photograph children who are undergoing cancer treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital as part of a national organization named, "Fashes of Hope".  Mark and Vicki "are" living examples of being intentional, each month they organize photographers and stylist to capture portraits of children during a day long session.   There are many challenges to photographing these patients, their age, newborn to late teens, from protective mask and tubing to hair loss and skin coloring.   Mark and Vickie had prepared me ahead of time for these challenges. Then Mark laid this on me, "this could very well be the last images one of these parents have to remember their child bye", a sobering but inspirational point that I used to photograph the seven patient's and families that day.


In my almost 30 year photographic career I've always picked up a camera and captured what was on the other end,  this one captured me.    

Be Intentional

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Mon, 20 Jan 2014 02:39:36 GMT
-8 in Cincinnati's OTR district, January 7, 2013 -8 in cincinnati's otr, 2013-8 in cincinnati's otr, 2013 Driving into work Tuesday morning I noticed the seemingly countless number of backlit white swirls bellowing from the downtown buildings, then as I glanced toward the Over The Rhine District the light was this beautiful mixture of blue and gold as the sun seemed to try to break through the frozen air.  I just happened to have my Nikon and a couple of lenses in the camera bag behind the seat, along with shooter gloves and a ski jacket.

Quickly, I changed direction and headed to one of my favorite overlooks and began photographing.  This snapshot was taken from a Cincinnati hillside over looking the historic, Over The Rhine District. 

Tech NotesCamera-Nikon D800, Lens-Nikon 85mm 1.4, Exposure-640th sec @ f4, ISO 100, Illustrative Effect-Topaz Adjust 5

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Cityscape Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:20:39 GMT
Day One, The 17th Annual Halloween Photoshoot   Day One, Halloween PhotoshootHightlights from the first day of photography during the 17th Annual Halloween Photoshoot

We were surrounded by Ninja's, Witches and numerous other creation's for the first day of photography during our 17th Annual Halloween Photoshoot.  He are a few of the little creatures from day one, along with a photo of Sarah's tasty treats.  Sarah's Marshmellow Treat Creation. .

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Halloween Photography Portrait Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:50:42 GMT
A Sunset That Will Quack You Up A Sunset That Will Quack You UPA Sunset That Will Quack You UPPhotograph of the the 60 foot yellow duck for the Rubber Duck Regatta, benefiting the Free Store Food Bank In late summer we were commissioned to photograph a 60 foot, yes a 60 foot rubber duck that was hanging out on the banks of the Ohio River to promote the upcoming Rubber Duck Regatta.   The challenge was to create a sunset that captured both the size of the duck and the beauty of  the Cincinnati, Ohio Skyline.  After testing numerous angles, shooting times and assorted lens choices, this was the winner.  

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Wed, 09 Oct 2013 14:19:42 GMT
Camera Captures True Superhero's in the Act. The True Superhero's That Act, is running in the annual 5k race to raise money for the children that ProKids support each year throughout the Greater Cincinnati community.  This year over 440 runners participated in the 17th Annual Superheor Run for Kids.  To find out more information on Prokids visit:

Prokids Superhero Run

]]> (Tony Arrasmith Photography, Commercial Photographer) Cincinnati Commercial Photography Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:29:03 GMT