I went to high school with Sammie when she was just a freshman. It's so much fun seeing these ladies (and gents) grow up! I remember how I always thought seniors looked so big when I was a freshman - and yeah, I don't think that anymore!! hahah. Sammie wanted to do something a little bit different for her senior pictures, so I thought one of my favorite coffee shops in town would be perfect.

girl sitting inside a coffee shop in Chicago for senior pictures

I recommended we hit up Bean and Barley, one of my favorite coffee shops in Cincinnati!

I originally discovered it through Amanda and Ben, and am now a regular! We took full advantage of the space. After grabbing delicious drinks, we started outside on the patio, and then headed inside and wandered down to the basement patio.

high school girl hugging her dog smiling at the camera
high school senior girl walking along sidewalk in Cincinnati
high school girl hugging her dog on a sidewalk in downtown Chicago
high school senior walking her dog near Bean and Barley in Cincinnati, OH
high school senior girl flipping her hair for her senior pictures in Chicago
high school senior walking her dog in Obrianville Cincinnati
high school senior in a tank top and brown cardigan standing in the street at sunrise
high school senior twirling around in the street at sunrise
high school senior girl twirling in the street
high school senior girl sitting on a stoop in downtown Cincinnati
high school senior girl sitting on a stoop smiling with hand on face
high school senior girl in red dress running hand through hair
high school senior girl in Chicago leaning against white wall
high school Chicago senior in red dress flipping hair in a a Chicago park
high school senior girl in red dress with hand on hip looking to the sky

I love the subtle variety, and how bright and lively the pictures turned out!

Bonus--Sammie brought her very big and energetic puppy and snuck him in a few pictures!

If you have something meaningful that you want to bring but aren't sure whether or not it'll work for your photos, just ask! I also have an entire post about props for your senior session - so take a peek!

girl in red dress sitting on concrete block
girl in red dress leaning against white brick wall

I love when seniors bring their personality, fashion sense, and meaningful things with them to their shoot! Sammie was the very definition of this! As much as I love a beautiful field or cityscape, it's definitely a fun challenge to be in a smaller, unique space!

Chicago senior pictures with girl leaning elbow against a brick wall
high school senior girl kneeling down to pet her dog in front of a white wall

Are you a Cincinnati or Chicago senior?

I'm booking class of 2020, so if you want to get your own senior portraits done, contact me to book your spot!