Category Archives: Operation Love

Operation Love ReUnited

Nothing warms my heart more than the Operation Love ReUnited sessions that I do. This is just what I needed this winter too. Not only did I do both of these sessions almost back to back, I also found out what a small world it is. Either one of the families knew each other except for the two soldiers training and deploying together. When the second one came in for their deployment session I told them I just did an Operation Love session a few days ago and found out they were leaving the same time. At that point is when it connected they were from the same unit, but one living locally in Miamisburg and the other in Hamilton. These findings are always so amazing to me so I decided I would pass this story on! I am glad to have such a faithful cliental out there to of picked Red Bricks Photography as there studio choice out of all their choices on the Operation Love ReUnited website.

Freebie…I think so!

So with the new year, I always like to update my portrolio! This year my main focus is Boudiour, which is great as Valentines Day is coming up! If there are any ladies that would like a free session, valued at $100.00 I would like to provide one or two sessions to a couple of lucky ladies. With this session I will also give you a digital copy of 5-8 of the portraits. This can either be done in the comfort of your own home or in the studio with me, Mary as your photographer. Please call me at 937-689-1123 or email me at mary@cherolis.com

New year…How it has been so far.

As we are already getting to the end of January I finally set down to say Happy New Year to everyone! I hope the first month of January has been treating you well. If you are in Ohio the weather isn’t to bad for January. Lets hope that stays that way! I would like to let everyone know (if not already!) that I am expecting my second child at the end of February! My husband David and I will be having a boy, Leo. So my 20 month old Luci will be a big sister. It will be a busy place around here to say the least. We are also doing “studio” work to keep this historic home going for many more years, so that is keeping me busy too. In the last few months I have painted a wall for a backdrop and just recently I went a little nutty and had some fun with a few new items for the studio. I look forward to hearing from everyone, ready to get my bebe collection families back in and see how the little ones have grown and much more!

Greetings loved ones, lets take a journey

Operation Love ReUnited

As always a huge reason I became a photographer! Two wonder ful military wives and military mommas came to have me capture a moment for them to pass onto their husbands overseas. What is even more important to me is when I hear how the solider receiving there free book is surprised and says “How did you do this being able to hid this from me, I love all the portraits and can’t wait to be back with my girls!” Along with Operation Love I just joined two other volunteer photographer programs and can’t wait to photograph a session for each. Once I have I will defiantly share moments from them! Hopefully I will be able to share soon!

Little Ones filled with Love…

Families, Babies and puppies! Every session is filled with such memories, as our little ones grow into adults so quickly! I had such a fun time with my puppy session, as these were some of my easiest models I have ever had. Not only did these “babies” not cry they stayed all together for there portrait session! Red Bricks offers a variety of styles of family and childrens photography. We also offer our Bebe Collection for all newborns and there pregnant mamma’s just months before. After that we have our Sprout Program for the kiddos as they get older and don’t forget our family portaits outside and on location.(if it ever stops raining!)

Look at our Seniors!!


I enjoy photographing high school seniors, as everyone has different styles and personalities. I feel with all my models I can bring out there styles and attitudes in the portraits! We are always looking for new models, as we are getting ready to start photographing the 2012 Seniors! SOOOO seniors to be, parents of seniors to be take a look here!
Want to get your Senior Photo session almost for free?

Want to have some great images for Facebook, and your MySpace portfolios?

Want to get free prints and photo albums?

Then our Senior Rep Program may be for you.

We are launching our Senior Representative program for 2012 and are looking reps from area schools.. Here is the deal if you are selected:

To Start:

-One free on-location and/or studio portrait session.

-Up to ten electronic files for sharing for your Facebook, or MySpace, etc (with our logo on it).

-Up to 40 referral cards to share with your friends, each with your portrait, name, information

about our studio plus a discount of 10% to the person presenting your referral card. (see below for benefits that come with each referral).

-10% off print orders from the Senior Portrait Rep’s senior session

Now for the good part

– Each referral you get $10 gift card for Target or a $25 print credit. After five referrals you also receive:

Fifth referral you get:

-One 8×10, two 5×7, and 12 wallet prints of your choice, one pose from your Senior Portrait Rep’s senior session.

Tenth referral you get:

-Choice of one 8×8 or two 6×6 20 page hardcover album(s) with 20 full page photos from the senior session -10% off print orders from the Senior Portrait Rep’s senior session.

-For the girls we are now offering a salon appointment with hair and makeup for your model session!(sorry boys)

The classmate(s) must present a referral card or mention your name in order to be eligible. All referred classmates will

receive free 48 wallets from his or her session with a valid referral card. Your participation in the program will not only introduce you to a new way for cutting edge, personalized photography, but also a way to earn incentive toward your session for senior portraits at little or no cost.

Terms and conditions are listed below for all Senior Portrait Representatives. All photo

sessions must be completed by the end of July, 2011 and ordered by the end of August,2011.

Please follow this link to fill out your Senior Representative Application

http://jotform.com/form/10652651325

My future assistant 6mths

I have plans for my little Luci already! But for now she will just be my little model. She is now closer to 8mths, but being a photographer my clients have to come first before I edit my own family portraits. As usual though any parent likes to show off there kiddos, so here are a few portraits of my favorite(and only) child Lucile.


Need Models for 2011!!

We have so many cool, new things in the works right now!! I know this is going to be a long post…sorry! LOL We are updating a lot of stuff on our website for 2011 and we’re creating some new samples for some fun new things we’ll be featuring later this year but I’m in need of some cool people to model for us in the meantime. I’m willing to negotiate our normal rates in exchange for the ability to get these photo shoots done in the next few months and use the images in our advertising and other new sample products. (It will be the deal of a lifetime for a few lucky people!!) I’m sure that you or someone you know falls into at least one of these categories so spread the word! Here’s everything I’m looking for:

Trash the dress – if you’ve seen the trash the dress website and want to book a fun session for this year, e-mail me! We’re looking for more TTD couples to feature on our website, blog !

What is a Trash the Dress Session?
Now that the wedding is over, you have two choices of what to do with the dress. You can suffocate it in a plastic bag and hope that your daughter will want to wear it in 20 years, or you can put it back on and have some fun.

Do I have to really trash it?
Of course not! It’s just a fun session to do when you have more time than the day of the wedding or a situation you wouldn’t dare do the day of the wedding. Sure you can get a little risky with it, like splashing in water or riding horseback in the snow since the fear of getting it dirty is over, but you don’t have to.

Can I still do a session if you didn’t shoot my wedding?
Absolutely! We can certainly add a little spice to your wedding collection even if we didn’t cover the actual event. This is the perfect opportunity to add a different style to your wedding photos and some out of the ordinary locations.

Boudoir – we’ve recently started advertising our boudoir images but even though our style is “tasteful boudoir” not all of our clients are comfortable with their images being posted online. Yet many times when women e-mail me, they want to see samples of our past work…catch 22. So if you’re someone who has wanted to do a boudoir session and you don’t mind your images being posted on our blog, website and other forms of advertising, e-mail me! (Don’t worry, no nudity is involved)

Maternity – if you are 6-9 months pregnant and showing the baby bump, e-mail me! We need some more new maternity samples to show for 2010. And don’t worry, I’m a pro at removing stretch marks and unsightly things so don’t let that stop you from having an awesome maternity photo shoot! LOL

Cool baby nurseries – along the same lines…if you are preparing to welcome your new baby into the world and have an adorable nursery set up for him or her, e-mail me your pics and I’ll be choosing a few nurseries to photograph soon to help promote some new products we’ll be offering for our clients and their families!

Pets – if your pets are your babies and you want to make them famous, here’s your chance! Our new website will be featuring a variety of pets and the funny things we capture them doing. Email me if your pet is ready for their close up.

Seniors – we are looking for juniors who will be seniors this Fall and/or current high school seniors who would like to be a senior rep for us. We would LOVE to do a photo shoot with a whole group of seniors – preferably a fun, outgoing group of friends – who also wouldn’t mind being filmed by a film crew. Anyone interested?

Boudoir portraits: Our boudoir sessions are $250 and include myself (Mary) as your photographer. We can do your shoot at your home or at a nice hotel (hotel fees are extra) and we allow an unlimited number of outfit changes during your 2-3 hour photo shoot. We shoot an unlimited number of images during your shoot too and then post all of them on a password protected website so that you can view and order images afterwards. The boudoir package also includes 20 retouched 5×5’s of your favorite shots in a small black album, perfect for wrapping up for your hubby! We will typically arrive a few minutes early for boudoir sessions so that we can decide on where we’ll actually shoot and take a look at your clothing choices. It’s better to start with a soft look and go more dramatic with clothing, hair & make-up as the shoot progresses so we’ll help you determine the order of “looks” with your various outfits.

Our TTD photo shoots include a 2-3 hour photo shoot at up to 3 locations with an unlimited number of images taken during your photo shoot. All images will be posted on a password-protected website for online viewing & ordering. We also include 1 11×14 and 2 8×10 enlargements as well as a small black album of 20 retouched 5×5’s of your favorite images! For all of this it comes to $275! (Drycleaning, preservation and floral fees extra)

OPLove Reunited

One of the greatest things about being a photographer is giving back! I work with an organization called Operation Love ReUnited. Photographing families with loved ones gone, leaving and coming home brings some bittersweet portraits, but I love working with these families as I am a military wife myself! Thank you to all of our service men and women who have served our country!

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