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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Keepsake Photography Celebrates 30th Anniversary

By Grace DeGregorio

Usually Kim Rice helps her clients celebrate a special occasion. But this February she has her own celebration to share: the 30th anniversary of her business, Keepsake Photography in Mt. Lookout Square.

Kim Rice
Kim has been taking pictures since being inspired by Gale Marsh - her third grade teacher who later became her high school photography teacher. At Ohio State Kim initially studied Elementary Education, but while home for spring break her sophomore year found a post card sent by Antonelli College.  “I had taken a photography class at OSU and enjoyed it. I entered Antonelli and got an Associates Degree."
“I first worked for a high school yearbook photographer, then started shooting weddings.  I rented space in Mt. Lookout and about a year later moved to a storefront in the Square. About 23 years ago I moved to the current space."
“In the beginning the business did a lot of weddings, then focused on family portraits.  Many of the people who got married then had kids!”
Kim became known for capturing the essence of the people in her photo portraits, especially children of all ages and family pets.  Her own parrot Oscar greets clients as they enter the studio with a cheerful “Pretty Bird!” - just in case you might have missed seeing him!

Oscar is at the studio to greet you from his large cage home! 
Kim also is popular because she does in-studio shots as well as location photography - your home or office, a park or favorite spot.  She still does small, intimate weddings, but focuses more on people - families, children, high school seniors, business head shots - and shots for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. And, of course, the beloved pets! She also does “Memory Mates” sports/team photos.

One of Keepsake’s specialties is animal portraits - and you can see why in this adorable shot!

Other invaluable services Kim offers is restoring old photos and taking an older photo album - the one you found in the attic and dusted off only to find it deteriorating - and creating a new album with the photos.  A recent client expressed her delight when she saw the results of Kim’s transformation.
Kim’s Easter photos with adorable live bunnies and Christmas photos with Santa also are extremely popular - you need to book those shoots early!
Kim says, “What I like best is the people - making relationships.  I like little kids and love photographing animals - it adds extra challenge, but they’re part of the family."

The photo of this precious child is finished in sepia - Keepsake offers different options from color such as black and white and hand colored portraits

Family portraits are generational memories.

A photo taken at home, where you may be more relaxed, can end up being exactly what you wanted.  
Kim gives back to the community that supports her business.  As head of the Mt. Lookout Business Association, she’s been on the Mt. Lookout Community Council (with which it’s connected) about four years as  business liaison.  “I work on organizing the Fall Festival and the Luminaria Light-up Festival in the Square.  It’s nice to be involved.”
Kim and Bruce, her husband of 14 years, enjoy softball and snow skiing.  Kim is close to her family, owners of the Deer Park Deli in Deer Park.  Her personal and professional life are filled with wonderful people.
Don’t miss the Open House Kim is hosting on Saturday, February 3!  Keepsake Photography is located at 1008 Delta Avenue. 

For more information please call 513- 321-1115 or visit

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