[caption id="attachment_9448" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo Credit: Perfect Peace Photogrpahy[/caption] Monday, March 16th, 2015. I was a day shy of 19 weeks pregnant. I had finally started to accept that I was going to be a single mother. I was 28 years old and I had a decent job, after all. But I admit that in my heart of hearts, I still didn't love the idea of walking into that ultrasound alone. This was going to be the big one; the one where the doctor tells you that you're having a perfect little baby boy and sets you on track to revel in the bliss of impending motherhood...

Part I: Emily Blake Emily is a Licensed Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist. "I have been in the beauty industry nearly 10 years, but have had a passion for it my entire life." Her mother did hair and makeup-- so she was a witness to her mothers passion. "I remember having sleepovers and doing makeover parties with my friends. So, since the start of entering the beauty industry, beautifying #brides was something I loved. And, If I'm not #beautifyingbrides, you can find me at the nearest country concert enjoying an ice cold beer, or road tripping exploring a new town. I'm 27 and have always been an...

Part I: Memories A memory happens, and -blink- it's gone. It becomes just that, a memory. We all say we will remember and treasure those small moments, but let's be honest, how many small moments do you truly remember? How many times do you tell yourself you wish you would have written something down or documented it somehow? I'm guilty, and wish I could turn back time to record so many of those precious milestones. Courtney knew there were people just like me and she wanted to help them document their lives with photography and writing-not only for them, but for the people who will follow. "Memories and...

Jennie is leaving for Thailand soon, and needs our help Columbus friends.   "I decided to go to Thailand, because I wanted to experience a new culture entirely outside of my comfort zone. Currently, I serve in an inner-city Columbus elementary school, and I love it. I really feel like serving underprivileged kids is my calling, and I wanted to experience this kind of service in an entirely new place." ~Jennie Jennie grew up in Columbus, where she spent a good portion of her life believing everyone lived the same kind of blessed life she had. It was her years at The Ohio State University that taught her just how diverse...

Throughout her 15 years in youth ministry, Pam Lozano has heard countless stories from teen girls about their lives. Some of these teen girls came from amazing homes and supportive families, yet still faced normal teenage challenges of insecurity and self-image issues. While others faced more difficult situations and did not have support from home. Instead, they had parents who were too busy, too distracted, or unable to give their kids the time and attention needed.  Stories surfaced of girls who had faced sexual abuse from relatives, struggled with eating disorders, or engaged in self-harm through cutting. But, what they all seemed to have in common---...

As creatives we’re always finding inspiration in others' work and figuring out who we are as artists. I tend to get stuck in emulating what I see others do and where the trends are headed. These trends have told me to prepare a much needed cup of coffee that takes at least 4 minutes to brew, wrap in flannel and don moccasins, to hike the pine-rimmed summit of a western mountain. Cue the cinematic music and we’ve got it made. While I do, in fact, enjoy every last one of these things (especially as I just shared photo evidence while cheesily posing with our Chemex), I just...

Brandy and Paolo's story reads a bit like a fairytale.  An Ohio girl moves to New York City where she meets and falls in love with the handsome Italian Photographer.  Only their romance is as real as the daily challenges that come with running their own businesses. Paolo is a Photographer and the Artist behind Paolo Ferraris Colors. After 10 years as an Executive Producer/Writer in New York City, Brandy started her own Consultancy business Shearer Strategy. It’s in the last seven months, that their story gets really interesting. Selling everything they owned, Paolo and Brandy left New York to set up a home base in...

Here at Columbus Stories we wanted to offer you another way to share your story.  Not only have we added our latest INSTAstories, where we feature local people of Columbus with instant short bios, but we also wanted to give you something different.   We wanted to provide visual stories, too.  So, we are over the moon excited and honored to announce that Leigh Zeidner, Owner of Leigh Zeidner Pictures, will be joining our Columbus Stories family!  She is incredibly creative with a camera and produces high quality videos.  With her work behind the camera, your brand and story will stand out from the rest.  With out further ado, please meet Leigh:  Her...

Hi, we are the Shah family. My husband and I met when we were very young, I was 15 and he was 18. During one of our first times together, he told me “I’m dating you to marry you,” and I rolled my eyes at his cheesy line, but here we are today married for almost 6 years with two beautiful children. We were both raised in Columbus and traveled around the country during our training years at Ohio State, and finally chose to settle down in Columbus again when we decided to start our family medical practice. When I became pregnant with my first child in...

Aaron and his wife were married several years before even thinking about kids. She worked as a social worker, and he worked for a state pension, but after finding out they were expecting Harrison, the two decided Aaron would stay home. He spent Harrison's first two years doing what he always wanted to do, being home with his son. After Harrison started preschool at 18 months, Aaron used his passion for photography to photograph real estate during his free mornings. When business slowed down in the winter months, Aaron started using his photography skills for another purpose, to shoot pictures of his son. A way to keep occupied turned into something...