Miranda and Jared’s Wedding

Jared and Mirandas Wedding-379Miranda and Jared created such an amazing wedding. Their love for each other was the largest part of the beauty, and it shows in their photos. They hardly left each other’s side during the reception. Miranda spent considerable time choosing great colors and flowers for her wedding day, and her dress choice was stunning. Her soft pastel choices were the perfect colors for the muted sunlight of the day.

It was a rainy morning, and that made for really beautiful photos before the ceremony. We were able to dodge the raindrops for most of the day, and were able to get all the photos we were hoping to take.

I have wedding photography packages that start at $1,100, and include prints, digital downloads, and a second photographer. Please get in touch to schedule a free consultation and to receive my wedding packages.

Maria and Erik’s Wedding

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Maria and Erik

Maria and Erik are a really great couple who planned a stunning wedding in Youngstown, OH. We started working together about 9 months before their wedding day, and set up an engagement shoot for their announcements. They were looking for an affordable wedding photographer to take stunning photos of their wedding, and I believe we nailed it.

When their wedding day arrived, they started the day in separate rooms at a hotel preparing for their wedding, then proceeded to the church in individual limos. They elected not to do a first look, and Erik was moved to tears when he saw Maria come up the isle.

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After the ceremony, we went outside the church for this gorgeous photo

 

We went to Mill Creek park for photos then on to their really well planned and stunning reception. We finished the day with a sparkler sendoff. If you’re planning a wedding in Cleveland, Akron, or Canton and need a wedding photographer, call me at 330-861-3684 or fill out the contact form.

Stephen and Susan’s Wedding

Senior portrait photography in Downtown Akron

akron cleveland ohio senior photosIt’s always fun doing senior portrait photos, but especially fun when the senior is as cool as Kaleb. He’s a senior at Chippewa High School and has a great personality and is a real pleasure to work with. We decided to do the shoot in and around downtown Akron, OH and the weather was perfect. akron cleveland ohio senior photosBlue skies and calm winds prevailed, and downtown was deserted. I’ve done quite a bit of photo work in downtown Akron before, so I know where to go to get some fun and interesting photos.

akron cleveland ohio senior photosI used my speed lights for many of the photos to fill in shadows and to allow me to shoot into a bright sky without blowing it out. I also used off-camera lighting and reflectors to further allow me creative flexibility. Using a variety of lenses, I was able to get different looks in many photos. I also edited using some creative split toning, so the photos didn’t end up with the same final look.

A gorgeous baby shower I recently photographed

cleveland event photographyHere’s some photos from a beautiful baby shower I photographed at the lovely Pine Ridge Country Club in Mentor, OH. cleveland event wedding photographerWith it’s gorgeous wooden ceiling and large, sunny windows, the venue was one of the most elegant baby showers I’ve ever seen.

The mom to be, Michelle, lives out of state and was thrilled cleveland event wedding photographerwith the lovely baby shower that was thrown for her. With over 80 attendees, she received plenty of warm congratulations and compliments. The gift table was well stocked with plenty of super cute baby clothes and toys, and the food served was decadent.

Fun photo shoot with my daughter in the snow

akron winter photography photographerWith the snow falling, I asked my daughter, Savannah, if she’d model for me this afternoon. Being naturally comfortable in front of the camera, she happily agreed and suffered through me picking out her outfit for the shoot. I’m blessed with such a fun, beautiful daughter that enjoys spending time with her dad.akron winter photography photographer

We went to the back yard, which  is awash in natural beauty and had fun while she tried not to blink as the snow landed on her eyelashes. I used my Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 lens so the background would be blurred out well, but leave her face in focus. It was cold enough so we wanted to be back inside in about 20 minutes. I placed my gear in the garage to warm up gradually to avoid condensation on my photography equipment.

Adam’s Senior Portraits

senior photos akron ohioI recently shot Adam’s senior portraits in Akron Ohio. I’ve known his family for a long time and was very flattered when they selected me to be his photographer. We selected locations in and around downtown Akron for our shoot and marked a Saturday morning as the date to do the shoot.senior photos akron ohio

In the morning, Adam showed up with 3 wardrobe changes, which I was happy to see. The more creative the subject is, the more creative I can be as we work together throughout the shoot. We started shooting around the Lock 3 area and moved to different locations that I had previously scouted during other shoots and in my off time.

Adam's Senior Photos-38We eventually moved on to some fire escapes to produce some very cool images and finally made our way to the Akron Library for photos at the amphitheater. Adam is in the marching band at Chippewa High School and was sure to bring his dress uniform to the shoot, looking dapper in it.

I wish Adam the best of luck at college and know he’ll be successful at it.

Trevor and Hannah’s Engagement Photos in Akron Ohio

akron ohio engagement photographyTrevor and Hannah are a wonderful couple who I recently shot engagement photos for their 2014 wedding. They’re naturally fun and outgoing and that really showed in their engagement photos. Because they both love the outdoors and are avid hunters, they wanted to have their session in a beautiful park near the Akron, Ohio area.akron ohio engagement photography

I had never been to this particular park so I arrived early to walk the area and find some creative spots to shoot at.akron ohio engagement photography Turns out that there were so many gorgeous spots in the area that I needn’t have bothered.

When they arrived, both Hannah and Trevor looked amazing, and she had even persuaded him to wear a tie! I had already pulled my gear out and had my off-camera lighting set up so we set right out and began shooting. Our first location was a path bordered by tall, beautiful pines on both sides, and we shot there for about 20 minutes. Secondly I put a 200mm telephoto lens on my Nikon and shot photos of them under a canopy of trees while they stood in  ray of sunshine. We also shot photos in the trees and eventually made our way to a lake side which had a bench overlooking the pond. The evening’s perfect golden light flattered the happy couple and made my job quite easy.

Hannah and Trevor are busily preparing for their 2014 outdoor wedding and I’m excited to have been chosen as their wedding photographer.

Revolution 3 Triathon Photography at Cedar Point

revolution 3 triathlon photographyI was hired to photograph the 2013 Revolution 3 Triathlon at Cedar Point this past weekend. I’ve photographed many different kinds of races, but none like this.

As the finish line photographer, I got to see every participant’s joy in completing the event. revolution 3 triathlon photographyThe look of accomplishment on people’s faces was amazing, and deservedly so. Most people are on the race course anywhere between 4-10 hours, and some as long as 15 hours. These participants are some of the most fit people I’ve ever encountered. The Revolution 3 Triathlon series is totally different than the standard triathlon, with the focus not only on the event, but also on the families of the participants. Every participant is encouraged to bring their families and support network to cheer them on at the start and end of the event. Many participants crossed the finish line with their children and spouses by their side. Revolution 3 always holds their events at a family entertainment venue so the support team and families of the participants can go enjoy a day of family entertainment while waiting for their loved one to complete the race.

In case you’re not familiar with what a triathlon is, there are four different types:

  1. Sprint Distance; 750 meter (.465 mi) swim, 20 kilometer (12.5 mi) bike, 5 kilometer (3.1 mi) run
  2. Intermediate (or Standard) distance; commonly referred to as the “Olympic distance”: 1.5 kilometer (.93 mi) swim, 40 kilometer (25 mi) bike, 10 kilometer (6.2 mi) run
  3. Long Course; commonly referred to as 70.3 or the ‘half-Ironman’; 1.9 kilometer (1.2 mi) swim, 90 kilometer (56 mi) bike, and a 21.1 kilometer (13.1 mi) run
  4. Ultra Distance; commonly referred to as 140.6 or the ‘Ironman’; 3.8 kilometer (2.4 mi) swim, 180.2 kilometer (112 mi) bike, and a full marathon: 42.2 kilometer (26.2 mi) run.

(Data courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triathlon)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triathlonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TriathlonThe Revolution 3 event I covered was running the Half, and Full. One can’t help but be inspired when surrounded by such amazing people, and I’ve started thinking about participating in an Olympic triathlon in the next year or so.

If you’d like to challenge yourself to the most demanding and rewarding event, visit http://rev3tri.com/

Or visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/revolution3.triathlon

Brodyn’s Friends Golfing for a Cure 2013 Photography

golf photography rosemont akronLast week was the annual Brodyn’s Friends Golfing for a Cure at Rosemont Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Brodyn, as you may remember from this previous blog post, is a wonderful boy that was born with Non Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH), a disease that thus far doesn’t have a cure, but is being researched by some of the top minds in the medical community.

To raise funds for further research into a cure for NKH, Brodyn’s parents founded Brodyn’s Friends, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of NKH and raising funds to help find a cure for it. The biggest fundraiser of the year is the annual Golfing for a Cure, which was held at Rosemont Country Club in Fairlawn, OH.

golf photography rosemont akronWith the weather being seasonably hot, golfers began to arrive in the morning and were greeted by smiling faces and fresh coffee and bagels.. Many of them decided to use the driving range and practice green to knock some rust off of their swings and putts, while others milled about and read the information provided or chatted with event organizers and fellow golfers.

golf photography rosemont akronAround noon, the opening speeches were made, welcoming the golfers to the fundraiser and thanking them for attending. Northwestern Mutual donated a check of $10,000 to Brodyn’s Friends, recognizing their ongoing and tireless efforts to help people whose lives are affected by NKH.

At 1:00 the event began with a shotgun start, which means that every hole has golfers starting on it, rather than waiting for everybody st start off at the 1st hole. This helps the event move along smoothly rather than bottle-necking at the beginning. As the temperatures rose into the low 90’s, golfers kept cool with complimentary beverages and enjoyed themselves with a boxed lunch and complimentary cigars. Rosemont has plenty of large, mature trees surrounding it’s course so there was plenty of shade to help everybody stay refreshed.

golf photography rosemont akronAt the close of the golf event was a wonderful buffet set out by Rosemont’s hospitality crew. Entertainment was provided by Joseph Whitehead and his guitar and a silent auction began. Items ranging from high-end liquors to baseball tickets to jewelry were up for bid with all proceeds going to Brodyn’s Friends.

To learn more about NKH and Brodyn’s Friends, visit www.BrodynsFriends.com.

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