Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Congress Lake Country Club Hartville

What a great way to end the year! Tana and Nate wanted either some light fluffy snow or a reasonably nice day. We ended up with a beautiful warm winter day. After the ceremony at Queen of Heaven Church, we went to Congress Lake Country Club. We went out on the golf course and took advantage of the golden glow of the setting sun to create some gorgeous images and some great memories!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Union Club in Cleveland

Since Gretchen and Brian wanted a late evening wedding and didn't want to keep all their guests waiting, we did all the photographs before the ceremony. They met for the first time on the gorgeous marble staircase at the Union Club in downtown Cleveland. The club was built in 1872 and was beautifully decorated with Christmas trees and poinsettias. There were so many beautiful areas and the architecture was just amazing. The dance floor had tiny lights embedded in the floor that made their first dance even more spectacular. The ceremony was at the Franklin Square Christian Church and was especially meaningful as Gretchen's grandfather officiated.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I'm starting a Senior Model program to help get the word out about the exciting things happening here at the studio. I've had so many happy seniors here this past year I wanted to start a program so their friends can get the same amazing experience and quality of photographs they received. I am currently taking applications and you can find the application by clicking here .
After you save the application and fill it out, you can email it back to me with a recent photograph of yourself. If you have any problems please let me know and I will send it to you directly.

Some of the benefits of the program are: 3 FREE sessions, model cards to hand out to all your friends and being featured on my website or blog and possibly next years image catalog. I will also give you customized images for Myspace or Facebook. The biggest benefit is having senior portraits all your friends will be jealous of!!

Here's a few sample Model cards.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Marriott Courtyard Hotel

I love weddings around the holidays because the churches are always decorated nicely and many times you get some gently falling snow that adds a nice touch to the photographs. Lisa and Adam had it all on their special day! The church was covered with poinsettias and they had some snow falling and beautiful decorations at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel. In case you didn't notice the "ears" in the photographs, they are going to Disney World for the honeymoon.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Family Memories

I've taken the past 4 weekends off to spend some time with my wife and kids. I also had the opportunity to see my parents over Thanksgiving and it was great to visit with them again. I haven't seen them in a while so it was really nice to be able to spend some quality time with them. When I returned home, I received an order from Jessica and Kristopher's wedding that I did back in May. This is an image of grandma proudly holding her grandson's hand and walking around the church and me trying to capture the moment without being seen. This image unleashed a range of emotions - it's a wonderful reminder of how important families really are!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Raintree Country Club

Thankfully the beautiful fall weather carried over into November for Katy and Seth! They were married Saturday at Saint Paul's in North Canton and Seth's grandfather performed the marriage ceremony. It is a beautiful church with wrap around seating so you can see from every angle. After the ceremony we went to Raintree Country Club and took advantage of the beautiful day. The hall looked amazing and the food was really tasty!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Alison and Bryan

Alison and Bryan met at Ashland university. They spent their first date sitting on a bench talking all night in the beautiful park-like setting. They wanted to meet for the first time on their wedding day and spend some time walking around campus before the ceremony. We met at the bench where they had their fist date and they exchanged gifts and Bryan gave Alison a necklace that complemented her gown perfectly. After the ceremony they walked through their crowd of friends and managed not to get burned by all the flaming sparklers! The reception was in the campus convocation center.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

NEOUCOM Weddings

Saturday turned out to be another perfect day for a wedding. The trees were in prime color and the temperature was comfortable. Seth and Valerie met at Princeton where they both attend. The day was really cool because we celebrated two ceremonies. The first ceremony was at Immaculate Conception in Ravenna and the Jewish ceremony was at NEOUCOM medical college in Rootstown. The reception was in the main ballroom which was decorated beautifully and had really romantic accent lighting.

Friday, October 24, 2008

St. Matthews in Ellet

I am way behind on my postings! The leaves have been beautiful and it seems like everyone wants their photographs in the fall leaves so I have been super busy. Marsha and Gary were married on the 11th at St. Matthews church. It was great to work with the Holcomb family again as I had photographed Gary's brothers wedding a few years ago. It's always nice to see familiar-friendly faces. After the wedding we stopped at a park and then stopped by their house to capture a few images of them in their "new" Belvedere convertible.
The reception hall was decorated beautifully and since they were engaged at a lighthouse, the decorations reflected that theme. They even had a ice sculpture that looked just like it!

Friday, October 10, 2008

St. Georges Hall Akron Ohio

Jen and Scott were married Saturday and had the reception at St. Georges Fellowship Centre in Fairlawn. Their first dance was a samba and they looked fantastic! It ended with a low dip and a kiss and cheers from the large crowd. St. Georges is a great place for a party as the family run business makes their lasagna from scratch and it was tasty! The long walkway down the side of the building has a row of arches that makes a great spot for photographs. We went out to the arches right before sunset and later when it was completely dark and created some really cool images!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

NEOUCOM Weddings

It was a another great weekend for weddings! The weather cleared up and turned out beautiful. Friday night Brittany and Craig were married at NEOUCOM medical college in Rootstown. Since the ground was still wet and it was a little chilly the ceremony was held in the atrium. Their first dance started out with some traditional music and then they started a "dance revolution" that included about every dance craze that I have seen over the last 20 years. It ended with a dip and a kiss and rousing applause from all the guests! They really cut loose with some moves and you could tell they were having a great time. They were very playful and a lot of fun to work with!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Nikole and Jon

I had fun working with Nikole's family and it was great to be with Jon's family again as I had photographed both his sisters weddings years ago. The church was Trinity Lutheran in Kent where Nikole had a beautiful cloth aisle runner with their names and dates painted on it. They are a very family oriented couple and you could tell they loved sharing the day with all their close family and friends!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

St. Haralambo's Hall Canton

Ashley and Joe were married Saturday at Little Flower Catholic church in Canton. It rained all morning and all during the ceremony but when it came time to walk out through some bubbles, the rained stopped! It stayed clear long enough to spend some time with them and their bridal party at the park. The reception was at St. Haralambo's hall. The hall was decorated beautifully with some curtains and nice accent lighting that made great backgrounds. The band "Jimmy and the Soulblazers" provided he entertainment for the evening. Joe's father played guitar in the band and that made the music even more special.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Spring Lake Party Center

There must have been a lot of people praying Friday about the weather for Jenifer and Fernando's wedding because it rained all morning then cleared up for the wedding and then started raining again as they lined up to be introduced at the reception. They were married at Spring Lake Party center at the gazebo right in front of the lake. It is a beautiful spot for a wedding and it's nice because everything is right there. Since it was a Friday wedding they wanted to do most of the photography before the wedding so they could spend the rest of the time with their guests.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Roses Run Country Club

What a great ending to the summer wedding season! Michael and Victoria were so great to work with. The weather was perfect and they picked a great location for an outdoor wedding. The ceremony was at the Hines Hills Conference Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is a beautiful place with an old stone cottage, a pond, and several other buildings. Victoria was very emotional before and during the wedding. You could just see how much this day meant to her just by looking in her eyes. When Michael wiped away her tears during the ceremony I knew it was going to be a great day! The reception was at Roses Run Country Club where they partied and danced with all their closest friends.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Occasions Party Center

Saturday's wedding turned out to be another great one! Laura and Dean were a very sweet couple and Dean really impressed me when he told me this was the proudest day of his life that he could do all of this for Laura! We started the day at the salon where Laura's mother did all the girls hair. Their ceremony was at the Hartville Brethren Church and the reception was at Occasions Party Center. We were able to sneak out right after dinner and have some fun in the fading glow of the late summer sun.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Stan Hywet

I love working at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. It is always a pleasure to work in such a beautiful place. Since the wedding party was small we were able to use some places I hadn't been to before. The Japanese gardens are beautiful with low overhanging trees but fairly dark even in the middle of the day. Lauren and Kurt and their families were fun to work with and it was great working with Kurt's family again. We did most of the photography before the ceremony so we could use most of the grounds and be at the reception early without making the guests wait too long. Hats Off Entertainment got the reception rolling and we ended the evening with Lauren and Kurt walking past all the guests as they blew bubbles for the get-a-way.

Our Lady of Cedars

Angie and Ben were married Friday evening at Saint Augustine's in Barberton. It is a beautiful church but is currently undergoing a major repair project to fix the brick exterior. It was a challenge working around all the scaffolding without seeing it in the photographs. After the ceremony we stopped briefly at Lake Anna for a few photographs before rushing off to the reception at Our Lady of the Cedars. We all had a great time at the reception but they had to get up at 4:00 a.m. the next morning to go on their honeymoon! Thanks to everyone in the bridal party that so many nice things about us....we had a great time working with you too!