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St. Mary's Catholic Church in Canton is absolutely gorgeous. | Akron Wedding Photographer
J.T. and Jennie had their wedding in a beautiful church in Canton. I know it's a cliche, but they really don't build them like they used to... After the wedding ceremony, we headed out into a perfect summer day for outdoor portraits. We hit Jackson Community Park on the way to the reception, and it was a great spot. I loved the colors (and the shade) for some great images of J.T. and Jennie. J.T. is blind, but has such a great sense of humor you would never notice. He was a great sport about all the photos, and had us cracking up the whole day! From the park we headed to the reception at the Courtyard by Marriot Canton. Ash and I had fun shooting all the beachy details around the party while the guest enjoyed the cocktail hour. It was a great party, and we had blast with a cool couple. Thank you to J.T. and Jennie for choosing Black Dog Photo Co. as your wedding photographer!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan & Ashley

PS. Planning an Akron Wedding (or anywhere else, for that matter)? Give us a shout, we'd love to hear about your wedding!

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I like the composition in this candid photo taken while Jennie was getting ready. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The details of a wedding day are so important, and make such great photos! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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"Grand Exit" indeed. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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This is a classic pose, and it's always one of my favorites. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The light from the stained glass windows is just so pretty in this photo, love the color contrast! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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These two were non-stop kissing! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Pretty light, pretty bride, pretty photo! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I rounded up some of the beach details from around the reception and wound up with a really pretty ring shot. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Beach cake! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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We're always looking for unique angles, and this is a cool one of the Maid of Honor's toast. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The first dance is always one of my favorite moments of the whole day. There's always such great expression! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Look how tightly Jennie's dad is squeezing her hand. That's good stuff. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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Great colors in this panorama from the Cuyahoga Falls riverfront. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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What can I say, we like dogs! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Roll Tribe! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Edgewater Beach looking like a much more exotic location than Northeast Ohio. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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We hit the timing just right for a great image of the Cleveland skyline. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Jay races cars, and got us onto the track at Mid-Ohio. Yeah, it was cool! | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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I loved the initials at the top of the program, and couldn't help incorporating them into a cool ring shot. | Akron Wedding Photographer
We had such an awesome time getting to know Nick and Megan. One of the best aspects of being a wedding photographer is meeting so many cool people!

Nick and Megan had their wedding at the Blair Center in Westfield center. If you haven't been there, it's an amazing location. The ceremony was held on the patio overlooking fountains, ponds, and the golf course. After the vows, guests moved inside for cocktails, while we took advantage of the scenery. After capturing some great wedding photos, it was time for the party. I have to say, there was some pretty stellar dancing going on at this reception. Nick and Megan impressed with a choreographed dance to start things off, then Megan and her dad rocked it to "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns and Roses! We managed to sneak the couple outside as the sun set, and I'm so glad we did, it was a beautiful evening to match a beautiful wedding. 

Thanks so much to Nick and Megan for choosing Black Dog Photo Co. as their wedding Photographer!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan & Ashley

PS. Planning a wedding? We'd love to hear your ideas! Get in touch with Ryan here. Thanks!
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I love photos of the details on a Bride's dress! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Pretty pastels and a cool angle make a cool photo. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I have an 85 mm f1.8 lens that I am in love with for portraits like this one of Megan. A little light in her eyes from a reflector, and bang, it really pops! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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That's a proud dad and a happy bride. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I spy a tear. Winning! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I like the bright and summery feeling to this photo. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Snuggles and pretty light are the best! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Dodging golf balls for this panorama. Worth it. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Cheers to the Mr. and Mrs.. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Megan and her dad danced to "Sweet Child O' Mine". Enough said. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Timed it just right for a fantastic sky! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Fun perspective and shallow depth of field make this one work. That, and some perfectly manicured grass... | Akron Wedding Photographer
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She's mine. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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Indigo Lake is one of the prettiest spots in the Cuyahoga Valley. | Akron Wedding Photographer
It was a perfect summer day for Cory and Kelly's Akron Wedding. The bride and groom had a pretty ceremony at St. Hillary, followed by portraits at Indigo Lake in the Cuyahoga Valley. On the way to the reception at Greystone Hall, we stopped by a special spot on the University of Akron's campus. Cory proposed to Kelly in a garden near Buchtel Hall, and we photographed the two of them in the same spot on their wedding day. How cool is that? Greystone is one of our favorite spots for an Akron wedding reception (we are a little biased, as it is where Ashley and I had our reception). Be sure to check out the photos of Cory's fraternity brothers tossing him in the air to "Magic Carpet Ride"! Thanks to Cory and Kelly for choosing Black Dog Photo Co. as their wedding photographer. We had a great day, and it's always so fun to be a part of our client's special day!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan & Ashley

PS We've been spending a ton of time out in the yard this summer. The cool evenings have lent themselves to fires and smores on the patio and catching lightening bugs. What's your favorite summer tradition?
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Pretty dress details are Ashley's specialty! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Shallow depth of field makes the groom's boutonniere look almost 3D. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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This is a special moment. Kelly and her dad starting their walk down the aisle. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Cool composition makes for a unique ceremony photo. Nice job Ash! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Those are some real smiles! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Classic. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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St. Hillary has beautiful stained glass. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The leading lines from the fence give this photo a strong composition. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The yellow station against that blue bird sky make this photo pop! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I love the look the ring light gives to details at the reception! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Stolen moment during Cory and Kelly's first dance. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Cory got his "Magic Carpet Ride" from his fraternity brothers. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The ladies had a blast at the photo booth | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The "Cupid Shuffle" always packs the dance floor. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I've been having so much fun with ring shots this summer, I guess it's the commercial photographer coming through... | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
Wedding season is officially upon us! I ran across an article in my Twitter feed about looking great in wedding photos, even if you aren't the bride, and thought it might be helpful to share some of the good ones. So, here they are. Ten tips for looking great in wedding photos. 
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1. Practice this celebrity red carpet pose. It's the same one I use for our brides, and is actually pretty simple:
-Angle your body about 45 degrees to the camera
-Put most of your weight on your back foot
-Slightly bend your front leg and aim your front foot at the camera
-Smile!

2. Try and stay relaxed. While we do our best to keep things quick, sometimes portrait sessions can last a while. Take a minute between photos to relax your smile, it will help you look more natural when it comes time for the photos. If you need a break, let the photographer know!
3. Smile with your eyes. You don't always need a toothy grin for a great photo, but you don't want to look angry either!
4. Be careful when choosing makeup. This is particularly important when it comes to foundation. Try and keep your foundation color close to your natural skin tone for more natural looking photos.
5. Beware the double chin. Even very skinny people can end up with a double chin in a photo. We do our best to make sure everyone looks great, but sometimes it can be hard to catch in the larger groups. Make sure your chin is up and toward the camera
6. Keep your arms looking sleek. Many gowns and bridesmaid dresses are sleeveless. Keep your arms relaxed at your sides with a little space between your body and biceps/triceps. 
7. Stand up straight. This seems like a no brainer, but is easy to forget during a busy wedding day. Arch your back and pull your shoulders back a little.
8. Feel free to let out a good laugh! It can be a great photo to catch everyone laughing, and it will lighten the mood for everyone.
9. Don't worry about blinking. With digital cameras, film is cheap. Photographers will notice blinks and grab another shot to make sure everyone looks great.
10. Take it easy on the booze before the photo sessions. Everyone likes to have a good time, and a cocktail can help ease the stress, but no one wants the sleepy look for photos. 
If you want the whole scoop, hit the jump to read the complete article on Glamour.com. Can't wait to photograph all of you beautiful and handsome people, it's going to be a great summer!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan

PS. Ash and I are planning on knocking out some yard work and firing up the smoker for memorial day. What's your fave activity for the official start of summer? Share it with us on Facebook!
 
 
Planning an Akron Wedding? If the answer is yes, you need to stop in at the Today's Bride Cocktails and Veils bridal show. It's a laid back event with some great vendors and cool events. Check out the link for more info!

Cocktails and Veils

Black Dog Photo Co. will be there and we are excited to meet some fun brides and grooms Make sure and stop by the booth to say hi!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan
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Portage Country Club Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Sheraton Wedding Reception | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Stan Hywet Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 

Believe it or not, spring is coming. With it will come the sun, melting the monotone grays of winter to make way for the daffodils and tulips. While we're all excited for spring's colors, brides and grooms to be have an even greater sense of anticipation.  Bridal showers and engagement parties are on the calendar. Wedding planning ramps into high gear. There are decisions to be made. 

One question couples find themselves asking is "do we need engagement photos?". As an Akron Wedding Photographer, I've always felt that the engagement session was important. I started thinking of reasons for the session, and quickly came up with a list:

-It gives you a chance to get to know your wedding photographer.

-It gives your wedding photographer a chance to get to know you.

-Spending and hour or two in front of the camera will help you to be more comfortable on your wedding day.

-Save the Dates!

As I thought about what was important about engagement photos, I realized that the obvious reasons were missing the point. Being engaged is a magical time. In the grand scheme of things, it's a tiny sliver of the story that is our lives. It's the moment a couple embarks on a lifelong journey together. Isn't it important to have photographs to document such a pivotal part of our lives?

Photographs have value now, in the present. We can send cool save the dates, create beautiful albums, put a portrait on the wall. With the passage of time, photographs become priceless. "Look, this photo is grandpa and I when we were young,  when we had just fallen in love". That's a reason to schedule an engagement session.


sit.stay.smile.
Ryan

 
 
Did you know YouTube is the second largest search engine on the web behind Google? Did you know that the click through rate for online video is 27 times that of standard banners (according to a report by MediaMind)? 

Cutting edge businesses do know. And they are utilizing embedded video to promote their businesses, as well as boost sales. Videos can also be loaded onto tablets and used by sales teams to present ideas directly to potential clients. 

Here's an example of a video recently completed for one of our clients:
Think video could help your business? Want to kick around some ideas? Shoot me an email, I'd love to hear about your business!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan

P.S. The winter olympics just got started. I love watching the unique sports we only get to see every four years; like bobsledding, luge, and of course the skiing events. What's your favorite?

 
 
We had a great day at the Today's Bride show at the Knight Center in Akron. We talked to so many brides and grooms about the great weddings they are planning in the coming years. It got me thinking, maybe it would be good to share a few tips on choosing a wedding photographer.

Having been a Wedding Photographer for over 15 years, I've seen it all. Good weddings. Crazy weddings. Scary weddings... Let's just say I have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't when it comes to planning your big day! 

I found a great article about choosing a Wedding Photographer from the Huffington Post. I added some of the ideas to my own below. Here's the link to the full article

1.  Don't be afraid of the price. Wedding Photos will be what you have to remember your wedding for the rest of your life. 

2.  What's your style? Photography, like all art, is subjective. Do you like traditional, or more edgy photos? Do you like photos that look vintage, or more artistic? Do your homework and choose a photographer with a style that fits your eye.

3.  Personality. The quality of your photographs will depend on how well you click with your photographer. If you aren't comfortable, the look on your face will show it in your portraits. 

4.  Important elements. The details from your wedding day are what fill in the story in the wedding album. Does the photographer have an eye for what's important? Do the flowers, programs, cake, table settings, etc... look awesome in their photos?

5.  Customize your package. Once you narrow down your choices, meet the photographers face to face. Make sure you can get a package that fits the needs of your wedding. 

6.  Good vision. You want a photographer who will create rock star photos of your wedding without too much direction from you. Hire a professional you can trust to do a great job (PS. this applies to all your vendors, and can relieve a lot of wedding day stress).

I make my living as a photographer, so obviously it's important to me that brides and grooms choose Black Dog Photo Co. as their Wedding Photographer. That being said, I want our clients to work with us because we offer the important qualities discussed above. 

Choosing a Wedding Photographer is a big deal because Wedding Photos are so important. Choose wisely.

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan


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PPS.   Planning an Akron Wedding? Want to learn more about my Wedding Photography? Hit me up here, I'd love to hear about your wedding!
 
 
Planning an Akron Wedding? If so, you'd better be at the Today's Bride show at the Knight Center this Sunday. Black Dog Photo Co. will be there, and we're offering a great special for the show. Book Black Dog Photo Co. as your wedding Photographer by Valentine's Day, and you'll receive 100 save the dates or thank you cards at no charge! Stop by and take a moment to check out some of our work. Hope to see you at the show!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan

PS Here's a link to the info for the show:  http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/bridal_shows_akron_january14.php


 

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