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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


PS.     Choose Black Dog Photo Co.

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


 
 
Well, it's a new year, with much to look forward too. It's also a good time to look back on the past year. After the holidays we usually start sorting through the thousands and thousands of images we photographed the previous year, choosing our favorites to update the website. Sounds daunting right? Well, it's actually quite fun. There's a lot of memories that go along with the photos. Looking back on the relationships we've built, the wild and fun times, the hectic time crunches, and the bizarre weather always brings a smile to my face. Although almost impossible, I've managed to narrow the list down to ten favorites (it started at 250 favorites, yeah, I suck at decisions) and thought I would share them as a way to ring in 2014. So, without further adieu…drumroll please…in no particular order, Black Dog Photo Co.'s ten favorite wedding photos of 2013! Enjoy, and please comment to let me know your favorites!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan

PS. There are at least 100 other images that could have made this list. A huge shootout to all of our amazing clients. You guys made this a great year. Thanks for all the beautiful weddings, and for letting us be a part of your special day. 

PPS. I meant to have this finished sooner, but I was sick as a dog. Anybody else popping Advil like candy? 
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There is a real feeling of kinetic energy in this photo. You can just feel the excitement of the moment.
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There is an almost magical, very pictorialist quality to this image. It seems to me, if I was a bride, this is the way I would imagine my dress looking the morning of my wedding.
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Sometimes it all works out. There's a perfect sunset, a perfect location, and there's time to sneak the bride and groom out for a photo. This was one of those times.
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Ashley has a great eye for color. It's what makes this image. The contrast of the oranges and yellows against the turquoise dresses really makes it pop.
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This photo in the English Garden at Stan Hywet looks like a fairy tale to me. Maybe it's the big crooked tree, or the misty light filtering through the branches. Whatever it is, it's beautiful.
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This photo is so simple, but so intriguing. Maybe it's the turn of her chin away from the camera, or the subtle shrug of her shoulders leading the viewers eyes to the timeless pearls. It's got a classic, old time movie star feel.
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This photo was only lit by the candles in the mason jars hanging from the trees. It was so dark, I couldn't see to focus. The groom held my cell phone up to light their faces so I could dial in the focus, then tucked it in his pocket for the photo. Hats off to my Nikon D600 for the tech help on this one.
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I love the simple elegance of this photo. The first version had the bride's flowers in the background. Ash pulled them out and "BAM" the image just popped. It's the leading lines of the keys that make it work.
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This is a very nice, classic portrait. I was raised on posed portraiture, and still have a soft spot for it when it is well done. The bride and groom fell into this pose, they look so natural. And the light is great.
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It was freezing, and my lights didn't want to co-operate. However, the skyline seemed to be lit up just for us, and the bride and groom were troopers. I'm glad they were, because I just love this photo.
 
 
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The Chapel at Walsh University is an awesome location for a wedding ceremony | Akron Wedding Photographer
We started our day with Jonathan and Anna in the chapel at Walsh University on a beautiful late summer day. The day lent itself perfectly to being outside for wedding portraits. There's a pretty garden right next to the chapel, and we snuck both the bride and groom out for some pre-wedding photography. With the wedding ceremony fast approaching, we headed back into the church to get ready for the big moment. The ceremony was one of the more memorable of my career. For the first and only time, the priest actually sang the homily! 

After the wedding ceremony, we (and by we I mean the entire wedding, guests and all) moved out in front of the church for cool photograph. We gathered all of the guests on the steps for a photo of everyone at the wedding! After more portraits of the bride and groom with their families, we headed up to Akron for the wedding reception.

We arrived at Portage Country Club on a perfect late summer evening. As an Akron Wedding Photographer, Portage is one of my favorite locations for a wedding reception. There are great locations outside for photos, and the room inside always looks gorgeous. 


Be sure to take a look at a few of our favorite photos from a fantastic day. And please, leave a comment, we love to hear your thoughts!


sit.stay.smile.
Ryan


PS. Planning a wedding for 2014? Give me a shout out here, I'd love to hear about your big day!

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I love the anticipation in the photos of the bride getting ready | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Great composition, nice job Ash | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Jonathan looking awfully relaxed right before the wedding ceremony | Akron Wedding Photographer
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How much fun are these ladies having? | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Pretty windows make for a dramatic wedding ceremony | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Jonathan and Anna are hitched! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I love this! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Nice job with the dip Jonathan! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Pretty garden and great leading lines make for a nice wedding photo | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Cool guys in cool shades. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Beautiful staircase, handsome couple. | Portage Country Club Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Details like this place setting are key photos | Portage Country Club Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I love cheesecake! | Portage Country Club Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The first dance is always special | Portage Country Club Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Jonathan and Anna are both musicians, so this makes sense. | Portage Country Club Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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One of the best sunsets all summer, and a happy bride and groom. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Odie and Elaina wanted a laid back summer wedding. That is exactly what their wedding day was. The wedding was at Quailcrest Farms in Wooster (it's a beautiful place, hit the link for more info), and everywhere we turned there was a beautiful spot for wedding photos. One of the coolest aspects of being an Akron Wedding Photographer is getting to experience all the different and unique wedding locations. Quailcrest Farms doesn't disappoint! The wedding ceremony, portraits, and reception all took place on the grounds of the farm, adding to the laid back feel of the wedding day. It was a beautiful wedding and a great party. Check out the photos and see for yourself!

PS. Are you planning a wedding? Want to kick around some ideas for cool photos? Hit the email link and let me know what you are working on, I'd love to hear about your wedding!

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan
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I love the anticipation of the bride getting ready | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Quailcrest Farms is a gorgeous location for a wedding ceremony | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I now pronounce you man and wife, the best part! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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What an awesome moment as Odie and Elaina leave the wedding ceremony | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Sharp dressed groom | Akron Wedding Photographer
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How pretty is this photo of the bride? | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Pretty hydrangea and a bride and groom make for a pretty photo | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Wedding rings on the guest book | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Summer flowers as a center piece | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Loving moment during the first dance | Akron Wedding Photographer
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What a party! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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An amazing sunset to wrap up the evening | Akron Wedding Photographer
 

Akron Wedding Photographer, Black Dog Photo Co