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!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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!
PS. Planning a wedding for 2014? Give me a shout out here, I'd love to hear about your big day!
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!
We met up with Doug and Samantha at Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton on a perfect Northeast Ohio summer day. We started our wedding photography with portraits in front of the church, which had several great locations. After portraits we headed back inside for the wedding ceremony. The light streaming in through the stained glass window created the mood, and set a great scene for the photos. After the big moment, everyone piled into the party bus for the ride to Skyland Pines (hit the jump for more info on Skyland Pines weddings). We had a quick stop for photos with Doug and Samantha's pooches, and then chose from many beautiful locations for portraits of the bridal party and bride and groom. Once the party got started, it never let up! Dinner, dancing, cake, and much more dancing made for a rockin' wedding reception. In the end, everyone had a blast. Including the photographers! One of the things that makes being an Akron Wedding Photographer is seeing all the different personalities shine through on their wedding days. Doug and Samantha certainly have their stamp on their wedding photos. Make sure and check out the photos below, and leave a comment for Doug and Samantha!
PS. Planning a wedding for 2014? Dates are filling up fast at Black Dog Photo Co.! Shoot me an email and kick around some ideas for your wedding photography.
It was a classic summer wedding for Craig and Heidi. Their day started at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron for the wedding ceremony. As just about any Akron Wedding Photographer will tell you, Stan Hywet (want info about Stan Hywet weddings? Hit the link) is an amazing location for wedding photography. We started with photos of Heidi getting ready in the carriage house, and moved on to portraits of she and Craig individually on the grounds in front of the house. The open shade and vivid colors made for some gorgeous portraits. We next moved on to the Dell, a beautiful wooded setting, for the wedding ceremony. The guest's gathered in the shade as we waited with anticipation for the Bride to appear. The ceremony was moving, with Craig and Heidi writing their own vows. The emotion of the ceremony made for plenty of candid photo opportunities. When the ceremony ended, we headed out into the beautiful gardens surrounding the Manor House. The English Garden, the Birch Alley, the Tea Houses, all are an Akron Wedding Photographer's dream for wedding photos! We hopped a golf cart back to the parking lot and headed to the reception at Botzum Farm (looking for a unique reception location? Check out Botzum Farm) in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Botzum Farm is a cool location for a wedding reception, with the party taking place in a great old barn. The party lasted into a perfect warm summer evening and a great time was had by all. Thanks to Craig and Heidi for being such awesome clients, and for choosing Black Dog Photo Co.! Be sure to take a look at their fusion video and wedding photos below.
PS. Ashley and I had our wedding photographs at Stan Hywet, so it is always special for us to photograph a bride and groom there!
Dan and Jenn got hitched on a beautiful summer day on the the West Side of Cleveland. We started with wedding photos of the bride getting ready at her parent's house. I always love the anticipation as the dress is laced up and the shoes are buckled! From the house we zipped up the road to the church and caught up with the groom and the rest of the groomsmen for their wedding portraits. The guy's photos went smoothly and before we knew it, it was time to photograph the bride walking down the aisle. Any emotional moment makes for great wedding photos, and a pretty church is always an added bonus! After the ceremony we headed out the the covered bridge in Olmsted Falls for more wedding photography. It's a gorgeous spot for photos, with great locations at every turn. Check out some of the spots we found in the photos below. After a fun session and some awesome wedding photos, we set out for the reception. Everyone had a blast all night, and the room looked great with the uplighting behind the head table. All in all, it was a fantastic wedding day! Take a peek at the photos below and please feel free to comment. Thanks!
PS It was a little toasty out there all day, but Dan and Jenn stayed cool as cucumbers! Maybe it's because we had a good plan... Want to kick around your plan? Shoot me an email, I'd love to hear about your big day!