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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!

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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.


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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!


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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!

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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
 
 
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.

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Ryan
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Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton. A beautiful spot for a wedding ceremony | Akron Wedding Photography
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A first dance special moment | Akron Wedding Photographer
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I'm totally loving these macro ring shots! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Samantha looking quite the bride in her twirly dress. | Akron Wedding Photographer
 
 
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The tea houses at Stan Hywet Hall are an amazing photo location | Akron Wedding Photographer
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.

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Ryan

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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!

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Love this composition and color (nice job Ash) | Akron Wedding Photographer
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These colors are poppin'! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Anticipation. Heidi about to walk down the aisle to marry Craig. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Absolutely amazing location for a wedding ceremony. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Craig and Heidi are married! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The English Garden at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron looks like a fairy tale | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Really nice photo-journalistic image by Ashley | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Wow, that purple really jumps out against the greens in the background! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Magical moment in the Birch Alley at Stan Hywet Hall. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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It's a wedding cake in a barn, and it looks awesome. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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First dance. One of my favorite parts of the wedding day to capture some emotion. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Craig and Heidi took a break from the party for a panoramic photo of the perfect summer evening at Botzum Farm | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Dancing the night away at Botzum Farm | Akron Wedding Photographer
 

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