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.RyanPS. Planning a wedding for 2014? Give me a shout out here, I'd love to hear about your big day!
I love the anticipation in the photos of the bride getting ready | Akron Wedding Photographer
Great composition, nice job Ash | Akron Wedding Photographer
Jonathan looking awfully relaxed right before the wedding ceremony | Akron Wedding Photographer
How much fun are these ladies having? | Akron Wedding Photographer
Pretty windows make for a dramatic wedding ceremony | Akron Wedding Photographer
Jonathan and Anna are hitched! | Akron Wedding Photographer
I love this! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Nice job with the dip Jonathan! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Pretty garden and great leading lines make for a nice wedding photo | Akron Wedding Photographer
Cool guys in cool shades. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Beautiful staircase, handsome couple. | Portage Country Club Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
Details like this place setting are key photos | Portage Country Club Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
I love cheesecake! | Portage Country Club Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
The first dance is always special | Portage Country Club Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
Jonathan and Anna are both musicians, so this makes sense. | Portage Country Club Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer
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!
I love the anticipation of the bride getting ready | Akron Wedding Photographer
Quailcrest Farms is a gorgeous location for a wedding ceremony | Akron Wedding Photographer
I now pronounce you man and wife, the best part! | Akron Wedding Photographer
What an awesome moment as Odie and Elaina leave the wedding ceremony | Akron Wedding Photographer
Sharp dressed groom | Akron Wedding Photographer
How pretty is this photo of the bride? | Akron Wedding Photographer
Pretty hydrangea and a bride and groom make for a pretty photo | Akron Wedding Photographer
Wedding rings on the guest book | Akron Wedding Photographer
Summer flowers as a center piece | Akron Wedding Photographer
Loving moment during the first dance | Akron Wedding Photographer
What a party! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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.
Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton. A beautiful spot for a wedding ceremony | Akron Wedding Photography
A first dance special moment | Akron Wedding Photographer
I'm totally loving these macro ring shots! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Samantha looking quite the bride in her twirly dress. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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.
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!
Love this composition and color (nice job Ash) | Akron Wedding Photographer
These colors are poppin'! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Anticipation. Heidi about to walk down the aisle to marry Craig. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Absolutely amazing location for a wedding ceremony. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Craig and Heidi are married! | Akron Wedding Photographer
The English Garden at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron looks like a fairy tale | Akron Wedding Photographer
Really nice photo-journalistic image by Ashley | Akron Wedding Photographer
Wow, that purple really jumps out against the greens in the background! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Magical moment in the Birch Alley at Stan Hywet Hall. | Akron Wedding Photographer
It's a wedding cake in a barn, and it looks awesome. | Akron Wedding Photographer
First dance. One of my favorite parts of the wedding day to capture some emotion. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Craig and Heidi took a break from the party for a panoramic photo of the perfect summer evening at Botzum Farm | Akron Wedding Photographer
Dancing the night away at Botzum Farm | Akron Wedding Photographer
Beautiful wedding ceremony | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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!
Jenn getting laced up. Anticipation. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
The smell of lilies always reminds me of weddings | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Love the colors! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
North Olmsted covered bridge, a great spot for a bridal party | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Dan and Jenn look great in front of the waterfall in North Olmsted | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
This must be why they call it a bridal "party"! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Raise a toast to Dan and Jenn | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Love telephoto shots of the wedding couple's first dance | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Beautiful photo of the wedding rings | Cleveland Wedding photographer
How to stuff: Nikon D90, 18mm lens, ISO 640, tungsten WB, f22, 13"
"The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." -John Adams, July 3rd, 1776
Who are we to disagree with a guy like John Adams? Get out there and BBQ, hang with your family, and see some pyrotechnics!
While you're watching $40,000 worth of explosions, why not document the moment with some awesome photos? "Because photographing fireworks is hard" you say. Have no fear, with these simple tricks, you can be the envy of the Facebook/Twitter sphere!
1. Exposure. Nailing the exposure is the most critical, and difficult, aspect of shooting a fireworks display. It is difficult because you are photographing something really bright against a really dark background. The key to dramatic firework shots is having a sky that is not completely black, but a nice cobalt blue. How do you determine the exposure? You guess. I find ten seconds at f16 and ISO 400 is a good starting point (ten second exposures make a tripod a necessity here). F16 gives you enough depth of field to keep everything in focus (focusing on explosions in the dark is hard), so adjust your shutter speed up or down until you get the sky looking right. Be careful with really long exposures though. If you get much longer than 15 seconds, or there a lot of fireworks going off at once, you will just get a white blob where pretty fireworks should be. See below.
Too much of a good thing. Too many fireworks and too long of a shutter speed equals overexposed white blob. Not good.
2. White balance. This is a cool trick. Set your camera's white balance to tungsten. It's the symbol that looks like a regular incandescent light bulb. This little gem will make your sky that beautiful cobalt color, and make the colors of the fireworks really pop.
Setting your camera's white balance setting to tungsten makes the night sky look amazing. 13" at f16 and ISO 640
3. Shoot a bunch of photos.
It's impossible to predict when the fireworks will be shot off, or what the trails will look like in the final image. Film is cheap, click away and pick your favorites later to be sure you get a great image. Be careful not to have a heavy trigger finger. Even with the camera on a tripod, you can shake the camera when you hit the shutter release. Be gentle, unless you like blurry pictures.
I'll be laying in the grass clicking the shutter at fireworks shooting off over a lake this holiday. Here's hoping you give yourself a challenge and shoot some fireworks this weekend!
PS Want more details? Here's a link with some good stuff: http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-fireworks
PPS I photographed these photos at the Relay For Life of Hudson this summer. Want to help find a cure? Click this link to find a Relay For Life
How to stuff: Nikon D90, 18mm lens, ISO 640, f22, 13"
There are some amazing locations for engagement photos, like this view of the Cleveland skyline | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
I know that in the grand scheme of planning a wedding, whether or not to have engagement photos might not be high on the list of tough decisions for most couples. However, there are plenty of good reasons to spend some time with your photographer creating portraits. As a Wedding Photographer, Engagement Photos are one of my favorite sessions for a few reasons: We usually end up in cool locations, there isn't the pressure of staying on time that exists on a wedding day, and it's just fun to spend some time getting to know the future Bride and Groom in a relaxed atmosphere. So, if the photo above doesn't do the talking for itself...here's five reasons to do an engagement session.
1. Personalized Save the Date cards. You can use a few of your favorite images to design a custom Save the Date to mail out prior to the invitation.
2. Get to know your photographer and vise versa. Spend an hour or two with the guy/girl you're going to spend one of the most important days of your life with. I can't emphasize this one enough. It's why we include engagement sessions with all of our wedding packages. On the wedding day, you're thinking, "cool, it's Ryan to do our photos, I know the drill", instead of, "I don't know what to expect and I'm really nervous about photos".
3. Locations are limitless. On the Wedding day, photography locations are dictated by proximity to the church, reception, etc... Engagement session locations are limited only by the couple's imagination. I've included four different locations in this post to give some good examples of what you can do to make your session unique. Cleveland's West Side, University Circle and Little Italy, as well as Congress Lake near Akron.
4. You can make it into a funday! Schedule your day around the session. Finishing at your favorite watering hole/restaurant for a meal and a cocktail is a great way to make the whole process a fun experience. We've had a lot of fun doing this in Little Italy, Ohio City, and in Downtown Akron.
5. Engagement sessions offer your Wedding Photographer an opportunity to "play". Wedding days are not the best time to experiment with new photographic techniques or posing ideas. The stakes are too high to take too large a risk. That's not to say we don't try new things, just not that advanced technical jobby we just read about on twitter. The laid back atmosphere of the engagement session allows for experimentation.
You've got nothing to lose. Go out and have a good time with your photographer creating some awesome images!
PS Want more info on engagement sessions? Here's some cool tips from the Knot
PPS Got a fun idea to kick around? Holla at me here
, I'd love to hear it!
Beautiful panoramic engagement photo on the dock at Congress Lake Country Club | Akron Wedding Photographer
Handsome couple in front of the iconic Akron Civic Theater | Akron Wedding Photographer
Tim and Kim finished their session with a cocktail at La Dolce Vita in Cleveland's Little Italy. The sweet life indeed. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Lookin' good on Congress Lake | Akron Wedding Photographer
Ryan and Kate's session finished up at Market Garden in Ohio City on the West Side of Cleveland | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
This elegant image is on the front steps of the Cleveland Museum of Art | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Medina United Methodist is a beautiful location for a wedding ceremony! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Lindsay and Jacob had a beautiful wedding day, and have beautiful Wedding Photography as proof. The day started at Medina United Methodist for the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom wrote their own wedding vows, making for a moving service. After the ceremony, the bridal party piled into the party bus (along with a certain photographer) and headed to Westfield Country Club for more Wedding Photographs. The club has some great locations for photos, and after the somewhat raucous party bus ride everyone was having a blast. We even borrowed a few golf clubs from a guy in the parking lot for a photo! After wrapping up the photography session at the club, we headed to Guy's Party Center in Akron for the reception. Guy's, being an Akron Wedding institution, looked awesome decked out in festive uplighting. Food was served, a few tears were shed (which always makes for great wedding photos), and an excellent time was had by all. Check out some of their wedding photos, and be sure to watch the Fusion Video too! Oh yeah, we love it when you leave comments for us to read. Thanks!
PS Planning a wedding? Interested in seeing how Black Dog Photo Co. can be a part of your special day? Shoot me an email
, I'd love to hear your ideas!
PPS We spent time with both of our dads for Father's Day. The best part is seeing all the kids enjoying their time with Pappy and Jaja. What's the best part of your Father's Day? Share it in the comments, or on our Facebook
Beautiful composition. | Medina United Methodist | Akron Wedding Photographer
It's all in the details | Medina United Methodist | Akron Wedding Photographer
Anticipation. | Medina United Methodist | Akron Wedding Photographer
Beautiful Wedding Ceremony | Medina United Methodist | Akron Wedding Photographer
You may kiss the bride. | Medina United Methodist | Akron Wedding Photographer
Classic Wedding Photograph | Medina United Methodist | Akron Wedding Photographer
The light on Lindsay in this Wedding Photo is beautiful! | Westfield Country Club | Akron Wedding Photographer
We borrowed a few golf clubs from a guy in the parking lot. I'm glad we did, because it made for a cool Wedding Photograph! | Westfield Country Club | Akron Wedding Photographer
Party Bus. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Pretty wedding cake, and pretty light. | Guys Party Center | Akron Wedding Photographer
First Dance. | Guys Party Center | Akron Wedding Photographer
Do the Harlem Shake! | Guys Party Center | Akron Wedding Photographer
Are you a bride or groom planning a wedding? Are you looking for an Akron Wedding Photographer? Well, your in luck. Today's Bride is hosting the annual Cocktails and Veils bridal show. The show is this Thursday, April 11th at Quaker Station. It's a boutique style show with a laid back atmosphere. Want to know more? Here's a link to the Today's Bride website:http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/bridal_shows_akron_april13.php
Black Dog Photo Co. will be there with an awesome Akron Wedding Photography special. Register at the show, then book Black Dog Photo Co.'s package A or B by April 31st, and receive a free digital tablet album in addition to your package. Your wedding album design is placed on a high resolution PC tablet for digital viewing. Stop by our booth at the show to see some of our work, and check out the tablet! Looking forward to meeting some bride's and groom's Thursday.
PS Want to kick some ideas around about your wedding? Email Ryan here
, we love to hear what you are planning!
Beautiful night photo at the gazebo at Rustic Hills Country Club | Akron Wedding Photographer
Pretty summer wedding ceremony photo. | Akron Wedding Photographer
So...I totally stole the headline for this post. "Good Design is Good Business" is the tagline for my good friend, and business associate's, graphic design business. I just think it's pretty cool.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about creating the photograph used in the catalog cover above. Here's the link if you want to see how we did it: commercial shoot. Foundations just went live with the image on the website, and it's always pretty awesome to see your work in a finished product! Here's the link: http://www.foundations.com/safereach-promo.html . We also photographed the images for the animated gif shown on the page. It took some creativity, and some help from the boys at KGDco. Let's just say there was a marketing director holding fishing line looped through the ceiling... These kind of projects are what makes being a commercial photographer so fun. Collaborating with great people, solving problems, and creating a great image for our clients. As Jim from KGD likes to say "Good design is good business". So is good photography.sit.stay.smile.Ryan
PS Developing a new website? Launching a new marketing campaign? Shoot Jim
at KGD an email, or email Ryan
at Black Dog to start kicking around some ideas.