PS Want more information about the O'Niel house? Here's a link: http://www.oneilhouse.com
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The O'Niel House is a bed and breakfast built by the founder of General Tire. It's an intimate and beautiful space for a wedding (and an awesome spot for Wedding Photography). Dean and Kathie sure took advantage of the setting for their wedding day! A gorgeous ceremony on the patio was followed by a dinner in the great hall of the house. I also absolutely loved the juxtaposition of Dean and Kathie on their motorcycle in front of the very traditional tudor style facade of the house! Thanks to Dean and Kathie for having Black Dog Photo Co. as a part of their big day.
PS Want more information about the O'Niel house? Here's a link: http://www.oneilhouse.com
Brad and Amanda got married at St. Hillary in Fairlawn. It was an intimate ceremony with family and close friends, and cozy reception at a lodge in the Sand Run Metropark. I know I've said it before, but one of my favorite parts of being a Wedding Photographer is seeing the personal touches couples give their weddings. As I walked up to the lodge, I felt like Thoreau in the woods of New England! Although the day was damp and chilly, the fire and family made it feel warm and cozy. Thanks Brad and Amanda for having Black Dog Photo Co. as a part of your day!
PS This fall has been awesome. I can't remember a prettier October, and it sure shows in the photos we've taken. Where have you gone to experience the great color? Share it on our Facebook page!
If you haven't noticed already, I love fall. The crisp nights, the smell of wood smoke and leaves, delicious food, the wine harvest...I could go on and on. Not to mention the beautiful color painted across the rolling hills of the Cuyahoga Valley. The beauty, however, is fleeting. Before we know it, we'll be immersed in winter's pastel blues, pining away for the warm orange and yellow hues of fall. Alas, what is a person to do? Preserve the beauty in photographs!
To that end, here are seven tips to help you create pretty autumn photos. Grab your camera and get out there before the moment is gone!
1. Use a Polarizing Filter
The saturation of colors that you get with one of these is fantastic. It is particularly useful in getting lovely blue skies, but you’ll find that it decreases some of the haze that you often get at this time of year also.
2. Shoot in the Golden Hours
While you can get great results at any time of the day – I love shooting fall colors at the end of the day just before sunset when the light is golden. This accentuates the reds and golds even more than normal.
3. Don’t ignore the Overcast Days
Some people keep their cameras in their bags on days where the sun isn’t shining – but they can actually be the best days. I like overcast days because they help create a mood that you can’t get on a sunny day – plus the images are nice generally nice and rich.
4. Look for Contrasts
One way to accentuate the colors in your shots is to think about framing your shots in such a way that the different colors contrast with one another. Golden leaves on a blue sky – a red leaf on a lush green grass etc.
5. Avoid Shooting Into the Sun
Shooting into the sun will result in shadows, lower saturation of colors and lens flare (which further reduces the impact of colors) On Sunny days – keep the sun at your back. If you do have to shoot into the sun use a lens hood or shield your lens with something to avoid lens flare.
6. Play with White Balance Settings
Sometimes Auto mode with White Balance won’t give you the most vibrant results. Warm up your colors by increasing the color temperature a touch (not too much). You can do this by increasing the kelvin numbers or by selecting a setting like ‘cloudy’ if your camera has semi-auto settings.
7. Underexpose Your Shots (slightly)
Pull back the exposure on your shots a touch and you’ll find that it gives your colors a slightly deeper saturation.
Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/autumn-fall-photography-capturing-colours#ixzz28WfZJ2o6
I posted a few of my efforts, enjoy!
PS I forgot to mention football. How did I manage that?
I had a pretty cool experience yesterday. October is breast cancer awareness month, and the NFL is a great supporter of the American Cancer Society and breast cancer awareness. The Brown's Women's Organization partnered with the Cancer Society for an event at the Hope Lodge yesterday. Browns players and the Women's organization decorated cookies, assembled gift baskets, and played bingo with the survivors staying at the Lodge.
I am a pretty huge Browns fan. As I was driving to the event, I was excited to meet the players. It was cool to shake the hands of, and talk with, the players we cheer into battle on Sundays. I was in for a surprise though... The big, burly football players were not the strongest people in the room. The strongest people I spoke with were the survivors locked in a battle every day. Never before have I seen a bigger contrast than seeing NFL player Jordan Cameron, a picture of health and athleticism, put his arm around a patient, who was a picture of frailty. Our eyes can be deceiving. They may be skinny, their hair may have fallen out, but the residents of the Hope Lodge have a wealth of strength in spirit. It shows in their eyes. It shows in their unbelievable "glass half full" attitude. It shows in the passion they showed for their team.
Now that's inspiration. The life we are granted, and the lives of those around us, are a gift. Be thankful. Be passionate. Be happy.
PPS Want to learn more about the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge. Hit the link: http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SupportProgramsServices/HopeLodge/Cleveland/cleveland-about-our-facility
Fall is the perfect time of year for beautiful portraits in Northeast Ohio. The colors are starting to pop, and the sky is that gorgeous shade of blue that is only revealed on a crisp autumn day.
Take advantage of the season. Take advantage of a great deal as well. Black Dog Photo Co. is offering 50% off Family Portrait sessions until our son Tommy's birthday, October 26th. A portrait session at the location of your choice is just $37.50!
Don't wait too long. This is Northeast Ohio, and nobody knows when this beautiful fall will morph into winter! Get in touch with me here to reserve a time for your family.
PS We had a clam bake by the fire on Sunday night with some great friends. I think we'll have to make it a fall tradition! Do you have a favorite fall activity? Share it with us on our Facebook page.
The leaves are changing here on Broad Blvd.. A sure sign that fall is upon us, my favorite time of year. Ash and I were married in the fall, and our son Tommy was born in October. It is a beautiful time of year here in Northeast Ohio, and a perfect time for an outdoor family portrait. To celebrate Tommy's birthday, we are offering half off family and children's sessions until his big day (10/26)! The next couple of weekends will be the height of color, and Black Dog Photo Co. still has limited weekend time slots left to take advantage of all mother nature has to offer. Give me a call or shoot me an email to reserve your time soon!
PS Cool nights bring dreams of big steelhead running up the Rocky River to devour my flies with abandon. Keep an eye out for big fish photos on our Facebook page (I'm an optimist at heart...).
TJ and Jess got hitched an a beautiful evening in Bay Village. I love it when a couple's personality shows in their wedding. All the details of this wedding certainly fit TJ and Jess' laid back personalities, and it shows in their wedding photography too...from the cocktails served in mason jars, to the pulled pork smoked at the event, to smores made over a campfire. Take a look at some of the photos, and watch the fusion video too. I bet you'll have a sudden urge to make yourself a cocktail and enjoy a nice summer evening...
PS Working hard at planning the details of your wedding? Give me a holler and see how Black Dog Photo Co. can be a part of your day here: contact.
PPS This Akron Wedding Photographer loves some good BBQ. The pulled pork sliders at this wedding were the bomb. What's your favorite BBQ? Share it on our Facebook page?
"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."
-George Bernard Shaw
Our family is certainly blessed this summer. We have a new baby girl, Madeleine, in the Smas house. My sister and her husband also have a new baby girl, Josephine. Heaven indeed...
Before we know it, Josie and Maddie will be running around the house, telling us they want to watch Dora. Kids just grow up too fast!
Our kids grow up, we get married, families are always changing. Years later, what do we have to remember these special times? Photographs. When was the last time you had a family portrait? I'm guessing it has been too long.
Black Dog Photo Co. is ready to celebrate family. Our son Tommy's birthday is October 26th, and all family sessions until T's big day are 50% off! You can reserve your on location family session for just $37.50. Call or email Ryan soon to celebrate your family.
PS The session special would also be great for children's portraits!
PPS Fall is an awesome time of year in Northeast Ohio. The harvest provides fresh food, the nights are cool, and the scenery is world class (the steelhead are also getting ready to come into Lake Erie Tribs...I'm talking to you Clint). My favorite part of fall is a roasted chicken with butternut squash and pinot noir, then finishing off our wine on the patio with a fire crackling. What's yours? Share it with us on our Facebook page!
Black Dog Photo Co. still has a few open dates left for 2012 Akron Wedding Photography. If you are getting married this year, and still need a Wedding Photographer, this is for you. We are offering package B., a $2400 value, for $2012! That's right, if you book a wedding with us for 2012, you save $388 on our most popular package.
Want to learn more? Give me a shout out here. I'm excited to learn how Black Dog Photo Co. can be a part of your Wedding Photography!
We kicked off the 2013 Senior Portrait Season by taking a field trip. This Akron Photographer hopped in the car and headed to East Liverpool to photograph Kami. We explored Beaver Creek State Park, Kami's yard, as well as downtown East Liverpool. I was like a kid in a candy store exploring these locations, it seemed everywhere I turned there was another opportunity for a photo!
Kami is an athlete with really diverse interests, and I think it really shows in her portraits. I've mentioned it before with regard to Wedding Photography and Children's Portraits, and this applies to Senior Portraits as well: It is so awesome to be a part of this time in a person's life. Babies, newly wedded couples, and high school seniors have everything in front of them and are so excited about what life has to offer. It's contagious, and one of the best parts of my job!
Here's some of Kami's portraits, enjoy!
PS Got a cool idea for your Senior Portrait? Run it by me here. We love a challenge and new ideas (see Whitesnakeesque Camaro photo below).
PPS Senior Portraits, cooler nights...must be football season! Love the Browns, what's your favorite football team? Share it with us on Facebook!