Pet Session Giveaway. Toledo Pet Photographer.

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Pet Session Giveaway. Toledo Pet Photographer.

We have had a special promotion running this month! February has been deemed FLUFF-uary! The whole month has been focusing on pets! I have decided to give away a pet photography session to one lucky winner! All entrants were required to post their pet with a brief bio on our Facebook page. Now how do they win? You get to be involved in choosing the winner! Read through this article and pick your favorite fluffy entry.

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Grand Rapids Ohio Wedding. Nazareth Hall.

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Grand Rapids Ohio Wedding. Nazareth Hall.

Little did Josh and Alyssa know that their February wedding would not be cold and snow covered. It turned out that on their day, last year, the temperature reached over 60 degrees. I would be tempted to say it was one of the most beautiful days of the year. The sun was shining and everyone looked fabulous!

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Toledo Ohio Wedding. Toledo Botanical Gardens & Downtown Sylvania.

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Toledo Ohio Wedding. Toledo Botanical Gardens & Downtown Sylvania.

As a firm believer in Murphy's Law, I'll be the first to admit things can, and will, go wrong. Equipment malfunctions are not rare and miscommunication can cause mix ups. Special moments can happen without warning while a photographer is changing a lens. Having a second shooter means that even if a mishap occurs, there is an extra person working to document your day and keep your images safe. 

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A.J. Senior Photos. Findlay, Ohio. Class of 2017.

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A.J. Senior Photos. Findlay, Ohio. Class of 2017.

A.J. graduated from Findlay High School last spring! A.J. is a super hard worker and he loves playing rugby! He has a classic style but we had to work on some jokes to get a genuine smile out of him. Overall we had a great time exploring Riverbend Park in Findlay and taking his pictures. For the last part of our session, we headed to the sports field where A.J. and his team play rugby. I think it is so great that A.J. chose to play a less common sport, and a tough one at that!

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Kio Maternity Photos. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Kio Maternity Photos. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Kerri and her husband, Jordan, are expecting their first child this Christmas! They are very excited about welcoming this little girl into their lives. Kerri and Jordan are some of the most generous and loving people I know and I am positive that they will show their baby all the magical things life has to offer.

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Meents Family. Toledo, Ohio. Family Photography.

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Meents Family. Toledo, Ohio. Family Photography.

Jay and Cassandra were attending the fundraiser and placed the winning bid on my photo session! Jay introduced himself to me and explained they were hoping to have family photos done in the fall as it is such a nice time of year. Jay and Cassandra have three young daughters and were looking forward to updating their family portraits!

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Cameron Senior Photos. Downtown Toledo. Class of 2018

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Cameron Senior Photos. Downtown Toledo. Class of 2018

Our first stop was Middlegrounds Metropark. Middlegrounds is a fairly new addition to the riverfront in Toledo, combining the urban with the natural. After Middlegrounds, we headed to Adams Street to view some of the amazing murals painted there. We also stopped at the Toledo Lucas County Main Library for a few great shots outside the building. Cameron's session truly displays the diversity that can be found in Downtown Toledo.

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The Mirror. Themed Photo Shoot. Toledo Model.

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The Mirror. Themed Photo Shoot. Toledo Model.

It was a pretty piece left over from a gilded age. The young girl's mother had found it in the attic and thought it would look nice in her little bedroom. It hung unobtrusively on the wall waiting for the tot to be tall enough to see into its shiny mercurial depths.

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Commercial Branding Shoot. Why You Need One.

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Commercial Branding Shoot. Why You Need One.

Branding your business might sound like something that just happens. When you start your shop, your service, your product, branding and public image will just fall into place right? Wrong. Branding is something purposeful that every successful business has done. Branding has to do with logos, color schemes, names and aesthetic. But it is even more than that. From the way you speak about your business on your website to the smell your clients associate with your company, everything you do can impact your branding.

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Hamilton Family. Toledo Ohio. Pet Photography.

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Hamilton Family. Toledo Ohio. Pet Photography.

Jennifer proposed that we exchange portrait sessions and I just had to say yes! She and her husband, Jeremy, have a spaniel mix named Lucy. Lucy is an important part of their family so had to be included in their photos. My husband and I also brought our dog, Beatrice, who is a mastiff mix. Despite the size difference, Bea and Lucy got along perfectly. They both posed... kind of... and mostly paid attention to our directions. We got many precious shots of both of our little families!

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Model Shoot. Northwest Ohio.

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Model Shoot. Northwest Ohio.

Most of the time I am shooting for my job. I take portraits or I am documenting a commercial business. While all of my paid shoots involve my personal creativity, there are definitely expectations to get certain poses, light styles, a specific look. I am very happy to accommodate all of these things and often I also get to play a little for myself, but there is something truly refreshing about creating something just for yourself. No expectations except your own. 

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Looking Forward to Fall.

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Looking Forward to Fall.

Autumn is nearly upon us. I have seen memes flooding the internet, counting the days to cooler weather, crunchy leaves, trick-or-treat, and, of course, the return of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. People in the midwest really love the Fall!

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Emily & Damon. Toledo Maternity Photos. Providence Park

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Emily & Damon. Toledo Maternity Photos. Providence Park

I asked Emily how they were preparing Maci for the baby and she said, "We let her sniff the baby things and play with the things we will be using for her and leaving them out for her to get comfortable around". It sounds like they have a good plan to make the transition comfortable for everyone!

We are glad to see Emily and Damon happy, with a healthy baby on the way! Best of luck to you both in this new adventure! Enjoy these photos from their Maternity Session at Providence Park in Grand Rapids, Ohio!

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I am the Night. Oak Openings. Themed Shoot.

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I am the Night. Oak Openings. Themed Shoot.

I am the night.

I walk in shadows and I sing in solitude,

My eyes are closed but my ears hear every movement,

I bring rains of starlight and waterfalls of moon beams.

 

I do not sleep but I shroud the world in a breathing death,

For most, a temporary state of escape.

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Mermaid Model Shoot. Toledo Ohio Photographer.

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Mermaid Model Shoot. Toledo Ohio Photographer.

No Disney princess; I am a warrior queen.

My hair is the color of the tropical sea, hemmed in by a crown of lost life.

My arms wear strength like golden cords, infused with the energy of roaring waves.

My body moves with agility and speed, like the currents of the laughing deep.

My gown shimmers and shifts, as the sun casting a broad arm over a calm horizon.

My tale would push me further and faster, ever moving to explore every ravine of the ocean floor.

Alas, my feet, keep me tethered to the shore.

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Exploring Louisville Kentucky. Anniversary Trip.

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Exploring Louisville Kentucky. Anniversary Trip.

These photos show our explorations of Waterfront Park where we visited the Fleur de Flea market. We also explored the neighborhood where our accommodations were located, the Old Historic Louisville. We wandered around downtown and ate at Feast BBQ. The last group of photos were from Cave Hill Cemetery, a historic burial ground covering over 300 acres and boasting of such famous occupants as Muhammed Ali and Colonel Sanders. 

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