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Allison & Ross. Findlay Ohio Wedding Photography. Saint Michael's Church. Alexandria's.

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Allison & Ross. Findlay Ohio Wedding Photography. Saint Michael's Church. Alexandria's.

Have I ever told you that the reception is my favorite part of the wedding day? The whole day is truly wonderful and rewarding. There is just something about the reception that makes me happy. I get to play with lighting. I get to document natural moments, not posed bodies. People finally relax after the stress and structure of making sure the rest of the day has gone the way it was planned. It is almost as if the bride and groom can breathe a sigh of relief when they sit down for dinner.

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Rebecca & Mark. Otsego Park Thompson Stone Hall. Bowling Green, Ohio Wedding Photography.

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Rebecca & Mark. Otsego Park Thompson Stone Hall. Bowling Green, Ohio Wedding Photography.

So when do I get to see the true personalities of my couples? I see who they are in every detail of their day. Rebecca and Mark had so many beautiful and sentimental details in their wedding. The decor, food choices, attire, and venue all spoke to who these two are. My favorite part of the whole day had to be the reception. Mark and Rebecca really kicked back and enjoyed every minute of it. They danced and laughed. They enjoyed their guests company and made everyone feel welcome.

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Tips for Your Professional Headshots. Toledo, Ohio. Commercial Photography.

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Tips for Your Professional Headshots. Toledo, Ohio. Commercial Photography.

Headshots are important in the professional world. Not only do they impact how your peers see you, they can direct how your potential clients think about you. Just like your store front, logo, and website create an experience for your customers, your own image is also an important part of your brand. A person who presents a sloppy appearance could be labeled as someone who might not take pride in their work. A nervous or angry expression could make clients wonder if you are difficult to work with. An outdated headshot may remind you of a younger self, but it will confuse peers when they meet you in person.

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Pet Session Giveaway 2019. Toledo Pet Photographer.

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Pet Session Giveaway 2019. 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 and animals! 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. Fill out the form at the bottom with your choice's number to cast your vote! Entrant with the most votes wins! 

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Holly Turns 30! Grown Up Cake Smash. Toledo Ohio Photography.

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Holly Turns 30! Grown Up Cake Smash. Toledo Ohio Photography.

Holly is a Nurse Practitioner. When I asked her how she felt about entering a new decade she said, “I’m excited about turning 30! It will be a new adventure”. What a fabulous outlook. Holly was so wonderful to work with. She was positive and completely laid back. We had the session in the studio space at the Big Fab Lab in Bowling Green. Holly decided not to risk the Ohio weather by shooting outdoors. It was the right call because all of those balloons would have been blown away.

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Style Guide for Family Portraits. Toledo Ohio Family Photography.

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Style Guide for Family Portraits. Toledo Ohio Family Photography.

There are numerous things to consider when thinking about what to wear for your family pictures. Colors, patterns and styles are all part of the, don't mind my pun, picture, but don't just think about the externals, think about your family as a whole and what they are going to feel comfortable standing in front of the camera in. Some people have a hard enough time getting their picture taken and feel totally awkward in front of the lens, but then add to that trying to make them wear clothing that is not their style or color preference and the smiles are not going to be very natural.

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Anna & Samuel. Pleasant Hill Ohio. Canyon Run Ranch.

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Anna & Samuel. Pleasant Hill Ohio. Canyon Run Ranch.

Anna and Samuel ranked guest experiences on their wedding day highly. Many choices they made reflected a desire to accommodate their guests' comfort and enjoyment of the event. Samuel assigned a chain of command of coordinators and helpers. Each had specific tasks to ensure the day ran smoothly. Even when things got a little out of sorts, neither Anna nor Samuel let the mishaps disrupt their positive attitudes. This put guests and vendors at ease and allowed all to have a great time.

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Creativity.

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Creativity.

I am unfortunately out of practice,

I have given you into the hands of my laziness and neglectful nature.

They are unkind masters,

They like to make me forget that good things require attention,

Else good things grow tainted and tarnished.

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Lindsay & Terry. Napoleon Ohio Wedding. Emanuel Lutheran Church. Ridgeville Legion.

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Lindsay & Terry. Napoleon Ohio Wedding. Emanuel Lutheran Church. Ridgeville Legion.

Lindsay contacted me after buying her wedding dress at Blush A Bridal Boutique in Bowling Green, Ohio. Lee, the owner, happens to pass out my brochure to all of her brides! I met with Lindsay and Terry in downtown Bowling Green at one of my local favorites, Grounds for Thought. Lindsay explained that she and Terry have a little girl and they have been working very hard building a life together. Terry was working an opposite shift to Lindsay and I asked if they ever got to see each other. They both agreed that they do what it takes to make it work!

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BGSU Senior Photo Session. Bowling Green Ohio. Class of 2018.

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BGSU Senior Photo Session. Bowling Green Ohio. Class of 2018.

What is one thing you could never live without? (Ian {boyfriend} says that it was be McDonald's for me haha!) I think it would have to be photos. Photos make it possible for generations to pass along to the next generation an idea of what it was like while they were growing up and they also help you to not forget someone and what they look or looked like. They are amazing little memories of life.

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Ball Python. Studio Photography. Bowling Green Ohio.

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Ball Python. Studio Photography. Bowling Green Ohio.

Honestly, I had no idea what working with a snake would look like. I assumed that I would just let Spooky do her thing and we would hope for the best. She did not disappoint. Nicole was so gentle with Spooky, directing her but never forcing her to do anything she did not want to do. My priority when shooting with animals is to make sure they are treated with respect, in an ethical manner. Spooky's comfort and safety was more important to both of us, than having a successful shoot. 

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Toledo Pet Photography. Metzger Huskies. Oak Openings.

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Toledo Pet Photography. Metzger Huskies. Oak Openings.

Marquita says, "I think the most remarkable thing about my pack is the fact that everyone of them loves home. I never have to worry about them running away (and that is EXTREMELY uncommon for huskies as a breed). They may get bored and find a way to escape, but the only reason I know they’ve gotten out is because they’re at the door smiling at their accomplishment."

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Barfell Family Portraits. Wintergarden Park. Bowling Green, Ohio.

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Barfell Family Portraits. Wintergarden Park. Bowling Green, Ohio.

"Family is family, whether it's the one you start out with, the one you end up with, or the family you gain along the way." One of my favorite things about working with families is that I get to see the diversity of what family looks like for each one of my clients. For some, family is just two. For others, family is furry. Some have big families, small families, blended families, single parent families. Some are family by blood, some family by choice. I enjoy celebrating all types of family!

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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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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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