Jamie and Michael: Akron wedding photography preview

Posted: October 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Photography, Weddings, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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Outdoor weddings are tough. When the weather cooperates, an outdoor wedding is gorgeous and a ton of fun. You have the freedom to do so much more in the great outdoors than you can in the confines of a church or another indoor venue, and everything just feels so much more open and natural. Of course, when the weather doesn’t cooperate, get ready to adjust on the fly!

Jamie and Michael had a lovely outdoor Akron wedding this weekend, but there were more than a few raindrops to dodge throughout the day. In fact, the start of the ceremony needed to be pushed back a bit when the skies absolutely opened up and drenched the grounds about 15 minutes before Jamie was scheduled to walk down the aisle with her dad. But Jamie, Michael and their families had prepared well, setting up a couple large tents to provide shelter in the case of just such a scenario.

Fortunately, while the rain came down in buckets for a while, it didn’t last long and we were able to enjoy the rest of the day. The soggy surroundings made the pictures a little challenging but we still managed to fill up a couple memory cards! Here are a few highlights from the day with more to follow soon. Check out some of Jamie and Michael’s engagement photos here, and learn more about our Akron and Cleveland wedding photography.

Congratulations, Jamie and Michael!

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Olmsted Falls family pictures: Daddy’s girls

Posted: September 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Family, Little Ones, Photography, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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My wife and I have three kids, so needless to say, our house can often be crazy. But with one girl and two boys, we also have some semblance of balance within our craziness. My daughter can confide in my wife for the types of pre-teen questions that dads are ill-equipped to handle (that list grows by the day), and my boys can turn to me for all the gross, dirty, nasty boy things that moms would rather not have to even think about. Even better, no gender ever really reigns supreme in our house: sometimes, Legos rule the day, and others, the boys have to sit through a “Good Luck, Charlie” marathon on Disney Channel. Ah, balance.

I had the privilege of taking some Olmsted Falls family pictures of this awesome family. They obviously skew toward one gender, but by the look on his face, Dad couldn’t be any happier about it. Balance goes out the window when you’re outnumbered 5-to-1, and they definitely make it work. During our time at Fortier Park, these girls were the life of the party, particularly the youngest, a little firecracker who couldn’t wait for me to turn the camera her way!

Here are some of my favorite shots from the day, including a couple that prove boys and girls agree on one thing: Mom and Dad kissing is just gross! Good luck, Dad!

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Ashley and Adam’s Akron wedding

Posted: August 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Photography, Weddings, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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I posted a quick preview from Ashley and Adam’s beautiful wedding at the Red Run Bison and Horse Farm in Marshallville back in June. Now that I’m wrapping up their gallery this week, it’s time to offer up a closer look at this absolutely gorgeous Akron area wedding.

As you can see, this group liked to have some fun, especially the bride. For proof, just check out those shoes she was wearing in one of the photos near the bottom of the post. Nice! As another example, while I was making my way around the venue prior to the reception, taking photos of all the little details that had been planned to perfection, I received word that the bride was requesting my services. Wondering what photo opp was awaiting me, I walked into the room where Ashley and her bridesmaids were getting ready to find a table full of chicken nuggets and French fries. Seems the bridal party had a hankerin’ for some McDonald’s, and Ashley wanted me to capture the carnage. Awesome!

There are so many great shots to choose from but these are some of my absolute favorites, along with the photos from the earlier preview. Also, be sure to check out Ashley and Adam’s engagement pictures. Thanks again for sharing your day with me, guys! (And a special thanks to Spencer, who stepped into the assistant’s shoes for this wedding and did one heck of a job!)

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Akron engagement photography: Megan and Ethan

Posted: July 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Engagement pictures, Photography, Weddings, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

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We headed out for Megan and Ethan’s engagement photos exactly one year to the day before they’d be walking down the aisle and saying “I do.” We didn’t realize, however, that June 21 also was the first day of summer, and fittingly, we were treated to an absolutely gorgeous morning.

I love discovering new locations to shoot, and on this day, we set up shop at the Nature Realm in Akron. As you can see, we had all sorts of great spots to choose from, so many that we ran a little long and I came home with a few more shots than normal. Needless to say, this won’t be my last visit to the Nature Realm.

Here are a few favorites from our Akron engagement photography shoot. Congrats to Megan and Ethan. Can’t wait for your big day next summer!

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Wadsworth engagement photos: Jamie and Michael

Posted: June 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Engagement pictures, Photography, Weddings, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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When Jamie and Michael chose us to shoot their October wedding, they had already had a family friend do some engagement pictures. But since an engagement shoot was included as part of their Akron wedding photography package, we met at Hubbard Valley Park in Seville and got to know each other a bit more.

The skies threatened to wash us out through the morning and afternoon, but as the day wound down, the clouds parted and gave us a convenient window to snap some pictures of the lovebirds. We chatted about how they met and the evolving plans for their backyard wedding this fall during their Wadsworth engagement photos.

Congratulations to Jamie and Michael! Hope you’re all warmed up for October!

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Ashley and Adam: Akron wedding preview

Posted: June 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Photography, Weddings, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

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Location, location, location. Ashley and Adam chose the Red Run Bison and Horse Farm in Marshallville for their outdoor Akron area wedding last weekend, which turned out to be a beautiful spot for their big day. Of course, it helped that they were blessed with some picturesque weather, which was kind enough to drop some rain on us while everybody ate their dinner inside the barn before the clouds broke in time to take some final portraits of the new Mr. and Mrs. Jones near sunset.

Here are just a few of the day’s favorites, with more to follow once the final gallery is ready. In the meantime, we posted some of Ashley and Adam’s Wadsworth engagement photos back in May, so be sure to check those out if you haven’t already.

Congrats again to Ashley, Adam and their families!

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Getting ready for the stork!

Posted: June 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Family, Little Ones, Photography, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

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Little Gavin is about to be a big brother! We headed out for a shoot with Gavin’s growing family a couple weeks ago and were blessed with a beautiful evening as the sun set over the pond at Silver Creek Park in Wadsworth. On the verge of his own birthday, Gavin celebrated by taking a piggyback ride, playing in the water and climbing up some trees (with Dad’s help, of course). We also managed to squeeze in a couple shots with just Mom and Dad. As always, here are a few favorites from the shoot.

Gavin’s little brother should be arriving any day, so we wish the best of luck to everyone. Can’t wait to meet the little guy!

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Starting life together

Posted: May 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Engagement pictures, Photography, Weddings, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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I love spending time with engaged couples. They are so excited about their approaching big day and the future that lies ahead. I enjoy talking to clients on every shoot but, in particular, I look forward to the stories I get to hear during engagement portrait sessions. How did you meet? Where did you go on your first date? How did he (or she) propose? Couples love talking about those things, which naturally produces a bunch of genuine laughs and natural smiles.

Ashley and Adam are getting married this summer, and they had a pretty unique story when I asked how they met. I’m not at liberty to share it here, but it absolutely provided a few laughs. For them and for me! To tie everything together, we did the photo shoot at the park where Adam proposed to Ashley. Awesome!

Congratulations to the happy couple, and be sure to check back here later this summer for Ashley and Adam’s wedding photos!

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Celebrating their 50th in style…and snow!

Posted: February 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Family, Little Ones, Photography, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of spending some time in Michigan with a couple celebrating their 40th anniversary with their kids and grandchildren, and came away truly inspired by the legacy of love that this family shared during their time together. When I started Windowsill Photography, I hadn’t considered the possibility of photographing couples and families celebrating milestone anniversaries, but after that weekend in Michigan, I hoped I’d have the chance to share another moment like that with someone else.

Not only did that opportunity come up again in the matter of a few months, but this time the stakes were raised: this amazing couple was getting set to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and their kids wanted to head out for a shoot with everyone a few days before Christmas to commemorate the event. Sure, it was cold out there but we had a blast, especially when I asked the grandkids to kick up a bunch of snow on the count of 3. As you’ll see below, Grandma got into the fun too and everyone had a laugh, even the little guy on the end who wound up taking a tumble.

Here are a few favorites from our session. Congratulations again on your upcoming anniversary, and thanks for letting me share in the fun!


Lots of land, lots of energy, lots of possibilities

Posted: December 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Family, Little Ones, Photography, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

I used to think I had to take clients out to some kind of park or other wide open public space to get great pictures, but I’ve since come to realize that prime locations are all around and often can be found in a client’s backyard. Jo-Lynn and Scott asked me to come out to their house last week for a family portrait session, and as I pulled into the driveway, I knew the possibilities would be endless. They own a beautiful piece of land in farm country, bordered by woods and quaint little pond, but what caught my eye was the rusted out equipment in the backyard.

We started out in the front of the house, enjoying the beautiful light as the sun began to drop in the sky, before making our way to the pond and, eventually, out to what looked like a pair of tanks (I realized I should have asked what they were while we were there) and then an old pump. I love things with texture and character, and Jo-Lynn and Scott’s property had those in spades. Even better, their kids were a blast, bounding with energy and delivering smile after smile (in between the impromptu wrestling matches and a couple of requests to settle down from Mom and Dad). But my favorite shots of the day may have been the quiet ones with just Jo-Lynn and Scott, whose love for each other and the life they had built together was on full display during our time together last weekend. In short, they made my job easy!

There are so many perks from this gig, but getting to know each of my clients and their families on a personal level most definitely tops the list. This was another great shoot, and we all had a ton of fun. Thanks to Jo-Lynn and Scott! Hope you enjoy the preview!