Here are a few more images from Eli and Karlee’s wedding in Cincinnati. Be sure to leave them a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
Being a Cleveland wedding photographer, it is nice to sometimes have the opportunity to participate in an out of town wedding. On Sunday, I had the opportunity to photograph Eli and Karlee’s wedding in Cincinnati. The wedding and reception took place at Karlee’s uncle’s farm. The rural setting was great. As I said, being a Cleveland wedding photographer, I am used to a more urban setting, so the wide open country space was a fantastic change of pace for me. The day was a bit chilly and windy, which posed a challenge, especially for the wedding party, but all went perfectly. Eli and Karlee were just perfect. Kind, accommodating and just a pleasure to work with. I want to thank them, their families and their wedding party for being so awesome. This is part one of a two part blog post. There are so many awesome images that I had to break them up into two separate blog posts! Be sure to leave Eli and Karlee a comment below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
From time to time I will get fellow professional photographers requesting one on one training with them to help them improve particular areas of their own photography. As a Cleveland wedding photographer, it is great to do these training sessions so that I can share the knowledge that I have acquired as a professional wedding photographer and portrait photographer. It’s is especially exciting, because it forces me to push the boundaries of my own knowledge by making me communicate that knowledge so that another professional photographer can easily understand. On Sunday, I spent the day with Kristy Steeves of Kristy Steeves Photography. Kristy had two of her clients, Tyra and Morgan, to model for us and we spent the day focused on natural light, posing and exposure. Light and exposure are THE two most important ingredients for a successful portrait so I really wanted to get Kristy to concentrate on those two things in particular. Most of our approach was focused on senior portrait photography since Tyra and Morgan are seniors in high school. They were both fantastic and Kristy is as lucky to have them as clients as they are to have her as their senior portrait photographer. It was a pleasure to share what I know with Kristy and I hope that she got as much out of the day as I did. Here are a few images that I captured during the day. Be sure to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
Here is more wedding photography from Glenn and Elena’s Cleveland wedding. The wedding took place at St. Adelbert Church in Berea, Ohio with their wedding reception at the Cleveland Airport Marriott. See their initial wedding post - here - Be sure to leave Glenn and Elena a comment below and remember to “Like” Cleveland wedding photographers Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
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Yesterday was Glenn and Elena’s wedding. The day started with…snow (Only in Ohio!). I met Elena at the Spa at Springfield for her hair and make up. It was then on to her parents house to finish getting ready; do some pictures; then her and Glenn would see each other for the first time, right there. The ceremony was at St. Adalbert in Berea, Ohio followed by the reception at the Cleveland Airport Marriott. Glenn and Elena decided to see each other before the ceremony in order to take full advantage of their cocktail hour and reception. All of the wedding pictures, for the most part, were finished before the wedding ceremony. One of the funniest moments happened at the reception. There was a little league baseball team staying at the hotel and while we approached the lobby for some final images we noticed that they were having a pizza party right in the lobby. So Glenn and Elena suggested that we do a picture with them. The result is below. Glenn and Elena will be leaving for their honeymoon early tomorrow morning, so I wanted to get some images from their wedding day on the blog for them to see before they leave. Here are a few of my favorites. I will post more in the coming days. Be sure to leave them a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
This is a question that, literally, everyone that knows me has asked. It makes sense that folks would be intrigued as to whom a wedding photographer would hire to photograph THEIR wedding (I mean, who, other than a wedding photographer (or a crazy photographer stalker) would blog about their wedding photographer?) The decision was THE most important one for me in regards to the wedding details (Duh!). It was just as important for Marie, since, like all brides, she wants her wedding documented beautifully. And, since it is the general consensus that I will be, what has been termed as a “groom-zilla”, whatever THAT means, she knows that this is one area that can be a potential concern and stress for me. So, again, the decision was not taken lightly but it was one that, ultimately, was easily made.
Jerry Ghionis is, arguably, one of THE best wedding photographers on the planet. He has received practically every photographic accolade available; he is one of the worlds leading educators on the subject of wedding photography and photography; and he is an all around nice guy. He is generous with his time, knowledge and expertise which is a great asset to all up and coming photographers wishing to learn, as well as seasoned photographers trying to hit the refresh button on their work. I first met Jerry in December of 2009 at his 4 day workshop in Boston. You can’t take Jerry’s workshop and not be affected by his passion and enthusiasm, not to mention his photographic expertise ( I saw an image, in camera, that he took that was so beautiful, I can remember the exact moment that he took it). I have since studied with him a couple of more times and have always come away with something new. He say’s “You don’t have to be the best. Just be better than you were yesterday.” That is a creed that I try to follow, in my work and my life.
Jerry was one of the first people that of I thought of when Marie and I started considering wedding photographers. Marie knew right away as well, since she was familiar with him. I knew that Jerry would make Marie comfortable and relaxed on our wedding day which is very important to me. And I will certainly not have to worry about “the photography”. I can obsess over my bride.
So, there you have it. The most asked question of me over the past year, and, especially, the last four months since our engagement, has been answered. Marie and I are beyond excited that Jerry and Melissa will be taking part in our day. I highly encourage anyone interested in beautiful wedding photography or beautiful photography in general to view his website. And if you are getting married, well…
Yesterday was Ron and Janelle’s wedding. Their ceremony was held at Grace Church in Middleburg Heights with the reception taking place at the 100th Bomber Group Restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. The day started with Janelle getting ready at bridesmaid Rebecca’s house. Rebecca’s house was perfect in that it had plenty of quality light and great spots for me to do creative portraits (even in the attic!!). I was able to document all aspects of the day which allowed the bridal party, especially the bridesmaids, to get used to having the camera around. We met up with Ron at the church and got a lot accomplished before the ceremony. Here are some images from the first half of the wedding day. Be sure to leave Ron and Janelle a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
Last night, I had the distinct honor of speaking to the Akron Society of Professional Photographers. The meeting was held in one of the corporate meeting rooms at the Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth, Ohio. ASPP was the first professional photography organization that I participated in my career, and it’s, really, where I got my start in focused training and education in photography. It is always a little intimidating for me to speak to colleagues, since they are taking valuable time to listen to me in hopes of learning something that they did not know. Especially since I am not a “speaker” per se, in that I don’t sell myself as an educator but a photographer who is passionate about my craft and one the loves the industry (which is why my blog is 99% client related). So, as such, I am basically just sharing my opinion, approach and philosophy to how I achieve the results that I do. What a great bunch of photographers showed up last night. There were about 35 people all with incisive questions that kept the conversation moving forward and focused (which, for me, is good, if you’ve ever seen me speak). I always feel that I never have enough time to share everything that I feel I would like to, and that I don’t spend the time each subject deserves. It seemed to go well, though. I reconnected with some folks that I haven’t seen in a while and made some new friends who, hopefully, got as much out of listening to me ramble as I did from their great questions and feedback.
Thank you again to ASPP, Robert, Bob, Harvey and the gang for having me. It is always an honor.
Brandon and Rachelle decided to have their wedding and reception at Troon North Golf Club, in Scottsdale, Arizona. It made their day much more convenient having the wedding and reception all in one place. And Troon North really is the perfect facility for this, especially on a cold and rainy day. It was almost like it was meant to happen. Half way thru the wedding ceremony, the sun came out and just waited for us to join it outside on the beautiful grounds of Troon North. And we took full advantage of that opportunity. All family images were done in the beautiful setting sun. And we were able to get some spectacular images as the sun faded over the horizon. This also gave Molly and the great staff at Troon North plenty of time to get the room finished for the reception. Here are a few more images of the post ceremony and reception. Be sure to leave Brandon and Rachelle a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook
Brandon and Rachelle had planned to have their wedding ceremony at Troon North Golf Club so that it could be outside. Due to rain (A LOT of rain), and hail and wind and an Arizona cold front (it just as well have been a OHIO cold front…it was cold) The ceremony was moved inside Troon North’s wedding reception site. That was just as well, it was beautiful inside and we were getting just the right kind of light. Brandon and Rachelle had a lot of unique and interesting additions to their wedding ceremony. One was the “ring warming” where their mom’s tied their wedding rings together with a ribbon and then had Rachelle’s sister, Vanessa, pass them along to each guest so that they can “warm” the rings with thoughts and wishes before it, ultimately, reached Brandon and Rachelle’s mom’s again. They proceeded to untie the “warmed” rings and continue with the wedding ceremony. Another nice touch was Molly, Troon North’s event coordinator, waiting with two glasses of champagne to give to Brandon and Rachelle after they walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Here are a few images from the wedding ceremony at Troon North Golf Club. Be sure to leave Brandon and Rachelle a comment below and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.