Today I want to share some of the wedding photography of my assistant, Renee, from our recent wedding in Cleveland of Dave and Ashlee. I know that I don’t say it enough, but I am proud of the progress that Renee has made over the last three plus years she has been with me. When Renee first started assisting me, I had to teach her everything (which is my preference) from how to set the camera to where to place the lenses in my bag. I tell everyone that she was my little ball of clay to be molded (bwahahahaha!) Her progress is evident in her work; in the fact that I can trust her to do any job that I ask of her and that she can (mostly) accept my constructive criticism (which is saying a lot). Again, I am very proud of her, I appreciate her more than I can say and love her as a friend. Here are a few images from Dave and Ashlee’s wedding in Cleveland, captured by Renee. Every image that you see (except for Ashlee getting dressed) was set up by Renee and, other than some basic color and exposure correction, there has been ZERO post production work on these images. If you are a professional photographer THAT is a HUGE deal. Be sure to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
On Saturday, I had the privilege of photographing Dave and Ashlee’s Cleveland wedding. The day started bright and early in Ashlee’s parent’s house in west Cleveland. The house was perfect for photos; great light; fantastic woodwork and antique furniture. I met Dave at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church where he finished up getting ready and we did some family photos. After the wedding ceremony, we meandered thru the west side of Cleveland to find unique locations for photos of Dave and Ashlee and their wedding party. That took us to some interesting locations and we ended up at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The night ended at Michaud’s in Strongsville where they had their wedding reception. Here are some images from the day. Be sure to leave Dave and Ashlee a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
As a Cleveland wedding photographer, one of the things that I like to do with my wedding clients is have a photography session with them before their wedding day (I usually insist on one). If my clients wish to have more than one engagement session I will do it and it is included in our wedding photography service. The better prepared they are for their wedding day, the better they will DO on their wedding day. This was Dave and Ashlee’s second session before their May wedding in Cleveland and reception at Michaud’s in Strongsville. I have to say, they are definitely ready for their wedding day. Here are a few images from the session. Be sure to leave them a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
Yesterday I met Vince and Lisa in Akron’s Merriman Valley for their engagement session. They will be getting married this month with their wedding and reception at Todaro’s Party Center in the Valley. The day was absolutely gorgeous. Sunny and just the right temperature for an engagement session in Akron. We drove around just looking for the right light combined with the textures of nature. They both did fantastic and I am looking forward to their wedding and reception at Todaro’s. Here are a few images from the session. Be sure to leave them a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
Well we FINALLY were given the perfect weather conditions for Mark, Sandy and Cody’s Akron family portrait session. Mark and Sandy’s first engagement session was in the middle of winter when it was, literally, 19 degrees outside…and they MEANT for it to be in the cold!!! (see it -here- ). When we scheduled a photo session that would include Cody, it was cold and rainy -here- . We got what we could but decided that we needed to have a photo session when it was more comfortable. We met this time in downtown Akron and it was just beautiful outside. The sun was shining giving us ample opportunities for different lighting techniques. After this session, I have no doubt the Mark and Sandy and, especially Cody, are ready for their big day. They will be getting married in the Akron area with their wedding reception at Guy’s Party Center. Here are a few images from yesterday. Be sure to leave them a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
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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.
Yesterday I was able to officially meet Eric and Carolyn for the first time during their engagement session. They will be getting married in August at the First Congregational Church of Tallmadge with their reception at Guy’s Party Center. They live in Florida and were in town for some wedding planning so we met up for their engagement session. We met in downtown Akron near the Akron Art Museum next to Musica at Urban Eats (yummy stuff there!) The day was beautiful and the weather was perfect. So, what do we do? We start our session indoors at Musica!! The light in there was beautiful and I just couldn’t resist. Like everyone that steps in front of the camera for the first time, they were a little apprehensive, but that quickly changed. Eric and Carolyn were fantastic and the camera just loves them. I am very excited to be taking part in their wedding day and very much looking forward to August. Be sure to leave them a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
We rescheduled Derek and Michelle’s session a few weeks ago because of inclement weather. We met yesterday at Wade Oval Park in University Circle across from Severance Hall and we knew that we made the right decision. It was BEAUTIFUL! A lot of direct sunlight (which I love) and the perfect backdrop. This was the first time that we met face to face so it was important to get them comfortable with me and with being in front of the camera. We walked around the Cleveland Museum of Art looking for the best direction of light. Derek and Michelle were great (I thought that they were joking when Michelle said she was nervous, they were doing that well). Derek and Michelle will be getting married at Windows on the River in May and I have no doubt that they will be awesome! Be sure to leave them 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.
Yesterday, Jon and Maria braved 25 degree temperatures for their engagement session. Jon and Maria will be having their wedding this December at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Akron and their wedding reception will take place at Firestone Country Club. We met in Downtown Akron taking advantage of the cold weather, snow, steam and everything else the challenging weather had to offer. It was perfect wedding training for Jon and Maria since they are having a winter wedding. They did fantastic and will do great on their wedding day, I am quite certain. Here are just a few images from their session. Be sure to leave them a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.