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.
A photo session at sunset. That was the goal of Kyle and Hannah. They will be getting married in June at Olmsted Falls Community Church with their wedding reception at Avon Oaks Country Club. For their sunset photo session we met at Huntington Beach in Bay Village. After getting some various images around the Huntington Beach area, it was time. And, as usual, the Cleveland sunset didn’t disappoint. The sky was on FIRE! It was the perfect way to prepare for Kyle and Hannah’s wedding day and I am looking forward to June. Be sure to leave them a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook.
Craig and Christina’s wedding is rapidly approaching (they will be getting married in June at St. Pascal with their wedding reception at Landerhaven ). So, on the day that we met to plan out their wedding day, we had a brief photo session. We decided to go to a local park in Highland Heights and the day was just beautiful, save for a little wind (ok…A LOT of wind). We worked our way thru it, though. I am look forward to their wedding day in a few short week! 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.
Yesterday, I met up with Nick and Ryann for their engagement session, They will be getting married this December with the wedding at Holy Angels Church in Bainbridge, Ohio and the reception at The Bertram Inn. Nick and Ryann LOVE Cleveland (who doesn’t?). They love the Indians, they love the Browns. So, we went to the heart of downtown Cleveland, the famous East Fourth street. East Fourth is, by far, the most popular location for photographs, so I always want to approach each clients session there differently. Nick and Ryann didn’t disappoint. They had fun and enjoyed each other in front of the camera. We went up and down East Fourth in into all it’s nooks and crannies (such a strange phrase, no?) finding all kinds of nice chunks of light. We went to other Cleveland landmarks: Browns Stadium (or whatever it’s called now); Progressive Field ; and ended up at Playhouse Square (a favorite area of mine). I’m looking forward to their December wedding but I have a feeling we MAY be doing another session before then Below are a few images from the session. Be sure to leave Nick and Ryann a message 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.
There was snow in the forecast yesterday, so my clients Steve and Toni contacted me the day of to see if it would be possible to have an evening snow photography session in Cleveland. My response…”HECK YEAH!!” You can’t schedule the weather so we take advantage of it when we can. That is why clients like Steve and Toni are so incredible. They think outside the box. I met Toni when she was the maid of honor for my client, Laura, who had her wedding at The Union Club of Cleveland -here- I knew that they would be great, and after last night, I know I was right. In the most extreme conditions in and around Wade Oval Park, Severance Hall and the Cleveland Museum of Art, they were troopers in weather that even made ME cold! I’m very excited to be working with Steve and Toni and I look forward to their wedding this October. Be sure to leave them a comment, below, and remember to “Like” Spencer Photography Inc. on Facebook. Here are a few images from their winter session.
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