Charles Mill Dam was built in 1935-1936 near Mansfield Ohio. The primary purpose of the dam was to control flooding. Today this area serves as a scenic location for recreation. Many activities are enjoyed here. They include boating, camping, fishing and hunting.The lake is ideal for the many people who like to enjoy their pontoon boats. With over 500 camp sites there is plenty of room to stay for awhile. The lake offers more than 1,350 acres of surface area and 2000 acres of land. It contains many species of fish. They include Walleye ,Crappie ,Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Northern pike, and several species of catfish. There is a marina on site that offers boat rentals and docking services. Boats may also be purchased from the marina. I personally like to hike around the lake for exercise. I enjoy photographing here. I have many fond memories as a young boy fishing here with my father. We would spend many hours in conversation, always wondering if this would be the day we caught the big one. My family spent many mornings walking here. Walking and taking in the smell of the pines. There is nothing like breathing the crisp air of a winter day. As you can see from the photos below the fall foliage is beautiful. I photographed the session with a Nikon D800. I used a Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR II lens. This is a beautiful lens and a work horse in my business. We shot most of the photos with back lighting from the sun. This set the foliage a glow and provided a beautiful back drop for our maternity photo session with Kaitie and Danny. The weather was ideal and the temperature on this fall day was perfect. Below are some photos and a video of this most enjoyable day. If you would like to book a maternity session with us, give us a call, email us or use the contact form above. Just mark the session type maternity. Here is a link for more information on Charles Mill Reservoir. http://www.mwcd.org/places/parks-and-campgrounds/charles-mill-lake-park
Here are a few portrait photography photos and a video of a portrait photography session we photographed this Labor Day week end. Tosha and Coty and their daughters did a great job on one of the hotter days we have had this summer. We had a great time. As a photographer there are several considerations that should be made when photographing a family. When younger children are being photographed you should move quickly and not expect to keep there attention for very long. They are children after all. On a hot day look for lightly shaded areas. This will allow you to produce a better looking photograph and will make it much easier on the family having their portraits taken. Stay hydrated through out the day. If photographing a large family it may be necessary to use a smaller camera aperture to keep everyone in focus. On a sunny day it is a good idea to use some external fill flash to avoid dark spots in the eye sockets of the individuals being photographed. This will also provide some catch lights in the eyes. This will make the subjects eyes come alive making for a pleasing photograph. It is not necessary for a family’s outfits to all match. A better idea is to color coordinate your outfits. I have attached a link below to one of my Pinterest boards. The board shows examples of outfits for family portrait photography. Please give it a look. I think you will like it.I hope you enjoy the photos.http://www.pinterest.com/vbvphoto/color-coordinating-outfits-for-family-portraits/
Portrait photography session
Portrait photography mother and daughter
mother and daughters
Daughter smelling flower
Daughter setting by flowers
Daughters playing in the grass.
Mother setting on bench.
There are many ways for a bride to be, to make her way down the aisle .You can walk slowly. You may move quickly and nervously. Soft flower petals may be strewn at your feet. You may move rhythmically to a traditional wedding march.
I however recently had the pleasure to photograph the bride riding to the altar side saddle on the back of a Harley Davidson chauffeured by her father. I had not been told ahead of time that this would take place and as you can imagine was quite surprised. I loved it.
The bride and groom Amanda and Nathan enjoy careers in the Military. They are a fun loving couple who know how to make an entrance. Check out the short video below for a look at their special day.
This past Easter weekend I had the privilege of spending some time with and photographing Cindy and her family. It had been nearly 15 years since some of the family members had been able to cross the country to see each other. There was a lot of good company and great food on hand for all to enjoy. It is always a good feeling to see a family that truly loves each other. The children all got together and had an Easter egg hunt. Please check out the short video below. The kids had a blast.
Remember if you have a family event that you would like photographed, we would be honored to photograph it for you.
We recently photographed a portrait session for Kaitie and Danny. They wanted some updated images of themselves. I like to photograph people outdoors most of the time, but the weather does not always permit that to happen. So on this cold winter day we decided to shoot on a green screen and drop in the backgrounds. This technique can provide a nice selection of backgrounds to compliment your images.