Archive | June, 2013

Toledo Photographer {Dutro Wedding Sneak Peak!}

I just couldn’t wait to share this captured moment of Kathleen right after she became Mrs. Dutro!  Although I’m based out of Toledo, my photography takes me all over Ohio and Michigan, such as to this beautiful gem of a church in Tiffin, Ohio.  More images to come!

Toledo Wedding Photographer

Beautiful Bridal Portrait by Toledo Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Reason {A Lovely Apple Orchard Wedding, Michigan Photographer}

Katherine and Marcus’ wedding was all it should be… a private ceremony, close family and friends, an intimate tent reception with immaculate details- and all hosted on a family farm!  The drive to the orchard was breath-taking in itself with tree-lined private roads tucked away behind hilly forests and grassy fields.  Moments like these make me so happy that I photograph weddings and events all over northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.  If I didn’t travel past Toledo, I would miss out on such exquisite days, such as this beautiful wedding and lovely couple!

The ceremony site was nestled between a small grove of apple trees in the middle of small rolling hills.  Here, the couple joined hands and ultimately their lives together!  The tree branches hung low to create a romantic setting, along with the gentle sway of colored glass jars and beads sparkling in the sunshine.  And the rest of their beautiful day was just as romantic!  Thank you both for letting me be a part of your special day!

Beautiful Calla Lily Bridal Bouquet (Orchard Wedding)

Beautiful Calla Lily Bridal Bouquet (Orchard Wedding)

Lovely Wedding Gown and Sash with Calla Lily Bouquet

Lovely Wedding Gown and Sash with Calla Lily Bouquet

Apple Orchard Wedding (Styled Tree Theme)

Apple Orchard Wedding (Styled Tree Theme)

Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Decor (Glass Mason Jars and Beads)

Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Decor (Glass Mason Jars and Beads)

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Styled Apple Orchard Wedding Ceremony

Styled Apple Orchard Wedding Ceremony

Love this shot!  Intimate Wedding (Milford, Michigan)

Love this shot! Intimate Wedding (Milford, Michigan)

Bride and Bridesmaids Colorful Bouquets (Wedding Details)

Bride and Bridesmaids Colorful Bouquets (Wedding Details)

Small Wedding Party Portrait (Toledo and Michigan Photographer)

Small Wedding Party Portrait (Toledo and Michigan Photographer)

Milford, Novi Michigan Wedding Photograph

Milford, Novi Michigan Wedding Photograph

Wedding Portrait of Bride and Groom at Family Farm (Michigan Wedding)

Wedding Portrait of Bride and Groom at Family Farm (Michigan Wedding)

Bride and Groom Orchard Wedding (posed on a swing)

Bride and Groom Orchard Wedding (posed on a swing)

Unique Wedding Flowers and Ring Detail

Unique Wedding Flowers and Ring Detail

What To Wear To Your Photo Session {Toledo Family Photographer}

What to Wear to Your Photo Session

{Toledo Family Photographer}

Sometimes the hardest part of a couple or family session is figuring out what your family should wear!  Your goal is to make your family look their best, and selecting outfits can be a little stressful!  Here are a few tips that I like to share with my Toledo families to help make their shopping easier for their family photography session.

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Family Photography

1.  Coordinate colors; Just don’t be matchy-matchy!  Sure, the ‘exact’ shade and ‘exact’ hue of color for everyone’s shirt blends well, but in a portrait: it blends TOO well.  The best way to photograph your family is to have a little distinction for every individual, but not have one that is over powering in color or pattern.  It’s okay to mix and match colors and patterns… have a little fun!  Stay with 3 basic colors and play off the various hues.  Make sure at least more than one person has a matching basic color than yours, and you’ll be fine!

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2.  Accessorize!  Yes, yes, YES!  Accessories are a must!  Bracelets, belts, headbands, cute shoes, fun hat for the boys to play around with…  Remember, we want your family to have fun and to show a little personality!  We’ll be taking some individual poses and sibling poses, too!

What to Wear

3.  Layers and textures.  Dress dad in a nice sports coat that he can take off to vary his outfits.  Give the boys a cute vest to wear, or the girls a light sweater or jacket.  We can mix and play it up during the shoot!  Toledo Family Photographer

4.  When you shop, the best advice is to shop from hardest to easiest!  Typically guys are more difficult to buy for, so start with your husband, and then the boys, and go from there.  It’ll help you from getting too overwhelmed and help you narrow down color schemes!

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5.  Comfort is important!  You’ll want to be able to sit, stand, jump, lay, and twirl about in whatever you are wearing.  So you’ll want to be comfortable.  If they aren’t comfortable in what they are wearing… it will show on the portraits, especially when talking about kids.  No itchy shirts/tags or uncomfortable shoes!Toledo Family Photography 030_mini

6.  Let your personality shine!  Unless you are aiming for a highly stylized shoot, we really like for our families to show their personalities through their clothes.  If your little girl loves her cowgirl boots, bring them along!  Or dancing around in a tutu.  You’ll really appreciate the uniqueness 10-15 years from now when you look back!

7.  Send me a photograph of your outfits laid out over your bed in natural light.  Look to see if the colors look great together…  I LOVE to see families’ selections!

And remember to shop early!  You don’t want the stress of last minute trips to the mall.  And bring extra clothes for the little ones in case of messes.  (:  For more clothing and coordination ideas, check out our Clothing Pinterest Board!

Last, but not least, ENJOY your family session!  Think of it as a family date out!  It’ll be fun, unique, and you’ll treasure your portraits forever!

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