Archive | June, 2014

Matthew + Holly = Engaged! {Downtown Toledo Photographer}

Matthew + Holly = Engaged!

{Downtown Toledo Photographer}

It was such a perfect day for Matthew and Holly’s engagement session in downtown Toledo.  Warm and sunny!  This Toledo photographer LOVES shooting in the Glass City’s downtown area, so I was excited when they picked that location for their engagement pictures.  We hit a popular busy side street first, and then a few alleyways in the warehouse district.  Painted and peeling brick and old wood- absolutely a must!  Then we headed towards the Maumee River for a more modern-urban look.  Downtown just offers so many varieties of backgrounds, which fit Matthew and Holly perfectly since their August wedding will be in downtown Toledo.  Matthew and Holly are amazing together!  And I can’t wait until later this summer when they tie the knot at the Grand Plaza!

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I just love this shot (above) of them down on one of the busy side streets of Toledo.  The one below ended up being perfect to match some of their home decor style!Toledo Photographer Downtown Toledo Photographer 004_mini Toledo Engagement Pictures Downtown Toledo Photographer 005_mini

This little cove of trees was stunning with the light filtering through it. Toledo Photographer Downtown Toledo Photographer 007_mini

Wow, girl!  Holly, you are rocking it with your gorgeous green eyes!Downtown Toledo Photographer 008_mini

Bringing a little style with aviator sunglasses and backwards hat!  The wind was a bonus!Toledo Photographer 1_mini Downtown Toledo Photographer 012_mini Engagement pictures in Toledo Ohio 001_mini

Definitely a favorite from the session!  Aren’t Matthew and Holly cute together?  What a fun couple!Engagement pictures in Toledo Ohio 002_mini Downtown Toledo

Thank you Matthew and Holly for an amazing engagement portrait session in downtown Toledo and for choosing JH Photography as your Toledo Wedding Photographer!  I can’t wait until your big day!  The countdown begins!

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View some more of our Toledo-featured engagements and weddings here!

We specialize in weddings and high school senior portraits.  We also offer maternity, newborn, and family portraits!  Contact us today for more details!  (419) 699-2460 or by our contact us form.  We’d love to hear from you!


Pamela: Downtown Toledo Fashion Shoot {Toledo Photography}

Pamela: Downtown Toledo Fashion Shoot

{Toledo Photography}

Did you ever meet someone that was just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside?  That’s Pamela!  Gorgeous looks, a high sense of fashion, and a beautiful personality. When the Toledo City Paper contacted Pamela about featuring her in an upcoming fashion article, we both immediately thought of downtown Toledo as the perfect location for her session.  And it was!  Downtown Toledo fashion shoots are always a blast with the urban look, and somewhat desolate appearance of empty buildings that makes Toledo photography so artistic.  Within a few blocks, Pamela had portraits in front of everything from boarded-up buildings, trash-heaps, and graffiti walls.  And the effect was amazing with her stellar look and wardrobe!

For her fashion shoot, Pamela focused on one outfit with 4 different looks.  She styled a turtle-neck halter top black dress designed by Kamalikulture with first a jean jacket, then solo, then with a velvet evening shawl, and finally with midwestern accessories.  I can’t wait to read her featured article in Style Sense, which will be written by Jordan Killam.  (Jordan is an amazing journalist who features local Toledo-ans who have a great sense of fashion.)  Pamela will be featured in a few weeks, so stay tuned!  We’ll announce when it’s printed!

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Lindsay’s Bridal Session {Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo}

Lindsay’s Bridal Session

{Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo}

I’m so glad we get the chance to share Lindsay’s bridal session now that she’s officially Mrs. Alverman!  She and Dave tied the knot this past Saturday at the Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo.  (But, those photos will come later!)  Lindsay was just gorgeous to get to photograph!  Her amazing hair was styled by Brookelyn Hauck from “The Look”, and her makeup by Allison of Nrgie Salon and Spa.  What a dynamic combo!  And a big thanks to Gina Gueli of Heatherdowns Country Club for working with Lindsay’s wedding crew’s schedule for her session!  Getting 5+ people on the same schedule is no easy task!

Lindsay chose to include a bridal session, which is one of our popular wedding package add-ons.  A bridal session is the perfect opportunity to trial run your wedding day attire and makeup!  Plus, what bride wouldn’t want a special session just focused on her wedding look and gown?  You can trial run your makeup, hair, and dress alterations all while having some fun!  It rained us out, but the Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo was the perfect indoor location.  Not only did we keep her gown spotless, but their decor offered some stunning and unique areas for portraits!  And Lindsay, you are seriously such a beautiful bride!

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This next image was taken just feet from where she and Dave would have their first dance as a newly married couple!  And only a few days away, too!Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo Toledo Wedding Photographer

Isn’t this the cutest picture by the grand piano?  Lindsay, you are just gorgeous!Toledo Bridal Photos Toledo Wedding Photos

Wow!  What beautiful eyes!Heatherdowns Country Club Wedding Photos in Toledo Toledo Bridal Photos -10Stay tuned for more fabulous images, next time from their Heatherdowns Country Club wedding!   We’ll be posting more images after Dave and Lindsay see them first-hand next week;  I can’t wait to show them their wedding day as captured by JH Photography.  Thank you for choosing us to be your Toledo wedding photographer!  It was an honor!

Mulkey Family {Family Pictures in Toledo Ohio}

Mulkey Family {Family Pictures in Toledo Ohio}

We really are fortunate to have so many beautiful metroparks for family pictures in Toledo, Ohio.  Did you know that Toledo has 11 metroparks?  When the Mulkey family reached out to our studio for Toledo family portraits, we discussed a few of the location options.  We settled on Wildwood Park because of the variety of scenery and because the park is dog friendly.  Although their plans changed last minute to not include their pets, Wildwood proved to be the perfect location for them!  The flowers at the garden by the Manor House were in bloom, and they got a chance to frolic a little bit in a grassy field!  How fun is that?

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This is one of my favorite images from their family session.  So much personality in this image with their son looking back over his shoulder!  I love it!

Thank you Mulkey family for choosing JH Photography!  It was a pleasure to meet you all and to create some lasting memories!

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Is it time to update your family pictures?  We offer small gift prints all the way up to large wall portraits and beautiful gallery canvases.  Call us today to let us capture your family in creative portraits that you will treasure forever!  (419) 699-2460

Evelyn Turns 1 {Baby Photographer in Toledo Ohio}

Eveyln Turns 1 {Baby Photographer in Toledo Ohio}

Oh, my gosh!  This little darling is so adorable!  She was all smiles for her baby portrait session: Cake smash and bubble bath time!  This session was so fun to plan!  Being a baby photographer in Toledo Ohio has it’s challenges with the weather, but it was perfect this day for a few outdoor pictures.  We actually offer this special session right in the parents’ own home.  We bring the studio and props to you!  It’s been our experience that babies are more comfortable in their familiar surroundings than in our studio.  Plus, it’s easier to clean up with a sink nearby!

It’s been such an honor capturing baby Evelyn during her first year milestones!  Not having any children of my own, yet, it amazes me just how quickly babies learn new motor skills… lifting their head, rolling over, crawling, walking…etc.  Evelyn is getting her first teeth in and is now walking everywhere!

Planning for outfits for a baby portrait session is important, too.  Don’t you just love this handmade skirt Evelyn’s mom found on Etsy!Baby Photographer in Toledo ohio Baby pictures in Toledo ohio

Such a cute image!  Taken just moments before she dove into her birthday cake!  She loved the frosting!

One of my favorite parts of the cake smash for baby’s first birthday pictures, is creating a composite of all the images and details!  This cute storyboard is perfect for both print or canvas!Baby Photographer in Toledo ohio

And of course, fun clean-up time with a bubble bath!  Happy first birthday Evelyn!  You are such a sweetie to capture, always smiling and laughing!

Baby Photographer in Toledo Ohio

If you’re looking for a baby photographer in Toledo Ohio, we’d love to talk!  We’ll plan out your session from start to finish with all the little details that will make you LOVE your portraits of your little one!  Simply fill out our form on the Contact Us page or call us at (419) 699-2460

Mr. & Mrs. Killen {Toledo Wedding Photography at Premier Catering}

Mr. & Mrs. Killen {Toledo Wedding Photography at Premier Catering}

Tom and Parris were an amazing couple to work with!  It was obvious to me from the very start how much they were meant to be together.  Parris’ lovely smile at Tom’s humorous remarks and his adoration for his bride-to-be.  It was such an honor to be a part of their big day, which was stunning from start to finish (minus the cool and somewhat rainy weather- but that’s Toledo for you!).   They were married in front of their closest friends and family at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, with their reception following at the Premier Catering Banquet Hall in Toledo.  Thank you for choosing JH Photography for your Toledo wedding photography!  We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of your special day!

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We asked Parris and Tom to put in their own words, some of their story and what their favorite moment of their wedding day was:

“We have been good friends for many years, and we both feel so blessed to have found true love in the heart of a best friend.  What truer love that is lasting than in the one who knows you through and through… good and bad, and loves you through and because of all of it.  We share everything from secrets, laughs, hopes and dreams to chores and even dirty looks, as needed… LOL!  We have a sweet 1-yr old German Shepard named Dixie, who keeps us entertained and busy.  We are looking forward to our journey to forever, having a family and growing old together.  We feel so lucky to have one another.”

St Joe Church Maumee WeddingParris commented, “My favorite part of our wedding was when I made it to end of the aisle with my Dad and Stepdad and could finally see Tom’s face… he looked so sweet, nervous, and happy.  My other favorite part of our day was our first dance.  In all the years I have known Tom, never have I seen him as happy as he was in that moment.  I look forward to keeping him that happy forevermore.”

Tom said, “My favorite part of our wedding day was just before our kiss when Deacon Joe announced us as Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Killen.  That meant we were finally officially married!”

toledo wedding photographyThere were some amazing vendors and Toledo wedding venues that made this day so special for the newly married Mr. & Mrs. Killen.  A big thanks to everyone who came together to make this dream day possible for them!

Wedding Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph Catholic Church of Maumee Ohio

Flowers:  In Bloom Florist (these ladies are incredible with their designs!)

Wedding Videographer:  Flutterby Photography by Dee

Limobus: Total Image Limousine

Wedding Reception Venue:  The Premier Catering Banquet Hall

Wedding Cake: Eston’s Bakery

Reception DJ: The Entertainment Network by Paul Spoerl

Photobooth:  ToledoPhotoGuy

Wedding Photographer: JH Photography Studio

Tom and Parris tied the knot at the newly renovated St. Joe Parish right in downtown Maumee.  The natural light and tall stained glass windows were a breath-taking backdrop! Wedding Photographer in Toledo 002toledo wedding photography 002

Tom and most of the groomsmen are Toledo police officers, so what would be a more perfect location for their wedding party formals than in downtown Toledo by the courthouse?  I loved their choice!  And of course, we had to include some mugshots right in front of the jail!toledo wedding photography 004 toledo wedding photography 005 toledo wedding photography 006 toledo wedding photography 008 toledo police wedding officer toledo wedding photography 015

It just started to sprinkle as we started Parris and Tom’s bride and groom portraits.  With the gray overcast skies, we brought out some of our studio lighting to back-light and mimic the hidden sunshine.  No dull images are allowed for wedding days!  Looking closely, the rain drops look like little floating diamonds in the air!Premier Catering Banquet Hall Toledo 005

A big thanks to DJ Paul Spoerl of The Entertainment Network for keeping the reception lively with romantic and fun music!  Her first dance as Tom’s wife was Parris’ other favorite part of their day!Premier Catering Toledo Premier Catering ToledoWedding Receptions in ToledoAny brides looking for a fabulous Toledo wedding reception, we encourage you to visit Premier Catering!  Excellent service, delicious food, and stunning decor!

Thank you Parris and Tom for allowing us to capture your wedding day!

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