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Limited Edition: Christmas Mini Sessions

Limited Edition: Christmas Mini Sessions

Christmas Photos in Toledo 01Which package do you want?  These sessions are only available for one day at our Toledo studio, so spots are limited!

Call today to reserve your mini session and “Share the Memories!”  (419) 699-2460

 


Discover the 5 Must-Have Steps for Getting Organized for Your Holiday Season

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 Step 1.  Create gifts that are personal.

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The best gifts are never the most expensive, but the most thoughtful.  These can be individually personalized, like using their name, wedding date, or other personal touch.  Or, for the creative gifters, these can be presents that were custom-made by you, like candies or crafted photo frames.

Step 2.  Share tasks like wrapping gifts or baking cookies together with family and friends.

These can be fun get-togethers that create festive memories… all while checking one more to-do item off your list!  With friends, wrap your family gifts.  And vice versa when with family, wrap your friends’ gifts!  Odds are you’ll have fun mixing up the creativity with wrapping!

Step 3.  Create Holiday To-Do Lists

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This will help you stay focused on timelines and the tasks at hand.  Plus, you’ll have a ready answer if family or friends ask if there is something they can help with.

Step 4.  Hire a Housekeeper

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As odd as this might sound, the holiday season is a busy time of year for everyone!  Why bother with having to worry about cleaning house for company or dinners, when you can hire someone to help out during the holidays.  Trust me, this will bring you a whole new feeling of more time to get things done!  (or just to relax!)

 Step 5.  Get Christmas Cards Out By December 1st

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Aren’t we all guilty of mailing the Christmas cards out the week before Christmas, or worse, late or never?  If you are personalizing your cards with a family photo, remember to have your photo session finished by November 14 so you’ll get your order of cards back in time.  And check with your photographer; they might have a different deadline for getting your order back to you, depending on their studio workflow.  Don’t have a session scheduled, yet?  Check out our Christmas Mini Sessions available for a limited time at our Toledo Studio!




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!www.thealbumcafe.com

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

10 Extraordinary Locations for Your Indoor Toledo Photography Session

10 Extraordinary Locations for Your Indoor Toledo Photography Session

Brrrrr!  With such a LONG and miserably f-f-f-freezing winter, we have some amazing locations that we use for our Toledo photography sessions.  One of the setbacks with the Toledo area, is not only our long winters (Dec-April), but also the wind.  Maybe it’s part of the lake-effect, who knows?!  But, Toledo is seriously a wind-tunnel for wintertime!  Nobody wants freezing temperatures and wind-whipped hair for their portraits!  (Toes?  I can’t feel you!)  We have some favorite outdoor locations that we frequently use year-round, but one of the most popular questions from clients during the winter is, “Do you have any indoor locations to suggest?”  And, yes, we do!  We offer both indoor studio portraits and indoor locations all over Toledo.  Here’s a list of images from our top 10 locations in the Toledo area for indoor portraits!

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Our studio offers a variety of backgrounds, floors, props, and walls to fit every client’s style!  Our Toledo photography studio is located just minutes from Botanical Gardens and Wildwood Metro Park, which makes it a great location for those wanting indoor AND outdoor portraits (even in the cold!).

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One of our metallic walls in the studio.  I just love how the light reflects off the back and creates that urban look!  This wall is definitely a favorite with our  high school seniors!

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One great indoor Toledo photography location is your own home-sweet-home!  Did you know that we offer in-home portrait sessions, too?  In-home sessions are perfect for little tots and newborns, because they always feel most comfortable in their own environment.   You bring the smiles and we’ll bring the studio lighting and props!  We do quite a few family and extended family sessions in-home, too!  And there’s no extra cost for the location, as long as you’re in the greater Toledo area.

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One of our antique barn wood floors in the studio!  This is probably my favorite studio piece.  There’s also a matching barn wood wall and old door.

Photographers in Toledo ohioThis unique location is in downtown Toledo.  Getting access to the area is a little tricky, but we have all the inside details to make it available!  There’s old metal gate doors, marble steps, and metallic pillars!  How fun is that for a classy session?

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Another great location:  Our Toledo Photography Studio!   (again!)  🙂  Our studio is more than just 800+ square feet, we also have access to the entire building, which is a vintage 1920s structure!  There are so many hidden treasures inside and indoor locations to add variety to your portraits.  This old metal red door leads to an old broiler room in the basement.

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Toledo Senior Photography

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In part of a basement in downtown Toledo, this walk-out area has some beautiful brick walls.

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Located in downtown Toledo, this spot is perfect for bridals and high school senior sessions!  Rain or shine, it’s a winning backup plan!

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And last, but not least, a very unique indoor location in Toledo for an artistic high school senior or model!  This old auditorium is so retro that the original wooden seats, right down to the red stage curtains, hasn’t been updated since it was built in the early 1900s!  We bring our studio lighting in here for some creative spot lights and flare portraits that really spice up the poses!

Indoor Toledo Photography Locations and Toledo Photography Studio

Are you looking for a WARM and indoor location for your portraits during the wintertime?  Contact us today and we’ll discuss all the details and options that we can provide!  Don’t let the winter blues and freezing wind keep you from your portrait session… Call us at 419-699-2460 for a studio or indoor Toledo photography session today!

 

Evelyn’s Christmas Sneak Peak {Toledo Baby Photographer}

Oh, my gosh!  This little girl is such a doll!  Her mommy had her dressed up in her adorable little reindeer outfit… and check out her stockings!  Her parents wanted some Christmas portraits for her 6 month session, and they love the option of having the session in the comfort of their own home.  As a Toledo baby photographer, we can make any area look amazing in camera, but their beautiful Christmas tree was the perfect backdrop!  Happy First Christmas, Evelyn!  I can’t wait to post more from your beautiful session!

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Black Friday Special: Toledo Photography

This Friday ONLY, we’ll be offering the best deal of the year!!!  Purchase any session (minimum $100 fee), and receive a FREE session to gift away for the holidays!  Portrait sessions are the perfect gift, especially since you can book your session anytime between now and the end of summer in 2014!  Give someone the gift of memories that they’ll enjoy for years and years to come!  And enjoy your own session, too!

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

What to Wear to Your Photo Session

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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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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!

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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!

Special Edition Mini Session: Spring Lamb!

Oh, my goodness!!!  This adorable little girl and lamb were just too cute together!   A big thanks to the Indian Creek Camel Farm in L-A-M-B-ertville, too.  It was the perfect backdrop… complete with camels walking in the background!   This session was followed up with a day full of mini sessions 2 Saturdays later: our first set of our Special Edition Series!  More to come throughout the year, and a great way for some unique portraits with different themes!

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Cameron + Jennifer = Engaged

We started Cameron and Jennifer’s session out at a small riverside park in Defiance, Ohio.  Although it had been a record hot and dry summer, this willow tree offered all the greenery we could ask for (and shade)!.   We got some great shots along the river, and even a few at the local library.   I didn’t realize it at first, but their daughter was in their truck with Grandpa.  So we captured a few images of their family at the end of the session.  And boy, is Olivia cute!   I can’t wait to photograph their wedding day…which is actually right around the corner!

 

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