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Tis the Secor Christmas Party!

Tis the Secor Christmas Party!

Don’t miss out on our holiday party THIS Saturday!  Tis the Secor event has become known as one of the “must-do” events in Toledo during the holidays.  9th year running, the event features live music, artists from all over Toledo, featured studios from the Secor Building (such as ours!), and plenty of food and drinks!  Admission is free, so come on out!  P.S. We’ll be selling our Portrait Gift Certificates for 1/2 off!12235076_10156269371120252_380668370561118550_n

WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 5pm-midnight

WHERE: Secor Building: 425 Jefferson Ave, Toledo OH

Merry Christmas!

2015 Toledo Weddings Magazine Cover Release!

Toledo Weddings Magazine Cover Release!

We are soooo excited to be releasing the cover photo of the 2015 edition of our Toledo Weddings Magazine!  We carefully considered all the beautiful weddings last year that we were so blessed to be a part of, and finally narrowed it down to this stunning portrait of bride Parris.  The final print and digital release of the magazine will be available soon.  As for the cover: here it is!  Toledo Wedding MagazineTo see more of Parris and Tom’s featured wedding day at the gorgeous St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Maumee and The Premier Banquet Hall, click here.

Travel Photography | San Juan Mission of San Antonio

Travel Photography

San Jan Mission of San Antonio TX

The city of San Antonio is one of Texas’ oldest European settlements.  With its winding river banked up against a vast valley of unexplored land, the Spaniards organized expeditions and began building missions along the San Antonio River in the early 1700s.

 

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The Mission San Juan was completed by 1756, with a fortress rock wall, church, farming aqueduct systems, and living quarters for its self-sustaining community.  Remnants of the dream for building a large church can still be seen today, which was halted after epidemics of smallpox.

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The landscape, vegetation, and historical visitor center really helped to imagine what life would have been like here 300 years ago.

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Christmas at Heather Downs Country Club | Toledo Wedding Venue

Christmas at Heather Downs Country Club

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Heather Downs Country Club of Toledo, Ohio is not only a gorgeous golf course and wedding venue in Toledo, it’s also “THE place to party for the holidays”!  The full service clubhouse was established in 1925 as a horse racing track, and then later as a private country club.  Heather Downs offers its beautifully-maintained golf course to both club members and to the public.  Its historic site is coveted as the Toledo wedding venue of choice and private events alike!  With over 30,000 square feet of clubhouse, Heather Downs is the perfect location for the holidays, too!

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Christmas at Heather Downs Country Club

We were excited to be a part of two of their Christmas events this year and captured some of their festive decor before the guests arrived.  Are you looking for a Toledo venue to host your next Christmas or holiday party?  Check out some of these great features that only Heather Downs Country Club can offer!

~Full course dinners for formal Christmas parties

~Casual cocktail parties with appetizers and cash bar

~No room rentals or set up fees!

Heatherdowns ToledoHeatherdowns Country Club Christmas 007_miniChristmas Party in ToledoGina Gueli, the event coordinator extraordinaire, can make your next holiday party planning stress-free and memorable!  As the 2014 Christmas season winds to a close, the Christmas calendar for next year is already filling up!  With only per person pricing, you only pay for appetizers and gratuity!  Gina says, “If you want a Friday or Saturday reservation, book it early!  We offer reservations for large family or corporate parties in our restaurant for up to 100 guests, and the Grand Ballroom holds up to 300!”  The minimum for Saturdays is 100 guests for the Ballroom, but no minimums for the restaurant.  With a pre-decorated venue for Christmas, you can’t go wrong with hosting your Christmas at Heather Downs Country Club!

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Plus, all of their full course dinners and appetizers are created by Heather Downs’ own personal chef for your event!  The food is incredible and sure to make your party a memorable success!

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Hurry in and reserve your next holiday party with Gina at Heather Downs Country Club of Toledo, Ohio!  You can call Gina at (419) 382-3482 ext. 2 or email her at gina@heatherdowns.com

Merry Christmas Toledo!

 

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!




See Us on Toledo’s “A Wedding Show” {Toledo Wedding}

See Us on Toledo’s “A Wedding Show”

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We were so excited to be asked to be a part of Toledo’s newest local TV show, “A Wedding Show“.  The show is hosted by Gina Gueli of Heatherdowns Country Club and filmed by Mike Jameson of Creative Video Imagery.  This is truly an exciting new program for southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio brides.  It’s a new resource to bring couples information about local wedding venues in Toledo and wedding specialists, as well as provide interviews with real brides!  Episode 1 of the Toledo wedding show was filmed right at Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo, Ohio and will air every Sunday this month at 8:00am on Buckeye Channel 5.

“A Wedding Show” for Toledo Weddings

Your local resource for all things wedding after you say ‘yes’ and before you say ‘I do!’

Here’s a behind-the-scene shots I took in-between takes.  And let me tell you, good thing this show wasn’t filmed live!  I would have been REALLY nervous!  Ha!  I can safely say that I enjoy being behind the camera, not in front of it!  But, nevertheless, Gina was a fantastic hostess.  And I can’t wait to see more of her work and future shows!  Isn’t this set adorable?

A Wedding Show Toledo OhioA big THANK YOU to Mrs. Lindsay Alverman, one of our amazing June brides this year, for being on the show, too.  Lindsay, you looked fabulous as always!  Lindsay and Dave’s gorgeous outdoor wedding was also hosted at the Heatherdowns Country Club, and you can view more from their day in this blog post here, or also in “A Wedding Show”‘s blog post here.

Two of the special portraits we discussed on the show, was our bridal session add-on option and our Signature Romantic Sunset Portraits.  The bridal session is an amazing option for the brides who want a special session dedicated to them that their wedding day timeline might not allow for.  You get a fun hour of wearing your gown for some exquisite images, plus, most makeup artists and hair stylists include a free trial run with their wedding packages.  It’s the perfect opportunity to trial your look and style before the big day!  Toledo Bridal Session Toledo Wedding Photographer Toledo Wedding Photos Wedding Photos in Toledo

And the Signature Romantic Sunset Portraits is something we actually include for free with every wedding that includes sunset coverage.  There’s a few varieties of images that we can do, depending on the location.  Typically, we sneak the bride and groom outside their reception venue for 10 minutes for some quiet romantic time with just the two of them and create some very portraits that only a gorgeous sunset coupled with our studio lighting can create.  The end result?  Stunning images that are the perfect addition to your wedding photography coverage!  And it’s an included session!

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We hope you tune into the Toledo wedding show for some resourceful and fun entertainment every Sunday at 8am on CW (Buckeye) Channel 5.

Pamela: Downtown Toledo Fashion Shoot {Toledo Photography}

Pamela: Downtown Toledo Fashion Shoot

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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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Travel Photography Part 2 {Pictures of Italy for Sale}

Travel Photography Part 2 {Pictures of Italy for Sale}

Some trips can really be considered as a trip of a lifetime.  Especially with travel photography in Italy!  But, I refuse to limit myself to just one trip of a lifetime, and will always dream of returning.  And, yes!  I did throw a coin over my shoulder in the Trevi Fountain in Rome!  So far, the coin-tossing has worked, because this was our second trip back!  This is post 2, featuring pictures of Italy for sale.  You can read part 1 here, of Travel Photography Part 1 {Pictures of France for Sale}.

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With living in such a young country as America, it is so difficult to imagine settlements and architecture surviving century after century.  Some of America’s earliest surviving structures only date back to the 1600s.  During our trip, we toured through medieval towns still surrounded by walls dating back to the 12th century.  And then there is Rome, with it’s towering ruins dating back to 500 BC and older.  It’s nearly incomprehensible!

Pictures of Italy for Sale!

Buy a picture of Italy!  Your favorite image is custom mounted to artboard for durability and is guaranteed against fading for life!  These high resolution images are perfect for any home or office collection and are autographed by the artist!

buy pictures of europe16×20 Artist Signed Portrait: $135 plus shipping

20×30 Artist Signed Portrait: $195 plus shipping

24×36 Artist Signed Portrait: $340 plus shipping

30×40 Artist Signed Portrait: $395 plus shipping

Art Gallery Canvases are available, too, starting at just $255 and arriving ready-to-hang!  They are the perfect style for displaying your favorite French portrait and come with beautiful 1.5 inch thick sides tightly wrapped.  And sides can be customized to white or black to match your home decor!

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As a lover of art, history, and food… Italy is my favorite place in all the world!  Our journey from the French Riviera led us first to Cinque Terra, which means “Five Earths”.  These 5 little fishing villages are only accessible by foot, and are built right into the Italian rocky coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.  While visiting Riomaggiore, one of the little villages, we encountered the most delicious and freshest calamari ever!  I swear it had been caught just that morning!

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Next, we spent two nights in a historic convent, surrounded with a lavish garden and beautiful sculptures in Florence.  The Tuscan region is a world all of its own!  Three of my favorite memories of Florence (or Firenze, as the locals pronounce it) is visiting the magnificent Duomo; the rounded dome is still mystifying to architects today.  It was built in the late 1200s with both a Gothic and Renaissance influence.

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The Ponte Vecchio Bridge is a historical wonder to me.  At one time, Florence was scattered with bridges like this one, where the shop owners built their home and stores right into the bridge.  So colorful and unique with the shops still operating today!  Unfortunately, during WWII, Hitler commanded all the bridges to be destroyed to keep the Italian army from advancing northward during his retreat.  Somehow, the locals were able to convince the German army to save this one bridge by destroying the two buildings on either side to block access to the bridge.  The Florentine locals have since rebuilt the two end buildings, using both the remaining ruins and modern stone.

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The third favorite memory of this beautiful city is visiting the Academia Museo!  Imagine walking amongst life-size statues that once resembled a living person.  A boy and his dog, a beautiful woman and her child… and then rounding the corner of the museum to behold the real Michelangelo’s Statue of David towering at over 15 feet tall!  What a perfect work of art! David was so detailed that even his hands had veins showing from his hand being lower than his heart!  The Academia also had several Michelangelo’s unfinished statues, which still portrayed emotion in the faces and poses without the minute sculptured details of his finished pieces.  Unfortunately, no photography was allowed in the museum.  🙁

We boarded a local coach and journeyed just outside the city to a small winery villa.  Many villas in the region host weddings, but none are hospitable as this family! Tuscans are very private citizens, but being raised in Rome perhaps made this family the exception. The villa has been in their family for generations, and they’ve been bottling and selling their own wine and olive oil since the 1700s. In fact, the grandfather saved it from being bombed in the WWII by providing a historical tour of the villa (built in the 1400s) to the local German officer in charge of selecting bombing sites and applying for a historical site protection. The German officer relocated the bomb and saved their family villa.  What a shame it would have been to lose it!

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Next is the small medieval town of Siena.  This walled city still holds so much history and tradition still to this day.  Our local guide explained that available real estate is nearly non-existent, since the homes and restaurants have been passed down from generation to generation since the 13th century.  I highly recommend reading some of Siena’s history in our previous post listed at the bottom of this page!  It’s simply fascinating, including horse races and its church-size rivalry with the nearby Florence that still remains half-built today due to an epidemic that wiped out nearly all it’s citizens.

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Roma!  I just love how the locals speak with such emotion and emphasize with their hands! And the food!  Mama mia!  Amazing!  One of Rome’s hidden treasures is located on the hill top by the Roman Ruins: The statue of Moses in the San Pietro in Vincoli Church.  This quiet little basilica was only dotted with a few stragglers from the street who were brave enough to venture up the unknown streets to find this hidden gem.   The expression on Michelangelo’s Moses has been studied for centuries: The horned head, the flowing beard, the gaze toward the chapel’s doors, and the protectiveness of the 10 Commandment Tablets.  The current translation at the time of Michelangelo of the Biblical passage of Moses descending from the mountain with the 10 Commandments was that he was “horned” from the conversation with the Lord, instead of today’s “shinning” or “glorified”.  Michelangelo was so mesmerized by his life-like statue, that it is said that he stuck the knee of Moses and cried, “Speak!”.  The crack in the knee from Michelangelo’s mallet can be seen in this image.

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Our last evening, we ventured back to the Colosseum at sunset.  I love how the ancient ruins stand so majestically with untold stories of gladiators and Christian martyrs with the motion of modern-day life speeding by it’s foundation. The blur of vehicle lights can be seen along the road.  This image has been one of the most popularly requested prints, and rightly so!

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 You can read more in-depth posts of our journey and your favorite picture of Italy for sale in these following posts!

www.jhphotography.org/cinque-terre-and-florence-italy/

www.jhphotography.org/tuscan-villa-destination-wedding-venue-toledo-photographer/

www.jhphotography.org/siena-and-tuscan-medieval-towns/

www.jhphotography.org/roma/

 

Travel Photography Part 1 {Pictures of France for Sale}

Travel Photography: Part 1 {Pictures of France for Sale}

It’s so hard to believe that just a year ago, Jeremy and I were boarding an international flight to Europe for some travel photography!  It was such a blessing and wonderful experience capturing both the city and countryside for our Europe Portrait Collection.  We met wonderful people along the way and loved learning about some of the French and Italian history.  Our 2 week journey took us from Paris, to the Provence, to the French Riviera, to the Italian Mediterranean coastline, to Tuscany, and finally to Rome!  As as a lover of photography and history, this was an AMAZING trip.  And now we can bring back a little of our journey to your home with pictures of France for sale now!

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The European portraits captured each tell such a unique story of an era long passed.   The century-old street cafes and the incredible cathedral design-feats that still baffle architects today were the most impressive.  Relax in a sidewalk cafe for an hour or two and watch as the world passes by, some in a hurry and others not rushed with time. We Americans sure know how to get wrapped up in the restraints of time and just the work-life in general.  Did you know that most Europeans get 1-2  years of maternity AND paternity leave?  And the work day starts around 10am, with an hour or more lunch break?  Now, I could get use to that!

Since a great portrait is worth a thousand words, I’ll let them depict a brief overview of our tour.  I’ve broken up our trip into 2 segments, with the French portraits first.  Part 2 will come next week featuring Italy!  A selection of our European and featured French portraits are available for sale, too!  They are mounted to durable artboard to protect against creasing and curling, and are priced as follows:

buy pictures of europe16×20 Artist Signed Portrait: $135 plus shipping

20×30 Artist Signed Portrait: $195 plus shipping

24×36 Artist Signed Portrait: $340 plus shipping

30×40 Artist Signed Portrait: $395 plus shipping

Art Gallery Canvases are available, too, starting at just $255 and arriving ready-to-hang!  They are the perfect style for displaying your favorite French portrait and come with beautiful 1.5 inch thick sides tightly wrapped.  And sides can be customized to white or black to match your home decor!

Message us at the bottom of this blogpost for a free order and shipping estimate!

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Most tourists completely miss the back of Notre Dame, which I personally feel is more beautiful than the Rose Window side.  Notice the flying buttresses which help support the grand cathedral’s circular altar room.

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The Eiffel Tower at night.  On the hour, the tower glitters for 5 minutes at night.  It’s such a spectacular event to witness… the whole city of pedestrians stop and turn around to watch it.  First-time tourists literally gasp in awe!

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Do you know why European cars are built so small and narrow?  So that they can fit inside the carriage doors that most ancient homes have!

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This is my all-time favorite image from France.  The city of Aix-en-Provence used to be a capital city during Roman times, and was thus named the City of a Thousand Fountains for it’s lavish fountains that can be found on nearly every street corner.  The largest fountain located at the heart of the city, is Fountaine de la Rotonde.

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During a private excursion to the quaint town of Arles, I stumbled upon this picturesque view.  This has been our most popular selling print!

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The coastal town of Cassis was a dream!  Built right on the banks of the French Riviera on the Mediterranean Sea.

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The Calanques (pronouced Kah-lon-k-z) are beautiful white cliffs that surround the town of Cassis, France.  The walls challenge rock climbers from all over the world.  It is here that the French excavated the rock for the Statue of Liberty’s base that they gifted to the United States.

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Our last evening in France, we walked to the shoreline from our hotel and enjoyed the serene view from the sandy beach.  I LOVE how the reflections of the lights ripple across the water.

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Our last sunset in France!

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Read more in-depth about your favorite image in France here:

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http://jhphotography.org/provence-and-cafe-hopping/

http://jhphotography.org/the-french-riveria/

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Travel Photography {Pictures of Italy for Sale}

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