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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

Paul & Xochilt {Couple’s Session, Wildwood Park in Toledo}

Paul and Xochilt are just the cutest couple!  I knew from the moment we met at Wildwood Park in Toledo that their photography session would be fun.  Paul is every bit the gentleman around her; he naturally would cup her chin with his hand or brush her hair out of her face with me even prompting!  And it was very windy, so it really helped!  And Xochilt was so cute with her dress and boots… and I LOVED her side-braid!

Thank you Paul and Xochilt for choosing me for your Toledo photography session!  It was such a pleasure to meet you both and I wish you both the VERY BEST for 2014!

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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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The Pierce Family {Toledo Family Photographer}

This young family is so amazing!  And it was such an honor to be a part of their first family portrait!  Being a Toledo family photographer is a fun job, especially when working with amazing clients year-round, like the Pierces.  Katie is a caring school teacher and Scott is the chef and owner of www.treecitycatering.com here in Toledo (gourmet catering for all occasions!).  And their newest little family member, Evelyn, is 6 months old now!  What a beauty!  We captured their family portrait at the famous Toledo Wildwood Metro park.


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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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Sam + Ryann = Engaged! {a downtown Toledo photography session}

Their love story reminds me of something Nicolas Sparks would write about.  They met each other while on vacation in Mexico;  Sam was from Minnesota, and Ryann was a Toledo girl.  Even after their vacation was over, they kept in touch over long distance, and then Ryann eventually moved to Minnesota.  I LOVE it!  What are the odds of them planning a vacation at the exactly same time, same place, and then meeting each other?  That’s true love’s fate, if you ask me!  And now they are engaged and getting married!  I can’t wait for their wedding!

We planned their engagement session around their vacation back to Toledo.  I met Sam for the first time during their session.  Their connection with each other is so sweet!  I just loved capturing it all behind camera!  Here’s a few from their downtown Toledo session…

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Vahid + Niloofar = Engaged!

It has been so much fun organizing and helping Vahid and Niloofar plan their special day!  We also put aside an appointment for an engagement session, which they’ll use images for their wedding invitations.  It was a might chilly for their session in Toledo, but their photographs turned out amazing!   What a great couple!










Shayne + Jessica = Engaged!

These two have got to be one of the cutest couples ever!   And their session also happened to be on one of the last perfect days before the wintery white season.   We photographed their engagement session here in Toledo at the Botanical Gardens…(one of my fav locations for fall) and captured their love for each other on a background from a palette of yellow and orange.  Simply beautiful!  I can’t wait until next fall…when their photographs will be of them on their wedding day!!!!







Mariah: 2013 Senior

Mariah…what a beautiful name to go with such a beautiful girl!   Mariah chose Wildwood Park in Toledo for her senior portraits.  It was the perfect day, too!  Full of sunshine and autumn colors.  We didn’t have to walk very far to start her session –  this first image was taken by the tree we parked our cars by!  The leaves were hanging down just enough for me use the color to frame her pose.   I love fall!  Her spring session will soon follow this post!







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