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Amanda | Senior Pictures Toledo Ohio

Amanda | Senior Pictures Toledo Ohio

The senior year comes and goes as fast as the blink of an eye!  Amanda was so fun to work with!  We loved her style and had so much fun with her guitar at the studio.  It was super windy outdoors for her appointment.  Instead of rescheduling, she opted for one of our favorite indoor locations for senior pictures Toledo Ohio.  It was the perfect unique location and wind-free.  Amanda, you rocked your session!

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Senior Pictures Toledo Ohio

For amazing senior pictures, Toledo Ohio photographers should offer portraits that are different than your friends’!  Check out our senior portrait galleries!  See for yourself how we combine unique locations, natural posing, and creative lighting for that high-end magazine look!  Then schedule your senior photography session today!

Marisa: Class of 2014 {Photographers in Toledo Ohio}

Marisa was such a joy to work with!  Her natural beauty and charming smile made my job easy!  Her mother found our studio while looking for photographers in Toledo Ohio.  One of the statements we hear over and over from new clients, is how our work stands out from crowd.  We use creative poses that flatter and bring studio lighting (even outdoors!) for a guaranteed successful session that is unique and polished.

I met Marisa and her dad in downtown Toledo for her senior portraits.  Unfortunately, it started to rain, but Marisa let me choose some great indoor locations for her pictures instead.  And in the end, we even got to sneak back outside for a few images during a break in the rain!  Yay!  I loved how the session turned out, despite the rain.  Marisa got a combination of an urban look, metallic backgrounds, and a country setting all in an hour!

Congratulations, Marisa, on your senior year!  And thank you for choosing JH Photography for your senior portraits!  We’re so glad you found us while searching online for photographers in Toledo Ohio!

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Mr. & Mrs. Roznoski: A Nazareth Hall Dream Wedding! {Toledo Photographer}

Mark and Robyn’s wedding day was perfect!  Sunny, blue skies – trees and flowers finally all bloomed – and Grand Rapid’s exquisite Nazareth Hall.  After getting ready in the bridal suite, Robyn made her way down the spiral stairs to the front of the Cadet West windows, where her husband-to-be was waiting with anticipation for their “First Look”.  It was amazing!  They hugged, they kissed, they laughed, and I’m pretty sure I saw some tears.

They recited their vows in front of family and friends in the Grotto, the outside chapel, before being whisked away to a fun night of dancing and celebration in Cadet West.  The setting sun poured through the western facing windows, creating a romantic glow for the newly-married couple.  I can’t wait to publish their private online gallery!

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Nazareth Hall is Toledo’s favorite wedding venue, and one of my top favorite places to photograph couples and families.  The wedding photography here can be photographed like non other!   And the amazing staff and chef know how to pamper couples as they relax in the serene atmosphere and prepare for their happily ever after!  www.nazarethhall.com Music and entertainment was provided by Bob Norris of www.classactbybobnorris.com

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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Abdi’s Music Cover Session, Toledo Photographer

Abdi will be the next big R&B artist from Toledo!  I just know it!!!  With his style and personality, I know he’ll go a long way!   Abdi shared his vision for the session theme, and we came up with some really cool places to photograph at in downtown Toledo.  It’s going to be a tough decision to only pick one cover image!  🙂  Which is your favorite???

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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!!!!

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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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Selecting the Best Photographer

Whether you’re in Toledo, Ohio, Ann Arbor, Michigan, NYC, or Smalltown USA, choosing the best photographer is a crucial part of planning your session or event…whether it’s a newborn session, family pictures, high school senior portraits, or your wedding day.  This post isn’t about WHO is the best photographer (although we’d love to say ‘we are!’), but who is the best photographer for YOU.  That’s right…you!  Selecting a professional to capture an important time in your life is like finding THE wedding gown for a bride.  Sure, you could just borrow from a friend or buy the one your hand falls on during an eye-covered twirl in a bridal store.  But, most of us have dreamed of our wedding day and all of the special moments since we were 5, right down to the gown we’ll be wearing as we promise “I do” to our soul mate.  Photography is just like finding the perfect wedding gown; the size, the style, and how it makes you feel will determine if it’s just A dress, or THE dress.  Photographers are just as versatile as the variety of wedding gowns.  We all have different styles, offer different levels of skill, and have our own unique personalities.

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Do you know what style of photography you want?  Traditional?  Non-traditional?  Modern?  Photojournalistic?  Fashion-based?  The list is endless!  If you don’t know your style, yet, start looking through some wedding images on the internet or Pinterest.  Collect some poses and pictures that you love, and match them up to the photographer’s bio to see what style it is that attracts you.  Next, look up some of your local photographers that offer that style and look at their portfolio.  Are they creative?  Do they use the same 4 poses over and over?  Or is their approach to each client a good balance of personalization and style?

The second criteria to finding the right photographer for you is the amount of experience you are looking for.  And, yes, experience does come with a price.  You can find anything from a beginning photographer with $5 prints and $500 all inclusive packages to fashion and Hollywood photographers with $500 prints and $50,000 packages.  If a smaller price tag is more important than quality, then an amateur looking to build their portfolio might be the perfect choice for you.  But, if quality images and exceptional skills are valuable, then you might have to invest a little more into your photographer.  Why are experienced photographers more of an investment?  Besides the basic supply and demand notion, more experienced photographers manage their own business full-time, which is pricey!  There’s studio space rent and utilities, accounting and taxes, insurance, expensive camera and lighting equipment, web presence, advertising costs, assistant and secondary photographer wages, travel expenses…plus, at the end of the day, we photographers have to make something to bring home to our families, too!  Hiring an experienced photographer means your session is not only in professional hands to guarantee the best images, but that the best equipment is being used to produce your high quality images.  Experienced photographers have back up gear available in case of a technical failures, the pressure to stay creatively above the local market, and the knowledge and skill to master any location and lighting situation.

Finally, you have to find the photographer that you mesh with.  Their personality has to be a fit for you.

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You’ll be spending countless hours with them, whether it’s choosing the session location, actually shooting the location, and following up with you to deliver the print goodies.  And if it’s a photographer for your wedding day…you’ll really need to have a good fit!  Meet with your potential photographer.  Are they friendly?  Do they have a good reputation?  Are they concerned with your vision for the session/event?  Read their testimonial page.  Ask what their shooting and posing approach is.  Do you need a photographer that’s good at coaching poses?  If you have ideas, are they open to trying them?  As you’ll be spending a lot of one-on-one time with your photographer, make sure that you’re satisfied with their personality, email/phone call response time, and personal vision for you.

Use these simple guidelines, and you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect photographer for YOU!

Best wishes!

-Jennifer

Dustyn + Stephanie = Engaged!

We had so much fun photographing these two!  They chose an evening session, and we began right before sunset to capture those beautiful rays of sunlight behind them.  Starting out at the Toledo Amtrak Station, they hopped onto the tracks (with us constantly looking over our shoulders!) where we photographed these cute images portraying their new love together!  *No trains, either!  Looking forward to their summer wedding!!!

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