Jeffrey Mansion

Jeffrey Mansion Collage

I spent the afternoon yesterday taking photographs of a couple of models at the Jeffrey Mansion in Bexley, Ohio. This is a beautiful building and grounds. It’s part of the City of Bexley Parks department now. We weren’t able to shoot inside the building, but around the mansion there are lots of great spots for getting a great image. At some point, I’d love to do something inside the building. It has beautiful woodwork and great lighting. The front windows remind me of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, with lots of squares of clear white glass. The patterns inside should be outstanding.

We spent most of our time along the rock wall on the back of the house. I loved how there was an archway and stairwell leading up to the lawn. At the top of the stairwell is a small building made from the same rocks looking out onto a large greenspace (today that greenspace is used for playing little league soccer and football.

Layla and Michael, my subjects, are actually a couple so it made capturing these images extra special. I’ve worked with Layla before. She’s a natural. She knows how to move and pose to get great images. This was Michael’s first time in front of the camera and, though he seemed a little shy, he did a great job. I wanted a playful, romantic feel to the images and I think I got some great results. Feel free to comment below with thoughts and suggestions.

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Touching moment

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I had the privilege of shooting the wedding photos for Laura and Michael a couple of weeks ago. They were a great couple to work with and you could tell that they were in love.  I captured this moment before the ceremony as they prayed together.  The screen protected Michael from seeing Laura before the ceremony. It was really touching.

The wedding ceremony itself was very nice and the message from the pastor was also spot on for this couple.

The couple’s entrance into the reception was also very cool.  They had been taking dance lessons for several weeks before the ceremony and after they were announced, they performed a waltz together.  It was fun to watch and you could tell they were enjoying it, too.

Congratulations Michael and Laura!  I hope you have many happy years together.

Wedding Sparkles

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Earlier this year I was privileged to shoot the wedding photos for my niece and her groom. They were a wonderful couple to work with and we had a blast making some special images for them.  The couple’s exit was capped off with a sparkler farewell.  Needless to say, I was a little nervous about how this was going to turn out. It’s dark, so it’s hard to get a fix on the subject with your focus.  They were planning on walking through the lines of people waving the sparklers.

To help with the lighting and focus, I asked them to stop and kiss half way down the line of people.  This is the shot I got. One unique shot.  No retakes. No hold it, I didn’t get that.  No pressure (HA).  All-in-all, I think it came out great.  I love the light from the sparklers and the flow of the image.  I love it when something like this comes together and you get a magical image.  In their wedding album, I made this a panoramic image across the last two pages of the book.  I think it’s a fitting ending point for the flow of the work.