I'm excited to say that this past weekend, July 24th, 2017, I was given the fantastic opportunity to photograph, the Lutherans Over The Edge fundraising event! The event was held to raise money for the local Lutheran churches in the Cleveland area!
The event took place at the Double Tree hotel in Downtown, Cleveland. 21 excited rappellers raised money to descend the 9 stories from the roof of the hotel to the top of the parking garage below!
The equipment & expertise was provided by Over The Edge USA. A very professional and competant company that specializes in helping non-profits put on these types of fundraisers!
The day was full of energy as their were games, families, balloon animals, food and a DJ! It was quite an event!
Following are a few images from the day! Check out videos of each rappeller at the Lutherans Over The Edge YouTube Channel. If you want to order a print of someone rappelling please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhotoshoots, Events, Charity
This past Memorial Day I was so fortunate to be able to see one of my favorite bands in concert - Over The Rhine! This husband and wife duo have been making music for 25 years and their kicking off a new chapter with a "Barn Raising." There's a lot of back story to why they chose to do this - go ahead and check out their site and read all about it. The short of it is, it's a new way for them to continue making and performing music while at the same time have a presence in their community and help young budding poets and musicians.
This past Memorial Day weekend was a 3 day concert to raise funds for the Barn. I wasn't originally able to go, but when they opened up the idea of bartering "work-for-a-ticket", I was on board! I was happy to help and they put my sister (she also came with me) and myself in charge of the merch table. It was fun talking to other fans and helping guide new fans as to what albums they might most appreciate hearing. Here are some photosPhotoshoots, Concerts, Events
A couple weekends ago, some great friends of mine were having a family get together and hired me to photograph the day! It was a great day spending time with friends and meeting more of the family, which in a lot of ways have become an extension of my family. Here are some of my favorite photos of the day!
Tyler, messing with George (the parrot)
Decorations for Baby Anna
Baby Anna in Auntie Meg's Arms
Anna and her mama
Anna with Ma & Pa
Little Lachlan, "Whaat? I didn't eat the chocolate?"
Cake pops. Blue or pink in the middle will tell the gender of Lauren's baby
Skyping in from VA! It's a girl!
Family Photoshoots, Photoshoots
I like it when I meet cool people. The obvious response to that is, "Who wouldn't?" I had the opportunity to meet one such cool person, Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It. An Indie Rock / Emo band originating in Chicago.
Evan during his interview with Chris from Stereogum.
While on assignment for an online magazine, Stereogum, I was able to talk to Evan for a brief time and was impressed by his passion, kindness & genuineness. He then proceeded to rock out at the Grog Shop! The fans were crazy and awesome as they were literally hanging from the ceiling and pressing in on the stage. Here are some of my favorite photos from the night, I hope you like them! Check out the full article on Stereogum's website - "Hell Fuckin' Yeah!"
Most expensive sign in this joint. Just Kidding.
Chris interviewing Evan.
That's the dude hanging from the ceiling... nuts.
Evan stopped the concert for 5 entire minutesPhotoshoots, Events, Concerts
I had the honor, joy, & privilege to join my friend Joe (yes we have the same name) in the St. Patricks Day parade held in downtown Cleveland! I got a front row seat with the Local 17 Elevator Constructors. I got to meet some great people and have a fun albeit, cold day! Here are some of the pics from the day!! Enjoy!
A couple of junior local 17 river dancers! Encouraged by the Cavs dance team!
He consumed a lot of Mt. Dew today...
It has just turned 2014, so at the time of writing this I can say, "late last year!" and it only means a couple months, weeks or even days ago! Ok, enough foolery with time... Late last year I was contacted for some photography work for Meaden & Moore. They are a nationwide tax & business consulting firm located in Cleveland, New York & Los Angeles to name just a few locations! I even found out afterwards that one of my friends used to work in their Akron, OH office!
Meaden & Moore was launching a new website and wanted some fresh photography of their office and new employees. I worked with SyncShow Interactive who did a fantastic job at spear-heading the project. They were in charge of building the website and implementing the photos I took. It was great working with them and Meaden to get the photos they wanted! Everyone at Syncshow and Meaden are a fun group of people who made the photography day so much fun and enjoyable! We have anotherPhotoshoots
I had the privilege to have a couple of family photoshoots this fall! Autumn is such a beautiful time for such an outing! One of the photoshoots that I really loved was with the Medved family. Mike and Jen along with their 4 little ones were so much fun! They had so much good energy and the kiddos *generally* loved posing for the camera. That makes it so much more fun & enjoyable from a photographer's standpoint.
The whole clan!
We went to a couple of their favorite parks around the Cleveland area and then spent a little bit of time at their home. Here are a few of my favorite images from the day!
Just strolling around through the park
Family Photoshoots, Photoshoots
One of the "perks" if you will, that I found from doing photography is getting back in touch with old friends! I haven't seen my friends Dave and Erika for quite some time but with the advent of a newborn in their lives it gave us a good excuse to see each other again! It's nice to be able to catch up, and get reacquainted with what's going on in our lives. Not to mention that it gave us an opportunity to take photos that will be cherished for years to come of their beautiful newborn, Eden Carmela! Here are some of my favorite photos from our time together, enjoy!
Photoshoots, Newborn Photography
The Carbones! A joyous, fun, life-filled & energetic family! We had a fun, candid family photography session ( two sessions actaully due to not-so-good weather our first time out ). We met at a nearby park and again in their home to capture life together with Dan & Bonnie along with their 5 little ones!! These are some of the cutest and fun kids you'll ever meet! Playful and energetic, they were remarkably happy about me taking their photo and were more than willing to put on a show! Here's a few photos from our time together!
The whole gang!
Photoshoots, Family Photoshoots
Harper Grace Kerrigan!! She's the little bundle of joy that recently arrived in this world bringing happiness, gladness of heart and I'm sure just a *few* sleepless nights to the proud parents of Erin and Jim! We set aside an hour or two one Saturday afternoon and captured some precious moments! Moments between Harper & Mom, Harper & Dad and some images with all three!
We were able to get some great outdoor and indoor shots in a few different settings from the living room to the babies room to the backyard. Harper was pretty easy going that day and seemed fascinated by me taking her picture! Check out a few of the images from that day!
Photoshoots, Newborn Photography
I had the joy of photographing for my first time, a naturalization! I love photographing events like these, not just a naturalization but any significant life event! For instance, a couple years ago I had the honor of being the photographer when my friend officially adopted his two young girls. It was great being with my friend, his wife, the family, and of course his two little children.
Tatyana about to sign her papers.
The naturalization reminded me of this event because we were once again in the courtroom and while there was only my friend and his friend, Tatyana who was being naturalized, I realized what a major life event this is! I loved capturing the whole process: The signing of the documents, the swearing in, the happiness & excitement! Tatyana shared with me later how much her family loved seeing the photos and how much the photos brought back her emotions of that day! Here is a little excerpt of what she had to say:
"I want to thank you for the greatPhotoshoots
About a week ago some friends of mine asked if I would photograph their newborn baby. They had hired a hospital photographer for photographs right after the delivery, but the photos were way overpriced for the quality so they wanted something better. We spent about an hour and a half together and it was my first time photographing a newborn but we had some really good shots come from our time together!
During our time we had about 1 or 2 "costume" changes and a couple different settings for photos. The little baby was pretty easy to work with, she was a little grouchy whenever she was away from momma for too long. That was challenging but I was able to grab some fun shots before she started crying! Whenever she did cry we would let her fall asleep in her mother's arms and then lay her back down for some more photographs before she woke up. Maybe that's kinda cruel but she'll appreciate the photos when she's older... Right… :)
Why is it so funny for mePhotoshoots, Newborn Photography
This past St. Patrick's day was adventurous and unpredictable! First of all, I'm not a HUGE fan of crowds of people. Such as those that exist at the St. Patty's day parade. I love people, I just hate the shoving, pushing, straining to see, blah blah blah…
On the flip side, I like to go to those events if I know I'll get to spend time with some friends. Plus, if I'm able to help in some way then it's so much more enjoyable. And that's exactly what happened this St. Patty's Day…
I wasn't planning on going to the parade in downtown Cleveland for the above stated reasons, but my buddy who's company was in the parade texted me in the morning and said, "Do you want to walk in the parade with us?" I was like, "Sure. Sounds fun."
My friend Megan
So as I'm moseying around to get downtown he called and said, "Joe! No one brought the pole to hold our banner! Can you bring a 10 foot pole?!" No more moseying afterEvents, Photoshoots
I had the joy of photographing a couple friends of mine. They wanted to announce their pregnancy to friends and family and of course post it on facebook and they wanted a few photos to go along with it.
I came over one night and we spent about an hour or so taking photos. We experimented with different styles and lighting, all in the effort to create a fun and jovial photo to help usher in the the good news! Displayed on this page are a few of the photos that we created. I hope you enjoy them!
I had the wonderful privilege of photographing these awesome friends of mine - Lauren & Tyler! Honestly, it started out as a "lets just grab a few shots for a save the date card..." If you've ever met me however, you know I can't do anything simple!
So we spent about an hour and a half in Medina square, just south of Cleveland, Ohio. We took our time leisurely walking around and shooting pictures! It did start to rain about half way through our time so we snuck inside the couple's favorite coffee shop for awhile.
After a half hour or so we went back outside and the rain provided a beautiful sheen & reflection on the pavement, it looked so awesome! It's for that very reason why I try to never get too bummed out if the weather isn't "perfect". Even inclimate or non-favorable weather can provide some of the most unique and consequently some of the best photos!
Here are a few pictures from our time together along with the save the date Engagement Sessions, Photoshoots
For the past two years I had the privilege of photographing my friend and her lovely puppy, "Belle". We held these photoshoots usually at a nearby park in the fall so we can get capture those beautiful autumn colors!
My friend occasionally frequents "Doggie Luv Bakery", a local pet bakery shop that specializes in making their own wholesome dog treats! They also have all sorts of gifts for your dog and for your fellow dog lovers! Doggie Luv Bakery recently anncounced that they were looking for photos of pets to feature on their treat bags. My friend heard about the contest and submitted a few of my photos from our photoshoot and they chose the one below!
It was featured for an entire month and I must say it was nice to have my photo chosen to be the feature photo! I'm super glad that my friend heard about this contest and submitted photos on my behalf - that was awesome! It's always great to have some local publicity & to help a local business!
Awards, Pet Photoshoots, Photoshoots