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Summer deer

Of the thousands of photos I took throughout my college career, a small handful stand out in my memory more prominently than the rest. Among these cherished few are ones I shot on a fateful, frigid February day while meandering through a local metropark. A pair of trusting deer let me step within ten feet of them, and I snapped away as they stood before a snowy wooded background.

As summer begins its departure, memories like these are pleasant reminders that the colder seasons aren’t all that bad.

Of course, you’ve noticed the lead image of this post shows no signs of snow or cold. These photos were taken a few weeks ago in the peak August heat at Sidecut Metropark. Perhaps they can complement those chilled, snowflake covered deer. And maybe I should return for more once the leaves start to fall.

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Brian and Debora’s wedding

My good friends Brian and Debora tied the knot this weekend. Decorum demanded that, as a groomsman, I not carry a camera with me down the aisle, but I was certainly able to get some shots before and after the ceremony. (You might also recall I took some engagement photos of them in July 2009).

Since my home is conveniently located across the street from the church, it became the changing room for Brian and all the groomsmen.

The ceremony was held at St. Joan of Arc Parish. Both my girlfriend Alicia and I had the honor of being in the wedding. She and I walked down the aisle together, and I told her not to get any ideas. Then everyone headed to the Holiday Inn French Quarters in Perrysburg for the reception. The building’s beautiful atrium-like “holidome” lent itself to good pictures.

Brian and Debora are off to a week in Cancun now. Soon after they return, they’ll be heading south again to start a new, warmer life in Florida. They will be missed.

Brian and Debora’s Engagement Photos


A few weeks ago, my good friend Brian announced he was engaged. Shortly after, he and his new fiancé Debora asked if I could take their engagement photos, to which I happily obliged. Not only was I glad to help out a friend with the 100% close friends or relatives discount, but I was also seeking a bit of redemption.

This summer I had already taken photos at my brother’s wedding in Cancun, Mexico and a small ceremony for my cousin’s wedding in Toledo. They were OK, but, after a year serving as my college newspaper’s editor-in-chief, I hadn’t really had the chance to focus primarily on photography for more than a year. I felt a bit rusty this summer, and shooting these engagement photos was just what I needed to get back into practice.

We headed out to Wildwood Park in Toledo. It seemed like a good choice for photos like these because it offers a nice mix of natural and manmade settings.

Here are a few photos from the shoot (click the thumbnails for a larger popup):