I love photography regardless of where I’m shooting, but there are definitely some perks with the job, and traveling to some beautiful locations is one of them. Rachel and Adam’s wedding was my second international wedding. They chose a beautiful beachside restaurant in Punta Cana named Jellyfish for their venue. Jellyfish had a spot for the bridesmaids to get ready, so I began taking photos there. The groomsmen arrived looking very comfortable wearing white shirts and khaki pants. I knew they were going to be a fun bunch right from the beginning.

The ceremony took place on the beach with the deep aqua ocean behind them. It was very windy and sand was flying everywhere, so it was a good thing that the beautiful ceremony was also a relatively short one. I took group photos and bridal party photos on on the beach. Rachel, Adam and I moved from the beach to the front of the restaurant for photos until it was time for the reception. Dinner was in the Jellyfish and the reception was around a dance floor on the beach.

Rachel and Adam invited some Dominican dancers to the floor to get the festivities underway, and after a short time, everyone was dancing. Later in the night, we did one more shoot on the beach. At this time, the wind was blowing very hard and it felt like we were in a massive sandblaster. I knew it was very difficult for Rachel and Adam to keep their eyes open, but they toughed it out and we got some really great shots.

Congratulations to Rachel and Adam! I’m very thankful that you made me a part of your amazing day.



Audrey and Doug were married at First Energy Stadium the day before the home opener. It was a gorgeous day for an outdoor wedding. I shot some preparation photos before we did the first look right outside the tunnel. The ceremony was in the stands in section 137. The guests had a great view of the ceremony and the field. After the ceremony, we went down the street to Voinovich Park and took photos behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The repletion was in The Draft Room, which is an excellent venue to accommodate a lot of guests. During the reception, we went outside by the field. We weren’t permitted on the grass, but we still got some great shots with the stadium as a backdrop.

I had a wonderful time with Audrey and Doug. The bridal party and guests really enjoyed the unique venue, especially since the home opener was the following day.

Congratulations Audrey and Doug.



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Basil and I shot preparation photos at Landerhaven. That’s also where Rita and Bobby had their first look. From there, we went to the Cultural Gardens for group shots and portraits. We concentrated on the Italian and Grecian Gardens. It was a perfect day for outdoor photos. Rita and Bobby were very natural at posing and were having a lot of fun with the process. We had an engagement session several months earlier, which I’m sure helped.

Rita and Bobby were married at B’nai Jeshurun. We did some formal shots before and after the ceremony. The reception was at Landerhaven. They always do an exceptional job. Kim Singerman of Noteworthy Events was the wedding coordinator. She made sure that everything was just perfect and that schedules stayed on track. It was fantastic to work with her.

The reception was an amazing celebration. The Element, which is one of Clevelands best bands, had everyone going early. People were dancing before the dance floor was even open. Once the Horah began, there were so many people on the dance floor that it was almost impossible to move around. Not because the dance floor is small, but because everyone participated. Most of the time during these traditional dances, I try to move close to the center with a wide angle lens. In this case, I had to climb on the stage and shoot with a telephoto. That ended up being a great way to go because I had an awesome vantage point and was able to snap some really great shots.

Thee were several emotional (and funny) speeches. Bobby showed a lot of emotion throughout the day, especially during the toasts. After dinner, the partying picked up right where it left off. It was an amazing night.


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Shannon and Giovanni were married at Sacred Heart Church in Wadsworth. Nate and I shot some prep shots in the basement of the church. Following their ceremony, we went to the Canton Garden Center. Unfortunately, it began to rain when we got there. We found a nice area where the tree cover was keeping us dry. As I was setting up my first group shot, bridal party members started getting stung by yellow jackets, so we decided to leave. The only indoor place that was near us was Belden Village Mall. A mall might seem like an odd place to shoot, but I was getting ideas for some really unique shots. However, we go booted by a mall cop right away. We did manage to get some really great stuff in one of the stores in the mall, but the manager asked that I don’t put the photos online because of something to do with their lease agreement. Some B&Gs wold loose their cool with all the adversities we were facing, but Shannon and Giovanni had an awesome attitude made the best of the situation. The entire bridal party was hilarious really helped me get some fantastic shots. I was very thankful.

The reception was at La Pizzaria in Canton. It is a large beautiful venue with a giant dance floor. The food was amazing. Shannon and Giovanni’s guests came ready to party. The floor was packed and everybody was having an awesome time, myself included.

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I always love bouncing around the downtown Cleveland for an engagement shoot. That’s what I did with Melissa and James. It was late evening, which is my favorite time of day to shoot. Euclid and E4th were crowded with Indians fans the were pre-gaming or watching in the bars. It was a great atmosphere. We started out on E4th and worked out way toward Prospect. We also took some shots in the ally on the other side of E4th. We also took a walk down Euclid to the Theater District to get some shots with the chandelier and the lights. I had a great time with Melissa and James and I’m really looking forward to their wedding next week.

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