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Location Spotlight: Willoughby Ohio

June 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Feature Series - Spotlight on Locations

Willoughby, Ohio

In real estate, the big thing is location, location, location!  It can be the same with engagement photography. A location that is meaningful to you and your fiancé will make the photos more special in the years to come.  Whether it’s a city center, a park or a place that both of you value, the background of your loving poses adds elements of time, season and depth to your photos. Daniel’s photos are meant to last a lifetime…choose locations that will make you smile as the anniversaries add up.

Willoughby, Ohio is one of those towns built in the 1850’s that still holds some of its original charm and flavor. The historic district which covers nine blocks includes a variety of shops and residences and a public park. Thankfully, historians have preserved much of it, so it’s a great place for photography that blends the old with the new (the new being you and your fiancé!).

A bonus is that there is a castle nearby called Squires Castle. How many towns in America have an authentic castle?

Here’s the legend of Squires Castle.

 


 

 


What’s the Appeal of Black & White Photos?

June 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

What’s the Appeal of Black & White Photos?

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018 revealed that the royal couple was enthusiastic about black and white photography. Instagram photos from Kensington Palace included stylish B&W shots.

We live in a very colorful world, so what is so intriguing about black and white photography?

Black and white photos have a timeless quality to them, they seem to cement a scene in time, like an engraving in stone. There’s something “forever” about them because they’re a blend of reality and mystery. Why do our brains perceive it that way?

The first newspaper to publish a photo (in B&W of course) was in 1880. From then until 1977 when color photos began to appear regularly, people associated something “newsworthy” with a black and white photo in the newspaper. Even if the current generation has lived in a colorful world since birth, they’ve studied history in school and seen the old B&W photos.  We’re all wired to perceive B&W photos as important, historical and newsworthy.

Is it easy to turn color photos into B&W treasures? No, it usually requires editing and an “artist’s eye”. The photographer or photo editor has to work with light and shadowy areas, contrasts, and to figure out what kind of “look” the photo should have.

If you think you want some B&W photos in your wedding or engagement photography, take a little time before the photo session to look at existing photos and think about what you want to create with your B&W. The photographer can keep that in mind during the photo session so that post-session editing will be easier.

 


A Simple, Natural Approach

May 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Keep It Simple, for a More Beautiful Result

Photography is a curious thing…sometimes the stars align and all of the elements come together in a soft, natural elegance that you don’t see when looking at the person or scene in reality, but when the photos are done, there it is.

Ava chose a simple peasant dress in muted tones, soft makeup, un-fussy hair and bare feet for her photo session. This simple approach blended with the natural textures of tree trunk and grass, and tranquil light make all of the elements of the photo work together like a fine piece of art.  It’s soothing. Why is it that some of the most exquisite things in life are the simplest?

When thinking about your engagement or wedding photography, imagine what you want, and then start scaling it back, removing elements that aren’t truly necessary so that the important ones have room to glow. Light, the first element of creation, is always important, so spend some time thinking about the time of day or evening that the photos will be taken. Keep it simple and watch what happens!


Venue Inspiration

April 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Venue Inspiration!

Northeast Ohio is full of wonderful places for engagement and wedding photography. Here's a sample our clients have chosen.

 

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Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

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Your Wedding Day is the Launch of your Married Life!

April 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Never forget that your wedding day is the beginning of your married life. It can be the launch pad of a long life of cherishing, supporting and loving each other with all of your being. Too many brides and even some grooms get so wrapped up in the details of the wedding that they forget or are too stressed, to shower their beloved with love on their wedding day.

Guests watch to see whether the bride and groom will gently feed the wedding cake to each other with joy, or cram it into each other’s mouths. It’s an omen! As a bride, our culture has convinced you that it’s all about you on this day. Of course it is…to a degree. It’s also about the memories of this day that you are creating for your new husband or wife.

  How will he or she remember this milestone day of their lives? How you treat your beloved on your wedding day is how you will treat him or her during your marriage.  Make sure the day and your actions come from the love in your heart.  You’ll see that love reflected in your wedding photography too.

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Venue Inspiration

March 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Venue Inspiration!

Northeast Ohio is full of wonderful places for engagement and wedding photography. Here's a sample our clients have chosen.

 

DanielPhotoProDanielPhotoProDanielPhotoPro Cleveland Sign

DanielPhotoProDanielPhotoProDanielPhotoPro The Arcade in downtown Cleveland

DanielPhotoProDanielPhotoProDanielPhotoPro Pier W

Iza&George 2015Iza&George 2015 East Fourth Street

Cleveland Museum of Art

Iza&George 2015Iza&George 2015 Heinen's of Downtown Cleveland

DanielPhotoProDanielPhotoProDanielPhotoPro Lake Erie

DanielPhotoProDanielPhotoProDanielPhotoPro Miller Nature Preserve - Lorain County Metro Parks

DanielPhotoProDanielPhotoProDanielPhotoPro Schoepfle Garden

DanielPhotoProDanielPhotoProDanielPhotoPro The Cultural Gardens

DanielPhotoProDanielPhotoProDanielPhotoPro Olmsted Falls East River Park

DanielPhotoProDanielPhotoProDanielPhotoPro Progressive Field Cleveland Indians

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

DanielPhotoProDanielPhotoProDanielPhotoPro Edgewater Park


Love at sunset on the Lake Erie shore

March 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We are blessed with one of the Great Lakes, our very own Lake Erie. Water + Sky + Sunset. The perfect combination for lovers. The palette of colors that Mother Nature creates on this background makes the most amazing photography! Book your sunset wedding today! It will be unforgettable.


Little Things Mean a Lot

March 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Just like in real life, photos of the little things often touch our hearts more than photos of the grander things. The first time someone reaches for your hand, the first time your eyes meet, the first time the little brain in your heart sends messages all over your body that something big has happened. The first laugh together, and of course, the first soft kiss! We're emotional beings so photos that stir up the remembered feelings of those simple moments become our greatest treasures. A photographer that's a romantic person whether or not his camera is around, captures the little things, the tiny moments.

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Lake Erie Locations for Romantic Photos

February 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Our magnificent great lake, its rocky shoreline and fascinating cliffs create a natural and stunning background for engagement and wedding photos.  The lake and its shore are millions of years old so that in photos the continuity of nature supports the ideal of endless love. Sunset photos are fabulous for the play of color and light. The grand expanse of the water itself is a magnificent background as well.  Photos shot on a rocky shore against cliffs made of layers of different stone add interesting textures to a photo, particularly with the softness of a wedding gown paired with the character of the stone.

 

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Pop the Color!

January 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The color trend of 2018 is black and white with a splash of lavender or other bright color.  On this neutral background of black and white, intense colors used very carefully will make your actual wedding and your photography a feast for the senses.

Many studies have proven that the human eye is drawn to an intense color in a sea of lighter colors. If you want your photos to have a "wow" factor that will never fade, plan to have some items that will provide the color pop!  Don't overdo it though. You don't want color pops clashing with each other in one photo. 

For example, the bridesmaids' dresses and flowers could be in neutral colors while the bride's bouquet is vibrant with color. Centerpieces could also provide the pop.  The key is to think it through carefully and work with your photographer in advance so your photos will be spectacular and uncluttered.

 

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How to Infuse Your Wedding with Creativity

January 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

With more cold months looming ahead, how can you make the most of your wedding planning time? The first rule of a super successful wedding is... drum roll please...don't procrastinate! Take this slower time to meet with your photographer and other key professionals that you're considering. The winter months are typically slow for wedding vendors which makes it the ideal time to sit down with them and collaborate creatively. Photographers, especially Daniel of Daniel Photo Pro, find their greatest joy and passion in the creative aspect of the photography business. When you take the time to explore your wedding ideas and dreams with your photographer and are open to concepts you've never thought of, you'll be amazed at the magic that happens. Authentic creativity cannot be hurried. It's the element that will make your wedding pictures a never ending joy.     

 

 


Michaud Bridal Show Next Saturday!

December 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Join us for a day of Wedding Creativity at the Michaud show next Saturday!

January 6, 2018 10 a.m. in Strongsville

Michaud Bridal Show

16808 Pearl Road
Strongsville, OH 44136

 (440) 238-7078

Be one of the first 200 to arrive and get a Goody Bag which includes Daniel Photo Pro’s high value gift.

This is our third year participating in this terrific show which is full of great vendors and ideas for every aspect of the wedding experience. 

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Michaud Bridal Show Invitation

December 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

You're Invited to the Michaud Bridal Show!

Saturday, January 6, 2018 10 a.m. in Strongsville

 

Wedding Plans in 2018? Visit the Daniel Photo Pro booth at the Michaud bridal show on January 6 in Strongsville.

This is our third year participating in this terrific show which is full of great vendors and ideas for every aspect of the wedding experience.  It’s on Saturday, January 6.  Be one of the first 200 to arrive and get a goody bag which includes Daniel Photo Pro’s special gift. We hope to see you there!

Michaud Bridal Show

16808 Pearl Road
Strongsville, OH 44136

Phone: (440) 238-7078


Kids Add Spontaneous Joy to Weddings

October 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

Kids Add Spontaneous Joy to Weddings

The photography of a happy wedding often reveals that children add a wonderful dimension to the event. Attention can be paid to every detail in planning including what the kids wear, but fortunately, kids are kids, and they bring a spontaneous joy to the occasion which comes through in the photography.  Even very young children sense that weddings are special because they’re a blending of families. To a child, family is everything. If the bride and groom can relax and enjoy the children at the wedding, they’ll have photos they’ll love to share. The more kids, the merrier. 

 


Lighting, Shadow, Mystery – the Secret of Creating Glamour

September 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Lighting, Shadow, Mystery – the Secret of Creating Glamour

Why do certain pictures appear to have a mysterious timelessness to them while others capture a particular moment in time? One of a creative photographer’s tools is the use of shadows to add depth and the quality of mystery. Having a large space around the subject is another way to add the mystical depth that makes the photo look timeless. Typically, the result of manipulating light, shadow and space well results in a glamorous look that is very appealing and often amazing.

Once again, planning ahead and leaving time for experimenting with light and shadow is so very important in creating photographs that you’ll want to frame because they have an artistic quality.  Brides normally spend the majority of their time planning the details of the wedding but allow little time for creative photography. In the end, however, it’s the photos that last forever. Allow time for the photographer to play with light and shadow!

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