<![CDATA[Black Dog Photo Co. - Black Dog Photo Blog]]>Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:43:09 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Jacob and Katie's Blue Heron Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer]]>Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:07:30 GMThttp://blackdogphotoco.com/black-dog-photo-blog/jacob-and-katies-blue-heron-wedding-akron-wedding-photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a bride and groom at sunset.
Just magical light and a wonderful location at Blue Heron | Akron Wedding Photographer
What a wonderful late summer wedding day we spent with Jacob and Katie! We started the day at the Bride's parent's house, where all of the ladies were getting ready. Once everyone was dressed, we headed to Holy Martyrs Catholic church in Medina for the Akron Wedding Ceremony. After a gorgeous wedding ceremony, it was off to the Brooker Insurance building for photos with the bridal party. The building is beautiful, and was wonderful for the wedding photos. The afternoon light was perfect for bright and airy photos on the grounds of the Blue Heron Banquet and Conference Center! Then it was time for the party. The wedding reception was absolutely beautiful, thanks to the talented crew at All Events Planned. We finished off the evening with some stunning photos by the fountain, and a sparkler exit with all of the guests. Thanks to such a wonderful Bride and Groom for having us as their wedding photographers!
Akron wedding photo of bridesmaids getting ready.
Squad goals. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding photo of the bride's shoes and engagement ring.
Show off that rock! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a groom's tuxedo.
You can't beat this classic look. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Loving those elegant hair pins! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a couple at their wedding ceremony.
These two were having fun, even during the wedding ceremony. | Akron Weddding Photographer
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The bridal party, having a blast on the porch of the Brooker Agency. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding photo of a couple at the Brooker Agency
Wedding Day snuggles. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding photo of bridesmaids at Blue Heron.
These ladies are having a good time! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a bride and groom at Blue Heron
Pretty afternoon light on the grounds of Blue Heron. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a couple on the bridge at Blue Heron
Stunning sunset portrait on the bridge at Blue Heron. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a reception table at Blue Heron
Elegant tables for the guests at the Blue Heron Reception. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Awesome details on the head table at Blue Heron. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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The first dance. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a couple in front of the fountain at Blue Heron
We snuck outside for one last portrait in front of the fountain at Blue Heron. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Such a cool image of Jacob and Katie on their sparkler send off! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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<![CDATA[Brittany and Ryan's wedding proposal was just featured on theĀ  "How He Asked, by The Knot" Blog! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer]]>Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:12:53 GMThttp://blackdogphotoco.com/black-dog-photo-blog/brittany-and-ryans-wedding-proposal-was-just-featured-on-the-how-he-asked-by-the-knot-blog
Ok guys. Our job is pretty cool!

We were lucky enough to join Ryan in surprising his beautiful bride- to- be with a sweet proposal this winter in Chagrin Falls.  Ryan and Brittany braved the Cleveland winter and 8 degree temps to hop outside for a quick walk around the ever adorable Chagrin downtown. 

We quietly stalked them and army crawled through the snow to capture the perfect moments as she said "yes!" (I am sure we looked absolutely insane to all of the kind folks out and about that afternoon!)

The photos show the many stages of surprise and complete joy as Brittany finally realizes what is happening. It was such a sweet moment and we are so glad that we could be there for it. There is nothing better as a Cleveland Wedding Photographer than capturing the happiest moments in a couple's life! 

​We shared the photos with the Knot and they were kind enough to feature their story on their blog "How He Asked, by The Knot"  Check it out and hear their love story here: ​https://howheasked.com/brittany-ryan-2/

sit.stay.smile.
Ryan and Ashley
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<![CDATA[Tim and Alayna's Beautiful Winter Engagement Session | Cleveland Wedding Photographer]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:53:39 GMThttp://blackdogphotoco.com/black-dog-photo-blog/tim-and-alaynas-beautiful-winter-engagement-session
Photo of couple at train station Berea Ohio
Stealing a quick kiss! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Photo of couple on Baldwin Wallace CampusA beautiful moment. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
We had such a fabulous time photographing Tim and Alayna's gorgeous engagement session in Berea this month! We just knew that it was going to be a great day going into the session. The weather was a beautiful winter day and this couple absolutely radiates love. We were lucky enough to photograph Tim's sister's wedding this November, so we knew that we would be in great company for this shoot.  It is always such an honor to get a family referral for a wedding! 

We enjoyed a beautiful blue sky and sparkling white snow, which is great luck for mid March! We started out on campus at Baldwin Wallace to reminisce about their college days. They braved the cold and we captured some really sweet images around the grounds. 

After a quick warm up in the cars we dropped by Coe Lake and took in the beautiful views of the water. This couple is so much fun and were willing to try a lot of snuggly poses-which is a photographer's dream! (Or were they just cold and trying to keep warm? I guess we'll never know!) We ended the afternoon at the fabulous Berea Union Depot for some relaxed portraits. Alayna and Tim enjoyed their first date at this one of a kind restaurant and wanted to return to the scene of the crime! We were able to take advantage of their beautiful grounds and interiors for some really special photographs. We even found the table where they sat for their first date. Talk about romantic!

We hope that you love these engagement portraits and stay tuned to check out their September wedding! We cannot wait for more laughs and beautiful photos with Alayna and Tim! 

Photo of couple kissing under Baldwin Wallace arch
Taking a stroll on their old stomping grounds! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Photo of couple kissing under Baldwin Wallace arch
A quick kiss under the arch. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Photo of couple kissing Baldwin Wallace College
Smooch!
Photo of couple embracing in black and white Cleveland Ohio
Love the romantic feel of this one. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Photo of couple kissing Coe Lake
They are seriously too cute! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Photo of couple toasting at Berea Depot Bar and Restaurant
Love the feel of this vintage train car at the Berea Depot Bar and Restaurant! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Photo of couple kissing in train car at Berea Depot
Cheers! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Photo of couple at train station Berea Ohio
Love this dramatic sky! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Photo of couple at Coe Lake
A beautiful winter day. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Engagement Photos Coe Lake
Keeping close on a chilly winter day! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Couple Kissing at Coe Lake on snowy day
I love how she is pulling him close! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Engagement photo of couple on snowy day Coe Lake
Love this one. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Photo of couple embracing Berea Train Depot
The perfect end to a perfect session! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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<![CDATA[Join us Friday, March 9th at Glenmoor Country Club for the Unveiled Show! | Akron Wedding Photographer]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 20:42:22 GMThttp://blackdogphotoco.com/black-dog-photo-blog/join-us-friday-march-9th-at-glenmoor-country-club-for-the-unveiled-showWe are so excited to join this intimate cocktail party disguised as a bridal show next weekend at the always amazing Glenmoor Country Club!

If you are looking for an Akron wedding experience that your guests will not forget, grab your tickets before they sell out! Listen to live music, meet over a dozen of Northeast Ohio's highest rated wedding professionals (ahem...like Black Dog Photo Co.!)  and learn how Glenmoor and their preferred vendors can make your Akron or Canton wedding absolutely perfect! If you have not experienced an event at Glenmoor Country Club,  it is out of this world. 

$10 per person. Includes champagne toast, a complimentary cocktail, hors d'oeuvres and SWAG bags for the bride!

Contact Abbey Samson, Wedding Coordinator at 330-526-2209 or asamson@glenmoorcc.com to make your reservations today! Be sure to tell her that Black Dog Photo Co. sent you! 
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<![CDATA[Gorgeous Greystone Hall Wedding featured in Today's Bride | Akron Wedding Photographer]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://blackdogphotoco.com/black-dog-photo-blog/gorgeous-greystone-hall-wedding-featured-in-todays-brideWe were thrilled to see Chris and Sarah's fabulous Akron Wedding featured on Today's Bride last week! Today's Bride is Northeast Ohio's trusted resource when it comes to all things wedding, whether you are planning an event in Akron or Cleveland!They took a moment to share some of the reasons that this Akron Wedding was such a perfect day for this adorable couple.  Check out all of the beauty and love from this stunning, elegant summer wedding! 

Please click here to visit Today's Bride's website: 
http://todaysbride.com/real-weddings/2018/02/08/sarah-chris-real-wedding/ 
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<![CDATA[How to Choose a Wedding Photographer | Akron Wedding Photographer | Cleveland Wedding Photographer]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:38:55 GMThttp://blackdogphotoco.com/black-dog-photo-blog/how-to-choose-a-wedding-photographer-akron-wedding-photographer-cleveland-wedding-photographer
Hopefully you checked out the video, and got some good tips on how to choose a wedding photographer. We thought we would share a few more with you, so that you can make the best decision when choosing this important part of your wedding day. 

Cleveland Wedding Photo of a couple in front of the Cleveland skyline.
Wonderful photo of a bride and groom in front of the Cleveland skyline, with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a background. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Step 1- Get online and find some photographers whose work stands out. You'll know it when you see it! Also, hit up your social media feeds. Ask for recommendations, you probably have friends who have recently been married, or been a bride or bridesmaid in wedding. They'll be able to give you some ideas of photographers to check out. 
Akron Wedding Photo of a couple at a rustic barn wedding.
Gorgeous sunset photo from a rustic barn wedding. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Step 2- Figure out your favorite style of wedding photography. Do you prefer a vintage look, with light and airy backgrounds? Something more traditional? A candid or photojournalistic style, with very few posed portraits? Or maybe something edgy, but bright and clean? All of these styles of wedding photography can be awesome for a Cleveland or Akron wedding, just figure out which is your favorite. 
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a couple on E. 4th St. in Cleveland.
A little color left in the sky and some pretty clouds make for a striking image on E. 4th St. in Cleveland. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Step 3- Interview some of your favorite wedding photographers in person. Once you have narrowed down they style of wedding photography you are looking for, set up appointments to visit your favorite wedding photographers. There are a few good reasons to meet with your potential wedding photographer in person. Most importantly, you really want to feel comfortable with the personality of your photographer. If you are comfortable and relaxed with your photographers, you will love your wedding images. You'll also want to make sure you know who your photographer will be, some large studios hire associate photographers, which can be great, just make sure you know who you are getting . 
Akron Wedding Photo of a couple kissing at Indigo Lake in the Cuyahoga Valley.
Sharing a special moment at Indigo Lake, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Step 4- Discuss your investment. All wedding photographers have different packages and pricing, so don't be afraid to ask questions. It's important to understand exactly what you are getting for your investment. Is there a time limit? Does the package include a wedding album? Do you receive a copyright with your photos? These are all good things to know. 
Cleveland Wedding photo of a wedding ceremony at the Glidden House.
What a stunning location for a wedding ceremony! The Glidden House in Cleveland is just perfection. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Step 5- Make your choice. There's a lot of great wedding photographers out there, so how to choose? Trust your instinct. You will be spending a good portion of your wedding day with your wedding photographers, so be comfortable and be sure your personalities click. 
Akron Wedding Photo of a couple at Blue Heron.
So dreamy. We just love this image of Jacob and Katie at Blue Heron. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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<![CDATA[Gordon and Stephanie's Downtown Cleveland, Arcade Wedding | Cleveland Wedding Photographer]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:11:24 GMThttp://blackdogphotoco.com/black-dog-photo-blog/gordon-and-stephanies-downtown-cleveland-arcade-wedding-cleveland-wedding-photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a bride and groom on East Fourth Street
In love with this photo of Gordon and Stephanie on E. 4th St. in Cleveland! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer


What an awesome Cleveland wedding with Gordon and Stephanie! We started the day at the Hyatt in the the Arcade downtown with everyone getting dressed for the big day. After a touching and emotional first look (check out the photos below and try not to cry), it was off to the inner harbor for some iconic Cleveland skyline photos. It was an absolutely perfect day, and the photos look awesome! Once we wrapped up the photos, the limo took us back to the Arcade for the wedding ceremony. It's a stunning location, certainly living up to it's reputation as one of the best in the city for a Cleveland Wedding. Next it was time to party! The DJ Crew kept the party rocking, and we even snuck across the street for a final photo of the couple on E. 4th St! Thanks to an amazing Bride and Groom for having us as their wedding photographers!

sit.stay.smile.
​Ryan & Ashley

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It's all about the details, and these are gorgeous! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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The Groom, reading a letter from his bride. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a bride and groom having their first look at the Arcade.
A touching moment, just before their first look. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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I think he likes her... | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a bride's bouquet.
Beautiful bouquet. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a couple in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In the CLE. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a bride and groom on Lake Erie.
A perfect day on Lake Erie for Wedding Photos. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a couple at Nuevo.
Thanks for letting us borrow your building Nuevo! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Bride at the Cleveland Arcade.
Anticipation. About to walk down the aisle at the Cleveland Arcade. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a bride at the Arcade for her wedding ceremony.
I can't think of a more dramatic entrance for a bride! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a bride entering her ceremony at the Arcade.
Here comes the bride. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a reception at the Arcade.
Gorgeous settings for the reception at the Arcade. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a cake at the Arcade.
The cake topper, with the Arcade as a background. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a couple kissing at their reception at the Arcade.
The guests were excited for the introduction, and ready to party! | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a first dance at a reception at the Arcade.
The first dance at the Arcade. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Cleveland Wedding Photo of a couple at the Arcade.
Black Dog Photo Co., LLC Published by Ryan Smas Page Liked · August 30, 2017 · The historic Arcade above, and the party below. | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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<![CDATA[Steve and Emily's Cuyahoga Valley, Todaro's Party Center Wedding | Akron Wedding Photographer]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:39 GMThttp://blackdogphotoco.com/black-dog-photo-blog/steve-and-emilys-cuyahoga-valley-todaros-party-center-wedding-akron-wedding-photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a bride and groom at sunset
Epic. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Steve and Emily's Akron wedding day started at the hotel were everyone was getting ready for the big day. After everyone was looking their very best, we headed to Indigo Lake, in the Cuyahoga Valley, for a touching first look (Emily gave Steve a letter she had written to Steve two years ago, there were tears) and portraits with the bridal party. The park is looking beautiful, with the fall colors starting to show through. Once we had captured some awesome wedding photography, it was off to Todaro's Party Center, and Akron classic, for the wedding ceremony and wedding reception. It was a perfect day for an outdoor wedding ceremony! We even managed to time up a stunning Ohio sunset. Once the formalities were finished, everyone let their hair down and let loose on the Todaro's dance floor! Thanks so much to a wonderful bride and groom for having us as their wedding photographer!
Akron wedding photo of the groom's details.
Pretty boutonnière and a sharp suit. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Emily's sister, finishing up getting her into her wedding gown. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a bride's bouquet
Stunning bouquet! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a first look at Indigo Lake
Emily gave Steve a letter she wrote to him in 2014 during their first look. Talk about a sweet moment. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a couple at Indigo Lake
Love | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a bridal party at Indigo Lake.
The Bridal Party at Indigo Lake, in the Cuyahoga Valley | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a couple in wild flowers in the Cuyahoga Valley.
The goldenrod was in full bloom, and looked amazing with Steve's navy suit! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a couple in wild flowers in the Cuyahoga Valley.
I think he likes her. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a bride and groom in wild flowers.
Loving all of the colors. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a bride and her father walking down the aisle at Todaro's.
Here comes the bride, down the aisle at Todaro's beautiful outdoor ceremony location. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a bride walking down the aisle with her dad.
A touching moment between the bride and her father. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of an outdoor ceremony at Todaro's.
The ceremony location at Todaro's is intimate and beautiful. | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a bride and groom exiting their ceremony at Todaro's.
Celebrating with bubbles! | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a cake at Todaro's.
Just a gorgeous cake. | Akron Wedding Photographer
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Think these two are having a good time? | Akron Wedding Photographer
Akron Wedding Photo of a couple smoking cigars at Todaro's.
The couple that smokes cigars together, well, I don't know, but these two sure look adorable! | Akron Wedding Photographer
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<![CDATA[Our favorite moments of 2017]]>Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:30:30 GMThttp://blackdogphotoco.com/black-dog-photo-blog/our-favorite-moments-of-2017We can't believe that 2018 is already here!

It is officially engagement season and we are so excited to be filling up our 2018 schedule and well into 2019! We are having the best time meeting all of our new couples, but we can't help to think back to some of the AMAZING weddings that we were so lucky to capture in 2017.  A huge thank you to all of our fabulous couples for making 2017 our best yet. We cannot wait to see what our 2018 weddings bring! 
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<![CDATA[Add a little sparkle to your wedding day! |Akron Wedding Photographer]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:31:28 GMThttp://blackdogphotoco.com/black-dog-photo-blog/add-a-little-sparkle-to-your-wedding-day-akron-wedding-photographer
Photo of a bride and groom with the word LOVE in sparklers at Snow Trails Ski Resort
Sparklers can add a special touch to the end of your wedding reception! |Akron Wedding Photographer|Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Wedding Sparkler exit Holy Martyers Church MedinaA perfect moment to end the night! |Akron Wedding Photographer |Cleveland Wedding Photographer

Be Looking for a fun way customize your wedding?

You've already made your grand entrance as the new Mr. & Mrs. and it is time to decide on how to make a statement with your exit.
Sparkler portraits and exits are a fun and easy way to add a little sparkle to your day! Below are some tips to a winning sparkler exit for your big day:

*Go Big. 
Shop around to find large sparklers that are meant specifically for weddings. Capture the magic with sparklers that are 10", 20" or even 30" long and are virtually smokeless. These are the best choice for a sparker exit because they allow your wedding guests have plenty of time to light them for a beautiful effect. The regular sized sparklers burn out very quickly, and by the time the end of the line gets theirs lit, the start of the line has already burned out. Not exactly a picture perfect moment! 

*Slow Down.
Be sure to enjoy the moment and go slowly through the line of wedding guests! Smile, laugh and even stop to kiss for a moment as you make your way through your sparkler tunnel. Your friends and family want to send you off with a bang. Be sure to soak in that last moment before you ride off into the night with your NEW spouse! 

*Be Playful.
Be open to trying new things and have fun with the late evening and night photos. It is a great opportunity to take a moment to get away from the craziness of the wedding reception and enjoy a little snuggle time! We can get creative using the sparkers to make a special design or even a word to create a magical photograph. 

*Be Safe
Ok, definitely going to sound like a Mom and a Dad here, but you do want to take some precautions when dealing with flames and wedding guests! Be sure to check in with your venue to see if there are any guidelines that you need to follow in order to have sparklers on site. Things to consider include being prepared with a safe vessel to put the hot sticks when you are through with them, having enough lighters to go around and identifying someone to help coordinate the guests and help them with lighting the sparklers. 

We cannot wait to create a unique and beautiful moment with you this wedding season! 
Ryan and Ashley 

Bride and Groom with Sparkler Heart Gish Barn
Sparklers add a huge "Wow" factor to end of the night wedding portraits! |Akron Wedding Photographer|Cleveland Wedding Photographer
Sparkler Exit Wedding St. Rocco's Church Cleveland
What a way to exit the church! |Akron Wedding Photographer|Cleveland Wedding Photographer
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