Photography by Hilary: Blog en-us (C) Photography by Hilary [email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:37:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:37:00 GMT Photography by Hilary: Blog 120 80 Cleveland Engagement Session Dawn + Paul  


How can I even start? I had SO much fun with Dawn + Paul shooting their engagement photos. We had an amazing day full of fun and excitement. We started in a beautiful setting at Brandy Wine Falls, one of Ohio’s largest waterfalls. After such a long winter for everyone, it felt so good just to get back into the outdoors. Fresh air, natural beauty... It was the perfect place to start.

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Getting to know these two awesome people really made me feel great. Believe me, I always get along with all of my couples that I get the chance to meet.  But I think that Dawn, Paul and I really connected on a different level. We have similar interests. We laughed at the same jokes. We really had a great time. It was like I was hanging out with old friends.

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These guys were fun. I mean seriously, we laughed the entire time. After the waterfall, we made the journey to downtown Cleveland. After hitting up East 4th, they took me to the spot where Dawn took Paul on their first date. A small abandoned building in the flats covered in graffiti. With such rich textures and fantastic art up on the wall, it really made for a special spot for their engagement photos.

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After spending the day with them, I really can’t wait for their big day to come. Their engagement session helped us form a bond of trust. Once their wedding day comes, they can focus on enjoying every moment of their special day. They will know that I will be there, right by their side, to tell their story in the best way possible.


Enjoy the slideshow below of most of my favorites! 

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Mentor Wedding Photographer Amanda + Nick Amanda + Nick 


I wanted to share some of my favorite images from my first wedding of the season. I was second shooting for my friend Melody of Photography by Melody. We always have so much fun working together, and this time was no different.

On the way to the wedding, it just started pouring buckets of rain. It was a shame because we had planned to go to Mentor Headlands Beach for pictures after the ceremony. But the rain didn’t dampen anyone’s mood (get the pun).  After arriving, I got to go take some picture of Nick and his guys getting ready. They had spent the morning fishing together and were gearing up for the rest of the day’s festivities.

I always like working with the guys when I second shoot. It’s a completely different atmosphere than being surrounded by the Bride and the rest of the ladies. Guys just like to be tucked away and left to their antics. Cracking jokes, relaxing, and then cracking more jokes… but I know deep down they are just as pumped for the day ahead as everyone else. 

After a beautiful ceremony at St. Bede’s Church, we were happy to see that the rain had stopped and left us with a gorgeous sky and a perfect temperature. With a crazy bridal party in tow, we headed over to the beach and got some hilarious shots…. O-H-I-O from both the girls and the guys. Again, I was just backing up Melody who I am sure got pictures that blow mine away. I snuck in my shots in between. Everyone had an amazing time and had a lot of fun. We made it back just in time for the Happy Couple to start their receiving line at La Vera Party Center.  Toasts were made, dinner was served, and the night officially started with a very sweet first dance with the happy couple. I’m sure everyone danced until the lights came on…

Amanda + Nick, I wish you the best of everything. It was an honor being a part of your special day!

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[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Ohio Wedding beach mentor photography wedding Mon, 12 May 2014 19:58:00 GMT
Railyard Shoot Out


Last fall a friend and fellow photographer Abe Robinson of Blind 7 Photography approached me about an idea for a project.  He wanted to collaborate with local photographers, models, make up artists and videographers. Here was the premise: two models, two dresses and an amazing location. He picked 4 photographers and a video team to document the entire process. Blind 7, Photography by Hilary, Fractured Photography, and Lux Aeterna Imaging all participated in the shootout. All of these images in my blog are shots that I took of the models that day.


He wanted to show how well different creative visions can come together, create amazing artwork and all get along. Comradery in the industry is something that is not always found, but when it is, amazing things can happen. 


Abe selected an incredible location for the shoot. Midwest Railway Preservation Society is located on the west side of Cleveland and is home to a wide range of historical and abandoned train cars. It was such a rich and textured environment for a photoshoot. We were like kids in a candy store selecting which train car we would go in, or which background would work  best for the style we would each be going for.  

Makeup Artist Juliet Blind did an amazing job on our two models. We had a white dress and a black dress designed by Devoid and Deveil.  Our models, Katelynn E. Newberry and Mandy Lou were both fantastic to work with. It was my first time working with professional models wearing designer dresses in flawless makeup.  It opened up my creativity to new levels and I had an amazing time.


Speaking of my creativity, I could not write another word without mentioning Jessica, of Jessica Vidmar Photography. Jess has been my friend and constant inspiration for many years now. When we work together we push each other to go beyond our comfort zone and create visually stunning images that we can both be proud of. I could not imagine having anyone else along with me on such a project. 


So the original idea was that a video production company captured behind the scenes footage of the day. There was even a host who interviewed all the photographers on their creative process.  After some time, a teaser video was released that got everyone excited to see the final project.  Unfortunately, the project never got finished, and the idea was canned. The video guy gave some excuse about getting too busy to finish the project. It was an utter disappointment. Everyone came together on a beautiful day back in September to make something special. Fun was had. Creativity was found. Beautiful Images were created. And friends were made. It was a success on all of those fronts, and by no means a waste of time. I think it was just a failure in communication and a lack of completion on the back end. That being said, I wanted to share with you some of my best images from the day, as well as a couple fun behind the scenes shots. I had an amazing time and I look forward to working with all of these people in the future! 

Here is a link to the teaser video to show how awesome it was going to be:

Focus Teaser -- AA from DennisShanaberg on Vimeo.

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Michelle + William 06.14.13 Little Italy Cleveland Wedding  


Classic. Elegant.
Those are the two words I would describe Michelle + Will's special day. A beautiful ceremony at the Holy Rosary Church downtown in Little Italy was just the start of the day. As we made our way through the busy streets of our charming little district of Cleveland, we really had a great time. After that, we went to the Cultural Gardens along MLK to grab some super romantic shots of the two of them. I love the image of the two of them walking towards one another and coming together in a warm embrace! Definitely one of my favorites from the day! 
The rest of the evening was in the beautiful Pine Ridge Country Club. I can never complain about spending my time there! Their large white room is completely... well, classic and elegant. Perfect for these two wonderful people.  I couldn't be happier for them! Here are some of my favorites from the day! Enjoy ~

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Cleveland little italy photography wedding Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:57:00 GMT
Gina + Dan Engagement Session ~ Fuel the love

So all of this started because of a quick question from Dan during the initial consultation. "Can you make a gas station look cool?" Hmm... hadn't heard that one yet. But, I am always up for something different, so I ask him why? It turns out they have a story straight out of a movie book. They randomly met at a gas station in Mentor almost seven years ago. It is such a cute story about how they saw each other through the window and exchanged a smile. Dan stopped her before she pulled away to ask her for her number. Ah.. I love hearing stories like theirs. 

"And here we are, six years later." 
melt my heart...

So we decided to go with the theme of how they met. We journeyed down to Mesopotamia, Ohio to the End of the Commons General Store and old fashioned gas station next door for their engagement shoot.

Here are some of my favorites, and as always, enjoy the slideshow at the end!


Please enjoy the slideshow!
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Nina + Dustin Mansfield Reformatory Wedding  

I can not say this enough. I LOVED SHOOTING THIS WEDDING.I think I really just loved this couple :) From the first moment I met Nina, I think we understood each other perfectly. It was like I was just met someone who I've known for years. She mentioned she was getting married at Mansfield Reformatory (now, the ohio state reformatory, but I've always known it as just 'mansfield') Now, the only other time I have been to this venue was about ten years ago when I visited for their annual haunted house. It's an old haunted prison!
I couldn't have been more excited! Now, I love shooting weddings. They are fun and the people are great. But THIS is my kind of wedding. Non-traditional to the extreme. I was in heaven.
Vintage Sideshow was the theme the picked out, and it transformed what is normally a very spooky place into a venue that was perfect for the two of them. Nina looked stunning! Absolutely beautiful. Dustin was perfect too! They are such sweet, kind and down to earth people. It was an absolute honor being part of their special day. I could go on and on, but I will let the photos speak for themself. At the end, please enjoy a very special slideshow put together for the happy couple. Enjoy ~










A few of the photos in the slideshow were taken by my friend and extremely talented 2nd shooter, Melody Peltoma

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Cleveland Mansfield Reformatory Northeast Ohio Photographer Wedding photography Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:46:00 GMT
Geneva Lodge Wedding Photographer : Ellie + John  



Vintage. Elegant. Glam.

My first wedding of the year was absolutely amazing. A beautiful April day at Geneva Lodge with two wonderful people. Ellie gathered breathtaking inspirations from pinterest to achieve a homogenized style for her special day from beginning to end. The small details worked into every facet from her antique broach on her dress to her dazzling bouquet from Daughter's Florist.
I am so lucky to work with such amazing people. This was a wonderful way to start the year!
Here are some of my favorites from the day.


And Ellie... oh, Ellie.. words can not even start to describe.. how absolutely gorgeous you are!! 
*and she is just as kind and sweet as she looks :) 
John is one lucky man!





Thank you both for an amazing day! I had so much fun working with you and all of your amazing friends and family! I wish you both the best of everything!



[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Lodge at Geneva on the Lake Northeast Ohio Photographer photography wedding Sun, 05 May 2013 13:26:00 GMT
Northeast Ohio Family Portrait Photographer - Wasylyk Family
Ladies and gentlemen... I give you.. the magnificent Wasylyk family. 
total disclaimer: i love these guys. And I am totally honored to capture the first addition of their family, little Matthew
This is the second installment of Matt and Kim's FIRST YEAR BABY PACKAGE In these photos, Little Matt is one month old. We took some beautiful pictures as a newborn (slideshow here)
For the first shoot, I just wanted to focus on the little baby. Small details, natural light, his soft serene face... 
And then last week, we did these amazing pictures. Set in my studio, we did their first family portraits. Now, I went in tight & used dramatic lighting to really try to highlight their overwhelming love for this little man.. and each other :)
I couldn't have been happier with the results. Please enjoy, some of my favorites:

Sorry, I couldn't help but include this one. It just makes me smile :)

And now, feel free to enjoy their slideshow ~

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Geneva Photographer - Stephanie & JJ Engagement

It was both an honor and a privilege to photograph Stephanie and JJ's Engagement session. All I can say, is those two love birds are some troopers! 8 degree weather... doesn't stop them! so why would I let it stop me? I'm always up for a challenge. Besides some frosty, rosy cheeks, we had a fantastic time together on a brisk Sunday afternoon in NE Ohio. These two people are going to be amazing to work with come September. Genuine, fun and absolutely wonderful to photograph! Here are some of my personal favorites from the day! Enjoy ~

started off the day at Harpersfield Bridge

Next we were on our way to warm up at Ree's Corner Drug Store in downtown Geneva.
warmed up with a nice hot cup of coffee.




For more amazing pictures, please, enjoy the slideshow.

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Geneva Lodge Wedding Photographer - Matt + Kim's wedding album I am in love.  Album Epoca has won my heart.
From the moment I saw the big white box waiting for me when I got home the other night, I was overwhelmed with excitement. I almost teared up when I saw it was shipped direct right from Italy.
Matt and Kim's Wedding Album had arrived. My very first wedding album since starting my business just a year ago. #milestone
I made a decision to go with these particular albums with because of the artistry and craft that go into making them.
Not to mention the awesome variety that they offer! Wait until you see the cover for my sample album! This album is perfect for Matt and Kim. The leather cover, the 'arum lily' imprint, the gorgeous pictures, their smiles beaming back at me, all the way to the final touch, my name plate at the end of the album. i was breathless
Album Epoca, you have me for life.

I want to show you what my words can not. My only regret is not recording Matt and Kim's reaction last night of them opening their very first family heirloom. So it was an honor to witness them re-live that special day just over a year ago when they embarked on their amazing life-long journey together.
I am honored I got to be such a great part of preserving their special day.  



Yep. It's even wrapped in satin...


Now isn't that better than a disc?

It's up to you. 

Album Epoca ladies and gentlemen. Only the best for my brides :) 

"creating unique products to celebrate extraordinary moments"  
Couldn't have said it better myself.

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Lodge at Geneva on the Lake Northeast Ohio Photographer photography wedding Sun, 09 Dec 2012 20:19:00 GMT
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Melisa + Damon

Saturday September 22 was an absolutely beautiful day to get married. I couldn't have been happier to spend the day with Melisa & Damon. They picked a magnificent venue. Gervasi Vineyard in Canton is a little slice of Italy in our own back yard. Every single detail in the Villas from the plaster walls to the oversized wooden doors to the sprawling vineyard in every direction gave the day that extra special touch. Everyone was just blown away. And to be there with these two people, it was perfect. 
Melisa and Damon are very much in love. You could see it in their eyes, all day, every time they smiled at one another. And, I have to mention it, Damon's reaction to seeing her the first time was one of the sweetest things I've ever seen. They were both just totally happy and having a blast all day.  
Even when a HUGE storm came through about 20 minutes after the ceremony. It soaked everything, and we couldn't go out and shoot the landscape like we would've liked. It didn't even phase them, they were just having a good time. Who knew we would have the opportunity later to go out and get some of those special shots. That dip of them kissing in the vineyard is hands down, one of my favorite pictures I've ever taken. 
Thank you to the happy couple for letting me capture your day. It was an absolute blast, and I wish the two of you the absolute best. Enjoy some of my favorites, and at the end, check out the slideshow from the day! ~

Enjoy the slideshow below:

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Destination Wedding Photographer - Brandon + Amber Mt. Rainier, Washington

What can I say about Brandon and Amber. My beautiful friends, beautiful in so many different ways.  If you know me, you know that I consider my closest friends family. There isn’t much I wouldn’t do for them.  I count these two in that category. I love these guys.
And a long time ago, I think it was the Zephyr in Kent, Amber confided in me that the two of them had decided to take off and get married in Washington State. They had the most perfect place picked out. They knew it was far away, and how not everyone would be able to swing it, and  yadda yadda. I looked her right in the eye, and said, ‘well you know you can count me and jim in.’ I didn’t even wait for her to ask. It was settled. And from that moment on… I was tingling with excitement about this trip.
We were going to the west coast. And we are going to the side of a big ol’ mountain to see our sweet beautiful friends get married. It turned out 31 people total made the trip to just outside Mount Rainer National Park. We stayed in the most beautiful place imaginable. Hands down. I’ve never been anywhere so magical. We had awesome cabins in the middle of the woods, and we were surrounded by a wonderful group of family and friends.
The sanctuary in the middle of the forest was breathtaking. The bridal cottage looked like it came right out of a fairy tale. It couldn’t have been more perfect for these two. I’m so incredibly happy for them. And completely honored that they let me capture their story, and share it’s beauty.  

Wow, those are some great pictures :)
And now, please enjoy their slideshow.
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Willoughby Wedding Photographer - Sara + Mike Engagement It was a beautiful day in downtown Willoughby. I had the pleasure of shooting Sara & Mike's engagement photos. It was great getting a chance to get to know these two a little better. They are very much in love and are extremely sweet to one another. You can tell when they look in each others eyes. Their love just beams of their faces. I'm very much looking forward to capturing their special day next year. Can't wait. But until then, here are a couple of my favorites from the day.




Can't wait guys!
Here is a slideshow of the whole shoot!

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Engagement Northeast Ohio Ohio Photographer Wedding Willoughby photography Sun, 19 Aug 2012 19:03:00 GMT
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Jessica + Patrick
It hit me like a ton of bricks last Sunday. I was driving a golf cart from one location to the next. I look to my right and I see this gorgeous bride sitting next to me. This woman is also one of my favorite people I have ever met. Jessica Vidmar, yes of Jessica Vidmar Photography, I know! She is awesome!
So I am running around shooting her wedding. And I look at her. And I'm like, God! This is why I love shooting my friend's weddings. I get to hang out with them, like all day. More than anyone else.  How selfish am I? I get to be there to try to tell their story in the most beautiful ways I am possibly capable of. I get to be there as a pillar of support. I get to be the witness of some of the most special moments of their lives. No offense to the hundreds of wedding guests out there, but I have front row seat. And I love it! I'm terrible. But I love these guys! 
I was lucky this year. Two weddings, this one, and one just about a month prior, were for some incredibly special people in my life. And I was there. Every step of the way.
Ok. I'm sorry. I'll get to the task at hand. I just had to put something in here about how special of a day it really was, for everyone.
So here is my story for Jessica and Pat. Followed by my faves from the day.
Two people in love. Three photographers. A fantastic group of family and friends. And a farm. Brookside Farms in Louisville, Ohio provided the perfect setting for a perfect day. Every aspect of the day felt homespun and handmade with its own unique charm.  


Now, I knew Jess' smile would beam brighter than the sun on her special day. But I had no idea red lipstick was going to come in the picture!  OMG

A fantastic new spin on a wedding day: a first look. A special, private moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time before the ceremony. You end up with some amazing personal moments beautifully captured.
Jess was so excited to see him. And I think it's pretty safe to say, he wasn't disappointed.



Oh, yes they did!

And guess what, Pat just happens to be a rock star!

Thank you, Pat and Jess! It was an honor to being a part of capturing your special day. 

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Cleveland Family Photographer - little baby henry Last week, I got a chance to meet little mr. henry.  Henry is only 3 weeks new to this world. What a head of hair! He made me smile every time I looked at him. A sweet thing. He likes to eat, he likes to sleep. He did a fantastic job of tolerating me and my camera. Every time he did wake up and get a little fussy, his mom was there to scoop him up and show him some love. Ashley was very sweet with her little man. And I think we got some really great shots of them together. 
Here are some of my favorites, and please feel free to check out the slideshow I made of some of the rest. There were just too many cute ones to only show a few!

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Cleveland Northeast Ohio Photographer baby family photography studio Mon, 30 Jul 2012 20:08:00 GMT
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Mr. & Mrs. O'Dell Not long ago, I had the privilege of shooting an adorable couple. Andrea & Danny O'Dell were an absolute joy to work with. The happy couple had tied the not in Jamaica one month prior. But now was their chance to really celebrate with family and friends. It was a sunny, perfect day at Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Everyone came together to congratulate the happy couple over an American Style backyard cookout. Complete with burgers and hotdogs. The Pioneer Shelter was beautifully decorated with some of the most gorgeous flowers I have seen all year. 

Andrea & Danny. What can I say. Lovely. Kind. Adorable. Danny was funny and charming. And Andrea's smile just beamed every time she looked at him. It was so sweet. Her breathtaking beauty was complimented perfectly by her overwhelming grace. When you are around two amazing people so much in love, you automatically feel warm and welcome. I could have kept taking pictures for days.
I could go on. But for now, take a look at some of my favorites from the day.  And I think you will see what I'm trying to say.

OH! I forgot to mention one of the coolest parts!! They had an ICE CREAM TRUCK! A fantastic surprise for everyone. Everyone was instantly 6 again deciding what treat they would pick. It was a perfect addition to an already perfect day!


[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Cleveland Northeast Ohio Ohio Photographer photography wedding Mon, 30 Jul 2012 19:33:00 GMT
Northeast Ohio Family Photographer - Little Miss Katherine Oh little Katherine. An absolute doll. But don't let these adorable sweet pictures fool you, she was on the move... the whole time!  Sweet little girl gave me a run for it! But we had a really great time. Coulby Park in Wickliffe was a great setting for portraits. It was a sunny summer day in Ohio, and I had the joy of photographing this beautiful little girl. Katherine had one of the prettiest pair of blue eyes I have ever seen! (not to mention an awesome hairstyle!) So I was instantly taken. She could've run me around all day!
Here are my favorites! Enjoy!

Here is the awesome Slideshow!!
She is an absolute beauty!

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Cleveland Wedding Photographer - Beautiful Wedding in North Ridgeville Here is a teaser from a wedding that I did a few weeks back. Ashley and Kyle. Two beautiful people, very much in love. I got the privilege to share in the celebration of their special day. We had a lot of fun together! I mean, how many bride and grooms do you know who are cool enough to go to Friendly's to share a milkshake together for their pictures? It was where they met so many years back. How sweet is that? After that, we went over to Willoway Nursery. (just so you know, it's a photographer's dream **thank you David Paul)
And could I ask for a more beautiful bride, or a more handsome groom! Making my job easy. I won't lie. :)
Here are some of my favorites to tease them while they wait for the rest to be done. Enjoy!





[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Cleveland Northeast Ohio Ohio Photographer Wedding military photography wedding Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:42:00 GMT
Destination Wedding Photographer - Sunny Seattle So how often does the sun shine in Seattle? Just when I come to town. Mostly. Well it sure did the day I went out to shoot Amanda & Q's engagement photos. You want to talk about a fun shoot!! I was in heaven. I'm pretty sure the beautiful couple had some fun too.  I was in a new city, downtown at Pike Place Market, and there was so much going on! So much variety to work with. That part of the city is just alive with color & texture & sound ... & even smell. I couldn't stay by the fish market too long. 
Besides the fish market smell, I mean, we walked one square block and got all of these amazing pictures! I really had a blast photographing these too. I'm so happy with how the pictures came out. I just keep getting better & better. OK, ok. I'll stop. 
I'll just show some of my favorites:


Q just knocks you away with that gaze! And Amanda, beautiful Amanda. So Pretty. I can't wait. Hopefully I get to photograph them down in Jamaica for their special day.  I'm getting into this destination thing. Can't stop me now!

Feel free to enjoy the slideshow:


[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Photographer Seattle Wedding destination photographer engagement photography wedding Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:13:00 GMT
Willoughby Wedding Photographer - Dana + Rod Wow. Time can fly. This wedding was almost a month ago now.
Here are some of my favorites from an absolutely wonderful couple I had the privilege to photograph last month. I was working for the incredible Jessica Vidmar on this one. It was a perfect day on Cinco de Mayo (hence the sombreros) at some gorgeous locations. This also was the first time I got to photograph at the Pine Ridge Country Club. That place is gorgeous! All that light pouring into that room. I was in heaven. 
The long and short of it is that it was a beautiful day, with beautiful people. I was happy to be a part of it all!


[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Cleveland Northeast Ohio Ohio Photographer photography wedding willoughby Sun, 03 Jun 2012 09:10:00 GMT
Northeast Ohio Wedding Photographer - Brandon + Amber Engagement
So I know I haven’t blogged in a while. But I’m still here. And I just did one of my most favorite photo shoots of all time.
Two of the most beautiful people I know, in an absolutely gorgeous location. I mean, disclaimer here, these are two of my best friends. I love them. I have shared many, many special moments with these two wonderful people. And in just about a month, we will all fly across the country to witness their marriage in front of Mt. Reiner.
I couldn’t be happier sharing such a special day with these two amazing people.
I was doing my best to capture a piece of their intense love for one another with their engagement pictures at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The day was perfect. I was on my game. And my camera was on fire. And these two lit up the forest. 
enjoy. feel free to check out the slideshow below.  






Brandon and Amber Engagement

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Cleveland Northeast Ohio Ohio Photographer engagement photography wedding Mon, 21 May 2012 18:58:00 GMT
the Hagans Down at the Old Mill in Geneva with my folks last Thursday, enjoying some live music with fine group of people.  It was a great environment, and everyone was having a good time. I was watching the band, and I saw the opportunity for a moment that should be captured. I saw some people taking pictures with their cellphones, and I thought to myself, "no. this memory deserves something better than a cell phone pic." (don't' get me wrong. i love my iPhone:) But I happened to have my gear in the car, so I went out and grabbed it. And I think I may have caught the mood.


Looking back on the pictures when I was editing, it made me realize something about this family. 
They are one, special, amazing group of people. And I'm so happy that they are part of my life. 
i should say thank you. I mean, you did introduce my parents. and today, april 29th. they are celebrating 34 years of marriage.  so, thank you.
please enjoy my slideshow: the Hagans

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Sun, 29 Apr 2012 11:56:00 GMT
my love of weddings and my new slideshow
I was talking with a friend who just got engaged recently. She was asking if I would shoot her wedding, or if I just wanted to be a guest. And my response really sums it all up how I feel about wedding photography. It's not just a job. It's my passion. I love what I do. And it's an honor every time I get to share that experience with a family. I mean, what better gift could I possible give, than the gift of their story, captured beautifully. I really do feel like I picked a great niche in photography. I mean, I get to photograph people in love. Capturing emotions are easy when they are smiles, kisses and hugs. When you can look at too people staring at one another, and see them staring into the eyes of the person they are going to spend the rest of their lives with, it can't help but move you. I'm blessed that I can share in their happiness.
Here is a collection of my photos from the last five years. enjoy.
Wedding slideshow

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Sat, 14 Apr 2012 10:13:00 GMT
Cinemagrams just blew my mind  

So this past holiday, I am at a large gathering of friends and family. And someone mentions to me these awesome moving pictures. They send me a link, and I am instantly memorized at how cool they are. Beautiful even. It's like part of the picture is alive!
THEN, at the next family dinner, my one-day-brother-in-law-to-be shows me that I can download an app on my phone and MAKE THESE MYSELF! In like two minutes!! My mind is blown
It changes how you can look at composition, story telling, hidden meanings. So often you look at a photo, and you make up a story in your head. Well, BAM. The picture is showing you part of the story! You can reveal a breath, a wink, a nudge, the future, the past... the possablities are endless. and I am tingly all over. how exciting! 
Seriously. When I saw them last week on my screen, I was impressed, mildly amused. But I never thought a simple little iPhone could be capable of such magic. What I know about movies is limited, but I've been interesting in dabbling for a bit now. This is like my transistion. And I'm having so much fun!!!

So here it is world, my little moving pictures. They are alive and well. and some are kind of creepy. And I LOVE THEM. Thank you to Tim and Bill for showing me another creative outlet. You have no idea how much it means to me. ~  

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:16:00 GMT
Photo walk Cleveland Lake View Cemetery My awesome friend, Abe from Blind 7 Photography hosts monthly photo walks in Cleveland. Last weekend, we went to Lake View Cemetery. It's been a long time since I tried to photograph a grave yard. Back to basics BW Photography 101. I Wish I took pictures this good back then. I should dig some up (pun) and post them along side these ones. (you can blame my father for my bad puns.)
It was my first time at Lake View. It was awesome. This is no little piddly cemetery. It's HUGE. I mean, it has a castle in it. We have a former president (in the castle), more Rockwells than you can count, Elliot Ness, even the guy who invented the traffic light!
It was pretty cool. No really, it was like 30 degrees. But the cold, cloudy weather just added to the atmosphere. With the sun nicely tucked away, I could really get in deep with some of the textures of the rock. So it worked to my advantage. I was shooting with my new 50mm 1.4, 30mm 1.4 and 10-24mm.  Obviously having a blast. I was crawling all over that place. Fun stuff. As always, a touch of fun afterwards with Lightroom and Nik Silver Effects adds a little flare~




Abe brought along a motley crew, and I had Megan with me. I think everyone had a pretty good time. I managed to grab a gorgeous portrait of her with the new 50. She is just too easy to photograph. 

Well, I'm looking forward to more of these throughout the year. I love shooting for fun. It's good for the head to go out and play. I mean, I usually have that in the back of my head regardless of whether or not I'm getting paid. But come on. 
All work and no play makes jack a dull boy 
All work and no play makes jack a dull boy 
All work and no play makes jack a dull boy 
All work and no play makes jack a dull boy 
All work and no play makes jack a dull boy 
(too much? sorry. i love leaving cinematic references. i hope someone appreciates them)

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Mon, 02 Apr 2012 18:56:00 GMT
with a little help from my friend I'm getting an opportunity to speak to a photography class at John Carroll University tomorrow. (insert sound effect: oooooOOOOoooo) The professor is a former teacher of mine, Lisa Burroughs. I met Lisa at my tenure at Kent State.  I was two or three years into my degree (photojournalism) at that point. But, honestly, she was my first teacher who really made me think that I could take a good picture. She saw something special in me that I don't even know if I saw at the time. She is still on of my very favorite people and best friends to this day, but a huge inspiration as well. I would not be here today if it weren't for her support.
For the third time now, she's invited me to speak to her class about what I do as a photographer. How I got here. What I still do to move forward. She gives me a chance to show my work. My professional work, and my beloved and precious silly stuff too. (Let's just say, I am a well rounded photographer.) I put a piece of myself into each and every photo I take. And it's because she told me it was okay to do that. 

I was in college, being pulled this way and that. I was taking really crappy pictures of sports (i don't know anything about sports) and feature shots and really bad black and white pictures of sidewalks (simply because I didn't have a car. I walked a lot). But she saw something in me, and she pushed it. 
And here I am. I love what I do. I really, REALLY love what I do. 
I love taking pictures. I love meeting new people, making them relax and feel beautiful. I get to go new places, and do different things everytday. I get to follow light, and try out new lenses, and just see where it all takes me. I mean, I never thought I would be a wedding photographer. But now, it's something totally different in my eyes. I get to share the most incredibly special day with people. I get to tell their story. I get to make them into pieces of art that will hang on their walls for years to come. They will look back at my pictures.. and smile. 

who knew? 
she did.
*thanks lisa

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:34:00 GMT
Little Lion Man This week I had the sheer enjoyment of photographing little Liam. I've never seen a little one year old move so fast. When he crawled, his knees never touched the carpet. ZOOM>>>> there he went. So cute though. A little bundle of love. Such a joy to photograph. Look at this little lion man.


Looking forward to making him smile for years to come:)
I would also like to mention, Photography by Hilary is now an official preferred photographer at the The Geneva Lodge. One of the loveliest places to hold any occasion down at good ol' GOTL. *wink wink nudge nudge* I grew up in Geneva, so it only made sense still living so close to home to reach out to such an establishment. Plus, I photographed a wedding there last fall and really had a nice experience. So they invited me to participate in a 'Grand Bride's Tasting Event' where I could display my work. small detail. I had 5 days to put my first full display together> I rocked it. I made some canvases and metal prints. I grabbed some crafty ideas off of  Pinterest, and took what I learned from some Today's Brides Shows. I was pretty happy with what I came up with. Go Van's Photo for the quick turn around. You guys rock! (full disclosure: i work there:) I got a chance to talk to a bride or two. But total upside I wasn't expecting, I met some really awesome local vendors. And got to hang out with some other really awesome local photographers, Paul Thomas Photography and Martello Photography. Giving up some props for the local peeps. :) Josh Woodward from Bloomers Florist and everyone else there was so friendly. So it was an awesome weekend. So looking forward to booking weddings only 15 minutes from home. :) not going to lie :)
Later in the week I went to a seminar on Senior photography with Sal Cincotta. He is, as always, very inspirational. And he makes me want to jump into this crazy world with every thing I have, all systems go, give it everything I have with every fiber of my being. I need that every once in a while. Like a big ol' kick from the behind. Someone saying, go on. Take it. It's yours. 

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Fri, 09 Mar 2012 18:14:00 GMT
Just Mauvelous darling... Have you ever just wanted to sit down and color a picture all the wrong colors?
I was coloring the other day and discovered my new favorite Crayola crayon. When I was little, I used to mix purple and pink crayons together on the page. I ended up with a muddy scribbly picture that didn't always turn out like I wanted to. But this crayon is the exact color I wanted. All along. 
So here is my tribute to the coolest name for a crayon since Macaroni & Cheese.
Because you look Mauvelous darling, just mauvelous!

[email protected] (Photography by Hilary) Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:27:00 GMT