Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Joe | Rockdale Temple Bar Mitzvah | BB Riverboat | Dayton Ohio Photographer

When Heather, a talented family photographer, first contacted me to cover her son's Bar Mitzvah and celebration luncheon on the BB Riverboat, The River Queen, I immediately wanted to do it.

Then I worried about the sad, sad fact that I don't swim.

Am actually quite terrified of deep water.

And thus began the months of quietly trying to figure out how to surreptitiously wear orange arm floaties while shooting on a boat. 

Because I...

really wanted to photograph this.
(and I'm also trying to overcome my fears and all that jazz.)

I'm happy to report that I pulled it off without a panic attack (or a flotation device) and I'm so very glad that I took this event.  I met the most adorable family - a mother and father who radiated joy and pride, a sister who was the life of the party, a cute rascal of a baby brother and a sweet, freckled faced boy who shined with happiness.  And I witnessed and documented an extraordinarily beautiful ceremony rich with tradition and meaning.

The Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati is breathtaking.

The Ark is beautiful.  It seemed to radiate light.

Reading the Torah.

I really enjoyed seeing a community of loved ones reading with Joe.

I love this moment.

Mother and Father spoke words of love and inspiration to Joe.  It was a lovely moment to witness and many people, including me, were tearing up along with them.

The River Queen, BB Riverboat in Cincinnati

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Gina & Wes | Dayton Wedding Photographer | Holiday Inn, Beavercreek

Gina and Wes planned an intimate wedding with 60 of their closest friends and family.  I particularly love small weddings because the atmosphere is very relaxed and cozy.  The bride and groom can chat with each of their guests at length and it's very personal.  In fact, Gina and Wes invited their friend and tattoo artist to perform the marriage ceremony.  I'm always happy to hear that the officiant knows the couple personally.

We ran into a small hiccup at the beginning of the day when hair/makeup took a bit longer than expected, but Gina looked amazing and I quickly made up for lost time.  Gina was composed and calm; the very picture of a collected bride.  When I first met Gina months ago, she seemed a bit reserved in nature.  So when she walked in with shining, dark curls, alabaster skin and ruby lips my jaw dropped.  Stunning!

 Wes is tall.  Very tall.  He towers over Gina.  And suddenly those fabulous 4" heels Gina was wearing made perfect sense.

Gina's mother walked her down the aisle.

I spoke with Gina's grandmother in the bridal suite.  She's the sweetest lady and she told about her experience in the Xenia Tornado of '74.

 Gina and her sister Grace.

Venue and Catering:  Holiday Inn Beavercreek/Fairborn

Holiday Inn Coordinator: Katlyn Farmer

Hair: Brook at Affinity Salon and Day Spa

MUA: Shauna a Affinity Salon and Day Spa

Florist: The Flower Stop

Cake Artist:  Tiers of Sugar

DJ: Absolute-DJs.com

Bride's Dress: Youngs Bridal

Bride's Shoes: Menbur

Grooms Attire: Gregory's Tuxedos

Wedding Party Attire: Gregory's Tuxedos and Bella Divine