Toledo -> San Francisco with Jake

Feb 8th at 4:00pm: One day after returning from covering Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, I am back in Toledo for 24 hours, with just enough time to unpack and repack. Tomorrow at 3pm I will jumping into the passenger seat of a Penske rental truck with Jake to help him make the move from the south end of Toledo, OH to San Francisco, CA.

This is a trip I have always wanted todo, but it has never worked out. This time I have an excuse to make the 2,670 mile drive across the United States. Some people call me crazy, but those who are always interested in an adventure and travel are super jealous.

I am going to be refreshing this blog daily, to keep everyone informed of the places we have stopped, the interesting and funny thing we have encountered and of course beautiful photographs!

Keep up with us on social media.

Instagram: @aweberphoto & @tenjake
Hashtag: #ToledotoSF

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Super Bowl 50

For the past 49 Super Bowls they have been using roman numerals. The 2016 Super Bowl in San Francisco would be a little different this year. They switched from using roman numeral L to using 50, which is a much better fit for branding. Another funky thing about this years Super Bowl is that everyone was saying it was in San Francisco, which actually isn’t true. The game is actually being played in Santa Clara, CA about an hour south of downtown San Francisco.

I was in San Francisco photographing a few different assignments for a my commercial clients. I didn’t photograph the game this year and I am perfectly ok with that. I worked on creating some features around the city to be used on social media and photographed a few different events.

Here are my favorite images from the weekend. Sometimes wandering around the city trying to create something unique and dynamic is just as rewarding as photographing the game winning touchdown.

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My Amazing Wife Stacy

Stacy-

This is to you, my amazing beautiful wife. 2016 is off to the best year yet and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. January felt like a whirlwind but as I am looking back, it was just the opposite. It was a jam packed worked week with my weekends off spending time with you.

I am so happy and proud that you are pursuing your fashion blog. It makes me even happier that I am the amazing photographer husband to gets to take the photographs. But the best part is, I get to look at the photographs from time to time and reflect on just how much you mean to me.

The support you give me day in and day out is truly special. The way you understand how this crazy photography world works and how running your own business isn’t as easy as it seems on paper! And when I came home with the crazy idea of getting a photo studio downtown, you were right on board with me!

So Thank you! I’m more in love with you today than I was yesterday!

PS: These are the photos that I have saved that I look back at and go… Damn your smoking hot! :)

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Branding Photos for Jenna Lento

I have been helping my long time friend Jenna Lento work on her personal brand through imagery to help push on social media. Jenna is a personal health coach, working with every day people to help guide them into healthy lifestyle habits.

Jenna and I went to the University of Toledo together, and didn’t stay in contact after graduation, fast forward five years we reconnected and starting working together on a few different projects.

We did a photoshoot last week to create some nice airy and vivid photography of some simple fruits and green smoothies to share on social media. It doesn’t matter what your brand is or if it’s big or small. Excellent photography will take your brand from average to above average.

Here are some sample images.

If you or your brand is interested in working with me please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Hardcore Detroit at Toledo Musuem of Art

The performance group Hardcore Detroit a break dancing group of of the Motor City performed in the Great Gallery at the Toledo Musuem of Art to a standing room only crowd.  The group performed a wide variety of hip-hop dances from the 60s through now. The performance ended with a dance off with people in the crowd.

Please enjoy the photos.

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Making of Super Bowl 50 Wilson NFL Football

While everyone football fan in the country was glued into the front of their television watching the Denver Broncos vs the New England Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals vs the Carolina Panthers, I was in Ada, Ohio home of the Wilson Football Factory.

I was documenting the Super Bowl 50 Pizza Party, which is where half a dozen workers gather around a television watch the games to determine whose name will be stamped onto the Super Bowl 50 “The Duke” Wilson Football.

I was on assignment for Wilson Football to document the first ball being made, to be pushed out via social media and other news publications for the world to see!

Even though I have been to the Wilson Football Factory four times this year, it still amazes me how they are made by hand to be used by every NFL team.

Here are my favorite images.

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Portrait of Ben Ewy

I got the opportunity to shoot a portrait of Ben Ewy. Ben is from Ann Arbor attend the Univeristy of Michigan and later lived in New York for several years working for large brands such as New Era, Nautica, and now Carhartt. He was at the Toledo Musuem of Art to speak about the history of sneakers and how innovation pushes fashion forward. Ben was an excellent speaker and great to photograph.

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