Category: Portraits


Last week Jacob Parr from Sparr Games reached out to me and asked if him and Jake could come down to the studio to shoot some new headshots and portraits for a new website they will be launching soon.

I met Jacob a few months ago at a StartUP Toledo event, where they were the guest speakers. Jacob and Jake are the creators of a unique card game called Master Thief. They developed a kickstarter campaign with the hope of raising $15,000,  instead they raised $47,321.

Check out their kickstarter page to view the game. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sparrgames/master-thief?ref=nav_search

I will also be photographing their product photos for the final game in April, which I expect will be a lot of fun.

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Since opening up my studio in downtown Toledo it’s been booked just about the entire month of February. I have done a food shoot, personal branding and tons of corporate headshots.

I am taking one foot out of the sports world for a while in 2016 to focus myself more on commercial work. I am not leaving sports all together, but I won’t be actively looking and pursing sports assignments.

With that being said, I would like to share some sample portraits I have been working on over the last few weeks.

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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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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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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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  1.  The first impression is your picture – people will look you up online before meeting or contacting you
  2. Job recruiters spend 20 % of their time looking at your profile picture – that’s a fact
  3. You are judged by your picture – unfortunately, this is also true; think about it, I’m sure you judge me by the pictures of me too
  4. A professional headshot can be used for many years – when you invest the time and effort in doing the headshot professionally, the quality of it makes it usable for many years
  5. It’s a vital part of your online identity – think of how many places online that asks for your profile picture; this is how you represent yourself online
  6. You want to send the right signal; that you’re a professional, caring about your appearance
  7. You’ll use it everywhere on the Internet – next time an online service asks for your profile picture, you’ll have it ready
  8. If you don’t have a picture online at all, you for sure need it – what do you want to show up when people search you? A party photo of you, taken and tagged by a friend? I don’t think so…
  9. You’ll need it for your CV & resume – when was the last time you saw a CV without a picture? The 90’s?
  10. You want to look good – we all do :-)

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 I was out in Indiana Wells, California working with the awesome crew at 800 Kamerman to create some stylized portraits for the Women’s Tennis Association.

Getting the opportunity to work one on one with professional athletes it very different than what I normally photograph. I am usually telling a story for editorial content for newspapers and magazines.

Being able to interact with the athletes for 10-15 minutes for each portrait, you get to see their personality, something that you don’t get to see when you watch them on television or shooting action photos of them.

We had a large tent outside of the stadium, where a giant green and blue screen hoisted into the air for shooting video footage. Trent Kamerman, chief videographer was shooting with a Phantom 4K Flex which shoots 1,000 FPS in 4K. Which is insane!

I had a little area setup off to the side where, I would shoot headshots, and they players would do some animations for tv and scoreboard graphics.

Myself and the crew worked for 13 hours a day for 3 days shooting video and stills. I was shooting with a Canon 1DX with a 70-200 and 24-70. Being able to work with Trent Kamerman, Nick Balogh, Hunter Hoopengarner and the rest of the 800 Kamerman crew made the long days seem short!

Thanks for a great shoot filled with lots of laughs and awesome memories!

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I was hired by the awesome guys over at Toledo.com to setup a outside portrait where people dressed up as zombies could get a portrait taken. I love the idea they proposed and I knew it was going to make for some awesome photos. These are my favorite photos of the night. So enjoy the photos. Note, some of the photos are extremely disturbing.

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