Hi All! Just wanted to let you know I am doing FREE sessions for Military families through Christmas. If you know someone out there that has a spouse that is deployed and wants photos of theirself with their kids or just pics of the kids I want to shoot them! Not only will I be doing the session free but I'll also be making a show of the images (if they want me to ) to share with them overseas. Holidays are an even tougher time four our service Men and Women and I would love to give them amazing art of their family to make their holiday a little brighter. Spread the word and tell them to call me asap, I'll take good care of them, but then again you already knew that right!

Thanks Friends!

Nick O'Donnell has been a professional wedding photojournailst for 15 years. He was chosen as PPSO's photographer of the year for, Picked for the Knot magazines Best of List, and Won Album of the year three years straight. This blog is his photographic life. This is real life as Art.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Will's Christmas

Will and His parents Kate and Kirk had me over last week for some photos under the tree. He's getting so big! Merry Chistmas Will!

Michelle and Dan's E-Session

Michelle and Dan met Lauren and I at the riverscape ice rink last week to do their engagement session. I was looking forward to this shoot since last summer when we first met Michelle and Dan. They actually got engaged there last year, so the E-Session was kind of a little reinactment of that special nite for them. Though this night was arguably cooler because we got to do photos with the Zamboni, I know nothing can compare to their engagement story! Now Lauren and I are really looking forward to their wedding in May! Good luck with the planning! - Nick

Monday, December 15, 2008

Brittany and Zach

Brittany and Zach got married last weekend in the beautiful snow light snowstorm. It had been almost a month since we shot a wedding and we were just itching to get back too it, besides after all that turkey I needed to spend a day on my feet moving around heavy equipment! Brittany, Zach and their wedding party were such a blast to work with and we sure appreciated them allowing us to work outside it was well worth it. We just can't say thank you enough to everyone we worked with, it was truly one of those weddings where everything just went right and everyone had fun! Click 'Find a Wedding' to the left to view all the photos and leave your comments below. Thanks Brittany and Zach, you guys were awesome! -Nick

Friday, December 12, 2008

Don't forget to give this season!

808 Studios had their Annual nite out for charity tonite, we went to Sams Club and purchased 3 CARLOADS of baby items and pet supplies for our two favorite charities for the holidays, SICSA and the Dayton Right to life. I am so excited for this weeks delivery of all the stuff we baought I can barely type this blog entry - but more on that later! For now enjoy one of my favorite SNL sketches - "Give it on up to Homelessville" featuring the incomparable Justin Tiberlake and don't forget to give this Christmas - give until it hurts. It is even more important this year... -Nick

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The 808 Studios Family grows!

World, meet Urban! Isn't he adorable! Urban Gabriel was born on November 20th to his parents Kim and Nathan. I Met Kim and Nathan many years ago when I was just begining my Business full time, they were one of those couples I just knew I would be friends with right off the bat. Since then I have had the utmost pleasure of photographing both of her sisters weddings, but my favorite part of being friends with Kim and Nathan is the huge perk of being part of their family. Her Mom and Dad, Pat and Brad, have welcomed me into their home more times than I can count and Pat and I sometimes meet for trivia nite at a bar in Brookville with her son-in-law and past groom of mine, Kevin. Their family now consists of 4 kids, 3 son-in-laws, 1 Daughter-in-law, 4 grandchildren, at least half a dozen dogs, and to top it off everyone lives in a different part of the US. From texas to Cincy and Indiana, I honestly don't know how they keep themselves straight but as far away as they are from eachother physically, I have never met a family more close to eachother, and I'm sure that has alot to do with the family's matriach, and my good friend, Pat. Btw, Urban shares a birthday with one of my dearest friends, and a birthday week with my grandma and I. You're in good company Urban! - Nick

Brad and I were friends way back in Jr High when we went to Van Buren and we just ran into eachother over the summer when I took my wrecked car into his shop at Frank Z. We havent had a chace to get that beer we've been talking about but I am really glad we had the opportunity to have him and his family into the studio for a portrait session for Shooting for the Soul. Normally we charge $50 for portrait sittings and that money is directly donated to a charitable organization that we work with, but this session was a little different. Brad's family recently lost most of their belongings in a house fire, and unfortunately they also lost both of their dogs. Brad's sister-in-law also joined us for some photos with her daughter Savanah, Savanah has yet to meet her father Nelson face to face. He is serving our country in Iraq and won't be here to spend her first Chistmas with her. Needless to say their portrait sitting was on me. I often find it a little odd that I set up Shooting for the Soul to help others in need. So commnly it's the ones in need that end up helping me by reminding me how important family and love truly are. As hard as the past few months have been on all of them I can see that the most important thing they have, Love, is really all you need. It's a reminder I often seek around Chistmas time to get me back in touch with the true meaning of the season. Thank you to the Hamiltons and the Steinkes for the opportunity to be a part of your family's portrait session and thanks for the little reminders.... -Nick