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.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Alicia and Greg

Alicia and Greg got married in Columbus near Gahanna at the church we shot Ruth and Mikes wedding at just four weeks earlier! Alica and Greg are such a fun couple they were up for anything and we so laid back. For me the best part of the day was whooting them with their wedding party at the garden area outside the reception. I was a hoot watching them set up the special family tradition shot with Greg and his siblings! I almost had to have Blake shoot it cause I was laughing so hard! You could tell they have a certain bond with each one of them. My best shots of the day were Alicia and Greg by themselves after the ceremony. We left the wedding party on the bus and dashed down to the waterfall for some intimate portraits of them just being cute together! Thanks Alicia and Greg, your wedding was spectacular! Click here to view all the images and click here to see the show full size.

Susan and Jose's Wedding

Kelly and Josh

This is Kelly and Josh, they are getting married in January. Josh is old friend of ours from a really great reception hall we sometime have weddings at, Coopers Farm. He is their resident DJ and that's where they are having their reception at as well. I met them out at Cox Arboretum to do their engagement session and we did some fun fall shots. The lighting was just gorgeous that day. Enjoy the pictures and we can't wait for the wedding, it's going to be so much fun! ~Nick

Monday, December 14, 2009


Friends of the studio Kate, Kirk and Will Andrea passed our name along to their friends Lindsey and Sam and their new son Baer. Baer is only about 7 weeks old and his parents couldn't be more excited to have their early Chistmas present! Baer even posed for some shots with their dog, how adorable! Thanks for being such a good subject Baer, I hope to see more of you soon! Click here to see the show full size. -Nick

Alyssa and Geoff

Alyssa and Geoff had such a beautiful day for a wedding, especially that it was a November wedding! Alyssa looked stunning in her gown, one of the most unique looking dresses we have had in a while. The colors and the flowers just begged to be photographed so we headed down to one of my favorite little spots with the whole wedding party prior to the wedding. I just love when the couple gets to see eachother before the wedding, it gives them such a great opportunity to spend some quality time together and with their friends! We also wouldn't have been able to shoot outside, it got dark before the wedding even started. But that gave us perfect darkness for the sparkler shots of them running out to their limo! The evening was capped off with a very colorful and perfectly decorated reception at the Webster St Market. Thanks Alyssa and Geoff! It was such a pleasure working with you and your families! Click here to view all the images and click here to view the show full size! -Nick

Friday, December 4, 2009

Adam Grant

Adam is the Son of two of my best friends Katie and Aaron. I shot their wedding a year ago in July and last Christmas one of the greatest gifts we all got was the news there was going to be one more in our group of friends! He is just so adorable and he's only a few months old and already knows how to dress in style! Good job Adam! Click here to see the show full size. -Nick

The Gibbell Family

Amy and Eric are wedding clients of mine from 2005. They will be celebrating their 5th anniversary in May and their family has come a long way since then. It's doubled in size with the addition of Anna and Ella, their beautiful daughters. I hadn't seen them in years and never met the girls until last week when we did their family portraits and I already can't wait to see them again, great job ladies!! Click here to view the show full size. -Nick

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Amaya is turning 1!

Beautiful Amaya is getting ready to turn one already. I can't believe its almost here, this year has flown by so quickly. Josh, Tami and Amaya came into the studio this week for her pictures. What an awesome time it was to spend with the three of them, they are friends of mine from church. Amaya was such a joy to photograph and when she smiled (which she did constantly) it would just light up the studio. Her little laugh and giggle just made my day, I know they'll do the same for you! ~Lauren

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Courtney and Mike's E-Session

I was super psyched when I got the call from Courtney and Mike about shooting their wedding. See Courtney is the sister of one of my all time favorite couples Amelia and Gregg whos wedding I shot in October. I'm sooo excited to be able to work with Courtney and Amelia's family again they were all just the best and made me and Blake feel like we were a part of the family! Truly looking forward to May Courtney and Mike! -Nick

Jennifer and Chris in Dayton

Jen and Chris are one of those fun couples that were just out to have a beautiful wedding and a great time! It seemed as long as they were together and with their families the rest was just details! Jen looked absoloutely stunning in her gown that was made by Chris' grandmother, it was just beautiful! It was a bit of a chilly day with the wind but everyone braved it long enought to get some amazing outdoor shots with the fall leaves, my favorite images are the ones of Chris and Jen by themselves with the limo from the Packard Museum and the colorful leaves behind them, the trees looked like they were on fire! The reception was a blast with some very heartfelt speeches from Jen's Father and the Best Man and Maid of Honor. You could just tell everyone was enjoying themselves, hat's off to Brian from Brian Harris Entertainment, the nights MC for making it all happen! Thanks Jen and Chris it was a pleasure working with you and your families! Your wedding was Fantastic! Click here to see the show full size, and Click here to view all the images. -Nick

Genny and Glenn in Cincinnati

Genny and Glenn are good friends of Lisa and Burt, a couple I had the pleasure of working with last September. I'm sooo glad we got the opportunity to work with Genny and Glenn! They and their wedding party were one of the most fun and energetic groups we've ever had. They most definitely had us laughing all day long and the jokes got passed back and forth between us all, even Genny's Grandma had a good one! Despite the cold it was beautiful outside, it was a perfect fall day and we really took advantage of it. Genny and Glenn saw eachother over 3 hours before the ceremony which gave them plenty of time together and plenty of time to enjoy being with their friends and family. Blake, Mike and I had a blast and it was all thanks to Genny and Glenn for making the day so perfect. Thanks Genny and Glenn, I can't tell you how much we enjoyed being there for you, everything was perfect! Click here to view all the images, and Click here to see the show full size. -Nick

Monday, November 23, 2009

Amelia and Gregg in South Carolina!

Amelia and Gregg are two of the nicest people I have ever met in the nearly 15 years I've been shooting professionally. They booked me well in advance for their wedding and were, at the time, planning on a Dayton wedding. A few months later I got a call from Amelia asking if I would be able to shoot a destination wedding for them. Now I was already excited to work with them, this was just the icing on the cake! I'm so glad they chose Hilton Head. Heather and I are getting married there in March so we had an opportunity to work on our wedding the week we were there for Amelia and Gregg's. Doing a destination wedding certainly made their experience more intimate and allowed them the personal touches they wanted. My absolute favorite part of the day was Amelia waiting to see Gregg for the first time. She was so anxious! Gregg came up behind her and turned her around with tears in his eyes and the moment she saw his eyes she teared up too. I can tell you the connection they have is one that can surely never be broken, I will never forget that moment! Also one quick fist bump for Braxton, Gregg's Son. He was just the coolest kid we have worked with! We joked and laughed with him the whole day long! Lastly a special heart felt thank you to Amelia and Gregg's families. Blake and I just loved working with you and your caring and hospitality went a long way for us and we greatly appreciate all you did for us! Thanks everyone! Click here to see all the images and Click here to see the show full size! -Nick
Amelia you looked absolutely stunning!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Caitlin and Eric's wedding!

Burrr!! Inspite of the cold on October 24th, it was a day filled with the warmth of love! It was awesome getting to be the one photographing this couple on their wedding day! We had so much time and so many great locations in downtown Springboro, that I just didn't want to stop taking pictures of them. The ceremony was super cool, and I don't just mean the weather lol. It really was a beautiful ceremony in this great park and they were surrounded by their wonderful family and friends. Congrats to you both and to Evan too! What a great family! Also, to see the rest of the images from the wedding click here ~Lauren

Chelsea and Rocky

Chelsea and Rocky joined me here in Dayton for a little e-session fun last week! What a great time it was. I really got some nice time to spend getting to know these two and it was easy to see why they go so well together. Enjoy the pictures and we'll see ya in July! :) ~Lauren

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sara and Nick's E-Session

Sara and Nick met me up at Wegerzyn for their engagement session last week and we had such a nice day to shoot. They're such a nice couple, Sara's sister got married last April and we were fortunate enough to be there for Andrea and Brien on their special day our in Yellow Springs, and I know Sara and Nick's wedding will be jsut as special this coming April! Thanks Nick and Sara! We'll see you soon! - Nick

Erika and Anthony's E-Session

So this E-Session started out a little different than the usual one. Erika and Anthony live in the DC area and really wanted to do shots with their Harley-Davidson but drving it back for a hour long photo shoot wasn't really an option. Erika thought of an awesome idea and called F&S HD and they were nice enough to let us pick out a bike to use on their property for some photos. I'll tell you that Anthony is one lucky guy! His Fiance actually makes him take her out on the bike some days! I'm not even allowed to look at a Harley! Thanks fora great time shooting together Erica and Anthony it was truly fantastic! -Nick

Danielle and Curt's E-Session

Danielle has been a good friend of mine since high school and I must have waited what felt like years and years for her to call me to shoot her wedding. Luckily she met a great guy who has excellent taste in cars named Curt. They met at Therapy Cafe a few years ago so we met there for the engagement session last week. Of cousre we drove around to some of my favorite little spots but I think their favorites will be the ones just lounging together in Therapy! Thanks Danielle and Curt I had so Much fun shooting with you both, looking forward to August! -Nick

Monday, November 9, 2009

Heather and David's E-Session

Heather and David and I got together last week for their engagement session and we really had a nice time; They are such a fun couple. Their wedding is this coming May and I'm really looking forward to it, It will be a great way to kickoff the the Summer! Good luck with all your planning we will see you in the spring! -Mike