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.

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

Amy and Ryan at Carrillon Park

Amy and Ryan are October clients of mine for 2010. We met at the beautiful and $8 admission priced Carrillon Park to shoot their Engagement session because they had an idea that I thought was just great! The clock from the old Reynolds building can be set to whatever time you want it to say, since their wedding is 10-2 we set the hands to 10 and 2! How neat! Amy and Ryan are a great couple and I'm sure looking forward next 10-2 -Nick

Cayla's Senior Portriat Art Session

Cayla is a good friend of mine who needed her senior pictures done. We went out to a great park in Xenia she picked out, and on my way over I spotted some great spots to shoot down the street! It was a fun day and her pictures turned out great. Sorry I didn't post all of this earlier Cayla, I know its been a couple of months!
Enjoy!! -Blake-

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Elisha and Dusty's Wedding

Elisha and Dusty had one of the best weddings we've had in a really long time. I just knew we were going to have a good time when we first met, Elisha had so many wonderful ideas for the wedding. One of those was including their dog Duke as the ring bearer! Duke did such a great job! We had a full day of shooting at lots of locations including the park just around the corner where we found some sweet railroad tracks. Now everyone knows my policy when I comes to these kinda things: Ask forgiveness not permission. So we did the most illegal thing we've done all year and drove my Jeep offroad and up to the tracks - completely worth it and we didn't even get caught!! Thank you a thousand times Elisha and Dusty, there was no other place we would have rather been Sunday. We enjoyed our time with you and your families immensly and can't tell you how much fun we had! It was a blast!! Click here to view all the images and click here to view the show full size.