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, December 8, 2010

Melinda and Bo

Melinda and Bo got married in October in Dayton and it was such a great day! The weather was perfect and their bridal party was so much fun! We knew it was going to be a great day when one of Melinda's bridesmaids came up to us and gave us one of the delicious soft pretzels from the pretzel place down the street! We got to shoot in an area we don't get to visit very often so it was really nice having new things to work with! Melinda and Bo are some of the nicest people we have ever worked with and it was so great being able to have a lot of time with them! Not only were the bride and groom great to work with but we got to shoot the cutest and sweetest little flower girl we have ever had, Emma! The day was so much fun and Melinda and Bo did such a great job putting everything together! On our way to the reception at Lake Lyndsey we stopped in some really neat places in Middletown and at beautiful Armco Park! The trees were amazing and we got some really good shots with all the nice fall colors! Lake Lyndsey was the perfect place for their reception and we had so much fun with all the guests. They were so lively and very much into the PhotoGuestbook becuase it was one of the biggest ones we have ever had! Great job to all the guests! Enjoy the photos everyone!
Melinda and Bo, thank you both so much for giving us the opportunity to come be a part of your wedding. You two were great to work with and we had a blast with you! Thank you for giving us time to work with you and for treating us like family. We hope the photos bring you guys as much joy as they did for us when we were shooting them!
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Steph and Scott

Steph and Scott got married back at the beggining of October in Dayton. It was such a fun day with them and their wedding party! We shot the guys downtown and were able to get into the Dayton Dragons stadium to do some really cool stuff! We started taking the girls pictures at Square One Salon in Centerville where Steph works and eventually ended up going downtown to do some pictures with the girls and went to the Square One downtown, so that day we really did go back to Square One! After the ceremony we went downtown when it was dark and did some really neat pictures with the wedding party..out in the middle of Third Street! The reception was at Top of the Market and it was so much fun! We had such a great time with everyone and loved some of the creative PhotoGuestbook ideas! Thank all of you so much and we hope you enjoy the pictures!
Steph and Scott, thank you both so much for having us come be such a big part of your beautiful wedding! You are two of the nicest people we know and loved being able to work with you! We wish you the best in your lives together! Oh and Scott, thanks for the kisses and the end of the night! Getting a kiss on the cheek from the groom was a first for us! We hope you guys enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed shooting them!
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Amy and Ryan

Amy and Ryan we married at one of my favorite churches in Dayton, Holy Angels. I love Holy Angels cause some of my all time favorite weddings have been there, Fitting for Amy and Ryan, because they made that list! I usually share my favorite part of the day but this one is a twofer. Amy and Ryan saw each other for the first time outside the church just before the ceremony, it was great for them to shake off their jitters and get the family photos done but for me it was great to be a part of Amy's big reveal with Ryan. They were both anxious to see one another and the moment Ryan got up to Amy all he could do was grin ear-to-ear and giver her a great big hug. It was so adorable to see the them looking into their eyes and see those pre-wedding jitters melt away. I loved when they got to open their gifts, Amy had this really awesome drawing made that had all the little things from their past on it, along with their new place. It was funny to hear some of the stories, the Chinese food, the prom proposal with Mickey. I have never seen a more thoughtful gift in all my years as a wedding photographer, job very well done Amy! So we had a great ceremony and then the rain came. It didn't bother them a bit! We just cracked open the umbrellas and went to all the places we planned on, I was a little more dry on my drive there but I wasn't in the windowless trolley! My other fav of the day was shooting the two of them under the umbrella, while most couples would think twice, a third, and fourth time about shooting in the rain they just grabbed the umbrella and put their trust in me and enjoyed themselves. I really think their work in the rain is the best I've done, heck it was the cover of their PhotoGuestbook! We even all stopped for ice cream, weddings don't get any better! Thanks Amy and Ryan, you and your families were so fantastic to work with. I hope you enjoyed the rain and the rest of your wedding as much as I did! Click here to view all the images. -Nick

Monday, December 6, 2010

Brittany and Andrew E-session!

We shot Brittany and Andrew's E-session out at the Greene and it was a lot of fun. We were able to shoot the session on a brisk Wednesday afternoon during Andrew's lunch hour. We had a great time talking and getting to know each other. I know their wedding will just be as chic as they come! Check back next year for their wedding images, Thanks! ~Nick