Netta and Rico’s Spring Cleveland Wedding

I adored this wedding ! For the full story and to view all of the gorgeous photos, please read the blog post on Karen Menyhart Weddings… You can find it here- http://www.karenmenyhartweddings.com/blog/

Tom and Peggy’s 50th Wedding Anniversary on Karen Menyhart Weddings.

One of my favorite posts this year!    Please go to my wedding site, www.karenmenyhartweddings to view the entire post, or you can click here!

Cheers!

The Force is strong in this post…… Cleveland event photographer

Last weekend, at the historic Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio, I photographed the Ohio Burlesque’s performance of the Tease Awakens… A Star Wars themed Burlesque show to get us all ready for the  Star Wars The Force Awakens! These talented artists performed to a sold out show.  Thank you Ohio Burlesque for the fabulous evening!

MC Ken Schneck rocked the mic with Star wars Trivia and Jokes.

 

 

 

The Tease Awakens is the brain child of Bella Sin, Queen of Burlesque . Bella also heads up the Ohio Burlesque.

First up was an amazing silk routine by Aerie Elle as Padme’ Amidala. Aerie Elle is from Phoenix, Arizona

Who new R2D2 had a cute girl inside? Sable Champagne as R2D2

Kinesy Quake as C3P0-
Bringing down the House was Lady J Marinez as a fierce Chewbacca!
Lilith Avalon as the Death Star….Linzypoo as Zam Wessel from Phoenix, ArizonaEllie St. Cyr stirred up the crowd as Kylo  Ren…The Doll Carousel performed a jaw dropping Storm Trooper Duet…Bella Sin, the mastermind behind the Tease Awakens… as a red headed Darth Vader… The act began with a brilliant lip sync to Adelle’s Hello…Noella DeVille as Boba Fett…More Strom Trooper AwesomnessKen Skywalker still joking along…Marly Teenie as Princess LeiaThe act that made the entire audience say AWWWW in unison …. Han Solo and Chewbacca dancing to Queen’s Your my Best Friend- performed by Doll Bambino and Eliza Sidecar

Fever Blister as the Imperial Guard…

Rubina Mamelons started off as Jar Jar Binks, then morphed….

 

Such a fun night! I am always happy to shoot new and creative projects!   I can’t wait for the sequel! Thanks Ohio Burlesque, and may the Force be with you!

Nikki and Jordan, Cleveland Christmas wedding

To get you in the holiday mood, I am sharing Nikki and Jordan’s Christmas wedding. For the full information, please visit my wedding blog on www.karenmenyhartweddings.com. Thanks!

Frankie and Matt, Akron Engagement shoot

I adore these two! For a complete blog post, please visit Frankie and Matt on www.karenmenyhartweddings.com

Jake Clemons in Your Living Room, Cleveland Photographer

Ok- so I am fan girling here- I saw Jake Clemons a few weeks ago in Bill T’s living room! Some of you may ask, who is that handsome dude with the cool glasses in these pics? Well, he’s Jake Clemons, a musician and one of the regular members of Bruce Springsteen’s E. Street Band.

Now it’s no secret to those who know me that Bruce and I have been an item since my first concert in 1985. If there is a chance to hang with a member of the E. street band, I make it happen. This chance had me driving all the way to Howell, Michigan to meet Jake Clemens.

What’s really cool about the E. Street band is that all of the members are amazing musicians and  have careerers outside of the E. Street Band. Jake is multi-talented musician who tours on his own when he’s not hanging with Springsteen. Jake was touring on his own , in a serious of really small and unique venues!

 

A little side chat here- Bruce fans stick together. Once you meet up with another fan, you know that they are in your tribe.  A very fortutious meeting happened for me last April in Pittsburgh, at the Springsteen concert . I met up with a group of fans from Detroit. Bill T , his friends, and  I got along just fine , and I was welcomed into his tribe through a fun Facebook fan page. Bill is a big fan of Jake Clemons. One of his pals heard about a fun tour/ adventure that Jake was creating across the country for his fans.  Basically, Jake was offering to give a concert to a small group of fans in their living rooms. The lucky fans who have hosted Jake are all around the world ! Bill T was a lucky fan who got to host Jake in his living room in Howell, Michigan last week.  As a member of Bill T’s tribe, I got to go!

Jake walked in, quietly set up, and then blew us away with his musical talent. He shared his inspirations for songwriting, and amazing stories from the road. Jake Clemons is a natural born story teller. He did share a few tales of Bruce Springsteen and his famous uncle, Clarence Clemons of the E. Street Band, but this night was all about Jake and his music.

Jake wanted to bring back the music and the experience of the concert back to it’s basic roots. Long ago, people would gather in homes and invite musicians to play. The concerts were intimate, and the music sincere. Jake wants to revisit this concept, as he travels all over the USA playing small concerts in fan’s living rooms. It was an incredible experience as the listener. His stories and music left me with goosebumps.(not to mention his lovely southern accent). I went to this concert to as a Bruce fan, excited to meet and hear Jake Clemons. I left my pal Bill’s house as a brand new Jake Clemons fan, who… just happens to like Bruce Springsteen a little bit as well.

Lauren and Jim engagement shoot, Cleveland Wedding Photographer

Meet Lauren and Jim. They are so much fun and they are in L-O-V-E !

I had a GREAT time photographing their engagement session. We picked a beautiful time in Cleveland for the session, right when Wade Oval , The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Cultural Gardens were in full Spring bloom.

Both Lauren and Jim are doctors, and I expected a more serious shoot. It took about 5 minutes for these funny Docs to relax and have fun. They go so well together. Jim is a total goof ball, and Lauren just laughs and loves it. Here’s how the fun went down…..

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, one of the prettiest places in CLE!

Lauren, you are so gorgeous….

AND then……  all silly broke out! Jim, you crack me up! It was time for the “Jim inspired shoot”…

Engagement shoots styled by JIm…..

Lauren thinks of everything…. She’s wearing the most beautiful shade of fuchsia, with touches of grey…  Ta Daa! Her wedding colors! Lauren and Jim refer to each other as LOML, a little inside joke… ( I think it stands for Love Of My Life )…. awwww…..

Off to Wade Lagoon in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art.  I get extra points for finding tulips the exact shade of Lauren and Jim’s wedding colors! Woot!

Jim’s signature engagement pose… The Pretzel….. Gotta love that smile!

Lauren and Jim brought along some cheerleaders- brother A.J. ( who had the voice of an angel… inside joke) and his wife, Haley. They were excellent prop holders, and tree branch designers, and entertainers. I might have to hire them for future engagement shoots….

Lauren and Jim, I can not wait for your August Wedding…. I need to practice laughing and photographing at the same time ! See you soon!

Something Blue, a rocking Cleveland Engagement Shoot

Nick and I had soooo much fun photographing Jess and Chris’s Cleveland Engagement Shoot! These two just go together, they have a special magic about them!

We started off out shoot in Lakewood, and then off to Clevleand , where I found this A-Mazing blue wall… Chris loved the doors of Saint James Parish… he thought they were photo awesome, and I have to agree. Chris also rocks a suit….

Jessica grew up in Cleveland, and Chris grew up in Columbus… Once they met, he packed his bags and headed for the CLE! One look at Jessica and we know why!

Did I mention how fun they are? Nobody puts Chris in a corner….

After the amazing blue wall, I ran around one of my favorite Cleveland neighborhoods with these two fun peeps……

I was REALLY feeing the blue on this shoot!

Jessica, you are soooo darling!

Off we went into the sunset ( literally) and finished the shoot at Cleveland’s Edgewater Park! I can not wait to shoot your wedding in September, Jessica and Chris! Thanks for the really fun night!

Love is…..

This post is all about LOVE, and Sharing the Love.  

One of the best perks of being a photographer is to meet talented people who inspire you. I am so lucky to belong to an amazing group of  photographers from all over the world. We are the alumni of the lovely Barb Uil’s Jinky Art Photography workshops from around the globe. This is our newest group project.

Take a peek and see what Love is to photographers from Spain, England, Australia, the USA, and spanning the rest of the globe! I am so proud to be part of this talented bunch. Grab a cup of hot chocolate on this chilly February and see what love means to some amazing photographers around the world. Enjoy!

 

Greetings from Snowy Cleveland, Love is in the Air!  Scroll down for the list below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Ooh la la! Cleveland Wedding Photographer

It’s Valentine’s Day in Cleveland, Ohio!  We celebrate with chilly temps, freezing wind chills , and lots of snow. Time to snuggle up and snog by the fire with your sweetheart!

Thanks to Miles and Rachel for being awesome models for this Valentine’s Day theme shoot. ( Bonus! they are really in love .)

Shot on location on East 4th Street, The House of Blues, and the Euclid Arcade.

Share the love and stay warm, Cleveland!