Ohio Raptors

I take advantage of the Winter months by going out and getting shots of my first love…nature. Since you don’t have to contend with leaves, it’s the perfect time to get bird shots. Raptors, happen to be some of my favorite birds to find and get shots of.

Here in Ohio, we are very lucky to have a great population of Bald Eagles. It’s hard to believe that not long ago, these majestic creatures were almost extinct, but due to the banning of DDT and the eagles ability to adapt, they are now thriving. I have seen them, probably hundreds of times and yet I still get thrilled every single time I spot one. How could you not be in awe of something that has made such an incredible comeback?

 Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

The next raptor, is the Red Tailed Hawk, you see them everywhere, on poles, in trees, they are the most common hawk in Ohio. Whenever you’re driving and see a big hawk on a pole, it’s most likely a Red Tailed Hawk.  The one in this picture is the male of a pair in a popular birding spot. He is not afraid of people, in fact, on a few occasions, he has flown and landed right in front of me, as if he’s asking me to take his pic. I think he’s rather cute…for a vicious killer.

RedTailed

Next, is the Cooper’s Hawk. If you have a bird feeder, chances are, you’ve seen a Cooper’s Hawk. They love to hang out at feeders and grab unsuspecting little birds. This one was hanging out in my back yard…probably trying to get one of my little woodpeckers.

Coopers

I had never seen a Merlin until very recently, and what a show it put on. Merlin’s are one of the smaller birds of prey, they like to hang out at the very tops of trees, and catch their prey, in mid-air. While this one was hanging out, some crows decided to mess with it…not a good idea. This Merlin didn’t care for the crows, so it chased them away. It’s speed and agility are something to see.

Merlin

I’ll finish this with my favorite raptors, owls. This is a Barred Owl, that I just recently got, and I love it because it was completely unexpected. We were actually out looking for the Merlin and just happened to find this owl.

Barred

The Great Horned Owl, the first owl I captured in the wild. They are impressive, aggressive, powerful and beautiful. This one actually took off right in front of me, and you could not hear it, which is why they are such successful hunters. I could see them every day of my life and never tire of it.

Great Horned

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Winter Wedding

I don’t shoot many weddings anymore, but once in awhile I take one on. I was very happy to be a part of this one, it was small, sweet and beautiful.

Jillian could not have looked more beautiful, her dress was just gorgeous and the best thing was, it had pockets!

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Christmas Cuties

How cute are these two in their adorable Christmas jammies?

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Last of the Fall Sessions

We had to reschedule this session and  I have to admit that it was for the best, because we could not have asked for a more beautiful day in November.  Everyone looked nice, the weather was gorgeous and the light was beautiful, it was the perfect session.

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Fall Family Fun

I had the pleasure of photographing these gorgeous kids last year, and once again, they were great to work with.

Once again, it’s pic heavy, sorry for any slowdowns.

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A Happy Family Session

Beautiful weather, gorgeous settings and happy faces, make for the best sessions, and this one was exactly that.

I’m sharing lots of pics from this session, sorry if it takes awhile to load…I saved the best pic for last ;)

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Miss Leah

I love fall shoots, especially when they are in a beautiful location and with such an adorable girl. Leah is always fun to work with,  she’s just so cute.fb1 fb2 fb3 fb4 fb5

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Beautiful Fall Family Session

On Sunday we headed over to Garlo for a family session with this lovely family. What a cutie this little guy is, such pretty blue eyes.

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Nick – Col. Crawford Senior

My second shoot on Saturday was also my first senior of the year, and also my first shoot on a family farm.  They have goats…which made it the perfect location.

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Fall Maternity Session

On Saturday, I met up with this lovely family for a maternity/family shoot. I always enjoy people who are willing to go along with some silly poses and I love the resulting shot.

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