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Greetings and salutations everyone!
Over the past few months our team has been taking full advantage of the warm sunny weather making new and exciting content, establishing connections with local companies, celebrities, fellow media producers, also creating new services and events like our first ever convention, the 2018 Ravenna NerdFest.
During this time I have been very working closely with two of our artistically talented team members, Jon Lecky and Nick Zubko whom both from the beginning have continuously shown pensions and appreciation for art as well photography and have shown by their work to share in my creative ideals which is why as of today they are both taking over for myself as our new, official Staff Modeling & Portrait Photographers.
That is right ladies and gentlemen, after almost twenty years I am taking a step back and allowing The Next Generation to step in, shine and create with them taking care of all our new Modeling, Portrait, and Print operations.
As for myself, I will still be doing Wedding, Event, and Behind the Scenes Photography as well as my duties including for now, keeping my position as Staff Editor, I will also be starting to teach Photography Classes as well at venue(s) to be announced.
It is amazing to think of just how far I have come since the days of using a 35mm Kodak to the DSLR Cannon Rebel T1i which I have faithfully used now for over seven years and the talented men and woman that I got the opportunity to work with making images that I am proud to call my expansive portfolio, now, I get to see what my crew does.
Be sure to keep checking out our Shop for newly listed prints each month including new Behind the Scenes prints and unique Outer Haven Media products and you can see our teams new photo shoots on our Facebook Page with the latest information on deals, our event schedule and upcoming events.
Yesterday marked the first outdoor photo shoot that we’ve completed in 2018 and it felt like everything was working in our favor. The weather was sunny with just a slight bit of clouds, low humidity, with a nice warm 86-degree temperature. What more could you ask for when your planning on a beach shoot at the local lake? Well for starters, not to plan a session during a time when everyone else in Ravenna also plans on using the exact same beach with their families
Yup, in my weeks of planning this intricate photo session I failed to realize that the date was the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, probably one of if not the busiest day of the year for any park, especially a beach after a long cold winter in Ohio when the weather is amazing.
Long story short, there was no way that I was going to get a single shot in the water or on the sand without at least either random beach goer walking through or a small child gazing at my camera, neither a good situation for a artistic water based modeling session so after a short meeting in the car we decided that we needed to find another location along the lake that we could possibly use. It is a big lake so shouldn’t be too hard to find a little space along the water that is unoccupied right?
Well, that did not work out either. It seems that due to the recent string of storms that we had been having there was a increased amount of runoff from the local soil turning the usual greenish blue water to fifty shades of brown. So yeah, we had to go with plan C to accomplish our “Water” session.
There was talk of going to a local store and buying a Kitty Pool which as funny as that would have been, artistically for our purposes it would have been lacking so we did the next best thing. Drove back to the office, and set up a hose behind the Outer Haven Studio and made our own water effects.
So since we could not spend our two hour session time in the cool waters of West Branch Lake where I had full plans of doing shots waist deep water if not deeper with perfect lighting we used a hose spewing freezing cold water and did a “Days of Spring” shoot with Brandy and Victoria taking turns spraying each other (possibly more then needed) and using that for at least a fresh water effect and the desired wet hair look that gave us at least a portion of what we were after.
At the end of day, no, we did not get the amazing water shots that we had attended just yet, but we did get was some great improvised shots that I am going to use heavy Photoshop on to make into something great. Being a professional photographer or model is just as much about being flexible as it is about talent and years of training.
So in conclusion, even though very little went as planned we still had a amazing shoot, a lot of fun, and got some great images which I am going to put up over the next week. Embrace the chaos and make it work to YOUR advantage. You never know what you will get otherwise.
Interested in seeing the result of the shoot or in seeing more of our work? We are going to be putting up the shoot on our Facebook at @OurOuterHaven as well as Instagram which is Our_Outer_Haven, you can also find the models accounts there as well.
We are currently booking sessions in the greater Ohio area, message for details.
We at Outer Haven Media are very proud to be part of Ravenna, Ohio but we have not forgotten where we came from. Two of our staff are Alumni of Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio.
As of January, six teenagers from Perry High School have taken their lives since the beginning of the school year. The reasons have not yet been determined and are still being fully investigated but it brings up a very important issue that needs to be address today.
In this new digital age it is very easy for people, teenagers especially to feel more depressed and alone then ever before, there is now a new text helpline available for people that they don’t even have to openly talk to a person which scares many, all they have to do is text 741741 anywhere in the US and a Crisis Worker will text back immediately. This help line is run by The Crisis Text Line. In a age where many don’t want to talk on a phone this is a great solution for anyone to be able to still get much needed help.
No one should ever feel so alone or in so much darkness that taking their life is the only option left to them. But together we can shine out a light to them. Don’t be afraid to talk to people or share a smile, you never know the impact such a small gesture might have on their life. We were all teenagers once and we know how hard life can be at times. Sometimes all people need is to know someone is there and listening.
Thank you and please share this for anyone whom you think might benefit.
Tom and Kristin Adams
Outer Haven Media
We hope that everyone had a very Happy Labor Day!
With this holiday over the Fall is just around the corner which means only one thing. NOW is the time to savor the flavors of summer for the last time this year. Here are a couple simple recipes to enjoy with your family.
4 thin chicken breasts or 8 chicken tenderloins
8 tablespoons of butter, divided
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup flour 2 medium zucchini, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
In a large skillet over medium heat melt 2 tablespoons butter. To make the chicken: melt remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and flour. Dip the chicken in the butter and then dip it in the bread crumb mix and place in the skillet.
Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until the outside is crispy and the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.
Add 2 tablespoons of butter back into the skillet and saute the minced garlic for 1 minute. Add the zucchini to the skillet and saute until tender. Salt and pepper to taste and add 1 tablespoon Parmesan. Add the chicken back to the skillet and heat for a minute or so. Serve Immediately. Enjoy!
1 (9 ounce) container Strawberries, washed, hulled and cut
1 (9 ounce) container blueberries, washed
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese
1 cup natural or simply pure vanilla creamer
Using an electric mixer whip the cream cheese until it becomes smooth. Slowly add the creamer to the cream cheese. Do not add all the cream at once or the mix will get clumpy. Mix until all the cream has been added into the cream cheese. Whip until smooth. Combine the berries in a large bowl and and gently fold in the cream cheese mixture until completely combined. Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!
We hope that you and your guest enjoy these amazing recipes and remember that if you need help with this party, like Audio, Video, Photography, or even if you want full Event Planning be sure to check out our Services page for all your needs to setup your consultation today.
Blog by our very own, Kristin Adams