Joe Boyle Photography's Blog
Here is my blog. A collection of things that I want to write about & share! I hope you enjoy reading and please feel free to comment on any of the articles, I would love your feedback. Thanks! ~Joe
I had the opportunity to hike the 93 mile, Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainer National Park! See all the photos for sale from The Wonderland Trail hike! I went with a good friend of mine (Josh), for 10 nights and 11 days. Here are a couple of my thoughts from the trip: - It was cold! Think of winter backpacking without the snow! Luckily (and due to *some* planning (e.g. A lot of planning), we had enough gear to keep warm. I still would have liked an extra layer. - It was beautiful! I do wish I could have gone earlier in the year when the wild flowers are in bloom, but you need a permit to hike the trail so I had to take what I could get. By the way, it took me 3 years to be able to even “get in” to have a permit at all. That’s how popular this trail is! - I would do it again if it was earlier in the year. All in all it was a great trip and a great hike! Very strenuous! You're either going uphill or downhill the entire time! I remember the only two flat parts of
This past Memorial Day I was so fortunate to be able to see one of my favorite bands in concert - Over The Rhine! This husband and wife duo have been making music for 25 years and their kicking off a new chapter with a "Barn Raising." There's a lot of back story to why they chose to do this - go ahead and check out their site and read all about it. The short of it is, it's a new way for them to continue making and performing music while at the same time have a presence in their community and help young budding poets and musicians. This past Memorial Day weekend was a 3 day concert to raise funds for the Barn. I wasn't originally able to go, but when they opened up the idea of bartering "work-for-a-ticket", I was on board! I was happy to help and they put my sister (she also came with me) and myself in charge of the merch table. It was fun talking to other fans and helping guide new fans as to what albums they might most appreciate hearing. Here are some photos
Earlier this year I went on a trip to Michigan for a few days with some good friends of mine. It was a great time! Fires every night, board games, plenty of fishing (hardly caught anything though!) and a beautiful lake that provided wonderful photos! I was able to catch a beautiful sunrise one morning and a Heron the next. It was an all-around good time filled with friends and photos! Here are a couple of my favorite from the trip! Here's a photo of the Lake and Pier right outside our Cabins Closer in on the boat. Catching the heron in flight!
The Cleveland Airshow might very well be one of my favorite times in Cleveland. I love the jets! The blue angels! Ever since I was a kid I've been fasinated with planes and flying. I even looked into joining the Navy for that very purpose in High School, but I didn't (and still don't) have perfect vision and I felt like I couldn't get a straight answer out of the recruiter. Go figure... Here are some of my favorite photos that I was able to capture over the weekend! And they say never to point your camera at the sun! Psh. All these colors were naturally present in the photograph. I did make them stand out a bit more in photoshop. I think the polarizer filter helped to bring out the colors! Blue Angel and Terminal Tower Good ol' Number 5. That seagull is lucky. I'm not sure why they fly with their landing gear down. I guess cause it looks kinda cool.
A couple weekends ago, some great friends of mine were having a family get together and hired me to photograph the day! It was a great day spending time with friends and meeting more of the family, which in a lot of ways have become an extension of my family. Here are some of my favorite photos of the day! Tyler, messing with George (the parrot) Decorations for Baby Anna "Anna" Baby Anna in Auntie Meg's Arms Anna and her mama Anna with Ma & Pa Little Lachlan, "Whaat? I didn't eat the chocolate?" Cake pops. Blue or pink in the middle will tell the gender of Lauren's baby Skyping in from VA! It's a girl!
I was up during the early morning hours today. I had a video to work on for another client and I wrapped up around 5:30am... I thought to myself, "I should check out the sunrise this morning!" I quickly glanced out the window to see if it looked like it was going to be a "good one". It sure did, so I headed down to the park and took these pictures! I hope you like them!
I like it when I meet cool people. The obvious response to that is, "Who wouldn't?" I had the opportunity to meet one such cool person, Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It. An Indie Rock / Emo band originating in Chicago. Evan during his interview with Chris from Stereogum. While on assignment for an online magazine, Stereogum, I was able to talk to Evan for a brief time and was impressed by his passion, kindness & genuineness. He then proceeded to rock out at the Grog Shop! The fans were crazy and awesome as they were literally hanging from the ceiling and pressing in on the stage. Here are some of my favorite photos from the night, I hope you like them! Check out the full article on Stereogum's website - "Hell Fuckin' Yeah!" Most expensive sign in this joint. Just Kidding. Contemplative. Chris interviewing Evan. The Date. That's the dude hanging from the ceiling... nuts. Evan stopped the concert for 5 entire minutes
I had the honor, joy, & privilege to join my friend Joe (yes we have the same name) in the St. Patricks Day parade held in downtown Cleveland! I got a front row seat with the Local 17 Elevator Constructors. I got to meet some great people and have a fun albeit, cold day! Here are some of the pics from the day!! Enjoy! A couple of junior local 17 river dancers! Encouraged by the Cavs dance team! Still going! He consumed a lot of Mt. Dew today... Don, super-coolin. '53 Plymouth.
It has just turned 2014, so at the time of writing this I can say, "late last year!" and it only means a couple months, weeks or even days ago! Ok, enough foolery with time... Late last year I was contacted for some photography work for Meaden & Moore. They are a nationwide tax & business consulting firm located in Cleveland, New York & Los Angeles to name just a few locations! I even found out afterwards that one of my friends used to work in their Akron, OH office! Meaden & Moore was launching a new website and wanted some fresh photography of their office and new employees. I worked with SyncShow Interactive who did a fantastic job at spear-heading the project. They were in charge of building the website and implementing the photos I took. It was great working with them and Meaden to get the photos they wanted! Everyone at Syncshow and Meaden are a fun group of people who made the photography day so much fun and enjoyable! We have another
I've been sitting on these photos for awhile! But I like sharing my travels. I visited some friends in Virginia this past summer and we visited some historical sites such as Yorktown and The Mariner's Museum. It was pretty cool seeing cannonballs embedded in the side of a house and the decaying growth along the lake shore. Check out a few of the photos here, I hope you enjoy! Cannonball in the side of a house! I wonder what that sounds like if you're inside the house... Gnarly looking tree! Cannon and a Yorktown Onion. It's weird to think this was fired at a group of people... Cannon and a Yorktown Onion. In color this time... :) Yorktown Onions again! This sounds wierd, but I thought this tree stump looked cool. Propeller at the Mariners Museum. Click here for more info on it! Propeller at the Mariners Museum. Click here for more info on it! As it states: The Mariner's Museum and Park
I had the pleasure of visiting some friends in California this past month. They live in Monterey and they are some great people! While I was there they were sure to show me around to some cool places and I did a fair amount of exploring on my own! Monterey and the surrounding area is super nice! I was able to see some great sunsets in Pacific Grove and for you Steinbeck fans out there I spent a lot of time walking around Cannery Row and even visited the Steinbeck Center in Salinas. It was awesome! Here a few of the images from the trip, I hope you enjoy! Clock on a restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey The moon rising over Monterey Bay... ...And now the sun rising over Monterey Bay. National Steinbeck Center. The house where John Steinbeck spent his early writing years. Downtown Salinas. Cannery Row! Pacific Biological Laboratories. John Steinbeck spent a good amount of time here with his good friend Ed Rickett who was living and working here as he
I had the privilege to have a couple of family photoshoots this fall! Autumn is such a beautiful time for such an outing! One of the photoshoots that I really loved was with the Medved family. Mike and Jen along with their 4 little ones were so much fun! They had so much good energy and the kiddos *generally* loved posing for the camera. That makes it so much more fun & enjoyable from a photographer's standpoint. The whole clan! We went to a couple of their favorite parks around the Cleveland area and then spent a little bit of time at their home. Here are a few of my favorite images from the day! Just strolling around through the park Pensive Mike
So I had the great opportunity this summer to visit Washington D.C. It's kind of a long story but I was actually heading down to Virginia to buy a car. Along the way we visited a friend and relative who lived in Maryland. We visited the Smithsonian and all the other monuments in Washington, D.C. Check out all my Photos Of Washington D.C. World War II Memorial Fountains (Pacific Pillar) What I really enjoyed about this trip to D.C. was that we were able to see the monuments at night! It was really cool to see the light on the Lincoln Memorial, The World War II Memorial and the Washington Monument. The fountains and waterfalls at the World War II Memorial were especially great to capture at night! Here are few pictures from my trip. Click on a photo if you're interested in buying a print for your home or business! World War II Memorial Fountains & Washington Monument World War II Memorial Fountains
There is something that feels good about showing who you are, what you do or have done that you are proud to display. I'm pretty sure this is the universal feeling of wanting to be known... I had the joy and fortunate opportunity to share a little bit of myself at the Loop Coffee Shop in Tremont! Every month Tremont holds an Art Walk where a bunch of establishments (Coffee shops, galleries, salons, spas, etc.) display some sort of artwork. The Loop supports many local artists and displays photos, paintings and pretty much anything you can hang on a wall! Last Friday, (September 13th) was the kickoff event for September's Tremont Art Walk. Loop brought in a cool band, "Daylight is the Dream", they rocked it! Quite a few people came out to see the artwork and hear the music! If you're in the Cleveland area and want to see my nature photos displayed, visit the Loop! 2180 W.11th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113. My photos will be displayed until October 11th and are $50
So I just recently got back from a trip to Jeremie, Haiti. I went with a church, Renew Communities, and it was quite a moving experience... I think the part that hit me the hardest was when we visited patients in the hospital. Now, I don't want to get all heavy handed & Sarah McLachlan on you like she is in her animal cruelty videos, but trust me, it might have been one of the worst places I've ever been... Part of the reason it's so bad because as a hospital you expect that it should deliever certain things: Comfort, rest, attention, healing. While some of these are still true, the gap in this hospital compared to what we know a hospital can provide is staggering... It was very hot, had no electricity and no medication. The most the hospital can provide is a bed, a damp cloth and maybe an IV for fluids... Moving on... We went down there and met up with a group called, Haiti Bible Mission. Mark, the leader, and his family live there about 6 months out of the year
One of the "perks" if you will, that I found from doing photography is getting back in touch with old friends! I haven't seen my friends Dave and Erika for quite some time but with the advent of a newborn in their lives it gave us a good excuse to see each other again! It's nice to be able to catch up, and get reacquainted with what's going on in our lives. Not to mention that it gave us an opportunity to take photos that will be cherished for years to come of their beautiful newborn, Eden Carmela! Here are some of my favorite photos from our time together, enjoy!
The Carbones! A joyous, fun, life-filled & energetic family! We had a fun, candid family photography session ( two sessions actaully due to not-so-good weather our first time out ). We met at a nearby park and again in their home to capture life together with Dan & Bonnie along with their 5 little ones!! These are some of the cutest and fun kids you'll ever meet! Playful and energetic, they were remarkably happy about me taking their photo and were more than willing to put on a show! Here's a few photos from our time together! The whole gang!
Harper Grace Kerrigan!! She's the little bundle of joy that recently arrived in this world bringing happiness, gladness of heart and I'm sure just a *few* sleepless nights to the proud parents of Erin and Jim! We set aside an hour or two one Saturday afternoon and captured some precious moments! Moments between Harper & Mom, Harper & Dad and some images with all three! We were able to get some great outdoor and indoor shots in a few different settings from the living room to the babies room to the backyard. Harper was pretty easy going that day and seemed fascinated by me taking her picture! Check out a few of the images from that day!
I had the joy of photographing for my first time, a naturalization! I love photographing events like these, not just a naturalization but any significant life event! For instance, a couple years ago I had the honor of being the photographer when my friend officially adopted his two young girls. It was great being with my friend, his wife, the family, and of course his two little children. Tatyana about to sign her papers. The naturalization reminded me of this event because we were once again in the courtroom and while there was only my friend and his friend, Tatyana who was being naturalized, I realized what a major life event this is! I loved capturing the whole process: The signing of the documents, the swearing in, the happiness & excitement! Tatyana shared with me later how much her family loved seeing the photos and how much the photos brought back her emotions of that day! Here is a little excerpt of what she had to say: "I want to thank you for the great
(CONTEST IS CLOSED) We decided to have a fun contest here at Joe Boyle Photography! Each day we will be posting a photo from one of the travels of Joe Boyle! We might ask you questions like, “What kind of flower is this?” or “Which fact is not true about this mountain?” or the ever popular, “Where in the world was Joe Boyle Photography?” The contest will take place on Facebook so check the "Joe Boyle Photography" Facebook page often! http://www.facebook.com/JoeBoylePhotography Rules Everyday there will be a new image posted to the Joe Boyle Photography facebook page. Read the question posted with the associated image and enter your answer in the comments box below the image! Winnings Everyone who answers correctly will be put into a drawing to win a brand new, super awesome JBP sticker! And, if that wasn’t amazing enough…the winner from each day will be entered into a drawing at the end of the month