Thursday, December 23, 2010

25 years later

Another little break from portraits, but still... having fun with my 50mm lens and some of my old and new toys...
mixing two things together from 25 years apart is fun...

One of my first Christmas gifts that I still remember was our first Nintendo.
Now that they have put all three games on one Wii game, its back and not so much better than ever, but still a blast.

Christmas is about traditions and doing things from your past... well.. I guess I have to play some games!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fusion of two

Got a chance to play around a little with my new camera
and my 50mm lens.
I've been wanting to redo some shots of my old guitar for a while.

Its times like this, where I get a chance to just do some fun work.... but at the same time.. still learning and growing.
Really not too much to these photos, but its a fusion of two of my "hobbies" that I've done for years.
I still recall when I was doing some work with my pentax k1000 film camera and doing multiple exposures when this guitar was new.... fun and exciting for both...
ive come a long way in both, the guitar and the camera (especially the camera) but... yet, it was fun, relaxing and some "me time"... and really, dont we all just need a little me time every once in a while?

Enjoy the photos... I do and love both my guitar, and my camera

Monday, December 13, 2010

Family Photographer Kent & Lorain Ohio

Family Photography...
One of the main reasons behind D C Ketcham Photography
Time flies so fast and in the hustle and bustle of life, we might forget those moments in our lives that had meaning. A portrait of your family is something to treasure forever.
I was blessed to be invited down to Kent to photograph this wonderful family.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Maternity Portrait Photographer Elyria Ohio

What a beautiful time in a woman's life

D C Ketcham Photography is here to share and capture a few of those fleeting moments and capture the true beauty.
Maternity photo sessions are the perfect way to show your love for your unborn child and a perfect way to remember this special time in your life.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Newborn Photography Mansfield Lorain Ohio

Newborn Photography....
Becoming one of my favorite things to do...

Being able to capture a few special moments in a families lives is truly spectacular for me.
Times like these go by so fast and its amazing ...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Beautiful Portrait Photographer Lorain Ohio

Portrait Photography... Why not?

We are all beautiful.
Beauty is not only skin deep, but beauty is the way that one presents themselves and how they are.

As spoken by Baz Luhrman "Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. "

Being a portrait photographer here in Lorain truly has its perks. Look at this beautiful mother of three!
Truly an awesome woman. For someone who was not too interested in getting her personal photos, versus just her family portraits, she became very relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. Her true beauty is from within and she exudes her beauty on the outside as well.

For some people, they ask, why... why get a portrait session... Wether its the time of the season, or a special event in your life

There are many reasons to get a portrait session, but also, think about those times when you just need to do things for yourselves...

I am here to capture those natural moments in your life and I will work with you to get the photos that you want, but to give it my own little flair.

Life comes and goes to fast... don't regret it if theres no photos to prove your beauty.
We are all beautiful!

One last one...

Portrait Photography by Dan Ketcham
DcKetcham Photography

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Children Photography Amherst Ohio

While doing a recent session, I was able to capture some wonderful shots of this little man!
Being a photographer in Lorain and Amherst is great!

I'm always looking for new models and families to photograph here in the Lorain area

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Family Photographer Lorain & Amherst Ohio

DcKetcham Photography was lucky enough to be a family portrait photographer for a wonderful family.

Editing now, and wanted to share a sneak peek at these.
They were such a wonderful family to work with.... and more to come.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Family Portraits Lorain Ohio

I am busy gearing up for an upcoming family session with a wonderful family here in Lorain.
This will be my first "Generation" session, as three generations to be included.

Look for a preview later this week.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Family Photographer - Lorain, OH

I had the pleasure to work with two great families this past Saturday...

Preview to be posted... Just presenting to them today their proof galleries.

Proud to be their family photographer here in Lorain

Friday, October 22, 2010

newborn photography lorain ohio

Newborn Photography Lorain Ohio

Here are a few of the different ways that I can present a single photo

What a blast to do a newborn session... there are so many props to incorporate...

lorain family photographer

i am so excited for tomorrows session with an amazing family....
lots of testosterone in this family.... but, think that this will be a great fall shoot...

weather looks perfect and props are ready...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

lorain county maternity photographer

As you've seen I've been blessed to be chosen as a photographer for two maternity sessions in lorain county...
If you are expecting or know anyone who is, please refer them to me as I am looking for some mothers - to - be and offering some great incentive packages

Monday, October 18, 2010


Recentely, I was lucky enough to be a part of two maternity sessions.
These sessions were close to my heart for many reasons...
mostly that these two ladies let me be that part of this special time in their lives... for one, it was her second child, and the other, this will be her first.
another reason that these were so special to me, is that these were highschool friends, and even though father time and zip codes have divided us, it didnt affect how we acted and all... even though we have grown a little since then, it was just like it was yesterday...

thats how my photography is... its personal.. its friendship... just think of me as a friend who has come by for a moment and will be taking a few photos...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

For the love of fall

ITS OFFICIALLY FALL! I am so excited. Beautiful weather, a warm cup of coffee, breathtaking colors, pumpkins, falling leaves, candy corn, bon fires, chili, red wine, homemade apple pie, the smell of pumpkin candles~ I could go on forever…but.. I want to offer a special deal!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Rock The Bump

This past week was pretty good for D c Ketcham Photography...
Saturday with the newborn, and Tuesday with an expectant mother!

Going in we knew that we wanted a retro theme and all...
Heres a few...

Looking forward to at least one more maternity sessions this fall...

Hopefully will be doing some newborn sessions too!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Be Yourself

I prefer to take portraits in natural light whenever possible. I shoot on location, whether it's at the beach, park, or in your home. I have researched many locations to find the perfect backdrop for your photos. Bring an entire family or just yourself. I always look to make it a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
Whether you're a natural in front of the camera or you're a shy one, I can work with you to get the look you're trying to achieve. We can set up posed shots or you can just be yourself while I capture what I see from my perspective.
If you're looking for something more than just the traditional posed portraits, I prefer to let my clients relax and be themselves. By interacting with others or engaging in activities, you'll be natural and look better in photos.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Newborn Session

Just finished shooting my first newborn session since my own kids, and cannot wait to share the photos with anyone!

Such a beautiful little girl!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

So what kind of photography do you do?

I get asked this question quite a lot so I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you what kind of photography I do. People are my specialty. Big people, little people, new people, marrying people, pregnant people, naked people. People. I love to photograph emotion. I am drawn to it. I relate to it. I am an emotional being whose goal is to capture the emotion I see in you! In those in-between moments when you think no one is looking; in the mundane moments that couldn't possibly be interesting; that's where I want to be. I LOVE surprising you with images you weren't expecting. I LOVE taking normal, everyday things and making moments out of them. Who would have thought that eating lunch, or baking cookies, or holding hands could be so special? I do... and let me capture those moments.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Birthday Shoot (Lorain Child Photographer)

My little man turned 5 this past sunday....
We went out and got a few wonderful shots. Amazing how fast they really do grow up.

I am so lucky to have this guy in my life! I dont know what I would do without him!

Monday, September 6, 2010


Don't know why it took so long, but is finally registered...

working on the site now and should be up and running soon!

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Life is all about emotions... and here at D C Ketcham Photography, I want to capture those emotions...

Share your emotions with me...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Shot in the Park

Had a Fantastic shoot in the park a few days ago... heres a collage I just made...

more can be seen on our Facebook page by clicking HERE

Friday, August 27, 2010

Are you tired?

Tired of boring backgrounds and stiff poses for your portraits? So am I! That's why I do all of my shoots on location with natural lighting. I can come to your home or use any of the many beautiful locations in the area. I work with you to get the photos YOU want instead of using tired, generic poses. I want your experience to be relaxed and enjoyable. After all, that's what produces the most natural expressions for the best pictures!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Looking for

Looking for a few models that would love to help me out with more portfolio building....
contact me at if you are interested!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pretty Basic

It's pretty basic...I love people and I love photography.
I don't think you should have to pay thousands of dollars for great pictures.
So, I provide quality photography at an affordable price.
I work to make sessions fun and relaxed so that clients get photographs they love.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Prices and Structure

I aim to make my portrait sessions casual, easygoing, fun, and intimate.
My style is fresh, photojournalistic, and timeless.
My portrait sessions produce more than just pretty photographs. I capture authentic moments: your essence, your love, your relationships, and your beautiful history. I am a storyteller… and, this is your story.
Working primarily with natural light, I capture memories that will last a lifetime.
On average my sessions last a minimum of an hour or more ... and usually more
I love artistic imagery and the photojournalistic approach to photography because I believe it tells a beautiful story.

All portrait sessions include my time, talent, professional retouching, and the processing of your images. I have thought of doing where no prints are included, but why... I believe that you have to have something tangible no matter what so with each session you get a minumum of four prints.
If you are interested in detailed prices and package information, please email me:
Prices are based on locations within the Lorain area. Should I need to travel outside of this area, an additional travel fee will be determined.

I love doing portrait sessions and look forward to telling your story!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Why so difficult...

So, we just moved and that was a chore on its own... but... why is it so difficult to photograph my own children?
case in point... i had this great idea for our "we're moved" cards and all and so in my head I went over and over.. then tried the set up and the lighting wasnt working for me, so waited another day.. and right what I wanted in my head.. so, i brought the kids out to help me but thats when their listening ears went off...
We were able to get the shot that we wanted, but.. of course not all looking the same way, etc... but... I love taking photos of children, and especially toddlers as their expressions and mannerisms are great.. but when it comes to my own i think my own frustration kicks in and then its downhill. But with other kids, it just flows perfect and I get the shots I want, and the parents want : without the frustration
I get some great shots and actually too many, that we have soo many that are frame worthy just sitting... but.. now with the new house maybe those will turn into my wall....

all in all.. photographing children is a passion.. im looking forward to a few shoots that I am working on...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Where the Coal and Iron Meet

D C KetchamPhotography will be at the Lorain High School

Class of 1995 reunion this upcoming weekend!
Always to be known as the last class of the original LHS!
I will be there taking candids, groups and other photos!
Hope to see you there and check back here afterwards for some
I am very excited and honored to be part of this!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Has sent proofs out for approval

Wow, What a fantastic week!
Two AWESOME portrait sessions last weekend kept me busy doing editing!

I had such a great time with these and some fantastic shots!

Heres a few of my faves, but more will be posted as soon as the families have time to view them more.

Stay Tuned

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Two Upcoming Shoots

This weekend I am delighted to be taking two portrait shoots.
On Saturday, I will be photographing newlyweds and their wedding party! How exciting!

Also, on Sunday, I get to spend some time with a great little family and cannot wait!

Lots to do but already have some great ideas! Lets hope the weather is perfect for these two shoots!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Teen Session

On the Monday following the 4th of July, I was treated to a portrait session with three amazing teens. Here are a few of my favorites.

Others can be seen at either Flickr or Facebook

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Started editing

Had a fantastic photoshoot with three teens the other day. It was a hot day, but got some great shots!

Started editing them this morn...

Stay Tuned

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Portrait Shoot

On July 1st I was lucky enough to have a great portrait shoot with model JJ.
Here are a few favorites from the session

More Can Be seen at our Flickr

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sessions Available

Individual Portraits
Approx 1 – 1.5 hour session

Family Portraits
Approx 1 – 1.5 hour session
Includes 4 family members
Additional $10 per member or Pet

Senior Portraits
Approx 1 – 1.5 hour session
Two—Four Outfit Changes
*Please bring own props

“Preserving Time” Infants/Toddler
Approx 1 hour of portraits and lifestyle photos letting the child explore and to have fun!
Includes 10 Greeting Cards

“As They Grow” Infants/Toddler *
Same as our Infant/Toddler but sessions set at least 3-6 months apart.
Includes 10 Greeting Cards
*Half off second session fee due at session

Approx 1 – 1.5 hour session with Mother & Father-to-be
Includes 10 Greeting Cards
*Includes a few props and more artistic photo enhancements

Approx 1 hour session on location or your home within 20 mile radius. Includes up to 4 family members.


Fun portraits that capture your personality are the most treasured of memories. For yourself or as a gift for a loved one. Professional portraits are an important addition to remember all life stages. Don't put it off any longer, give me a call today to book your session at a convenient time.

Family and individual sessions are available at a very reasonable price. My studio, your home or a picturesque location. Allow about an hour for a family shoot with 2 or 3 children, a little more time if more people. Think about where you might like to place portraits in your home and choose the style of portraiture and clothing to suit this use. Individual portraits also take around an hour allowing for more poses and some time to relax in front of the camera. Often the last images taken are my favourites as I find people are more at ease in front of the camera and it really shows.

Portraits can be formal or relaxed or even a little of both. It is good to choose complimentary clothing for each person, while everyone does not have to be dressed the same. paying attention to non clashing. can make all the difference.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

An Evening at the Park

After a very nice storm rolled through and knocked power out to most of the city, we were given an almost eerie yellowish haze in the sky. Couple that with the storm passing and we saw a very large rainbow, but there was actually two rainbows.. yes a double.
Here are some shots from the double rainbows and the sunset that we were able to enjoy too!

Shot through Lorain's historical rose garden
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Here at D C Ketcham photography we believe that there is more to a picture than just a thousand words... there is emotion, there is individuality and preservation. What I try to do is more than just stand there and say "cheese," because, well that is just cheesy!
Do you want to look back on your photos in a few years, in 10 years, or at a graduation party to remember that cute little boy, or do you want to remember your precious little baby girl after you walk her down her aisle and give her away and say... I'm happy with these.....Not really, you really want to remember everything about that moment in time... the memory and the emotion.
Let's together take a moment and perserve the innocence of childhood.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Motorcycle Time

Spent some time yesterday afternoon out shooting some motorcycles.
A 1500 Goldwing and a 1500 Valkryie.

Used a few settings and came up with some decent shots.

Check back later for some other updates and more pics!

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Welcome to D C Ketcham Photography blog.
This is the beginning of the blog where I will share previews, posts and pictures of my photographic work.

D C Ketcham photography is photography that has inspirations that come from the heart. My photojournalist approach shares the true emotions and feelings that are captured with the click of a shutter. I want to work with you and share my passion for photography and capture the real you and not just some cookie cutter picture... but a photograph that you would be proud to hang on your wall or to share in this digital world we live in.

Thank you for taking the time and stopping by.... I hope to hear from you again and to schedule an appointment. Please feel free to contact me at or stop by our facebook page.