Album of the Year 2016 – Professional Photographers of Ohio

by James ~ March 28th, 2016

Over the last three years, we have discovered the value of entering our photographic work into competition at the state, national, and international level as a tool to increase our craft, and gain valuable feedback on our work.  While many photographers choose to enter single images into competition, we made the decision that we would only enter full wedding albums, and that we would only enter work created for clients, as this seemed to be the direct way to improve the quality of the work that we deliver to our clients on a weekly basis.

Needless to say, we were quite thrilled to find out that an album that Genevieve designed from Dave and Kristen’s wedding was given the John R. Hoverman 2016 Album of the Year Award  by Professional Photographers of Ohio!

In addition to the Album of the Year Award, all four of the albums we entered received a of 80 or higher, and our cumulative score was enough to rank us as one of the top 10 photographers in Ohio for the third year in a row.

Thank you so much, Professional Photographers of Ohio!



Elim and Ryan’s Wedding at the Old Courthouse

by James ~ March 24th, 2016

We first had the opportunity to meet Elim and her family when we photographed her brother’s wedding a few years ago.  We had a great time with them then and we had a great time on Saturday with Ryan, Elim, and their families as they tied the knot with a beautiful Catholic ceremony at St. Ann’s Church in Cleveland.

After the ceremony we headed to the flats in search of some colorful photos; something that can be in short order in March in Ohio.  While we did find some color, we also found one of the most powerful wind tunnels in Downtown Cleveland.  After nearly getting blown over by powerful gusts of wind off the lake we skipped on over to the West Bank of the flats where the sun peaked out and gave us some beautiful light to shoot with.

We then headed to the Old Courthouse on Lakeside Ave. where Jennifer from Heart-2-Heart Occasions was putting the finishing touches on a stunning wedding reception along side Blooms by Plantscaping and Driftwood Caterers.  Dinner was delicious, the room was beautiful, the dance floor was packed, and everyone seemed to be having a genuinely good time.

Elim and Ryan, thank you so much for making us a part of your day.  We had a fantastic time with you guys and you truly were “those clients” that provide us the opportunities to create the best work we possibly can.  Even if we have to brave some seriously chilly winds in the process.


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Michael and Lindsey’s Winter Wedding at the Cleveland Westin

by Genevieve ~ March 16th, 2016

Lindsey was enjoying her life in NYC in a job where she was making a difference, surrounded by friends and family that loved her but she knew something was missing. She was hoping to have someone special by her side to share in life’s journey. Much to their delight, a family friend stepped in and set her and Michael up. And the rest, as they say, is history!

Lindsey and Michael planned an elegant winter wedding at the Cleveland Westin hotel. With both of them having busy schedules in the Big Apple, it was nice to have some (if not a lot of) help from her mother and Kim from Noteworthy Events to get all the pieces put together. The results were amazing!

The day was a whirlwind of emotion, energy and fun which you would expect 16 groomsmen and 9 bridesmaids. His 2 adorable nieces were the flower girls and might have struggled to keep up with the grown ups.

Mazel Tov you two! Enjoy the images!


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Adam and Karmin’s Bordeaux Wedding Albums

by James ~ February 18th, 2016

Adam and Karmin’s wedding albums look absolutely beautiful.  We love the use of the invitation on the cover and the simple and elegant design inside.  Enjoy, guys!


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3rd Place Grand Imaging Award – Professional Photographers of America

by James ~ February 2nd, 2016

A few  months ago, we got a somewhat cryptic call from some at Professional Photographers of America that one of the wedding albums is one of finalist for this year’s Grand Imaging Award and that we really should try to attend the awards ceremony in Atlanta this past January.  They wouldn’t tell us where our album placed, just that we really should try to attend.  We weren’t quite sure what to make of it so we waited until the very last minute to decide to just send me (James) down to represent the both of us and to see what happens.

We really didn’t expect much to come of this considering how amazing some of the other finalists were, but much to our surprise, our names were called for the third place award!  Thanks to my new friends Ron and Gwen, I have a few iPhone photos from the awards ceremony to share.ppa-grand-imaging-award-2016-nisly

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Chris and Jen’s New Year’s Eve Wedding at the Metropolitan at the 9

by Jarred ~ January 19th, 2016

Heather and I were super excited about the idea of a New Year’s Eve wedding at the Metropolitan at the 9 – the excitement of the wedding, the holiday, and the styling of the hotel coming together for a surreal evening.

Maria Kovacevich from Elegant Events by Maria put together a great plan which allowed for a rooftop first look, Vault photos, a beautiful Mint Ballroom ceremony and reception, and we even found time to visit the world’s largest outdoor chandelier in Playhouse Square!

It was a great party C&J, we had a lot of fun, we hope you love the photos!


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David and Kristen’s Winter Wedding at the Union Club

by James ~ January 8th, 2016

2015 was another fantastic year here at Genevieve Nisly Photography, and we couldn’t have been happier to close out the year with Dave and Kristen and their families and friends at their sublimely beautiful wedding.

The ceremony took place at the historic Saint John’s Cathedral in Downtown Cleveland, after which we headed over to East 4th St. where we were able to create some wonderful portraits of Dave and Kristen and their bridal party.  It might not look like it, but the wind had a pretty good bite to it, so once the cold got to be too much, we found shelter at the Union Club where the reception would later follow.  There are few better indoor locations for photos in Cleveland and the Club’s decorations, combined with the floral decor Blooms by Plantscaping provided, mad the place even more inviting and warm to be in.

David and Kristen were just a pleasure to photograph with their, outgoing, and kind demeanor and they made us feel so welcomed and appreciated on the wedding day.  We have a lot of great stuff to show you guys, Dave and Kristen, but here’s a taste of some of our favorites to hold you over until the we have everything prepared.  Enjoy!


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Dan & Jennifer’s La Pizzaria Wedding by Heather and Jarred

by Jarred ~ December 24th, 2015

Dan and Jennifer, like all December wedding couples, were hoping for snow.  As you know, we didn’t get it, but like I told them – if we can’t have snow, 55 and sunny is a nice alternative!  We got to enjoy an unusually pleasant day with a great couple who are obviously a perfect fit for each other.

Despite not having the snow to work with, the twinkly Christmas ceremony lights and the unobstructed winter sunset worked together to create a warm glow that works great with the blues of the wedding and really brings the photos together.

We had a great time working with you D&J, we have no doubt that you have an awesome future ahead of you.  We hope you love the photos!


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