Who we are
all about us
HI, I'M OONA
When you're getting married things can be overwhelming and extremely highstakes all at once. That's especially true when it comes to those all important first few vendors you choose. Finding wedding photography for a day like your wedding is about more than finding pictures you like on a website. It's about more than just googling 'Ohio wedding photographer' and hoping you get lucky. It’s about finding the person, or team of people, that you are going to walk alongside as you head into the most important day of your life.
It’s about not having one more thing to worry about, and knowing that there are people in your corner who care as much about once in a lifetime memories as you do.
Lead Photographer and head vegan-cupcake-eater in our neck of the woods
Your photographers are the people you'll spend the most time with. You need a team that you connect with, and that helps you feel at ease on a day that can be stressful. On this page, you’ll find a little bit about Oona, specifically, and a few things about us as a team. Some silly things, meaningful things, and overall sense of why any of this matters to all of us...
My love for photography came from my grandma. Her name was Grace and she was one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known. In a time when it wasn’t as easy for a woman to contribute outside of her home, she (as a single mother of 6) started her own business as a professional wedding photographer and ran it for over 40 years. She was passionate about what she did and genuinely loved each person she photographed. She was completely delighted in who they were and being able to capture their unique personalities. The people she worked with knew it too. When you were with her, you knew she wanted to be with you. She was just that kind of person. She ignited my love of photography by allowing me to carry bags and set lights when I was younger, eventually graduating me to learn to use her medium format Hasselblad camera (for the non-photographers this is the camera of ALL cameras). I learned to work on film and spent every moment I could with a camera in hand.
As I got older, after a wedding, my grandmother would call me. As we chatted about how her wedding that weekend went, she would almost always comment on how that just had to be her favorite bride of all time. I would laugh and say, “Grandma, you said that about your last bride!” And she would assure me that, no, no, THIS bride was her favorite. EVER. She would then usually move on to commenting that I really must become friends with this beautiful woman because I “would just love her”. That is just how she viewed life and the people around her. When she was photographing you, you felt as though you were the most beautiful person in the world and her favorite she’d ever captured on film.
I think her passion and genuine love of humanity in photography was what sparked my desire to continue her journey. All these many years after Dragonfly Photography was created, lots of things have changed but that basic love for capturing humanity at its best has only grown. Hers is the legacy I want to continue.
ABOUT THE PEOPLE
What makes us different? We are a group of women who are entirely committed to being different in a world of same. There are plenty of wedding photographers, but our team isn’t new. We are professionals who know what we’re doing. We work hard, laugh hard, we enjoy coffee, each other, and the couples we serve. And it shows.
We photograph for the generations you haven't met yet.
But it's also about more than wedding photography.
What if building your legacy built theirs?
We decided a long time ago that we weren't going to be your typical show up and "take some pictures" kind of photographers. We wanted to be a part of seeing legacies born, stories told, and new families joined together as one. But at some point we started thinking... what if it could even more than that?
As a company, we are also passionate about serving others who are less fortunate than we are. Sadly, there are many kids that start with a story much more challenging than maybe you or I did, and that's why it's incredibly important to us as a team that the work we do preserving your legacy through photography makes a difference for their legacies as well.
That's why every year we donate 50% of our profits to non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the world
We are personally invested in the idea that legacy matters for each one of us. On top of this we also donate any tips given to our team directly to a charity we support or ask our couple to donate to a charity in our honor instead of tipping our team. Why? Because in the end we're all here to honor and tell eachothers stories. On a wedding day, you put many times years of effort, investment, and tears into building an incredible day. But the idea that your day would outlive you? Become a well for a child in need of clean water? Become medical care for a child in the worst of circumstances? Seems like a great way to start your legacy out together.
Who do we support currently?
Preemtive Love - Helps families fleeing violence remake home and rebuild their lives. https://preemptivelove.org/ They show up with emergency relief—food, water, medical care, and more—for families on the frontlines of war in Syria and Iraq. But then they stay, long after the immediate crisis has passed. They help refugees start small businesses, so they can provide for their families and rebuild their lives, without having to depend on handouts. If you decide to support this charity, you can use our Dragonfly Photography fundraiser link and we can keep track of all our couple's impact this year.
Charity: Water - Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. One of the most amazing things about this not-for-profit is that they "prove" every project they take on, check out what that means here plus private donors cover their operating costs so 100% of donations go right to the field to fund water projects. Find out more about this great charity at https://www.charitywater.org/.
Cheers to making the world a better place together.
"Some companies are dependent on the weather, Dragonfly and their team make the pictures art regardless of what's going on outside. By the end of the process, you feel like they are your best friends. We felt so loved and cared for and understood. Thanks Oona and crew. You are our favorites."
- Anna + Pat
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