"I love people, and I love taking pictures. I think my clients sense this right away. They know before I even pick up my Nikon that I’m genuinely interested in who they are and what they want to express to the camera. This, I think, is the secret to good portraiture."

Debra-Lynn Hook

24410 photos
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Member since 24-Oct-10

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AddressKent, OH
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From my days as a newspaper reporter working alongside award-winning photojournalists, I learned about capturing the moment. From my days as a traveling studio photographer shooting Shriners and their families, I learned about composition, studio lighting and how to quickly engage a large group of people. From life, I learned about the value of human connection. I believe the best photo is one that not only satisfies an intellectual curiosity, but that provokes human emotion. My mission as your photographer is to connect the artistry to you, to foster a warm, relaxed relationship between you and the camera, to create beautiful photos that authentically reflect your moment, your event, your life.

WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALISM STYLE~My style is documentary/journalism stye. I look for beautiful portraits, but I also like to capture those small moments that will help tell the complete story.~TIME COMMITMENT: Unlike many wedding photographers, my Wedding Day fee includes attending the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner. I always end up with photos to add to the overall package. But the point is for me to get a preview of ceremonial details; to see who's who in your wedding party; and to help you and your wedding party get used to me and my camera before all eyes are on you! The day of your wedding, I commit to being with the bride and groom for 8-10 hours, from hair and make-up through reception rituals and dancing. Final package includes 500-750 photos, cropped, contrast- and light-adjusted, on a downloadable flash drive for unlimited bride and groom use. Photos also will be posted indefinitely in a private album on this site for purchase and viewing by friends and family. Fee is $1,500 (plus 7 percent tax) within 10 miles of Kent, Ohio. I ask for a reasonable travel dispensation if additional travel is necessary. Special ENGAGEMENT PACKAGE ~ $175 for 60 minutes pre-wedding if I am shooting your wedding, $250 if not.

HIGH-SCHOOL YEARBOOK PHOTOS WITH A FLAIR~I believe the high-school yearbook photo shoot to be about more than the yearbook photo. I spend 45-60 minutes, and more, with each senior, ultimately providing a bank of dozens of poses and photos from which you can order prints. Seniors, if you're dreading the photo shoot, let me assure you that every senior I've ever had the pleasure of shooting walks away from this experience smiling. You can change clothes as many or as few times as you'd like! We actually have fun! My $225 fee includes 2 5X7s or 20 inscribed wallets of your yearbook pose to share with family and friends. All photos will be posted on my web site in perpetuity for friends and family to enjoy. I charge a small travel dispensation for travel beyond Stow-Kent. I prefer outdoors as outdoor settings make for the most dynamic backdrops. Down by the river in downtown Kent, on the grounds of the university, Beckwith's Orchards -- all make for gorgeous backdrops. I will also shoot in your home or in some other indoor or outdoor setting of your choosing. (Multiple locations will mean additional fees.) See my FB page for more on senior photos:http:/​/​www.​​facebook.​​com/​​groups/​​176499453533/​​

MATERNITY, BREAST-FEEDING and NEWBORN PHOTOS~This is a special time, so very much worth capturing in perpetuity. As a mother of three, I love doing these shoots and I believe my pictures speak to that. $150 for a 45-minute shoot. (I charge a small additional fee for travel outside the Kent area.) All pictures will be posted in a private gallery for free downloading and affordable prints.

BIRTH PHOTOS~I loved giving birth three times and writing about birth and birthing trends as a journalist and family-life columnist. I am an advocate of individualizing the birth experience, and that includes photographs. I can be as present or as removed as you'd like, rendering your photos as intimate or as private as you and your partner desire. Coming as I do from a family of nurses, I am very respectful of family and staff. I look to make this a seamless enterprise that will leave you with beautiful photos you can spend a lifetime sharing with family and friends, and ultimately one day, your child. I am willing to negotiate my usual hourly fee for the opportunity to photograph the miracle of your birth experience.

FAMILY PORTRAITS~Portraiture outdoors or in the comfort of your home. I will help you choose clothing and setting. I also throw in quick, individual shots of various family members. 45-to- 60-minute shoot. Price, starting at $250, includes 1 8X10 of your choice. Photos will be posted in perpetuity in a gallery on this web site for you and other family members and friends to enjoy.

EVENTS~ Want your soccer star immortalized? Having a special party or Zumba event? Coming from a journalism background as I do, I love shooting events as they happen. Contact me for a reasonable quote.

EXHIBITS-Kent exhibits now at McKay Bricker Gallery, Kent, and soon at Gallery 15 in Akron.

HEAD SHOTS~Variable fee, depending on your needs. I will work with your budget. Call me, email me, look for me on Facebook, and on my blog: http:/​/​www.​debralynn-​bloopbloopotter.​blogspot.​com/

***A graduate of Louisiana State University's School of Journalism, Debra-Lynn is also a print journalist and syndicated family-life columnist who has spent more than two decades writing and reporting for newspapers, magazines, Web sites and research organizations. Her passion for excellence in communication has taken her to the university setting, where she taught journalism, and to the bedside of the dying, where she interviewed and photographed hospice patients as a lasting gift for their families. Her attention to detail, to complete reporting and to the authenticity of her work has been recognized by a number of organizations, including the Institute of Southern Studies. Debra-Lynn is a native of South Carolina and a former resident of New Orleans and Geneva, Switzerland. She lives now in Kent, Ohio, with her husband, political scientist Dr. Steven W. Hook, and their three children. In addition to writing, taking pictures and managing her family, Debra-Lynn spends her time performing African drumming and gardening. She travels as often as possible to New Orleans -- where her family of origin lives -- a city she vows to continue helping resurrect.

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Guestbook for Debra-Lynn Hook Photography
23.Vicky Buckwalter(non-registered)
Debra-Lynn, I fell in love with you as a photographer and a person the first time I met you when Jodie and I were looking for a place to host Jodie's reception. I remember we saw your camera and asked if you took wedding pictures. you told us that you were just shooting for a relative's wedding and it was the first one you had shot. You were up front with us about your lack of experience in shooting weddings. You were so sweet to us right away and made us feel so comfortable. You took engagement and wedding pictures both. We couldn't have been more pleased. You captured more wonderful moments than if we would have hired 4 photographers. Your photographs are not just photos, they are memories frozen time. Thank you for wonderful work and your sweet and funny disposition!
22.Patricia Paino(non-registered)
You have a way about you that puts these graduating seniors at ease. The result is your ability to capture their true selves. Beautiful, natural photos.
20.Linda DeFine(non-registered)
Debbie it is so much fun having you at the zumbathons. You have some amazing action shots that express so much emotion. It is obvious you love what you do. Take care. I look forward to owning a few of your photos.
Debra-Lynn, you are such an amazing person and I'm so freakishly lucky to have the privilege of knowing you. Beautiful site!
18.Mo of Kent(non-registered)
So cool! Beautiful work, as always!!!!!!!!!!!