Welcome Debbie and Adam

Category: Misc. | October 25th, 2011

I would like to welcome Debbie and Adam our newest couple! I am very excited to photograph their wedding next year. Their ceremony will be at the beautiful St. Peter in Chains and their reception will be at the wonderful Hall of Mirrors! I am very excited to photograph their Dayton engagement session next month.

Meet Bradley!

Category: Portraits | July 14th, 2015


This little guy is just too cute! I adore his gummy smile. He is 8.5 months old and already crawling pretty quickly. Their family of three is just so sweet together. I just wish they lived closer! Debbie and Adam I am so thrilled to photograph your adorable little guy. Thanks for coming to our studio on your recent trip. It was great to hear about your adventures with a little one!

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One of my favorite moments during the wedding day is a reception room reveal! It gives the couple a chance to see how their venue has been transformed for their guests. At Debbie and Adam’s wedding we couldn’t wait to see everything come together – from flowers to the cake – and one of the best parts – was the lighting! The Hilton’s Hall of Mirrors room is a great room. But dim the lights and add some color and it becomes breathtaking! Goodwin Lighting has to be one of my favorite companies to see at an event. They truly are artists!

When did you first realize you wanted to work with weddings?
In 1988 when I was an intern for a company that sold lighting products and rented equipment. I became involved with a variety of special events. My background as a designer was in live performance, theatre, dance and opera.  The exposure to the special events industry opened up a whole new avenue for me.

What is your training or background? 
I have a BA in Theatre Design and an MFA in Theatrical Design; covering scenic, costumes and lighting design. I also have additional advanced training in rigging and power distribution.

PottingerPhotoThePhoenixdowntownCincinnatiwedding-36 (2)How long have you been in business? Where are you located?
After 7 years in the special event industry, I started my own company 1995, based in Lakeside Park, Northern Kentucky and servicing the Tri-State area.

Why did you start your business?
After 7 years working for someone else, it was time.  I wanted to concentrate on one thing only – lighting design. I felt the event industry would be a unique avenue to explore.

What is your favorite part of a wedding? 
Seeing the final result of all the design elements coming together. In theatre design, all the designers work together for a common goal, and pool resources to ensure the curtain goes up on time. This is why we are so aware of all the design elements from linens to florals, or power for entertainment to catering. We care about how the whole event looks and comes together.

Where do you go for inspiration?
Photos, mother nature, trade or interior design magazines and seeing what other designers are contributing to the event such as the cake, flowers and linens.  The architectural elements in the event space can be very inspirational.

PottingerPhotoHiltonNetherlandPlazaHallofMirrorsHolyCrossImmaculataParishCincinnati-28What are your favorite upcoming trends? 
Color and style are always key, so seeing what is new in home magazines often dictate what is trending. On the technology side, it is LED’s, color and video.

Do you have any new favorite products?
LED’s are a great tool, but not the only one in the tool box. We utilize magnetic battery pinspots now which have proved to be ideal for working in older spaces where we could not pinspot before due to power or structural limitations.

What is one thing you wish brides knew while planning a wedding?
It is my job to choose the right tools for the job. Sometimes that is an LED fixture, sometimes it is not. Too often brides hear a buzz word like "LED up lights" and think they have to have them.  But they are not always appropriate for all applications. You also cannot treat lighting like a grocery list of parts. It is not about the total number of lights, but rather, the proper amount of lights in the best locations to satisfy the design scope.

The lighting design process is more than just a DJ offering ten complimentary LEDs in locations or a color which do not enhance the atmosphere. In the end, you get what you pay for and is it really worth saving $100.00 at the risk of the room not looking right?

Anything else you want to share with us?
We love working with the whole design community in Cincinnati. There are so many talented people here. I just wish that there was a better sense of budget. Too often our clients see photographs of elaborate weddings, and do not truly understand the costs involved. Event professionals should not undervalue their services just to secure business.  Great designs need a healthy budget to become a reality, and it is the responsibility of all special event professionals to educate their clients accordingly.

For more information be sure to contact Glen Goodwin:
: www.goodwinlighting.com
Phone: 859-578-0949




One of my favorite moments during the wedding day is a reception room reveal! It gives the couple a chance to see how their venue has been transformed for their guests. At Debbie and Adam’s wedding we couldn’t wait to see everything come together – from flowers to the cake – and one of the best parts – was the lighting! The Hilton’s Hall of Mirrors room is a great room. But dim the lights and add some color and it becomes breathtaking! Goodwin Lighting has to be one of my favorite companies to see at an event. They truly are artists!

What is your design training or background? How long have you been in business?
I have a BA in Theatre from NDSU (North Dakota) and an MFA in Lighting Deign from Purdue. I have been in Cincinnati since 1988 and have run our own business since 1995.

What is your favorite part of a wedding?
My favorite part is seeing the whole room ready to go for the reception. Tables, flowers, cake, everything turned on for the lighting. Really great to see the finished product.


Where do you go for inspiration?
Inspiration comes form many sources, trade shows, magazines, seeing live performances, working on other types of events like business meetings, galas, theme parties etc…

What are your favorite upcoming trends?
Trends come and go, some are technology based and some are design based. I always key in on the interior design industry which helps define colors, textures and style. Right now the "LED" is the hot button word. but it’s like Kleenex and is becoming so common place that it’s losing it’s design appeal. One type of light is not the one solution for every design. One has to know the tools available and select the right one for the right job. That’s part of being a designer, rather than just a guy with LED’s.


How can lighting make a difference at a wedding?

Lighting is the best way to create drama, highlight decor items such as flowers and cake and make a connection to other design items by way of color and texture. It’s the binding agent which allows everything else to make sense. Lighting design it also about what NOT to light. If the room has "issues" not lighting it and letting it fall into shadows can make it disappear. Most people feel that up lights or trying to disguise it with lighting is the best approach, but the real answer is to not bring focus to it all and let the other elements within the room take priority.

What should we know about lighting?
Lighting is more than just owning the actual lights. Its having a design eye, knowing where to put the lights to do the best job, selecting the right color and choosing the right texture patterns to make the lighting look like it belongs to the event. This goes beyond the actual design, and includes the way an event site looks. We run our cables and place our equipment in a most discrete way possible. Our goal is to make the equipment blend into the existing architecture as much as possible. It’s not about the equipment but about what the actual lights do. Safety is also a big concern, any lights on the ground can become a trip hazard and suspending lights overhead takes special training to know how to do it safely. We make it look easy, but there is a lot to be considered when suspending items over head. We have special rigging insurance to cover our methods of suspending our equipment.


What makes you different from other companies out there?
What makes us different is that we trained in lighting design and are total team players. We look out for red flags from all aspects of an event and bring up potential issues such as power, color choices, and timing for installation, room turns etc… We have been known to help place flowers during a room turn, and help out others when a need arises. We also try to protect the customer from making bad decisions. We are not afraid to tell a client that their request is not a good one. Once example is we often get asked to light the dance floor in white light. We strongly argue against this. We have seen that a bright dance floor creates a psychological barrier and guests feel self conscience and will not go on the dance floor. We have a great "comparison shopping" page showing examples of what we do and what others try to do. It’s a great resource to show the difference.

Goodwin Lighting Services






When I walked in and saw Abby’s wedding dress I was so excited! Doesn’t Abby look amazing in her dress? Their ceremony and reception were at McCoy’s in Wilmington, Ohio. My favorite part of their outdoor ceremony was the groom’s smile when the bride joined hands. After the ceremony and  few family photos we headed to downtown Wilmington for photos of the couple. Before the wedding the couple sent me photos for some ideal spots and a diagram of where they all were. I laughed when I received it because the couple knew exactly what I would love! Along our one block photo walk we spotted a Hers and His thrift store just begging to be a fun backdrop! It was great to include a beautiful little town that means so much to this couple! Once we got back the reception was in full swing. After dinner and mingling we took the couple out into the field for a few evening light photos followed by their first dance. They were surrounded by their friends and family on the deck. What a beautiful wedding day! Congrats to Abby and Tim! Thank you for choosing us to document your wonderful day. We wish you two all the very best!

Ceremony and  Reception: McCoy Catering Service, Wilmington, Ohio
Photo Location: downtown Wilmington, Ohio
Wedding Dress:
Bridal and Formal
Bridesmaids Dresses:
Bridal and Formal
Men’s Warehouse
Makeup and Hair:
Beauty Bar (Wilmington, Oh)
Officiant: Tony Brackemyre (youth pastor)
Ceremony Musicians: UC Band members
Flowers and Decorations: Diane Dell
The Cake Diva
Photo Booth
McCoy Catering Service
Maize Music
Prime Time Party Rental