I've always been interested in sharing stories. My passion for photographing honest, engaging moments allows me to capture the essence of my subjects and document the minutiae of their story. With camera in hand, I photograph landscapes, people, food and brands; documenting stories, events, + communities.
Based off the Cuyahoga River in Kent, Ohio, Roger Hoover is a photographer whose work has appeared in various local and national publications. He works as a freelance photographer, shooting both commercial and non-commercial projects.
The Speedbumps are an award-winning American band with a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk and indie-rock influences, and singer-songwriter Erik Urycki’s breathy, commanding vocals and canny phrasing.
The band’s roots lie deep in the Rustbelt, where quiet strength and limited embellishment define the culture. The working class towns around Akron, the former rubber capital, from which artists like The Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Joseph Arthur have emerged, have provided the band with an aesthetic that seeks to tease out beauty from the gritty details of everyday life.
The band consists of Erik Urycki on vocals and guitar, Bethany Svoboda on vocals, banjo and Wurlitzer, Sam Kristoff playing cello -- often where you’d expect a guitar riff, Kevin Martinez on acoustic and electric bass, and Danny Jenkins on drums.
Pitmaster and butcher Phil Everett opened Burnside Barbecue in 2017 with partner and chef Emily Hansford in Kent, Ohio. Both Everett and Hansford attended culinary school in North Carolina and New York, respectively. They met while working at One Red Door in Hudson, Ohio.
Everett's background in butchery inspired him to host a Hog Butchery Class in conjunction with local cheesemonger, Tim Sahr from Kent Cheesemonger.
Everett led a class of roughly 45 people through the entire process of breaking a pig down, educating them on the cuts and ways to prepare them. Meanwhile, Sahr provided wine pairings while another chef prepared the fresh cuts for a sampling of tacos.
This series may be gruesome for some. It is my job as a photographer to capture the essence of an event.
Robert Kidney of 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
I spent a day photographing incomparable songwriter/artist Robert Kidney who is celebrating 50 years as frontman/guitarist for seminal jazz-avant-blues band 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band).
Server at Treno Ristorante in Kent, Ohio.
There are stories in kitchens, where chefs toil away to provide meals that are consumed in minutes.
There are stories in hotel bars where someone is crafting a gorgeous cocktail, or a place hidden from view where men congregate after a shift at the factory.
There are stories where land is eroding, rivers are adapting, and mountains are crumbling.
There are stories in backyards where children are climbing trees, building forts, and getting muddy.
To me, they're all the same, and it is my job to find the perspective.
"Roger was a professional and did a great job covering a community event. He was open to feedback on what areas to cover and themes to capture. The photos were high quality and made available shortly after the event. Overall I was very happy with his service!" - Harrison Wicks, Assistant to City Manager of Kent
"Roger has been a pleasure to work with. His eye for composition and creativity has brought our coffee and pastries to life! In addition, his candid shots of both employees and customers, have been perfect for our social media needs." - Lauren Heroux, Tree City Coffee & Pastry
"Roger has photographed several Main Street Kent events, both indoors and out, and he does a stellar job! We’re grateful for Roger’s quality work and personable approach." - Heather Malarcik, Executive Director, Main Street Kent
"Roger has been an invaluable partner to my businesses. He provides valuable perspective and stays current on market trends so we don’t have to keep as close an eye. And he has given our brands the distinct voice and image we were seeking." Mike Beder, Entrepreneur
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