It's something I've said before, but with Lee + Tera, it's absolutely impossible to know where to begin. Through this season of their lives, it's been an honor to become friends with them, and that's why, by the time it arrived to their wedding day, it felt as though I was celebrating with them, and capturing their day took on even more meaning. These two have such a bond, such a true friendship, that it's just a joy to be in their presence and celebrate with them. To understand them a little better, Tera is a person who is her own sunshine. Her smile radiates, and anyone who meets her will understand what I mean. Lee is also his own force; the calm, steady, yet funny counterpart to Tera. Together, they are such a wonderful couple, and capturing their connection on their wedding day was a joy. Their vows were sweet, and Lee's triumphant first kiss, as he lifted Tera high in the air, was one I doubt anyone will ever forget!Read More
One of the things I love most about being a Dayton wedding and engagement photographer, is capturing the connection of two souls. Capturing the sense of excitement, the anticipation of the future together, and the emotional bond are all parts of my job, and there are days where everything comes together in just the perfect way to make that happen. And, in the instance of Jake + Hannah, they absolutely ROCKED their engagement session! Their connection, joy, and sheer happiness shone through their interactions with one another, and it was a blast to work with them during their engagement session.Read More
There are few things greater than having the honor of photographing the best day of someone's life thus far, regardless of who it is, or where it is located. However, when being a destination wedding photographer coincides with the opportunity to photograph someone's wedding who you feel is like a second brother to you, it's even more emotional, and even higher of an honor, if even possible. And, when Danny asked me to photograph his wedding to Mayra in Ecuador, it was one of the biggest honors I've had as a destination wedding photographer. Danny and Mayra are dear to my heart, and their fearlessness and creativity made for one of the most fun weddings I've been able to document!Read More
If you look up adventurous in the dictionary, I'm quite convinced Dan + Lauren will show up. From the moment we met for their incredible, nearly 24-hour engagement adventure in Portland and the Washington coast, to their amazing backpacking trip in Nepal a month before their wedding, to their gorgeous wedding in Coeur d'Alene, these two are always on the hunt for a new adventure! Combine their fearlessness with their genuine kindness, and you have a recipe for a fantastic wedding!Read More
Francois and Sarah have a unique love story, as they met in South Africa when Sarah traveled there for a Girls 4 Girls trip. With Sarah from Canada and Francois a South African native, they pursued their relationship long distance, and the wedding of Robyn and Brendon, where I met them, was one of the times they were able to be together, which when they told me that, made it even more special to meet them there. Through the long distance, they decided it was worth pursuing the relationship, and wound up traveling to China, where they were both able to live and be together. It's truly an amazing story to hear them tell, and it really puts into perspective how truly in love these two are. Now they have moved back to Vancouver, Canada to start their lives together, which is where I met up with them for their engagement session!Read More
From the first time I spoke with Daniel + Sarah, I could tell they had a spark -- an innate excitement and fire for not only one another, but for life -- and I knew if I had the honor to be their photographer, we'd have a fantastic time. To my delight, they chose me to capture their moments, and sure enough, they were an absolute blast to hang with! From start to finish, they could barely take their eyes off one another, their smiles were contagious, and the excitement was palpable. And, I think we conveyed their excitement in the photos!Read More
One of my favorite things about engagement photography is the opportunity to spend a day with my couples. Something I always encourage my couples to do, is on the day of their engagement session, to truly spend the day with one another. Don't be stressing after work to meet up with me, carrying that days' burdens. Rather, spend the day connecting with each other, enjoying the season of life they're in, and I'll capture them celebrating one another. When that happens, fantastic images are the result. And that's precisely what happened on Friday with Adam + Tenia!
Adam + Tenia have a fire about them -- an innate ability to just "bring it," and from the moment I first spoke with Tenia, I knew they would be an absolute blast to hang with. Tenia + Adam lived up to my belief, because these two met me before the sun even began to rise, hiked out to one of my favorite places in Dayton, and they absolutely slayed their engagement session!Read More
Brian + Paige are absolute champs. Want to know why? Not only did they drive 7 hours to Washington D.C. for their destination engagement session, but when I asked them if they'd wake up before the sun even thought about rising, to meet me at the Jefferson Memorial the next morning for a sunrise session, they didn't hesitate at all! These two were absolutely fantastic from start to finish as we wandered Washington D.C. for their engagement photos, and it was a joy to spend the morning and afternoon with them, taking in all of the moments and capturing their day for them.Read More
Wild laugher, huge smiles, bear hugs, popping champagne, and an epic live band are just some of the amazing parts of Michael + Katie's fantastic Cincinnati wedding day at 20th Century Theater! If you're ready for epic, look no further than these two. They, and their family and friends, know how to throw an amazing party to kick off a marriage -- which is my kind of wedding!Read More
"So, we're really awkward in front of the camera. You're going to have to help us."
Those were the opening lines from Chris + Erica when we met up at Turkey Run State Park, and they couldn't have been further from the truth! I'm beginning to believe that every couple who tells me they're awkward in front of the camera, just want to see how long I'll believe them, before they fall into amazing images that capture their essence. In their case, we got there in less than ten minutes, and that was because we had to walk about eight of those minutes to the first location. These two were so natural and so much fun, time flew while with the two of them!
There is a disclaimer I give all of my couples the first time I ever meet with them: don't book me if you just want a vendor. When couples choose me as their wedding photographer, I want to build a relationship with them through that season of their lives, get to know them, and learn what's most important to them about one another, their friends, and their families, so that on the wedding day, I can create their story in the most compelling way. Many times my couples become wonderful friends, long after the wedding day. However, even with that disclaimer, I feel like Alex + Sam should have given ME a disclaimer: that I would fall ridiculously in love with not only them, but both of their families, and have my face rocked off by their utterly fantastic day!Read More
You want to know how you know if a couple is going to be awesome? See where they have you meet up with them before the engagement session! David + Julie passed the test with flying colors, asking me to meet them at North High Brewery in Short North of Columbus for a drink before we got down to the business of creating killer images for them, and man, did they come ready to create! Right from the start, they were a blast, and as we wandered all over Columbus, things just kept getting better.Read More
There is quite the story behind this session, and I wouldn't have expected to be any other way, when Connor asked me to photograph him proposing to my oldest friend, Jenny. You see, Jenny and I go back to middle school, where we met playing basketball, and from there, we were the best of friends. Stories and stories abound, and she has always been there. From trying to give me rhythm and dance moves, to standing beside me as my maid of honor in my own wedding, Jenny has been there through it all. So when she first told me about Connor, I immediately told her he better be good enough for her, and she assured me he was. What I didn't know was how right he would be for her, or the joy he would bring her, and her to him. From the moment I met Connor, I could see how much he loved Jenny, and I told Matt, my husband, that I knew he was the one for her. Fast forward a few years later, and Connor texted me to ask me to be a part of his proposal. To say I was thrilled was an understatement! Over the next few months we planned and plotted, and of course Jenny was Jenny and threw our plans off, so we'd have to audible a bit to throw her off the scent, but we arrived to the day of the proposal, all of us excited and ready, and yet, Jenny and Mother Nature had different plans...but to give the cliff notes version, let's just say that everything that could possibly go wrong to delay this surprise proposal for my oldest, closest friend, absolutely happened in epic fashion.
And yet, everything came together so perfectly to create an unforgettable night!Read More
Being a wedding photographer, I believe, is truly the best job ever. It's amazing to meet so many fantastic couples at one of the most exciting points in their lives, get to know them as they go through the process of planning their wedding, and then see them embark on the journey of a lifetime on their wedding day. By the time we reach the actual wedding day, many times I've become close with my couples, which makes their wedding day so incredible for me to document, and it's an honor that I will always be in awe of.
Such is the case with Kortney and Sarah, whom from the moment I met, we hit it off and had a great time. These two were a blast on their engagement session, and by the end I felt like we were old friends. Their trust and easy-going nature made it a blast to create with them, and by the time we got to their wedding, we had become friends, and I was extremely excited to document their wedding. And man, was it a great one!Read More
It's no secret, I love being a destination wedding photographer. And, what many people don't realize, is destination weddings don't need to be out of the country, or in an exotic place. Honestly, destination weddings can be in your own backyard, or simply out of my own, ha! When Ben and Laurel asked me to shoot their wedding at the Millennium Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I was thrilled to head up north and capture their moments for them! From surprise video homages to Laurel from her favorite band, to rocking the night away in Millennium Hotel's gorgeous glass ballroom, Ben + Laurel's wedding was one to remember.Read More
If you need backyard wedding inspiration, look no further than Mike + Ashlea's unbelievablely magical wedding they created at their home in Dayton. From start to finish, from driveway to the edge of their backyard, they masterfully turned their home into a fantastic place to say, "I do," as well as party the night away. Their creativity, desire to capture moments, and commitment to creating opportunities to create some stunning portraits made their wedding one of my favorites of 2016, and their fun spirits made it ridiculously easy to pull it all together for them!Read More
What comes to your mind when you think of France? For me, I think of the pastries, the fashion, the history. I think of Paris and the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. I think of the lock bridge. But what I didn't think of, was just how cool the back streets of Paris could be. The places that are less touristy, and more of the every day life of a Parisian. So, when I connected with Mike + Christy, and they were game to show me some of "their" Paris, I was absolutely game...and I think we created some great images from it!Read More
Ryan + Abby met because of golf, so it's only right they were married on one of the most beautiful golf courses I have seen! Choosing Pinnacle Golf Club as their wedding location, they had a stunning backdrop to their day. And, even when it rained at the beginning, nothing could dampen their spirits, or their belief that the rain would hold off for their gorgeous outdoor ceremony -- and they were right!
From the first look of the bridesmaids, to Ryan's first glance as Abby came down the aisle, to the ridiculous fun they had throughout the day and to the point I would up in the golf club's pond a little deeper than I'd planned, their wedding day was an absolute pleasure to to capture. Their joy, and the joy they shared with their friends and family in attendance, was so fun to witness, and I'm so glad they entrusted their day with me.Read More
Being a destination wedding photographer, I get the unbelievable honor to get to know amazing couples embarking on one of the most important journeys of their lives. Getting to know my couples and be a part of their process, their wedding planning, and ultimately, building a relationship with them through this season of their life, is something I really cherish more than I can being to express. When couples like Lee + Tera let me into their lives to capture their excitement, it's seriously the best thing I could ever ask for. From the moment I stepped out of my Lyft ride and found Tera's welcome note to me in their flat, to when we wound up driving 8 hours round trip in one day to Yosemite, all the while chasing the sun and creating some killer images, every moment was a blast. I found myself doubled over laughing at Lee's jokes and Tera's quick wit. Their drive and commitment to having an adventure during their engagement session, and the way they cheered each other on and truly LOVED one another throughout the day was a pleasure to document. When two people are crazy about one another, it shows in the photos. And, below you'll find that it really, really shows.Read More
Alex and Sam have got to be two of the most fun people I've hung out with in a while, and these images will show you why pretty darn quick! These two are hilarious, down to wander, and just truly a pleasure to spend an evening with, and I'm so glad they chose me to be their engagement and wedding photographer! Both of them are ridiculously kind-hearted, wonderful men, and it's just a pleasure to be around them, and I'm so looking forward to capturing their wedding in November at the Dayton Art Institute!Read More