Connor + Jenny | Bay Preserve at Osprey | Sarasota Wedding Photographer

Connor + Jenny | Bay Preserve at Osprey | Sarasota Wedding Photographer

As a destination wedding photographer, every wedding I photograph is special and important. It's an honor to be there, and I never want to miss a moment for my couples. However, when your oldest friend gets engaged, asks your son to be the ring bearer, and then asks you to be the Matron of Honor -- AND the photographer -- it's a new level of responsibility, let me tell you!

With Connor being a Florida native, and Jenny having moved there as well, it made sense they would have their destination wedding in Sarasota, near Connor's family. After finding their perfect venue in the Bay Preserve in Osprey, Jenny finding the most gorgeous Spanish wedding dress to tie in her family roots, and her keeping true to her fun loving nature by hooking her bridesmaids up with Chuck Taylors, the stage was set for a beautiful, fun day!

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Best of 2017 - Couples

Best of 2017 - Couples

In 2017, not only did some amazing couples get married, a lot of amazing couples invited me into their worlds to capture them in all stages of their relationships, and to be able to travel the world, get to know these incredible souls, and connect with them was a huge honor. Sessions like these are such a blast, because it's an opportunity to see two people in love simply be themselves, with no stress or anywhere else to be, and many times, some of the best images come when people are just being themselves. That's what I love to do with couples as we work together -- create images that encompass THEM, that celebrate them, and tell their stories.

Chicago, San Francisco, Vancouver, Squamish, Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Columbus...those are just a few of the places we roamed together. 2017 was full of stories, and again, it's nearly impossible to choose favorite images out of the thousands upon thousands delivered, but below you'll find just a few of the pieces of a beautiful tapestry of life. These share their stories, and I'm so honored to have been a part of their lives.

2017, you were fantastic. 2018, let's make some more magic!

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Best of 2017 - Weddings

Best of 2017 - Weddings

Washington. Ohio. Illinois. Kentucky. Florida. Across the country, love won, celebrations were loud, emotions were real, and being able to be a part of the joy and joining of lives embarking on the biggest adventure yet was an honor beyond words. Being a destination wedding photographer is one of the biggest blessings I could have ever imagined. It's a joy to call this my career, and in 2017, I met so many wonderful couples, captured so many amazing memories, and felt so blessed to meet each and every person each weekend. It's hard to really know how to put into words how amazing a year 2017 was for weddings, but thankfully, I don't have to try too hard. Instead, I'll allow the images below to do the talking. But, before I go, I simply want to say this:

To each and every wedding couple in 2017, THANK YOU. You made this year possible, and with over 20,000 images delivered, it felt impossible to pick just a handful that represented what an epic year this was. Your trust, your joy, and your belief in me made these images possible. Your realness and your welcoming spirits allowed me to capture such amazing moments for you. I cannot ever adequately explain how much I appreciate each and every one of you, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds in 2018. So, with 2017 at a close, I present to you...the best of 2017: the Wedding edition. :) 

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Jake + Leiah | Dayton Wedding Photographer

Jake + Leiah | Dayton Wedding Photographer

Jake + Leiah are two seriously amazing people. I’ve had the honor of knowing Leiah for a few years, and getting to know her, Jake, and their families has been a wonderful journey. So, when they gave me the honor of capturing their incredible engagement session, I told them I simply had to capture their wedding day if at all possible. And, when a turn of events allowed me to be available for their wedding day, it was like Christmas had come early to reconnect with these two and capture their day for them!

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Gear Review: Sony A9

Gear Review: Sony A9

A small body that packs a punch, it gives me the same excitement I felt the first time I picked up a D750 — but in even better, and unique ways. While other mirrorless cameras have had positive aspects, none have truly felt like a complete camera for my personal use. The Sony A9 changes that; with its amazing EVF, literally silent electronic shutter, gorgeous colors straight out of camera, amongst other amazing aspects, this camera excites me and allows me to create stronger images for my clients. Add in the fact that the size makes it a winner for personal use, and this camera might just be exactly what I've been missing, and never realized it. Want to read more in-depth? Hit the jump for my personal opinions on some of the elements I find to be key to my work, and see if the Sony A9 might be the camera for you!

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Jacob + Gabby | Warrenwood Manor | Lexington Wedding Photographer

Jacob + Gabby | Warrenwood Manor | Lexington Wedding Photographer

Crisp, autumn weather...rich, vibrant autumn tones...beautiful, historic farmhouse...if this sounds like the perfect backdrop for a wedding day, you'd absolutely be correct. Jacob + Gabby had one of the most beautiful, quintessentially Southern, charm-filled weddings you can imagine at Warrenwood Manor in Danville, Kentucky, and beyond the beauty, Jacob + Gabby are such a blast, and their family and friends are simply a joy to celebrate with! Hit the jump to see how amazing their day was, and leave them some love!

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Daniel + Hannah | Bryn Du Mansion | Columbus Wedding Photographer

Daniel + Hannah | Bryn Du Mansion | Columbus Wedding Photographer

When I think of fantastically fun couples, Daniel + Hannah immediately come to mind. These two, and their families and friends, are some of the most wonderful people I've gotten to spend time with, and their wedding at Bryn Du Mansion was truly a joy to be a part of. From their joyful first look, through the fantastic karaoke at the reception, every part of their day was a blast to capture. Hit the jump to see their day!

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Aaron + Dashí | Downtown Chicago | Chicago Couples Photographer

Aaron + Dashí | Downtown Chicago | Chicago Couples Photographer

Sometimes, there are couples that you just absolutely cannot get enough of. Couples that are hilarious, down for anything you can think up, and just a joy to hang with. Aaron + Dashi are that kind of couple, and to say that it was a blast to hang with them in Chicago and capture their day would be an absolute understatement. Not only are these two a blast to hang with, but with both of them being extremely talented dancers, they had some of the most playful photos...which culminated in a hilarious pillow fight! I'll let you be the judge of who won...enjoy these photos and leave Aaron + Dashi some love! 

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Daniel + Michelle | Canopy Creek Farm | Dayton Wedding Photography

Daniel + Michelle | Canopy Creek Farm | Dayton Wedding Photography

There aren’t many times I walk into a wedding without having met my couple in person at some point during our planning process, so when I say that Daniel + Michelle were the best surprise a wedding photographer could ask for, I’m putting it mildly. And, when I say that Daniel + Michelle are two of the sweetest, most laid back, fun people to spend a day with, that’s really not giving them enough credit. These two were such a joy to spend the day with, and their families were a blast as well. From start to finish, this crew had an amazing day, and it was a fantastic, gorgeous weather day for an outdoor wedding at Canopy Creek Farm!

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Dillon + Corrie | Downtown Dayton Engagement Photographer

Dillon + Corrie | Downtown Dayton Engagement Photographer

Sometimes you meet people who just keep you smiling, no matter what they do. You meet people who you just click with, so you wind up having beer and wine and attempting to act like you know enough to make an educated guess on what cheese and charcuterie will match well when you order them tapas at your favorite spot in Dayton. And sometimes you meet people who actually like your crazy attempt at cheese and charcuterie choices, and even humor you when you have them snuggle up against a bar tap in the name of a good photo.

Thankfully, I met those kinds of people when I connected with Dillon and Corrie for their engagement session in downtown Dayton, and we had an absolute blast all along the way!

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Chase + Ari | Montrose Harbor | Chicago Couples Photographer

Chase + Ari | Montrose Harbor | Chicago Couples Photographer

You guys, autumn is finally here. Warm, sun-drenched evenings, crisp air, changing leaves...it's the perfect combination for a perfect session, and that's precisely what we had when Chase + Ari met up with me for their session at Montrose Harbor in Chicago. And, let me tell you, as we wandered and chased the light between the trees and along the harbor line, these two absolutely rocked their session well into the night, where we played in one of my favorite areas, the Kinzie Street Bridge.

Chemistry is something that as a photographer, you love to see and capture. With Chase + Ari, that chemistry is so real, so palpable, that it was beyond a blast to get to spend the evening with the two of them and capture their moments. Over the past few months, it's been a joy to get to know Ari and become friends, so having the opportunity to meet Chase and get to see the two of them together in their element was fantastic. The way they champion one another, and the joy they share together is evident. Ari's smile is radiant, and the way Chase looks at her as they walked together was simply fun to capture. These two are fantastic individuals, and to capture their connection to one another was a great way to spend a Chicago autumn evening.

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Jake + Hannah | The Willow Tree | Dayton Wedding Photographer

Jake + Hannah | The Willow Tree | Dayton Wedding Photographer

When it comes to weddings, moments are what wedding photographers wait and hope for. They're the stories within the story of the day, and when a couple opens up and allows me to capture those moments and stories for them, it's amazing. Jake + Hannah are two souls that are so open, so kind, and so genuine, that when Jess and I arrived to capture their wedding, it felt as though we were part of the family from the moment we arrived. Their openness and genuine connection with their friends and family allowed us to capture some of the most heartfelt moments I've ever had the honor of capturing, their ceremony was so wonderfully intimate, and their reception was one for the books. To say their wedding was awesome would be an understatement of massive proportions, and I hope the images do the day justice!

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Garrick + Natalie | Squamish Couples Photography

Garrick + Natalie | Squamish Couples Photography

It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest is my absolute favorite place for wedding, engagement, and couples’ photos, so when Garick + Natalie asked me if I’d wander with them in Squamish, I was beyond excited! And, as we explored the area with my wonderful friend, Olivier, we saw some of the most beautiful areas and created some fantastic images to capture their moments for them. 

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David + Monica | Strongwater | Columbus Wedding Photographer

David + Monica | Strongwater | Columbus Wedding Photographer

I say it often, but I am convinced I have the best clients, and David + Monica continue to prove me right. Their Strongwater Columbus wedding was absolutely phenomenal from start to finish..especially the finish! These two know how to throw a party, and there are really no words to explain how much fun we had capturing their day. Hit the link to see more of their day!

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Lee + Tera | Greenacres | Cincinnati Wedding Photographer

Lee + Tera | Greenacres | Cincinnati Wedding Photographer

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!

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Jake + Hannah | Dayton Engagement Photography

Jake + Hannah | Dayton Engagement Photography

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.

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Danny + Mayra | Estancia San Jose, Cuenca, Ecuador | Destination Wedding Photographer

Danny + Mayra | Estancia San Jose, Cuenca, Ecuador | Destination Wedding Photographer

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!

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Dan + Lauren | Hagadone Event Center | Coeur d'Alene Weddings

Dan + Lauren | Hagadone Event Center | Coeur d'Alene Weddings

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!

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Francois + Sarah | Vancouver Engagement Session

Francois + Sarah | Vancouver Engagement Session

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!

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