Daniel + Sarah | Dayton Engagement Photography

Daniel + Sarah | Dayton Engagement Photography

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!

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Adam + Tenia | Dayton Engagement Photography

Adam + Tenia | Dayton Engagement Photography

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!

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Brian + Paige | Washington, D.C. Engagement Photography

Brian + Paige | Washington, D.C. Engagement Photography

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.

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Michael + Katie | 20th Century Theater | Cincinnati Wedding Photography

Michael + Katie | 20th Century Theater | Cincinnati Wedding Photography

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!

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Chris + Erica | Turkey Run State Park | Indiana Engagement Photography

Chris + Erica | Turkey Run State Park | Indiana Engagement Photography

"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!

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Alex + Sam | Dayton Art Institute | Dayton Wedding Photography

Alex + Sam | Dayton Art Institute | Dayton Wedding Photography

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!

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David + Julie | Columbus Engagement Photography

David + Julie | Columbus Engagement Photography

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.

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Connor + Jenny | Naples Engagement Photography

Connor + Jenny | Naples Engagement Photography

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!

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Kortney + Sarah | Top of the Market | Dayton Wedding Photography

Kortney + Sarah | Top of the Market | Dayton Wedding Photography

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!

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Ben + Laurel | Minneapolis Wedding Photography

Ben + Laurel | Minneapolis Wedding Photography

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.

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Mike + Ashlea | Dayton Wedding Photography

Mike + Ashlea | Dayton Wedding Photography

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!

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Mike + Christy | Paris, France

Mike + Christy | Paris, France

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!

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Ryan + Abby | Pinnacle Golf Club | Columbus Wedding Photography

Ryan + Abby | Pinnacle Golf Club | Columbus Wedding Photography

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.

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Lee + Tera | San Francisco & Yosemite Engagement Photography

Lee + Tera | San Francisco & Yosemite Engagement Photography

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. 

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Alex + Sam | Dayton Engagement Photography

Alex + Sam | Dayton Engagement Photography

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!

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Dan + Lauren | Horse Thief Butte + Ruby Beach | Seattle Engagement Photography

Dan + Lauren | Horse Thief Butte + Ruby Beach | Seattle Engagement Photography

If there's one thing I love more than anything else about wedding photography, it's connecting with kindred spirits. There's simply nothing like when you truly connect with a couple, and you know the trust and excitement to create something truly killer is there. It's an exhilarating thing -- something that's truly an honor -- when a couple gives you limitless options, and they simply let you run wild, their only expectation to create awesome memories -- and the byproduct of having a great time are great images. 

From the first phone conversation with Lauren, I knew she and Dan were absolutely the type of couple who were game to wander, have fun, and simply enjoy the day of their engagement session as a moment to focus on each other, celebrate this place in their new journey, and have an absolute blast. What I didn't know was they would go as hard as I go, smiling every hour, and plot location number 34 with me with the same exuberance as the beginning of the day. And when you have that kind of adventurous spirit, the sky is the limit when it comes to what we can create!

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Jake + Leiah | Cincinnati Engagement Photography

Jake + Leiah | Cincinnati Engagement Photography

Jake + Leiah are so much fun, it's just ridiculous. That's all there is to it. From the moment they asked me to be their photographer and we started chatting about possible engagement session locations, I knew they were my kind of couple when Leiah said, "This place is pretty...and there are a lot of PokéStops there, too!"  ...You're telling me you two are fun, adorable, AND you play Pokémon? Sign me up!

So when we met up on a warm Sunday evening, I knew it was going to be a great time. Right off the bat, they were having a blast, smiling, and flirting with each other, completely unconcerned about being in front of the camera. And when a couple puts that much trust in me right from the start, we're gonna have a good time!

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Nate + Sarah | Malibu Couples Photographer

Nate + Sarah | Malibu Couples Photographer

Connecting with couples is one of my favorite aspects of being a destination wedding and engagement photographer, and it's always a rush to meet new couples, see their connection with one another, and create images that reveal their personalities and love for one another. They laughed as they chased the surf in and out underneath Santa Monica Pier, braved the crashing waves as they stood out on the cliffs, and were simply stunning together in the fields as the sun slowly dipped below the horizon. Nate + Sarah are so sweet, so kind, and so madly in love, that our session together was a breeze, the couple hours passing by quickly, and then turning into us grabbing sushi afterward, simply because hey, who doesn't love sushi after a solid session?

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Christian + Madelyn | Grand Rapids Wedding Photography

Christian + Madelyn | Grand Rapids Wedding Photography

There are so many things I want to say about Christian, Madelyn, and their beautiful families, but it's tough to know where to begin. They have this fantastic joy about them, which I immediately noticed at their engagement session. It's unquenchable. They love big, they laugh big, and they seize life at every turn. The very fabric of who they are is simply...joyous. All of them. And they aren't afraid to show it, which is a photographer's dream!

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Allen + Jenna | Dayton Wedding Photography

Allen + Jenna | Dayton Wedding Photography

Wedding season is in full swing at Studio 22, and Allen + Jenna's wedding was an amazing, emotional, fantastic day. Having met Jenna when she was a bridesmaid, while photographing her older sister's wedding (one of my first weddings ever!), we hit it off immediately, and became great friends. In the past two years, she's become one of my dearest friends, and I cherish her and Allen beyond words. They've been so supportive of my journey as a photographer in the past two years, and throughout many impromptu photo shoots, them doing crazy things like kissing in sprinklers (I needed to practice rain shots, obviously), climbing hay bales, and then Allen and I conspiring together for his proposal, it feels as though through our friendship, I've also been able to document their journey as a couple. In Jenna's words, reaching their wedding day felt like "This is what we've been training for!" And man, did the training pay off! :)

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