Mike + Alicia | Dayton Engagement Photographers

Autumn is one of the best times for engagement photos, and it’s no secret why: everything is GORGEOUS outdoors in autumn! Engagement photos in Dayton are always beautiful, but when those leaves begin to change and turn to bright reds, oranges, and yellows, everything feels just a little more cozy, and cozy is exactly what Mike + Alicia are fantastic at. These two wandered Dayton with me for their engagement session, and through mud, poison ivy, brick dust, and celebrating an adventure well done, charcuterie, we had an absolute blast! (Well, minus the poison ivy scare…but never fear, we all walked away unscathed!)

Alicia connected with me through an incredible mutual contact and friend - Candice Cusic of Cusic Photography, who happens to be one of my wonderful friends and colleagues that calls Chicago home! We’ve photographed Chicago weddings together, and she is one of my favorite human beings on the planet; so, when Alicia said she’d found me through her, I knew we’d have a great time, because only the most awesome folks hang with Candice! And, sure enough, it was true of Alicia and Mike. Their adventure and playful nature was infectious to be around, and the best thing Alicia said to me was, “We chose you for your creative eye…so don’t be afraid to experiment and play!”

Well, you don’t have to tell me twice!

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Patrick + Karlee | Chicago Engagement Photos

Sometimes life hands you incredible connections to incredible people, who then introduce to you more incredible people, who then…well, you get the picture. And in the case of Patrick and Karlee, I couldn’t be more thankful for all the incredible people it took to connect us and make this PHENOMENAL Chicago engagement session come to life! Patrick and Karlee are easily two of the most fun, creative, vivacious people I’ve had the honor of photographing, and it’s immediately clear that they are over the moon about each other, and equally over the moon about their new adventures in making Chicago their home. So, when Karlee shared her vision for her engagement session with me, I said, “Say no more, let’s do this!”

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Rocky + Cassie | Krippendorf Lodge | Cincinnati Wedding Photographers

What do you get when you have a gorgeous wedding venue like the Krippendorf Lodge, the perfect autumn day in Cincinnati, and a group of the most rad human beings you could ever hope to spend a day with? You get the perfect combination that makes up Rocky + Cassie’s amazing wedding day, that’s what! Words don’t begin to do these two and their lovely friends and family justice, but hopefully I can try, and then share a few of the images we created as proof of how awesome they really are. So, without further ado, let’s get to it!

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Tom + Sophie | Dayton Engagement Photographer

Sophie + Tom are hilarious, adventurous, and a ridiculous amount of fun to hang with. From the start of their session to the end, they were champs — we were out in true Ohio autumn weather, and Sophie braved it with a gorgeous sun dress for the second half of the session. You are truly a rockstar, woman! We wandered Eastwood Metro Park from front to back, finding new spots to get creative, and their flirtatious spirits shone through in the gorgeous autumn light!

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Lance + Rachel | Dayton Engagement Photographer

Meeting Lance, I knew he would be a special guy to win Rachel’s heart. After spending even a brief moment with these two, you can tell their connection is real. The joy they share is infectious, and the friendship they have is genuine, which is so rare to see. These two REALLY like each other, along with loving one another! That’s always a blast to capture on camera, and I think they had a good time wandering around Dayton together for their session.

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Tyler + Taylor | Canyon Run Ranch | Dayton Wedding Photographer

Tyler + Taylor are two of the most laid back, fun-loving people I've met, and their spirit of adventure is inspiring -- and something I love in every couple I meet! When their wedding day was a little wet, to say the least, there were people who wondered if they would opt against their fairytale wedding in the woods at Canyon Run Ranch. However, for them, it was a no-brainer: they'd dreamed of this day, of this wedding, and they were going to follow that dream, no matter how it unfolded. So when it rained...and rained...and rained some more, they let everyone know they were welcome to come play in the rain, and that's just what we did...and man, was it amazing!

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Tim + Michelle | Chicago Engagement Photographers

What do you get when you combine two fun loving, amazingly funny souls, a gorgeous backdrop, a photographer down to roam, and a couple willing to show off their city? You get one of the most fun engagement sessions ever, that's what! Tim + Michelle are an absolute blast, and living in Chicago, there are no shortages of places to go. However, for them, the Chicago busy life isn't all there is to the Windy City -- they love the beach, and since Tim grew up sailing, it only made sense we played at a nearby beach and highlighted a piece of what they love the most about their city! 

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Greyson + Alex | Dayton Couples Photography

One of the most beautiful things in life is the human connection. Sometimes we connect with others on purpose, other times by chance. But regardless of the connection, it's a joy to be able to connect with others, and capture those connections between two people in love! One of my favorite things is meeting fantastic people by happy accident. I met Greyson in Starbucks, where he works as a barista, and we hit it off through my frequent visits (I really do have a problem, ha). We became friends, and when we crossed paths at a wedding and I met his boyfriend, Alex, I told them they really had to come hang out with me for a shoot one evening...and when it all worked out, it was a total blast! These two are so much fun, and it was a blast getting to wander new places and try new things with two incredible people.

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Dillon + Corrie | Top of the Market | Dayton Wedding Photographer

What do you say when you have a couple that had a wedding that was beyond words? When they are an incredible couple, inside and out, have an unbelievably fun family and friend base, and the entire day is a blast...and then something crazy happens on top of all the awesome that has already happened, and you wind up capturing something that goes viral, shocking all of you with the crazy response from the Internet?

Well...you embrace it, celebrate the craziness, and then post a blog to prove that not only was there a crazy singular moment in their day, but that they had a CRAZY. AWESOME. WEDDING. the entire day! 

Dillon + Corrie are two incredible human beings. They're fun, creative, game for whatever, and just really wonderful people to hang out with. I knew this from their engagement session, but they took it up a notch on their wedding day, having a spectacular Dayton wedding by hopping all over town and hitting some of the best spots for portraits, moments abounded, and then said, "I do," and celebrated all night at Top of the Market! From start to finish, their day was a blast to capture alongside my talented friend, Josh Farr, and I think once you check out the photos, you'll see why we love these two.

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Patrick + Andrea | York Golf & Tennis Club | Boston Wedding Photographer

Welcome to York, Maine! A beautiful little town on the east coast, I'd never been north of New York City before Pat + Andrea invited me to capture their fantastic wedding day at the York Golf & Tennis Club. Flying into Boston, I was overwhelmed by the big city and busyness of life, but as I drove out and headed north, the busy life quickly faded behind me in the rear view mirror, as I was welcomed into the smaller town, east coast living that Maine claims as "the way life should be"....and I can't argue with them! It's beautiful, serene, and the kindness from everyone is palpable -- both outside of the wedding, but especially those attending Pat + Andrea's day, and man, was it a blast getting to capture every moment for them on their fantastic day!

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AJ + Kriscinda | Dayton Wedding Photographer

Blank checks are pretty amazing. The possibilities are endless, your mind is running, and you're imagining what you could do with such a thing, right? Blank checks are awesome...especially if you can cash them in! In the case of AJ + Kriscinda, they gave me a blank check to do whatever I'd like on their wedding day in regards to photography, and you better believe that sucker got cashed! These two had one of the most fun weddings of the year, and it was an absolute blast to get to hang and capture it for them.

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Taylor + Kirsten | Columbus Engagement Photos

Columbus is one of my favorite cities to photograph engagement sessions and weddings, and this summer evening it delivered again as Taylor, Kirsten and I started in Schiller Park for some fun photos with their pup, walked the brick and cobblestone streets of German Village, grabbed coffee in a cozy shop along the way, and ended at North Bank Park. Throughout the night these two were such a blast to hang with, and I can't wait to photograph their wedding in September at the Packard Museum in Dayton!

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Caleb + Morgan | The French House | Cincinnati Wedding Photographer

When your wedding coincides with the Royal Wedding, a bar is set. And not only did Caleb + Morgan rise to that challenge, they set a whole new level of awesome in the process! These two made French Park in Cincinnati a stunning backdrop for their wedding day, and it was an absolute blast getting to capture their day for them!

The French House, nestled in the French Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a gorgeous brick home with a beautifully manicured lawn, creating the perfect setting for a brunch wedding. Morgan was up bright and early getting ready, so I made my way down to capture it all for her. From the incredible cookies that may have become breakfast (I plead the fifth!), to the ridiculous amount of fun Caleb's a cappella group was at the reception, every step of their wedding day was fantastic!

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Kenton + Sarah | 3 West Club | New York City Wedding Photographer

Welcome to New York City...the Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, and the epic location of Kenton + Sarah's fantastic wedding over Memorial Day Weekend! When they shared their vision for their wedding day with me -- complete with a fun picnic in Bryant Park before the ceremony -- I knew we would have a blast. And did we ever! These two are so fun, so full of joy, and so ready to share that joy with everyone around them, that it's impossible to not catch that infectious happiness they give to everyone they see. From start to finish, Kenton, Sarah, their family, and friends were such fun to spend the day celebrating alongside, and the true love and support their family and friends provide Kenton + Sarah is incredible.

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