Posts in Engagement
Kansas City New Years Engagement Photos

Engagement photos are one of the most exciting first steps of being engaged, and finding a professional wedding photographer can be daunting -- especially if searching for a professional photographer in a city you aren't familiar with! Many couples don't consider is the fact that many professional wedding photographers love to travel -- myself included. And, when one of my favorite people I've met while photographing Hamilton: An American Musical texted me a selfie of her and her new fiancé, and asked me if I was willing to fly to Kansas City to photograph their engagement photos, the answer was a resounding YES!

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Jake + Gabby | Dayton Engagement Photos

Yellow Springs is a quaint town outside of Dayton, and it’s one of my favorite places to hang with a fun couple! From the amazing art to the niche shops, there’s a little bit of everything in Yellow Springs, and it’s perfect for a fun engagement session, which is exactly what happened when Jake + Gabby came to hang out! Starting off with a couple lattes from Spirited Goat, we roamed down a few streets and found some fun nooks and crannies to capture their fun-loving nature. Each space was great, and even on a chilly day, they simply snuggled up and had a great time!

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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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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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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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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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Forget The Knot! Real Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer, By A Wedding Photographer

You're engaged! Congratulations! It's an insanely amazing time for you and your partner, and in many instances, the first time you two might be in front of a professional photographer. That's something that many people aren't accustomed to, and you want to find the right wedding photographer for your day. There are plenty of sources out there that give you a checklist of what questions to ask your photographer, and many of them can actually hinder your experience as you search for your wedding photographer versus elevating it. As a wedding photographer with , I thought what better way to debunk a lot of useless questions, as well as give the RIGHT questions to ask your potential wedding photographer. You know, the ones we wish you'd ask, and the ones that really tell you what you need to know about us. So, without further ado, let's jump into it!

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12 Great Dayton Engagement Photo Locations (And Some Pro Tips to Make the Most of Your Engagement Session!)

Getting engaged is an exciting time in your life, and one of the most fun aspects can be your engagement photos! Finding the best wedding and engagement photographer for your needs is extremely important, and that can be a conversation in and of itself, but once you've found the best photographer for you, the next step is finding a great location for engagement photos. Having photographed numerous engagement sessions in Dayton, I can say there are loads of great spots to go for your engagement photos. Hit the jump to see 12 of my favorite locations in Dayton for engagement photos! 

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Nick + Erica | Dayton Engagement Photographer

On Super Bowl Sunday, the best way to pregame is...an engagement session! Nick + Erica drove up to Dayton to hang with me, and we made the most of a cold afternoon, hitting some of my favorite places in Dayton, as well as finding a few new spots. And, while the Super Bowl was great, I think we won the afternoon with all the great images we created together!

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Dominic + Dana | Dayton Engagement Photographer

Dominic + Dana are two super rad people. They’re not rad just because they’re two of the bravest souls I’ve met, venturing out with me on an 18* F day...and they’re not just rad because they both dig coffee on the level that I do (which is to say, a lot)...they’re rad because they are two amazingly awesome human beings, who are a blast to hang out with — in all temperatures, to boot!  

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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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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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