Updated some shots of Landon for both of our portfolios. As much as I love structure and planning for a peace of mind, it's nice to go into some of these shoots without a single plan. It seems more like grabbing a drink with a friend who I haven't seen in a year, and taking pictures in the lobby while we wait for a table, and hanging under the trees next to where our cars are parked. My shoots are never just a transaction. I always feel something and can admire something about everyone if they let me in. (And take their portrait.) I think that's how I fall in love with people. Because when my camera is up, their guard is generally down. And it's just an honest moment when two genuine souls are just fluent in each others language. I love that.
I couldn't wait for this one. It was one of those warm October days when Abby & Bart chose to celebrate their marriage at the Cincinnati Art Museum with fresh lavender, two live bands, a sketch artist, and surrounded by so much love and so many beautiful works of art. It was artful, and romantic. Scroll through and enjoy the candids my camera caught that day.
You know what's probably the best part of this session? When I took these photos I knew that they wouldn't be just for Kait. I love thinking about her future generations finding these heirlooms down the road and getting the same feeling of finding gold that both of us have talked about in finding these treasures about our own bloodline. Documenting your experience of motherhood is essential for the girls especially. Teach them strength, and teach them of miracles. There is a special kind of magic within females. The power of SHE.
I'm obsessed. I think it's particularly romantic and intimate when you decide to do a first look. Even more so when that one on one time becomes a private moment to recite your vows to each other. Kylie cried, Kevin cried, I cried. We were all red eyed and emotional. I couldn't even hear exactly what they were saying, but what I realized in that moment and in between pressing the shutter was that this was genuine. This was for them and they didn't need to prove it to anyone else and to them that's all that mattered. I'm raising my glass of morning coffee to you people who do this for love.
I'm partial to the nontraditional ones. Who said you have to have a big wedding? Or that the groom can only see you for the first time when you're walking down the aisle? Or even that you have to get married in a church? This is about two people, and two people only. Whether your church is a brilliant cathedral or under the branches of tall pines, I think it's important to create a celebration that is tailored to you. Makenna and Jake did it right in my books.
When you're all three craving adventurous moutainous engagement photos but we live in the heart of Ohio... We did some digging on the internet, and some hiking, and some climbing, and found a Bali gem within a short driving distance. Taylor and Brittany showed up looking like a flawless boho romance dream. A photographer's (especially me) dream. I think one reason I've looked at these over and over is because of how honest and genuine their affection was. The best part of an engagement session is to let me document your love exactly how it is. No signs, no props, just true raw emotion. My heart gains about 70 pounds when I catch Taylor's eyes smile at Brittany. And to me, THAT is a great love story.