When I entered into the new year of 2018, I had such a momentum going and I couldn’t describe it. I instantly felt like the year was going to be the best in my career but also the most challenging. I never could’ve imaged just what that meant, but it truly was both absolutely wonderful and absolutely exhausting. Even with all of the challenges, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I experienced the highest of highs and fulfilled some career goals that I am so thankful for. I felt the pressure of being a seasonal wedding photographer in Ohio, with an overflowing work schedule and never ending to do list. I learned from my shortcomings and truly value those experiences, even though it felt at times like I’d never see the light at the end of the tunnel….Read More
Part of the fun that happens for me after I book a client is that I get to know them throughout the planning process, usually in the form of coffee or beer dates. With Morgan and Ryan, I didn't get to meet them in person until a couple of days before the wedding because they live in Wyoming. Though Morgan and I spent a LOT of time emailing back and forth within the past year, nothing compared to hanging with them in person last week! They are just the sweetest, most easy-going and fun couple! I got to see a glimpse of just how much they adore each other at their rehearsal dinner, but all the feels came out on their wedding day!…Read More
With Spring right around the corner and everyone longing for sunny, warm weather, I was happy to get a break from the chilly winter air just in time for this lovely Engagement Session at Mill Creek Park in Youngstown. I've known Sarah and Dustin for MANY many years - since middle school to be exact. I was SO excited for them when I heard the big news about their engagement, and even MORE excited that they chose me (and my camera) to be with them on their big day :] I was definitely thrilled to hang out with them for a few hours, show them around the park a little bit and share laughs while I captured them simply enjoying each other. Okay, let's be honest - they were mostly laughing at each other - all in good fun ;]
We started in The Rose Gardens with the little flower buds popping up through the ground. Soon enough it'll be covered in gorgeous flowers and even more greenery.
Sarah and Dustin have known each other since 7th grade. They went to school together and actually dated in 8th grade (ahhh, middle school lust ;]). Though the relationship didn't last long, their paths would cross occasionally through some mutual friends. Once they graduated from high school, they both started their adult lives and began in their careers. By some stroke of fate, their paths crossed again nine years after high school graduation. At this point, they were both going through some similar but major life changes. So Dustin asked Sarah out to dinner, she said yes and they got along like no time had passed at all. Dustin proposed on Christmas morning, and the rest is history! They're planning an intimate, relaxed and romantic Fall wedding on October 16th at Hartford Hill Winery in a rustic barn that's been transformed into a winery.
Luckily, Sarah came equipped with the biggest scarf I've ever seen! It made for a good prop - and blanket ;]
We wrapped up their session over by Lake Glacier with a beautiful sunset and soft, warm light.