Abbey and Scott's Engagement Session

I raced away from some horrible weather in Columbus to join Scott and Abbey at the Firelands Arboretum in the Sandusky area. We played in the trees and in the wind before heading to Abbey's family's home. The property still had her grandfather's classic red barn. A great personal touch for any shoot!

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Leslie and Ron's Highbanks Engagement Session

I took Leslie and Ron off-path at Highbanks Park to jump streams, climb hills, snuggle on fallen trees, and play in the gold and green light that can only be found in the seclusion of woods in early spring. Their pup was ready to jump out of the car and into a few shots at the end! LR-20150426190731LR-20150426190954LR-20150426190956LR-20150426191110LR-20150426191114LR-20150426191836LR-20150426191944LR-20150426192834LR-20150426193259LR-20150426194946LR-20150426195538LR-20150426200004LR-20150426200252LR-20150426201301

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2014 Wedding Favorites

I wanted to pick out a few of my favorite pictures from 2014 weddings and engagement sessions, but this is a lot harder than you'd think. Every engagement session I looked through made me smile - seeing couples make happy faces, then serious faces, then goofy faces, then the faces asking "You want us to climb up where?" or "Why are you climbing that tree?" Every wedding comes with a flood of gorgeous detail shots - rings, cakes, dresses, flowers and venues. The best parts of looking back at weddings are reliving the big moments that brides and grooms had been planning for months or years, or maybe even better, are the little moments that weren't planned at all. To those I got to meet and work with in 2014 - much love and endless thanks for letting me be part of your weddings. To those already signed on for 2015 - it's going to be a big year and I can't wait! And to those still looking for a photographer - open spots on my 2015 calendar are quickly disappearing, so don't hesitate to contact me!

Happy New Year to all!

-Steve

Vasilios and Joel's Engagement Session at the North Market

I loved strolling around the North Market with Vasilios and Joel for their engagement session. We took pictures inside until it closed and then managed to last about ten minutes outside in the cold before calling it a day. I can't wait for their wedding this summer!

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Jenna and Jimi's Engagement Session

During our initial meeting, I mentioned wanting to try a snowy engagement shoot, and Jenna and Jimi jumped on board with the idea. Well after one snow in mid-November, there was nothing for almost two months and we were running out of time. One morning I woke up to white stuff on the ground and in the sky, and we all gave a "yay!" and arranged to go out that afternoon. Three hours later the snow stopped and the sun was out. Best laid plans, eh?

Despite the lack of falling snow, there was plenty on the ground, so we ran around outside until losing feeling in our toes. We eventually made our way into a coffee shop for some warmth before calling it a night.

Maybe we'll get some snow for the wedding. In July. It could happen, right?

 

Russ and Cristin's Engagement Session at 16 Bit and North Market

I was so happy when Cristin and Russ suggested some locations for their engagement shoot that made it so much more personal to them. We started with a walk through Goodale Park before heading to the North Market for pretzels and bubble tea, then finished up with some pinball at 16-Bit. I can't wait for their wedding next year!

 

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Emily and Isaac's New Orleans Engagement Session

I know Emily and Isaac from my past life in corporate America, and was thrilled when they contacted me after their engagement.  We live in different parts of the country, but were able to make good use of Halloween weekend in New Orleans to do their engagement pictures.  I can't wait for their wedding in Michigan next year! sitting on a bridgeaudubon park bridgewillow treedancing in jackson squarebourbon streetjackson square engagement session

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Catherine and Keith's Engagement Session at Highbanks

Catherine and Keith had an amazing engagement session at Highbanks Park in Columbus.  We took advantage of some of the fall colors by heading off the paths down to the water, which made for gorgeous settings!  I can't wait for their wedding next June! columbus engagement photographyhighbanks engagement shootengagement photographerhighbanks engagement sessionfall engagement shootfall engagement shootcolumbus engagement photographyfun engagement photographyengagement pictures in woodsfall engagement pictureshighbanks engagement shoot

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Colored Powder Engagement Session in Columbus

I can't think of the last time I had this much fun on an engagement shoot.  Lori told me that they wanted to do something different than the "typical" engagement pictures and ended up ordering a box full of different colored powders that we spent half an hour littering an alley with.  This was too good not to make an animation out of it. If anybody else wants to get messy taking pictures, I'm happy to oblige!

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Chris and Haley's French Quarter Engagement Session

I traveled all summer and was traveling again for a quick weekend in New Orleans, and luckily enough we were able to fit in a quick shoot on a Friday night before what ended up being a very rainy weekend. I'm really excited to be going up to Boston to shoot their wedding next summer!

Alan and Amy's French Quarter Engagement Session

I met these two in the Quarter an proceeded to lead them around to lots of lovely spots for their shoot. We got fun news that we'd be able to do a few shots with a fire truck (Alan is a fireman). Having connections that allow for personal touches makes everything better!  

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Mary and Adam's Engagement Session - San Destin

These two are from Louisiana but live in the Destin, Florida area, so when Mary said that they would either come to New Orleans, or they could get us a room at the San Destin resort, I jumped at the San Destin option. We were invited to a family crawfish boil when we arrived and got to meet a lot of the crew. After a great shoot, I found out that Adam and I were members of the same national fraternity. What're the odds?  I'm definitely looking forward to their wedding next year!

Tiffani & Mike's Engagement Shoot

Recognize these two?  Well if you've read every single post on this blog like you should have then you'd know that I had the pleasure shooting their actual proposal last year.  It's so much fun to get to be a part of such an exciting time in people's lives!  After shooting the proposal, the engagement session was easy.  No nerves, no thunderstorms.  It was a beautiful day in City Park to wander around the oaks and fight off other photographers for the best spots.  Other photogs may have gotten to some cool spots first, but you know what they didn't have?  A couple that would climb trees. And throw leaves at each other because I half-jokingly mention it.  And a little dog that we fed a container full of turkey to.  Winner - me. (And Tiff and Mike do get some nice pictures, so I guess they win, too.)

Amy & Jake's French Quarter Engagement Session

I often get asked if I get tired of shooting in the French Quarter, and the answer is always a definite "never!"  I rarely use the same spots multiple times, and if I do, I don't use them in the same way.  Add to that the fact that there always seems to be something going on, and you have a place with a huge amount of variety.  The Oyster Festival was going on the night I went around with Amy and Jake and we got to use the crowds to add some atmosphere to the pictures. In yet another of example of "small world" encounters I've had - These two found me through a bridal show I did earlier in the year.  As it turns out that I actually used to work with Jake's dad.  Little connections are always fun.  :)

Holly & Greg's French Quarter Engagement Session

Being a photographer teaches to you rush into situations that most people would rather be rushing out of.  Big events going on?  Gotta go take pictures.  It's nighttime in run down areas?  Gotta go take pictures.  It's been raining all day and you have an engagement session you might need to reschedule?  Nah, gotta go take pictures. Holly and Greg got engaged at the St. Louis Hotel (now Hotel Mazarin), so they wanted to come back and do some of their engagement pictures there.  The fact that it had been raining all day and suddenly cleared up only minutes before I met with them meant that the entire hotel courtyard was empty, the chairs tilted to prevent water from pooling, and... water everywhere.  But did I mention it was empty?  Having the whole courtyard to ourselves was a rare luxury and let us all relax and take some great pictures.  By the time we ventured out for a few shots in the quarter it had turned into a genuinely nice night.

One of the only picture requests they had was a shot in front of Preservation Hall.  But, as tends to happen, there was a big line in front totally blocking the view of the exterior.  It was also completely dark by the time we got there.  Luck smiled on us again when the girl working the door saw that we were struggling to shoot around the people and actually invited us into the courtyard to take whatever pictures we wanted.  Great end to a great session.