The first time we were supposed to photograph Ethan + McKinlee's engagement session - we postponed with a good reason for doing so. While there were tornado warnings in effect for the area, we decided that it would be in everyone's best interest in selecting another date - as Ethan and McKinlee weren't going for a Wizard of Oz themed session (as much fun as that would be!). After selecting the next potential date, we saw that the chance of rain on that day had gone from 25% to 80%, and back down the 30%. At this point, we decided that going ahead and proceeding with the session despite the chance of rain was our best bet, and I am so glad that we did!
After meeting up with Ethan and McKinlee, we made our way back to the edge of Oakes Quarry Park in Fairborn, Ohio. This space has an out-of-this state feel and is absolutely perfect for any session where the client wants something different than typical Ohio has to offer. From spaces that mock anything from a wetland to an eastern desert, Oakes Quarry has it all. The meaning of this location was much more than just a vast location, it was where Ethan proposed! A so-in love couple, a beautiful love story, and a location with a special purpose is what we like to call the engagement trifecta and this was no different.
While walking, the 30% chance of rain snuck up on us, but we didn't let it stop us from having the best time with these two. Instead, we used it as the perfect opportunity to get out the clear umbrellas and try something that I've always wanted too - rainy engagement photos! After a bit, the rain eventually subsided and made way for a gorgeous, sunny Wednesday evening.
We ended their session at one of the few small reserves that the park has to offer where McKinlee + Ethan did a quick outfit change and jumped right into the water, where we took some of my favorite engagement images!
McKinlee + Ethan, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding, we can't wait to celebrate with you two next year. We wish you both the best in every adventure that life sends your way!
Styled Shoot - a collaborative effort of multiple vendors who combine their talents, visions, and resources with other vendors to create a visual concept to be photographed.
When it comes to being a photographer - sometimes we have to challenge ourselves creatively to see the most growth possible in our careers. Occasionally, we get burnt out and tired of utilizing the same poses, locations, and styles and need something new to reignite the fire of creativity in our careers - enter styled sessions. Styled sessions are a group effort - something that I learned very quickly as I began to plan and bring this shoot's vision to life. This all started when Chris at Wolf Creek Retreat at Elm Lake contacted me to work with her team and their new wedding venue - Creekside Weddings. This was the perfect opportunity to photograph not only a brand new venue but also host our very first styled session!
Throughout the planning process, I gained a whole new appreciation for the dedicated vendors who work with their couples to help them bring their wedding day dreams to reality and we wanted to introduce you to our talented group of vendors today!
(links to each vendor's website and contacts can be found at the bottom of this blog post. We haven’t and will not be compensated in any way for this advertisement!)
Luke & Rachel - it was such a privilege to photograph the both of you! We wish you all the best in your future together and may God bless your every step in life!
Creekside Weddings by Wolf Creek Retreat at Elm Lake
Chris and her team are now offering mini wedding packages that include venue rental, bouquet & boutonniere, tables & chairs, and photography for as low as $2,000!
cake courtesy of Cindy's Special Baked Goods
our flowers were provided by The Flowerman located in Centerville, Ohio. Recommend by one of our past couples - they have a great DIY floral option that allows you and your wedding party to book an event at their store and put together your very own floral arrangements for your big day!
jewelry for our styled shoot was courtesy of Nature's Jewelry by Pansing in Brookville, Ohio!
a HUGE thank you to all of our vendors!
a little behind the scenes!
once again, thank you to all of our vendors! For more information or to contact them, click the links below!
Venue: Creekside Weddings by Wolf Creek Retreat at Elm Lake (www.elmlakeohio.com)
Florals: The Flowerman (www.flowermanflowers.com)
Jewelry: Nature's Jewelry by Pansing (Facebook)
Cake: Cindy's Special Baked Goods (Facebook)
When Steven and Lillian first contacted us about photographing their wedding - a destination venue wasn't the original plan. Once they informed us that they were moving their wedding from an upscale Ohio venue to a small cabin just outside of the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, I couldn't have been more excited. I've always dreamed of photographing a small, destination wedding and this one definitely did not disappoint. The heat of their early afternoon celebration was balanced out with the beauty of the mountainous views that set the backdrop of the ceremony and the intimacy of the small group gathered to witness the two exchange vows. Shortly after the ceremony, we boarded the Skylift to the Natural Land Bridge and spent time capturing portraits of the two in their first few minutes as a newly married couple. At the conclusion of our afternoon adventure, we ventured back to the reception held at the couple's own little piece of southern paradise where they shared their first dance!
Steven & Lillian - we wish you the best in every adventure life sends your way, thank you for
allowing us to be apart of this most precious day. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs Brown!
Just in time for Christmas. We are selling one of our Canon 7D Mark II cameras with battery grip, two batteries, and 24mm f2.8 pancake lens. Message us for pricing.
Baby Portrait Packages
We're excited to announce the launching of our new Baby Portrait Sessions! Whether you're looking for a single session or a series of sessions that allow us to capture your baby's growth over the course of their first year- we have the package that's just right for you! Pick between our studio or a location of your choice. We have a selection of our own props, but we encourage you to bring anything you wish to include in your baby's session. We will discuss either in person or over phone/email before the session as to what ideas you might have, as well as the ideas of our photographers. These packages are great whether they are for your own bundle of joy or as a great baby shower gift!
* We recommend that for any newborn portrait session, baby should be between 3 and 10 days old!
Package 1: Newborn or 1 year ($150.00 plus sales tax)
* (1) one to three hour long session
* 10-15 edited images in a digital gallery with print release
* Discounted printing rate
Package 2: Newborn, 6 months and 1 year ($250.00 plus sales tax)
* (3) one hour sessions
* 10-15 edited images per session (package total of 30-45) in a digital gallery with print release
* Discounted printing rate
Package 3: Newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year ($375.00 plus sales tax)
* (5) one hour sessions
* 10-15 edited images per session (package total of 50-75) in a digital gallery with print release
* Discounted printing rate
To make this even more exciting, the first FIVE people that book their baby portrait session with us (whichever package you choose) will receive 10% off and one 8x10 print of their choice per session!