Roseanna & Jeremy braved the frigid snow-rain mix for our engagement session and I’m so grateful they did (and so impressed with their ability to appear warm and cozy). Really looking forward to their wedding this fall!
I recently had the pleasure of getting to know Meg from She and I Photography during a One-On-One shoot in German Village. Meg is a talented and super fun photographer here in Columbus – you’d love her. Here are few images of our sweet couple, Ashley and Andrew.
One-on-One Mentor Sessions are two hours; we sip coffee and chat for one — chatting about technical aspects of shooting, things to keep in mind when directing couples, how to work efficiently and creatively, etc. Then we have a real-life couple join us so we can practice everything we’ve just talked about. It’s a fun, laid-back way to hone your already mad skills! If you’re interested in setting up a One-on-One session, please email me via the contact page for rates and availability.
Last month our little family had the privilege of exploring L.A. with our good friends and fellow creatives of Ginger & Birch. Our trip included so much yummy food, lots of sunshine and even a trip to the Painstakingly Made Pop-up Shop hosted by Geronimo Balloons! I’m anxiously awaiting the return of my 35mm from Richard’s Photo Lab (also in L.A.!), but until it arrives, here is a little Instagram sneak-peek of #ruthiesbigadventure. xo
I know that from the very first time you put a white towel on your head and held a bouquet of barbie dolls as you walked slowly down the long hallway in your house (I can’t be the only one that did that), you dreamed of seeing the surprised and contented face of your handsome groom awaiting you at the end of the aisle (hallway). And when that moment came to fruition it became one of the sweetest I have ever experienced. Surrounded by my dearest friends and family, knowing that each person I passed on my stroll down that barn-aisle fully supported my joining Ben Glass as partner and wife. And each person there had a vital role in shaping each of us into the people we had become, ready for that moment and for each other. It was better than I ever expected as a little freckle-faced girl stumbling around in my mother’s high heels and red lipstick.
But that wasn’t the first time I saw BG on our wedding day — we opted for a “first look” which meant that we could take the majority of our wedding photos before the ceremony. Since the photography was one of my biggest priorities for the day (surprised?), I wanted to ensure that we had plenty of time to document every last detail and still enough time mingle with our guests. Meeting Ben before our ceremony is another one my most favorite moments. Our photographers did a fantastic job of giving us space and letting us enjoy the moment, I completely forgot they were there. I could giggle and cry and we hugged and kissed and I could show him my cowboy boots and he tried to warm up my nose and we just held hands. The instant I saw him the nerves I didn’t expect to have just vanished and I was reminded why I was in a big white dress and assured that the running around like crazy for the last few weeks was totally worth it. That this was about more than a big party – it was about he and I – and seeing each other first and sharing that intimate moment together, alone, was my favorite part of the entire day.
I write all this because photography is still my top priority for a wedding day (again, shocker), and it’s my job to fully educate my couples about all of their options. That said, the choice of whether or not to see one another before the ceremony is completely up to you. Below are a few perks to having a first look :
Your hair and makeup are fresh for photos. * You are relaxed, not worried about getting to reception quickly. * For evening weddings, you’re not worried about running out of light. * And best of all, you get that quiet, intimate moment for you and your honey (sorry moms, you’re not even allowed to peek), quite possibly the only time that entire day that you’ll be alone. It can reset your mind and your perspective. Not to mention, you get to show off your killer wardrobe.
Again, the choice is completely up to you. For efficient photographers, the final image count shouldn’t be any greater whether you have a pre-shoot or not, so don’t feel that you’ll be missing out if you opt not to see one another beforehand. If couples are having a hard time deciding, I suggest they talk to their married friends to get as many first-hand accounts on each experience. Whatever you choose, at the end of the day you’ll be Mr. & Mrs. and that’s all that matters.
More yummy albums! It makes my heart go pitter-patter when couples order wedding albums. I totally understand the desire to have a disc of negatives and believe me, I cherish the DVD of our wedding photos, but there’s just something so wonderful about a tangible means to share your photographs. You and your family could cram around your 13″mac book and scroll through 500+ images… or you could oooo and aaaahh as you flip through a high quality fine art book that tells the story of your wedding day with your carefully chosen most favorite photographs.
What’s that? Mom and dad wish they could show all their friends? I bet they do. And they can. These little 4×4 parent albums are exact replicas of the larger 10×10 books, but purse-size friendly! They’ll make your proud momma’s braggin’ way legit.
Mary and Patrick were surrounded by close friends and family as they exchanged vows at one of the loveliest ceremony locations we’ve had the opportunity to photograph. They opted to see each other before the ceremony which allowed us to take full advantage of the beautiful grounds at Stan Hywet Gardens in Akron, Ohio (one of the most helpful, organized staff we’ve worked with). Patrick’s reaction is exactly why we love first-looks — it’s such a sweet time for the bride and groom to share, to have a moment alone and really relish in the day. Such a classy couple — and how adorable is that flower girl?! Thank you for inviting us to celebrate with you, Mary and Patrick!
The following is a sampling of the mighty-fine-looking individuals I get to photograph. Each of these professionals are writing, acting, or counseling their way to world domination. Okay, well, at least they’re all super successful and I’m honored to know them. And, I give them mad props for being bold enough to brave the camera one-on-one — it’s not an easy thing to do, folks.
Shooting with the good folks at Mighty Hand is one of my favorite things all year. Here’s a sneak peak of some 35mm we shot in anticipation for their new pop-up shop in German Village. Swing by their preview this weekend to get a first-look at all their fabulous vintage finds!