When my couples are stumped for ideas where to shoot I always encourage them to think outside the box; I’m all about being anything but typical. (I was actually just joking that there is only this much of a traditional piece of a photographer in me, and it’s because there has to be. 😉 ) We talk about special places, occasions, events, seasons, incorporating props — anything that can make their Cinematic Romantic quintessential them: both as a couple and as individuals.
When Katie came to me with the idea of doing their shoot at their home, I was stoked! I’ve been hoping a couple would request a session in their home for quite awhile; they’re so cozy and intimate, and make for amazing, gorgeously personal memories. So once Katie told me that it was their first home together, and where Joe proposed… well, obviously it was exactly the perfect spot. This also allowed us to include Miss Sydney into their pictures. In retrospect, I can’t see not incorporating this adorable little member of their family. It’s clear this trio is absolutely perfect together in every way.
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Laura and Tyler decided to use images from their Cinematic Romance in the adorable German Village neighborhood of Columbus to create a guestbook for their wedding in July. It will be a 20 page 8×8 custom bound leather album with the most gorgeous light blue faux snake skin; I can’t wait to see more than just a swatch, and will absolutely post images of the final project once it comes in! After talking to Laura last month, I’m even more excited for their wedding, as she told me so many details (but not too many — which really leaves me curious!) that are so UNIQUE, and against the grain. I can’t wait to see what she and Tyler have in store for their fabulous day! In the meantime, here’s a small sample of their delightful shoot from a day trip spent with them in Columbus.
This little gem is long overdue to be unshielded from all but a few. Julie and Mike are getting married in just. over. a. week. and it’s finally time some (more) of these images see the light of day. I can name fifty reasons why they haven’t — some better than others; of course the most important thing is that Julie and Mike have long seen them, though I admit being the artist that I am, I’ve perhaps sulked a bit on entirely too many occasions for wanting – and being unable – to share. Unable to share for reasons of indecision, for reason of just somuchstuffandnotenoughtime!
While I am still very much suffering from somuchstuffandnotenoughtime! (oh, how I am — or, rather, the blog is), this shoot suddenly found itself on a very hard deadline. And while this was supposed to be, is, and will still be a surprise for Julie and Mike… thus: a blog and pseudo-album preview. I cannot WAIT for October 4 when I bring her the little “surprise” album she had me make for her! She gave me an idea of the vibe and colors of her wedding so I was able to pick a comparable binding for the small 8×8 album of their engagement images, but everything else was left completely in my hands. And, I must say: I’m so in love with it that I made a sample to keep for myself — so you’ll be seeing the spreads here soon after the wedding!
I’ve had a lot of correspondence with Julie through text and email since they booked, and since the shoot last fall, but I can’t wait for the wedding day and everything that comes with it! Her and Mike are fun, and funny, and we’re going to create more amazing images; they’re one of my couples that are just naturals. I love love LOVED this shoot, and the time with them! Narrowing down the album was so incredibly difficult, which is why the blog in itself is massive for a CR.
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In honor of Stephanie and Leif getting married in 31 days and Stephanie’s half-birthday being two days ago (we celebrate that!), I thought it was long overdue that their engagement session from earlier this summer have its time to shine on the blog. We met at “the Spot” – their spot – which, apparently, Stephanie didn’t really have much of an idea where it was? All I knew is that we were shooting at “the Spot,” but she had to get back to me on its location.
So. We met at the Spot, circled a few blocks of Mt. Washington you don’t typically see in pictures (yay!), helped look for a lost cat, and laughed… a lot. I think Stephanie is worried they laughed too much, but I think it was perfect… and their images are awesome — even the ones not shown here, and the outtakes. It really seemed to capture so much of who they are, and that’s exactly what the shoot and the images are intended to do.
I had to drag Leif to the last spot or two for pictures – making deals with him about how many locations we had left. You’ll see he just looks absolutely miserable. Or something. Something about getting home in time for the new episode of Orange is the New Black he said? I’ll admit I briefly fell for his ridiculous line about missing an episode… of a Netflix series… in which the entire season is put up at once. Although my mother tongue is sarcasm, I’m afraid I may be in slightly over my head for the wedding day with Leif and his boys… but I’ll go down fighting, and having a blast! Hopefully running around the dance floor signing along to some Lady GaGa with the bride (whom can look the part of Lady GaGa like no other!) AND having watched every episode of Orange is the New Black. On time.
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For all my blog stalkers: finally something you can see! I have furiously been working behind the scenes to get so many urgent things done before my wedding season kicks off in just less than two weeks. So many imperative things, in fact, that I will not even confess to you how far behind I am in blogging. It is shameful, I will tell you that. However. However! I have made a vow to myself, to many others – and now to you – that I will be caught up by May 3 (Colleen and Adrian’s wedding day), so that their wedding is the next entry that you see.
That being said, I’m going to move slightly out of order… because this first entry, though adorable, fabulous, and with an equally adorable, fabulous, and oh-so-lovey couple… was shot during too many inches of snow. No one wants to see that. 😉 (the snow part that is, only the snow part) …At least not largely where most of my visitors are from — we just got rid of that stuff, and are finally beginning to remember what spring is!
So I present to you Amanda and Chris. We brought the pups out for some crazy (ca-ray-z) running around for a few moments before we jetted off to Mingo Creek for some awesome images when it was entirely too cold. But worth it! Now the bitter cold is but a distant memory, but no thank you, I would not like to go back. Awesome images with a fab couple? Yes. Temperatures and snow? No.
You’ll see them here in about a month! In a much, much different environment. I can’t wait… because, aside from the temperatures… I love their love: check it out – it’s adorable.
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Long before Pittsburgh had forgotten the look, feel, or even idea of grass, Kirsten, Lance, and I took some time to capture some images for the two of them before their wedding. On Mt. Washington we talked about the proposal, got what they needed for their save the date images, and had a few laughs while Channing (I think that’s Lance’s birth name? Middle name? Preferred name? I can’t remember! ;)) showed off some of his modeling moves.
Rewinding a little, our day started in Oakland; at Phipps Lance jumped right in, breaking the ice for all three of us with his jokes — or maybe it was just to break the ice for he and Kirsten, because a few minutes in, Lance mentioned he’d been brushing up on his modeling (you have no idea, guys, how many of my grooms are models! ;))… so, really, I think he wanted to make me nervous. So as we walked around Phipps we would shoot, and talk, and laugh… hysterically, and Kirsten would give him faces, at times, like she didn’t know the guy. (That’s pretty normal, too.) It was adorable. This is about the time the Lance/Channing [Tatum] thing came in, I think. At times it was incredibly difficult for me to photograph them because I was laughing so hard, but that’s ok — that’s what makes for real, genuine, awesome images.
Before the Oakland portion of our shoot came to a finish, we stopped at a bridge in Schenley Park that has taken a page from Paris, and grown into both a display of love and devotion and a display of art. As a very cool little touch to our shoot, Kirsten and Lance added their lock.
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Oy, the joys of the holiday season when you’re a photographer.
You couldn’t pay me enough to do anything other than what I do, and I do love album season, but album season is album LIFE. With that being out of my hands, and now only having to focus on print orders and catching up on shamefully old blog posts, I can move on to working on entries such as Melissa and Mark’s – which with its autumn feel sounds as though it would feel so toasty right about now for many of us in the States; however, all I remember that day is that we were pretty damn cold. I, for one, put my vanity aside and was rocking a wool hat — a true rarity, especially while I am shooting.
We headed a bit north and wandered around through some gorgeous nature spots we both knew and discovered. Clearly we had a great day full of laughter, and dancing, and Voguing – the magazine kind and the Madonna kind. These images, though? They’re nothing…. They’re nothing on so many levels, because in less than a month you’re going to see this fun-loving, sweet, adorable couple here again… for their New Years’ Eve wedding! So we’ll be bundled up, again, sort of… except Melissa will be in an amazing dress, and I’ll be hoping for at least a few flurries of snow to photograph her in!
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Courtney and Jeff are adorable. They’re fun. They’re funny. There’s no denying any of the that. Their wedding day is going to be awesome, because not only do I know it’s going to be so much fun… but the amount of love you’ll be able to feel and capture radiating on that day will be off of the charts.
Attempt three to take their engagement pictures finally worked out — for the most part. I blame Courtney and her excited Tweeting for making everything go awry each time – even day two (yes, day two) of this shoot. But, in her defense… I adore my brides, and they make me even happier and more excited when I see how excited THEY are. So, I can’t fault her. Too much. 😉
We started with Gator and Luda for a few shots in the Strip, and while obviously Courtney is tiny, those dogs made Jeff look like he weighed about ninety pounds himself, as they dragged him around. I heard a few stories, but I seriously don’t know how Courtney does it. After we handed the furbabies off to Grandma and Grandpa, we spent some time wandering the Strip for some places old and mainly new…. looking for that perfect gritty, graffiti, urban feel that Courtney wanted.
The second half of the shoot is previewed here, but to be continued. We were to start on the North Shore Saturday, but of course there was a Steelers preseason game. Upon coming back Sunday for one thing – one! – we discovered the cascading fountain steps had been drained, and we had missed him by about 45 minutes. Really? Draining only takes about a day or two. Seriously. Thank Courtney and that overly-ambitious Tweeting! This spot holds a very special place to Courtney and Jeff… so we will be back! And Courtney is banned from Tweeting, and must disable Twitter on her wedding day. 😉
But for now… the Strip District, and the tiniest preview of the North Shore. With more to come sometime between now and May!
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