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Kylie + Paul | A Cuyahoga Valley National Park Engagement Session

Man, this winter’s been brutal. I’m the first one to appreciate a good snow storm, and I really don’t even mind getting bundled up to go outside. I generally really enjoy the winter time. But by the time March rolls around, I just want to be outside again. So on this particular twelve degree day, we did just that.

Kylie + Paul were referred to me by another photographer who wasn’t available to shoot their wedding, but if you ask me, it all feels a little like fate. Their wedding this October is actually on my own wedding anniversary, and if I’m being honest, I turned down a couple weddings for that day because I intended to keep the weekend open to celebrate with my husband. But once I learned all about Kylie + Paul, the wedding they’re having and the kind of people they are, there was no way I could turn them down.

Kylie + Paul live in Wheeling, WV and ventured to the arctic white north for their engagement session. I was so excited to finally meet them, and man they didn’t disappoint. They have no more experience in front of a camera than any other engaged couple, but their chemistry made all the difference. When two people are in love, and they allow themselves to forget about how cold it is, or what’s going on around them for a second, I can get images like these – open mouth laughs, genuine “warm me up” cuddles, and a little taste of what their love looks like in a single still frame. As an added bonus, we got to hang out with my friend Nick. He’s their wedding videographer, and he captured this whole session in motion! I can’t wait to see what kind of magic he worked.

Kylie + Paul,
I had the most incredible time getting to know both of you just a little bit better.
I’m happy to share October 12 with you. <3

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Tana + Nick | A Gordon Square and Edgewater Park Engagement Session

“Together, we’ll shine way too bright.
I see you squint those eyes.
Back in school I should’ve tried.
When life is failing, you’re my cheat sheet.”

Yeah, you’re my cheat sheet.

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Ben + Audrey | A Cleveland History Center Wedding

You know that feeling when a song can take you right back to your first slow dance? Or you get a whiff of that distantly familiar perfume your grandma always wore? I’m such a believer in the relation of seemingly minute details to the nostalgia it can later bring. When I photograph your wedding, I want to show it all to you.

I remember on Ben and Audrey’s wedding day, the steady pattern of clouds + sunshine. I remember Ben and his guys watching the office on their phone before the ceremony began. I remember the calm, unspoken love that I felt when I walked into Audrey’s hotel room at Glidden House where she was enjoying a slow morning with her girls. Most of all, I remember the sound of the Cleveland Air Show just before their ceremony began. To me, it wasn’t a nuisance, or unfortunate timing. It was just another one of those details to remember.

Ben + Audrey, Congratulations on your beautiful wedding, and more importantly, your beautiful marriage. I hope that every time you see these photos, it brings you right back to that day.

The sun, the clouds, and the airplanes.

 

Venues
Getting Ready | Glidden House
Ceremony | Cleveland History Center
Reception | Ariel International Center

Planning | Cassie Mullins Events
Hair + Makeup | Sin Pretty Beauty
Bride’s Dress | Abbot Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids
Tux | American Commodore
Florist | Dietz Falls Floral
DJ | Cleveland Music Group
Catering | Sausalito
Cake | Luna Bakery

 

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Baby Jasper | A Cleveland In Home Newborn Session

“I see skies of blue and clouds of white, the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night.
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow. They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world. Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world”

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Hannah & Jimmy – A Cleveland Engagement Session

I want you to take a moment to think about your favorite love story. Really think. Does it come from an old Jane Austen novel you first found dusty on your grandma’s bookshelf? Or is the classic “receptionist falls in love with the sarcastic paper salesman” scenario more your speed? Does it twist and turn, or does it take more of a straight, simple path? What do you love about it? What drew you in?

I remember the first time I met Hannah and Jimmy. Just like with many of my clients, we sat down for coffee and I asked them to tell their story.

I can’t recall every detail but I do remember it was like a book I didn’t want to stop reading.

Their proposal was unlike any I’d ever heard. It had me laughing and crying (even if maybe just because I laughed too hard.) If you ever have the privilege of meeting these two, do yourself a favor and ask Jimmy to tell you the story. It’ll be your new favorite.

A few weeks ago, we got to meet up again. We strolled through Tremont, and stopped at the place where they had their first date together (RIP Lolita). We found all the good sun spots, and then headed to Edgewater Beach. It was the perfect evening to add another page to their story.

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Erica + Jeremy – A Cleveland Heights Maternity Session

There are some days as a photographer that I can’t help but think about how much I truly love what I do. This was one of those days.
On this particular “spring” Ohio day, there was no sun in sight. There was no sunset to capture, or budding trees – just two people about to welcome their first baby into the world.

But when you think about it, isn’t that the most beautiful thing there is?

And to be welcomed into their home and allowed the opportunity to capture these moments is the biggest privilege my photographer’s heart can think of.

Sweet baby boy, we all can’t wait to meet you.

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Maryana – A Cleveland Portrait Session

I believe that I was born to create. As a kid, I would count down the minutes until art class when I could get lost in my latest project. I liked getting messy, and it didn’t matter to me if anyone understood what I made, as long as I was proud. Before I had ever used a camera, I knew that art and creativity would be a huge part of what my life would become. I remember sitting at the plastic table in the corner of our dining room when I was only 3 or 4 making Sesame Street sand art with my mom and when my dad taught me how to use his old cameras in our backyard. I always had a new hobby – jewelry making, watercolor painting, songwriting – you name it, I tried it. For me, creating was about freedom. It didn’t have anything to do with reading books or memorizing answers for a test. I wasn’t graded, no one told me I was doing it wrong. It was something for me to be proud of.

As I’ve grown older, that feeling has only gotten stronger. I fell in love with experimental videography in college, and I still make short videos that no one will ever see, because they’re for me to be proud of. But my world truly expanded when I discovered how much I loved photography.

Over the past year or so, I’ve realized that I’m creating so much less for myself than I ever have. I’ve gotten to meet and work with so many great clients, and I’ve taken photos that I’m so ridiculously proud of. But I’ve lost a little bit of the art that made me fall in love with photography all those years ago. Creating for myself means taking photos around the house, or experimenting with new techniques. It’s creating content that may never see the light of day and being totally okay with that, because it’s just for me.

So right now, I’m promising myself that in between the sessions that I’m so excited about this year, I’m going to create things that

inspire me.
people may not understand.
get a little weird.

This was my start.

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Prints & Products That Tell Your Story

Have you ever looked through your parents’ wedding album? There’s something so special about seeing where it all began. Comparing the dress you just bought to the one your mom wore 30 years ago. Or seeing old photos of your uncle with a moustache and your aunt in all her shoulder padded bridesmaid glory. Something about these photos brings it all back. I bet your dad can remember the funniest parts of his best man’s speech. Your mom can almost smell her bouquet again. Prints & albums have a way of recalling those memories that may otherwise be forgotten.

This is true for so many different parts of your life. Your family will never be the same as they are now. Your kids will grow older, and they’ll get haircuts and braces. They’ll grow taller than you and soon your sweet girl won’t fit into her polkadot dress anymore. These are the times to remember.
When I’m taking your photos, I’m thinking about all of these things.

 

The photos I take are meant to live longer than you do,

and if they live on a screen, that won’t happen.

 

Prints & products are an investment.

In your family.

In your love.

In your legacy.

 

ALBUMS

Covered in an array of luxurious European fabrics, this book looks like a million bucks.

Your curated love story in 10 spreads.

Includes:

10 spreads (20 pages) & your names on the cover.
Albums are 10×10.

Options:

Cover – Leather, suede, or linen in your choice of color

The Process:

To begin the process of album design, just send me an email at hello@thislovelylight.com Once we’ve decided on your cover material, I’ll ask for 10-15 of your favorite images from your wedding or session. From there, I’ll add in some of my favorites that help to tell your story. I’ll send you a mockup of your album, you can make one round of changes, and we’ll get it ordered.

Timeline:

The best time to order an album is within 6 months from the time you receive your gallery.

Once we’ve finalized our design, your album should arrive within 4-6 weeks.

PARENT ALBUMS

Just the same as our classic album, but a little bit smaller.

(These are also perfect for portraits sessions.)

4 x 4 | 20 pages | Cover inscription

LAGNIAPPE CANVAS

Stunning matte canvas, reclaimed wood, jute & copper accents.

The Process:

To order a Lagniappe Canvas, just send me an email at hello@thislovelylight.com.

 

 

HERITAGE BOX

This stunning brass and glass box includes 100 of your favorite 5 x 7 prints from your wedding day or session.

Meant to sit on a coffee table or shelf, or as a family heirloom to be passed on for generations to come.

*Please note that there are only 20 fine art prints pictured in the box above.

PRINTS

Prints can be ordered individually through your gallery.

 

 

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Cait – A Rocky River Portrait Session

Earlier this year, Stephen and I bought a new house. It’s in a new neighborhood, outside of the city and the apartment that we had grown to love so very much. Our favorite part of that little apartment was the fact that it was a 3 minute drive to the Rocky River. Stephen loves to fish and we spent so many summer evenings on that lake together. He’d patiently wade the river, and I’d sit nearby with a book in my hand.

When Cait contacted me to schedule a session, she knew exactly where she wanted her photos taken – that same spot near the river where Stephen and I spent so many evenings together.

I love photographing other photographers. Cait recently transitioned her business from portrait work to product photography. We spent one of the last warm evenings of the year together taking photos of her for her brand new website. Am I allowed to say that we nailed it? Because we definitely did.

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Hannah & Irwin – A Mapleside Farms Solidarity Session

Photography has given me the chance to cross paths with so many wonderful people who I otherwise never would have met. I value that so very much. But there’s something extra special about being able to photograph old friends.

I’ve known Irwin since we were 13 years old, and Hannah just a few years shy of that. We went to different high schools, went to college a state apart and yet somehow now we find ourselves adults with real jobs and mortgages, living a mere 15 minute car ride away.

It’s funny how life works like that sometimes.

Hannah and Irwin have been married for 4 years now. They have a new home, and new walls to fill with memories together. In the middle of all the chaos that life has brought all of us lately, it was so good to spend an evening watching the sunset and listening to music with the two of them. When I look at these photos, I can’t help but think about how far we’ve all come. What would our 15 year old selves say about the way things are now. Did we ever think that we’d all be back together talking about having families and real, grown-up lives of our own?

I hope that these photos are the beginning of many memories to hang on their new walls – that one day these will be surrounded by photos of babies and school pictures, and that Hannah and Irwin will always remember to take a night to watch the sunset together.