They are getting married today! And, they are bringing the pups.<3
They are getting married today! And, they are bringing the pups.<3
They are getting married today! And, they are bringing the pups.<3
Today, as I was scrolling through Instagram, I was stopped in my tracks by this beautiful story written by Rebecca, one of my past brides. I remember feeling so overwhelmed with love on their wedding day. It was really such a special feeling. She put it into words better than I could
Here is what she wrote.
“I meant this for yesterday, on #nationalcomingoutday, but I’m posting it now because representation matters on every day of the year. 🌈
This was the happiest moment of the happiest day. It felt like something indescribable, like my very cells were charged and vibrating with some wild energy, like we were wrapped in a tangible love force field radiating out of every person present. It gave me chills. I’d never before felt such a shocking depth of emotion, such raw bliss. ✨
I started wrestling with my sexuality as a pre-teen. It’s not something I wanted, it wasn’t a rebellious streak, it wasn’t a choice. As a people-pleaser growing up in a church that actively spoke out against homosexuality, that ranked queer people amongst pedophiles and murderers, I wanted more than anything to be normal. I spent many nights crying and praying and begging to be wrong about myself, and I spent years in a downward mental health spiral.
And then, guess what happened. Yep. I stepped out of that bubble, I learned to love myself, and life turned around fast.
I’d give anything for a time machine, to go back and scoop that little girl up in my arms, to hug my teenage self and tell her what is to come. “You will be happy,” I’d tell her. “You will be loved and you will love yourself. You will be matched with the most incredible soul in the world and together you will work hard and build an inspired life. Your friends will become your family. You will be surrounded and supported and lifted and all of this pain will be just a blur.” 💖
Too many queer kids don’t get a chance to grow up. They get bullied, they get thrown out of their homes, they get abused, they become victims of violence or suicide, and their candles burn out before they have a chance to tell a story like mine. 🖤
In the words written by JKR and spoken so beautifully by our officiant, @chelletresbelle, at the close of our ceremony, “You are protected, in short, by your ability to love.” We can protect the queer people around us, especially the young people, by loving them outright. We can remind them that they’re beautiful, not broken. That we need them. That it gets better. ⚡️”
I felt the electricity she was speaking about. Rebecca and Tanya were surrounded by so much supportive love. I always tell my clients that one of the purposes of a wedding, is for all of the people who love you to lift you up in their love, to set forth the momentum that will become your new life with your partner. To put a huge gust of wind in your sails and give you a giant cosmic group hug. This was a homegrown wedding, Rebecca and her friends made everything from scratch. Tanya, who is a chef made all of the delicious food including incredible Buckeye cupcakes. It was labor of love that didn’t feel like work at all. I am so appreciative for their trust in me to capture such a wonderful day.
This is the photo she posted, and more from this very sweet, intimate wedding.
These photos are from last summer. Yes, I know I am very behind on sharing, but I figure I better post these quick as I will be meeting up with this family again very soon for another fun photo session to celebrate their new baby on the way. The Fields have been apart of my life for many years. It is such a pleasure watching them grow. We always come up with something fun for their photos. This time I suggested we go to one of their favorite city spots, Washington Park. After some nice family photos we got loose and had a great time at the splash park. This is my idea of a perfect family photo session, doing something you love and will remember.
Not long ago I drove up to Oxford Ohio to photograph Claire and Wei's wedding. They eloped in Boston where they live, but wanted to come back to the town where they met to celebrate with friends and family. It was a beautiful day. I documented the ceremony and family photos with my digital camera, but Wei and Claire were most excited about creating unique images with film, so we spent the later part of the day doing that.
I cant say enough how much I love making unique art with my couples. Their trust and enthusiasm inspires me. It is a beautiful exchange of energy that I am so, so grateful for.
My 2018 wedding book is closed, but I still have room for your 2019 wedding. I have packages that include both traditional images full of emotion and images that I consider to be art, like the ones below.
I brought all of my favorite cameras, including a $40 toy camera that inspite of having it on the wrong setting, produced one of my favorite images from the day. The first one here.
When I was pregnant, I asked everyone I knew to share their birth story with me. I knew I wanted to try my best to have a healthy, natural birth, but had no idea what to expect. Some of the stories were beautiful and peaceful, some were scary and difficult. I listened to every one of them with an open mind and heart. I now understand, that those stories and the power of every woman who came before me, every woman that has yet to be are inside of me. When I got to the point during childbirth that I thought I could not go any further, they carried me. They pushed me to dig deeper. They threw the rope I needed to pull from to help guide my son into this world.
For this shoot I wanted Kristina to embrace that divine power that will be her strength as she steps into her new role as a mother. I wanted to encourage her and to create space for her to enjoy the moment she is in right now. Everything about her will change dramatically in the following months. Soon, her heart will open up in a raw, delicate way that is indescribable. As she is going through the stages of being pregnant, it is already happening. The journey from Maiden to Mother, has been the most life changing experience I have had. I feel everything so much deeper and with a more empathetic view. My heart has softened, yet become more protective. It is truly a blessing for me to be able to create beautiful art with women in this very precious part of their journey.
The images below were all created with 35mm and Polaroid film. Kristina gave me full creative control and really encouraged me to push things as far as I wanted. I couldn't be more happy with the magic we made. I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity to make art with her.
When Kris and Molly contacted me about photographing their wedding I was thrilled. Not only is it going to be one hell of a party, but also because Kris is a good friend. No matter how much time has passed, conversations with him are honest and without effort, something I am grateful for. Seeing my friends happy, makes me so happy. I got a chance to get to know Molly a lot after our shoot as we spent time together at their favorite bar. She is a smart, strong woman, who I really enjoyed talking to, I could have stayed there all night. . Photographing gorgeous people is a nice, but photographing gorgeous hearts is what I live for.
Thank you for the amazing day Kris and Molly. I cannot wait to see you again!
I should have shared these images months ago, when I made them. As much as I have tried to write, lately something inside of me feels like I have to keep everything private. I feel like I have to protect these sacred stories and moments. Deep down I think I am afraid I might not give them the respect and care they deserve with my words.
I have been thinking a lot about the people I am connected to through my work. I was trying to understand what they have in common, what kind of person am I attracted to? I feel like we all bring in certain kind of people into our world, for me, that person is one with a big, powerful story. It is usually a person who, through their own experiences has found their own path to be one of helping others heal whether they know it or not. Love attracts love, beyond all of the fear I have been hiding behind recently is so much love.
Jessica is one of the strongest women I have ever met, not just because of all that she has been through and come out of, but because she is sincere, caring, forgiving, resilient. She is a wife, sister, mother, business woman. She balances a very busy life with a smile on her face. She gives more than she takes. She has lived through one of the most heart wrenching experiences a woman can go through, yet she elludes so much grace. She is an inspiration to me. Her trust in me to tell her story was a gift.
When I first posted a photo of her these are the words that came to mind. Emmie is a couple of months older than this now. This is a collection of Polaroid and 35mm images. <3
"As we celebrate Emmie thriving in her seventh month, we are also remembering Meggie, Emmie’s twin sister who is no longer with us. This was such a special session for me. I spent 3 hours with Jessica discussing life, and loss, and dreams. Jessica and Craig came into my life a few years ago when I photographed their engagement, twice because it rained, then their wedding where it rained again. Their strength to endure has been tested over and over again, yet they prevail over and over again, and they do it with warmth in their hearts. Jess has this grace that eludes strength and confidence. She’s such a badass in her giant pickup truck and muscle car from her teenage years in her driveway. Yet, as I watched her look after her babe I was engulfed in her tenderness. Through my lens I’ve watched her grow into a woman, and a beautiful mother. She is the saint who will help those in need, no questions asked. Her husband Craig supports and loves his wife dearly, his presence is soft and kind. I’m inspired by their bond. It is a bond that has grown stronger through the kind of pain that is unthinkable. When you see a butterfly on the crib in the NICU it let’s you know the baby is part of a multiple pregnancy and one of the babies is no longer with us. Jess and Craig only got 2 weeks with their sweet Meggie here on Earth, but she will live in their hearts forever. "
This photo session with Greg and Dave was a blast for me. I am really looking forward to spending more time with them this summer at what will most likely be one of the most fun weddings I have been too. For their engagement session, we decided a drink would help take the edge off, so we hung out at the bar where they first met, then headed to their home for some magic light filled images. .
I always feel like the luckiest girl in the world because I get to capture love like this. Thanks for trusting me to tell your story Greg and Dave. >3
Working with other creatives fuels me. I love collaborating on ideas to come up with something unique to their personality and craft. I met Adalia when I moved into the new neighborhood we are living in. I was thrilled when she contacted me about creating content for her band Knotts. She suggested we shoot outside the skating rink near our homes. I love all of this color.
Marisa, who is from America, was living in China. She was working as a General Manager opening a restaurant for Expats and tourists and teaching Chinese people about Western service. Jacob had just finished a 3 week journey through Tibet, traveling with a Buddhist Monk visiting monastery's and sleeping with a Tibetan Nomad family who were Yak Shepherds.
Jacob came to the town Marisa was living in to fly out of the airport there that weekend. As Marisa was walking into a bar called "Jellyfish", Jacob was standing outside. They were both open to love and in a place in their lives where they were ready to accept it. After a long weekend together, Marisa moved to Amsterdam to live with Jacob. They have been together ever since.
Fast forward 6 years later. They are now married and have a sweet little boy who is the best parts of both of them. After spending time living in Amsterdam and London, they found their way back to Marisa's home here in Cincinnati. I suggested we do a mini wedding shoot when they returned since they did not get many photos from their intimate ceremony in England. Marisa showed up in the most beautiful red dress, my heart exploded.
I had been eyeing the restaurant, Frida in Covington and really wanted to shoot there. The owners Emily and Paul were very gracious to allow us in on a day they were closed. Emily also gave this underpass in Covington new life as well. She is a pioneer in making Covington the amazing place it is today. <3
I want to thank Evelyn from Eve Floral Co for these AMAZING flowers. She is absolutely incredible and such a sweet woman.
I really enjoy photographing senior photos. Simultaneously, we are paying homage to youth while witnessing witnessing parts of the adult they will become. It's an exciting time full of transition and change. Olivia and Kirby left me with a sense of hope and excitement after their session. They both seem very driven and kind. The future looks bright through their eyes, I really enjoyed that.
This is a combination of senior photos and family photos. Jill, is a wedding industry friend. Her family runs Village Pantry Catering. She added time to the girl's session so we could fit the entire family in some of the photos. It was a gorgeous day at French Park. I cannot wait until the weather gets nice, so I can visit again.
2017 was a year full of much love and laughter. The clients who came into my life left me with a deep reminder of the magnitude of gratitude I have for this very special job that has been presented to me. I document love. I document the emotion. I help preserve memories and moments. The time I spend with the people who come into my life through photography help me become better at living and loving in my own life. Its pretty damn incredible.
I have a huge body of work I have not shared. Time got the best of me last year. I am still trying to find balance between being a mother, a business owner, an artist, a lover, a friend, an aunt, sister, a daughter, ....does that ever really happen? I feel like if I am productive every day, I am doing IT. I have just learned to give myself some grace.
I vow to spend the rest of February sharing lots of new stories, a new website, a slow integration of my art and my work , and some very big announcements.
This is Savannah and Andrew. Before they moved away to North Carolina for Andrew to continue his studies, they had an intimate wedding celebration downtown at The Blind Pig. The theme of their wedding was fun. Look at all of these smiles. <3
I have been experimenting with and collecting vintage cameras and film for many years. I have mainly used them for my art, but as the line between work and art blurs more and more for me, I have a strong urge to shoot more film at weddings. In fact, every wedding I have booked since offering a Polaroids has added them to their wedding package. This makes me very, very happy. I love that I am able to give my clients a unique experience and one-of-a art as wedding photos.
I set up a shoot with this awesome couple to push things creatively with wedding photography. I was not their wedding photographer, I share a studio with the bride, Emily so I asked if she and her husband would model for me. They were so amazing to work with. My friend Amy Jo from The Pearl and The Petal provided the beautiful florals.
I started out using fresh 35mm film. When I say fresh I mean new film, that isn't expired or altered at all. I love the warmth and mood of this film. I then used a variety of Polaroid films. Some are new, some are 17 years old. Each has their own unique characteristics. Lastly I used expired 35mm film. Some of this film is 10+ years old. I alter the film by soaking it in chemicals, exposing it to light, and exposing the film more than once to create a dreamy atmosphere.
Next year, I want to shoot a small wedding entirely on film. I want to do it without the worry of strict timelines and high expectations for specific images. I just want to freely create art that celebrates love. I decided the best way to get my feet back into shooting film is to find a couple to work with for free. I have special wedding giveaway going on until Nov. 30.
This was a fun shoot for me. Danielle has the sweetest energy that is always pleasure to be around. I am very happy for her and her husband Rich. Their little guy is already surrounded by so much love.
These grey fall days are a dream for me to work in, just look at the fall colors.
Remeber Lizzie and James from my last post? We decided Lizzie's dress is too pretty for her to only wear it once. Just as they were celebrating their 2 month anniversary, we got together again for another shoot. This is something new I am offering all of my clients. Maybe your wedding day timeline is too tight to hit up all of the locations you want for photos, maybe you just want to snuggle and laugh in your wedding clothes again, or maybe you jut want to make art and feel like a goddess. I am down for all of it! Plus, if you get the Polaroid package, we can slow down and really dig deep into creating magical images.
At the end of this post you will see lots of Polaroids I took on both days. I love the mixture of posed images and candid moments.
I have dreamed of taking photos in front of this mural at Rookwood Pottery by Christian Dallas since I first saw it. I absolutely love the colors.
What happens when two of the nicest people you have ever met get married? It is one amazing party and there isn't a single person there not having fun. From the minute I spoke with Lizzie's amazing sister Becca, who helped coordinate and design the event, I knew I would it was going to be a special day. Lizzie and James are in love. It is the kind of love that makes you bite your fist, James actually did when her first saw his girl, it was the sweetest. And from what I learned at their wedding, everyone around them is in love with them. They both have this rare kindness about them, they put others before themselves. It felt great to be around something so awesome.
The ceremony was at Washington Park and the reception was at Woodward Theater. Thanks to my assistants/photographer/friends, Leeka and Chris for all of your help telling their story.
Be prepared to see more of these two. We took lots of Polaroids and recently did another shoot in front of one of my favorite Cincinnati murals. I will post those next.
It was raining all day, but we decided to stick it out to see what happened. The sun came out and it was pure magic. Photographing people in love is the best. Photographing people I know in love is even better. Happiness is contagious, I enjoyed every minute of this shoot with Sean and Angela. I am super excited for their wedding next year.
I have been bringing Polaroid cameras to weddings over the past 6 years. I would sneak in a couple of photos to satisfy my need to make art with the couples I photograph. I love the spontaneity of instant film and the dreaminess adds such a special feeling that is impossible to replicate. I say it over and over, each photo is a one of a kind piece of art.
Last year was the first year I decided to offer Polaroids as an option to my wedding packages. The response has been overwhelming. Almost every single wedding I have booked since adding the option wants Polaroids at their wedding. This makes me so happy. I get to make art while celebrating love.
I haven't shared an entire collection of wedding images, so I decided to showcase this very special wedding I photographed earlier this year at one of my favorite venues, Neltner Farm. Some of this film is 17 years old. I just love it's very unique charm. These are from 2 shoots. A week after the wedding we went back to the farm to experiment more. Mandy and Landon were so patient and grateful. I appreciate them giving me so much time to create these.
Here is a little iPhone video I made while creating with Mandy.
I remember sitting in the coffee shop waiting to meet Rebecca and Tanya. A girl next to me was wearing the same sweater as me and I was freaking out, luckily she left before they arrived. I went up to the counter to get the Wi FI password when two women, who caught my eye walked in. I thought to myself, WHOA this couple eludes this amazing confidence and beauty. I was taken back by them. When I found out they were my potential clients, I knew I had too be their photographer. I was literally attracted to their warmth and authentic energy from the moment I met them.
For their engagement session I suggested we start at their home. It was so beautiful and the light pouring in was a dream. After we spent some time there with their 2 dogs, we headed to French Park for a quick sunset session, my absolute favorite!
I took a very expired roll of film with me to play around at this shoot. While processing it I made few mistakes which added extreme grain, but I love the results so much. This is a double exposure of the couple and a dandelion flower.
Getting a glimpse into the raw, unfiltered parts of people and their lives is why I am a photographer. It is the only thing I can do to express my emotion, to find balance, and to satisfy my intense need to give. I see a bit of myself in everyone I photograph.
These images make me feel good. They make me smile. They make me want to grab my son and go outside to enjoy the sunshine on our faces. Sara and her warrior strength coupled with intense vulnerability, Forest looking at his girls with such adoration and love fills me with hope and pride. I love this little family and I am thinking about them deeply today.
With the love we have in our hearts, we can turn this world around.