Polaroid and 35mm film Wedding Photos

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. 

Here are the details.

Danielle's Maternity

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. 

Lizzie and James Rookwood Pottery and Polaroids

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.

Lizzie and James' OTR Wedding

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. 

Sean and Angela

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. 

Polaroids at Neltner Farm

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.

Rebecca and Tanya's Pleasant Ridge Engagement

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.

Family Love at Devou Park

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. 


Mandy and Landon's Neltner's Farm Wedding

Mandy and Landon were married a few weeks ago at one of my favorite places to work, Neltner's Farm.  It was a hot summer day and everything, especially Mandy's big smile was shining bright.  Mandy and Landon are carefree and fun.  He has a great sense of humor and she loves to laugh.  I can't think of a better way to spend their lives together.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to spend such a special day with the two of them.

Here are some of my favorites from the day.

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Rebecca and Steven at Ault Park

The biggest perk of my job has always been getting a glimpse at the intimate parts of people's relationship.  It is when people trust me enough to open up and show me how they love that my adrenaline starts pumping and I know I will create something authentic.   I encourage a lot of touching and connecting during photo sessions.  Posed pictures are pretty, but the ones that sing to me are the ones that capture the emotion.

I spent a beautiful morning with Rebecca and Steven at one of my favorite parks recently.  I left with a full and happy heart.

Thank you for sharing your love with me you two.  Here are a few of my favorites from the day. aultparkportraits_1919aultparkportraits_1920aultparkportraits_1921aultparkportraits_1922aultparkportraits_1923aultparkportraits_1926aultparkportraits_1928aultparkportraits_1929aultparkportraits_1931aultparkportraits_1932aultparkportraits_1933aultparkportraits_1935aultparkportraits_1939aultparkportraits_1940aultparkportraits_1944aultparkportraits_1945

Kyleigh and Derek

I have had the extreme pleasure of photographing Kyleigh's family over the past 7 years.  From family photos, to senior photos, to anniversaries, it has been an absolute honor to document so many joyous life moments.  Kyleigh has always been a very driven girl.  Her calm, level headed attitude is a breath of fresh air.  She is living proof that the new generation of adults are respectful and hardworking.  She busted her butt to become a nurse and I have first hand experience, because of a recent sickness in my own family,that she is a good one. (By chance, a dear person to me who is hospitalized right now has been taken care of very well by Kyleigh).

Derek is a perfect fit for Kyleigh.  He is laid back and so sweet.  Whenever he is around Kyleigh he lights up in a way that lets you know their love is the special kind.  Together, they have already bought their dream home far from the city, their peaceful oasis.  I am so excited to watch them grow together as a couple.

Thank you for the amazing day Kyleigh and Derek.  I can't wait to see you again soon.


New Year's Eve Wedding at The Bell Event Centre

I can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year than spending it celebrating love.  I am excited to share some of Hannah and Zach's wedding today.  Inspiration hit me to present a wedding entirely in black and white and this wedding was perfect.   I love how it makes things feel timeless and you are really drawn into the emotion in the images. Here are a few of my favorites.  Thank you to Dana Rogers for being an amazing second shooter for this wedding.  Her use of light fit with my editing perfectly.belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1720belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1722belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1723belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1724belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1725belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1727belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1728belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1729belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1731belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1732belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1733belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1734belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1736belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1738belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1740belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1742belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1741belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1743belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1778Magoto Wedding_1714belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1780belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1746belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1744belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1745belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1747belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1748belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1749belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1750belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1751belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1752belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1753belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1756belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1758belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1759belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1760belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1761belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1764belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1765belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1766belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1767belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1768belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1757belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1769belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1770belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1771belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1772belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1773belleventcerntrenewyearseve_1774

A Christmas Engagement at home

Laid back and full of laughs, Savannah and Andrew's session with their son Hudson was so much fun for me.  They wanted to celebrate their family and the labor of love they put into rehabbing their home.  It was really cool hanging out with a family so similar to my own.  Hudson is a few months older than my son, so seeing the cuteness I have in store made me really happy.  I am excited I get to spend more time with this family next summer at their wedding.

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Celebrating 25 years of friendship, wild and free.   When Sara contacted me about a special shoot she wanted to set up with two of her lifelong friends, I was thrilled.  These ladies represent what togetherness feels like,  they represent what real support is.  They are proof that life is just better with good friends by your side.  In a way I am envious of this kind of bond, I can't imagine how special it must feel to know each other so well.  Thank you for the amazing day, ladies.  I am still buzzing from this shoot with you. <3sisterhood_1596sisterhood_1599sisterhood_1600sisterhood_1603sisterhood_1604sisterhood_1605sisterhood_1606sisterhood_1608sisterhood_1609sisterhood_1612sisterhood_1601sisterhood_1611sisterhood_1598sisterhood_1595sisterhood_1610Before we left for the shoot we spent a little time with Sara's daughter Ryman and her aunts.  These are the kind of images I love for.  Memories to last a lifetime.  sisterhood_1593sisterhood_1592sisterhood_1591sisterhood_1590sisterhood_1589

Olivia and Carson's Cincinnati Engagement

Olivia and Carson drove up from Louisville for their engagement session. Olivia is studying architecture so she suggested we meet at the Contemporary Art Center downtown.  The building, designed by Zaha Hadid is a work of art in itself.   We got lucky inside as we stumbled into the Unmuseum where there were two interactive exhibits we spent some time in.  I loved playing with the lights and reflections.  What an inspiring day!  Thank you for the amazing afternoon Olivia and Carson.

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Mandy and Landon's Autumn Engagement

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year.  The beautiful warm light and bright colors inspire me to no end.  I love when I am able to schedule photo shoots during this time of year.  I would shoot every day if I could.  Mandy and Landon met me at one of my favorite parks for their engagement session.  It was such a pleasure getting to know them while we ran around chasing the sun.  I am really excited about their wedding next year.mainstraussengagement_1465mainstraussengagement_1466mainstraussengagement_1467mainstraussengagement_1468mainstraussengagement_1469mainstraussengagement_1470mainstraussengagement_1472mainstraussengagement_1473mainstraussengagement_1474mainstraussengagement_1475mainstraussengagement_1477mainstraussengagement_1478mainstraussengagement_1479mainstraussengagement_1480mainstraussengagement_1481mainstraussengagement_1483mainstraussengagement_1484mainstraussengagement_1485mainstraussengagement_1482mainstraussengagement_1488mainstraussengagement_1489mainstraussengagement_1490mainstraussengagement_1491mainstraussengagement_1493mainstraussengagement_1494

Kat and Andrew's Spring Grove Wedding

It was serendipitous the way Kat and I met.  She was visiting The Lodge, where my studio is to go over details for her wedding reception that was to be held there.  She and her fiancé were planning  a small wedding at Spring Grove Cemetery.  As she talked about the day I was secretly thinking how cool it would be to photograph it.  Since it was only a couple of weeks away, I assumed she already had a photographer.  Fast forward a few days, Kat contacted me to discuss hiring me to photograph her wedding.  She wanted ceremony coverage and creative portraits and gave me creative freedom to do whatever I wanted.  I was thrilled to work with them.  We have been so lucky with the weather this fall, their wedding day was not excluded.

Here are a few of my favorites from the day starting with a wicked Polaroid.


Jennifer and Dan's Ohio Wedding

Dan and Jennifer drove home to Ohio from Colorado with their sweet dog to celebrate their love with their closest friends and family.  The only thing dramatic about the day was the weather.  It started with a sky full of clouds that eventually moved out in time for their sunny ceremony.  Jennifer's big smile and warm personality lit up the room.  What a dream day to photograph! Happiness is contagious, I was floating on cloud nine at this wedding.

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Pam and Joe's Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park Wedding

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is one of the most beautiful wedding locations I have had the pleasure of working at.  You are not only surrounded by art, but the landscaping is also so inspiring for me.  Pam and Joe were wonderful to work with.   They wanted their wedding to be intimate and relaxed, the park was the perfect backdrop for their aesthetic.   It was another one of those days when my job was way too much fun to call it work.pyramidhill_wedding_1221pyramidhill_wedding_1215pyramidhill_wedding_1228pyramidhill_wedding_1276pyramidhill_wedding_1275pyramidhill_wedding_1257pyramidhill_wedding_1258pyramidhill_wedding_1256pyramidhill_wedding_1274pyramidhill_wedding_1226pyramidhill_wedding_1246pyramidhill_wedding_1260pyramidhill_wedding_1244pyramidhill_wedding_1245pyramidhill_wedding_1250pyramidhill_wedding_1249pyramidhill_wedding_1251pyramidhill_wedding_1248pyramidhill_wedding_1247pyramidhill_wedding_1252pyramidhill_wedding_1253pyramidhill_wedding_1267pyramidhill_wedding_1208pyramidhill_wedding_1227pyramidhill_wedding_1229pyramidhill_wedding_1232pyramidhill_wedding_1218pyramidhill_wedding_1224pyramidhill_wedding_1269pyramidhill_wedding_1234pyramidhill_wedding_1220pyramidhill_wedding_1268pyramidhill_wedding_1230pyramidhill_wedding_1233pyramidhill_wedding_1219pyramidhill_wedding_1242pyramidhill_wedding_1241pyramidhill_wedding_1243pyramidhill_wedding_1216pyramidhill_wedding_1223pyramidhill_wedding_1222pyramidhill_wedding_1261pyramidhill_wedding_1265pyramidhill_wedding_1264pyramidhill_wedding_1263pyramidhill_wedding_1262

Welcome to the world little August

If you follow my blog, this family should look very familiar to you.  From their engagement session , their wedding, their maternity session and now as we welcome their sweet little son August into the world,  I am so thrilled and honored to be invited into their lives to share and document these milestones.  Being a new mother made taking newborn photos even more special to me.  I was able to relive and feel their joy on a whole new level.  Seeing the tremendous love they have for their sweet son was so refreshing.  I caught myself tearing up a few times as so many memories of my own son's first days came rushing back to me.   I wanted to tell them over and over to savor every second.  Somehow becoming a parent seems to speed up time.  But I also promised them what everyone has told them, with each new day it gets better and better.  <3fields_newborn_1193fields_newborn_1194fields_newborn_1196fields_newborn_1195fields_newborn_1198fields_newborn_1197fields_newborn_1199fields_newborn_1200fields_newborn_1201fields_newborn_1202fields_newborn_1203fields_newborn_1191fields_newborn_1204fields_newborn_1205