Savannah and Andrew's Downtown Cincinnati Wedding

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

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.


Abby and Jonathan's Ault Park Wedding

 I had the pleasure of spending the day with Abby and Jonathan for their Ault Park wedding.  The dramatic clouds were a gorgeous back drop to their laid back day.  Seeing Abby walk down the steps at the park with her Dad was so dramatic and sweet.   The couple laughed and joked throughout the day, it was nice to be surrounded by such fun people.  I started the day at Abby's mother's home where the view was spectacular.aultparkwedding_1102aultparkwedding_1174aultparkwedding_1106aultparkwedding_1104aultparkwedding_1107aultparkwedding_1108aultparkwedding_1110aultparkwedding_1111aultparkwedding_1112aultparkwedding_1170aultparkwedding_1173aultparkwedding_1172aultparkwedding_1176aultparkwedding_1119aultparkwedding_1120aultparkwedding_1122aultparkwedding_1121aultparkwedding_1123aultparkwedding_1125aultparkwedding_1124aultparkwedding_1100aultparkwedding_1128aultparkwedding_1186aultparkwedding_1189aultparkwedding_1131aultparkwedding_1132aultparkwedding_1133 aultparkwedding_1134aultparkwedding_1137aultparkwedding_1139aultparkwedding_1135aultparkwedding_1136aultparkwedding_1180aultparkwedding_1141aultparkwedding_1142aultparkwedding_1187aultparkwedding_1148aultparkwedding_1152aultparkwedding_1150aultparkwedding_1165aultparkwedding_1162I was really excited to get a chance to shoot a few Impossible Project polaroid images throughout the day.aultparkwedding_1167aultparkwedding_1168aultparkwedding_1169

Josh and Elizabeth Urban Artifact Northside

This past weekend I got a chance to meet up with an old friend and his new wife to photograph their wedding reception.  Elizabeth and Josh were married in Mexico, they planned a celebration at Urban Artifact.  Since most of their wedding photos were taken on the beach, we decided it would be cool to run around Northside to capture something a little different.  I had such a good time.  It had been a long time since I had a chance to do an urban shoot like this.  This is only my second event of the year after having the baby, so pardon me while I post a ton of my favorites...inspiration was running wild for me this day. urbanartifactwedding_northside_0971urbanartifactwedding_northside_0965urbanartifactwedding_northside_0966urbanartifactwedding_northside_0989urbanartifactwedding_northside_0968urbanartifactwedding_northside_0969urbanartifactwedding_northside_0973urbanartifactwedding_northside_0974urbanartifactwedding_northside_0975urbanartifactwedding_northside_0972urbanartifactwedding_northside_0978urbanartifactwedding_northside_0964urbanartifactwedding_northside_0986urbanartifactwedding_northside_0979urbanartifactwedding_northside_0980urbanartifactwedding_northside_0982urbanartifactwedding_northside_0983urbanartifactwedding_northside_0988urbanartifactwedding_northside_0984urbanartifactwedding_northside_0985

Maddie and Mark's Bell Event Centre Wedding

If you have attended an event or booked your wedding at The Bell Event Centre, you have probably seen Maddie.  She is one of the smiling faces running around making sure everything is running smoothly.  She is the kind of person who makes everyone she is around feel special.  When she contacted me to photograph her wedding, I was very flattered.  I knew it was going to be a very special day.  Maddie, Mark, and all of their friends and family were so gracious.  It was way too fun to call it work.View More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: Bell Event Centre looked amazing for their reception.  I love the look on their faces when they saw it. CSC Special Events lit up The Bell beautifully. View More: More: More: More:

Katie and Kevin's B&B Riverboat Wedding

I have so many weddings from last year to share.  I figured since we are covered in snow and freezing cold why not start with a nice summer wedding.   I had the pleasure of spending July 4th with Kevin and Katie on the B&B Riverboat for their laid back, intimate wedding.  The day was a lot of fun.  My favorite part was when Kevin got out his guitar and sang for Katie, I am such a lush for special moments like that.

Before the boat took off along the river, we jumped off for a few minutes to capture some nice portraits.  I really like the one below a lot. bbriverboatweddingb&briverboatweddingb&briverboatwedding (1)b&briverboatwedding (2)b&briverboatwedding (3)b&briverboatwedding (4)b&briverboatwedding (5)b&briverboatwedding (6)b&briverboatwedding (7)b&briverboatwedding (8)b&briverboatwedding (11)b&briverboatwedding (12)b&briverboatwedding (13)b&briverboatwedding (14)b&briverboatwedding (15)b&briverboatwedding (16)b&briverboatwedding (17)b&briverboatwedding (18)b&briverboatwedding (19)b&briverboatwedding (20)b&briverboatwedding (21)b&briverboatwedding (22)b&briverboatwedding (24)b&briverboatwedding (25)b&briverboatwedding (26)b&briverboatwedding (27)b&briverboatwedding (28)b&briverboatwedding (29)b&briverboatwedding (30)b&briverboatwedding (31)b&briverboatwedding (32)b&briverboatwedding (33)b&briverboatwedding (34)b&briverboatwedding (35)b&briverboatwedding (36)b&briverboatwedding (37)b&briverboatwedding (38)b&briverboatwedding (39)b&briverboatwedding (40)b&briverboatwedding (41)b&briverboatwedding (42)b&briverboatwedding (43)b&briverboatwedding (44)b&briverboatwedding (45)b&briverboatwedding (46)b&briverboatwedding (47)b&briverboatwedding (48)b&briverboatwedding (49)b&briverboatwedding (51)b&briverboatwedding (52)b&briverboatwedding (53)

Jessica and Craig's Neltner's Farm Wedding

The weather this wedding season has been very temperamental to say the least.  The wonderful thing is, Mother Nature showed up with rain and disappeared, leaving glorious light at all of the right times.  Most couples would have freaked out having an outdoor, DIY farm wedding with rain.  Not Jessica and Craig, they stayed so calm and smiled the entire day.  I have never seen a bride who kept it together as well as Jessica did.  What was important to them was their love, spending time with family and friends, and that they were getting married.  I think the rain added a bit of uncontrolled chaos that made the day more memorable. It also gave me the opportunity to create some stunning portraits of Jessica while we waited in one of the barns for it to pass.  Looking back at the day, I bet Jessica and Craig would agree that they wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

Neltner's Farm provided the perfect backdrop for Jessica and Craig's ultimate DIY intimate wedding.  The scenery is stunning.  It's here that I believe you get a glimpse of Kentucky at her finest.  The farm is surrounded by hills and gorgeous trees. Jessica and Craig worked very hard creating all of the signs, the altar, and decor.  Marti Heard Designs did a fantastic job, as usual with the floral designs and helped Jessica pull it all together. Everything had such a personal touch and was very creative.


Claire and Ross's Devou Park Engagement

  Once again, Devou Park provided the perfect back drop for an engagement session.  Growing up, I visited this park a lot, so I shooting here is very comfortable for me.  Each season brings unique charm and beauty.

  It was a beautiful Spring day when we met for Ross and Claire's engagement session.  Everything was lush and colorful.  These two high school sweethearts along with their sweet pugs were a pleasure to work with.  devouparkengagementdevouparkengagement_0164devouparkengagement_0160devouparkengagement_0165devouparkengagement_0159devouparkengagement_0163devouparkengagement_0161devouparkengagement_0162devouparkengagement_0171devouparkengagement_0170devouparkengagement_0169devouparkengagement_0168

Kristen and Sean's Bell Event Centre Wedding

This love story is a very special one for me.  Though I have gone back and forth in my head about how I want to write it.  I decided the best thing I can do is be honest, to be true and hope to inspire people the way Kristen and Sean have inspired me. This love story is about strength, unconditional love, and vulnerability.  It's about the better and the worse, the sickness and the health. I remember the day Kristen's mother called me to ask if I was available for the wedding which was only 5 months away.  I was driving downtown,  feeling a little crabby.  I answered the phone while driving, something I rarely do. She sounded a bit nervous.   She asked me if I was available on the date of her daughter's wedding and if I could shoot an engagement session within a few days of the phone call.  She told me that within 2 months of getting engaged Sean, Kristen's finance had been diagnosed with stage IV Glioblastoma multiforme, a type of brain cancer and he was going in for surgery this week to try to remove it.  I pulled over immediately.  I snapped out of my selfish crabbiness and did everything I could to hold back the tears.  Yes!  I exclaimed to Kristen's mother.  I will most defiantly do the wedding and I will clear my schedule for the engagement session ASAP.

When I met Kristen and Sean for their engagement session they were vibrant and happy.  They joked a lot.  I asked Kristen what her favorite thing about Sean was and she said she loves how smart he is.  Sean said he loves how much she makes him laugh.  I wanted to make sure the session wasn't about anything but them enjoying each other.  It was the day before a life changing surgery, I didn't want any of the focus to be on that and neither did they.  We laughed and talked and got to know each other.  I left Kristen with a polaroid to hold onto while she was waiting at the hospital.

Sean's surgery went well.  They removed a lot of the tumor, he has to go through frequent radiation and daily chemo treatments.  He is currently still undergoing chemo to keep the cancer from growing  They have to take things day by day, enjoying every minute they are given with each other.  Something we all should do, really.

I hadn't seen Kristen and Sean since the engagement session.  When I arrived on the wedding day I was so excited to spend the day with them.  Everyone was in good spirits.  Kristen looked absolutely stunning.  They did a first look so they would have more time to spend alone that day.  From the time Sean first set eyes on Kristen he lit up and admired her all day.  Though Sean's cancer is something that has become an very important part of their lives, on their wedding day it was barely even mentioned.  The day was about celebrating the present and their hopes for the future, about celebrating their love.

I have kept in touch with Kristen throughout the past few months since the wedding.  I am so happy to say that Sean is doing great.  He is still battling the cancer, but has not let it stop him from getting his degree, landing a dream job, and getting a house with Kristen.  They even adopted a second dog, though I think that was more Kristen's idea. ;)  I feel very fortunate that I have crossed paths with these beautiful couple.  I hope the huge love they have for each other continues to give them the strength to continue living a life full of happiness together.

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Ashely and John's Bell Event Centre Wedding

Their story is one of the best one's I have heard.   John was with a friend who was involved in a small fender bender with Ashley.  He thought she was gorgeous so he asked for her number.  After dating for awhile John took a job in sunny California and Ashley soon followed him there.  Fast forward to now, they are happily married enjoying way better weather than us here in Cincinnati. :)

Their wedding day was one of those rainy fall days we had last month.  I was determined to make sure Ashley and John enjoyed the day without stress so I came up with some unique ideas for pictures.  As I was driving I noticed it was dry under the bridges, and we have plenty in this city, so that is where I took them for some of their pictures.  Everything turned out perfectly.  They had their ceremony and super fun reception at the Bell Event Centre, one of my favorite venues in the city.  The staff always knocks it out of the park with their stellar teamwork and attentiveness.  It was really great celebrating with John and Ashley, what a great end to my wedding season this year! ashleyandjohnbellevententre (22)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (2)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (3)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (4)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (5)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (6)A very unique, and sweet first look. ashleyandjohnbellevententre (7)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (34)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (8)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (9)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (10)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (11)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (12)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (13)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (14)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (15)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (16)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (17)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (37)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (38)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (20)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (21)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (23)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (24)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (25)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (26)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (27)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (28)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (30)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (31)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (32)ashleyandjohnbellevententre (33)

Kate and Erik's Cincinnati Wedding

Kate and Erik had a classic wedding in downtown Cincinnati.  It was one of those amazing fall days when the weather and light gods were on our side.  What sticks out most  about these two is just how well they compliment each other.  They find comfort in each other, something I adore in a couple.  I spent the day with Kate while she got ready with her girls.  Though she didn't seem to be very nervous, I could see a huge sense of relief and happiness come over her when she saw Erik for the first time.  It was awesome to witness.  As we spent a large part of the afternoon taking pictures these two got to enjoy each other and savor every minute.kateanderilbelleventcentre089kateanderilbelleventcentre069kateanderilbelleventcentre070kateanderilbelleventcentre071kateanderilbelleventcentre072kateanderilbelleventcentre079kateanderilbelleventcentre073kateanderilbelleventcentre074kateanderikbelleventcentre_1072kateanderilbelleventcentre075kateanderilbelleventcentre076Kate was a stunning bride. kateanderilbelleventcentre077kateanderikbelleventcentre_1071kateanderilbelleventcentre080kateanderilbelleventcentre082I absolutely love when couples do a first look.  It is such a special moment, and it allows for lots of alone time during the day. kateanderikbelleventcentre_1073kateanderikbelleventcentre_1074kateanderikbelleventcentre_1075kateanderilbelleventcentre083kateanderilbelleventcentre084kateanderilbelleventcentre086kateanderilbelleventcentre087kateanderilbelleventcentre088kateanderilbelleventcentre090kateanderilbelleventcentre091kateanderilbelleventcentre092kateanderilbelleventcentre093kateanderilbelleventcentre094kateanderilbelleventcentre095kateanderilbelleventcentre098kateanderilbelleventcentre099kateanderilbelleventcentre097kateanderilbelleventcentre100kateanderilbelleventcentre101kateanderilbelleventcentre096kateanderilbelleventcentre102kateanderilbelleventcentre103kateanderilbelleventcentre104kateanderikbelleventcentre_1068kateanderikbelleventcentre_1070kateanderikbelleventcentre_1066Ahh this moment is it.  The first embrace alone after becoming husband and wife.  I love when I am able to capture it. kateanderilbelleventcentre105kateanderilbelleventcentre106kateanderikbelleventcentre_1080kateanderilbelleventcentre108After the ceremony we headed to Eden Park for a quick toast with the bridal party.  Kate had some fans. :) kateanderikbelleventcentre_1085kateanderikbelleventcentre_1084kateanderilbelleventcentre109kateanderilbelleventcentre110kateanderikbelleventcentre_1081kateanderikbelleventcentre_1086kateanderilbelleventcentre111The Bell Event Centre is always so spectacular. kateanderikbelleventcentre_1088kateanderikbelleventcentre_1091kateanderilbelleventcentre115

Rachel and Brad's Cincinnati Wedding

As I was going through Rachel and Brad's wedding all of the wonderful memories of the day came rushing back to me.  I was reminded of Rachel's beautiful smile, and the way she lost control of her emotions thinking about Brad in his suit.  I was reminded of the way Brad looked at her not only during their first look, but throughout the entire day, he was so proud to be with her.  I was reminded that being around these kinds of raw emotions, being the person who gets to document and help savor these memories is very important.  I was reminded that my job is very important.  Just like everyone, there are times when I question the career I have chosen for myself.  I struggle with self doubt when I don't get a wedding I really wanted,  it sometimes gets hard for me to balance being an artist and a wedding photographer.  But, when I look at what I am able to give people,  to know that they really appreciate it,  there is no room for doubt and worry.  All that is left is a heart full of love and gratitude.  Thank you Rachel and Brad for sharing your day with me.  I am so happy to share these images with you.


Julie and Jennie's Downtown Cincinnati Wedding

It doesn't matter where you are, what you're wearing, or how much you spent on your flowers, to me the most important thing you can bring to your wedding day is a heart full of love and a smile on your face.  Don't get me wrong, I adore all of the pretty details that make a wedding day special, but it's the emotions of the day that really sweep me off of my feet.

Julie and Jennie's intimate wedding was held at Venue 222 downtown.  About 50 of their closest friends and family came to help them celebrate and support their lifetime commitment to each other.  They presented each other with very personalized vows with promises to not only love each other but to also give each other the space they need to grow, and to be present while enjoying their journey together.  It was so heartfelt and their chemistry together is inspiring to be around.  During the reception I stopped taking pictures for a minute and just let myself really enjoy what I was apart of.  It was overwhelming.  There were people laughing and enjoying themselves in every direction I looked.  The joy in the room was explosive.  During that moment, there was no where in the world I would rather be.  I was experiencing right in front of me nothing but pure love and it felt great.   As I floated back to my car I just sat and soaked in how lucky I am for these amazing people that let me tell a piece of their story.

 Thank you to all of Jennie and Julie's friends who helped make the day perfect for the couple.

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This is why I love when couples do a first look.  You get to spend some time enjoying each other alone, and I get to capture it. :)

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September Love

September, you have been so good to me. :)

I am very grateful for the people who come into my life through photography.  I leave every wedding with a greater appreciation for love.  Photographing weddings is a job that is constantly giving to me, in return I am able to give back by capturing the raw emotion that makes the day so special.  Before I share the full blog posts from these weddings, I wanted to post a few peeks and thank all of my clients for giving me the opportunity to not only document their day, but to also make art with them.  This year, I have felt more free than ever to photograph weddings the way I feel most comfortable.  I have been able to really get in touch with and trust my instincts to create images from my heart.  I wouldn't be able to do this without the trust and confidence I receive from my clients.

Thank you!

Here are a few images from my weddings this month.  (Im actually working ahead of schedule, so my first wedding,  Becca and Greg already have a full blog post here)  I will have full blog posts coming soon.

Jennie and Julie

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Becca and Greg's Ohio Wedding

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of driving to Jackson, Ohio for Becca and Greg's wedding.  The forecast called for rain, instead we got a glorious sky perfect for pictures.  Their wedding was laid back and fun.  Their friends and family were such a pleasure to be around.  I have really enjoyed getting to know Becca and Greg through their wedding planning process,  and I love that Facebook allows me to keep up with their lives.  They will start their new life as husband in Texas where Greg just got an awesome job opportunity.  I am sad to see them go, but so excited for their new adventure together!  Becca and Greg, thank you so much for allowing me to share in this special day with you two.

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Nia and Spencer's Intimate Ault Park Wedding

I leave every wedding I photograph with a happy heart.  Spending time with people on such a special day is something I am truly grateful for.   Nia and Spencer were going to have a huge wedding celebration, but when they started thinking about it, they realized that isn't their style.  They decided to have an intimate ceremony at Ault Park surrounded by their their immediate family.  There were 16 of us gathered to witness their love.   The weather was perfect and the couple was glowing.  Their love for each other along with the support of such amazing families will make them unstoppable together.

See Nia and Spencer's East Walnut Hills engagement session here.

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Nia and Spencer's Cincinnati Engagement

Happy Monday everyone!

It has been an insanely busy past couple of months.  Though most of my time is spent at my computer when I am this busy, I really look forward to the time I get to spend getting to know my clients during their engagement sessions.  Last week I headed to East Walnut Hills for Nia and Spencer's laid back engagement pictures.   I first met Nia at a bridal event.  She was planning a huge winter wedding.  After lots of thinking,  she and her fiancé Spencer decided they were planning a wedding that did not fit their personalities at all.  They are both super chill.  They decided that is how they want their wedding to be...They changed the date, location, and cut their guest list down to immediate family and friends.  I love this so much.  Your wedding should be about you and what you want, not what you think you are expected to do.  There are no rules.  As long as you two are there, that is all that matters. :)

I walked away from this session smiling ear to ear.  I felt like I just hung out with friends I have known forever.  These two laughed, and laughed, and laughed.  Spencer is full of jokes, but he is also a total sweetheart who kept telling Nia how beautiful she looked.  Every time she looked at him, she would tell him how pretty his blue eyes were.  It was very sweet.  They like each other a lot and they weren't afraid to let me see that.  My favorite!  I can't wait to see them again next month!

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Gina and Tanner's Drees Pavilion Reception

I photographed Gina and Tanner's intimate ceremony earlier this year.  Welcome to part 2 of their celebration, the reception.  We started at Gina's parents house, then moved to beautiful Dree's Pavilion in Devou Park.  The day started out rainy and gloomy, but not for long.  The sun came out just in time for us to capture some really pretty images.  Notice how big Gina's smile is in every single picture.  The love these two share was wonderful to witness.  Thank you for the amazing evening Gina and Tanner!

Caroline and Stephen's Cincinnati Wedding

  Caroline and Stephen's had a little hard luck right before the wedding.  A car gone missing, dryers blowing up, cell phones breaking.  There wasnt one time during their wedding, even for a minute that I felt any kind of  stress from either of them.  Instead they both were 100% present enjoying every moment of generous love and affection they were surrounded by on their wedding day.  From the moment they saw each other for the first time, which was one of the sweetest moments in the history of my wedding career, they looked at each other and held each other full of pure happiness.  Thank you for the fabulous day Caroline and Stephen.

See Caroline and Stephen's engagement in Rabbit Hash, Ky. session here.

Ft Thomas Florist created romantic bouquets and flower arrangements that were dreamy. Their very sweet first look at each other.  Thank you to my amazing second shooter Andrew for helping me cover it  so well. Their romantic reception was at the Bell Event Centre.