Annabelle + TJ | Cincinnati Engagement Photographer

For the past year I have been ecstatic about Annabelle and TJ’s wedding.  I met these two love birds when I still lived in Cincinnati and they were planning a destination wedding in Naples, Florida.  As luck would have it, my husband and I were moving to Fort Lauderdale at the end of June- just a hop skip and a jump from Naples.  Their wedding is now about 6 weeks away and I couldn’t be anymore excited about kicking off the wedding season!  TJ and Annabelle have amazing chemistry that jumps off each image.  She is going to be absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to document this incredible day for them at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida!

 

 


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Julian | Lexington Family Photographer

I hear it is snowing up in Lexington so I thought I would blog some adorable summer images from a little guy named Julian to send warm  thoughts your way.  We had our session at Shaker Village – definitely one of my favorite places to visit and shoot at in Lexington, KY.

This little guy was on the move move move! He is such a happy and independent little guy and he loved being able to run around while I shot. I know a lot of parents feel discouraged to get family pics done at this age because of how active they can be.  I have to say, if I was shooting in a studio, we wouldn’t have gotten any shots.  He was just too fast!  Luckily, so am I! ;o)


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Sam + Ricky | Cincinnati Wedding Photography

Sam sings at a lot of weddings, so she sees them all the time and was determined to make hers unique. Mission accomplished! The wedding was at Weidenmann Hill Mansion, a mansion that sits on top of a hill and overlooks the city of Cincinnati.  It is such a unique venue for a small wedding.  The bridesmaids carried fans instead of flowers (and they needed them on our 100 degree & 90% humid day!), Ricky’s brother was in the wedding party but couldn’t come back from Iraq in time for the wedding so they had a cut-out of him for the pics (they are hilarious!). To add to the fun, they had their dog come for a few pics – seriously adorable! Their first dance was beautifully choreographed and entertaining. I just love when brides put a spin on their wedding to make it their own. To top things off after they exchanged their rings and said their vows, the whole wedding party broke out into dance! We got to see them again since 2 of Sam’s b-maid chose us to photograph their day!

 

Cutout of Ricky’s bro in his military BDUs.
Evidently, Sam was waiting to show Ricky her leg on their wedding day.  How old fashion of you, Sam! ;o)


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Ellen + Jeremy | Cincinnati Wedding Photography

There were so many laughs and tears on Ellen and Jeremy’s wedding day. They are such a hilarious couple and this was such a fun wedding to shoot!! My engaged assistant, Erin,  told me she was adamant that she didn’t want to do a first impression herself…that is until she saw Ellen and Jeremy’s.  They were both crying tears of joy and it was so tender and emotional to watch that semi private moment they shared.  When we left, my assistant said she felt sad because it just didn’t feel right that we shared such an incredible day with them and now we won’t see them again.  Its such an emotionally charged day for us when we share in someone’s wedding day. Wedding and ceremony were both at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Cincinnati, OH.

 

Ellen got ready for her wedding day at the house she grew up in- such a rare occurrence these days.  It was very sentimental from our perspective seeing Ellen getting ready for such a huge life event in the same home that has held all of her life’s memories.  I pictured her coming down these very stairs for her first day of kindergarten, her first date,  or her first dance.  Me = nostalgic

Here comes their first impression that had my 2nd shooter and I in tears…
It was so heartfelt, joyful, and emotional.
Can you hear her laughing through this pic?
Their groomsman banter was hilarious!
Beaming!
Besides the ‘bridesmaid clap’ after a bride gets ready- this is one of my favorite candid moments to capture.


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Rachel’s Sunset Senior Session | Lexington Kentucky Senior Photography

We took Rachel’s senior pictures at my very most favorite-est place in Lexington for pictures – Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. This little pocket of preserved nature and history makes you feel like you stepped in a time machine into the early 1800s.  Not only are the backdrops at Shaker Village like drawings out of a story book, the staff at this picture perfect place has all the warmth and friendliness you would think might have become extinct right along with the Shakers.  Rachel’s warm spirit matches the warmth from this sunset oh-so perfectly! If you haven’t visited Shaker Village before seeing these images, I hope they inspire you to plan a trip!


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