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Cleveland Engagement Photography – Museum of Art – Clare & Kyle

The quarter made a clang as I dropped it into the parking meter. I checked the time on the meter as I heard a car door shut. Glancing left, there stood Clare. She was a vision in midnight blue standing in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her dress was an ocean at night; the last hint of blue before all goes black. The neckline was decorated with a constellation of stars. “Oh hi Hunter, I didn’t see you there,” Kyle said from my right. A little speechless, I simply said said “Oh hi.” Looking closer, I noticed the ever so subtle match between Clare & Kyle. He wore a dark blue neck tie speckled with silvery polka dots. It was finally time for their Cleveland engagement photography, so we set off across the green, chatting as we went.

After just a few minutes, it becomes clear that the match between Clare and Kyle is more than fashion. They stood side-by-side in front of the museum as I took a few photos. They gripped each other tight, whispering small jokes between them. Clare would light up with a smile, followed shortly by Kyle. Then the mood would change. She would simply melt into him, just enjoying the closeness. As the engagement session went on, the mood rolled like waves between happiness, love, and comfort.

About halfway through their engagement photography session, we took a little pause for something special. And it requires some explanation. Clare and Kyle will be have a traditional Cleveland wedding, with rather normal vows. As an opportunity to do something different, they each wrote a simple note detailing why, exactly, they would marry each other. Kyle read his note first as Clare shed a tear or two. Then Clare read her note. At the end, Kyle said “You have to hug me now,” and Clare ran forth and leapt into his arms. I swear those photos below are really, really real.

To end their Cleveland engagement photography session, we headed over to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The gardens have quickly becoming a favorite spring and summer photography location. Following a quick outfit change in the car, we got started again. Taking our time, we moved through he Italian, Greek and Hungarian gardens, capturing engagement photos as we went. The clouds finally cleared and we captured some sunset photos just before the end.

It’s really easy to get excited for Clare and Kyle. They truly are that rare, stunning couple who makes my photography work super easy. To say the least, I cannot wait for their upcoming Cleveland wedding. If it’s anything like their engagement photography, it’s bound to be amazing.

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Cleveland Wedding Photography at Westwood Country Club – Jacklyn & Adam

There stood Jacklyn’s wedding dress, lightly hung over a mannequin. Over the shoulders hung a bolero encrusted in silk flowers. Behind was a wall of bridesmaids dresses draped in front of the windows. Sunshine passing through the dresses perfumed the room with pink. This simple, elegant detail was an early sign for the day to come. Jacklyn and Adam’s wedding at Westwood Country Club would quickly become one of the most beautiful in my recent memory. Cleveland wedding photography can be erratic. There are cold winters, wet springs, breezy and stormy summers. This day, however, would run start to finish without a misplaced step.

Below are a couple of my favorite photographs. I love the contrast in the photo of Jacklyn getting ready with the assistance of her best friend. I also love the swirl and motion to her dress as she adjusts after putting on her shoes.

After the beautiful and emotional wedding ceremony at St. John’s Cathedral, we made a couple stops in downtown, and then headed for Westwood Country Club. We were lucky enough to have evening time on the golf course for portraits. All the while, the setting sun cast a peachy tone across the rolling green. What started in a bit of a rush, cooled into a relaxed pace as I worked with just Jacklyn & Adam. The amount of time we had for portraits turned out to be just perfect. We were able to get really strong images, but also easily make it to cocktail hour.

And the real party began with cocktail hour and carried right into the wedding reception. There was a high-energy toast by the Maid of Honor set to Vanilla Ice (srsly!), an emotional toast from Jacklyn’s dad, and even some end-of-night portraits outside. Definitely check out the highlights below. If you haven’t seen Jacklyn & Adam’s Cleveland engagement photos, I highly recommend checking them out as well.

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Chicago Engagement Session – Katie & Brian

When the winter wind whips, Chicago is the last place I want to be. At least, that’s what I tell myself. In truth, I’ll make a trip home to Chicago anytime I have the opportunity. Thanks to Katie & Brian, I had opportunity to return once more to the city I love. A winter Chicago engagement session might seem odd, but it makes perfect sense for Katie and Brian. After all, they’re Cleveland wedding will be in the December, 2016. While it may have been a bit chilly, I thrilled with how the photos turned out.

Initially we met at Chicago’s Rockery building, only to find out that we couldn’t shoot there without prior permission and paying a huge fee. So we headed out into downtown Chicago, stopping initially at the old Union station. We simply worked along the river for the rest of their engagement session. Starting from Union Station, we worked north to River Walk and then south to the Chicago Museum of Art.

By the end of their Chicago engagement session, we were all a little bit cold. After some hugs goodbye, we all hoped in cabs and set off across Chicago. I might have stopped at The Gage for a quick Manhattan (I highly recommend it). Below are some highlights from their wintery Chicago engagement session in downtown, all captured on film. Hope you enjoy.

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For the photographers among us, the above was shot on Fuji 400H using a medium format Contax 645 and developed/scanned by Richard Photo Lab.