Category: engagement

In Home SessionSunday in Black & White

She managed to capture the cork in her hand before it could ricochet off the cabinets. Standing in her new kitchen, she nestled the bubbles into two small glasses. In the other room, her high school sweetheart was straightening some clothes. Slowly we were preparing for their in home session.

Buying your first home brings so many new experiences, especially an old home in Cleveland. For the first time, you get to make choices about everything. What tile to hang in the bathroom? What color to paint the living room? Which project do we tackle first? And there is no end to the list or projects. All of this work has one goal – to make a house your home.

They jumped at the idea of an in home session. I had offered the idea, and with consideration, it was decided. Doing the photography session at their home only made sense. It’s the place where they are building a life together. The house being transformed into a home. So we simply picked a quiet Sunday morning to create some magic at home. And it was truly magical. What you see below is completely real. Just the two of them in love. For the most part, I was just a shadow in the room, only making a noise from time to time.

Their path ahead is clear, like a written list of goals. Find love – check. Find cats – check. Buy home – check. Education, careers, and marriage are all being addressed now. I can see what lies beyond the horizon – a bright and beautiful future. Hopefully I’ve captured a glimpse of that future below.

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I’m always looking to schedule more in home sessions, whether simple or intimate. These sessions are great for engagement or already married couples, and seem to capture a part of life not readily accessible elsewhere. Certainly contact me if interested.

Megan & RyanCleveland Engagement Photos

“Hey, Hunter,” Megan beckoned across the Cleveland Museum of Art courtyard. They’d spotted me first. I had been nervously pacing, but that now melted away. It was time to start their Cleveland engagement photos.

Megan and I hugged, and then I shook Ryan’s hand. “How are you, sir? Can you believe this weather?”

This day was perfection. The sky was completely clear. The warm air lightly shifted about, creating a barely discernible breeze. We had collectively planned this day for quite some time. There was discussion about me coming to Boston. After some back and forth, we settled on Cleveland instead. We still had to choose final locations, which led to some more back and forth. I’m certain that Megan & Ryan had many other decisions to make as well. I’d say there was lots of wardrobe discussion, but let’s be honest, these two are naturally stylish.

More important than all of the planning was attitude. Megan and Ryan are so perfect together, and even more perfect in photos. They were immediately relaxed (wine helps) and engaged with each other. I think the best word to describe their Cleveland engagement photos would be heartfelt. As we worked, we all had a connection together. The connection created a natural warmth that comes through in the photos. That connection got me a bit excited. I even remarked on it during the shoot.

When their Cleveland engagement photos were done, Megan & Ryan headed out for a dinner at L’Albatross. Meanwhile, I rushed back to the office. Immediately, I shoved the film into an express envelop. I had to get the images completed immediately. I needed, like needing water, to see the photos. When the film was finished, I realized everything I had hoped for came true. I love every inch of the photos below, and then some. More so, working with Megan & Ryan has been a dream.

I certainly hope you enjoy the highlights below as much as I.

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The photo below is a happy accident. My camera bumped my hip and fired – and I love the resulting image. Go figure!

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Curious to see more Cleveland engagement photos? Explore engagement session on the blog or have a look at the engagement portfolio.

Sami & JohnHuntington Beach Engagement Session

I can imagine how they met. Sitting next to each other in business class, noticing one another over time. An unnoticed glance from her. A hidden glance back from him. Bumping into one another at the home of a shared friend. A relationship that starts cool, but builds quickly. At least that’s how I imagine it in my head after talking to Sami and John during their Huntington Beach engagement session.

Like my wife and I, Sami and John started dating on Valentine’s Day. After a few years, they were engaged. As Sami tells it, she thought something was odd that Christmas Eve in the park. It was unusually warm for winter. Nonetheless, John gripped is jacket tight, sweating the whole time. They hiked for some time, eventually reaching a hidden bridge. He shed his unnecessarily thick jacket, producing a ring and a heart-felt proposal.

Now it’s nearly time to cross another bridge. In just a few short months, Sami and John will be sharing vows during their Cleveland wedding. Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time I’ve photographed Sami. She was also in her cousin’s wedding, which I captured earlier this year. Below, you can find some highlights from their Huntington Beach engagement session. We also had the opportunity to visit many other spots around downtown Cleveland. Hope you enjoy!

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