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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.

Kyra & Nick – A Session on Film for a Growing Family

Sometimes you have to take a risk. The risk can be big or small – but it’s still a risk. Kyra & Nick’s family session at their home in Granville was just around the corner, but the weather was looking bad. Huge storms were gathering on the horizon that could wreck their family session. Because I was driving from Cleveland to Granville (near Columbus) for their session, we had to make a decision about the weather rather early. After some back and forth over the phone, Nick made the call to continue with the session as planned. We were going to risk it!

The sky poured during the two hour drive to their home. The rain was so relentless that I had to slow down at points. As I pulled into the Columbus area, the weather began to clear. And then the sun came out as I reached Granville. The temperature shot up and it was actually nice outside. Turns out, the risk was worth it.

I think the risk was certainly worth it for Kyra and Nick as well. They initially met at a bar while in college, which can be risky in itself. They started talking and realized they shared interests. Nick took a risk and asked Kyra on a date. One date turned into the next, and then a next, and before long it was time to propose.

Being a Gentleman (capital G), Nick discussed marriage with Kyra’s family first. With permission enthusiastically granted, a family ring was to Nick to use for the engagement. Shortly thereafter, Nick and Kyra were in Philadelphia for a cousin’s wedding. Just before the wedding, Nick took another risk. While walking through downtown, they stopped in a small city park. Nick took a knee and proposed. Of course we wouldn’t be here today unless Kyra said yes. Sooo many risks in life are so worth taking.

Now, the wedding is just around the corner and they have a lovely growing family. Holden, the newest addition, is growing so fast. Below are just a few highlights from their blended engagement and family session, joined in by their two awesome dogs. I certainly hope you enjoy these little highlights.

A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home. A summer family session in Granville with Kyra and Nick at their home.

PS – The weather did not hold out for the entire session. We did have to retreat inside momentarily, but I love the inside photos just as much as the outdoor ones.

Jacklyn & Adam – A Summer Engagement in Bay Village

After a couple photos, I stopped and asked “Not too difficult, right?” Both Jacklyn and Adam nodded as they stood in the driveway of Jacklyn’s family home in Bay Village. We had just begun their summer engagement sessions and the nerves were starting to settle. Just a few minutes prior, we were all running around making final wardrobe decisions and polishing off a drink to calm the nerves. At this point, the session was well under way and developing a flow of it’s own.

The plan was rather simple – start at the family home and then move out to other locations around Bay Village, including Huntington Beach. We would end the engagement session around sunset in downtown Cleveland. I had the perfect place picked out with a great city view. Jacklyn was really excited to feature her hometown in the engagement photos. Adam, being from St. Louis, was just happy to explore the city a little bit more.

As the session went on, we shoot a little and then talk as we moved from one spot to another. At one point, I was reminded of Jacklyn & Adam’s engagement story. They’re a refreshingly down-to-earth couple, and so is their engagement story. It starts simply enough, with Jacklyn and Adam relaxing at home. Jacklyn knew the engagement was coming soon, but not exactly when. She had just finished getting ready, when Adam beckoned her over. As she approached, Adam started to talk about love and life together. As Jacklyn puts it, these kind of statements were out of character for Adam. Apparently, it was so out of character that Jacklyn exclaimed “Are you proposing or something?” In that very instant, Adam turned white. Realizing the moment she was in, Jacklyn of course said yes, which brings us back to today.

Below are just a few highlights from the session, all captured on film. I love how we were able to highlight so many locations from around Bay Village, especially Jacklyn’s home. For Adam – Martin says hello. He’ll know what that means. For everyone else – enjoy!

A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam. A summer engagement session in Cleveland with Jacklyn and Adam.