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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 Engagement Photography – Katie & Jeff

Our lives change in unforeseen ways. Change creeps in, at first imperceivable, like the movement of the sun across the sky. The movement is so slight, the initial change goes unnoticed. Once the change is fully developed, we see the full impact only in hindsight. At first, many of our most important life events creep silently into the room.

You could be out at a bar with friends with no particular expectations. Caught in a small group of companions surrounded by a larger group from some foreign college. Moving through the group, conversation after conversation, the change goes unnoticed at first. You meet some new people and chat for a while. Before long, you set off into the night for “midnight pancakes” with friends and some new acquaintances. The night ends plainly enough. Unnoticed, your foot has already landed on a new path. A golden path that will change everything, but whose scintillation cannot yet be seen.

Flash-forward and you find yourself in a familiar place. The path has lead you up a far away stream in a distant land, past Velma’s house, and deep into a jungle. This place is real and known, and not a metaphor at all. The guide who lead you there recedes into the darkness, leaving just the two of you swimming under the waterfall. The path started so long ago is now bright and plain to see; it’s scintillation manifested in the ring presented before you. The promise bound on this day, under that waterfall, becomes a promise to keep to the path – together and forever.

Before Katie and Jeff’s Cleveland engagement photography at the Museum of Art and Huntington Beach, they were kind enough to share their story with me, encapsulated loosely above. Below are just a few highlights from their gorgeous engagement session captured on film this autumn. I certainly hope you enjoy both the story and the images.

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Cleveland Museum of Art Engagement Session – Ali & Dan

“I’m not very photogenic,” Ali said, sunset wrapping around her edges at the start of her Cleveland Museum of Art engagement session. I hear this refrain all the time. “No worries, that’s why you hire a professional,” I said, flashing a wide smile. Most of my clients start their engagement session with some nerves. By the end, universally everyone feels comfortable, having had a great time.

So was the case with Ali & Dan. As we walked around the museum campus, they quickly loosened up, becoming their radiant selves. They began to smile more. They embraced deeply. They even laughed at my stupid jokes. Within minutes, we had found our flow.

When I shoot film, I really slow down and “watch” through the viewfinder like it’s a movie camera. The “right” moments start to stand out. As I watched, I could see Ali & Dan just being themselves. Watch…wait…click.

A Cleveland Museum of Art engagement session is always my favorite, and I don’t think I will ever tire of the museum. The photos below are no exception. I certainly can’t wait for Ali & Dan’s wedding…next year! For now, I certainly hope you enjoy the highlights below.

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