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Joanna & David – Sunny Thanksgiving Engagement

I knew it was Joanna and David when they stepped out of the car. They were in town for Thanksgiving, and their engagement session. I meet most of my clients in person just as they start planning their wedding. Not so for Joanna and David, since they live in the Manhattan. We initially met and got everything booked through telephone meetings and email. When they arrived at the session, I knew the couple I saw was them because of their presence with each another. She leaned into his shoulder and laughed as they exited the car. He gripped her hand tight.

Joanna’s sense of style also gave her away. She works in the New York fashion industry and her knee-high boots fit her perfectly. Because they live out of state, the date for their engagement session had to be carefully chosen. We timed it perfectly to coincide with a Thanksgiving visit. Me? I was just happy to get out of the house for a few hours. For their session, we went to an old favorite, and some new places as well. We started in downtown Cleveland around the art museum, and then headed to Lakeview cemetery and the Coventry Neighborhood in Cleveland Heights.

A few personal favorites are simply included below –

Joanna and David - Sunny Thanksgiving Engagement Photos

Above – Joanna looks radiant in her purple dress. Below – David smirking to Joanna off camera as she cracks a joke. I always like to include a couple individual portraits.

Joanna and David - Sunny Thanksgiving Engagement Photos

Joanna and David - Sunny Thanksgiving Engagement Photos

Scenes from a deserted parking garage above and below. Who new a simple location could look so nice.

Joanna and David - Sunny Thanksgiving Engagement Photos

Joanna and David - Sunny Thanksgiving Engagement Photos

Due to the weather, the leaves fell really late. You can still see some hanging on in the photos above and below.

Joanna and David - Sunny Thanksgiving Engagement Photos

Joanna and David - Sunny Thanksgiving Engagement Photos

Joanna and David - Sunny Thanksgiving Engagement Photos

Joanna and David - Sunny Thanksgiving Engagement Photos

This last location is one of my favorites. I love how the height of the lamp mirrors Joanna and David together. I’m really looking forward to their upcoming wedding. It’s always so nice to work with such a fun couple. That’s all for today. but look for more coming soon.

Victoria & Joshua – Best Friends Engagement Along the Shore

We originally met at a Starbuck’s in Avon. It was a quiet, fun conversation. From the start you could see that Victoria and Joshua are more than just engaged to each other. They’re engaged with each other. Best friends really. They listen to each other and laugh at each other’s jokes. They’re simply comfortable with each other, and in love.

And they both love furry best friends! We met at their house for their engagement session. Victoria and Joshua were waiting outside with their two dogs. When they first met, each of them already had a furry best friend. Now, they’re a 12 legged happy family. At first the dogs were a little shy, so we took it easy. I spent sometime outside and inside getting to know them, and bribing them with treats. Before long, the dogs were warmed up and ready to go. And what personalities they have! They were jumpy, fun and bright during the entire session.

After a little while with the dogs, we headed out on our own. We stopped by a local outdoor mall in Westlake, and then headed to a personal favorite – the beach at Huntington Park in Bay Village. Below are a few favorites from this Sunday evening –

Victoria and Joshua - best friends engagement session along the shore

I think dogs know they look best when standing on their hind legs. Below – a great wide shot of a fluffy furry monster.

Victoria and Joshua - best friends engagement session along the shore

Victoria and Joshua - best friends engagement session along the shore

Above – I think the dog was more afraid of the hydrant than the hydrant of the dog. Below, Victoria looks amazing in the late afternoon sun.

Victoria and Joshua - best friends engagement session along the shore

 

Victoria and Joshua - best friends engagement session along the shore

The framing above is one of my favorites. Also a favorite – the oblivious woman talking on a cell phone.

Victoria and Joshua - best friends engagement session along the shore

Whenever possible I like to capture individual portraits during engagement sessions. The lines in the above photos make them favorites.

Victoria and Joshua - best friends engagement session along the shore

Love the last two, especially the photo on the left. The flare from the low sun is just gorgeous. I also love Victoria’s expression. Looking forward, we are already getting excited for Victoria and Joshua’s wedding, but that is a story for another day.

Alicia & Drew – Evening Sunset Engagement in Kingsville

I felt like I was running late when I left Cleveland. I pushed the gas pedal a little more as I flew east on interstate 90. Time to exit, and I headed up the off ramp. Crap! I took a wrong turn. This had to be the most confusing exit ramp intersection ever. After a couple quick turns, I was back on the correct path. The tarmac turned to gravel; just a couple more turns and I would be there. Finally, I arrived and I was a little early – just perfect. At the last moment Alicia, Drew and I decided to push back the session to later in the day. Being spring, the days are getting longer…faster. More than anything, I wanted to capture Alicia and Drew in the gorgeous evening light.

We met at their family property, filled with forests and meadows. After chatting for a few minutes, we headed across the meadow and up a hill to the forest. “Are you OK crossing rough ground with your equipment,” Drew asked. “I was a boy scout,” I said, which seemed to address any concern. We were looking for a waterfall. Alicia and Drew have spent hours together in the meadows and sitting by the falls. Eventually we arrive at the beautiful falls. The waterfall was just a simple drop in the forest, but it was surrounded my hemlocks and moss made lush by spring rains.

Alicia and Drew’s relationship may have matured on this land, but it started in college. Alicia and Drew have known each since college, and as Alicia puts it “I have had a huge crush on Drew since the end of college.” As is typical, she was dropping hints, but Drew missed them. I am notorious for that as well. They continued to spend time together, and after separate mission trips in Africa, their relationship really took off. Now, their wedding is just around the corner, but that is a story for another day. Below are a few favorites from their gorgeous engagement session –

Alicia and Drew - evening sunset engagement session in Kingsville, Ohio

Above – Alicia and Drew in evening light passing through the forest. Below, Alicia looking up to Drew.

Alicia and Drew - evening sunset engagement session in Kingsville, Ohio

Alicia and Drew - evening sunset engagement session in Kingsville, Ohio

We came across a transmission line right-of-way cutting through the forest. Underneath the wires, the sun was streaming across the field, lighting up the tan grasses. Below, a covered bridge around the corner from their property.

Alicia and Drew - evening sunset engagement session in Kingsville, Ohio

Alicia and Drew - evening sunset engagement session in Kingsville, Ohio

Alicia and Drew have such fun together. They really are the perfect couple – great fun, deeply loving, caring and oh so beautiful.

Alicia and Drew - evening sunset engagement session in Kingsville, Ohio

Alicia and Drew - evening sunset engagement session in Kingsville, Ohio

Just before sunset we hopped over to the Lake Erie shore near Conneaut, Ohio. The peach-colored light cast a amazing tone across the beach.

Alicia and Drew - evening sunset engagement session in Kingsville, Ohio

Alicia and Drew - evening sunset engagement session in Kingsville, Ohio

Alicia and Drew - evening sunset engagement session in Kingsville, Ohio

I like the last photo in particular because it looks like they are ready for what is ahead. What’s ahead looks sunny and bright. For the photographers out there, the majority of the above was shot on film. The balance is digital processed with VSCO. You might spot the differences, you might not. Well, that’s all for today. Many more coming soon.