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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!

Cleveland engagement photos with Megan and Ryan

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Torri & Lucas – A Wedding at St. Clarence

I’ll start with a simple fact, with which I’m sure Torri and Lucas will agree – their wedding was never intended to be fancy. It wasn’t meant to be opulently detailed, filled with famous guests, or to feature the latest trends. Instead, Torri & Lucas’ wedding had a much more important goal – to be simply fun! They certainly accomplished their goal, and many more. Everyone had a blast and it was truly one of the funnest weddings I’ve attended.

While their guests weren’t famous, they were all family and close friends. In fact, there were nearly 300 close friends present to help Torri & Lucas celebrate. A big bridal party kept the fun going. The bridal party laughed, cried and danced with Torri and Lucas the entire day. One of my favorite moments was a sister who shed more than one tear during the ceremony. Speaking of family, Torri and Lucas are blessed with some of the nicest family you could imagine. In particular, Lucas and his dad shared some great moments throughout the day.

After all, isn’t a wedding really about the moments? Like the moment Torri’s dad saw her for the first time in her wedding dress. Or when Torri met Lucas for a “first look” before the ceremony. A kiss between mom and daughter on a small lawn overlooking the city. Or the moment Torri realized that her driver’s licence photo was being held aloft at the reception. Moments are what make a wedding, and Torri & Lucas are rich with them.

They are rich in each other too. Whenever I’m around them, I can feel the love. Their love is infectious, which likely explains the quality of their friends. I hope you can see the same below in some of my favorite highlights –

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Torri & Lucas – A Sunkissed Film Engagement Session

Just after I parked and unloaded my gear, Torri pulled in and was ready to go, but there was a problem. “Lucas is running late, but he should be here in a moment,” Torri said. After a few minutes, another car pulled up and I asked if this was him. “No, you’ll know Lucas when you see him,” She said again. Curious, I asked for more details. For the next 10 minutes, we joked about Lucas’ choice of transport. I must say, it’s quite stylish. I’d love to have a van like his. But enough about cars.

We spent the afternoon wandering around downtown Cleveland for their engagement session. Sometimes a loose plan is the best plan. Instead of picking specific locations, we just picked a single place to start – Brown’s Stadium. From there, it was wanderlust. We just moved around as needed. We’d stop and I would shoot a couple rolls of film, and then we would move on. It was a nice, fun, and easy engagement session.

And I guess this approach was fitting for Torri and Lucas – they are nice, really fun, and easy to get along with. I really think their personality comes through in the photos below. Clearly they’re in love, but you can see the fun as well. It truly made for a relaxed session. To cap things off, we did visit one planned spot. The spot is so small, it really doesn’t have a name. It’s just a small patch of green beside the road with a great view of the city, but it’s special to Torri and Lucas. We finished the session with a few sunkissed portraits as the sun set over the lake. We also ended with an inside joke. Lucas and Torri and very close in height, so Lucas jumped on a set of books for a boost.

Below are a few favorites for everyone to enjoy.
A sunkissed film engagement session in downtown Cleveland with Torri and Lucas

Torri Mimms and Lucas Yousko engagement session

Torri Mimms and Lucas Yousko engagement session

Torri Mimms and Lucas Yousko engagement session

Torri Mimms and Lucas Yousko engagement session

Torri Mimms and Lucas Yousko engagement session

Torri Mimms and Lucas Yousko engagement session

Torri Mimms and Lucas Yousko engagement session

I’m still giggling over the photo above with the books, and I’m still in awe of the last photo. Torri looks so smashingly gorgeous! That’s all for today. Shortly after the holidays, I will have more coming soon.