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Sarah & Kyle – An Evening Engagement Session by the Lakes

I was standing in the library parking lot at Coe Lake waiting for Sarah and Kyle to arrive. The plan for their evening engagement session was to start at Coe Lake in Berea, then head over to Huntington Beach in Bay Village to wrap up at sunset. It wasn’t until just a few minutes ago that I realized we planned their engagement session beside the shores of two lakes – Coe and Erie. Strange, but true. Maybe I should plan the same in the future, since I love how the photos turned out!

When Kyle and Sarah did arrive, I noticed something strange. Or, at least, it was strange to me. “You’re a paratrooper,” I asked Kyle. I had noticed something on his car that gave away his past. His paratrooper past seemed strange relative to how I had seen the two of them together. They are both very loving and clearly close friends. Furthermore, the idea of a hardened paratrooper didn’t seem to match with what I know of their engagement story.

Kyle hatched the engagement plan a full year in advance. Each year, Sarah and Kyle color Easter eggs together. It was this yearly tradition that initially gave Kyle the idea. Flash forward a full year and he was ready. Again they were coloring eggs together when Kyle scrawled a message on one egg with a clear wax pencil. Into the dye went the egg and the message was revealed. The note on the egg was presented – “Sarah will you marry me.” Of course the answer was yes, or we wouldn’t be here today.

That is some serious planning and a seriously brilliant idea! It definitely ranks as one the best engagement stories I have heard. I guess a good story deserves good photos. I certainly hope you enjoy some of my favorite highlights below –

A summer sunset engagement session at Coe Lake captured on film with Sarah and Kyle A summer sunset engagement session at Coe Lake captured on film with Sarah and Kyle A summer sunset engagement session at Coe Lake captured on film with Sarah and Kyle A summer sunset engagement session at Coe Lake captured on film with Sarah and Kyle A summer sunset engagement session at Coe Lake captured on film with Sarah and Kyle A summer sunset engagement session at Coe Lake captured on film with Sarah and Kyle A summer sunset engagement session at Coe Lake captured on film with Sarah and Kyle A summer sunset engagement session at Coe Lake captured on film with Sarah and Kyle A summer sunset engagement session at Coe Lake captured on film with Sarah and Kyle A summer sunset engagement session at Coe Lake captured on film with Sarah and Kyle

Cleveland Family Photos with Michelle & Amir at Huntington Beach

I’m so thrilled that I had another chance to work with Michelle, Amir and their young son, Michael. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the results from their first family lifestyle session. Before, it was winter and we just decided to stay inside their home in Lakewood. Now, it’s summer so we headed out to Huntington Beach in Bay Village for another family lifestyle session.

Many other things have changed too since this past winter. Michael is much larger now and walking on his own. He’s even learning little words. I think “ball” is his favorite word, given how excited he got for every ball that rolled by on the beach. The beach has changed as well. For whatever reason, it was amazingly crowded on this particular Sunday. I’ve never seen so many people at Huntington Park, but I guess that is a good thing. Lastly, Michelle has changed as well. Something new might be coming soon for both Michelle and Amir.

Sadly, I was informed of some unwelcome news as well. They are likely moving home to be near family, which means they won’t be so near by. However, we are already talking about traveling for family sessions, which should be great fun. For today, enjoy some highlights from their latest family lifestyle session, all captured on film at sunset.

A summer family portrait session at Huntington Beach in Bay Village with Michelle, Amir and Michael. A summer family portrait session at Huntington Beach in Bay Village with Michelle, Amir and Michael. A summer family portrait session at Huntington Beach in Bay Village with Michelle, Amir and Michael. A summer family portrait session at Huntington Beach in Bay Village with Michelle, Amir and Michael. A summer family portrait session at Huntington Beach in Bay Village with Michelle, Amir and Michael. A summer family portrait session at Huntington Beach in Bay Village with Michelle, Amir and Michael. A summer family portrait session at Huntington Beach in Bay Village with Michelle, Amir and Michael. A summer family portrait session at Huntington Beach in Bay Village with Michelle, Amir and Michael. A summer family portrait session at Huntington Beach in Bay Village with Michelle, Amir and Michael. A summer family portrait session at Huntington Beach in Bay Village with Michelle, Amir and Michael.

I love the one of Michael removing the sunglasses, and the one of Michelle holding him in the air. Then again, it’s hard not to love them all. That’s all for today. I’ll be back soon with more sessions and weddings.

Yvette & David – Cleveland Museum of Art Engagement Session

Sometimes you have to be patient for the right moment. We had originally scheduled Yvette and David’s engagement session for November. Due to some very unfortunate circumstances, our plans had to be delayed. The delay, by good fortune, was worth it. The original day we had scheduled turned out to be rainy and cold. Our new date could not have been more perfect. It turned out sunny and warm for their engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach.

The session itself turned out amazing – definitely work for which I am very proud. Truth be told, the real magic was created by Yvette and David. They were absolute naturals, both together and in front of the camera. They’re loving, sweet, funny, and exceptionally easy to work for. They really made my job effortless, and I believe this comes through in the photos below.

As we often do, we simply wandered around the art museum campus, chatted, captured some photos, and wandered some more. Just before sunset, we headed over to Huntington Beach park in Bay Village to get some photos along the beach. Rain clouds were moving in, but held off (just) until we were through. In the end, some of my favorites are from the beach. Hopefully you enjoy the highlights below as much as I.

A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David. A summer evening engagement session at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Huntington Beach with Yvette and David.

Like all of my recent sessions, the above was captured on film. I simply love doing sessions on film. It makes me a difference, and I think better, photographer. I slow down and pay attention to each moment. Every “click” burns money, so I make sure it’s right before capturing a photo. For the technical among us, the above is a mixture of 35mm and medium format, diligently scanned by the wonderful people at Richard Photo Lab.