Courtney & Dustin - Wedding: Cleveland, OH

It happened at the Grand Canyon. Originally in Las Vegas for her Uncle’s wedding, Courtney and Dustin stayed a few extra days with family and friends to explore some of the surrounding areas, including a trip to the Grand Canyon. Throughout the day Dustin tried his hardest to break away from the group and the crowds with some frustration and eventually succeeded when he told Courtney he had to tie his shoe. As he got down on one knee Courtney noticed that his shoe wasn’t untied. 

They told me the story of their engagement when we first met last year, as well as the story of how they had met when they began working together. Though Courtney had eventually left that job, she and Dustin stayed in touch and the rest is history.

On a warm and sunny day in late October, Courtney and Dustin gathered some of their closest family and friends to celebrate their wedding at the beautiful Mapleside Farms. Their outdoor ceremony overlooked the fields, orchard and wooded area as the sun set behind them. A night of dancing and fun followed—and well, there was some pretty delicious food too ;) The day was nothing short of beautiful. Thank you Courtney & Dustin for letting me be a part of it!

Many thanks to the everyone who made this wedding so special…
Venue: Mapleside Farms, “The Lodge” at Mapleside Farms
Coordinator: Medeana Hobar/A Taste of Excellence Catering 
Florist: Seville Florist 
Hair: Laura Cotterman
Makeup: Jennifer Greising — Innovations by Jen
Dress: Allure Bridals
DJ: An Affordable DJ 
Catering: A Taste of Excellence Catering
Cake: Westside Bakery 
Photographer: Joey K. Photography
Second shooter: Daniel Koludrovich 

Fall Senior: Riley

“Artistic and strong headed.” That’s how Riley described herself to me. And from the first email she sent, I could tell Riley knew exactly what she wanted from her session.

Probably one of the most organized people I’ve worked with, early on Riley had sent me a link to an inspiration board on Pinterest. The board full of Lana Del Rey imagery, aptly titled “Goddess,” gave me the perfect idea of what she wanted her shoot to be styled after—something more editorial/edgy than a typical senior session.  

Blessed with beautiful weather, we set out for our session just before sunset to capture the moodiness of early evening. As the sun began to fall in the sky we moved from downtown Tiffin to the park, capturing so much along the way. Riley was a natural in front of the camera, and after I began going through the photos once I got home, I knew that this was one of my favorite shoots.

(As a side note, deciding which images to put in this blog post was traumatizing—there were so many amazing shots!)

Summer Senior: Mackenzie

With the days getting shorter and the weather getting much colder, it definitely doesn’t feel like just over a month ago it was still “officially” summer. And as I looked over the photos from my first session with Mackenzie I couldn’t help but miss those summer days a little more.

Mackenzie and her mom approached me about doing a four season senior shoot a couple months ago. It’s something I haven’t done for a few years, but I was so excited to jump back in to it. 

When I started brainstorming for our summer session I knew the perfect location, especially after learning that Mackenzie loves the beach. While we couldn’t make it to Florida where she and her family spend a lot of time, Edgewater Beach became our picturesque backdrop for this shoot. 

As the sun started to set on the last “official” weekend of the summer, we began our session. The rain that had made me nervous earlier in the day had ended just an hour or so before and now the sky was filled with a golden haze. Mackenzie’s laid back and easy going attitude fit perfectly with the scenery.  Not to mention the fact that she was also a complete natural in front of the camera :)

1 season down, 3 more to go!

Pam & Jeff - Wedding: Tiffin, OH

“Joe…emergency…I’m at the ER getting stitches in my face right now.” 

It’s 8:30 in the morning, I’m just waking up and getting ready when Pam sends me this message. A million thoughts go through my mind and I hope that everything is alright. Pam reassures me a few minutes later that “It’ll be ok.”

When I arrive at the hair salon I see Pam with an ice pack under her eye, the spot where her sisters dog had accidentally scratched through the skin requiring several stitches. But there was something else I noticed—she was calm. Very calm. I know many brides who would’ve been devastated, but Pam wasn’t going to let this ruin her day. And that is what I loved about working with her (and Jeff). That no matter what might happen they were going to do this. And that’s what marriage is about—through good times and bad.

Luckily for Pam and Jeff, the rest of their day went very smoothly. The weather was was perfect, the decorations and flowers were beautiful, the food was great, and most importantly everyone was having a good time celebrating this new marriage.

Many thanks to the everyone who made this wedding so special…
Ceremony Location: St. Mary Catholic Church 
Reception Venue: Tilly’s Banquet Hall / Tilly's Banquet Room
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Dessy Group 
Wedding Dress: Cloud Nine Bridal 
Florist: Otto and Urban Flowers 
Hair: Ye Crimpers Shoppe 
DJ: Bottoms Up VIP entertainment LLC
Cupcakes: Deena’s Cakes and Cookies 
Cake: Leah Hoerig
Photographer: Joey K. Photography
Photography assistant: Kaitlynn Kirkpatrick

Summer Senior: Alexis [Wild & Wonderful]

West Virginia holds a special place in my heart. Every summer, since I’ve been 5, has been bookended by a family trip to the state.

After a long trip winding through the hills and down a dirt road is the land where my great grandparents home once was; now a destination for a semiannual family reunions. Each Memorial and Labor day is a chance to get together with family and close friends, reconnect, relax and have fun. I have countless memories and many things I always look forward to from this place: day-long four-wheeler trips taken through the hills, rolling in mud in the middle of a field, dinners gathered around the campfire, and just spending time with everyone. Tucked away from most phone service or even electricity and running water—there are campers and we bring water so I still shower :)—it’s a chance to separate yourself from the day-to-day, be with the people who matter most and enjoy everything. 

The rolling hills and wooded landscape surrounding the area is truly breathtaking, so when my Aunt mentioned to me that she wanted me to take my cousin Alexis’ senior photos there I was beyond thrilled. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m glad that I finally had the chance.

Alexis and I—with a little assistance—spent our morning just wandering around some of my favorite areas just snapping photos. It was one of my most relaxed shoots and Alexis certainly helped that along by being such a natural behind the camera. 

“All my memories gather round her, miner's lady, stranger to blue water.
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky, misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye.
Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
West Virginia, mountain mamma, take me home, country roads.”

-John Denver, “Take Me Home, Country Roads