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 Engagement: Amanda & Justin

I first met Amanda during my freshman year at Kent State. She was living next door to one of my grade school friends. We’d hung out a few times, but one time in particular we were looking on Facebook at some of my photography. I had just shot my first couple of weddings and I remember Amanda saying that when she got married she would ask me to be her photographer. I thought nothing of this. It wasn’t until a few years later and a few months after I had seen her engagement on Facebook that the same mutual friend, that caused us to meet initially, reminded Amanda about my photography when she began her search for the wedding.

Amanda and I met up for coffee in late August to talk through the wedding and engagement session. One thing became clear to me as we talked—Fall is an important time for her and her fiancé Justin. It was last October that Justin proposed while on a trip to Mohican State Park and it’s now less than a year until their wedding next October. 

It was a gorgeous Sunday morning when we headed out for our shoot at Rocky River Reservation. As we walked through the wooded areas and fields and took pictures it was so special to be witnessing two people so in love. It only helped make the beautiful weather and scenery better.

Otto: 3 Months

Photography is about a single point of a moment. It’s like stopping time. As everything gets condensed in that forced instant. But if you keep creating these points, they form a line which reflects your life.
— Nobuyoshi Araki

I couldn’t think of a better quote to describe my professional relationship with the Snyder’s. October marked are 5 years of working together, and I know I’ve gone into details of it throughout numerous blog posts in the past, but it has truly been special to be the one capturing these moments (or points) over the years. 

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

Otto: Lifestyle Newborn

It’s been almost five years since I started working with the Snyder’s. They’ve played a major part in growth, as a photographer and I’ve been able to see their life unfold before my eyes and my camera. I’ve been happy to capture so many important milestones for them. From engagement, to wedding, first baby and now their second, Otto. 

When I arrived at the Snyder’s house I was greeted first by new big sister Cheyenne and then taken in to meet Otto, wearing his “coolest brother ever” t-shirt proudly. We spent the morning together as I captured every moment and tiny detail I could.  

It was an interesting feeling to be walking through their house and see images from all the shoots we’ve done covering the walls and filling every frame. It’s something I usually don’t get to see and a nice reminder of why I love doing what I do.