Lori and Peter’s Wedding at the Cuyahoga Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio

by James ~ April 16th, 2014

2014 is off to a fantastic start with Lori and Peter’s wedding at the old Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Downtown Cleveland.  Peter and I had a chance to chat a bit before the ceremony started, and as he described the differences between Lori and himself, I couldn’t help but think how similar it sounded to me and Genevieve.  The technically minded and somewhat introverted found the perfect match in an outgoing, free spirited creative.  I must say, it sounded familiar.

One thing that I have definitely found to be the case after photographing quite a few weddings is that people’s true characters come out when things don’t go as planned.  I think it’s safe to say that one element of the day (ahem, where are the musicians?) didn’t quite go as planned, but both Peter and Lori, even though they hadn’t seen each other yet, were able to handle it with far more poise and composure than I am sure many of us would be able to.  They were able to keep their eye on what was truly important about the day and they didn’t seem to let it bother them one bit once it was all settled.

One little highlight for us is that we got to play with some new architectural features that have appeared in Cleveland since last year.  We immediately recognized the opportunity for some interesting photographs when we saw these features pop up over the winter and it was great fun for us to get to explore them a bit.   I’m sure we’ll be back for more as the season progresses.

We’ll start it off with a selection of Genevieve’s favorite images with a few of mine to follow:

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Ashley and Wesley’s MOCA and Cleveland Museum of Art Engagement Session

by James ~ April 1st, 2014

It was another blustery day when I met with Ashley and Wesley for their engagement session in Cleveland.  We originally planned to start outside, but the rain chased us into the new Atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where we were able to make good use of the space.  We then headed over to the brand new Museum of Contemporary Art just down the street where Ashley’s farther had played a very significant part in the construction of the new building.  The reflective surfaces, angles, and geometry of the space created some very interesting opportunities and I can’t wait to further explore that space in the future.

Can’t wait until your wedding, guys!

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Kim and Grace’s Roma Album Collection

by James ~ March 19th, 2014

Straight from the “It’s never too late” department, here is Kim and Grace’s epic 50 spread (100 page) wedding album, and two companion albums for the parents, all in black leather.  I love it when we get to make an album that matches the wedding in terms of scale and scope, and this one definitely does the trick.  Kim and Grace have had a lot of their plate with a growing family since their wedding three years ago, so it’s understandable when people have to take a little bit of time before tackling those last revisions and approvals for their album.  The good news is that work is done, and their have their heirloom piece very shortly.  Enjoy!

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First of Three Wedding Albums to Receive a Silver Accolade of Excellence Award at WPPI

by James ~ March 7th, 2014

Genevieve and I are quite excited to let you all know that three of our wedding albums received a Silver Accolade of Excellence award last week at this year’s Wedding and Portrait Photography International’s (WPPI) annual convention and trade show in Las Vegas.  This is our first time entering an album competition, so we really had no idea what to expect, but were quite pleased with the outcome.

Today we are featuring the first of the three albums to win the award; Nick and Annemarie’s New Year’s Eve wedding album.  Enjoy!

Nichole and Doug’s Engagement Session at the Italian Cultural Gardens

by James ~ March 4th, 2014

As I recall, I ended up driving though rain, sleet, and snow on my way to meet Doug and Nichole for their engagement session back in October.  I think both Nichole and I were anxiously watching the sky to see if we could catch a break in time get a good session in.  Thankfully, the sky opened up just enough and at the right time for us to score some beautiful late afternoon sun without losing those amazing storm clouds.  Couldn’t have planned it better if I tried.

 

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Portraits of Baby RJ

by Genevieve ~ February 28th, 2014

Over the last couple of years we’ve gotten to know Roger and Martha by doing a few portrait sessions. They are such generous and kind people that I look forward to every meeting or session with them. We often end up getting sidetracked in conversation and enjoy discussing past and future plans for travels around the globe or culinary preferences. This session was no different!

Roger and Martha came to me to photograph their first born Elia. They have now welcomed their second child into their family. This sweet  and easy going little boy, named RJ, is destined to pick up some of his parents traits including being benevolent and big hearted. In the meantime, he enjoys cuddles with mom and dad and will be running before we know it!

Enjoy these images of newborn RJ before he grows up too fast!

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Allison and Alex’s Engagement Session at Great Lakes Brewing Company

by James ~ February 21st, 2014

Allison and Alex had their first date at the Great Lakes Brewing Company, so what better place to start of their engagement session?  A pint of brew also goes a long way towards calming the camera jitters that often crops up right before a session.  We made our way around the bustling little corner of Cleveland known as Ohio City before finishing off the session in some lesser populated corners just south of the river.  Keep an eye on the blog for their wedding post this coming September!

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Ken and Joe’s Engagement Session at Huntington Beach

by James ~ February 12th, 2014

Here’s another warm, summer engagement session to enjoy on another cold, winter day.  Today it’s Ken and Joe whom we met up with at Huntington Beach in Bay Village, Ohio.  After a moment of hesitation in front of the camera, they quickly warmed up, got comfortable with each other, and just enjoyed the rest of the session.  We are really looking forward to working with these two on their wedding day this coming summer at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.  Enjoy!

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