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The Value of a Wedding Album

Thursday, March 27, 2014
There is a hallway in my parent’s house that is lined with old family photos – the most prized one, an old, faded black and white photograph of my grandparents’ wedding from 1923.

Fast forward three generations and about 100 years and you find us; the most visually literate generation to have ever walked this planet.  Everyone from the age of 8 on has a camera in their pocket. Whole social media sites have become dedicated to sharing our images, all over the world, instantly.  You can even add filters.

Fast forward another generation and the little girls of today are the brides of tomorrow.  And some day, as our children prepare for their own weddings, they will inevitably want to see pictures from our own.  Time to dust off the old iPhone 4s and hope the battery still works. Or log on to…wait. What was it called? Oh yea, Facebook.  We are an entire generation without tangible photographs.  What happens when your computer dies, or your cell becomes obsolete or your favorite social media site no longer exists…remember Myspace?

As a wedding photographer it is not only my job to create beautiful and timeless images, but to record for future generations, a truly historical event in a family; the birth of a marriage.  If my grandparents hadn’t gotten married in 1923, I wouldn’t be here.  Let that sink in. I owe my existence to an event that happened almost 100 years ago – I’d kind of like to see that.  And if it wasn’t for that tattered old photograph in my parents’ house, I never would have gotten to see my grandmother as a bride or how proud my grandfather looked in his three-piece suit.

The value of your wedding album spans the distance of time; it preserves, for generations, the moment that you became husband and wife and the beginning of your own family tree.  It has taken me a while to truly understand the value of that – whenever you lose someone, those dusty old binders filled with old pictures are what the family gathers around to remember, laugh, learn and reflect. 

What will we gather around in generations to come? 

Ashley & Ryan {Engagement Session}

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It turned out to the be the nicest day of the year.  The sun, warm and bright, stood out against the commonly grey Cleveland sky.  The wind tried its best to batter us, threatening to dampen the late winter's sun.  But it only managed to drive Ashley, smiling, into Ryan’s waiting arms.  

All around us, the beautiful countryside, gentled by generations of hands, laid the scene. An old century barn, complete with horses, anchored the rustic and modern beauty of the appropriately named Walden Inn.  It was the perfect fit for Ashley and Ryan; clad in  black tie formality paired with farm boots, they were lost completely in each other, awash in the golden light of the setting sun.

Location: Walden Inn

The sweetest thing...

Thursday, March 20, 2014
This story touched my heart and I just had to share it with all of you!    

A photographer's love

Words of Wisdom

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Always do what you are afraid to do" - Emerson

Image curtsey of pinterest

Ashley & Ryan {A Quick Favorite}

Monday, March 17, 2014
Just wanted to share a quick favorite from this weekend's engagement session - it was a really windy day adding a great bit of drama to the photograph.  And we were super lucky to have a rare occurrence in northeastern Ohio - sunshine.  I love Ashley's connection to the camera and the movement in her hair!

More to come =)

Ting {an invitation + custom design studio}

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I'm not going to lie - I secretly love graphic design.  It's amazing how a good designer can take something as simple as a few fonts, colors and a bit of design and make something so freaking awesome!  Just wanted to share a few of my favorites from my recent shoot with Emily from Ting -  I LOVE her designs and was super excited to work with her!

Mammoth Cave

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Wanting to escape the cold and white-covered landscape of the north, we headed south to the nearest national park we could find and stepped into a world of perpetual darkness; a labyrinth of night and shadow, and the largest of its kind in the world. Welcome to Mammoth Cave.