As I prepare to get caught up on work before I leave for a wedding in Las Vegas tomorrow, I wanted to share my favorites from my first wedding of this year.
Last summer, an old friend from high school, Sherrii, asked if I would be willing to photograph her wedding reception. A family would be taking photographs at the ceremony, but Sherrii wanted her relative to be able to hang out & relax during the reception. I was eager to accept, of course.
There are a handful of people from high school that I still stay in direct contact with, mainly the close friends. The rest simply live on Facebook for me to peruse every time they show up on my feed. Sherrii and her group of friends in particular I have always thought to be some of the nicest, most genuine people I have ever known. They are down to earth, respectful, and their personalities are as real as the sky is blue. Having known them all for many years & dealing with such a great group truly made this “job” exceptionally easy and fun.
Back in March I received a notification on my phone: a Facebook message from an old acquaintance. Ethan had reached out to me interested in my wedding photography services: I eagerly messaged him back, congratulating him on the news of his recent engagement. I hadn’t spoken to Ethan in ages; Ethan being a senior when I was a freshman back in high school left a bit of an age gap in communication. We shared a mutual interest in skateboarding — I was always jealous of his natural talents both as a skateboarder and a film-maker; his creations had inspired me to pick up a video camera and start recording my friends skateboarding (which eventually turned to photography, so I guess Ethan is partially responsible for my love of the media). Ethan’s younger brother Graham was just a year younger than I, he asked me to do his senior portraits years ago. That was about the last I heard from his family other than the frequent Facebook quips from their father Jeff.
So when Ethan inquired about my services, I was adamant on closing the deal. Not only was it another opportunity to shoot a wedding, but it was an extra special gig to me. After catching up, I’m happy to share that I’ll be working with Ethan & Jessica in July in Chicago! It shall be grand. And now for some favorites from our recent engagement shoot.
Downtown Toledo exploration with Maddy & Veronica. It was borderline Spring weather but our hands were still frozen by the time we finished shooting. I love continuing to shoot downtown while keeping things fresh; I'm always finding new spots that I'd never thought to look in before.
A select few from my latest family portrait session. When it came time for fake laughs: "I love how when we start fake laughing, it actually makes her laugh — then it just spirals out of control."