From the bride: “My inspiration was romantic elegance. John and I wanted our day to be simple, elegant and fun. We played rock, paper, scissors to pick our color scheme and John won with red, black, and cream. We want everyone to enjoy the day with minimal stress and fuss. Our families and a lot of research made our day what it will be and we are so excited for everyone to be a part of this journey with us.”
Kalina contacted me last year about shooting her wedding in Springfield, Ohio and we were so excited to spend the day celebrating with her and John! They are such a sweet couple, and we loved getting to know their family and friends. It started off as a warm and sunny day, but a storm started rolling in around the time we were scheduled to shoot portraits! The bridal party as well as John and Kalina were champs, and we were able to get all of the pictures done in 15 minutes – right before the rain started pouring down! Thankfully, the storm cleared in time for a beautiful sparkler exit, after they had danced the night away ;) Excited to share some favorites with you all today!
Happy Friday! Another long overdue post, but I wanted to share some of my favorite images from my portrait sessions this past year. I’ve really come to love photographing seniors – especially those that are creative! I got to explore abandoned buildings, shoot a vintage pick-up truck, and chase the light with some amazing people, and I can’t wait to share some of those memories with you today! Thank you to each person that asked me to do a portrait session this year. Thank you for trusting me, allowing me to be creative, and for being such killer models!! Couldn’t have asked for more :)
I was contacted by Katie as a special request for a maternity session, and she has given me permission to share her story with you today:
“Our sweet baby Keegan. We found out we were expecting August 7th 2014. Best day of our lives! We were so excited. Everything was going great, and he was growing on track, his heart rate was good, and everything seemed wonderful. On October 31st we found out that we were having a boy! Then I got a call from my doctor’s office, saying that she wanted to see me to go over the ultrasound we had the day before. My heart sunk, and I knew something wasn’t right, even though everyone tried to reassure me otherwise. So, I went in to the doctor’s office and she sat down, looked at me, and told me that she didn’t know how to tell me this, but proceeded to tell me our son had Anencephaly and that there was no chance of survival after birth. (If you are wondering what Anencephaly is, it is a Neural Tube Defect. At about the 3rd week of gestation, the top part of Keegan’s skull did not close all the way. With that happening, Keegan’s brain grew, but slowly was destroyed due to fluid. Baby Keegan is missing his brain, skull, and scalp.) I broke down. How could this happen to my sweet boy? We found out about our options and we did our research. We decided to carry our sweet Keegan to term. We can give him 9 months of life and hopefully God will give us hours with him after he is born. I feel Keegan’s kicks and punches every day, and it makes me smile. Knowing that I can give him this life makes me happy. I can’t wait for the day of his arrival! We love our dear son, and nothing will change that. God has truly blessed us with a wonderful gift. That gift is Keegan Paul Mowry! ”
It was an honor to be able to capture such a precious time for Kraig and Katie as they celebrate Keegan’s life. They are such a sweet couple, and so in love with each other and with their little boy. I hope you enjoy this celebration of precious Keegan and the life that his parents chose to give him for these 9 months.
For the main portion of our session, we rented Lost and Found Vintage Rentals Studio, since we were experiencing sub-zero degree temperatures!! Jennifer, the owner of the studio, was so sweet and helpful and I loved being able to experiment with some of the props she had available to us. I’ve never done a session in a studio before, so this was a first for me! But we had gorgeous light and cozy space heaters, and I loved our time there! Be sure to check her out for any studio needs in the Dayton area! :)
Katie and Kraig decided to brave the chilling temperatures for a few minutes so we could take some pictures outside! We moved quickly, and I’m so glad we got to capture a few additional portraits of their sweet family.
Kraig and Katie, thank you for choosing me to document your story and to share in the joy you have of carrying Keegan to term. Love your sweet family, and the time we had together :)