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I’m often asked about the kind of places I love to do portrait sessions. My answer? I have three: gardens, estates, and museums. I’m passionate about places that have a sense of history. I’m endlessly inspired by architecture. It’s the grandness of a space contrasted by gorgeous little details that get my heart pumping. When Rebecca and Joe asked to do their engagement session at a museum and garden, my joy was bubbling over.

We began their engagement at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. We weaved in and out of this little man-made paradise. The Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Herb Garden… each garden had its own theme but they all blended together effortlessly. Then, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, we crossed the street to the Art Museum and God spoiled us with perfect golden light. I spent most of my time playing up the beautiful white marble columns and big black museum doors. It was a photographer’s dream.

I LOVED these locations, but you know what I loved even more? Conversation with Rebecca and Joe. I was delighted by the locations they chose, but I was enraptured by the two of them and their love for each other. Nothing is more inspiring than the couple themselves. Nothing fills me up like people. There were moments during this engagement session I just sat back and watched as Joe tenderly fixed Becca’s hair or necklace. There were moments I had to laugh because I asked Becca to tell Joe one thing she loved about him, and she listed five. These interactions are so special. This is the real inspiration.

Thank you, Rebecca & Joe, for inviting me into your story and trusting me to capture your commitment to each other. I’m so excited for your wedding at the Blair Center next summer. I hope I can wait that long.



Rebecca & Joe: An Autumn Cleveland Engagement




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