It was the day before a predicted large snowfall and Hanwen reached out to me to do a surprise proposal for his girlfriend Kathy, I immediately jumped at the opportunity and I am so glad I did! My husband and I had our engagement session in the snow and I absolutely loved our photos!!!
Hanwen planned the engagement to be at High-banks Metro Park where the two love to go for walks throughout the year (It is a place my family loves to visit throughout the year). There he had a beautiful arch set up by Fireside Floral of Columbus, Ohio!
Hanwen and Kathy arrived with her family, he had them join in the surprise! Her Dad and I started snapping photos as soon as they rounded the bend! Here is some of the magic below!
Caitlyn and Nick Inniswoods Metro Gardens
We must of chatted about everything under the sun during our session together, from our businesses adventures to our love for country concerts ( how we are looking forward to having them back in our lives...come on COVID)! It's amazing when you have such a great connection with your clients!
Speaking of great connection, Caitlyn and Nick have a love story that Hallmark would love! They met at an airport, Caitlyn was president of the aviation crew and gave Nick her number incase he had questions after his visit. They have been inseparable ever since...being in high school and an hour away from each other did not stop them from spending all of their free time together. Caitlyn and Nick attended every dance ( both schools) , let's just say they have had a lot of practice and have perfected THE DIP!
And an amazing twist to this love story is Nick had Caitlyn's Dad join in on the proposal planning, even down to helping Nick pick out the engagement ring! As a family they went to the Christmas lights show in Akron and he got down on his knee and proposed!!! EEEEKKKK
I am beyond excited for them and this continued love adventure!!!
Our session started out at the Inniswoods Metro Gardens (Westerville, Ohio) during my favorite hour THE-GOLDEN-HOUR! These two nailed every shot like pros! It was such a blast hanging out with them and I can't wait to capture their wedding day in May!!!
When Brittney contacted me about doing a personal training session, to say I was a little nervous was an understatement. This is something that was totally out of my comfort zone, however the ideas I had and an opportunity to test my lighting skills overrode that the moment I spoke with her!
I am so happy she entrusted me to do this session with her! She was so much fun to work with and I can see why so many love having her guide them through online training and meal programs! Brittney is not only a blast to hang out with but she really cares about what she does if you're searching for an online coach, she is definitely your girl!
We started her session over at the most AMAZING gym Colussus Barbell in Columbus, Ohio. This gym is gorgeous! They have everything from free weights to leather punching bags! Brittney did a run through session with HIIT exercises, ropes and some free weights there.
*side note you can pick up Alyssa's Healthy Donuts (which are BOMB.COM) at Colussus too! *
Then we HIIT (pun intended) the Scioto Mile and Brittney showed off her skills with some bodyweight exercises and booty bands! She really makes sure she is keeping things light and fun for her clients while at the same time putting in the work!
check out Brittney’s IG for more info @brittneyamcclure
Classic All American Girl Senior Session in Downtown Westerville, Ohio & Westerville Central Highschool
This girl is a complete dare-devil and risk taker! Meet 2021 Senior Model Jenna; from Westerville Central High-school! This is the first session of our 3 part series and I can not wait for the next round! Jenna is THE- ALL-AMERICAN-GIRL...she coaches the special olympics at a local gymnastics center! She is also a varsity gymnast, varsity lacrosse player and a varsity cheerleader at Westerville Central.
With all of her activities in Westerville, it only made since to start our 3-part-series in the heart of it all! We started at Innis-woods with all of the gorgeous flowers and greenery, I love that she is into Nature like me!
Next we went to downtown Westerville! We found an amazing Mustang...can you believe that she was able to pull of the leaning on the car look without even touching it! She should seriously consider a modeling career! Imagine how hard that task is and she pulled it off with ease!
Then we went to the famous butterfly mural in Uptown Westerville! There were a lot of people sitting around the tables but that did not throw this girl off at all. She went right into posing and smiling like there was no one staring at her! Seriously I would of been a hot mess express with that many people!!!
Last but not least we went to Westerville Central and grabbed some photographs at on the football field and bleachers with her Cheer-Uniform on! The moment she put it on you could just see a change in her! Total natural in changing the poses and looks based on scenery! Absolutely amazing! I will let the pictures speak for themselves!!!!
As I see all of these amazing prom-proposals, it gets me excited to see all of the beautiful gowns and handsome tux photos that soon follow. Prom is an awesome time to cut loose and celebrate some of the best years of your life with friends that matter the most. Soon all of them may be going into different schools and starting the next chapters of your lives.
Prom is such an exciting time and one of the things high-school students look forward to all year. With that said you want to prepare to make this the best time. Start looking for dresses and tuxes immediatley because they options will sell out quickly, of course you want first choice. Uniquely Yours Boutique ( Bridal and Prom Pageant ) have some gorgeous dresses and tuxedos that I am sure will catch your eye and they eye of your hot date! :) They not only have an array of options available but they also have a seamstress on staff ( by appointment) to assist. They tailor your outfit specifically to fit you like a glove! They are located in Circleville, Ohio. Check out there website below to get more details!
Next is corsage and boutonnières! Can't forget to get your dates floral, this is prom etiquete 411! This has been a tradition since since the early 16th & 17th century, where they were worn for weddings to protect against "evil spirits"! Pretty cool huh? Now they are done just for tradition. My girl Danielle from Dashing Designs is taking orders now, she does custom orders at a an affordable price. Let her know I sent ya ;)
Girls makeup and hair are the icing on the cake sort of speak for the big day. Check out my Pinterest board for makeup and hair ideas!
If you are looking for a hair-and-makeup-artist I highly-recommend Caitlyn from Caitour Makeup, check out her Instagram page ( @caitourmakeup) for photos and contact info! I met Caitlyn a couple years ago at a wedding and she not only does an amazing job with with hair-and-makeup but she has an amazing personality that will keep you all smiles!
Prom day I highly highly recommend capturing every moment you can, memories fade and photographs will last a life time. I love looking back and seeing what my friends and I looked like and all of the amazing moments we had that day! If you would like some professional photographs taken before Prom, I do have customizable packages.
Now I do not recommend drinking but if you do please be responsible and take an uber! Be safe, don't let one night of "fun" ruin the rest of your life or someone else's.
Have fun and make the some great memories!!!
Amanda and Blake are the epitome of cuteness! I met these two the first time at Sharonwoods National Park in Columbus, Ohio. We had an absolute blast with their cute fur babies Lucy and Copper! They were complete natural models! We shared some great laughs and were looking forward to the next session "Wedding Day". And then Amanda surprised Blake with another session at Hickory Christmas Tree Farm in Johnstown for a winter sesh! She had so much fun the first time she had to do another! Let me tell you it was so worth it!!! Make sure you scroll all the way through to see these amazing photographs! Amanda and Blake I can not wait to capture your wedding day!!!!
No matter whether you are in a high-school, a soon-to-be-bride or a mom everyone worries about clear skin. Over this past year I have really struggled with acne, I thought since I was no longer a teenager or preggers this problem was far behind me. Clearly I was wrong, pun intended. When my face started breaking out I was just like the majority of you, I went straight to Pinterest trying to figure out the best products to purchase or a home remedy (DIY). I have come to the conclusion that what works best for one person may not work the best for everyone because we all have different skin types (oily, dry), hormones, stress levels and diet.
Yes, diet! Believe it or not but this is a huge factor. Sugar and overly processed foods will not only effect your bacteria balance in your gut, your weight, hormones but it will effect your skin (your largest organ). I encourage a balanced diet of whole-foods, fruits and veggies. This will help elevate some of your symptoms. That doesn't mean you can never enjoy a brownie, cupcake, chips, etc it's all about moderation!
Stress stress stress...just saying it tenses me up a bit....
Stress is completely unavoidable! Whether you're having a difficult time with school, relationships, planning for your future, etc stress is everywhere. It is my biggest break-out culprit! In order to calm my nerves I use my stress away & lavender essential oils (young living), magnesium (powder/liquid forms) & B6 this has seriously been a game changer for me, yoga and meditation ( helps to clear the mind).
Managing stress can a lone help get rid of your acne, if this is the leading factor, as previous mentioned your skin type (oily or dry) plays a part in how your pores are. I experienced both oily and dry skin during my life. When I was pregnant my skin was very oily, I had to constantly wash my face. Now my skin is very dry where I am always having to moisturize. In both cases I have used Aztec Bentonite Clay face-mask and it has worked wonders. After first use your pores will shrink instantly! ( I am not sponsored by them) and I highly encourage you to try it for yourself, you will be amazed at how soft your face feels and how your pores look!
If you have any tips or tricks on how to keep your face looking healthy and clear of pesky acne post in the comments below!
So, it's YOUR SENIOR YEAR! There is so much you have accomplished and a lot of decisions to make...now is the perfect time to capture photographs to commemorate your life for the past 17/18 years!
Where to get started?
Whether you choose me as your photographer or not I highly suggest meeting them to see if you vibe well together. Your facial expressions are going to be the main focus during this process so if you are not comfortable it will shine through in all of your images. So grab some coffee and discuss your interests! It's best that your photographer gets to know you in order to tailor the session to fit and your personality!
Bringing out your personality
Whatever your hobbies are (sports, fishing, foodie, juggler, etc) we will incorporate them into your session. Or if you have family/cultural traditions you are also able to bring items to represent them too. The point of your session is to bring out everything that best describes you.
Being the center of attention for the day can be a little nerve wracking so put on some of your favorite tunes. You would be surprised how something so simple can make you feel at ease and look your best in all of your photos!
Bring a Friend
Always bring a parent with you but you are also able to include your friends. They may help you to feel comfortable and know what to say to really bring out those genuine smiles :)
Hair and Makeup
I suggest having a hair and makeup-artist because they will know the best make-ups to use when being photographed. Some make-up will make your skin appear shiny, especially if the photographer has to use a flash. (check out my preferred vendors page for hair and makeup artist I suggest)
If you are doing your own hair and makeup avoid makeups with SPF or a Mineral base, they will create shine. Apply your makeup slightly darker than you normally would but not too much that you are not recognizable. Mascara is a must! As far as eye shadow stay away from pastels, they make your eyes look washed out. Also, refrain from all eyeshadows that have sparkles in them because they will create spots when any light reflects off. Always practice your hair and makeup before hand.
So you did not get the tan you want or you have tan lines....just let me know and I will make sure to take care of that during editing! I am able to give you a nice little glow...but please NO SELF-TANNERS! They cause your skin to be orange and blotchy, trust me when I say it will make you not like the photos.
Make sure your clothes make it out of the dryer in a timely fashion lol, at least for this day! Wrinkles are very difficult to remove even in photoshop. So just make sure you take the time to remove them before hand. Select your favorite outfits that represent you. Highly recommend to not wear solid RED, if you are up against anything green your images will look more like X-MAS pics instead of Senior. Solid colors otherwise are more preferable than super busy patterns.
Make sure your undergarments are color appropriate so they do not show through. Example...white shirt or skirt you should wear nude bra or underwear. Guys make sure your boxers aren't going to bunch up underneath your clothing.
Your hands are going to be in pretty much every image, so tidy them up and make them look presentable.
I love glasses and if you would like to include them in your photos, just bring an extra pair without the lenses to avoid the sun's glare or the camera's flash. You can wear your regular glasses up until that time or have contact lenses in.
Talk with your photographer how many outfits you will be able to get to based on the time you have them booked for. If you have multiple hours booked, bring a rolling suitcase with your clothes/accessories.
"You're not YOU when you're HUNGY" ~Snickers Commercial
Also, pack snacks and drinks...like the snickers commercial says "You're not you when you're hungry". You don't want to be HANGRY
Top spots in Columbus and surrounding areas
Columbus has a colossal amount of amazing locations for your senior photographs which is why I have the Buckeye Package, so we can hit the city and a number of various spots!
*Bridge with City Backdrop
* Spaghetti warehouse (if you like an authentic brick backdrop)
*Shops ( I love Easton and the Short-North however Easton does not allow you to photograph there)
* Coffee shop (if you are an avid coffee drinker)
*Ice-Cream shop ( let's not forget Ice- cream! It is awesome to add something fun and unique into your Senior Photos. My personal favorite is Jennis in Powell
* The zoo ( the carousel is an awesome backdrop)
* Dirt path with trees
They have everything from
* Brick walking path
* Waterfall (absolutely gorgeous)
* Dirt path
Meagan is very accommodating ! She replied to the questions I had very quickly. Along with having the photos done quickly. She will go to great lengths to make your experience a good one with a positive attitude. Thanks Meagan!
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Last post was about Vendors and Venue tips and tricks for your Wedding. I want to continue and speak about one of the most important vendors for your wedding day...YOUR DJ! The reason why I say this is one of the most important vendors you have is because your wedding reception experience is the biggest part of your celebration. A GREAT DJ will be able to not only incorporate your selected song choices but also know the right time to play songs and keep your guest entertained and on the dance floor the whole night through. I can't tell you how many brides were upset their guests either sat the entire time, stayed at the bar and did not dance. You spend the money on a DJ make sure it's one that will make you and your guest happy.
Josh Staley Productions is my preferred DJ for ALL of my brides for this reason alone! Josh and his selected DJ's are absolutely amazing and keep your party going and on the dance floor the entire time! Check out reviews for them at www.joshstaleyproductions.com
No matter which DJ you select always check for reviews. Happy customers will always leave great reviews so rely on others perception of their experience of a vendor. Meet up with your DJ and see if their personality coincides with yours.
When you meet up with your selected choices let them know what kind of music you like. Any specific songs you would like played and any ones that are on your DO NOT PLAY list. If you are stuck on good ideas of songs for your entrance, first dance, etc ask them for suggestions!
Happy New Years Everyone!