We woke up bright and early for Ethan’s one-year photos, and it was so worth it. Just look at that lovely early morning light. Ethan was all smiles at his big photo session, and I can’t help but think he had a premonition about the delicious donut he was about to eat … for the very first time. Check it out …
Ethan | 1 YearJune 26, 2014
Cleveland Art Museum Family PhotosJune 25, 2014
Sometimes you meet people by chance and it turns into a beautiful experience. I met Kauser when I volunteered with Literary Lots, a really cool project all about bringing the magic of ready to vacant, urban spaces. (Read lots more here.) This lady is brilliant, and I can’t wait to volunteer for her again this year.
And as luck would have it, that little volunteer project of mine led me to this lifestyle shoot with Kauser’s family. This is the definition of a lifestyle family session. I had so much fun running around Wade Oval with Aidan and Jinan and their mom (Kauser) and grandma … letting them be exactly who they are. Aidan is quiet and contemplative, while Jinan is energetic and silly. I hope these photos showcase who they are at this point in their life. I, personally, love them!
Anna and Clede might be the most perfect match (Anna says Clede is her “true life partner”). It always fascinates me how people meet, but in New York City, surrounded by tons and tons of people, Anna and Clede found each other. That is amazing for sure, and so worthy of the unique wedding day celebration they had a few weeks ago.
Anna’s family is Ukrainian and the whole day was a reflection of culture and love. So many of their friends and family traveled from all over the world to be in Cleveland celebrating these two. After witnessing an impromptu round of toasts on the party bus, I can say FOR SURE that Anna and Clede are surrounded by really fantastic people.
These two and their family and friends are fun-loving, energetic and contagious. Anna and Clede are world travelers, go-getters and extremely confident in what they want out of life. Clede said that he knew Anna could be the one the very first day he met her. The very first day! How’s that for knowing what you want?
“Anna is caring and compassionate about me,” he said. “She is beautiful, thoughtful and has a great sense of humor. She reciprocates my love for her with great tenderness. She has a strong will and vision to lead our love and life in the right direction.”
Anna and Clede, thank you so very much for asking me to share in your special day. I learned a lot from observing you two for just one day, and I can only imagine what fun you’re going to have in the years ahead. Keep making each other laugh.
Ceremony: St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral
Reception: Union Club
Event Planning: Jennifer Alexa
Videographer: Anthony Codispoti, Blue Tie Cinema
Florist: Forest Woods
DJ: Brian McDonald
Makeup Artist: Shannon Michael Salon
Hair Stylist: Crystal Bonura
Bride’s Dress: James Clifford, Pat Catan’s
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss
Transportation: A-1 Mr. Limo
Mallory and Justin are some of our favorite people ever … and we just met them less than a year ago! They make up the talented and adorable Mallory + Justin husband-and-wife photography team out of Canton. You should go check them out. They have big dreams and are go-getters and all around good people.
Over the past few months, we’ve adventured quite a bit with Mallory and Justin (or “Mallory plus Justin” as I call them in my head). Some of my favorite memories with them include sitting on our living room floor talking about life (and then some); traipsing around a llama farm at Unshop to find the best shooting locations … and then discussing brain freezes over giant ice cream cones; taking part in M+J’s brainchild, Collected, which I’ll be sharing more of soon; and, of course, missing our dinner reservations to continue this photo swap. You just have to love people that are on the exact same page as you!