August Goals + Creative JuicesAugust 4, 2014

It’s August?! How is it August?? This summer has gone SO quickly, and if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m having a hard time keeping the balance I was determined to stick with at the beginning of the year. Summers are always filled with lots of shooting–weddings, newborns, families, engagements–and I always want to do it all! It’s a tough lesson for me to learn that I’m just one person and can’t say yes to everything while still staying balanced in my personal life. I suppose I’ll always deal with this struggle. It’s one that reminds me I’m human and helps me appreciate the little moments in the midst of the crazy.

And August will be just that … CRAZY! Nathan and I get to escape to the UK in September (YAY!), so August will be reminiscent of exam week in college–cram as much in as you possibly can and somehow, some way it will all get done. Here’s to a productive month!

I’ve been obsessing over So You Think You Can Dance this summer (it’s my first season ever!), and I was captivated by Jessica and Casey’s performance last week to Hozier‘s Like Real People Do. This song is beautiful, and I especially love the folksy + waltz feel. Check it out:

Anyone else loving SYTYCD or another show this summer? I’ve also been watching season after season of Survivor while I edit. It’s so not something I ever thought I would get into, but I’m loving it!

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Collected 2014 | Northeast Ohio Collaborative Wedding ShootJuly 28, 2014

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Northeast Ohio is full of talented, creative, inspiring people. I’m so lucky to have the chance to regularly work with some of the best of them. And last month I had the chance to work with a whole slew of creative wedding professionals at a collaborative event called Collected.

My dear friends Mallory + Justin created Collected to give local vendors in this industry a chance to create for themselves. And also come together and get to know and inspire each other. It was so fun to be a part of Collected, and I’m so grateful to Mallory + Justin for inviting me!

The event was held at Mallory’s parent’s house (thanks, Bairs!) in Waynesburg, which was really the perfect setting. Talk about gorgeous property! Heather of Fair Rarity, Janelle of With Love and Whimsy and  Colleen of Borrow Rentals made the backyard look even more beautiful with this first setup …

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Many thanks to Jessica and Frankie for modeling for us. :)

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For me, one of the best things about Collected was that I got to shoot a ton of film. I really do get giddy when I pull out my Mamiya, so that was inspiring in and of itself.

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Maggie of MKleinman Artistry did a fantastic job on the ladies’ makeup throughout the day.

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Just look at this bouquet in the next set. Heather! You are phenomenal!

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Amanda of Baci Designer always, always impresses me with her pretty stationery.

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Rebecca is gorgeous. Does she not look straight out of an Anthropologie magazine??

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A little Aztec inspiration …

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Brian, you killed it!

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Collected 2014 hosted by Mallory + Justin Photographers

Vendors
Florals: Fair Rarity
Furniture + Accesories + Styling: Borrow Rentals
Creative Styling: With Love & Whimsy Events
Makeup Artist: MKleinman Artistry
Stationery: Baci Designer
Baked Goods: Salvino Dolci
Headbands: Little White Feather Shop
Photographers: Mallory + Justin, Carolyn | Carolyn Ann Photo, Heather | Inlux Photo, Lisa | Brightside Photo, and yours truly! :)

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Jaclyn & Alex | Hines Hill Stone Cottage Intimate WeddingJuly 25, 2014

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These nuptials have been a long, long time coming. Jaclyn and Alex met in FIRST grade on the playground. Come on. So cute! What is so remarkable though is that you’d never know these two grew up together. There is a sense of comfort between them, but they also treat each other with complete respect and tenderness and love, almost as if they met just a year or two ago. Watching them from behind my lens, it seemed as if everything was new and they were in awe of the each other. This was one of the most heartfelt weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing and the whole morning was really sweet.

Jaclyn and Alex elected to have an intimate wedding, which I so appreciated. I have really come to love intimate weddings for their personal flair. Not only can you really make the day your own with a lot less, but you get to spend quality time with the people most important to you. And let me tell you, Jaclyn and Alex have some awesome people in their lives! Take a look at their fantastic day …

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The morning started off DARK. I mean, rain clouds were everywhere and it seemed inevitable that their outdoor wedding would be moved indoors. Miraculously the sky cleared and the whole morning was dry!

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What a fantastic place for a wedding! Hines Hill never disappoints. And the Stone Cottage is so quaint.

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Jaclyn’s family is Scottish and she incorporated all kinds of Scottish touches throughout the day, including this luckenbooth ring attached to the boutonniere. So cool!

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Jaclyn, you are seriously gorgeous. I love this photo of you putting on your vintage hat!

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These two are really so cute. :)

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Meet Mia, Jaclyn and Alex’s beloved dog.

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Can we talk about this gorgeous hat? Its lace is from her mom’s wedding dress. What a thoughtful touch!

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We had a ton of time for portraits, which meant we got to wander all over the Hines Hill property. I so appreciate Jaclyn and Alex bearing the humidity for the sake of these photos. :) And do they not look straight out of The Notebook in these photos?

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What a fantastic morning. Thanks for inviting me to share in it, Jaclyn and Alex. I wish you a lifetime of happiness and fun!

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Mackinac Island | TravelJuly 24, 2014

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Since early last year, I had been saving the weekend of the Fourth of July for personal travel. It wasn’t always easy to keep it free (I’m always so tempted to take every wedding that comes my way!), but it was totally worth it after the fact. Nathan and I spent the weekend in Mackinac Island with his family and had the best time!

Mackinac Island sits right in between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan in Lake Huron. And I just want to take a moment right now and say that Michigan is completely underrated. It is GORGEOUS, and those Pure Michigan commercials aren’t lying. :) We had absolutely perfect weather (albeit a little chilly) while we were there … blue skies and blue water. It doesn’t get better than that!

Except it does because the coolest thing about this island? No cars are allowed! Everyone travels by horse, bicycle or foot, and all the trash is collected and goods are delivered by horse and buggy. Cool, right? I kinda felt like we had stepped back in time. We bicycled around the entire island, which is 8 miles, twice. Renting bikes is definitely a must-do if you ever visit Mackinac. I’d also highly recommend a carriage tour of the island. There’s so much history packed into that little place!

When we planned this trip, I decided that I was only going to shoot film while we were there. The fact that I barely have to edit my film images meant that I’d actually have my vacation photos ready to go as soon as they were developed. Usually my vacation photos sit on my hard drive for a few months until I have some time to go through them. No thank you! I wanted these images ASAP. I’m happy to report that this was the best decision, and I’ll be doing this for all future trips!

Enjoy a peek of Mackinac Island through my film lens …

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We stayed at the Island House–the oldest continuously operating hotel on the island. We decided that we had the best location on the island (not in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, but not too far), and aside from the one dirty sheet we found upon arrival (ha!), we’d definitely recommend this spot.

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While the Grand Hotel was not in our budget, we did venture up the hill to snap a couple photos. This place is MASSIVE and has a huge porch (I think the longest in the country if I’m not mistaken!).

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Ahhh, Pure Michigan.

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These were our horses for our carriage ride. The one in the middle is Travis, and I remember that because the carriage driver kept telling him to “step it up!” Evidently he’s the slacker of the bunch.

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Where we stayed: Island House
Where we ate: Carriage House, Pancake HouseIsland Slice Pizzeria, Chuckwagon, The Gate HouseJoAnn’s Fudge (about three times … this was definitely the best fudge on the island; we did thorough testing!)
What we did: Rented bicycles, took a carriage tour, toured Fort Mackinac, visited Little Stone Church

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