2016 Review

There are only four days left of 2016 and that's just wild. Normally, I would say how the year flew by and how awesome it was but this year was a bit of a snail for us while we struggled through some lifestyle adjustments and changes on our way to minimalism. (If you haven't been following along, we're downsizing from 1500 sq feet to 150 sq feet + planning to travel full time. Read more here.)

I always procrastinate this post because it's time consuming but to be honest, this year I'm really glad I sat down to do it. I realized how many stories we were a part of this year even though our calendar was slimmer than years past. I realized how many amazing places we had the opportunity to experience and document together and with our awesome client-friends. This review always helps to showcase to us behind the scenes areas where we should focus our efforts in the coming year and areas where we got stronger from the following years. It's cathartic to reflect this way.

We're so ready for what 2017 has in store for our life & business. 
To name a few:
-Travel Schedules
-Workshops
-New mediums & outlets of expression will be shared
-Life in the camper
-Another year of amazing weddings, clients + stories

But before we get to 2017 we have to honor all that was 2016!

2016 took us to Oregon, Colorado, Virginia and to some of the best venues this state has. We met a dozen or more new friends and these are the notable images from those adventures! It was a tough selection process to give a comprehensive review! We hope you enjoy these pieces of history from 2016.

Thank you so much to our clients + friends who support us, tell their friends about us and encourage our crazy dreams! We couldn't do this without you!
Cheers to 2017!

Stephanie in the Woods

We've been in the mood for while to do something different in our work. Both of us have been trying to make a conscious effort to see different angles, look for different light that we wouldn't typically be drawn to and to shoot a more soulful story. Finally we planned a shoot with Stephanie, who is a Ballerina, in the woods of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

We're both SO proud and in love with these images. The story they tell and the experience of documenting something at a much slower pace than a wedding is something we're really drawn to right now. We told Stephanie to be herself, dress however she wanted, do her makeup however she wanted; that we wanted to document a soulful image of a soulful person. We wanted the light and the dark to meet, kiss and be the main event in these images. Take a look at Stephanie in the Woods. We didn't plan on photographing Stephanie with her car but once we saw her in it, we couldn't resist!

Collected 2015

Way back in July we hosted the second annual Collected. This event, spun out of a handful of ideas and dreams of collaborating, has taken on a life of it's own both years. This year we had the most amazing team of vendors in the industry to put their minds to work creating vignettes of style and creativity. The photographers, all twelve of us, looked with discerning eyes for ways to improve, to see differently, to refuel our passion for this creative passion. The product was a weekend full of crazy downpours, delicious food, bottles of whiskey passed around the fire, eating s'mores out of each others hands (that was awkward and I'm still not sure why it happened), new bonds, laughter and a lot of really great photography. 
Here's my take on this years look!

The love and appreciation I have for Tap Root Catering, Fair Rarity Flowers, Baci Designer (stationary) & Borrow Rentals for being huge contributors to this event TWO YEARS in a row is just too much to put into words on this blog! Your work is constantly stunning, inspiring, creative and literally THE BEST in the industry! 


Vendors who make this event possible: 
Taproot Catering
Sweet Water Caravan
Borrow Vintage & Eclectic Rentals
Fair Rarity Flowers
Baci Designer
Oak & Honey Events
Andi Wheatley Makeup Artistry

Sponsors:
Special thanks to all of our amazing national & local event sponsors
The FIND Lab
ProDPI
H.H.Boogie
(provided a hand-crafted album box for a giveaway, see the video here.)
Madera Books
Deli Ohio
17hats
Artifact Uprising
Chad Austin Design

Hugs and high-fives to the gorgeous folks in front of the camera:
Devin Casper-Hill  & Keith Hill
Audreanna Tabellion & Josh Heckathorn
Tj Alleshouse
Jeanna Washko & Family
Maria Mejia