Mark and Hope scheduled a spontaneous trip back to Cleveland from Chicago and the timing worked out perfectly for doing their engagement photos. Since the moment I met these two alongside both sets of parents, I've been excited to photograph them. It turned out to be pretty easy. It was definitely one of my favorite engagement sessions because I really didn't have to give them much guidance at all. They were just happy being together and were able to get comfortable so quickly that I was able to stand back and focus on being creative with my lighting, lens and settings and just let them enjoy each other's presence. I always try to capture natural, genuine emotions when I'm doing a session like this and memorialize the essence of the relationship. Mark and Hope are the ideal muses for such a shoot.
We started off at Lakewood Park, a location I've shot at many, many times. I wanted to try something new there, so we ventured away from the lake planning to go for the cityscape a bit later.
This stage has been jumping out at me for a while and finally it was put to good use.
Ok, now at this point I would recommend the viewer let those shockingly bright shots pass from your visual capacity and ease gently back into something much more subtle and equally romantic. I think I touched both extremes with my processing of this session, but it seemed right because I noticed that Mark and Hope have a very vibrant, passionate side as well as a quiet calmness when they are together.
After this, we headed back toward the lake only to find out we were banned because they were setting up the fireworks. So we improvised and found an equally exceptional view of the city.
What a great time! I really want to tell everyone more about Mark and Hope and their story. It truly is remarkable. But that will have to wait until November:)