Cincinnati Wedding Photographer

Why You Need Unique Headshots to Standout

Think of all of your favorite business bosses you follow on social media. Are you able to list a few fun facts about them? Do they share their favorite foods? Do you know their favorite shows? These are very effective ways for business owners to connect with their audience and grow their following.

These bosses are crushing the game because they are creating a bond and developing trust with their followers. Aren’t you more likely to take advice from a friend rather than from a total stranger? The beauty of social media is we can make online friends and connect with people we may have never had the opportunity to interact with before the internet. Our followers can see our face every single day, listen to our different passions, and even stay up to date on our everyday lives. Sure, there are going to be some people who will become annoyed with the amount we may post, and guess what, they can just scroll/swipe on by. BUT there are those who are wanting to see our faces everyday and are not only interested in the products and services we offer, but also care about us and want to hear more of our story. Before I made my official move to Cincinnati, I followed a lot of creatives on social media where I was able to interact and become friends with them! This made the transition so much easier for me, because I already had friends welcoming me to my new city.

So the next question is, what do you share, and how do you stand out from the crowd and get your audience to engage with you online? You need to find things that can connect you with your audience. Sharing your uniqueness is so important because it allows your audience to connect with you in ways other than just through your products and services. One way to show off your personality and your uniqueness is by incorporating them in your headshots. My cats, love for IPAs, and addiction to coffee are a few things that shape and build my brand. I want to show my followers that I want to have a fun, candid experience and I want to be friends will all of the other crazy cat ladies out there.

If you are in the greater Columbus or Cincinnati area then you should check out my Authentic Headshot sessions! I am helping local creatives find their true selves and helping them put this into their brand.

Stay true to you and check out my authentic headshot sessions here.

Reasons why to do a first look on your wedding day

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Just another person over here trying to convince you to do a first look at your wedding. First off, I want to share that I never want to pressure my couples into choosing this option. I believe this is completely your decision and you and your fiancé should decide this together. For me, I am obviously biased because I’m a photographer, and I know a first look allows for more photos opportunities. I love photo opportunities, but I also know not all of my couples will choose this option, and that completely is OKAY! I just want to share some of the main reasons why I do love them so much.

To my surprise, it is usually the groom who is not interested in doing a first look for their wedding. I thought about this for a little bit and then came to the realization, DUH, because of the pressure we put on them to have this huge reaction when they first seen their bride. Not all men will cry when they first see their fiancé in her white dress. If it is not their personality to cry, then that is completely fine and this should be understood. But in reality, grooms will have LESS pressure to have a big reaction for their first look than during the actual wedding ceremony, because the entire wedding guest list will not be there watching. It is a shared moment between you two and just you two alone. If you think about it, you really don’t have much alone time with your spouse on the day of your wedding. Sharing this moment together can be so special and a time for you guys to really soak it in together. Everything is flying by at this point and there is no better place to be than to slow it down in the arms of the one you love most.

Another huge reason why I love when my couples choose to do a first look is because of the timeline of the wedding day. When there is a first look scheduled before the ceremony, this allows for more time for portraits and for photos with the full bridal party. If this important to you, then you might want to really consider doing a first look. Typically when there is no first look, the bridal party is split and one photographer will do photos of the bridesmaids while the other photographer will do photos of the groomsman. In this case, the only time to do the full bridal party photos is after the ceremony. Usually, there is not much of a gap between the end of the ceremony and the start of the reception. If there is no first look that means we have to do family photos, full bridal party photos, and all of your portraits during this short time. By this point you may be completely checked out and just want to get the party started with your friends and family. This is why taking portraits before the ceremony always seems to be way less stressful for everyone.

There is also more of a middle of the road option where couples choose to have a first moment rather than a first look. This can be holding hands on either side of a door, a corner of a building, or even a tree. I have had couples pray together during this moment, read each others letters, and just share this special quiet time together before the ceremony.

There are definitely couples who still wish to take the more traditional route and I am COMPLETELY fine with this! I still love a good mix of wedding day experiences and I love when couples are passionate about their choice. These are just a few of my top reasons to organize a first look based upon my time as a wedding photographer.

Ali & Luke | Classic Columbus Wedding at The Annex at 801

This gorgeous, classic wedding was an amazing way to start off my 2019 wedding season. After having a pretty quiet off season, it was great to be back out there doing what I love most!

The simple black bridesmaids dresses paired with a whole lot of greenery made for the perfect modern and classic wedding day look. Ali & Luke shared their first look on the steps outside along the columns of the Ohio Statehouse. It was supposed to rain this day, but we were able to luck out with just some overcast skies.

A short and sweet ceremony took place at Grace Fellowship in Upper Arlington followed by a giant dance party at the Annex at 801. We knocked out all of the photos we needed before the reception so Ali & Luke were able to enjoy cocktail hour and to mingle with their guests. My favorite detail of the day was when Ali & Luke put on Mr. & Mrs. aprons and served dinner to their guests! I have never seen this before and thought it was such a cool idea! They also probably had the best first dance I have ever seen, which was so much fun to photograph. These two sure know how to get down on the dance floor! I had an amazing day with these two and can’t wait to deliver their gallery soon!

Below are the amazing vendors who helped with Ali & Luke’s special day along with some of my favorite photos!

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Ceremony: Grace Fellowship UA

Reception: The Annex at 801

Cake: Shannon Rosenberg

DJ: DJ Axcess

Florals: Dayla Ket Event Design

Makeup: Katie Mayhill

Hair: Katie Himes

Dress: Davids Bridal

Suit: Pursuit

Second Photographer: Jennifer Post Photography

Ali & Luke Engagement Session

I started off my Columbus engagement session marathon with a morning session with Ali and Luke. It was the morning after the time change so we had an extra hour of sleep and some brighter light, all of which I was thrilled about. Other than some chilly winds to start off the day, it was beautiful and overcast and an absolutely perfect morning from a photographers view!

We searched around Fred Beekman park for some colorful trees and we were pretty darn successful. Take a look at all the color from their engagement session and you will fall in love! We also had time to do some workout photos. You know me, I love anything unique and special to the couple, so I was all about it! I can’t wait for their wedding that is right around the corner is February!

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Tiffany & Johnathan | Eden Springs Farmstead Kentucky Wedding

I had the opportunity of knowing Tiffany and Johnathan since my first year of business. We first talked on the phone about wedding plans about two years ago! It’s so fun to be a part of a couples journey for so long leading up to their wedding day. I met Tiffany & Johnathan at their new house down in Lexington Kentucky for their engagement session. I was so pumped as soon as they said they wanted an in-home session in their new house, AND THEN they said they wanted to finish off their session at a brewery! If you know anything about me you know I LOVE unique photoshoot opportunities and challenging my creativity, so I was all in. This ended up being one of my favorite engagement sessions to date and was one of my first publications. The natural love these two have for each other is so easy to capture on camera and makes my job so much fun! I was so excited to photograph these two again on their wedding day. It was just as I expected it to be, perfect. I was so happy to celebrate this day with Tiffany & Johnathan and I can’t wait to finally share some of my favorite photos! Check out the amazing vendors below who were able to make this beautiful day happen.

Second Photographer : Caitlin Chrisenee Photography

Venue: Eden Springs Farmstead 

Dress: Blue Willow by Ann Barge from Twirl Lexington

Hair: Chelsea Lane Hartley

Makeup: Haley Anderson

Tuxedos: Geno's Formal Affair

Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy 

Videographer: Alyson Biggs Films

Florist: Hunter W Sherwood - Sherwood Design and Events

Band: Josh Bogard & The Dirty South

Caterer: Willie Broughton and Marimbas Mexican Restaurant 

Cheesecake : The Cheesecake Girl

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