A Fun, Urban Engagement Session in Downtown Youngstown

I love photographing engagement sessions. This session was better than most. I was able to photograph Jason and Stephanie, who are two wonderful friends. The location was perfect — Downtown Youngstown which has such amazing backdrops. And George made a special guest appearance that afternoon as my assistant/comedic relief for all of us. I’ve been friends with Jason forever. We went to high school and college together and we even worked at the same company a few years ago. George and I always joke that Jason is to blame for us meeting in 2004. With that said, he was a groomsman at our wedding almost 5 years ago. Around the same time, he and Stephanie started dating. Stephanie is such a sweet and kind person and we were all thrilled when Jason proposed to her in December of 2010! This fabulous couple will be tying the knot in December, 2011.

Needless to say, this was a super fun e-session since I’m friends with the couple. But, I was a little nervous leading up to our scheduled session. The never ending rain had been looming over the State of Ohio for weeks. The sun came out and no one had to build an ark for me to photograph in. We had a real summer day for their session! Jason has been working in downtown Youngstown for years and is involved with a lot of the businesses there, so it was an ideal location for their portraits. Jason waved his magic wand and got us into a few buildings that were normally closed on the weekend. There were some amazing exposed brick walls in one of the buildings, along with hardwood floors and north facing windows. It was a photographer’s dream! We also took a stroll down Federal Plaza and I couldn’t wait to get a photo of the couple in front of the large windows at The DeYor Center. Stephanie and Jason decided they also wanted some photographs at Mill Creek Park and picked two of Mahoning County’s historic landmarks, Lanterman’s Mill and the Covered bridge. I would love to post every photo from their e-session, but here are just a few of my favorite photographs from the day.

couple kissing in front of large windows

e-session in Youngstown standing on Federal Plaza in the Summer

couple looking at eachother standing at rock cliffs in Mill Creek Park

The rock formations by the Mill are amazing!

engagement session standing in front of brick wall looking at eachother

I always use this brick wall when I’m downtown, it’s just so unique with the weathering!

black and white engagement photo

couple standing under the covered bridge in Mill Creek Park

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  • What a sweetheart of a couple! They are adorable! That black and white image is my absolute favorite of them all.

  • Lisa June 2, 2011 - 9:51 pm

    These are beautiful images. You have beautiful clarity! Love them all. 🙂

  • Therese Marie June 2, 2011 - 11:25 pm

    Beautiful couple. the last one reminds me of a movie scene.

  • Erin Alfaro June 3, 2011 - 12:06 am

    These are fantastic! I love the first image! That covered bridge is awesome.

  • Janine Dietz June 3, 2011 - 5:58 am

    What lovely images! They look so happy together. I love your variety of settings.

  • Julie June 3, 2011 - 10:06 am

    Gorgeous couple and what a wonderful set of locations! Great session!

  • Lovely couple. Great images. You rock!

  • Lisa June 3, 2011 - 11:17 am

    Beautiful. What a great location!

  • Brad June 3, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    So beautiful! The backgrounds are incredible, but the subject is even more beautifully captured. Super job!!!

  • alej keigan June 3, 2011 - 7:35 pm

    beautiful! they’re so lucky to have great images like these!

  • Karen Thaemert June 6, 2011 - 9:51 am

    These are terrific! You have wonderful locations and I just LOVE the first image with the reflective building. I bet the couple loves these. 🙂

  • Meggan June 6, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    what a beautiful couple!

  • beth June 7, 2011 - 6:05 am

    These are super fun. Love your colors.

  • These are great modern portraits they will love for sure. Great job!

  • Sarah Metz June 7, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    These are all so fun! Love the third one, especially.

  • Laurie Terry June 9, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Wow, I bet they will be thrilled with these…they are gorgeous engagement images. The couple looks so at ease with each other, which I guess is a good thing! LOL Very nice.

  • That really does look like a fun session. The last image is my favorite!

  • Melanie Reyes June 13, 2011 - 8:06 am


  • Erin June 15, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    Love the rock formations! What a beautiful couple!

  • Melissa Butscher June 22, 2011 - 9:43 am

    Wow, your variety is amazing! They are a beautiful couple, and you really captured wonderful images for them.

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