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.