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Lizzy + Joey, Engaged | Cincinnati, OH

 Drum roll, please! This blog post is finally here! I've been dying to share these Cincinnati engagement pictures since we took them earlier this month. But before we get to the pictures I must introduce this cute couple! The bride-to-be, Lizzy, shows up in all of my family photo albums from the past decade. That's because she's been my sister's best friend since they met sometime back in middle school. Or before? I can't really remember when it happened exactly but they've been friends ever since. When she and Joey asked me to photograph their wedding I was thrilled! I drove up to Cincinnati earlier this month and we shot the photos below. Enjoy! :)

"JOEY AND I MET IN HIGH SCHOOL THROUGH A MUTUAL FRIEND (BEST MAN, DANNY BARON). WE GREW CLOSE DURING MY JUNIOR YEAR AND REMAINED GREAT FRIENDS THROUGH THE START OF MY COLLEGE CAREER. 
AFTER A YEAR OR TWO OF DISTANCE- I RECEIVED A RANDOM TEXT FROM THE ONE AND ONLY JOEY HASELMAYER. "HEY CLOWN" HE SAID... THAT WAS IT. I FELL IN LOVE.
OR AT LEAST THAT'S HOW HE WOULD TELL IT. IN MY VERSION (REALITY) I WAS SHOCKED BY THE CALL FROM AN OLD FRIEND. IMMEDIATELY EXCITED TO RECONNECT, I TEXTED MEREDITH (MAID OF HONOR) AND ARRANGED FOR THE OLD GANG TO HANG OUT THAT NIGHT. DANNY, MEREDITH, MYSELF AND JOEY SPENT THE EVENING REMINISCING, LAUGHING, AND EATING FAR TOO MANY PANCAKES."
-Lizzy

They wanted their pictures to be first and foremost casual. No where they wouldn't normally hang out. So we picked two great Cincinnati spots: Findlay Market and Rhinegeist Brewery . 

Let's start with the brewery....

I love that they basically turned our photo shoot into a date. It's the best.  It makes sense that Lizzy goes on to say, 

"NOT LONG AFTER, JOEY AND I REMEMBERED WHY WE HAD BEEN SUCH GOOD FRIENDS. THERE WAS A SPECIAL CONNECTION BETWEEN US- ONE OF MUTUAL RESPECT, GENUINE CARE, AND INSANE ATTRACTION (OF COURSE)."

And another Cincinnati favorite, Findlay Market! 

"JOEY AND I SET OUT TO CREATE A RELATIONSHIP THAT WAS FIRST AND FOREMOST, GOD- CENTERED. WE KNEW HE WAS AND IS TODAY, THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE LOVE WE SHARE TOGETHER. WITH GOD IN THE CENTER- ALL THING ARE POSSIBLE"

-Lizzy, Bride-to-Be

Thanks so much, Lizzy and Joey! We are SO excited to be there photographing your wedding day! 

The Romeo Family | Cincinnati OH

Today's a rainy, gray, inside Thursday. Normally I am a fan of this weather but today I had to take my cat (who hates the rain) to the vet (he also hates the vet). Lemme tell you--it was a struggle. If your day sounds a little like my day, keep reading! I guarantee that you'll feel warm and sunny by the time you get to the end of this blog post.  

My photo shoot with the Romeo family is adorable, there's no two ways about it. Katie and I went to high school together--where she was maybe the most popular girl at school. Maybe, probably, yes ;)  She has always been beautiful and was a cheerleader in both high school and college (at the University of Cincinnati). We've kept in touch via Facebook and have tried unsuccessfully to schedule photo shoots over the last couple years. So this time I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her family and we actually found a time that worked! She and her husband and their sweet little girl, Kennedy, made my job so easy. Their style + the light + Fall + smiles + leaves make this one of my very favorite photo shoots of the year. 

Enjoy! 

Sam | Portrait Session, Chicago IL

Here's a secret: being a portrait photographer is really awesome. Terrible secret, right? But its true! Being a portrait photographer means getting to capture already awesome people while they are styled exactly as they want the world to know them. Cool, am I right? 

And when you're taking portraits with a subject who is so confident and stylish and so into being them....it's way fun. So when Brooke sent these images over I could tell that she and Sam had had a great time shooting them!  So thank you, Sam for making our jobs awesome! Oh yeah, and one more thing-- YOUR BOOTS. 

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All photographs taken by Brooke Svitak in Chicago, IL.