stephanie + jared

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Sometimes our couples have a specific location in mind for their e-shoot because it has sentimental value for them, and we love that! If you have a place that is special to you, and you’re able to incorporate that into your shoot, then you definitely should. Ben and I finally got around to scheduling a shoot with some of our awesome photographer buddies this summer, and I will cherish those photos for the rest of my life.  I love every single one, but I’d have to say that my absolute favorites were the ones that they took right in our backyard, in front of the vegetable garden that we work so hard on every year, with our beloved Lily chasing her ball in front of us.  Like I said, I love every single shot they took, but the ones taken in our backyard have sooooo much meaning to me, that I want to blow them up to giant poster size, and hang them all over the house.  (I won’t, of course, but I want to.)

For Steph and Jared, that very special location is Akron Falls State Park.  They have spent (and still do spend) lots and lots of time there together, so it’s one of those spots that means a lot to them…just like my backyard means a lot to me.  It was our first time ever visiting this park, but it was so breathtaking, that we can’t wait to shoot there again!  Steph and Jared are just adorable, and we had such a good time hanging out with them!

One of my favorites…I love the light in this shot!
One of the most incredible things about this park is the waterfall.  It looks amazing in photos, but it will blow you away with it’s beauty (and size) in person.  It’s pretty massive, and it makes you feel so tiny in comparison, but you can still get up close to it, which is very cool.  These were difficult shots to take because you have to hop on slippery rocks to get yourself positioned at the perfect angle, which happens to be in the middle of the creek, and then, there was all the crawling around that Ben did to light the background; but, it was absolutely worth it, and Steph and Jared were so patient with us.  Thank you SO MUCH, you guys!!  :)
Then, we climbed up behind the falls to get to the top, and we set up some different lighting to take these shots.  I love the feel of these!!
We thought we were done after the top ‘o the falls shots, since it was pitch dark at that point; but, then we saw these awesome reflect-y signs, realized that we’ve been dying to take some shots using our headlights as the main light source, and convinced Steph and Jared to do just a few more.  ;)  So glad we did!!  These are super fun!

Steph and Jared – we can’t thank you guys enough for being so awesome to work with! Not everyone has the patience to wait it out while we set up lighting for an awesome shot, but you guys were all about it, and because of that, you ended up with an incredible set of shots! We adore you two, and can’t wait to be a part of your wedding day!! It’ll be here before we know it! Much love, J + B :)

  • Kirsten SAYS...

    Gorgeous pictures! I love your creativity and the way you used the lighting. You certainly captured the happiness in these two! Awesome job!

  • Jackie S. SAYS...

    The lighting in all of these is fabulous, really beautiful work!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    YAY!!! We’re sooooo glad you like them, Steph!! You made our day. ;) We had a blast working with you guys! Can’t wait to do it again!

  • Stephanie Doktor SAYS...

    They are PERFECT! You captured everything we were hoping for and more! Thank you for making this such a fun experience and for doing such AWESOME work!!!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Awww, thank you, Angela!! We get all these crazy ideas in our heads all the time, and we get so excited when we’re able to try them out! ;) I love that last one, too!

  • Angela S. SAYS...

    I absolutely love that last shot in the headlights – so cute!! You guys are so creative :)