Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ohio Engagement Session | Adventure Wedding Photographer
My brand lives for experiences like this - adventurous and in the moment. I had plans to shoot Courtney and Kyle’s engagement session at a particular waterfall [results of Google searching], but once we arrived we came to realize access to the point I wanted to get to was closed off. Instead we just rolled with it and began journeying through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The couple had some places in mind they wanted to check out instead. Although one attempt to find a spot led to a super creepy stroll through what seemed to be an abandoned Boy Scouts campground with intense halloween scenes set up throughout, but it all worked out beautifully in the end.
The one thing I tell my clients they can do to ensure their session amazing is to trust the process. Go along with where the wind takes us, don’t worry if we cannot scout locations beforehand, and simply enjoy the experience of finding places in the moment that speak to us. That is the very place where the emotions will ascend and your story will be capture. One aspect I adore about traveling for adventure weddings and elopements is that I get discover new places to photograph couples without the inclination to shoot in a particular location because that’s what is expected. I do not like photographing in a defined area solely on the fact that everyone else does it there. I want settings that hold value, whether that importance comes from it being a special place that holds personal memories for the couple or because that spot drew us in at that moment in time. This idea extends to working at wedding venues as well, let’s just seek the light and live for the unrehearsed. Sure I’ve scouted unknown grounds prior to shoots before, but often I don’t, and those improvised times have never failed to lead me to incredible destinations. Maybe it’s my intuitive spirit that directs us right where we need to be. Maybe it’s me trusting divine timing and that we are given all we need when it’s in front of us.