Smiles. Fun times. Summer sun. Love. Pretty dress. Great shoes. Unhinged creativity.
These are the words that come to mind when I think about my engagement session with Akshata and Aanand earlier this summer.
Ok; not just one; but TWO; two amazing dresses. Seriously; Akshata; you’re killing it.
Besides being on fleak with her attire, Akshata is incredibly intelligent and witty to be around. Bonus points for her? She loves Barrio. Aanand; you have a gem of a lady here.
Aanand knows it too. This man adores her. It wasn’t hard to invite these two into a cuddle fest or two. They legit love being in each others arms.
And legit love looking at each other and grinning from ear to ear.
And Legit love having the baller summer sun poignantly highlight their incredible posture.
The entire session was this. Laughter. Big smiles. Great bearding [ Aanand; your beard skills intimidate me bro ]
But that’s why I freaking adore photographing engagement sessions before I photograph a couple’s wedding. I love relaxing people. I love being with people. I love inviting people into their best selves.
Engagement sessions aren’t just times where we take amazing pictures; but where we build deep into the relationship and trust that pays creative dividends later in their wedding photography.
These two? They’re having a fantastic Indian wedding in cleveland this winter. Best of all? I get to be their photographer.
Truth be told? Best of all? I get to see these awesome smiles again. And that awesome beard again.
It will be amazing though; their upcoming Indian wedding in Cleveland. I’m fortunate; I get to be the wedding photographer for quite a few Indian weddings around the cleveland area; and I love every one of them. Myself [ and the team at Making the Moment ] have fallen in love with the Indian community in northeast Ohio [ and beyond, it’s crazy how much we’ve been traveling lately for our work ]
It’s not just about the joy and festivity a multi-day indian wedding in Cleveland this winter will bring, it’s really about the powerful mixture of the relationships and friendships I’ve formed doing what I do, as well as [ obviously ] the creative opportunities I’m afforded.
I loved crafting artwork for these two. We had a magical and fun session together. Each image was a team effort we created together.
These polaroid pictures? They’re real. I brought my polaroid camera to their engagement session, and fired off some black and white film I picked up. They’re analog treasures.
Just like the people featured in them. Much love to my new friends; Akshata and Aanand.