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This digital journal holds stories of the precious humans who have chosen to work with me. There is room for your story here, too.

A Tuesday in August set the scene for MaKayla and Tim’s intimate wedding at the Holden Arboretum in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio. MaKayla + Tim met me at the airport on Monday evening, dressed in tie dye, and drove me back to Tim’s family home. There I met all of their closest friends and family and […]

Intimate Tuesday Wedding at Holden Arboretum

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Intimate Tuesday Wedding at Holden Arboretum Cleveland Ohio by The Coe Collective

You know you want your wedding day to be unique, but all the traditional planning advice online seems cliche or overdone. So, how exactly are you supposed to find new and interesting ideas to plan a wedding that’s meaningful to you?  With TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest always within arms reach, you’ve got access to the […]

5 Unique Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding Day

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Newlywed couple in an open field dancing at dusk.

If you’re planning a killer dance party at your reception, you’re probably thinking about your first dance as a married couple. “Will we choreograph something epic? Learn to ballroom dance? Simply sway to the rhythm wrapped in each other’s arms?” There are so many ways to make your first dance memorable. And I believe it […]

First Dance Songs for Your Wedding Day

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Want to have a deeper impact on your wedding day? You’ve probably heard people talking about “first looks” among things that happen on wedding days. Let’s take a deep dive into what a first look is and how it will fit into your wedding day. First, what the heck is a first look?  Traditionally, a […]

Planning a First Look on Your Wedding Day

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I collaborated with FreeBird Bridal and Holiday Inn Express Dakota Dunes for this celestial-inspired bridal styled shoot to start 2021 off in style.

Celestial Inspired Styled Shoot in Dakota Dunes

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Queer couple after they eloped standing outside of the park where they shared their first kiss.

You’ve just received your image gallery from your wedding day. You’re in love with all your photos. Everything feels exactly as you remember it–and there are even some moments captured you don’t remember happening. Your heart is so full it could burst from joy and excitement. So, now what?

Why Should You Print Your Wedding Photos?

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There are so many decisions involved in wedding planning. This post will help you decide if a second photographer is right for you.

Second Shooters: what are they and should I book one?

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A Dia de los Muertos inspired Styled Shoot at a pumpkin patch in northwest Iowa

de los muertos | a halloween styled shoot

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35mm Black and White Film Mikaela Chewing Bubble Gum

I never understood why this quote was so important until I picked up a film camera. I thought my job was simply taking pictures. I don’t simply stand somewhere and click a button or two. I see. I look. I feel. I imagine. I dream. I invent. I create. I design. I compose. I craft. […]

35mm Film Photography: Learning to Make Photographs

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RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’VE EVER RIFLED THROUGH YOUR CLOSET LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO WEAR FOR: A) FAMILY PICTURES, B) ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS, C) DATE NIGHT, D) A WEDDING (AS GUEST), E) ALL OF THE ABOVE (AND THEN SOME). You are not alone my friend. I frequently fret about what I’ll wear in my own damn […]

How to Get Dressed for Your Photo Session

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