Category Archives: Columbus Engagement Photography

Engagement Shoot at Inniswood Metro Gardens

Even though I was booked for Samantha and Cole’s wedding date, I was still so lucky to get to do their engagement photos. These two are so laid back and fun to hang out with. By the end of the shoot, it felt like we were old friends. We did their session in late spring when all the COVID stuff was just starting. Would it really even be a 2020 photoshoot without a mask picture?

Inniswoods was showing off on this day. Everything was in full bloom including the spectacular purple wisteria arch they have. I think if I could have my dream garden, I’d have an arch with wisteria, an arch with grapevines, a small pool and I would teach my kids to pick me grapes off the vine. I digress. Anyways, it was really pretty.

Samantha and Cole met at work! I actually have a few couples from the past two years who met at work. It’s incredibly romantic. I am so excited for them both and wish I could be there on their wedding day. But I am so honored to have been able to meet them and spend this time together. It was so much fun and I left on a natural high! SO much love to you both! XO Jess

Grange Insurance Audubon Engagement

Even though this year has been challenging in knowing how to navigate a pandemic in regards to how to photograph weddings and couples, I find the engagement shoots I’ve done to be as close to “normal” as you can get. And for that, I am so thankful. Engagement shoots are so much fun for me because I love getting to know people a little better before their wedding day. It’s like we’re able to go on a small adventure together, which is bonding.

This was one of the coolest stories I’ve come across in my career! Marissa used to live in the house I live in now! She was looking up her old home online and it showed that my company was stationed out of there. Fast forward to her engagement, and she thought of me! My husband and I live out of the room she used to live in while we save up the funds to redo the owner’s suite. I can’t even tell you how happy it made me to meet them. It was also so much fun showing off the updates we’ve been able to do in the last five years.

Marissa wore the world’s most beautiful flowy dress to the Audubon portion of their shoot. And lucky for us, there was an intermittent wind that would blow through and make her dress come alive. Some of the photos just felt magical as I took them. A good wind will do that.

We rounded out the shoot with a small walk around German Village. The flowers and landscapes were showing off for us. Every corner seemed to overflow with early summer blooms and life. Thank you so much, Marissa and Chris, for this day. I can’t wait to join you at your wedding in October! XO J

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Whetstone Park of Roses Engagement Photos

Horray!! I finally get to feature Jenn and D.W. on the blog today!! And, the thunder stealer extraordinaire, Cooper the adorable basset hound. For their engagement shoot last year, we started their session near their house in Harrison west. I love it when people bring their pets to shoots, but Cooper is extra adorable and so photogenic. He let us shoot with him for about a half-hour and then he had to go get some beauty rest.

From there we drove over to Whetstone Park of Roses and took the remainder of the photos with just DW and Jenn. I love it there because you can get so much natural variety with your photos. In June, the park is exploding with color around every turn. I love these two because they are so down-to-earth and easy to talk to. I feel so blessed they came into my life because I feel like I have a life-long friendship with them as a result. I just love DW’s dry sense of humor and Jenn’s calming presence. Together they make such a great couple.

So, as summer ends and we slowly creep towards fall, I’m going to try to pull out all the remaining summer shoots from last year and this year for the blog in the next few weeks. That’s a lot of blogs, but I’ve really found that blogging has provided me with a bit of grounding that I needed. It has been so much fun looking back at all these intimate and fun moments. It’s important to reflect on your work sometimes, and this year has been a gift in that way. When fall comes, I will be posting about DW and Jenn’s amazing wedding from last year that was one of my favorites from 2019!! Lots of goodness to come:)

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Main Street Bridge Engagement Photos

To continue pride month celebration here at Jessica Miller Photography, I have Andrew and Joseph on the blog today! This shoot was so. much. fun. This was the very first time I had met Andrew and Joseph in person and it felt like I had known them my whole life. We got together last December on a temperate and sunny day downtown. There was just a light dusting of snow still on the ground and the sky was blue and clear, not the typical Columbus winter sky. There is such ease between these two. The way they are just silly and laugh really reminds me of the way my husband and I are with each other.

Our shoot started in downtown Columbus at the Main Street Bridge that connects the Scioto Mile to the COSI campus. From there, we just walked and talked and laughed. There are so many fun little spots in that area for an engagement shoot. If you’re a regular to the blog, you probably already know that I love this area. From the Scioto Mile, we hopped over to German Village, my other favorite spot for engagement photos. The rugged brick streets, the quaint little houses all piled on top of each other, and the immaculate landscaping makes this such a fun part of the city.

Andrew and Joeseph had to reschedule their wedding until early next year. I seriously can’t wait to get these two in front of the camera again and celebrate as they tie the knot! Thank you so much for coming into my life! I am so honored I get to document this journey for you both. Cheers until next year! XO Jess

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German Village Engagement Shoot

Happy Pride Month! I am so excited to feature so many beautiful couples this month on the blog, starting with these two. I have known Ben since I was 6 years old. When he asked if I would be the wedding photographer for him and his fiance Dustin’s wedding, I was so incredibly honored. Ben is exactly how I remembered him. A huge smile from ear-to-ear, genuinely invested in what you have to say, and just a really beautiful soul.

We took these photos the weekend of their actual wedding. It was such a fun way to celebrate early and get them a little more comfortable in front of the camera. I met up with Ben and Dustin in German Village and we just walked around, swapped stories, memories and laughed together. The funniest story was that the film “I Am Wrath” was filmed at his childhood Bexley home and he got to meet John Travolta. If you haven’t seen this film, it’s worth a watch. It’s so funny (it’s not supposed to be funny), especially if you’re from Columbus. They also filmed a lot of it at the barbershop my husband Scott gets his hair cut, Old Familiar.

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll blog about their wedding. It was intimate and perfect! Until then, I hope you love this fun photo session! XO Jess

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Inniswood Metro Gardens Engagement Shoot

This spring is crazy, right? Besides the international Pandemic, we have seen so much rain this year it’s bonkers. Yes, I’m bringing the word bonkers back.

Last week I took my family to Hoover Dam for a much-needed outing. Ironically, there was almost no water flowing over the dam. I looked at my four-year-old and told him I would bring him back after a good rain and he would get to see how beautiful it is when it is flowing. The first time I ever saw the dam in person, even though I was born and raised in Columbus, was early last spring when I was lucky enough to photograph Kendra and Andrew’s engagement photos. All the rushing water going over that grand spill was so mesmerizing. I know if I take my son back now, his eyes will be as wide as mine were on this day.

Ok enough about the Dam. Let’s talk about Kendra and Andrew. They are a true love story if I ever heard one. They met when they worked together and slowly their bond grew. Late last year they were married in a stunning fall wedding and now they are expecting their first child! But before all of that, we met up and took some super fun and genuine images around Columbus. After the photos at Hoover, we ventured over to Inniswood Metro Gardens which is beautiful any time of the year, but especially in Spring. I think everyone should have a photo with their special someone under a tree that’s in full bloom. There’s something so timelessly romantic about Spring, which is also why it’s my favorite season.

In the coming months, I’m excited to share Kendra and Andrew’s wedding with you. Until then, dream of the rain stopping so we can all go stand under some beautiful trees.

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German Village Engagement Photos

Alaina and Megan are two of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I just received the most beautiful and compassionate email from them last week regarding the whole COVID-19 situation, asking how I was doing and if I was ok. All the while, it is them (and all my 2020 clients) I feel for. It is a huge loss to plan a wedding and then have the plans change. People truly pour their hearts and souls into these events. These two have handled the ever-changing event landscape with a cool calm (or at least it seems like that on the outside). Megan even joked with me that they were now going to have the longest engagement in history.

Their wedding will be later this year with a smaller-than-planned ceremony, and a larger celebration to follow next year. I can’t even tell you how much I love their engagement shoot we did last year. It was so relaxed and fun with lots of genuine laughter and intimate embraces. We started at the Scioto Mile and ventured over to German Village for some brick-street quaintness. It was so fun just to explore the city and have nothing else to do but laugh and talk.

Next week I start shooting again, as they lifted the ban on non-essential work for photographers. I truly miss capturing these moments and am so thankful that these photographs already taken live on as the artwork of our lives. Alaina and Megan, I can’t wait to see you later this year and celebrate with you both!

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Franklin Park Palm House Wedding Photos

Ok, prepare yourself. This wedding is so special, so loving, and so uniquely Tyler and Thomas. These two decided to stray from the typical event formula and instead of having a rehearsal dinner, they had an intimate wedding the night before their big reception! To make it even more fun, we did their engagement shoot right before they said their vows. I’ve shot over 300 weddings and this is the first time I’ve ever done one like this. It had everything. The small intimate ceremony and the large no-holds-barred party. Just perfect if you ask me.

We started the weekend of festivities at Goodale Park where spring was vibrant with its saturated greens. This was the first time I had met either of them, but you would never know that. It felt like I was hanging out with old friends. Tyler is from Canada so he thanked me after every photo I took, which just gave me a natural high from days. These are two of the sweetest people you could ever meet. As we walked and took photos, we slowly made our way down High Street to Hubbard Grille, where their ceremony took place. Hubbard Grille has a second-floor event space that is just perfect for a smaller dinner or event like this. And if you go there, try the Brussel sprouts. I don’t even like Brussel sprouts and I think it’s quite possibly one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

Thomas’ dad officiated the quick ceremony and before you knew it, Tyler and Thomas were married! Together with their family they ate a delicious meal and celebrated into the night with wine and laughter flowing.

The next day, my second shooter and I met Tyler and Thomas at the LeVeque Tower in Downtown Columbus for a quick portrait session before we went to the big event. A man in a tux is a special thing to see, but two men in tuxes just took my breath away. The LeVeque was the perfect backdrop for their wedding attire. That art deco vibe matched perfectly with their dapper and sophisticated look.

Off to the Franklin Park Conservatory, we went! It was so much fun just to walk around and take a few photos. Then, the rest of the night after family photos was pretty much just documentary photography. Throughout the night, they had live music, speeches galore, and even a swing band with a swing dance instructor. This weekend was pure magic and these photos are so much fun to look back on as they celebrate their one-year anniversary this week! Tyler and Thomas, I feel so blessed to have crossed paths with you both. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you both! XO Jess

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Enchanting Library Themed Engagement

Last spring, I had the opportunity to do an engagement shoot with Betsy and Tyler that was so enchanting I could hardly believe where I was. In the small little Ohio town of Lithopolis, about an hour outside of Columbus is Wagnalls Memorial Library. It was like this place was transplanted from a European city and dropped right into a sleepy rural farming community. With Betsy’s love for books, the location was simply perfect, and the space was so much fun to explore.

I often have vivid dreams where I’m exploring spaces and open doors to new wings of buildings I didn’t know existed. I think those dreams of mine tap into a childlike sense of wonder that I still have and desire. Well, at Wagnalls, that is very much the experience you can have. We would open one door, and it would lead to the most beautiful staircase that looked like it was part of a castle. We would open another door, and it would lead to an old theater complete with a stage and red velvet curtains. Outside and around the corner, a courtyard was alive with spring blooms and accented with hanging bistro lights. This place was just jaw-dropping. Thank you, Betsy and Tyler for letting me go on this adventure with you! Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for photos from their stunning wedding.