Category Archives: Couples 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

jenn and DW sitting by a fountain

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

kendra and andrew sitting on a bridge

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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Ohio Statehouse Engagement Photos

The statehouse is the absolute perfect place to have your engagement shoot when you both not only work there, but you both met there, too! The Statehouse has been the epicenter of a lot of drama, drama lately, so I thought I’d reminisce about a calmer time today.

I feel so blessed to meet some of the best people on earth through this job, and LeeAnne and Andrew are two seriously cool people. Their engagement shoot happened last Spring when the blooms were out. In the coming weeks, I’ll be blogging about their wedding as well, which was quite simply show-stopping.

I remember touring the Ohio Statehouse when I was in elementary school right after they restored a lot of the interiors. Every time I’m in the hall with the grand staircases, I always remember that tour guide so many years ago telling us about all the cigar soot they had to clean off the walls. The halls were once thick with smoking lawmakers. That imagery always makes the history of this place come alive for me.

There are so many creative nooks and crannies in this building and I could literally photograph it differently every time I’m in it. Thankfully, the weather was stunning so we were also able to utilize the gorgeous outdoor grounds of the Statehouse as well. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do!

 

 

Downtown Westerville Engagement Photos

Sometimes it’s so easy to see right off the bat why two people fell in love with each other. Today’s blog is about one such couple, Kristen and Adam. It is very obvious just from hanging out with them how much fun they have together. They were one of the last shoots I did before this whole lockdown occurred. I have backlogs of a year’s worth of shoots, but I just wanted to go out of order and get this one out into the world.

They say in business If you say out loud what it is you like to do most, then you’ll naturally gravitate towards doing the most. I often say how much I love to do engagement shoots. So you will see an overwhelming amount of engagement shoots on this blog in the coming weeks. They are my all-time favorite shoots to do and that’s why I include a free one with each wedding photography package I offer. They are so fun and relaxed and I always feel like I leave them with two more friends than I had before we started.

I met Kristen and Adam in downtown Westerville, the city where she grew up. She really wanted to include graters ice cream in the shoot because Adam loves ice cream so much. Even though it was February, it was still temperate enough to not wear coats and to eat ice cream outside! We casually walked up the street and back down again and got some killer shots along the way. I’m so excited to show you these today and can’t wait to celebrate with Kristen and Adam later this year! XO Jess

Bryan and Ryan sitting back to back on a Columbus Bridge

Downtown Columbus Engagement Photos

What a stunning evening this was! I can’t get over how fun Bryan and Ryan are. Some of my past brides and grooms may recognize Bryan because he has been in the Columbus wedding and hospitality industry for years. When a fellow vendor chooses me to photograph their most important moments, it’s one of the highest compliments I can get.

One of the best parts of my engagement shoots is when pets are included! Bryan and Ryan have two adorable dogs who were very excited for their close-up. The sun was setting quickly, but wow the light did not disappoint. There were so many opportunities for golden hour lovey-photo goodness. Everything glowed like it was washed with golden honey.  I especially liked some of the silhouettes we got against the dynamic Downtown Columbus sky.

We ended the engagement shoot at the Leveque Tower cheers-ing to the future in a big way! Little did we know late last year as we walked around the Scioto Mile talking and laughing, that this year would be so challenging. These two have unfortunately moved their wedding to 2021 because of this whole COVID-19 mess. I have now re-booked 8 of my weddings. My heart goes out to all those who are having their weddings delayed and rescheduled. Luckily, time moves so quickly and their wedding day will be here before we know it. Thank you so much, Bryan and Ryan and I cannot wait to get you back in front of my camera early next year! XO Jess