kristen + seth|atwood lake, canton ohio engagement portraits.


over this past weekend, we had a great time shooting engagement photos for kristen and seth. little did we know we'd be driving up to atwood lake, and going on a fun little adventure.  with photographs, you can be in control of your environment if you allow yourself the time to explore, find new spaces, beautiful light, and all at the same time, get to know your couple. plus, who doesn't like adventure these days? and we did just that... we hopped in the car, pulled over any time something looked interesting and fun.  we heard baby hawks, stumbled on a deer nest, and saw some great old spooky abandoned buildings. here's to more adventures in the future with these two!  we can't wait to come back up again for your wedding in october.

kelly + paul | german village sidewalk popup wedding.


couples often ask us what our favorite weddings are, and our response is always the same, "the ones that are all about the couple and their love for each other; the ones that take it out of the box and make their day really about who they are and how they fell in love."  this one is one of those weddings. kelly called me a week before their wedding, so naturally i was a bit panicked at first. but once she explained to me what they wanted to do, we were 100% on board. the goal was to have a 'spontaneous' sidewalk wedding on the stoop where they first met in german village.  what was most important to them and a major part of their relationship was this one city block is where they lived 4 houses form each other. so, they sent out an invitation to their friends and family to show up at paul's old house stoop where kelly walked down to from her old house, and the rest is history.

just before the ceremony, we spent a good hour doing their 'first look' and roaming around some of their favorite places. as we took photos, they reminisced about certain memories, it felt more like a romantic stroll and a walk back in time for them than a shoot. and that is why we love shooting weddings like this - because we share a moment and a memory with our lovely couple, and really craft our shooting style and approach based on them.  it's a real collaboration, but more importantly, it's real, unabashed love.

stop motion. 2012.

whoa, how are we almost one month into the new year already? we can hardly believe 2012 has come and gone. it was a year we definitely won't forget. aperture has grown exponentially. we've met some of the most amazing clients who've given us the opportunity to shoot in new york city, lakeside, in the woods, in a vineyard, on a vegan farm by lake erie, right under chagrin falls, as well as tons of other little picturesque towns across the midwest. we've also taken up a few more personal projects this year. paul is now playing in two bands, and is setting up his screen printing studio. hristina has started to put together her darkroom, and is working on travel grants and setting up gallery exhibits for a series of personal projects for 2013.

we are so incredibly blessed with our family and friends, who are a force of constant love, support and inspiration. and a special thank you to all of our clients, past and present. we wish you all a new year full of happiness, wonder and absolute bliss. we couldn't do any of this without you... below are a handful of our favorites from 2012. h & p