Nathan Peel Photography

Engagements

Kerri and James | Northside and OTR

I don’t need to say much about how incredible this couple is, because you can see it on camera (but I probably will anyways). From the minute we had our first conversation about this engagement shoot I knew I was going to love them. And then we she broke out the red dress & boots, then the blue Anthro dress & red shoes I knew I REALLY loved them:)

Kerri and James are both in the creative world, which in some cases can be intimidating for a photographer. Not with this couple. They were both so laid back and fun to be around. They fit so well together. One of my favorite questions to ask during an engagement session is “What draws you to each other?” I love hearing couples talk about why they want to be together, it’s so good for my soul! Kerri said, “I love his childlike passion for life. The way kids act when opening presents on Christmas morning is the way James acts about anything he likes as an adult”. And James said, “I love all the little quirky things about her that I see when no one else is around. It’s the little things she doesn’t share with the rest of the world I love the most”. How much do you love those answers?

Kerri and James, I loved the time we spent together. You are beautiful in so many more ways than just on camera. Your love (and like) is real and I am honored to have played a small part in the process. Here are some of my favorites from our time together:

 

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Sonya and Chris | UC and OTR

This session almost didn’t happen. Sonya’s hair person had strep throat, it was crazy hot and humid that day and then 20 minutes before the session it rained so hard that we all thought we were going to have to cancel. But we didn’t. And it was perfect.

I loved so much about this session: the clouds, the sun, the architecture, the red dress and they way they look on camera. But what I loved the most was getting to walk around their alma mater and hear stories of why that campus means so much to them. They were both in the RA program there when they met, Chris in pharmacy school and Sonya in CCM. She said, “here’s where we used to sneak out of our dorms after bed check and make out.” :) Every step we took was filled with memories for the two of them and I was lucky enough to relive some of it with them.

Sonya and Chris, I am incredibly honored to be a part of your journey. Thanks for showing me around the places that mean so much to you. Here are some of my favorites from our time together:

 

 

 

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Alisha and Mike | Hyde Park/Eden Park

Alisha and Mike are a great couple. They showed themselves to be troopers too when they braved the heat for our Hyde Park and Mt. Adams engagement session on Tuesday night. Even though it was hot, the light was gorgeous and it made for some fun picture times.

As we were walking I asked them both the question, “So what draws you together?” Mike’s immediately said, “God.” and then followed with, “Everything just fit, it was meant to be.” How incredible of an answer is that? Then Alisha quickly said, “His eyes.” Again, great answer:) There is just an ease about their relationship, nothing feels forced. Mike’s right, they just fit.

Alisha and Mike, thanks for an incredible evening of conversation and pictures. You guys are amazing and I am so excited for you as you fly off to Cancun next February for your amazing destination wedding! Here are some of my favorites from our time together:

 

 

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Emily and Aaron | Mt. Adams

One of the coolest things about this job is getting to photograph several couples from the same circle of friends. Emily and Aaron found me through Adam and Jessica and are friends with Paige and Kevin, as well. That means three weddings in the next year with the same group of friends…AWESOME!

First let me say: I love this couple!

Aaron shares my affinity for Apple products and has been working on developing an iPhone/iPad app for a while now. I can be a huge nerd when it comes to gadgets so to say I am little in awe of his work would be an understatement:)

Emily is working on finishing her degree in the DAAP graphic arts program. As we were walking around I confessed to Emily that I feel I should have been a graphic designer in another life. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, but every now I get lost in designing a piece and thin, “I could do this too!”

So basically, if you just average this couple together you come out with a hybrid person that I would like to be. Not weird at all.

Emily and Aaron, you guys were so fun to spend the evening with. Thanks for trusting me when I asked you to walk through a muddy field of wildflowers and for kissing in front of me, even though you guys don’t do that in front of other people:) You guys are so cute together.

Here are some of my favorites from the day: (One thing to note, Emily wanted me to let everyone know that the Great American Building in the background of the last picture is her favorite building in Cincinnati, maybe even the world)

 

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Paige and Kevin | Devou Park and Newport

Sometimes I forget how amazing this city is. I know, I know, it’s not popular to love Cincinnati, but most of the time I really do. When Paige and Kevin said “We LOVE Cincinnati and want to have a Cincinnati themed engagement session” I knew exactly what they meant. So we hit some of the good spots and got some great pictures!

Paige and Kevin remind me of me and my wife Edie in a lot of ways. Paige is a nurse and so is Edie, they love the city, they had to deal with some hard family stuff early on in their relationship and it made them stronger. I loved getting to know them on Wednesday. I especially enjoyed hearing Paige tell the story of when she first knew she was going to marry Kevin. They weren’t even dating and it hit her all of the sudden, “Oh my gosh, I am going to marry him.” It was so cute and romantic to hear her tell the story.

Engagement sessions are such great pick me ups for me because I get to see people who are in love and I get to hear them talk about what makes them want to spend the rest of their lives with each other. Paige and Kevin, you are wonderful together and so fun to be around and talk to. I’m excited about your Longworth Hall wedding in July:) Here are some of my favorites from the day:

 

 

 

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Katherine & Marty | Mainstrasse.

Katherine and Marty are University of Louisville people but I love them anyway:) Being from Lexington, it takes a lot for me to like UofL fans but these two totally won me over. They are fun, laid-back and totally trusted me for the shoot. I love it when all those things come together!

Needless to say they look amazing! and Mainstrasse is a great place for some super cool backdrops. I loved walking around with them and even though it was a bit chilly, Katherine rocked that dress the entire time with no complaints.

Katherine and Marty, thanks for trusting me! I love your pictures because of the visible love you have for each other. You are going to have an incredible wedding, but more importantly you are going to have an incredible journey with each other:)

Here are some of my favorites from the day:

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