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Til Death Do Us Part // Chanel + Dan // Brooke Townsend Photography

For this week’s Halloween post I wanted to re-share some images I took of two of my favorites last year, Chanel + Dan!

You might remember this shoot from last year. But, I wanted to re-edit some of my favorites in a more moody tone and give these images more life that I couldn’t find time to really do last year. So, here we are :)

It’s amazing how this shoot went. My original plan was to photograph these guys through Spring Grove Cemetery. But due to how long the makeup took, we arrived at that location just minutes before they closed. So we couldn’t get in. I had to think on the fly for a backup spot and remembered this spot I scouted under a bridge for THEIR wedding photos back in 2017 but we never used it on the day because we ran out of time!! So I thought it would be so fitting to do this spooky shoot in a spot I planned to photograph them on their wedding day :) And honestly, I think I like the way these ended up turning out more because of it.

My amazingly talented sister did the makeup for this shoot once again. And Chanel did the outfit planning for the two of them. So, this simple and combined efforts of all of us really made this one of my favorite shoots to date. Not to mention, we took a walk through Clifton after the shoot to get some Insomnia Cookies and seeing Chanel spook the girls working by just walking up to the counter made my NIGHT.

Cannot believe Halloween is just a FEW DAYS AWAY!! My little Leo is going to be an astronaut this year (if you know him at all, you know how fitting that is lol!) so be on the lookout for next week’s post to see my little man’s look for the year :)

Steampunk Skull Shoot with Holly Denham // Halloween Mini Series // Brooke Townsend Photography

Well, this was a fun one. And a random one! Last month I got together spur of the moment with my sister Holly to do this fun and super random creative photoshoot with our dad’s new skull mask he picked up in Charleston this past summer. We went right up the road to downtown Middletown for our location and just kept things simple and easy for this one. But I wanted to challenge myself to one thing for this shoot and that was creating spooky/moody sunset photos! Because really, I’m usually photographing people in love under a setting sun. So I’ve never had the opportunity to create something so moody before with a sunset. So, I’m really happy with how that all turned out :) But also, dayuuuuuum to my sis for bein a great model for me!!

Also, fun story with this shoot lol

While adventuring around downtown Middletown,
someone called the cops on us. And it just so happened
that the cop pulled up to us while I was taking this photo of Holly
(because she loves dinosaurs):

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Cop pulled up next to us at this spot

”You guys just doing a photoshoot?”

Me: “Yeah. Just wanting to really capture her in her truest element”

Cop Laughed and said: “I really don’t even care. Have fun!”

Oh the fun stories I’ll get to tell my son someday… haha

A Rainy Wedding at Terrapin Village // Carly + Matt // Cincinnati Wedding Photographer Brooke Townsend

Well, this is a special one.

Carly and Matt have been together for years. And when it came time to finally say “I do” to each other, they wanted nothing more than the most intimate and special place they could think of - her parent’s backyard.

Carly’s parents own a beautiful B&B called Terrapin Village out in Oregonia, Ohio. With an old mill house, covered bridge, and super picturesque lake showing off the surrounding landscape. And this dreamy place made for the perfect wedding venue for these two. And I’m so happy too that these guys wanted me to not only capture their wedding, but asked me to come along and capture their rehearsal as well to and celebrate all their friends and family coming from all different parts of the country that memorial day weekend.

 

Everything was absolutely perfect from the colors, the invites, the florals, and simple decorations. It was amazing. And seeing it all come together for them was the absolute best.

But what made this wedding really special is the fact that yes… everything was flawless and beautiful… but these guys faced almost the absolute worst scenario you can imagine with the biggest amounts of joy I have ever SEEN.

Carly dreamed of getting married under the family oak tree. One that has stood for longer than anyone really knows. One that her sister also got married under. And with only 30% chance of thunderstorms and rain on the radar, it felt like - to all of us - it was worth the risk of chancing.

And honestly, everything started great! We were pretty much on time. Everything was running smoothly. And there was a slight sprinkle that everyone was sheltered from under that historic oak tree.

But, things quickly turned for the worst and a THUNDERSTORM rolled in about 10 minutes into the ceremony! And things elevated SO QUICK lol! I remember running to grab my umbrellas that I brought - just in case - and do to every wedding (because always be prepared!) and sent my second shooter down to the reception tent with all of the spare gear. I had one camera, my leather bag, and just stood in the rain under this umbrella capturing as much as I possibly could. And you know what… it was pure MAGIC.

It could have easily turned into a situation where they stopped the ceremony. Or gotten so upset and beside themselves that the thunder and lightning was louder than they were!! But you know what? None of that happened. They embraced it FULL FORCE and loved every second of the absolute chaos!! And because them and their entire group of friends and family embraced it, this “disaster” was just another part of their story enhancing the entire event.

I don’t think I’ve ever taken as many REAL candids before full of the biggest laughs and smiles. And so, because of all of that magic, this wedding is easily going down as one of my favorites of my entire career.

Enjoy <3

 
 
 
 

Also, just wanted to take a second to share the teaser video for their wedding! Panda Films did such an amazing job and it was so wonderful getting to work with them!