Ali and Derek | North Canton Ohio Photography
So often, clients schedule photo shoots because of, or to coincide with, big life events: the birth of a child, an engagement, a wedding or a grandparent’s 90th birthday. But some of my favorite portrait sessions are the “just because” sessions during which clients simply want to capture a moment or relationship with no cause or prompting. My couple’s session at Allardale Park with Ali and Derek was one of these special “just because” sessions.
Allardale Park in Medina, Ohio, is named after Stan and Esther Allard, who allowed their family farm become a park in 1992, and it is described by the Medina County Parks website as “one of the finest reforestation areas in the state of Ohio.” Since the 1930s, more than 100,000 trees were planted on the area of land that was too steep to farm, creating a glorious backdrop for hiking, picnicking and, well, taking photos.
Ali and Derek, who are not yet engaged (but Ali assured me that we would be hearing wedding bells in the future), met at a wrestling match in which they each had a brother competing. This photogenic couple made my work so easy. I clicked away as they laughed easily and had no problem showing affection for each other in front of a camera lens. I only photograph 12 weddings a year, but I cherish the time I get to spend with couples, and these two made me fall in love with couples photography all over again.
I hope that when the time does come for them to tie the knot, they give me a call so we can do this all over again!