ADVENTURES OF BRETT LOVES ELLE: Elle & Gina Edition

On Wednesday's I am free so I found myself at Brett and Elle's, sleeping in one of their kids room (it's either that or the couch -- either one could involve a kid finding me to wake me up). But today the kids didn't find me... Elle did! I opened my eyes and there was literally Starbucks in my face. This is a FANTASTIC way to wake up. Now, once I was awake and ready to go, Elle decided it was a great idea to go downtown and scout out some locations for the wedding we had this weekend. Now some people are like, "oh wow, that sounds so fun" ---insert sarcasm here. But Elle had just bought a Nikon D750 (again so many people reading this could probably care less or even know what that means -- but some of you have just started drooling) and that is how I found myself in the red minivan headed to Downtown Columbus on a random Wednesday afternoon. 

Our Wedding Saturday is in Westerville but our beautiful bride will be getting ready at the Renaissance Downtown Columbus and having the reception at the Columbus Athenaeum, so we parked in some random parking lot and walked... I strongly believe awesome life changing locations can only be found by wandering aimlessly around or as just something you stumble across one day. So we did just that... we wandered. We found ourselves in front of the Statehouse (again, people are probably thinking "that's so cool, no one ever takes photos there" ---insert a huge amount of sarcasm here) but it was a great start to our adventure and a great start to an awesome amount of ridiculous photos (hello, most of them are of me so they have to be a little crazy). 

The Ohio Statehouse

Everyone should notice and appreciate that I am even wearing a Dime-a-dog shirt in honor of my favorite Minor League team...the Columbus Clippers!!!! I just love Huntington Park. ohhh heck, i just love Columbus. Sorry about the face folks, i'm surprisingly awkward in front of the camera. I'm working on it :) 

Everyone should notice and appreciate that I am even wearing a Dime-a-dog shirt in honor of my favorite Minor League team...the Columbus Clippers!!!! I just love Huntington Park. ohhh heck, i just love Columbus. Sorry about the face folks, i'm surprisingly awkward in front of the camera. I'm working on it :) 

Being that we chose to start our adventure at The Statehouse I noticed The Columbus Dispatch sign across the street and just had to somehow get a photo with it. This proved to be much more difficult than one would assume, The Statehouse has huge trees blocking the awesome sign. But we tried our darnedest (I was standing on a wall for this photo). Next we searched for shade, like any good photographer would do on a sunny day. This lead us to the steps of The Statehouse. We had to pull out our Instax Wide 210 and get some photos with it too (it tends to sit unused even though it is the coolest thing EVER). This lead to us trying out some Pinterest-Artsy shots. 

The shade made for some great lighting and we didn't even have to use a reflector or a flash

The shade made for some great lighting and we didn't even have to use a reflector or a flash

how can you not love a good photo with something up close in focus with the rest blurred 

how can you not love a good photo with something up close in focus with the rest blurred 

Don't they just bring back memories of old polaroids? Come on now... shake it like a polaroid picture. But really you don't have to do that anymore and Fuji Instax makes instant photos better than polaroid. Now I love my mini but i can't get enough of these wide photos.<3 

Don't they just bring back memories of old polaroids? Come on now... shake it like a polaroid picture. But really you don't have to do that anymore and Fuji Instax makes instant photos better than polaroid. Now I love my mini but i can't get enough of these wide photos.<3 

Had to have a white girl moment... I just love my new shoes. Pretty much the only shoes I wear lately. 

Had to have a white girl moment... I just love my new shoes. Pretty much the only shoes I wear lately. 

Trying to get Elle to be in more photos isn't easy... but she is much more willing when i have cool ideas :) 

Trying to get Elle to be in more photos isn't easy... but she is much more willing when i have cool ideas :) 

A picture in a picture in a picture? inception much???? There is so much happening here! 

A picture in a picture in a picture? inception much???? There is so much happening here! 

Elle patiently waiting on me to get my settings right... Hey give me a break it's the new d750!!! I just had to see all it could do before I took a picture!!! just practicing lighting and composition... a day in the life of a photographer 

Elle patiently waiting on me to get my settings right... Hey give me a break it's the new d750!!! I just had to see all it could do before I took a picture!!! just practicing lighting and composition... a day in the life of a photographer 

yes folks, Elle is in front of the camera. This is a big deal. Just working on posing and showing off her cool pineapple tattoo. 

yes folks, Elle is in front of the camera. This is a big deal. Just working on posing and showing off her cool pineapple tattoo. 

Resting face

Resting face

Client ready face

Client ready face

So after spending quite a bit at this location we decided to look for others near the Renaissance that didn't include The Statehouse. I thought it would be a sweet idea to stand on the corner of the street and snap some photos. Elle told me to grab a huge flower and use it in the shot (I think she is sick of my awkward face). This is when I got distracted and noticed a pink door... sometimes life is hard being a photographer with A.D.D. You will see in the next few pictures that I stopped and had AWESOME ideas for pictures... I found an interesting part of a wall, a wind tunnel of sorts, and photos taken upwards. Needless to say we tried a lot of options at these locations (and as it turned out didn't use any of them for the wedding!) But we had a blast adventuring around Columbus anyways!! 

this flower was literally the size of my head. Please don't tell anyone working at the Statehouse i took this. It was for a good cause. 

this flower was literally the size of my head. Please don't tell anyone working at the Statehouse i took this. It was for a good cause. 

doesn't my flower match so well with my awesome door?? I love my hair more in photos sometimes than in real life

doesn't my flower match so well with my awesome door?? I love my hair more in photos sometimes than in real life

When I am taking a laughing photos I tend to say, "watermelon watermelon watermelon." I notice it helps me seem a little more naturalish...I try anyways. 

When I am taking a laughing photos I tend to say, "watermelon watermelon watermelon." I notice it helps me seem a little more naturalish...I try anyways. 

Just waiting on elle to realize just how awesome this door is...

Just waiting on elle to realize just how awesome this door is...

coolest wall...the white walls REFLECT light and it makes for a great spot to put a bride or a bride and groom! 

coolest wall...the white walls REFLECT light and it makes for a great spot to put a bride or a bride and groom! 

here is our wind tunnel!!! As you can see i have my model face and hair...just not my model outfit. Sometimes I can model. At least when I don't overthink it. My problem is i tend to not commit. 

here is our wind tunnel!!! As you can see i have my model face and hair...just not my model outfit. Sometimes I can model. At least when I don't overthink it. My problem is i tend to not commit. 

we tried to take photos upwards...this isn't always easy because of our chins. It can make us look a little odd so elle had me turn my head ever so slightly :) She is such a great teacher!

we tried to take photos upwards...this isn't always easy because of our chins. It can make us look a little odd so elle had me turn my head ever so slightly :) She is such a great teacher!

Now our Bride texted us and said she thought Bicentennial Park was a great location for formals (it really is - we love skyline of Columbus). So we got in our car and headed to the bridge (the cooler of the two if you are familiar with Columbus you know just what I'm talking about - if you aren't from Columbus, come visit and check it out)! So because weddings are so unpredictable we didn't actually go to these locations and get photos, instead we got photos at a park in Westerville (the photos turned out great and the bridal party got to have more time on the party bus). But again Elle and I had a blast pretending to be super-heroes, me pretending to be a tourist, and me getting to be a GIANT! Camera's can really do some awesome things when you experiment with them! Check out these photos and maybe try them out yourself!!! 

Bicentennial Park

Super-hero poses or power poses

Super-hero poses or power poses

I watched a ted-talk about super-hero poses (or power poses) and how doing them a few minutes a day can actually make you feel like you can handle life! 

I watched a ted-talk about super-hero poses (or power poses) and how doing them a few minutes a day can actually make you feel like you can handle life! 

So go ahead and power pose!!! 

So go ahead and power pose!!! 

Oh columbus, i love you <3

Oh columbus, i love you <3

Gina the giant!!! I was closer to the camera making me look like a giant. 

Gina the giant!!! I was closer to the camera making me look like a giant. 

Elle taking a photo of me while i'm taking a photo of her... Man i look like a tourist!

Elle taking a photo of me while i'm taking a photo of her... Man i look like a tourist!

All and all, Elle and I had a fun day just experiencing Columbus and a few of her beautiful sights. Sometimes you just need to explore the city you live in and have some fun. Until next time folks, and sorry about all the awkward Gina photos!