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).
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.
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!!
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!!!
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!