RACHEL + JOHNNY | OHIO STATE ENGAGEMENT SESSION, COLUMBUS OHIO ENGAGEMENT, COLUMBUS OHIO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

RACHEL + JOHNNY | OHIO STATE ENGAGEMENT SESSION, COLUMBUS OHIO ENGAGEMENT, COLUMBUS OHIO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER


I had been looking forward to this session for weeks!! Rachel and I had been texting and snapchatting so I simply couldn't wait to see them again...and meet Winnie!!! I kept seeing so many photos of him, he is the sweetest! Just wait until you see him! 

Rachel and Johnny had a few options for location but campus won out overall. Too much awesome happened at this shoot...you'll have to stay tuned to find out what happened! 

We chose to take our photos at Ohio State, where we met and spent the best 4 years of our lives. This was Johnny’s idea and he felt very comfortable shooting in a familiar location. We love Buckeyes football and the stadium (we tailgate every home gameday!) so it was very special to us to have them taken there.
— Rachel
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I love their story. Every time Rachel talks about how they met she simply says they met in an alley. It cracks me up every time, I was super happy to finally hear the whole story! 

Johnny & I like to say that we “met in an alley” - and not a very classy one either. It was the summer before junior year of college at OSU and I was moving into a new off-campus apartment. I was looking fly in my gym shorts & t-shirt moving a giant couch with my roomies boyfriend when Johnny walked out of the building & just like a knight in shining armor, asked if I needed help. Even though I had a “I don’t need no man” attitude - I was more than happy to dump the couch carrying duties onto a (dorky) good Samaritan and temporarily pause his conquest to the gas-station Subway on the corner. My mother, inside performing her important duties of windex-ing the new apartment windows, came outside and said “the cutest boy just moved your couch!” Turns out, he lived in the apartment underneath us.
— Rachel
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PROPOSAL STORY

We went on a cruise together to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, etc that left from Tampa. I had known he had the ring for quite a while so the proposal was looming around every possible corner. Every time he bent down to tie his shoes I would panic. He knows I love photography and taking photos so he scheduled a photo shoot around the cruise ship. At the end, we were in the center of the boat, and he proposed. He caught me just in time because I was on my way turning around saying "Ok that's enough pictures I'm hungry and done with this!" - surprise! I don't even remember what he said because I think I blacked out in the moment. The cruise ship patrons were all cheering & we were greeted with a bottle of champagne from the captain's staff.

HERE COMES WINNIE!!! Not only did Rachel and Johnny bring their pup, we was also wearing an OSU JERSEY! He was the most well behaved pup and listened so well. 

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Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged

Here's where we get to the fun part...school had just started about a week or so earlier and Rachel and Johnny really wanted to take photos inside the stadium...SOOOO we snuck in. We even took Winnie! Shhhh don't tell. 

We “gained entry” to the stadium and had so much fun. Our wonderful friends Uncle Jay and Auntie Heather walked our dog Winston around for 2 hours so he could be in the photos (best friends ever) and few dogs can say they have been inside the OSU stadium. I forced Johnny to wear dress shoes which later gave him blisters (unforgivable) and he had to take his shoes off most of the time - he was a good sport!
— Rachel

Johnny really was a great sport about his shoes...he did however take them off for a bit while we tried to get back out of the Stadium. It was a little more confusing. I can now say I know the Stadium EXTREMELY well. And a little shout out the the only other person in the Stadium with us playing his trumpet. It was an added bonus for us all and especially for Winnie. He enjoyed the show very much. 

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Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged

Any tips on what to bring to your engagement session?

I prepared a bag in advance - this had a lip gloss, tissues (it was super hot!) - water, a lint roller (for the dog fur) and a prop to include in the photos! I also brought a quick pair of flip flops to walk in from location to location around OSU as to not slow down the shooting time! 

We also brought our pup to the photos so we had schedule some friends in advance to come hold his leash and watch him while we photographed. For him I included in the bag: two outfits, a bowl, water, potty-bags, leash, treats to capture his attention while photographing.

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Rachel+Johnny Engaged

Tips on how to prepare for the session? 

  1. I had a glass of wine beforehand. ;)
  2. I researched on Pinterest some poses and ideas that I wanted to accomplish (but I enjoy photography and photo staging so that was a hobby!)
  3. I thought about our outfits beforehand. Do not let bae find his clothes last minute, make him try on the outfit for you a week beforehand.
  4. He (Johnny) is a great guy who actually chose the OSU campus and I am very happy with that decision. Allowing us to shoot in a location we are most comfortable and familiar with is a great idea.
  5. I prepared a bag in advance that had items in it. 
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Rachel+Johnny Engaged

Rachel and Johnny opted for one outfit, which I think was the best idea (for their shoot). Because they decided to walk around campus and bring their fur baby, only having one outfit was perfect for them!

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Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged

How was your experience during your session?

Amazing! Gina, Daniel, and Brett were so wonderful. We felt that they were friends first, photographers second. I felt very comfortable with them and we had a ton of laughs. Not to mention - Gina & Daniel have a wonderful romance and it was great having a couple there to exemplify the poses they were dreaming up for us! I am so glad I met this team and I can't wait to have them at my wedding. I recommend them to every couple that I find out is engaged!

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Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged

Did you take any props or try to incorporate any activities that you and your fiancé are involved in?

Our pup is our number one fan - so of course, we brought him. He really stole the spotlight!

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Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged

What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for the session?

Have fun - laugh, make it personal, and enjoy each other. Also, have a glass of wine beforehand. ;)

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Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged
Rachel+Johnny Engaged

We had so much fun hanging out with you on campus and LOVED meeting Winnie!! Daniel and I couldn't be more excited for your wedding!! It is going to be so much fun. And, you are going to LOVE the new props for the Photo Booth! 

CONGRATS RACHEL + JOHNNY!!! 

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Rachel's Dress: The Limited

Rachel's Jewelry: Francesca's

Johnny's Outfit: JCPenny's

Hair: Rachel Rodriguez - Salon Lofts Cherry Bottom