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    Imagen Photography is a Cleveland, Ohio based wedding photography and videography studio willing to travel any distance to tell your story!
    Out team offers our clients a fun, fresh experience that results in a timeless collection of images.
    We focus on journalistic style photography highlighting the laughter, tears, and passion that you and your guests will be feeling without our heavy involvement.
    Although weddings are filled with traditions, every couple we meet is unique in their own style and personality. So we strive to build relationships with all of them! This way on their wedding day we are fully equipped to tell their story!
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carly + robert

saturday, april 16, 2016

be seen. the words echoed in my head as i loaded my gear into the car. the sun arrived on schedule that morning, but the warmth it brought had been long overdue. it felt like it should have been the first day of spring.

i was looking for a lesson, some kind of take away from the day. my task for the day was simple, i have done it hundreds of times in the past. in fact, photographing a wedding has almost become a system, or a standard process that i have developed with the help of my inspirations. but today i wanted more. i wanted to abandon my comforts, take risks, maybe even fail. but most of all i wanted to be open and to experience the day with new eyes.

it was just about time for carly to slip into her gown as i was discussing our schedule with her mother. i suggested she go ahead of carly and get dressed so she would be in her wedding attire in the photos. i could immediately tell she wasn’t comfortable with the idea. she had recently been in an accident and wanted to remain comfortable until closer to the ceremony time. i thought about it for a second and realized that i had found my lesson.

it flowed out of me as if i had rehearsed it a thousand times but the thoughts were new, unfiltered, and untested. i realized it didn’t matter what carly’s mom was wearing, how her makeup looked, or how tidy the room was. what mattered was that she had the opportunity to spend the next few minutes putting the final touches on what has been a lifetime of preparation for this day for her daughter. every moment in their lives led to this very moment. and thats when it clicked.

one of my favorite authors, alan watts, once said… “you can never fully live until you can live fully in this moment, right now.” the words had never meant as much to me as they did right then and there.  i realized no matter what transpired when we went up to the room to get dressed, it would be beautiful. all that mattered is that we were here, now.

some incredible moments happened in that room. a father wept, simply from the sight of his daughters beauty. i realized i have a choice. i can choose to see what i want to see. and my camera, it helps me remember. ill always remember the way her dad apologized for not being stronger, the way rob tenderly kissed her hand at the first opportunity he had to touch her. i’ll remember the way they looked at each other under the chuppah, the way they laughed together during the toasts, the way they danced and sang together. it was all beautiful.

as i left i committed to looking for the beauty in everything. its there, you just have to open your eyes.

here are a few of my favorite moments from the day.

j + v // may 7th, 2016

i don’t always cry at weddings. okay, maybe i do… but i usually don’t cry multiple times at the same wedding. but when jason (the strong, centered man i have grown to love and respect over the years) broke down i couldn’t help myself.

this day was full of special moments, but my favorite was a private gift exchange right before the ceremony. jason and val met outside the church hidden from one another around the corner of the building. fighting back the tears they read the letters aloud and thats when i lost it. i realized just how much these two people mean to each other, how much they depend on one another, and how committed they are to becoming a family. as they held hands around that corner professing their promises, there was a love that exuded out of them that i don’t think my camera captured, but i felt it.

thanks for always being an inspiration jason. i wish nothing but the best for you and val. based off the love and support you have for one another i know you are going to be incredible parents. i am thankful that our lives ran parallel for all these years and i am excited to see where this new road takes you. i hope that as the ink fades on the paper of those letters, your love only grows stronger.

here are a few images from your wedding day. i hope these make you smile.

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