There is nothing quite like the first budding of flowers after a long Ohio winter. One of the most anticipated blooms are the cherry blossom. The moment these delicate flowers appear, crowds of Cleveland photographers swarm to make the most of their short-lived season.
More than 100 Japanese cherry trees can be found at Brookside Reservation. Planted in the 1990’s, these flowering gems where gifted from the Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio (JANO).
For Grace and Ryan’s engagement session, we took a stroll down cherry blossom lane! These two are the textbook example of my engagement guide! They wore complementary but not matching outfits and brought a blanket as a prop. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Ryan pulled out his guitar! It truly felt like a Taylor Swift “Love Story” moment! Props allow for natural interaction, and when they are unique to you and your relationship — well, that’s when they are truly special!
If you’re hoping to book a cherry blossom session of your own, here are two tips: 1. Because they are only in bloom for a very short time period, it can get heavily crowded, so go very early or late! and 2. Know that the blossoms show up a more white than pink in photos depending on the time of day you go. Grace and Ryan’s session was very close to sun set.
If you’ve ever been around me when I’m editing photos, you know that I frequently squeal, shove my computer into your face, and yell out, “LOOK HOW CUTE!!!” Yep, I totally did that on my long trip to Tennessee this weekend, except I was editing in the backseat and I thrusted my laptop into the face of my friend, who was driving. Oops. If she swerved and we got pulled over, I would’ve just blamed Grace and Ryan for being absolutely perfect.