Eryanne and Keegan-- Love at first sight by Colleen Schmidt

Eryanne and Keegan are the type of couple that just instantly make you feel comfortable around them. We started the shoot at the Oliver House downtown (one of my favorite places to shoot) and instantly Eryanne was giggling and we were all laughing in no time! I felt like I've known them for a long time and capturing their love was so easy! Keegan looks at Eryanne with such respect and love that it gives me goosebumps. Most of my favorite photos from this shoot are the shots of him just looking over at Eryanne with so much love while she gets a case of the giggles (seriously, adorable). 

They also have the CUTEST story. Eryanne says she instantly knew. I'll let her tell you what happened next because it is seriously so romantic and spontaneous. These two are seriously two peas in a pod. They compliment one another so well. Watching them communicate with their secret looks exchanged, giggles and smiles of admiration was truly inspiring. 

Eryanne and Keegan, I can not WAIT to document your day in the fall. It's going to be the best day full of love! :)  

I asked them to answer a few questions so check those out below and then press play on "their song" while you view the photos. They are just the cutest!

How did you two meet? 

My (Eryanne) sophomore year of college, I spent the spring semester abroad in Italy. However, the weekend before I left I came up to BG to see my friends one last time. I went to a party that Friday and as soon as I walked into my friend's house, I saw Keegan sitting on a couch and knew I needed to know him. As Keegan would tell it, I stalked him all night and forced my affection on him, but he was into it! We clicked immediately. We spent the rest of that weekend together, and I cried on Sunday when I headed back to Youngstown, knowing it would be months before we saw each other again. We texted 24/7 until I got on my plane to leave the following Wednesday. Keegan actually convinced his parents to let him upgrade to an iPhone so that we could talk through iMessage while I was away. Although we intended to just reconnect when I returned in May, we made it 'official' two weeks into my time abroad. Then, despite his protests and warnings from friends that I was out of my mind, I bought him a plane ticket and flew him to Italy for a week. It was the best week of my life, and confirmed what I already knew - that I was going to spend my life with this man.

What's your favorite date night spot? 

That's easy - Reverend's in Bowling Green. Nothing beats a good burger and a craft beer!

What's a song that reminds you of eachother? 

As cheesy as it is, our song is 'My Best Friend' by Tim McGraw. Hits ya right in the feels :)

2015 Wrap Up by Colleen Schmidt

Well, 2015 literally flew by. I probably say this every year but I LITERALLY can't believe that tomorrow it will be a new year! 

What 2015 looked like for me: 
- First year down happily married to my best friend! *Heart you, Steven*

- 1st (hopefully annual) sibs weekend! 

- Lots of concerts

- Celebrated the last "day" of being single for two dear friends (what happens at a bachelorette party stays at the bachelorette party) ;) ;)  

- Went to FL for a girls weekend with Stevens family. I'm truly lucky to have the best second family! 

- Had the honor of documenting the wedding of one of my oldest friends

- Had the honor of standing up with one of my dearest friends when she said "I do" to her best friend (who is also a dear friend of mine) 

- One of the best weekends of my life on an island with friends

- Received some really hard and scary news about my father. I have been blown away by all of the love and support our family (especially my father) has received! I became a founding member of "Team Tim" and was truly touched by everyone that joined in. This was the hardest part of 2015 by far, but looking to 2016 to deliver even more healing for him.  I know it will. *I love you, Dad!* 

- Met my best friends baby girl aka my new BFF!! 

- TURNED 30 and had the BEST surprise party EVER! *thank you times a million, Steven and Bridge*

-Riot Fest! 

- Amazing trip to NYC with my mom and sis

- Cried so many tears of joy watching my baby sis walk across the stage and graduate with her MASTERS! 

2015 was definitely busy for Colleen Schmidt Photography as well! I am so so grateful for each and every person that let me document a part of their lives this year. I am truly blessed to do what I love and I can't imagine doing anything else! You are all the reason I am able to do this and I don't think there are enough thank you's in the world for that. Thank you for supporting little old me and my dream. #blessed! 

Thank you, 2015. You have been a roller coaster ride, that's for sure. But life is about the ride, am I right? Ready for the next ride in the new year (maybe I will get the courage to hold up my arms this time going down the hill. Can't promise anything, though.) ;) 

2016, BRING IT! 
Colleen xoxo

I have a lot of blog catching up to do, and I will! I swear! In the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite shots from this year at Colleen Schmidt Photography: 

Kristen and Kyle! by Colleen Schmidt

I've known Kristen since she was in grade school. She is one of my sisters best friends! I remember her as a little 8 year old girl and all the sleepovers and giggles between her and my sister (Kristen LOVES to laugh). Kristen and my sister stayed close throughout high school so I have literally watched her grow up. (I won't mention the punk phase--that I personally LOVED). Oops, I mentioned it. ;) Kristen has always been full of life and love and laughter. So it is no surprise to flash forward to today and see the gorgeous WOMAN she has become! 

Kristen attended THE Ohio State University where Kyle entered the picture. First of all, these two are just the cutest!! They met the FIRST weekend of FRESHMAN year, and have been together ever since. Talk about the definition of College sweethearts! 

Kyle and I met the first weekend of college at Ohio State. He overheard me complaining about my feet hurting from my heels and gave me his sandals to wear instead. We discovered we lived in dorm buildings next door to each other and quickly became best friends! Months later, on Valentine’s Day, he surprised me with a rose and chocolates after a fun night out with a group of friends. We’ve been together ever since!
— Kristen


Most importantly, Kyle makes her laugh. He brings out this smile in Kristen that is just so genuine and happy! When I was photographing these two lovebirds it was so easy and carefree. They are just so naturally comfortable and so clearly in love.
We went to Allardale park in Medina and played with some golden light. It was gorgeous and awesome. 

About Kristen and Kyle: 
Kristen works at the The ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter and Kyle is a Biology teacher. Kristen likes the color purple, Kyle likes the color blue. Their favorite date night spot is a bar called Cantine near their condo in Broadview heights, Ohio. They have an incredible craft beer selection and amazing tapas! Yumm!

Song that reminds Kyle of Kristen

Song that reminds Kristen of Kyle 

Go ahead, have a dance party in your living room. I just did! ;) ;)
Can't wait to document your day you two!! I can already tell it's going to be one big LOVE PARTY!! 



To see all of the photos from the shoot, go HERE! :) (If your lucky enough to know Kristen and Kyle ask them for the password) ;)