In considering what I want to say about my session with Cleveland’s spunky and handsome couple, Natalie and Jeremy, I am (in a very rare moment) at a loss for words.
Natalie contacted me after finding out I had planned a trip to Cleveland to visit family. In one of our first exchanges, she mentioned her boyfriend Jeremy’s interest in having their photos taken at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland Heights.
I had visited Lake View on my first trip out to Ohio, so when she mentioned this idea I was 100% into it! This gorgeous cemetery, which was established in 1869, is the home to a number of famous interments including that of Eliot Ness and John D. Rockefeller. It is also the location for the very large and very impressive James A. Garfield Memorial.
I met up with the couple in the evening just as the sun was casting a warm yellow glow across the grounds. The rolling hills of the cemetery, which are flocked by century old trees wound with Ivy, beautiful statues, and soft, sweeping lawns looked idyllic in the setting light. I quickly found out that Natalie and Jeremy were game for anything and we got down to business. As you’ll see, Natalie knows how to bring it and Jeremy can play right along!
Near the end of our session, a grounds keeper came around to inform us that the gates would soon be closing. We grabbed a couple more shots, wandered back to the cars, and then took a little time to shoot the breeze. Eventually we said our goodbyes and drove back down the windy roads to the main gate… only to discover that we were locked in.
Yes. Locked inside a cemetery.
Although I deeply appreciate this particular cemetery, I had no desire to have a sleepover on the wrong side of its beautiful iron gates.
Thanks to modern day technology and a quick call to local police, we were released just as darkness ascended. I don’t think I’d ever choose to be trapped in a cemetery again, but for a shoot like this it was oh so worth it!
Without further ado… Natalie and Jeremy: