Shurrell and Brandon

A while back I received a call from a Shurrell about meeting to discuss her wedding. As we were coordinating our schedules, she said that her and her family had just moved to Radford Dr. in Highland Heights, which is where I live. I was wondering who bought the house across the street.  Anna said “Oh my gosh – we never took them cookies.”

When I met with Shurrell and Brandon, I knew we were going to work great together. They were so easy going and excited about photography, which always motivates me.

We shot their engagement session in two locations. The first was at Jillian’s in Cleveland Heights – and the second was at Mentor Headlands.

Jillian’s is significant to Shurrell and Brandon because it’s where they had their first date. I shot a Bar Mitzvah there last May and knew we were going to get some great shots because it’s so colorful and contrasty. We spent most of the time around the pool table, and a few minutes in the back room by the sofas. Shurrell and Brandon were naturals. They didn’t need any time to get warmed up. We just started shooting, and right away we were getting tons of keepers.

By the time we got to the beach, the sun was almost gone. It was just starting to touch the horizon, which left us plenty of time to capture some great sunset shots.

We shot at the beach until it was too dark to see. There was a ranger who announced the beach was closed, but unfortunately, he didn’t mention anything about locking up the only exit. In order to escape the park, we had to do a little off-roading.

I had a great time shooting with Shurrell and Brandon, and I’m really looking forward to their wedding next year.

Here’s a few from the shoot.

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Because Shurrell is a nurse and Brandon is a doctor, they wanted to incorporate a medical angle into the shoot. Great idea! As long as there are no scalpels or needles! Luckily, they just brought their stethoscopes, which was a really cute idea.

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  • September 18, 2009 - 8:38 am

    Yvonne Suttles - Shurrell and Brandon, it’s MOM and I LOVE THEM!!!!!ALL
    This gentlemen is awesome….! I’m all smile at how beautiful and unreal you guys look! The clearness makes you want to reach out and touch them. I don’t hav a favorite (yet) I love the sunset, the stethoscopes the blogging comments. They are beautiful and if this is only the beginning he can definately be put in my data book of PEOPLE to keep. Family portraits are a MUST! soon
    I’m so excited that I have to go and look at them again, again and again. I must find your father to show him and your sisters are going to be awe struck!!!!!

  • September 18, 2009 - 10:07 am

    Shurrell Suttles - JUSTIN! YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! THIS TURN AROUND TIME WAS MUCH FASTER THAN I EVER IMAGINED…I CHECKED THE SITE THIS MORNING ON THE WAY TO WORK (JUST TO HUMOR MYSELF) AND LOW AND BEHOLD – HERE THEY ARE! WORDS FAIL AS TO HOW MUCH WE LOVE THEM AND SO DO OUR FAMILIES (YES, I ALREADY SHOWED THEM OFF!) IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO WORK WITH YOU AND CANT WAIT TO DO IT ALL AGAIN IN 239 DAYS!

  • September 18, 2009 - 10:42 am

    Yvonne Suttles - Beautiful, breath taking! There is so much love in these photos.
    Shivonne truly picked a gem for her sister.

  • September 18, 2009 - 11:07 pm

    Shivonne Suttles - Well what a beautiful way to document “unconditional love”. I was once told that unconditional love was loving someone without knowing they love you back, but clearly the two of you are IN LOVE! I admire a love like the two of you have and I am just happy that I could play the very small part in introducing the two of you, ultimately it was GOD’s plan, and I can not wait to until the big day.

  • September 19, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    Yvonne Suttles - im the little sister and i think the look great!
    Good Job Justin! 🙂

  • May 17, 2010 - 10:01 pm

    Shurrell and Brandon » Justin Ketchem Photography - […] Shurrell and Brandon are genuinely wonderful people and we hit it off right away. We had an awesome engagement session last summer, which seems like last week. I can’t believe how fast time […]

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