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Downtown Sweetheart Session | Claire & Noah


I decided to do something a little different on the blog today… I’m posting only black & white images from this session! I know, sounds crazy, right? But I personally adore black and white images. By eliminating color, your eyes can better focus on the subject and the emotion of an image. Don’t get me wrong, not every photo looks great in black and white. If the background of the image is too busy or there isn’t enough contrast, a photo simply won’t be as impactful in black and white. However, when I was editing this downtown sweetheart session, I found myself LOVING so many of them in black and white. I think it’s because of the beautiful light we had and the beautiful locations we were shooting at.

Claire and Noah recently moved out of West Michigan, but came back for a visit and to join me for a fun sweetheart session. (Sidenote – I’m loving the idea of a “sweetheart session.” You don’t need to be “engaged” or have an anniversary to take some photos with your love!) We had so much fun enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine while wandering around downtown Grand Rapids.  It was such a pleasure to meet you both! I hope we have more opportunities to work together in the future. And don’t worry, for all you out there who love color images, I’m not making a full time switch to black and white! Claire and Noah received lots of color options in their final gallery as well.

Love this post? Check out more like it here! And if you love this edit, check out these gorgeous black and white presets! All these photos are edited with the “Black + White CLEAN” preset.

What did you think? Did you love seeing only black & white? Tell me in the comments!

share your thoughts!

  1. Sara says:

    I love black and white images! Beautiful ❤️

  2. Erin says:

    I love that you posted a session of all black and white photos! The ones with the doors and columns are so lovely! All that light <3

  3. Such a fun idea–I LOVE black and white images!

  4. Courtney says:

    I love Black and Whites too, girl! I find it hard sometimes to break up all the B&W images in my blog posts!

  5. Sarah says:

    Oh that black and white gets me every time! These are great! They look so comfortable with you.

  6. Kate says:

    Beautiful photos! I love the columns and the bridge in the background. Such a sweet couple!

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