The Style & Story Creative Team

This is your story. Your love. Your memories. We want our creative vision to capture it perfectly. There is a simple, but very tangible joy in sharing the awesome step you are taking together.

We have an intimate and personal understanding of the wedding process and we deeply value marriage – both yours and ours. So, let’s celebrate it together! We are all uniquely talented, but as a part of the Style & Story Creative Team, this is true of all of us:

{Our Style}
          Authentic Moments + Intentional Artistry + Compassion
= Honest Editorial Memories

 

Our process of serving our couples is really exciting because it allows your values, wants and needs to be heard, understood and captured.

We call our process Listen – Evaluate // Listen – Serve  

With this process anchoring our dynamic shooting style, we capture the unnoticed moments, otherwise forgotten memories, unexpected perspectives, and the unique personalities specific to each couple.

The Creative Team

Stephen
  • Stephen

  • / Head Photographer

    Part of my vision is also to provide a voice for organizations in Columbus that are fighting for social justice. I use imagery to help social enterprises and non-profit organizations share stories of restoration and hope.
Ben A.
  • Ben A.

  • / Head Photographer

    On a wedding day, my outgoing personality kicks in and I thrive off of the challenge to make everything perfect. I love my God, beautiful wife, and energetic puppies.
Maykell
  • Maykell

  • / Head Photographer

    While I love the city, I can't deny that my true love lies in the forest. I love trees, mountains, and traveling! Everyone needs a little outdoor adventure!
Ben H.
  • Ben H.

  • / Head Photographer

    If I weren't a photographer I would be in New York city making oil paintings. As much as I enjoy learning I have a passion for teaching.
Haley
  • Haley

  • / Head Photographer

    I love exploring new places and jumping on every travel opportunity possible, so if you’re up for having your wedding or engagement session in a new city, what are you waiting on? Let’s go!
Scarlet
  • Scarlet

  • / Office Manager

    Previously working as a wedding coordinator has given me unique insight and experience with everything that goes into a wedding day!

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Stephen

I met my wife, Natalie, during my last year at OSU and married her in two weeks. Just kidding! But after two weeks of dating, I pretty much knew we’d be in it for the long haul. Fast forward a couple years, I just married the love of my life, my best friend, and the most supportive partner I could ever ask for. 

We now live in the tiny, quaint neighborhood of Milo-Grogan right down the street from our church and near the heart of Columbus. We adore our cozy nook with the most kind and generous neighbors in all of Columbus.  

I really enjoy learning and am fascinated by most things. I am constantly teaching myself new hobbies and diving deep into projects, be it building my computer or learning to cook the perfect steak (and trust me, I can). Biking is the current favorite pursuit for both Nat and I.

I love a good, spontaneous “adventure”. That might mean biking from Columbus to Cleveland or jumping in the Olentangy River in January. Sometimes it just means spontaneously ripping out the carpet of our bedroom.  

As a newly wed, I’m in the process of figuring out what it looks like to be a husband. It’s the beginning of a crazy and wonderful journey that I’m thrilled to be on.

Oh, and Parks and Recreation is “literally” my favorite show. 

Ben & Les

Ben H.

Our girl Bea was born Oct 21st, 2014. She is the silliest, most awesome little peach we have ever met. 

Les & I are both pretty active. You kind of have to be in order to be a great photographer. Sometimes you just have to be able to climb a tree. Les runs most nights, I am usually doing something that requires balance (slack-lining, longboarding, rock climbing, etc.)

We laugh at ourselves more often than not. It helps boost our confidence.

I don’t care too much for beer – unless it’s Founders Double Chocolate Oatmeal Breakfast Stout then I’m all about it. Nevertheless 9/10 I’ll order a Manhattan. Les enjoys Blue Moon or chilled Bordeaux. 

We are learning to love each other. I think we are learning well. We forgive well, I think – if Les disagrees, I bet she forgives me for saying it.

I refuse to let Les sleep alone. That’s not to say we won’t go to bed pissed at each other every once in a while. But when those nights come, and Les heads to the couch, I sleep on the living room floor beside her.

Believe the best in people. It makes a difference.

-Ben

Maykell

In 2009 I moved to the great state of Ohio, and I love everything “Columbus.”  I married my best friend in the summer of 2012.  Since then our family has grown by 1 human (our son, Benji), 1 puppy (Maggie), and one cat (Strider – aka, Gato).

While I love the city, I can’t deny that my true love lies in the forest.  I love trees, mountains, and traveling!  Are you into Harry Potter, The Lord of The Rings, Star Wars, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, and Parks and Rec?  Did we just become best friends?  I am also enthusiastic about playing the guitar, soccer, painting, music and cheesy jokes. 

I have had a passion for journalism from the time I was young.  I love documenting memories whether in writing, videos, or photographs.  That combined with my love for weddings and people is what, I believe, makes me such a passionate photographer. 

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at a work worth doing.” By documenting love, I live that statement. 

Haley

I’m a firm believer that dessert can be eaten at any time of the day and especially more than once! Three cheers for ice cream! I started photography in high school and quickly realized that I never wanted to put down my camera! I love exploring new places and jumping on every travel opportunity possible, so if you’re up for having your wedding or engagement session in a new city, what are you waiting on? Let’s go!

These are a few of my favorite things:

  • Coldstone icecream – My absolute favorite. So rich and creamy and mmh! 
  • Puppy kisses – Self-explanatory, nobody can hate puppy kisses! Nobody. 
  • Heels – Even though I’m already 6 foot tall.  Embrace it, y’all! 
  • Weeping willow trees and glowy light – You can never go wrong with this combination. Ever. 
  • Travel – Bring on the road trips and obnoxious car singing!
  • Leggings – Whoever said leggings aren’t pants was wrong!
  • Cheeeeese – I could seriously put cheese on absolutely anything! So good!
  • Family Feud – Game show network in general is just all around great!

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Ben A.

Six ago I swept Lace off of her feet at a pool party. And since then I’ve tried not to let her down. From that first day by the pool, I’ve always known she was the one. We celebrated our marriage in September of 2014 and are loving life together even more.

We have one child, Archer. Archer is our 1 year-old, spoiled rotten, soft-coated wheaten terrier. Shark Tank is our go to show while HGTV is our go to channel. Whether it’s “Love It or List It” or “House Hunters” we know we won’t get in a fight over who’s in charge of the remote. Even though she would win that war anyway.

We both continue to strive to be more like Jesus! I have turned Lace into quite a sports fan in the past few years! We root hard for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Cavilers, and our hometown Columbus Blue Jackets! 

One major hobby for both of us is refurnishing furniture. Anything vintage, wood, or unique screams our name. Our goal is also to buy a fixer upper and put our person touch on it someday soon. 

Building relationships and being creative are the two things we enjoy most. Photography allows us to do both.

Enjoy life!

-Ben A.

RESERVE YOUR DATE TODAYHAVE PEACE OF MIND KNOWING YOUR MEMORIES WILL BE CAPTURED PERFECTLY.

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