Hello, is it me you're looking for?
“Life Since You is the affectionate brand name for the wedding and portrait photography endeavors of Gabrielle + Nicholas Lute, a husband-and-wife team based out of east central Ohio. We live for documenting fun and down-to-earth couples, particularly on the happiest days of their lives.”
Okay, typing in third person is weird so I’m going to stop that now. My name's Gabby. I’m a mom of three, twice married twenty-something, (I guess I just love weddings that much), visual storyteller and entrepreneur gal. My husband Nicholas and I are the faces behind this camera-happy business. On the rare occasion we’re not working alongside each other, we’ve got a couple talented assistant photographers that complete our crew.
You may notice that I do all the emailing and social media bits. Nic’s a pretty quiet guy, but me? I absolutely have the most appropriate name my mother could have given me. I like to chat, and while sometimes I’m awkward, and sometimes I’m sweary (sorry, Grandma), I try to keep it real… it just may take me a few side stories to get to the point. If I could tell a story in proper words, I guess I wouldn't need a camera.
I bought my first ‘expensive’ camera way back in 2009 when I became a mom and wanted to document every moment of that experience. That’s also where this business gets its name; as thanks to the daughter who made me a mother and a photographer. Parenthood reminds me every day how fleeting life's greatest moments are, and that's part of why I'm so passionate about preserving these memories. I started doing photos for friends and family in 2012, officially opened for business in 2014 after I went through a divorce, and was able to say goodbye to the day-job-life and throw myself into this full-time adventure in 2016. These days our youngest daughter, Natalie, shares a name with our first bride. We’re a bit sentimental like that, but I guess that's to be expected in this line of work.
We specialize in services for weddings, elopements, couples and engagements, and I dabble in boudoir photography, too. While I can hardly get enough of the fearless and beautiful women who step in front of my camera, the love stories that I photograph each weekend are like fresh air in my lungs. In turn, Nicholas and I breathe life back into the photos as we edit them over the weeks that follow. I like to think that we have the coolest job in the world, and I owe so much to the incredible couples that we’ve worked with, many of whom we’ve come to call friends, that have allowed us the honor of sharing their stories along the way.