Shannon and Sam are a Detroit-loving couple who live in the city, so it just made sense to use one of my favorite Detroit spots for a Dequindre Cut engagement session. I love the Dequindre Cut because it’s a good mix of grunge, art, and nature. It’s a fun place to go walk and explore – even if you’re not getting your photo taken.
We started our Dequindre Cut engagement session exploring the graffiti – it was actually a busy fall Sunday on the cut – lots of bikers! I always have a lot of fun using the art as part of composing photos.
Shannon and Sam are very laid back and easy to talk to. They met online and had their first date at a brewery (sounds familiar right, that’s Josh and I as well), so it made sense to head over to Jolly Pumpkin for part 2 of our session. They had some beers and told me about some movies they enjoy together, and we chatted about politics and the general state of the world.
Wait until you see their fall wedding at The Whitney on the blog soon!
Here’s another Dequindre Cut engagement session in the summer and another where we also hit up nearby Eastern Market.
I have so much I could say about Nick, Samantha and their downtown Rochester engagement session! First of all, they picked the absolute best week of the year for fall color – look at those oranges and reds! But also, these two are just the best kind of clients – so sweet and kind, truly the most genuinely sweet couple I’ve ever worked with. These two have big plans and big goals, and I know they’ll achieve them together…you can tell they are just an amazing team!
When Nick first reached out to me about wedding photography, I did some snooping around and realized his fiance’ was someone I’d followed on instagram (she possibly had followed me first but I can’t remember) and I loved her content! Like such a boho queen honestly! Goals for me.
Once we had our zoom meeting, I confirmed that Sam was just as cool as I thought she was and Nick was probably the nicest guy ever, so I just knew I had to be a part of their day and I’m so glad they choose me to photograph their summer 2021 wedding (and I can’t wait to share it here).
These two were up for anything I asked of them. A fall downtown Rochester engagement session is not complete unless we visit Rochester Municipal Park (which was empty on this weekday – score!) and my favorite downtown spots, including the river behind the Royal Park and the brick of the Rochester Mills Brewery.
I simply adore these two and their fall downtown Rochester engagement session so much. They are currently traveling this year and you should follow their adventures! I love seeing what they’re up to. Check them out on Instagram!
When I first met Deirdre over zoom for a wedding consultation, I just knew that I had to be a part of her and Stan’s wedding day and engagement photos. Not only are these two such sweet people, but their sense of style is impeccable. They are fire in front of the camera, truly! Their Fisher Building engagement session was really quite perfect for March – half inside, half outside, with honestly the perfect golden hour light. I can’t believe how lucky I got with sunsets last March!
I shot this Fisher Building engagement session at 34 weeks pregnant and it was my last session before maternity leave. What a bang! Deirdre asked me to really incorporate architecture and art into their images, so I really feel like I stretched myself a little bit more than I usually do, erring more editorial than photojournalistic. I like to think I come out somewhere in the middle of it all – a good balance of everything.
The Fisher Building is perhaps the most beautiful building in Detroit. If you happen to be able to get on a tour of it, I highly recommend it. It is so cool and worth the time. There are actual offices, businesses, and a theater in the building, but the lobby area is absolutely gorgeous. And as of right now one of the few places in the city where you can still go inside and take portraits without much trouble, making a Fisher Building engagement session so perfect for those colder months. See wedding portraits I did there back in 2019 here.
For the second half of the session, we headed over to the Detroit Public Library to use the exterior of the building. It’s actually another one of my favorite spots in the city – very underrated but still sophisticated like the DIA across the street and WAY less busy. I think this location suited them well – scroll down to see!
I can’t wait to share their October 2021 wedding – it was absolutely stunning!
I’m catching up on sharing all of my wonderful 2021 clients’ sessions and weddings, and I have to kick it off with this winter Eastern Market engagement session with Marisa and Ethan. We had to reschedule a few times before we got to finally get this session in – thanks winter weather! But it turned out absolutely lovely.
The great part about a winter Eastern Market engagement session is that you have the entire market to YOURSELVES. And Eastern Market really doesn’t photograph poorly in any season – there are so many colors and textures to use. I highly recommend using Eastern Market for your Detroit engagement session as it’s always changing.
Marisa was the maid of honor in a February 2020 wedding and I was so happy when she contacted me after right after she and Ethan got engaged. Their October 2021 Henry Ford Museum wedding was absolutely gorgeous – more on that later!
And they have the loveliest backstory/love story. Ethan and Marisa actually met when they were in middle school. They went separate paths in high school attending different schools, but during sophomore year of college, they had a chance to reconnect. While Marisa was out at a house party one night, she opened Snapchat and saw him as a suggested friend to add. She did it. Ethan later told Marisa how psyched he was because apparently he had liked her A LOT back in middle school.
Not even planned, their first date was on Valentine’s Day to Dearborn Music and then Ram’s Horn. They describe that there was something about that night that felt different than any other date they had been on – there was a sense of magic to it. Marisa says she knew on our second date that she wanted to spend the rest of my life with Ethan. And five years later, they were getting married!!
Marisa and Ethan are just fun to be around. They make each other so happy and you can tell. They literally don’t stop laughing! They enjoy vintage shopping, long walks, bike rides, hanging out with friends, watching funny YouTube videos and true crime documentaries, and hiking.
See more Eastern Market engagement sessions here.
I love when couples want to incorporate locations that are meaningful to them into their sessions, and I highly encourage it! Jordan and Nathan’s Eastern Market engagement session did exactly that. Their church, St. Joseph Shrine, is very important to them, so we decided to use it as our main backdrop.
St. Joseph Shrine is a historic church located in Eastern Market in Detroit. The church dates back to 1855 and has absolutely gorgeous architecture. I love the doorways and old stone so I tried to incorporate that during our session.
We decided to head over to Gratiot for a few city shots as well. I love that rainbow brick wall! It’s one of my favorite spots in the area.
Jordan and Nathan are so sweet! I loved hanging out with them and getting to know them. Also doesn’t Jordan’s makeup look amazing? The incredible Rosa Alcantara did it!! I highly recommend Rosa!
We actually shot this session in the middle of the day which can be really scary for some photographers! I embraced the light on this one, and though it’s not golden hour, we were able to use some direct sunlight, make use of shade of buildings (which is honestly key and why you can always shoot at just about any time in the city) which helped. I usually prefer morning or evening to give clients that glow look that they see in my images, but sometimes with scheduling it’s not possible so we make due!
I’m so glad they found me and I was able to not only work with them on their Eastern Market engagement session, but their intimate October wedding! Stay tuned for the gorgeous images from that day!
To see another Eastern Market engagement session, click here.
We had the most gorgeous summer evening for Angela and Michael’s downtown Utica engagement session! These two had to reschedule their June 2020 wedding AND their wedding shower, so they opted to celebrate their engagement and had me out to Downtown Utica, Michigan where they live!
There are a few things I always advise my engagement session clients to do. The first is to pick a place that is special to them if possible. This isn’t always possible so if you can’t pick a special spot or you don’t have one, then pick a spot that vibes with your relationship. The second is to always bring your dog along (see another dog friendly session here). Maggie May was such a good pup for the camera!
I’d never done a downtown Utica engagement session before, but the best part was that everything was pretty close and we just walked from place to place. We got so lucky with the August golden hour (summer golden hours really can’t be beat!) and downtown Utica has a lot to offer for an engagement session. Back alleys, a nice little riverside park, a bridge. It’s really all there! I love exploring new places when shooting – it keeps me on my toes and forces me to continue to be creative.
Angela and Michael, like Maggie May, are super sweet. So easy to talk to and full of life and laughter – I’ve enjoyed getting to know them more throughout our planning process, and am so glad we were able to get in an engagement session!
Can’t wait to celebrate these two (fingers crossed) in June 2021! They’ve been waiting a long time and I know it’ll be worth it!