Lauren and Seth love the outdoors so a sunset Stony Creek engagement session was perfect for them! The first time we scheduled their engagement session, the weather forecast was cloudy, but still fine for photos. However, after shooting for about thirty minutes, it started to RAIN! Out of nowhere, with 20 percent chance on the forecast! So we decided to postpone the session and try again in a week or so. Good thing because we got the most incredible sunset for their session!
Lauren and Seth are two of the most welcoming people I’ve met while in business. They asked me so many good questions about my work and myself, and I got to know their story too. After bonding over our shared love of food and beverages, we shared some food recommendations (they are newer to the area but still shared options I hadn’t heard of). They wanted to have some celebratory fun so we popped some champagne at their session. Highly recommend because those photos are always so fun to have and edit!
Our session ended at Yates Cider Mill for ice cream, as requested by these two. Ice cream is always a good way to end a summer session, especially a sunset Stony Creek engagement session.
Emilie happened to win my engagement session giveaway last December right after she booked her wedding! I absolutely love that her and Nico took my advice and had an Eastern Market engagement session. We hadn’t met in person until the session but after following Emilie on Instagram for some time, I was pretty sure Eastern Market would fit her and Nico’s vibes. And I think I was right!
We started at the Dequindre Cut which is connected to Eastern Market. One of my favorite parts of this entire area is all the great art! And it changes all the time. Every time I visit the Eastern Market area, I find new backgrounds and textures to use. For instance, the spray painted “forever and always” below wasn’t there the next time I visited in October.
I think the Dequindre Cut and Eastern Market are underused for photography sessions. Most clients really want to visit downtown, and I don’t blame them because I love downtown Detroit too. But I love the colorful, playfulness of this part of the city so much.
Emilie and Nico are just so natural in front of the camera. They met through mutual friends at one of Nico’s hockey games. They’re super laid back and the right amount of chill honestly. They just left me to tell their “awkward” selves what to do. I think these two look ANYTHING but awkward. We had a TON of fun exploring. I left having laughed more than I had in a longgggg time.
The funniest part of this session is that they brought a letter board with their wedding date on it. Due to COVID, they ended up moving up their wedding day to August to a private residence and it was incredible. I can’t wait to share it on the blog soon!!
I was so excited this summer to finally get to shoot a downtown Grand Rapids engagement session! I spent four years in West Michigan for college (Go Hope!) but I’ve never been able to do an engagement session in downtown Grand Rapids. When Erika and Will booked me for their September 2020 wedding, they knew they wanted to use the city as a backdrop for their engagement session!
During this downtown Grand Rapids engagement session, we stopped at quite a few landmarks around the city, including this awesome mid-century wall, murals over on Library Street, and of course the infamous Blue Bridge. Does anyone really make it out of Grand Rapids without using the Blue Bridge somehow?
Erika and Will are college sweethearts and met at Central Michigan University. Right before their engagement session bought a house AND got the most adorable golden retriever puppy, Nala. I can’t believe how many of my clients have dogs and always want to feature them in their photos – I’m always game for that, your dogs are always welcome at your sessions!
We headed to Provin Trails just outside the city to meet Nala and get some nature photos because these two love to spend time outside! Golfing, skiing, hiking, you name it, they’re an active couple! Nala was just as sweet as can be (wait until you see her in their wedding photos from September, my oh my she got big). She was so good for the camera. I’m so glad Erika and Will choose to include her.
These two actually met in high school, and attended MSU together, so the backdrop made the perfect fit for their engagement session. Josh even proposed at the opening home football game on the bridge by the stadium in 2019! MSU is embedded in their love story so we wanted to use a variety of spots on campus that make for beautiful photos. I always encourage couples to choose locations that are meaningful to them rather than what’s cool or popular. It was so much more meaningful to talk about their time at MSU and hear some of their favorite memories.
The MSU campus is one of my favorite campuses to photograph on. It’s so lush and beautiful, with lots of greenery, beautiful buildings, and that gorgeous riverfront. Really, there’s nowhere you can go wrong! Summer means lots of green, which is perfect for MSU fans. I’m not an alumni of a large school — I went to a small liberal arts school — so when I visit large campuses, it always amazes me how in the world people know their way around so well at these schools!
Here we come May 2021 — these two are so ready to tie the knot and I can’t wait for them to say “I do” finally!
Chelsey and Yianni were my first booking for 2021 and I finally got to meet them for a spring Stony Creek metropark engagement session right after we were able to start working again post-quarantine. Before we headed to Stony Creek metropark, we stopped at Yates Cider Mill for some doughnuts. Chelsey had told me that her and Yianni love going apple picking and cider mill visiting in the fall, so it only made sense to have some doughnuts before hiking through the woods at Stoney Creek Metropark.
A spring Stony Creek Metropark engagement session is all about the greeeeen! The trees are so green, the field is growing back, and it’s a less buggy than the summertime. Stony Creek Metropark is one of the most popular spots for engagement sessions in the Metro Detroit area for a reason. The tall pines and beautiful meadow are perfect in just about any season. I’ve done sessions at Stony Creek Metropark in every season and loved every single one.
Chelsey and Yianni were so much fun to photograph! I think they’re so adorable together and literally shined with every prompt or direction I gave them. Old pros, I think! And also, what a good looking couple with amazing style!
Abby and Alkin’s downtown Detroit winter engagement session was a perfect example of why February doesn’t suck for downtown sessions. Downtown Detroit winter engagement sessions are never a bad idea — the city shines in any season!
Abby and I actually knew each other as kids. She lived on the same street as one of my childhood friends and we actually played softball together for several years. I was honored that she asked me to photograph her and Alkin’s wedding and engagement photos!
These two met while working at a local bowling alley, not a story you hear too often in the Internet age, but adorable nonetheless. Workplace romances is a common theme for many of my clients.
We started at the Dequindre Cut for a few photos with Abby and Alkin’s dog, Ollie. What a good boy! Also, are you sensing a trend that I attract a lot of dog lovers? Why, yes, I do. If you are a cat lover, it’s no problem, promise. We won’t hold it against you — that much. Just kidding!
We shifted to Greektown, which is a fun yet underused part of town. Alkin is a pro poker player and a casino lover. Though you can’t photograph inside the casinos, we did dip in for a clothes change and to warm up.
After being foiled by the People Mover (which I usually NEVER take), we walked down to the Riverfront to use Hart Plaza. Being February and rather chilly, we had the place to ourselves. You can’t tell in the photos, but these two were rather cold (remember it’s way colder by the water) but were definitely troopers for this downtown Detroit winter engagement session. Anything for the photo, right?
Can’t wait to (hopefully) celebrate these two in November at their wedding!