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.
Who doesn’t like Michigan State University engagement photos? It seems like every year I end up in both East Lansing and Ann Arbor for at least one session with some alums! 2020 was no different with Jennifer and Robert at Michigan State University in the fall.
We got lucky with this session – it looked like rain but it held off, just a few sprinkles! These two are super sweet and just overall happy to be together. I loved getting to know them and their story as we walked around campus.
No Michigan State University engagement photos are complete without some in front of Beaumont Tower. Of all the campuses I’ve been on, MSU is one of my favorites to shoot! It’s just so pretty in every season. Just walking around, you’re bound to find something beautiful!
See other Michigan State University engagement sessions here.
With covid impacting so many couples, it’s been a year with less weddings, but not necessarily less portraits. Shallana and Randy were married in a private, small ceremony over the summer and asked if I could take some Detroit Institute of Arts wedding portraits to celebrate their marriage. I said, of course!
I love photographing these two! Their Stony Creek engagement session was so beautiful and I’ve seen them a few times at my mini sessions with their pups.
Detroit Institute of Arts wedding portraits hold a special place in my heart because this location is where we took our wedding photos. Something about the classic look of the marble just always makes everyone look incredible. We used the back and front of the building, went across the street to the Detroit Public Library (another favorite of mine) and then stopped at the McGregor Conference Center on Wayne State University’s campus which has some amazing architecture that I’ve always wanted to use.
These two are too chic – don’t we love that burgundy suit? I’m so glad the trend is these non-black and grey suits, makes things so much more exciting! And Shallana’s dress is just to die for. So gorgeous. I wish them all the happiness in the world – they deserve it!
You can always do a session to celebrate an anniversary or just because. There’s nothing wrong with documenting your relationship right now – not just for a big event. Plus portrait sessions are much more laid back than weddings. More time to really relax and have fun in front of the camera!
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.