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!
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.
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!
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!