Snowy Winter Detroit Engagement Session | Laura & Dillon

Snowy Winter Detroit Engagement Session | Laura & Dillon

When we planned Laura and Dillon’s engagement session, we truly had no idea we’d be in for a snowy winter Detroit engagement session (though apparently they were secretly hoping for it!). If you’re having a winter engagement session, doesn’t snow make it all the more wonderful?

Before we headed out for their snowy winter Detroit engagement session at Maybury State Park in Northville, I stopped by Laura and Dillon’s home to meet their brand new puppy, Kane. He was absolutely ADORABLE and such a baby (I know he’s a big boy now)! I love that they wanted to incorporate their new pup — dogs are alway welcome!

There’s something about the snow that quiets the world. We had Maybury to ourselves and in the snow (or really any season) it never disappoints. Shooting in the snow is a little easier than shooting in the rain, but you have about 20 minutes before your hair starts to get wet! Laura and Dillon loved it and were amazing in front of the camera. I’m so glad they were pumped about the snow! True Michiganders.

Though they’ve postponed their 2020 wedding to May 2021, I still can’t wait to spend the day with them in downtown Detroit (a departure from their engagement session). It’s going to be a blast!

 

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Summer Stony Creek Engagement Session

Summer Stony Creek Engagement Session

Recently I realized I never shared Kelsey and Ryan’s beautiful summer Stony Creek engagement session from 2018. Kelsey and Ryan are approaching their first wedding anniversary (they were married at the Fenton Winery and Brewery last year), so what a perfect way to celebrate.

A summer Stony Creek engagement session is very popular among Detroit couples. There really is nothing like those tall pine trees and the beautiful meadow at Stony Creek metropark. It’s one of my favorite places to shoot year round just because you don’t have to hike in too far to get to great photo locations!

I can’t believe it’s been almost two year since I shot this summer Stony Creek engagement session. Summer is probably my favorite time to visit Stony Creek metropark because of the golden hours. Something about this park and its perfect sunshine and tree line!

Kelsey and Ryan made my job easy. Kelsey is someone who doesn’t enjoy wearing shoes; she also avoided it on her wedding day. These two bonded over a love of beer and trying new breweries, so it was only appropriate that they include some beer at their session. How fun, right?

 

 

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Fall Ann Arbor Engagement Session

Fall Ann Arbor Engagement Session

I will let you in on a little secret about fall engagement sessions: they are best in November. Originally we had scheduled Mychelle and Jared’s fall Ann Arbor engagement session for October but due to illness we had to reschedule, and I think it was the best thing we could have done!

In the Detroit area, the fall color peaks late in October and continues into November. Often the first two weekends of November still have great fall color, if not some of the best. Usually the oak trees hang around until mid- or late November. The oak trees did us well for this fall Ann Arbor engagement session.

Mychelle and Jared were referred to me by a dear photography friend of mine and I’m so glad because they are so lovely! I enjoyed hearing about how they met (at a club when those were a thing – ha!) and about their two beautiful daughters, one whom I share a name with (which is super cool!).

For all of my clients who always ask me what to wear, this is a perfect example of how simple outfits go a long way. Burgundy is perfect for fall. Pairing a dark color with a light color is just a super simple way to dress in coordination without thinking too hard. I love love love Mychelle’s dress here and the movement made the photos better!

For their fall Ann Arbor engagement session, we choose to start at Gallup Park, one of my favorites in Ann Arbor (see Bill and Lauren’s October engagement there here), then hopped over to Furstenberg Nature Center next door to use their beautiful tall grass fields. The best part about doing a morning session is there’s usually no one around, which was the case for this session.

 I know spring just sprung but is it okay to be excited for fall already?

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Fall Maybury State Park Engagement | Nick & Alysia

Fall Maybury State Park Engagement | Nick & Alysia

There is a secret to fall in Michigan…it is best in early November. Many believe the fall colors to be strongest in mid-October, but not in Metro Detroit. The best color is usually the last week of October and first week of November, which is when I met up with Nick and Alysia for their fall Maybury State Park engagement session.

Maybury State Park is one of my favorite places for an engagement session any time of year. I really love the fields and trails available at the park, as well as the fact that the great locations are steps from the parking lot, making it perfect for families.

Nick and Alysia are so sweet and just easy to talk to. We chatted about coffee. They’re also super brave to pick the morning session, which almost no one does, and they love the outdoors. These two even hiked with me down to the beautiful pond on the other side of the park, which was worth it!

When I look back at this fall Maybury State Park engagement session, I feel so nostalgic for fall…it comes so quickly and leaves so quickly. I wish it stuck around a little longer.

I can’t wait for Nick and Alysia’s August wedding!

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Seven Lakes State Park Engagement | Shelby & Barry

Seven Lakes State Park Engagement | Shelby & Barry

In Michigan, we get the fall colors for about two solid weeks, sometimes less if the weather is bad. We had the most perfect fall day for Shelby and Barry’s Seven Lakes State Park engagement session. The fall colors were incredible, the sun was still shining, and it was relatively warm outside!

Looking back on this Seven Lakes State Park engagement session, it gives me all the fall feels. Fall is always the busiest time for sessions and weddings, but I truly had a lot of fun hanging out with Shelby and Barry, who drove down from Mid-Michigan to spend a few hours with me. We had never met in person, so it was lovely to chat and get to know these two accountants.

Their late October 2020 wedding should be quintessential fall and I’m here for it! I can’t wait to celebrate with them!

Check out other nature engagement sessions here!

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Fall Michigan State University Engagement | Trevor & Jamie

Fall Michigan State University Engagement | Trevor & Jamie

I am not an alumni of a Big 10 school. I went to a small liberal arts school. So it always amazes me to visit a large campus filled with thousands and thousands of students. It also amazes me that of thousands of students, Trevor and Jamie met while living in the same dorm, which we visited during their fall Michigan State University engagement session.

Trevor and Jamie are the third couple that have booked me after their friends. Trevor was a groomsmen in Kelsey and Ryan’s wedding last June. They all attend the same church.

When these two booked me a year ago, last January, they told me they definitely wanted a fall Michigan State University engagement session. And the campus did not disappoint. I hate to say it, Michigan fans, but this campus was so freaking pretty in the fall. It was the first time I had been on campus in a very long time and Trevor and Jamie showed me all of their old haunts, including that dorm where they met.

The one request Jamie had was to get some of the old light posts in the photos and we ended our night with one of my favorite shots of the whole session. Make sure to scroll all the way to the end to see it!

I can’t tell you how excited I am for their wedding this May. I know they have been waiting and planning a long time for it and I’m honored to be a part of it. These two are so much fun to spend time with and I know it’s going to be an amazing day!

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