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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Lansing Michigan Engagement Photographer | Katie & Adam

Lansing Michigan Engagement Photographer | Katie & Adam

I love spending time with couples BEFORE the wedding and engagement sessions are the best way to do that! Not only do we get to hang out for a bit, but you get to practice in front of the camera and get some awesome photos out of it! I met up with Katie and Adam back in September for their engagement session. As an Lansing Michigan engagement photographer, I was able to guide them through the shoot, but by the end they were old pros.

Adam’s daughter Jade joined us for part of the session and we got some giggles out of her! She is absolutely adorable and I can’t wait to see her in action again as the flower girl in their May 2020 wedding!

What I thought was so lovely about this session is the fact that Katie and Adam got engaged in the very spot we used for their engagement session! I always like it when clients pick a location that is special to them and think it makes the session all that more special. We took photos at the exact spot that Adam proposed! So special.

I cannot wait for their May 2020 wedding!

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Summer Stony Creek Engagement Session – Shallana & Randy

Summer Stony Creek Engagement Session – Shallana & Randy

I know everyone just adores a fall engagement session, but a summer Stony Creek engagement session really can’t be beat. There is something about the longer days, warmth of the sun, and beautiful greens everywhere that really make the whole world feel so alive in the summer.
Randy and Shallana opted to bring their two lab pups along for their summer Stony Creek engagement session. They are two big happy boys and yes totally bring your dog to any and all sessions, haha!
These two were so sweet and so fun to work with! They pretty much were up for any and all prompts I had. We literally had the perfect summer evening; see how yummy that light is in the meadow? YAS!

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