Shannon and Sam are a Detroit-loving couple who live in the city, so it just made sense to use one of my favorite Detroit spots for a Dequindre Cut engagement session. I love the Dequindre Cut because it’s a good mix of grunge, art, and nature. It’s a fun place to go walk and explore – even if you’re not getting your photo taken.
We started our Dequindre Cut engagement session exploring the graffiti – it was actually a busy fall Sunday on the cut – lots of bikers! I always have a lot of fun using the art as part of composing photos.
Shannon and Sam are very laid back and easy to talk to. They met online and had their first date at a brewery (sounds familiar right, that’s Josh and I as well), so it made sense to head over to Jolly Pumpkin for part 2 of our session. They had some beers and told me about some movies they enjoy together, and we chatted about politics and the general state of the world.
Wait until you see their fall wedding at The Whitney on the blog soon!
Here’s another Dequindre Cut engagement session in the summer and another where we also hit up nearby Eastern Market.
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!!
Love Eastern Market? It’s great in all seasons. Check out this spring Eastern Market engagement session! Or this winter Eastern Market engagement session.
Let me be the first to say that you don’t need to be engaged or married or having a baby or whatever to get professional photos taken! I think so often we tie professional photography to key life-changing moments, which totally makes sense, but sometimes that leaves out the in-betweens which can be just as delightful to remember. Ashley is a part of the Live Light Doula Services collective, and after doing the group’s headshots last November, she reached out and asked if we could do a Christmas card photo session with her and her boyfriend, Jonny. I was all in and we met up for an Eastern Market couples session right before Thanksgiving.
There’s something really lovely about photographing in November. I don’t know why, but people try to stay away from it, but I love it! Also I love Eastern Market’s murals and color. We spent the morning laughing our way through the alleyways. It was one of my most fun sessions of 2018!
So the point is, you don’t have to wait for a special moment for nice photos. Photos last and help us remember.
I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again and again, but photography has allowed me to reconnect with many people from my past that I’ve lost touch with somehow or other. Kara and I went to high school together and used to be in marching band together. We have some fun band camp and physics memories – haha. When Kara asked me to shoot her wedding and told me it was at the Detroit Beer Company, I was so excited not only because I knew Kara and Andy would be a blast to work with but also because that’s where I got married!
Kara and Andy moved back to Michigan from Denver, Colorado right before we took their engagement photos. We almost thought we wouldn’t get them in, but I’m glad we did. After meeting up for drink/dinner at Atwater Brewery, we headed to the Dequindre Cut to explore the graffiti and murals before going over to the Belt Z Lot for some gorgeous blue/pink skies.
Kara and Andy are literally perfect for each other. They love travel, they goof around, and they just balance each other so well. You can tell that we spent most of the session laughing because I don’t think I got one serious shot of them. But that’s my type of people…nearly all of my clients fail at being “serious” and that’s perfectly okay with me. Joy is something I hope to bring to others through my art and my clients are full of it!