Detroit Brewery Engagement Session | Alison & Tom

Detroit Brewery Engagement Session | Alison & Tom

One of my favorite parts of owning a photography business is being able to connect with clients, especially welcoming clients who are old friends of mine. I’ve been able to photograph engagements, weddings, and newborn sessions for friends from all stages of my life. For this Detroit brewery engagement session, I met up with Alison and Tom, both of whom I’ve known since middle and elementary school, respectively. When Alison reached out to me last summer about photographing their 2020 wedding, I was excited to see both of them again and catch up after ten years (wow, we’re old yikes!).

When we were talking about potential engagement session locations and ideas, these two let me know that they love trying new brews, so a Detroit brewery engagement session seemed like the perfect fit. We started at Eastern Market Brewing, which has the perfect vibe (plants, wood tables, cute glasses, big windows, yes!). The key to shooting indoors is to have that big window light. It makes all the difference in the world! I didn’t try the beer (but heard it was good).

After finishing the brews, we headed downtown to catch some of the holiday decor. I’m glad we split the session because going downtown during the holidays on weekends is always tough, especially when there’s beautiful weather. I think these two got the last beautiful day of the year…you can’t tell that winter was on its way!

I do love shooting with the lights and decor in Campus Martias and Capitol Park. There’s really nothing like that time of year downtown.

Before we finished, I asked if they wanted to run up to the Z Lot’s top floor just for a few sunset photos. It was too beautiful to pass up. We quickly ran up there and finished our session with the most beautiful November sunset. Little did I know that these would be the last photos before they put up a fence at that lot. I’m so glad to have these!

More Detroit brewery engagement sessions please! Bringing me to your favorite places is encouraged!

Can’t wait to celebrate Alison and Tom in November!

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Campus Martias Engagement Session | Lindsey & Clay

Campus Martias Engagement Session | Lindsey & Clay

With their wedding just over a month away, I thought it was high-time I shared images from Lindsey and Clay’s Campus Martias engagement session just before Christmas. We weren’t exactly sure if we’d get to sneak in this session, as Clay is stationed in Europe, but he came home for a few days at Christmas and we all met up downtown for a session with all the cute Christmas village stuff in Campus Martias. Unfortunately we didn’t get snow…it was raining…but it didn’t matter because these two were up for anything!

I think Lindsey and Clay may be the youngest couple I’ve had the chance to photograph. They are high school sweethearts and have had a long distance romance and engagement. I know they are both really excited to get married in May and right afterwards are moving to Georgia where they’ll FINALLY get to live not only in the same country and state, but in the same house! How exciting!

I loved photographing the Christmas lights and using the outdoor installations. I know it’s a super popular thing to do in Detroit, but it makes for some lovely photos during the winter season, even if it’s not snowing. Lindsey and Clay are super cute and were just naturals in front of the camera. I’m super excited to kick off my official 2019 “wedding season” with their wedding May 3!

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Robyn & Adam | Hamtramck & Belle Isle Engagement

Robyn & Adam | Hamtramck & Belle Isle Engagement

Where to begin with Robyn & Adam! When we first met, we talked for nearly two hours over beers at the Royal Oak Brewery. These two love trying new brews. After meeting them, I was so glad that I had a date open up this August so I could photograph their wedding! Our whole relationship went kind of quick…we met in June, photographed their engagement photos in July, and they were married in August.

Robyn & Adam met at work and have been together a LONG time. They’re fun, they’re cute, they’re just lovely. Their relationship strikes a keen balance: Adam as the more outspoken extroverted one, Robyn the calm soothing presence.

Hamtramck is really special to Adam, so we wanted to incorporate this into their session. You know how much I love when couples ask to incorporate something special to them. We started on the stoop of their favorite bar and hit some of the major spots in Hamtramck, stopped at the Cass Ave Viaduct (which I loveeee) and headed to Belle Isle for the sunset. Though we only had a few moments of sun, these two were STUNNING. They tried to tell me that they wouldn’t know what to do in front of the camera, but by the end of the session, I wasn’t bothering with directing. I just let them go.

 

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Kara & Andy | Dequindre Cut Engagement

Kara & Andy | Dequindre Cut Engagement

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!

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