Downtown Utica Engagement Session | Angela & Michael

Downtown Utica Engagement Session | Angela & Michael

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!

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Eastern Market Engagement Session | Emilie & Nico

Eastern Market Engagement Session | Emilie & Nico

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.

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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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