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!
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.
With summer looming here in Michigan (it’s finally warming up, yay!), I was reviewing any engagement sessions I may have missed sharing last year and found that I totally didn’t share Dana and Steve’s Troy engagement session last fall!
We started out at a small park (aka hidden photography gem) behind Woodside Church. I don’t usually ever recommend wearing loud prints, but Dana literally rocked that dress! She completely pulled it off and I loved it! It’s a good example of one partner wearing something a little bolder and the other wearing something more neutral.
Dana and Steve were naturals in front of the camera. We spent a great deal of the session laughing! Dana’s daughters were there as her personal stylists which made my job easy-peasy.
Football is really important to these two because Steve is a football coach at Troy Athens. Naturally, they wanted to incorporate this into their photos! I always recommend incorporating a place or theme that’s important to you as a couple. So we headed right to the field where Steve coaches on for some more photos!
Their July 20 wedding is approaching quickly (just about two months away as I write this) and I’m excited to capture their big day at Club Venetian in Madison Heights.
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!