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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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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