I love it when clients take me to new places for their sessions. Victoria and Matt’s Dow Gardens engagement session took me to a new place, and a beautiful one at that. They chose this location because they got engaged there!
We met up on a Sunday summer afternoon and had absolutely perfect weather to explore the gardens. Lots of walking but it was worth it! Late June means blooming flowers, lots of green trees, and sunshine.
Matt and Victoria met at Oakland University in a business analytics class. During the class they became project partners. After the class ended they stayed friends and took several more classes together. Then they started dating and the rest is history. These two are so sweet and I loved getting to spend so much time with them at this session! It’s one of my favorite parts of my job.
I absolutely love the outfits they wore for their Dow Gardens engagement session. The blues really stood out against the greenery throughout the garden. We don’t really have a garden similar to Dow Gardens in the Detroit area, at least not one that is accessible to photographers!
Can’t wait until their June 2022 wedding at Cherry Creek!
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.
I have so much I could say about Nick, Samantha and their downtown Rochester engagement session! First of all, they picked the absolute best week of the year for fall color – look at those oranges and reds! But also, these two are just the best kind of clients – so sweet and kind, truly the most genuinely sweet couple I’ve ever worked with. These two have big plans and big goals, and I know they’ll achieve them together…you can tell they are just an amazing team!
When Nick first reached out to me about wedding photography, I did some snooping around and realized his fiance’ was someone I’d followed on instagram (she possibly had followed me first but I can’t remember) and I loved her content! Like such a boho queen honestly! Goals for me.
Once we had our zoom meeting, I confirmed that Sam was just as cool as I thought she was and Nick was probably the nicest guy ever, so I just knew I had to be a part of their day and I’m so glad they choose me to photograph their summer 2021 wedding (and I can’t wait to share it here).
These two were up for anything I asked of them. A fall downtown Rochester engagement session is not complete unless we visit Rochester Municipal Park (which was empty on this weekday – score!) and my favorite downtown spots, including the river behind the Royal Park and the brick of the Rochester Mills Brewery.
I simply adore these two and their fall downtown Rochester engagement session so much. They are currently traveling this year and you should follow their adventures! I love seeing what they’re up to. Check them out on Instagram!
When I first met Deirdre over zoom for a wedding consultation, I just knew that I had to be a part of her and Stan’s wedding day and engagement photos. Not only are these two such sweet people, but their sense of style is impeccable. They are fire in front of the camera, truly! Their Fisher Building engagement session was really quite perfect for March – half inside, half outside, with honestly the perfect golden hour light. I can’t believe how lucky I got with sunsets last March!
I shot this Fisher Building engagement session at 34 weeks pregnant and it was my last session before maternity leave. What a bang! Deirdre asked me to really incorporate architecture and art into their images, so I really feel like I stretched myself a little bit more than I usually do, erring more editorial than photojournalistic. I like to think I come out somewhere in the middle of it all – a good balance of everything.
The Fisher Building is perhaps the most beautiful building in Detroit. If you happen to be able to get on a tour of it, I highly recommend it. It is so cool and worth the time. There are actual offices, businesses, and a theater in the building, but the lobby area is absolutely gorgeous. And as of right now one of the few places in the city where you can still go inside and take portraits without much trouble, making a Fisher Building engagement session so perfect for those colder months. See wedding portraits I did there back in 2019 here.
For the second half of the session, we headed over to the Detroit Public Library to use the exterior of the building. It’s actually another one of my favorite spots in the city – very underrated but still sophisticated like the DIA across the street and WAY less busy. I think this location suited them well – scroll down to see!
I can’t wait to share their October 2021 wedding – it was absolutely stunning!
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.