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.
I really love a downtown Detroit engagement session, as you alllllll should know by now. I got married downtown and had engagement photos taken down there long before I knew all the good spots (and all the overused spots). Dani and Matt met me on a Sunday morning for their downtown Detroit engagement session and I got to explore a new addition to downtown…Parker’s Alley, behind the new Shinola Hotel. Dani was on the team that created the hotel so it’s a special spot for them! Also they were totally down for one of my fav spots: Capitol Park, just the cutest little market light square nestled a few steps from bustling Woodward Avenue.
The best part about a downtown Detroit engagement session is that downtown is constantly changing and there’s just so many facets of the area to explore! No two sessions really need to look the same. The one request I had from Dani is she wanted to ride a scooter with Matt at the end of the session. So we made it happen and it’s one of my favorite shots! Be yourselves and have fun are my mottos, always.
Can’t wait for their LEAP DAY wedding!!!
We’re in the middle of summer but I’d be doing EVERYONE a disservice if I didn’t blog Amber and Ben’s engagement session BEFORE their August wedding. I truly love a couple that embraces an early morning winter session. And this Blake’s Farms engagement session is FIRE, y’all. SO good.
Blake’s was a no brainer for an engagement session, as Amber explained to me. It’s where they got engaged in the fall and where she had been coming for Christmas trees. So before they cut down their tree, we spent some time documenting their engagement chapter and it was SO much fun! I love how they truly embraced the cozy vibe, sans snow (but it was still chilly), but we got THE SUN in December in Michigan. I can’t complain about that.
Amber’s daughter joined us for some quick photos right before they headed off to pick out the perfect tree. She is adorable! The cutest little family.
To say I’m excited for their August wedding at the Fenton Winery and Brewery is an understatement!
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!
It seems only fitting with all the news coming out of Corktown these days that I share Shannon and Jimmy’s Corktown Detroit engagement session. With the heat we’ve been having, it’s hard to imagine a time where we walked around comfortably in long sleeves. But the end of April this year was honestly the perfect time for sessions.
When I met Shannon in January, I knew that I would love working with her — so sweet and easy going. Super organized. Naturally, I was excited to meet Jimmy at our session. He didn’t disappoint — we laughed a lot this session, which makes for the best kind of session.
Corktown holds a special place in their hearts as their former home. They definitely knew the area better than me and these will probably be some of my last images with Michigan Central Station in its old rundown state. I’m glad the old building will have a new life but there was something inherently romantic about putting a young, in-love couple in front of an old dilapidated building.
I’m excited for their November wedding, less than 5 months away now! November weddings are some of my favorite and theirs is my only one this year.