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!
Say hello to our first 2019 M. Muncy Studios couple on the blog! Ashleigh and Chris were referred to me by a photographer friend and I am so glad that we connected. Their August 2019 wedding will be downriver, but these two decided to have a downtown Detroit engagement session on an early Sunday morning in May.
Sunday mornings might be my favorite time to shoot downtown. Sure, you’re not getting the golden hour sunset on Belle Isle, but you have the city literally all to yourself. No one is really out and about at 7am on a Sunday morning. It’s dead, it’s quiet, and it feels like you own the place.
A downtown Detroit engagement session is almost not complete without a stop at the Belt Z, so we caught what was left of the sunrise there and then headed to the warehouse district where Ashleigh & Chris let me just stop the car when I saw an interesting spot. It was a grungier look with lots of brick (so great). Then we ended at the Detroit Public Library, which has is gorgeous when the trees are in bloom.
These two have the cutest love story of friendship, distance, and ultimately just knowing that things were right together. You can tell they strike a balance together and compliment the other. I am honored they chose me to shoot their wedding next year!
Downtown Detroit engagement sessions are some of my favorite, you guys. No matter what, Downtown Detroit just keeps giving to me no matter what time of year it is.
I met Jacki and Scott this February about a week after they got engaged. Over some caramel macchiatos, they told me they’ve been together for 8 years and were so ready to tie the knot. I’ve been married for just over a year and have only known my husband for just over three years, so I can’t even imagine the memories these two have of each other and how they’ve grown together over those 8 years, from teenagers to now.
To juxtapose their backyard wedding, they opted for a Downtown Detroit engagement session. It was a warm May Sunday evening (best bloom time). We headed to some of my favorite spots and a few new ones too. When a couple tells you, “we’re up for anything!”, as a photographer you get excited! I’m so glad that both Jacki and Scott were willing to put up with any silliness I asked for and let me explore some new spots that I don’t necessarily see in downtown engagement sessions (think the middle of the road by Comerica Park, some blooming trees on Woodward, the Fox, church steps).
I love when couples come to me with great ideas about where to have their session. It’s always meaningful when it’s somewhere they have spent a lot of time or where they met. But when you get to spend some time just exploring together and trying some new ideas in familiar places, it’s refreshing as a photographer. More and more I’m hearing, “we trust you,” from my clients and the result is usually something I would never have thought of before being in the moment with them.
Their late-September backyard wedding is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to work with them again!
This past March, I got two frantic-ish messages from a girl named Heather — one in my Instagram DMs that I almost never check and another in my inbox (that I check less regularly during off-season weekends). The message was something along the lines of “help, do you have October 12 open, help!” Luckily, that October weekend was my LAST open weekend in October (October is busy, y’all…most popular wedding month these days). I’d say this whole thing was meant to be.
At the time, Heather and Matt were living in Florida, so we weren’t able to meet in person like I usually do for an initial consultation. Instead, I called them and they took it on speaker phone in the car and it was just wonderful. In that hour, I was so glad that October 12 was open and that I’d get to work with these two.
After moving back to Michigan and becoming east-siders, they decided to embrace all things Detroit and have a mostly Eastern Market engagement session. I had been wanting to shoot at Eastern Market for some time…I like going down on market days with Josh during the summer and fall…so they agreed and off we went!
This session was rescheduled TWICE — once because April dealt us the WORST weather known to mankind and another because they overslept – LOL. No matter. We had the place mostly to ourselves and no people is the best in my book.
Heather and Matt are hilariously goofy together and I included some of their finer moments in this sampling from their session. My goal as a photographer is to get people to relax and just be themselves in front of the camera. I think these two had no trouble doing so. I think I laughed more than they did during the session and left the evening with a smile on my face, glad that we had stayed until the lights of the city came on and I could attempt something new.
By the time we got to Belle Isle for what I was hoping would be golden hour (yeah nope thanks April weather), they were warmed up and the images we made were KILLER. The intimacy mixed with silly moments made me go OMG when I was editing.
I am BEYOND excited to shoot their October wedding and know that it’ll be SO MUCH FUN.