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.
Let me be the first to say that you don’t need to be engaged or married or having a baby or whatever to get professional photos taken! I think so often we tie professional photography to key life-changing moments, which totally makes sense, but sometimes that leaves out the in-betweens which can be just as delightful to remember. Ashley is a part of the Live Light Doula Services collective, and after doing the group’s headshots last November, she reached out and asked if we could do a Christmas card photo session with her and her boyfriend, Jonny. I was all in and we met up for an Eastern Market couples session right before Thanksgiving.
There’s something really lovely about photographing in November. I don’t know why, but people try to stay away from it, but I love it! Also I love Eastern Market’s murals and color. We spent the morning laughing our way through the alleyways. It was one of my most fun sessions of 2018!
So the point is, you don’t have to wait for a special moment for nice photos. Photos last and help us remember.
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.