I will start with this: I am not a University of Michigan alumnus. I did not even apply to that huge school in Ann Arbor. But I do love meeting Michigan alumni for a University of Michigan engagement session. Sarah and Brandon took my advice to heart when I told them to “choose a location that’s meaningful to you.” They gravitated towards some of the less popular spots on campus (but just as beautiful), including Ingalls Mall, the intramural building, and of course Michigan Stadium.
But the best part of this University of Michigan engagement session was when Sarah and Brandon sat on the steps of their freshman dorm and told me the story of how they met right there in that little, 70-person building. I think my favorite photos from the session are right there.
When you meet your spouse online like I did, you don’t have that type of nostalgic story, the magic of becoming friends and then somehow falling in love. You’re seeking love specifically. I never wanted to go back to Granite City Brewery where my husband and I had our first date because all it was was a really busy place that happened to work out well for our plans.
So when I have a couple with a history, which is actually a lot of my couples, I love going back to where it began or where something really special happened for them. You can tell the emotions change and the photos change.
Sarah and Brandon have known each other for a decade and have lived in Ann Arbor, in Florida, and now in Wisconsin. Their Michigan wedding in December will be filled with friends and family from all over and I can’t wait to be there documenting it!
When I first met Lauren and Bill in September, they were looking forward to a nice fall engagement session. They choose Gallup Park in Ann Arbor and we hoped for some sweater weather. Would you believe that it was actually 80+ degrees during this session in mid-October? That’s just Michigan for you…we never know what we’re going to get weather-wise!
Either way, Bill and Lauren rocked their session and were complete naturals in front of the camera. I had a ton of fun walking around Gallup Park and finding all of the best spots for light with them. These two met at a wedding! And now they’re getting married in May at the Detroit Foundation Hotel in a small, intimate ceremony. And I’ll be there to capture it.
When we were talking about what they wanted out of their photography, Lauren told me that she just really wanted a photo where they weren’t just cheesing into the camera, selfie-style. Well, that I can deliver and deliver well. I’m so glad I get to capture their wedding in about six months!
P.S. Please look at that beautiful golden light we got about halfway through the session. Gallup Park is right on the river and has many bridges. My favorite was NOT the long bridge, but the shorter bridges.
I met Corey and Ryan back in March at Cultivate in Ypsilanti. It was that day of the ice storms that would eventually knock out power to our house in Clawson. The funny part is just as we were about done talking, the power went out at Cultivate and they started giving out free beer! Haha!
These two are so kind and just lovely people to be around. We met up again in Ann Arbor, where they live, just about a month before their July wedding to get comfortable in front of the camera. Spending time at Nickel’s Arcade, the Law Quad, and Bluff’s Nature Trail, it was a fun evening getting to know each other with so many LAUGHS. I love a joyful couple.
As I work on their wedding photos, I want to share these engagement photos with you all. You can tell these two put each other at ease (the best). I can’t wait to share their wedding photos from this past July. I’m working on them right now!