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.
I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again and again, but photography has allowed me to reconnect with many people from my past that I’ve lost touch with somehow or other. Kara and I went to high school together and used to be in marching band together. We have some fun band camp and physics memories – haha. When Kara asked me to shoot her wedding and told me it was at the Detroit Beer Company, I was so excited not only because I knew Kara and Andy would be a blast to work with but also because that’s where I got married!
Kara and Andy moved back to Michigan from Denver, Colorado right before we took their engagement photos. We almost thought we wouldn’t get them in, but I’m glad we did. After meeting up for drink/dinner at Atwater Brewery, we headed to the Dequindre Cut to explore the graffiti and murals before going over to the Belt Z Lot for some gorgeous blue/pink skies.
Kara and Andy are literally perfect for each other. They love travel, they goof around, and they just balance each other so well. You can tell that we spent most of the session laughing because I don’t think I got one serious shot of them. But that’s my type of people…nearly all of my clients fail at being “serious” and that’s perfectly okay with me. Joy is something I hope to bring to others through my art and my clients are full of it!