With summer looming here in Michigan (it’s finally warming up, yay!), I was reviewing any engagement sessions I may have missed sharing last year and found that I totally didn’t share Dana and Steve’s Troy engagement session last fall!
We started out at a small park (aka hidden photography gem) behind Woodside Church. I don’t usually ever recommend wearing loud prints, but Dana literally rocked that dress! She completely pulled it off and I loved it! It’s a good example of one partner wearing something a little bolder and the other wearing something more neutral.
Dana and Steve were naturals in front of the camera. We spent a great deal of the session laughing! Dana’s daughters were there as her personal stylists which made my job easy-peasy.
Football is really important to these two because Steve is a football coach at Troy Athens. Naturally, they wanted to incorporate this into their photos! I always recommend incorporating a place or theme that’s important to you as a couple. So we headed right to the field where Steve coaches on for some more photos!
Their July 20 wedding is approaching quickly (just about two months away as I write this) and I’m excited to capture their big day at Club Venetian in Madison Heights.
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!
Where to begin with Robyn & Adam! When we first met, we talked for nearly two hours over beers at the Royal Oak Brewery. These two love trying new brews. After meeting them, I was so glad that I had a date open up this August so I could photograph their wedding! Our whole relationship went kind of quick…we met in June, photographed their engagement photos in July, and they were married in August.
Robyn & Adam met at work and have been together a LONG time. They’re fun, they’re cute, they’re just lovely. Their relationship strikes a keen balance: Adam as the more outspoken extroverted one, Robyn the calm soothing presence.
Hamtramck is really special to Adam, so we wanted to incorporate this into their session. You know how much I love when couples ask to incorporate something special to them. We started on the stoop of their favorite bar and hit some of the major spots in Hamtramck, stopped at the Cass Ave Viaduct (which I loveeee) and headed to Belle Isle for the sunset. Though we only had a few moments of sun, these two were STUNNING. They tried to tell me that they wouldn’t know what to do in front of the camera, but by the end of the session, I wasn’t bothering with directing. I just let them go.
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!
This past June, I met Tamara, Jackie, and their boys at Kensington Metropark for their engagement/family session hybrid. They brought their new puppy, Orin, who was absolutely the star of the show! Everyone, please bring more dogs to sessions! I’ve done a lot of engagement/family hybrids this year, but this was my first with older teenage children, which was refreshing.
If you’re looking for perfect outfit coordination without being matchy, this family is IT. Literally spot on, please take a look. My favorite part of working with them is that they love to laugh, which you know is my favorite. We had a great time exploring a few lovely spots at Kensington, ending the session in the water. Tamara and Jackie have such an ease with each other, and if they were camera shy, I didn’t notice.
After over eight years, these two are getting married in a few weeks. I am so excited they choose me to capture their day!