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Grand Haven Engagement Session – Lindsay & Michael

Grand Haven Engagement Session – Lindsay & Michael

Before they walk down the aisle on the east side of the state August 3rd, I wanted to share these lovely images from Lindsay and Michael’s Grand Haven engagement session. I don’t often get to work on the west side of the state, so when Lindsay asked if I would be willing to come out to Grand Haven for their engagement session, I was excited! Grand Haven is the cutest spot for an engagement session; the beach and the downtown are so close together, making it easy to hit up both during a session.

This was the first time we had all met in person, as they booked me while I was on my trip. We had SO much fun! These two were a joy to work with and photograph. They were willing to do anything I suggested and were naturals in front of the camera. I can’t wait for their wedding in just a few weeks!

Downtown Wyandotte Engagement Session | Cheyenne & Carlos

Downtown Wyandotte Engagement Session | Cheyenne & Carlos

It’s April and I know Christmas isn’t on anyone’s mind quite yet, but I wanted to share Cheyenne and Carlos’ downtown Wyandotte engagement session because not only was it a super fun time, but also it’s a good example of some nighttime photography, which used to intimidate me, but now I’m much more willing to try new things, especially using my speedlights. I’m still perfecting getting set up in the wind, but this was the perfect session to do some night shots. My favorites were from the end of the session! I think this almost always happens, as people get warmed up.

Cheyenne was actually the maid of honor in one of my first weddings, which is how we originally met! I was so excited that she emailed me after she got engaged to Carlos and they ended up booking me as their photographer. It is always so flattering when someone likes their friends’ photos enough to want to hire me for theirs! My business just simply wouldn’t exist without these lovely referrals and every time I get one, I do a happy dance.

What I love about these two (other than honestly so much) is their HAIR. Like OMG both of them have so much beautiful hair. Cheyenne is also AMAZING at all things makeup and looked gorgeous for this session. I’m really glad I was able to photograph them in their home and in downtown Wyandotte, which is close-by and where they spend time together. Plus, I got to meet their animals (and we tried to get a photo with all of them). More in-home/outdoor hybrid sessions please.

I can’t wait for their October wedding!

Downtown Wyandotte Engagement session

Downtown Wyandotte Engagement session

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Rochester Municipal Park Engagement | Cory & Brian

Rochester Municipal Park Engagement | Cory & Brian

The summertime seems like a million years ago to most midwestern towns this time of year. I know sunshine and humidity will return soon enough and we’ll all be complaining about melting. Last September, I met up with Cory and Brian in downtown Rochester for a fun time hanging out, I mean shooting their engagement session at Rochester Municipal Park.

Joshua actually referred Brian and Cory to me! Brian and Josh play board games together and after I met Cory for coffee last August, I knew I would love working with them! Cory and I had a lot to talk about — we are both English majors and share a lot of the same interests!

For their engagement session, these two got the yummiest golden hour September light…something that evaded me A LOT in fall 2018. We spent some time traversing Rochester Municipal Park, which is a favorite of mine for sessions, and then moved to my super secret spot by the river, and finished at Red Knapp’s for milkshakes! Love when we get to do something a little different for sessions!

Cory and Brian are so sweet together and we spent a lot of the session laughing! I can’t wait for their October wedding at Indian Springs Metropark!

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Brandy & Paul | Jackson Michigan Engagement Session

Brandy & Paul | Jackson Michigan Engagement Session

The first thing Brandy and Paul said to me after I sat them down for a few test shots was, “We’re so awkward.” When couples say this to me, I smile and assure them that that’s not possible. And about 98% of the time, I’m correct. The “awkwardness” is really just adorableness. Y’all can keep sending me your awkward couples because I absolutely love photographing them.

Brandy, Paul, and their littles met me at the Dahlem Nature Center in Jackson, Michigan. I had never been before and we had been texting back and forth all day about the impending bad weather. I wasn’t wanting to cancel because rescheduling in spring with my schedule is madness, and we were able to make it work with some golden sunshine even peaking out.

The nature center was pretty much empty, leaving us to explore some of the trails and the playground equipment. As I usually do, I let the kids run their part of the session and just let them play and explore. It’s a lifestyle approach and honestly, I don’t know how photographers do formal photos with young children. They have ENERGY and just need to be moving. So that’s what we do!

For the rest of the session, I took Brandy and Paul off to create some engagement photos of just the two of them. They are absolutely the sweetest couple and so easy-going. I didn’t have to do much at all, which is the best kind of session. We laughed our way through it and by the end, I’m pretty sure there was no awkwardness left!

Their September wedding in Jackson is going to be a dream and I can’t wait!

 

Brittany & Taylor | Maybury State Park Engagement

Brittany & Taylor | Maybury State Park Engagement

When I met Brittany and Taylor back in December 2017, I instantly felt very comfortable with them. They were the kind of clients you hope for as a photographer: they cared a lot about their wedding day photography and asked great questions. Easy to talk to, and super sweet, I left our initial consultation hoping that they would indeed choose me to photograph their New Year’s Eve wedding. Thank goodness they did!

I’m just getting around to blogging these beautiful images of their March engagement session at Maybury State Park in Northville. After several winter sessions with zero sunshine, I was happy to get a little bit of golden hour with snow in the woods. I think Brittany and Taylor are perhaps my most adventurous couple to date, and I think that shows in their photos. They are also 100 percent incredibly in love — and it shows.

I know that it’s summertime and we don’t want to think about snow on the ground, but this session was WAY too good not to share with you.  Snow photographs so beautifully and I’m so excited for all 3 of my December weddings this year, including Brittany and Taylor’s where I’ll end this year on a high note!

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