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Ashley and Jeff – Royal Oak Michigan Engagement Session

Jeff and Ashley picked a perfect day for their engagement session in the town where they met and now live, Royal Oak. Along with Foster, their German Shorthair, we had a great time exploring a park in Royal Oak and doing some shots under my favorite viaduct. Foster got some free running time in between his modeling debut also. We then headed downtown for a few shots. Watch the blog for the couple’s wedding day in September.

Bobby & Kristen – Detroit Engagement Session

Kristen and Bobby contacted me a few months ago about an e-session. Bobby was be sent from San Angelo, TX to New Jersey and a new Air Force base. They were stopping in Michigan for a quick visit with their families and wanted to do an engagement session in a city they still have a great connnection with, Detroit. Bobby and Kristen are big Red Wings fans and wanted a few pictures at the Joe, as well as some other Detroit highlights. Kristen and Bobby are getting married in September in Grand Haven. Best wishes and enjoy New Jersey.

Gabriela and Sean – Troy Engagement Session

Gabriela and Sean’s wedding is quickly approaching and we wanted to get their engagement session in before the big day.  We chose one of my favorite Troy parks to have some fun at.  Gabriela and Sean probably spent more time on playground equipment than they had in years, but it made for some great photos.  Trees, green grass and late day sunshine always makes a photographer happy and it suited the couple well. Keep watching our blog in the coming weeks for their wedding photos.

Erica and Kyle – Engagement Session Cranbrook Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Erica and Kyle are tying the knot in September, but wanted to get their engagement images done this spring.  Unbelievably, an engagement session in March this year looks like April or May most years.  With the awesome Michigan weather this last week the trees have started blooming and gave us some great backgrounds.  Cranbrook is always a fun place to shoot with a diverse selection of architecture.  Watch for Erica and Kyle’s wedding photos later this year.

Wedding Photography Tip #3 – Engagement / Lifestyle / Getting to Know You Session

As a wedding photographer, I’m often asked what I enjoy photographing the most. Of the wedding day, I’d say it’s the time between the ceremony and reception and/or the first dance.

If a person has booked a wedding package with me, they will receive a complementary engagement session (this is sometimes called a “getting to know you session” or a “lifestyle session”…among other things). This is truly the most fun I probably will have with the couple and is the session I enjoy the most. Why, because there are no rules. Usually there is no time frame, usually there are no boundaries and I get to losen the couple up and get them to just have some fun.

I, as a photographer, have an ulterior motive. I want to learn how far I can push the couple, how they interact with each other and quite probably how they will interact with each other on the wedding day. I am very upfront about my objectives and tell the couple what I’m looking for and what I expect from them at the beginning of the session. The guys usually roll their eyes, the girls usually say, “we ARE going to have fun.” In the end I’ve only had one guy, in over 100 engagement sessions, ever say he thought it was a lot of work. Mission accomplished…some super fun photos for the couple, a learning day for me, a day I get to experiment and push my boundaries a little and in the end a couple that will be happy they spent that 1.5 hours with me…getting to know their photographer.

Tabatha and Sam – Rainy Day in Detroit Engagement Session

Tabatha and Sam are getting married on New Years Eve in St. Louis, but are taking a little bit of their Detroit roots with them thru photographs. The Park Shelton Condos and Detroit Institute of Arts provided our background. Sam and Tabatha had fun with the hour or so we spent together. Sam is quite the comedian and loves making Tabatha laugh (ok…I found out the key to his comedy, but it’s top secret). Best wishes Tabatha and Sam.

Mike and Jessica – Stoney Creek Engagement Session

After a few washout days this spring, we finally got a beautiful evening for Mike and Jessica…and Nikko (their 6 month old puppy) too. A springtime walk at Stoney Creek Metropark made the background for our e-session. Some of my favorite areas of the park didn’t let us down. While the ground cover is still emerging, some of the spring flowers made for some beautiful splashes of color. Nikko may not have enjoyed the walk so much, winding up with a coat of burrs for the happy parents to spend the evening picking out. Mike and Jessica are getting married in September and I am truly looking forward to their wedding.