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Kristine and John – Detroit’s Eastern Market Engagement Session

I met up with Kristine and John early on Saturday morning.  The trip to Eastern Market in Detroit has become a Saturday morning ritual for the couple and they decided it would be a fun choice for a engagement / lifestyle session.  We started out with some awesome light and found a few nice urban settings to give their session a true Detroit feel.  We then headed over to the market sheds and captured Kristine and John having fun, doing their market shopping.  I really enjoyed just following them around and shooting the day they enjoy.  We finished up with a few other urban settings and Kristine and John were off to Russell St. Deli for breakfast.  Keep watching the blog for some great wedding photos of Kristine and John this fall.

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.

Ms. Courtney – Salem High School Senior Rep

Courtney came it us a few months ago for her high school senior photos. This is our second session we’ve completed with her and we got some really nice and fun images. Courtney is a dancer and wanted some studio shots to showcase that part of her life, we then headed over to Cranbrook and had perfect light for some outdoor shots. If you go to Plymouth Salem High School, get in touch with Courtney for some money saving deals. If you want to set up your senior session, we can definitely get you in before or after school starts. We handle everything…yearbook photo, getting image to yearbook staff and some unique and imaginative lifestyle photos. Call us today 248-561-6873.