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ann arbor engagement session: sue & brendon


When your couple not only lives out of town, but lives across the globe, it’s a bit more of a challenge to schedule an engagement session prior to the wedding day. Luckily, Sue+Brenton made getting together a priority and I’m always so glad when I have the opportunity to meet my couples before their big day, even if it does happen to fall only a couple of days prior! I met these two on the campus at the University of Michigan, where they originally locked eyes their senior year in Spanish class. I’ve said it before, but I do love when my couples choose a location that is meaningful to them! We spent time walking around campus chit-chatting and all the while Sue was continually laughing at whatever Brenton had to say. I loved that we chose some funky backgrounds with painted buildings, but also some classic architecture as their backdrops for portraits. You two are fantastic and I’ll be seeing you both in just a couple of days! xo

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cranbrook engagement session: chelsea & christian


Chelsea+Christian live outside of the mitten and were in town for some other fabulous wedding events when we were able to schedule their engagement session at sunrise the morning they were flying home. Yes, sunrise, you guys. And it was SO worth it! Christian attended Cranbrook while in school and so we not only had gorgeous morning light, but we had a fantastic location for their engagement portraits. These two are classically beautiful and so the campus suited them perfectly. We leisurely walked around and got to know one another, even though I felt like I stopped them every few feet to shoot because every nook was simply gorgeous! Their easy demeanor made them a dream to photograph and makes me look forward to getting them back in front of my lens for their wedding in just a couple of months! A huge congratulations to the both of you! xo

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east lansing engagement session: allisyn & cody


Allisyn+Cody live outside of the metro-Detroit area, so the first time I met them in person was when we stepped outside our vehicles to shoot their engagement session in East Lansing. I adored them immediately. Allisyn is so kind, smiley, and really just adorable and it’s clear that Cody will go along with whatever she wants to do as long as it makes her happy. I had a really fun time exploring the scene with the two of them and I really think my favorite part was getting some genuine smiles out of Cody. I loved hearing their story about meeting in high school, how it was not exactly love at first sight (at least on Allisyn’s end!), but one gifted orange Gatorade later and they’re now planning their vows for next June. The light was definitely working in our favor and I LOVED ending in the gardens with a little bit of backlit magic. June will be here before we know it! A huge congrats to this sweet bride+groom!

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Nichols Aboretum Engagement session: Maggie & Matt


It took a couple of attempts, but the Michigan weather finally cooperated so that I could shoot Maggie+Matt’s stunning engagement session at the Nichols Aboretum. It was well worth the rescheduling as we had a perfect summer day and I could not have had a better time walking through the woods and gardens getting to know these two love birds. I do not know how I always seem to get so lucky in that my clients are so sweet and down-to-earth, but these two were no exception. The lighting was absolutely stunning that day and I was pretty much in heaven when they tromped through the tall grasses and agreed to dance with big smiles on their faces as we wrapped up the end of their session. They photograph so easily and it makes me super excited to shoot their wedding in just a couple of months! Ahh! So exciting! A big congrats to the two of you! xo

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detroit engagement session: alexis & mike


It’s always a honor when a fellow photographer asks you to capture what will surely be one of their most treasured memories. It’s also humorous because you’d think that if you’re a photographer, getting your portraits taken would be a breeze, but just like anyone else, Alexis + Mike swore they needed all the help they could get. As you’ll see, these two were about as natural as you could get in front of the lens and my camera absolutely loved them. They chose Belle Isle for their portraits, as behind the conservatory was the very spot that Mike proposed and I LOVE when my couples choose a place for their engagement portraits that hold special meaning to them. Not surprisingly, these two looked the part as Alexis’s killer floral heels were on point and Mike looked suave, but casual, in his suit. The air was cool and the evening light was stunning. I know I say this all the time, but such a stellar session makes me super excited to shoot your wedding this fall! xo


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