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A stylized mini session for Darren and Adrian’s wedding announcment became a really special moment in which Darren presented Adrian with his wedding present.  It was really a wonderful thing to get to be at and such an amazing moment to photograph.  The back of the painting is a reading from their wedding.   If you see them ask them the story of how they discovered it!!  Afterwards, we had some fun riding a tandem bike the same colour as my roadster and making portraits in the garden :)


Take a peek and read the story of their romantic as hell love story!! 

We played with light and shadow and then we walked down to the cascades in Ann Arbor.  It was special because we walked right past the house they first lived in together and it was pretty wonderful to just sit and hear their Treasure Mart stories!  Then we went down by the river over the bridge and it was fun to explore from a different direction a place I know pretty well, but apparently can still learn more about!  They like trains and electricity and I really enjoyed getting to know Lane and Noah.  

The goal was to walk and explore until Sunset and that was just what we did.  I love engagement sessions, they really are my favorite.  Getting to know the people I am going to be spending an intimate, long and lovely day with is really important to me, I get to see what they are comfy with, and what they are not and I get to learn more about what is important to them and who they are!  Laura is Catie’s sister so we already were pretty well acquainted but I got to get to know Fabian and it was just a fantastic evening!! Here you can see it for yourself!

I have never seen anyone with as many amazing friends… a huge bridal party of people who were all there 110% for their friends who were getting married.  You couldn’t imagine the love that continued on from getting ready through the end of the night and hugs and handshakes and the bride and groom glowing and enjoying the time with the most important people in their lives!! Congratulations Dara and Tom!! 

I have had maybe three clients who were practiced in front of the camera in my whole wedding photography career.  Almost every real person is not used to posing and being photographed and most of my clients are not interested in doing anything other than being their own fabulous selves and having that be what we see in the images!! I think this is the most gratifying part of what I do.  One of the things I love about this is that it means that I work with my couples to find a place to photograph their engagement where they have a connection, where they feel comfortable, and maybe they can show me some of their secret spaces!!! We did just that with Andrea and Jason’s engagement sessions… Andrea is the only person I’ve ever run a 5k with and they suggested one of their favorite walking/running spots.  It was a new trail to me, not far from my house and it was pretty special walking it and stopping to enjoy the views with them!! Love these images and love this couple!! I even played with something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, bringing back some selective colour (a terribly bad word in some circles) and I’m really pleased with the results!!