When your good friend, who has been the backbone of your photobooth company since its inception re-finds the love of his life (for the umpteenth time), and finally puts a ring on it; you celebrate. You take pictures, you gallivant Detroit, and you laugh your faces off for hours. Doug + Stacy are special kind of people, my kind of people and I can't even wait for this wedding day to roll around.
What do you get when you throw two car designers together that are ridiculously in love? You get Taryn and Sam. You get their fabulous Mid Century Home in Detroit with all of the details of a Dwell spread. You get a secret BMW 2002 hiding in the garage that I make them bring out (it's still a bit of a project car). You get chasing the sunset and runs through the city we all love so much. This is what dreams are made of, and why this job continues to push me and inspire me day in and day out. This is what it's all about. They get married on Belle Isle in just a couple of weeks, and I couldn't be more excited.
Teri and Josh. I've known them for what seems like forever. I finally get to see them come together and start this new adventure together this summer. Last fall we wandered Detroit for a few hours and just took it all in. The architecture, the sunset, the art, the people, the streetscapes. As the legendary Marvin Gaye once said: "Detroit turned out to be heaven."
Time-traveling back a few months to mid-April when the sunsets were just starting to get ridiculously gorgeous, but the sunlight still had that cold winter feel to it. Angelo, Jamie, and myself explored all over Detroit on that beautiful evening to create these images. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
One of the best parts about this job is connecting and reconnecting with people from both past and present portions of your life, and seeing them in a new light. Watching them light up spending time with their new family, or their young love, or the person they're going to spend the rest of their life with. Kiara, Art, and I all went to the same High School back in the day; were never really friends, but had the chance to re-connect in the hunt for someone to document their wedding; to tell their story. So here we are, new-found old friends, and I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to document this day. It's going to be good, real good.
My best friend and his best girl are engaged, and I couldn't be more stoked for them if I tried. I got to help him put together his ridiculously awesome proposal in a suite atop the Renaissance Center, and next year I get to ATTEND (and be a groomsman) their wedding, like, as a guest, with my wife, without a camera. These two are the very best, and I'm so thankful for them in my life. Meet Evan and Valerie, two of the best humans planet earth has got.
This one has got to be right up there at the top as one of my favorite engagement sessions. We laughed and walked and got to know each other better and dang near shot until dark. These two are simply the coolest, and if they didn't live in Conneticut, I'd probably spend way too much time hanging out with them. Meet Charlotte and Joe. They're getting married in Detroit this fall, and they're pretty awesome humans.
These two. Their rad Ferndale home. Their completely amazing pets. Beer. Bikes. Love.
These two. I've known them for years and am so thankful to consistently get to know them better. They trekked through Detroit with me to get pumped up for their wedding in just a couple of weeks. Let's do this.
Samantha + Billy. They were just made to be photographed in Detroit. They traveled all the way from Grand Rapids to come hang out with me in Eastern Market and on Belle Isle on an incredible spring night. I'm so thankful for clients like these, that get me excited about my job over and over and over again. Their September wedding can't come soon enough.
Stupid Michigan Winter/Spring made us reschedule a bunch of times. I'd say it ended up being worth it. Running around Detroit with David and Cassidy was just about the best way I could imagine my first outdoor session of the year. There's just something about this city when it starts warming up again. Everything and everyone comes alive. To say I'm excited for their wedding next month would be an understatement.
I'm at a loss for words for this one. So cold out, but we got to squeeze the last little bit out of those fall colors. I've said it before, but I'll say it again: love between two people on their way to marriage is one of the coolest things in the world to document. Natalie and Mike have me so stoked for their wedding next month, my last of the year. We ventured around the Rivertown district, Belle Isle, and ended up on the rooftop of a parking garage followed by a 1920's cigar shop complete with shoe-shining station. This session was all win, all the way through.
Nichole and Chris showed up at my studio less than 24 hours ago to start their engagement session. We set out, we made memories, we trekked across what seemed like all of Belle Isle, and they absolutely nailed the session that they were so worried about. Let the record show that this couple is not awkward in front of a camera as they previously figured they would be. Goodness, I love these two. Summer, and documenting the stories of some of the most amazing couples I've ever known can't come soon enough.