Detroit Proposal Photographer – Reem and Michael

She said, “Yes”!
So what’s a Detroit proposal photographer AND wedding photojournalist to do when asked to shoot a proposal in single digit Detroit weather at a location that doesn’t allow photography AND be able to include the bride’s reaction as the groom to be drops to his knee AND a plane goes by with the question dangling from a banner behind it? Sorry for the run on sentence… there was a lot to include about this specific proposal and engagement photography shoot! Well… she hems and haws and starts plotting, of course!

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Here’s the skinny… I brought my son along so I could shoot him (he needed his theater head shots updated anyways) so that I wouldn’t be standing there freezing AND doing nothing! Here’s the resulting headshot I shot while I wasn’t “shooting”.

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It was freezing cold and Michael wasn’t sure the plane was coming after all, so he dropped to his knee and proposed (without the plane, mind you). I took the photo and after introducing myself, made quick work of the plane circling around. NOT photojournalism per say, but I was able to create the photo Michael had in his mind. The following are her genuine reactions to the proposal;

Michigan proposal photographed at Cranbrook

Michigan proposal photographed at Cranbrook

Bride to be shows off the engagement ring she just received after an outdoors surprise proposal.

Bride to be shows off the engagement ring she just received after an outdoors surprise proposal.

This is what a newly engaged woman looks like! This was taken ten minutes after she received her engagement ring in Detroit, Michigan.

This is what a newly engaged woman looks like! This was taken ten minutes after she received her engagement ring in Detroit, Michigan.

Newly engaged bride to be shows off her ring after a surprise winter proposal.

Newly engaged bride to be shows off her ring after a surprise winter proposal.

After photographing their Detroit area proposal, I photographed the newly engaged couple.

After photographing their Detroit area proposal, I photographed the newly engaged couple.

Michigan proposal photography also included a quick portrait session so they could include them in their announcements.

This Michigan proposal photographer also included a quick portrait session so they could include the photos in their announcements.

A fun, artsy winter portrait on a newly engaged couple just after their proposal was photographed in Detroit, Michigan.

A fun, artsy winter portrait on a newly engaged couple just after their proposal was photographed in Detroit, Michigan.

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MikeFebruary 9, 2014 - 8:10 pm

You were an absolute pleasure to work with Marci! Thanks for making this special day happen …..

AnonymousFebruary 21, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Thank you, these are really fun photos, although it does look chilly!

Michigan Farm & Country Wedding Photography – Ray & Molly

Michigan farm and country wedding photography featuring classic black and white images from country wedding.

Loving the mix of formal, casual and country looks this couple blended, I love this classic wedding party photo taken on the Michigan farm where the wedding and reception were held.

Molly and Ray’s Michigan Farm & Country Wedding Photography – This was one of the most intimate, personalized and well themed weddings I’ve ever been lucky enough to shoot. Anybody who knows me or reads my blog knows I LOVE small, “simpler”, outdoors, country and farm weddings in backyards. This particular Michigan “backyard” happened to be a working farm! Some of you may be wondering why on earth I didn’t post the color versions of this country farm wedding. The wedding photos do look stunning in color, but I personally thought they looked so classic and spoke to me in a way that I can’t articulate by showing them in black and white. Here are just a few of my favorite images from Molly and Ray’s country farm wedding in Michigan. Molly (and Ray) spent a great deal of time finding and creating really cool cowboy themed wedding things and unique reception floral arrangements. Everything was lovely, extremely Pinterest worthy and deserving of a completely different blog. For this one, I wanted to emphasize how a feeling from a day can come through loud and clear just by having one photographer carry a sense of style through the entire wedding to create a unique and in this case, timeless feel. Enjoy!

The groom adjusts his groomsmen

The groom adjusts his groomsmen’s ties before his country wedding on his family farm in Michigan.

Wedding favors at this Michigan country wedding include personalized cowboy hats.

Wedding favors at this Michigan country wedding include personalized cowboy hats.

A group of wedding guests are pulled by tractor to the country wedding site in a cornfield in Michigan.

michigan bagpiper is photographed at country farm wedding

A bagpiper plays at an outdoors Michigan country wedding on a farm.

The Groom

The Groom’s sister walks the couples dog down the aisle at a farm wedding in Michigan.

The groomsmen and the groom wander over the hill from a cornfield at an outdoors, country Michigan wedding.

The groomsmen and the groom wander over the hill from a cornfield at an outdoors, country Michigan wedding.

The groom

The groom’s parents have a quiet embrace just before the Michigan wedding ceremony started on the country farm wedding they hosted.

Michigan Bride walks down aisle on a Michigan farm wedding.

A Michigan bride is walked down the aisle by both parents at a Michigan country farm wedding.

Rice thrown at Michigan country wedding is something I don

Rice was thrown at this Michigan outdoors, country wedding on a farm.

A wonderful dip under a huge blue sky looks even more dramatic in black and white! These portraits were taken next to the farm wedding site in Michigan.

A wonderful dip under a huge blue sky looks even more dramatic in black and white! These portraits were taken next to the farm wedding site in Michigan.

Formal Michigan classic wedding photo at a farm

The wedding couple poses for a classic wedding photo on the Michigan farm where they were married.

Country wedding photography features dogs in Michigan wedding ceremonies.

The bride and groom had their dog as part of their Michigan farm wedding ceremony.

Part of the country themed wedding photography features cowboy boots for Bride and Bridesmaids

What’s more practical for a country / farm wedding than having the bride and bridesmaids wearing cowboy boots? Super cute and super practical since they did a lot of walking during this Michigan farm wedding.

This Michigan farm wedding had the groomsmen arriving in a classic pick up truck to the country wedding. I wanted to recreate that with the whole wedding party.

This Michigan farm wedding had the groomsmen arriving in a classic pick up truck to the country wedding. I wanted to recreate that with the whole wedding party.

The best man drives the classic pick up after an outdoors, country Michigan wedding.

Cool B&W wedding photo in Michigan Country and farm Wedding

I just love the classic look and feel of this wedding as the bridal party head off in a pick up truck after having their wedding party photos taken in a field at this Michigan country wedding.

Michigan country wedding photography in farm cornfield

Michigan country wedding had a path leading through the cornfield to the wedding.

The Bride and Groom in classic Michigan country wedding photo featuring an antique chair from his family farm.

Michigan outdoors country farm wedding help the photographer move her props after their wedding photography shoot.

Michigan wildflower bouquet

Michigan wildflower bouquet is gorgeous… even in black and white.

Michigan country wedding has Groom dancing with his recovering mother on his family farm.

The groom dances with his mother during the mother/son dance at his family’s barn wedding in Michigan.

Michigan Country and farm wedding creates fun Michigan wedding dancing photo

Michigan barn wedding featured some fun dancing photography.

Michigan country wedding photography of cake features a horseshoe wedding topper.

Michigan country wedding cake features a horseshoe wedding topper.

Michigan Barn Wedding photography features photo of country wedding

Molly and Ray kiss during their dance in his family’s Michigan barn.

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Hank LepretreDecember 3, 2013 - 3:56 pm

This website was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something about wedding photography that helped me. Appreciate it!

Fun Troy High Senior Photos – Discus and Superhero Senior Photos

Troy High Senior Photos –
How do you picture yourself? How do you want to be represented forever? When you look back at your high school senior pictures, don’t you want to see just a slice of who you were at that exact moment?

creative Troy High senior photos by a Michigan senior photographer

Creating unique and fun senior photos is what I do best. Are you a superhero senior? Feeling like flexing your creative muscle for your senior photos?

Classic discus thrower statue for senior photo

Looking for a new twist on some interesting Michigan senior photos? This Troy High athlete poses with classic architecture in the discus thrower’s pose from the famous statue.

Looking for creative and fun senior photos of your metro Detroit senior? This Troy High athlete got the full on creative Marci Curtis senior photography experience!

troy high school athlete is also a theater major
Everybody has something that makes them unique. Every senior has a fun quirk. Every senior deserves the opportunity to show off just a little bit.
You may still be trying to figure out who you are, but you are unique. So why don’t your senior photos celebrate your individuality?

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AnonymousSeptember 9, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Great senior photos! Where in Detroit did you take these? Are these all from downtown?

AnonymousSeptember 10, 2013 - 9:26 pm

These senior photos are so much fun! Do you only take senior pictures in Detroit?

AnonymousSeptember 11, 2013 - 10:00 pm

I love these senior photos!!!! How did you do that?

chwilowkiSeptember 16, 2013 - 10:43 am

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University of Michigan Union Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography for Ceremony: National Shrine of the Little Flower Roman Catholic Church, Royal Oak, Michigan.

Wedding Photography for Reception: University of Michigan’s Michigan Union, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

University of Michigan bride looks back over her shoulder during wedding photo shoot.

Meet Ben and Melanie!

grandma
babies at the Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Royal Oak, Michigan.
bride dip at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Michigan.
Wedding party formal photos at University of Michigan.
bride and flower girl reflected in puddle.
formal bride and groom photo at University of Michigan.
Twirling bride in the Law Quad at U of M.
flower girl just wants to dance with grandpa.
bride and groom first dance at University of Michigan.
bouquet toss at the Michigan Union wedding.
bouquet toss photo at the University of Michigan.

I love that Melanie and Ben were able to meld their backgrounds, their shared story with each other and still pay homage to her Shrine upbringing all in one glorious day. Their wedding ceremony was held at the National Shrine of the Little Flower church in Royal Oak with one of her Shrine school buddies officiating (yeah, he’s a legit priest… no online ordination there) and one of her other Shrine friends singing during the ceremony as well (beautiful, gorgeous voice that actually filled the entire cavernous church!).

This can be a difficult church to light to do it justice, but with the flexibility of her priest, I was able to light it really well.

You’ll see my wedding photos from this University of Michigan and Church of the Little Flower wedding looks a bit different from my other blog entries. Sure it’s great to showcase these wonderful locations, but there was something ultimately classic about Ben and Melanie, so I thought I’d post almost all of the photos that were taken at the University of Michigan before we headed into the Michigan Union for the reception. It started to rain, so we had a little alcove at the Law Quad to shoot in. Not a lot of space to stay dry, but I think you’ll agree… it did the trick nicely. I could wax poetic about the fun mix of redheads and Ethiopian families and how fun and laid back the wedding party was and how much fun we had, but let’s let these B&W photos tell the story a little differently. I’ve got plenty of other samples of wedding photos from the National Shrine of the Little Flower church and other wedding reception photos from the University of Michigan, so click those if you’re looking to see how my wedding photos look from those locations. For now, though, enjoy Melanie and Ben’s romance.

 

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AnonymousSeptember 2, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Can you tell us more about this? I’d like to find out more details about wedding photos at U of M’s Michigan Union.

Virgilio LissardOctober 27, 2013 - 12:52 pm

I didn’t know they had weddings at univiersity of michigan! Alumni only?

Wilfredo MastromarinoNovember 4, 2013 - 11:37 pm

I got married at the University of Michigan League. Fun times. Love these wedding photos. Great job!

Randy CapurroNovember 6, 2013 - 12:22 am

Lovely, timeless wedding photography. Beautiful stuff.

Andrew PeltNovember 14, 2013 - 5:36 am

Cool website. I went to U of M and never knew about weddings here.

Andrew PeltNovember 16, 2013 - 1:38 am

You certainly come up with wonderful posts full of amazing wedding photography.

Rupert SolleNovember 23, 2013 - 9:14 am

These wedding photos from the University of Michigan are splendid. I love that you can really see the personality of the couple. Gorgeous.

Hipolito M. WisemanNovember 24, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Stunning University of Michigan wedding photos! I love the black and white wedding photos… so classy.

Adan SheppFebruary 3, 2014 - 8:17 am

I went to the U of M and am currently planning my wedding there. These wedding photos are fantastic!

Michigan Photographer… For Life!

Adorable photo of a Michigan baby by family photographer
Michigan wedding photographer showcases engagement, wedding and family photos
Big sister feeds her baby sister ice cream during Michigan family photo shoot.
Michigan family photo
Michigan family portrait photographer shows the changes of one family through the years.
Michigan wedding photographer showing same couple
Cute one year old Michigan girl.
Fun family photos echo the the couple
A little girl plays with her hair during a family photo shoot in Metro Detroit.
Proud dad and his daughter
A little girl sits on a rock for her family photo in Metro Detroit, Michigan.
Little girl photo in Michigan.
Michigan engagement photo session in Metro Detroit.
Michigan bride peeks out the window
One of the best perks of my job as a Michigan wedding and family photographer is that I often get to see my clients over and over again. Sometimes I shoot their engagement photos or boudoir photos before their wedding. And these days, I often get to see them after they’ve started having babies, either shooting their newborn baby photos, or in this case, taking a family photo once they’ve relocated back to Michigan.

So many of my wedding clients in the past 7 years have had to commute into the Metro Detroit area for their weddings (since finding jobs in Michigan has been so hard for so long). It’s so wonderful to finally see many of my past clients moving back home where they can raise their kids surrounded by family.

I’m curious by nature (hence the career as a photojournalist), so seeing how “my” couples personal stories and journeys have evolved brings me great joy.

I met Wiline and Kevin back in 2006 to shoot their engagement photos at Cranbrook (where his father worked) and I shot their wedding the following summer. It was a lovely backyard wedding with lots of happiness, lots of love and so much fun. Then they moved away and now they’re back. So we were able to shoot a set of fun, casual family photos with their two beautiful daughters in the same location I’d shot their wedding 6 years ago!

I thought you all might enjoy getting a peek at the evolution of a relationship and my photography as well!

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