Best Wedding “First Look” Prank!

This was a new one for me! A wedding day “first look” prank 10 minutes after I met the groom!

I shoot a lot of wedding couples “first look” photos and they are a great way to get lots of precious time for photos and help with the general flow of the wedding day so wedding couples can flow more naturally from their wedding ceremony to their wedding ceremony.
It also helps with calming jittery nerves.

What really settles wedding couples’ nerves on their wedding day? A good laugh! Here’s the best wedding day “First Look” prank I’ve ever seen!

After meeting the groom, Gene, last Saturday, he asked me if I’d help facilitate him in playing a prank on his bride. Sure! Amanda, the bride, had a very clear image in her mind how she wanted the “first look” to happen.

Gene asked if he could substitute his cousin for himself for the first look. You tell me… hilarious, or what?!
Here’s Gene’s cousin rounding the corner to an unsuspecting Amanda.

First look bridal prank

The groom’s cousin pretends to be the groom during the “first look”.

Michigan wedding couple's "first look".

Troy, Michigan bride and groom hold hands during their “first look” before their wedding ceremony.

Groom plays prank on bride.

First look with the real Michigan bride and groom

Here’s perhaps the most adorable “Thank You” image I’ve ever had the pleasure to shoot. The shy, but silly flower girl and ring bearer helped make this a super fun and memorable Thank You card for my Troy, Michigan wedding couple.

Cute wedding thank you card with kids.

Two adorable prankster kids add cuteness to the Troy, Michigan wedding couple’s “Thank You” card.

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Rain Creates Dramatic, Dynamic and Unique Senior Photos.

It’s Michigan, it rains and it’s senior portrait season! Photographing in terrible weather is par for the course. What you don’t realize is that it can create dynamic, dramatic and really unique senior photos.

As a photographer who always creates studios on location (or as you may like to call it: outdoors), weather is always an issue. Maybe all States have some sort of saying about how terrible and unpredictable their weather is, but here in Michigan the saying is, “Wait ten minutes and it will change”.

Many of my photography clients are nervous about crummy weather forecasts, especially rain. And while it’s true that actual rain isn’t great to shoot in (think drowned rat look… not a great look for anyone), pending rain and overcast conditions are perfect for creating dramatic photographic portraits.

Wind can also add a flare of the dramatic and dynamic to any photo. My senior girls benefit from this the most and tend to fear it as well. Don’t worry… it helps photos… just bring a brush!

So before you rush to cancel or reschedule your Michigan senior photography shoot, ask your photographer what you can do to tweak the time forward or back to take full advantage or a pending storm!

Here are some of my favorites from my senior shoots in the past year.

Michigan senior photo of parkour during rain.

Senior Photo featuring Michigan parkour senior flipping during a storm.

Senior poses with his car in Bloomfield, Michigan during a rain storm.

Senior photo posing with his car during a rain storm in Bloomfield, Michigan.

Senior posed in front of a major thundercloud.

Storm clouds make for a dramatic senior photo in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Senior photo featuring the wind blown look.

Wind whips a senior’s hair for a dynamic senior photo in Detroit.

Wind blown hair is great for senior girls photos.

Wind helps make this senior photo in Detroit more dramatic.

Storm clouds add drama to senior photos.

A pending storm can certainly add drama to senior photos as in this Rochester, Michigan’s senior photo.

Rain clouds add drama to senior photos.

Troy, Michigan senior’s photo is more dynamic and dramatic as rain clouds moved in.

Michigan senior photos before a storm.

A Rochester, Michigan senior photo is enhanced by rainy weather.

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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”.

Detroit headshot photographer 1

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

Hello there, You’ve done a fantastic job with your senior pictures. I will definitely digg it and personally recommend your work to my friends.