Engaging (Get It?!) and Fun Lifestyle Engagement Photos for Detroit Michigan Couples
Most of my clients fall into two distinct categories; those who LOVE getting their photos and those who LOATHE getting their photo taken.
Bet you can't guess which couples fall into which category!
Blending Classic Engagement Photography With Lifestyle Candid Moments
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"Hi Marci! The photos turned out amazing! I'm so excited to show them off! Thank you for being so great with us and working around the weather! I'm actually glad it happened this way!!" Christy
Seriously Fun Engagement Photography
Congratulations! What an incredible journey you're about to begin together. I still get all gooey when I hear couple's origin stories. Getting engaged is a HUGE deal! Ready to start researching all the options for planning the most complex, exciting and expensive day of your lives? I'd love to help you through that process to make it more fun and less daunting.
Not all of my wedding clients opt for engagement photo sessions (many don't live in Michigan, but commute back for their weddings), but when they do, it's a nice way to get to know each other and spend time learning some short cuts we can use on the wedding day. My engagement sessions last an hour and I can't remember the last time I had that much time with a couple alone on their wedding day. It's a luxury that almost never happens. I like that my clients get to see that we can collaborate with each other and when they get their photos back the next week, they can see what they think worked and what didn't. I personally really like working with a couple's natural body language of love. But sometimes it takes a while to adjust to PDA with someone documenting your learning curve. I love that we both can learn together what seems and looks forced and how to instead make something that's more YOU. The learning curve is pretty steep and we can do poses in an engagement session that we just cannot do on a wedding day, but most importantly, let's let YOU see just how fantastic you really do look together!
Couples sometimes want to go to unique places that mean something special to them (often it's a first date location, or where they got engaged), but more often than not, we'll go to one of my favorite locations where I know I can get a huge variety of images and textures within the hour's shoot, where I know we're welcome to be (and don't need permits) and where you can get changed if need be.
Clearly from looking at this engagement slideshow of my metro Detroit couples, not all of them have the same goals, interests or comfort levels with PDA. Not all of my clients are excited about lounging in the water. Not all want formal shots. Not all kiss their dogs as passionately as their fiancees! Everybody is different and so are the photos. Some couples want to be coached and posed. Others want it to be a bit more spontaneous and more of a lifestyle photography session. Here's what they do have in common. All of the engagement session are photographed towards the end of the day at an outdoor location. You'll notice a lot of sunset type shots. Usually this is because couples end up in my last time slot of the day and also, sunsets are freaking romantic, right?!
If you've fine tooth combed this slideshow and are familiar with my wedding work, you might notice that my only same sex couples in the slideshow are actually my wedding clients. For some reason even though I do shoot a lot of same sex weddings, most of my LGBTQ clients do not opt to have engagement sessions done. I have done them before, but I think many of my LGBTQ clients really struggle with PDA in the very public areas that I typically use as backdrops. Society is changing, but perhaps a bit too slowly to totally feel comfortable rocking out your love in parks. If you do have a quieter, more private location you've found, let me know. I'm sure we can work something out. Meanwhile, come on world, get with the program. Love is love is love!
You're My Wedding Client!
$300 - Awesome! You qualify as a repeat client with a signed contract, so I take $50 off your fee. 1 hour photo shoot in outdoor locations where I know we are welcome. If you have a special, unique location in mind, you will need a two hour session.
You're Not My Wedding Client!
$350 - Hey, some people elope or are getting married elsewhere, so I'm still happy to photograph your engagement! This price is for a 1 hour shoot on location in the places I normally haunt. For a list of those locations, please check out my senior section. If you're looking for a unique location, you will need to book a two hour time slot.
I Want My Own Unique Location
$600 - No worries! Hopefully it's within a 30 mile radius of Troy (I can give you my address so you can figure it out and what the travel fee would be if it's further). This is a two hour shoot and means we can move around a lot more and hit more locations.
If you are looking to make this a engagement and family photography session, you will need to book the two hour session as the more people involved, the more photoshopping I'm going to be doing afterwards.
- ALL packages include all the edited, high resolution digital files and the following...
Online gallery with your images posted for a year.
You can print from a professional lab connected to my site.
Free downloads included.
So long as you enjoy the heck out of them, that's all I ask!
Tips For Great Engagement Shoots
Most clients will be using their photos for save the dates or gifts for family members. Do you want the photos to be the same season as your wedding, or are you looking for a variety? I would strongly suggest NOT shooting in the winter as wet, red, drippy noses aren't as attractive as they sound. 40 degree weather is about my limit (and my clients). While it's great for cuddling, nobody wants to change clothes or even take off mittens and coats. So for comfort sake, I would suggest avoiding December-April.
Peak leaf season is from October 6th to about November 6th if we're lucky. Keep in mind that this is also peak wedding season, peek senior season and peak family season as well. So plan pretty far in advance! I only shoot portraits M-TH (you can surely guess what I'm doing on the weekends), so time slots do fill up quickly. Leaves typically show up and the grass turns green around May 6th. July and August are usually beastly hot, so this is when I try to schedule sessions in the water. Getting me out of the water is usually the most challenging part.
The locations on my list almost always have public restrooms around so if you'd like to change, you can. I choose locations for their variety of textures, great light, easy access and they are FREE! If you know of a place that meets all this criteria and is within a 20 minute of Troy, let me know. Public spaces are being closed right and left to photographers, so I'm always on the hunt for new great locations.
If you think you're awkward and feel super self conscious about getting your photo taken, you keep good company. Almost all of my clients are nervous and not sure what they'll actually look like. Most haven't been professionally photographed in a really long time and not together. There is a learning curve and we'll go through it together. It really does make the wedding day just that much easier.
Many of the photos in this slideshow were taken at the usual places I go to photograph my engagement sessions, but you'll see Belle Isle come up a couple of times here. They require a permit to shoot on the island and they are a royal pain in the behind to get ahold of. If you do end up needing it to be Belle Isle, I do require that you book a two hour session and take care of getting the permits. They've made it unnecessarily challenging and it's very difficult to book back to back sessions. If they change their goofy policy, I will add it back into my list of favorite locations.
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