Sara + Nathan / Asylum Lake Kalamazoo Engagement Session

Asylum-Lake-Kalamazoo-Engagement-photography-session

I will admit it. I was nervous about this engagement photo session. Even though we took pictures at Asylum Lake… a place where I did photography sessions a TON last year, it had been a couple months since I was behind the camera, and I was scared that it wouldn’t come easily. There is a window of time during the bitter winter that I simply have to forget that I’m a wedding photographer. I focus on the behind the scenes aspects of running the business, and don’t pick up my camera. It’s a season that leaves me hungry for warm weather and the engagement photo sessions that come with it.

Sara and Nate were the perfect couple to start this season. First of all, they opted for an Asylum Lake, Kalamazoo Engagement Session which is stunning during golden hour, and second of all, they both have such a genuine joy about them that totally translated into their pictures. One of my favorite parts about this set of images is how dramatic the color changes are. First, everything has a slightly cool blue tone from the lake, then an almost purple haze as the sun slowly begins to fall, and finally that golden warm light that makes everything glow.

Mama’s still got it.

Megan + Mike / Arcadia Brewing Engagement Session

Megan + Mike / Arcadia Brewing Engagement Session

This was my last engagement session of the year, and it was certainly the coldest. We only made it maybe 15 minutes outside and immediately followed it up with a beer. Megan and Mike were troopers, and even though we had to cut the session short, I captured one of my favorite pictures of the year. See above :)

Danielle + Alex / Asylum Lake Engagement Session

Danielle + Alex / Asylum Lake Engagement Session

The weather has officially turned. Michigan autumn is a tricksy minx and we missed our super small window of not-freezing temperatures, dry sky, and pretty colors. Instead, we got one out of the three… but pretty colors are worth the chill and rain IMO.

Danielle and Alex are full of joy and laughter. They never once complained. I’m THRILLED with how their engagement pictures turned out :)

Maria + Kristen / Mackinac Island Engagement Photographer

Maria + Kristen / Mackinac Island Engagement Photographer

When Maria and Kristen asked me to be their wedding photographer, I wasn't sure that I could book so far out into 2019. At the time, I was pregnant with Stella and imagining work/family balance was hard. But, they cared about me equally as a person and as a professional. They encouraged my work, and embraced my family. When they asked if I could do a destination engagement session on Mackinac Island, I was excited because 1. GORGEOUS people in gorgeous places and 2. the family could come. In fact, right before this session, we all had dinner together. Maria and Kristen played with my girls and connected with my husband. I felt so loved. I really think that came to play in their engagement pictures. I felt comfortable asking them to get in the water and play. I think that they felt comfortable with me and let me see their real smiles. The images we created are full of real intimacy and joy. I'm so glad I know them.