Disclaimer: This is what happens when I let my couples design their own engagement portrait session. Authenticity ahead.
Back in 2004, two of my most talented musician friends helped me expand my ideas of what Engagement Portraits were supposed to look like when they put aside their acoustic guitar and baby grand piano and stepped outside wearing black Dropkick Murphy’s shirts. This photo of Lindsey & Alex has sparked a conversation with each prospective client with whom I shared it and stirred many a portfolio reviewing professor. It’s still a favorite shot and a fond memory creating it for the newlyweds.
Then in May, 10 years ago today, they got married, and had a kid still learning what his camera’s buttons all did tell their wedding story. I was lucky enough to be that kid.
Congrats newlyweds! Happy 10th Anniversary!
On a quiet Monday evening several springs back I meandered Saugatuck, Michigan with a camera and tripod. Monday was my weekend, this quiet town was somewhere new. The moon was astounding that night and the piers were a quiet spot for a pause along the Kalamazoo River.
Not all the Previously Unpublished images I’ve set aside are on film.
Not all who wander are lost.
Stay wandering. Take a camera along. eB
Prints and gift items from this image available here.
Nick and Jami share their joy and excitement and joyness of taking all sorts of cutest couple engagement portraits!
I managed a few
standard cliche posed normal usual expected nice photos too. Instead of being so cliche it hurt, we laughed until it hurt. Often. And for that I thank you!
Many more photos ahead. Congrats, Soonlyweds!
UPDATE! See many more outtakes & usual photos here!
More snow in the air as February winds down warrants another warm weather favorite photo gets dredged from the archives! Today’s post comes from Spring 2005 as the newlyweds shared a moment alone on the country club green in Bridgman, Michigan.
Free photo tip – waiting around for family and bridal party members to arrive for group portraits is not time wasted waiting on great photo opportunities… if you keep your eyes out for these kinds of moments. This photo came together between the bride and groom’s portraits alone and waiting on the rest of the gang to meet up for outdoor portraits. No posing ideas, directing, or forcing a smile needed!
Keep toasty & keep your eyes open for great photo moments! -eB
Thank you to the men and women, and their families, who serve and have served for our country’s freedom.
I had to add a couple of instant favorites from Katrina & Charley’s wedding last weekend. There’s nothing better than celebrating with friends, old ones and all the new ones we just made!
Katrina in the mirror
Charley – what a guy. Just waiting to see his bride minutes before the ceremony…
Katrina’s smile said it all. Nothing like making your photographer tear up to make it tricky to keep shooting! I couldn’t be happier for you guys!
Love you guys!
Be sure to check out the slideshow to see more of this fantastic celebration!
What a day to celebrate with Molly & Aaron! Probably the best weather of the year to kick of the Memorial Day weekend for this wonderful wedding day with the Abernethy and Roussell families. The newlyweds were an absolute blast to spend the day alongside enjoying the happiness between them, the laughs shared from siblings’ toasts, the live music and festivities of the reception – the day flew by in an easygoing breeze!
Congrats you guys! Many more photos to come!
It’s amazing to see the youngest students of my 2002-2003 drama class now getting ready for graduation day. I was proud of them back then for all the hard work they put into our (elective) class, and I am even more proud as they get ready to celebrate all their hard work throughout high school. The most recent of our students to join us for a Senior Session was Miriam.
What started as a rainy few days turned out to be a vivid, sunny afternoon at the Japanese Gardens. Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot – enjoy!