Belle Isle engagement photography

A mid fall session of Belle Isle engagement photography.  This couple got engaged on Belle Isle, Detroit, MI  and wanted to honor that occasion by doing their engagement shots at the same place.  We started at the Casino.  I really like the arches and banisters, it is such a grand building with great color.  We did some fun shots of them sitting on steps and on benches in front of the Casino.  I even did a shallow depth of field vertical panorama composite for fun.  It is quite striking.

For more Belle Isle engagement photography we then moved to Scott Fountain to shoot where the actual proposal happened.  The fountain had just been shut off for the season a few days before, but we still got some nice images.  The sun was really low in the sky and it made for some nice direct lit portraits.  We then went to the Detroit side of the island and used the Detroit skyline and the Belle Isle Bridge as backdrops.  They brought out the flag of the college they went to, Olivet, and used it as a wrap.

Fall Engagement photography

Some fall engagement photography for your viewing pleasure.  This is a couple working towards finishing up school and plan to get married in summer of 2020

We started our session at Independence Oaks in Clarkston MI.  The fall colors were about at the peak for this year so I had them walk under a few trees, go out on the dock and sit under the gazebo.  The obviously care deeply for each other and don’t mind PDA.  we later went to another area of the park where there is a covered path and long bridge.  We later went to one of the family’s icon fall dirt road spots and shot the couple some.


They each had a couple changes of clothes to switch things up a bit.  All good.

I’m really happy and I know the couple is really happy with the results.  I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in a couple years.

Rob and Nick Same Sex Couple Wedding Photography

Rob and Nick got married at this same sex couple wedding photography.  It was a beautiful summer day in Ann Arbor.  We started the day at the hotel where the grooms got ready and friends came and went, getting ready and dropping off adult beverages.  We got into the limo and took a quick tour of Ann Arbor.  our first stop was at Nickels Arcade where did some of the engagement shots.  It was a bit busy with foot traffic, but people were very courteous and gave us plenty of room.  We wanted to go to the Law Quad, but is is completely tore up for major repair.  We then went through the Diag and shot at the Library and under the trees.

The ceremony and reception was at Cobblestone Farms  The ceremony was held just to the left of the barn, just short of the goats.  We had a bit more time after the ceremony for some additional wedding party shots and some additional romantics

Hollywood Glamour Wedding photography

This is a test I did with one of this years brides trying out Hollywood Glamour wedding photography.  I was inspired by the old Hollywood portraits done by George Hurrell. It appears he used mostly direct light.  I know that some of the shots were done with a large format camera.  This was in the day before strobes were effective, so he probably used a bunch of tungsten hot lights.  It must have been an interesting set.

I did this project with H&M artist Mary Simmons, she did the hair and makeup.  I was able to get to the bride before she had her dressed cleaned and put away.  It was shot in my studio with a very simple 2 light setup.  I will continue to test with models and brides.  I think it would be a nice addition to any wedding package, to offer Hollywood glamor photography before or after the wedding.  I’m hearing that brides and couples are doing day after sessions.  Might be something to explore.

black and white wedding photography

black and white wedding photography

black and white wedding photography

black and white wedding photography

Wedding ring photography

Here is a collection of wedding ring photography.  These were shot over the last couple years and I’m showing just a few examples of the many styles possible.  I typically shoot the rings after the dancing has started at the reception.  I find a surface or location that is meaningful to the couple.  Often is is the linen on the head table, a swatch of color from the day and even sometimes flowers.  Sometimes the venue has some interesting surfaces or items I can use as props to put the rings on.

I use a dedicated macro lens that almost get me close enough that the image is extremely close.  I use off camera lighting with a fill card to evenly light some of the highly reflective metal of the rings.  I choose to print my notes for the day on light blue card stack and that is my fill card.  I like the slight influence of blue in the shadow fill and reflections.  I also like to play with background lighting and reflections that go way out if focus, it really accents the sharpness and detail of the rings.

If you see me doing a ring shot at a reception please approach with caution.  The rings are often delicately balanced and the slightest bump to the table might knock the rings and I would have to reset them again.

Royal Park wedding reception

Royal Park wedding reception.  Shots from a late winter reception at Rochester MI Royal Park Hotel.  The hotel is a fantastic venue for weddings and receptions.  We were there in late winter when the sky were dark and gloomy, the air was chilly and there was not any foliage yet.  The grounds outside the hotel have many great spots to photograph the bridal party and couple.  we chose the bridge to town for bridal party shots and using the building as a backdrop.  The interior has many interesting places also.  We used the hallways  just outside the main halls.  The hotel also has a well appointed library near the front where we photographed the bride and group shots.

Royal Park Hotel  website

Grand Blanc MI Wedding Photography

Grand Blanc MI wedding Photography at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.  We started our day at the church where I shot the girls doing their pre-ceremony thing.  We had enough time to get outside for some bridal portraits and then get the bride back in before guest started arriving.  We then got the guys out for their shots with the groom who is active Army.  

The ceremony was wonderful and the interior of the church is clean and modern.  After the family formals we got the bridal party out back of the church for some fun bridal party shots.

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

Ann Arbor Wedding Photography

Ann Arbor Wedding Photography on a summer day.  This wedding started at Bethlehem Church of Christ in downtown Ann Arbor.  The Groom and groomsmen and Bride and bridesmaids all got ready at the church.  I had time to do individual portrait of each member of the bridal party and then some group shots outside.  The ceremony was very nice and the interior of the church is beautiful.  We stayed after and shot family formals and bridal party inside the church and then went outside for more bridal party and romantics of the bride and groom.

We then left for Shriners Silver Garden Event Center in Southfield, MI for the reception.  The bride and groom had their table on the stage and the rest of the party and guests were seated at tables on the main floor.  We later made time for some more bridal portraits before dinner.

Bethlehem Church of Christ downtown Ann Arbor

Shriners Silver Garden Event Center

Indian Wedding Photography

Indian Wedding Photography on a summer day.  I was lucky enough to photograph this Indian wedding at Bharatiya Temple in Troy MI.  This was my first experience with a ceremony with this culture and I really enjoyed it.  If you ever get a chance, I recommend you fully participate.

The day started with the groom arriving in his car, the family gathering around him and with much celebration and activity they walked to the gate that leads to the covered path that leads to the temple.  we stopped at the gate and there was a small ceremony with family and food.  they them proceeded down the path with much celebration into the temple.

A bit later comes the bride.  There was even more celebration and activity as she was guided through the temple to the room where the ceremony was being held.  The ceremony was a wonderful event with the priest guiding the participants through many activities.  Near as I can tell just about all of the immediate family had a direct experience in the ceremony some time.  The groom’s sister was my cultural guide for the ceremony.  She kept me aware of the important and upcoming parts of the day.  My experience for wedding ceremonies has been that the photographer stays out of the way.  That is certainly not the case for these ceremonies.  The sister had me right up next to the bride and groom sticking my camera right in the mix very often.

After the ceremony we did the traditional family shots.  It must be very important for all the guests to get a shot with the bride and groom because I think I must have shot every variation of couple and family.  After the ceremony everyone went to a local restaurant for the reception and dinner.

Bharatiya Temple


Lakefront Wedding Photography

Lakefront Wedding Photography on a beautiful summer day in a backyard on Upper Straights Lake in West Bloomfield, MI.  This is a very small family only wedding on a great summer day.  The wedding was attended by the couple, very close family, the preacher, me and a couple pets.  I had a bit of time for bridal portraits, shots of the groom, family groups and some details.  The ceremony was very nice and the groom even sang a couple songs to his bride.  After the ceremony we did a few more family shots and took the couple on to the dock for some very bright, straight up sun bridal pictures.  We all had a drink and the family went to a local restaurant to finish the celebration

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