I am so excited to share the images from Emily and Jordan’s amazing wedding day because their whole celebration from their first look to the decor was out of this world gorgeous! Not only are Emily and Jordan just laid-back, funny, and kind, but they are both very adventurous! You see, their wedding day started off with sunshine and clear skies, but shortly after they shared their First Look, some dark clouds rolled in and it started to pour! . . .Read More
We spent an evening together exploring Sam’s PaPa’s 100-year old farm in the countryside and these two were the best!! It was the perfect fall day with bright orange and yellow trees and the evening light was golden, glowy, and so romantic. . . .Read More
This was my first visit to this historic Belle Isle in Detroit, MI and as we all walked around the island I couldn't help but smile when Dylan would say something goofy to Lynette and then she would pull him in close to her. So cute. And they are so in love.
A few moments in front of the James Scott Memorial Fountain proved to be an adventure as the couple climbed up into the fountain to get a better view of the Detroit skyline (the park staff turn off the water at the beginning of fall). Lynette and I shared a total girl/chick flick moment as she said to Dylan, "I like your hair pushed back like that," and Dylan stared blankly at her. We all burst out laughing because apparently "Mean Girls" wasn't a movie on his must-watch list. We strolled over to the Belle Isle Casino and that's when Lynette brought out some balloons - BALLOONS - to incorporate as a prop in their shoot. I love when couples bring along pieces that represent their personality, relationship, or daily life because it gives us something fun to work with and adds depth to their story. :)
After a quick outfit change, Lynette adorned green and white and Dylan maze and blue at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory to show their individual team spirits. I don't think the rivalry between Michigan State University (Lynette) and University of Michigan (Dylan) will end anytime soon as captured in their playful punching match, but these two still come together on most everything else.
A wonderful blue sky, painted with whispy white clouds, was the backdrop as the Mr. and Mrs.-to-be tossed the football around in front of the Nancy Brown Peace Carillon Tower.
(I first met Lynette and Dylan while freelancing my engagement photography skills for Fairytale Productions and I enjoyed capturing their love for each other on the beautiful Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan! All photos were captured by Courtney Carolyn, but are Copyright to the amazing Fairytale Productions. To read more about why I collaborate and work with other photographers, check out this post.)
I want to wish Lynette and Dylan so much love and happiness at their engagement and I can not wait until your wedding next May!!
Have you ever visited Belle Isle? Tell me about the things you saw in the comments below!
Football season is in full swing here in Michigan right down to the high school level and it seems as though everyone is putting on a jersey to support their home or college team on Friday and Saturday nights. Back in the day, I stood along the sidelines in the 7th and 8th grade and stomped my feet and waved my pom poms for the Deckerville Eagles. As time went on, my interests changed and watching sports was never really my thing - but people watching always was. Today as a photographer I find it so much fun to attend live events where there are lots of people and activities going on so I've found myself returning to the turf under the Friday night lights with camera and long lenses in tow to capture the emotions and high energy of all participating. I find that these live events, like football games, allows me to exercise my creative muscles and to step into other realms of photography. This photojournalism approach, although different from my wedding and portrait photography, does still contain underlying themes of my style of documenting real life moments and we all know that high school gets pretty real.
I want to give a shout out to the junior varsity football and cheerleading teams at Airport High School in Carleton, MI ** GO JETS **!! This high school is special to me not only because I had the opportunity to work as a substitute teacher at this school for a few months upon graduating college, but also I have a really good friend who is the cheerleading coach, Emily (who I also did an adorable lifestyle session with - read about that here!), and my beau, Scott, is also the JV Defensive Coordinator. So along with photographing these wonderful students and athletes I get to cheer on Em and Scott as they pursue their own dreams.
p.s. I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who supports my goals and who are my personal cheerleaders for all that I do!
Good coaches are there to help you with your ponytail and bow as well as cheer on your efforts on the field.
There are lots of comedic moments that happen like this domino tackle.
And this balancing act before flight.
Scott's face says, "I mean business."
Who are you routing for this season? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!