One of the coolest parts about being a wedding photographer is getting to know and love the couples I photograph and stay in touch with them long after their wedding. Getting to shoot maternity sessions for my past CCP Brides as well as CCP Couples who have taken advantage of my anniversary portrait sessions is a really special part of my job, and I am always so excited and honored when they choose me to capture a new chapter in their love story; parenthood! . . .Read more
I was so excited when Lexy and Alan set up their portrait session with me and that I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon photographing these two cuties! I feel honored to have been Lexy and Alan's wedding photographer this past May (see their wedding day here), their engagement photographer the summer before that (see their engagement photos here), and to be a part of such a special time in their love story! For this lifestyle portrait session, I had the opportunity to photograph them, again, at another extremely special time in their life together; before the arrival of their first baby! Ahh! . . .Read more
One of my biggest joys as a wedding photographer is getting to continue photographing couples after their wedding day and as they grow in their marriage and start families! The fall is a special time of year for me in so many ways not only because it is my favorite season, but there are lots of colorful outdoor weddings, I'm meeting with newly engaged couples getting married the following year, and I also sometimes have the privilege of photographing my past clients again!! . . .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!
For all the engagement sessions I photograph, I want to incorporate a real sense of personality into the photography shoot, capturing real life and what a couple is really like when together and this Lifestyle Engagement was no different. Kate and Emmett have a whirl wind life, living in Nicaragua for the last 3 years, Kate teaches Biology and Emmett teaches English, and some of their favorite things to do together as a couple is to go out to eat, travel, watch movies, and play basketball together.
The day of their session was beautiful with big fluffy clouds dotting the sky in downtown Plymouth, Michigan. We began by checking out the historic Penn Theater and discovered some amazing hand painted murals down the back alleyway that depicted scenes from Gone With the Wind, The Shek, The Wizard of Oz, and A 2001 Space Odyssey. Already my creative energy was high because I also love the movies and as we explored Kate's family home of Plymouth, Michigan we found some wonderful portrait opportunities - and I got to hear more about how Emmett proposed.
Emmett and Kate had gone away on a quiet weekend getaway to a hotel on the coast of Nicaragua, Emmett had prepared his thoughts and that gorgeous ring for a beautiful proposal on their balcony at sunset. Gush.
The air was starting to get hot as we wandered around, and Kate and Emmett decided to duck into a little, retro ice cream parlor called The Dairy King. After sharing each others ice cream cones with one-another, Kate and Emmett wanted to hit the basketball court.
We traveled to a local middle school's outdoor basketball court where, after a quick match of rock, paper, scissors, Kate and Emmett shot some hoops beneath a dramatic sky.
(I met Kate and Emmett while freelancing my photography skills for Fairytale Productions. 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 Kate and Emmett so much love and happiness as they begin the next chapter in their love story and want to say congratulations on being MARRIED!
(To see this creative couple's to-die-for wedding, see this blog post!!)
"You should be kissed often, and by someone who knows how." - Rhett Butler, Gone With the Wind
Kate, you are so beautiful.
A quiet, sweet moment.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for diamonds.
Don't mind me, just gonna have a lick or two. . . or three.
Don't worry he shares his with her though. Too cute.
Rock, paper, scissors - shoot.
There is a time in Michigan, when you feel a slight change in the air, and you find yourself needing a blanket when you curl up for bed. Fall is my favorite time of the year and it has arrived within the last day or two. I love fall because the trees change color, hoodies become acceptable fashion, fireplaces start burning wood, hot apple cider is aplenty, pumpkin flavored evvvvverything is on every menu, and you get to see the world around you completely change and get ready for a new beginning; winter.
Sam and Brent decided in the fall of last year to celebrate their engagement with some portraits that highlight the beautiful season in all it's magnificence. The day was a bit warm to start off with and Sam and Brent spent some time walking around a Clinton Township Metropark under the fall colors and talking about how Brent proposed. It was so sweet to hear about how Brent first asked Sam's father for her hand in marriage before asking her. Sam laughed joyfully at how her dad was able to kept the proposal a secret from her mom, so that way she, along with Sam, would be genuinely surprised by Brent's proposal.
As the clouds started to roll in, and the breeze picked up I walked with Sam and Brent down to the beach. In Michigan beaches are normally crowed with vacationers (known more affectionately in some places as "fudgies"), but as we walked along the sandy beach, all we could hear was the roar from the water and as I watched Sam and Brent cuddle and laugh with one another I could feel the world around them start to change and get ready for a new beginning in their lives; marriage.
What do you love most about fall? I'd love to hear about your fall adventures in the comments!