Tips for an Epic Michigan Engagement Photoshoot

April 4, 2018

Why book an adventure engagement photoshoot?

There are a couple of great advantages to booking an adventure engagement photoshoot before your wedding:

– Setting up an engagement session will give you a taste of my shooting style and a collection of photos you can use for your wedding stationery.

– Getting to know you on a deeper level through a personalized engagement session will give me the opportunity to capture your wedding day with sensitivity and insight later on.


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I’ll give you easy instructions, asking you to move and interact together in ways that allow me to capture candid moments in a flattering way. We might play fun games to capture the real you with prompts that include movements, emotions and associations. You’ll most likely leave your engagement session feeling like you connected with your partner on a different level and managed to conquer another challenge hand in hand!

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Envision the season for your engagement photoshoot

Weather can be tricky, especially in Michigan! Helloooo, April! But the season and time of the day will determine the visual outcome of your engagement photos. Are you looking to frolic in a park full of colorful foliage, ready to embrace the winter wonderland or are you more of a sun basking creature loving the golden hour of summer days? Talk to me about the story you’re trying to tell for your adventure engagement session.

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Let’s choose a meaningful location 

Setting your engagement session in a beautiful historical building in Ann Arbor with neo-gothic architecture definitely tells a story. But, have you thought of inviting your photographer to your home, make tea, read a book under the blanket and then play the guitar? Have you thought of going on an adventure and making a bon fire at your favorite spot by the Huron river and sip hot toddy while listening to crackling of the wood? Make the shoot about you.  

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Pick out a comfortable engagement outfit

There are no boundaries, but make sure you LOVE what you’re wearing. If you choose to do an adventure engagement, pick a comfortable outfit that will reflect your personalities and the vibe you’re going for. To introduce elegance into your shoot, go for a long engagement gown that will flow in the wind and the sun will beautifully shine through the fabric at your sunset shoot. Instead of matching with your partner, pick complimentary colors and avoid wearing large clashing patterns.

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Be yourself (unless you can be a unicorn)

If being yourself means bringing a unicorn mask to your adventure engagement shoot – DO IT! It’s about having the experience of your lifetime! Every detail down to how you interact with each other to the real explosive laughter triggered by a tickle or an intimate whisper in your ear. Teresa and Tiago love a good hearty ramen, so they wanted to capture this element in their engagement photos as well. This is exactly what I am looking for – I want to capture the real you!

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During your engagement, focus on your connection

The most important part of your engagement shoot is for me to capture unposed candid moments of your interactions, the split second, when you forget someone is watching, the uninhibited laugh you share with your partner. This is what makes an engagement session.

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Have fun at your adventure engagement photoshoot!

Have a shot of tequila, if you need to – and enjoy your time with your partner! You are creating a space for an enriching experience, even if it pushes your boundaries, you will leave your engagement session feeling you managed to conquer another challenge hand in hand with the addition of tens of beautiful photographs you’ll cherish forever.

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To learn more about why I love being an adventure wedding photographer, read this article. If you would like to book an engagement session with me, send me a note through the form below.