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“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
                                                                    — E. Steichen

Wolcott Mill Engagement Session I received the email every wedding photographer dreams of.  “Hi Brian!  I love your work and wonder if you have our date available…we are having a destination wedding in Mexico and would love it if you could be our photographer.”  These emails don’t come around too often, so when they do, […]

Wolcott Mill Engagement Session

October 28, 2017

When Melissa emailed me to tell me she was engaged, it was like getting a phone call from an old friend.  I was so excited for her and overcome with warm feelings.  She is such a special and genuine person, I knew the person she would marry would be equally as special.  Enter Adriano.  Normally […]

Blake’s Cider Mill Engagement Session

October 25, 2017

Wedding at the Henry Ford Museum I have been fortunate enough to know Sarah for a few years before she got married as one of the instructors of a local dance studio.  Being a professional trained ballerina, she always conducted herself with poise, elegance, and grace.  When she called me to talk about the possibility […]

Wedding at the Henry Ford Museum

October 18, 2017

Two years ago, I met with Annette and Travis in a coffee shop to talk about their upcoming wedding.  We sat for over two hours and talked about everything except their wedding!  (We eventually did get around to business.)  I knew over that cup of coffee that not only was their wedding going to be […]

Lafayette Grande Pontiac Wedding Photography

October 11, 2017

When Lauren and I met for her initial wedding consultation, it was pleasant, but also all business.  Lauren came from work, dressed in a suit, and greeted me with a firm handshake.  I was impressed and proud.  I knew Lauren in high school and practiced that handshake with her before her DECA and BPA conferences […]

Belle Isle Detroit Engagement Session

October 4, 2017

Heather:  “Hi Brian, it’s Heather here.  Eric and I would like to start planning our engagement session.  We have access to Ford Field.  Do you think that work for a location?”   Detroit Lions Ford Field Engagement Session  Me: (coughing up my coffee from excitement) “Um, yes!” If there is anyone who should win the “Fiancé of […]

Detroit Lions Ford Field Engagement Session

October 1, 2017

I don’t know how else to say it, Katie and Kevin are awesome.  Our consultation was this high-energy, whirlwind of ideas, planning, and decision-making about their wedding.  When it came time to plan their engagement shoot, it was much the same, with a slight audible.  Originally we planned on visiting both Detroit and Birmingham, two […]

Eastern Market Detroit Engagement Session

September 27, 2017

I have said it so many times and I will say it again: the best part about photography are the people you meet.  A few years ago, I shot Ryan and Katelyn’s gorgeous wedding at Sweetest Heart of Mary in Detroit and later Villa Penna’s in Sterling Heights.  We had so much fun working together […]

Rochester Hills Engagement Photography

September 20, 2017

Two years ago, Michelle and Doug had a beautiful wedding at one of Detroit’s finest venues – the Detroit Athletic Club.  To celebrate their two year anniversary and growing family, Michelle and Doug wanted to relive some of their favorite moments of their day before making it official before God and get married at St. […]

Anniversary Photos Detroit – DAC

September 15, 2017

A huge part, almost responsibility, of my job as a wedding photographer is to help educate couples.  I educate them about the wedding market, refer them to trusted vendors, help them with their timeline, photo locations, what to wear during engagement sessions, even down to how to hold the bouquet on the wedding day.  One […]

Why Off-Camera Flash is a Game Changer

September 9, 2017

In just a few days, I will be celebrating 10 years as a wedding photographer.  (I will also be celebrating three years of going bald.  I wonder if those two are related…)  With nearly 200 weddings under my belt, I feel like I am part-wedding photographer, part-wedding planner.  Below are 3 Tips to Plan Your […]

3 Tips to Plan Your Perfect Wedding

September 2, 2017

Anna’s excitement practically jumped off the page.  “Brian!  I am getting married?  Do you have our date available?  Any ideas for locations?  I trust you with whatever you want to do.”  Longacre House Farmington Hills Wedding “Wow,” I thought to myself.  As I sat down to reply to Anna’s email, I recalled how warm of […]

Longacre House Farmington Hills Wedding

August 26, 2017

I was lucky enough to get to know Marina indirectly through her circle of friends.  She was a bridesmaid in her friends’ weddings, which I also photographed.  When it came time for her day, I was lucky enough to be at the top of her wedding planning list.  I hadn’t met Zac yet, but I […]

Villa Penna Wedding in Sterling Heights

August 18, 2017

When I met with Kate and Mike to discuss their wedding, it was obvious from their personalities and the way they spoke of their family that their wedding would not only be fun, it would focus on relationships: the relationships with each other, with family, with friends, and everyone else who has played a role […]

Wolcott Mill Wedding

August 8, 2017

About two months ago, Sam emailed me and shared an idea with me: she wanted to do a 1-year anniversary shoot with Matt, revisiting where they did their first look, recreate the gourmet cupcakes they ate, and share a bottle of champagne and laughs as they celebrate their first year of marriage.  I loved it! […]

1-Year Anniversary Shoot | Van Hoosen | Sweet Eats by Erin

July 28, 2017

Planning a proposal is tough and nerve-wracking.  I know because did it.  I had about four different ideas of when, where, and how bouncing around until I finally decided on how I was going to do it.  (If you are looking for some tips on planning the perfect proposal, read this!)  As it turns out, […]

Guardian Building Detroit Proposal

July 22, 2017

A few months ago, I blogged about the fun I had hanging out with Stephanie and Dylan on Michigan State’s campus.  It was a very memorable afternoon as Stephanie and I compared classroom notes and stores (we are both teachers.)  The warmth and friendship that was displayed between Stephanie and Dylan during their engagement session […]

The Reserve Birmingham Wedding

July 19, 2017

When Jill called me and asked about wedding photography, I had a flashback.  Years ago, I photographed her senior photos!  I couldn’t believe the years passed so quickly.  She was a beautiful person with a heart of gold, so I knew that the man who married her would be equally special.  (I was right.)  When […]

Solitude Links Wedding in Kimball MI

July 12, 2017

I think my first encounter with Whitney on the morning of her wedding day foreshadowed what they day was going to be.  As I walked up to the house, all I could hear was music blaring, girls singing, and laughter breaking out.  Whitney and her bridesmaids were having so much fun, I had to knock […]

Atheneum Hotel Wedding – Detroit, MI

July 7, 2017

Anytime I talk with couples about photographing their engagement, I always start out with the same question: “What is an important place to you?”  Places have meaning.  I know that I will always look at the Petoskey Pier, where I proposed, in a special light now.  All of my favorite memories are tied to specific […]

Mabel Gray – Hazel Park Engagement

June 30, 2017