One of the reasons why I love wedding photography is there is always a new element or challenge to each wedding. There is always a new experience. Each wedding, each shoot is slightly different. Stefanie and David’s engagement session was no different.
Stefanie and David wanted a classy and elegant backdrop for their engagement photos. I suggested the beautiful Edsel Ford Mansion in Grosse Pointe. I have photographed here several times and am always inspired by it and finding new places to shoot here. The shoot started off great with Stefanie’s bubbly personality quickly making a presence and David responding in kind. Her smile was contagious; David couldn’t help but smile when around her.
As we meandered around the grounds, clouds started to form and slowly block the sun – nothing that was out of the ordinary. A few rain drops fell while we were wrapping up at the front of the house, but nothing that would stop us from shooting. Then, while in the Rose Garden, torrential downpour made us take cover underneath the nearest oak trees. It was no use – we were slowly losing the battle as Mother Nature was not letting up. Then, in a moment of pure impulsive joy, David grabbed Stefanie and went out to the middle of the garden where I mentioned wanted to shoot. Screams and laughter followed as they huddled under the small umbrella built for one. The session didn’t quite turn out as we had anticipated or perhaps even wanted, but then again, what ever does? That is what makes life fun and relationships work – you improvise and make the best of it. In the end, the rain stopped and the sun broke again, leaving David and Stefanie still huddling under the umbrella for one, trapped in a moment that I wasn’t going to interrupt.
Edsel Ford Mansion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan engagement session. BTW Photography wedding photography Detroit and Grosse Pointe