Ask any photographer and they will tell you, we live as photographers – always watching, examining light, people, relationships, interactions…beauty in the obvious and not so obvious. Over the years, I found that I began to realize that when I put the camera down and focus more on the person, that the shot will naturally come. So when Tim and Amanda asked if I would be willing to spend the afternoon with them on their boat, cruising around Lake St. Clair for their engagement photos, I naturally said yes. Tim loves nothing more (except Amanda) than to spend his time adrift at sea. His excitement and anticipation to hit the open water was palpable. I silently watched; as Tim’s excitement grew, Amanda’s smile did too. They are partners – when Tim is happy, Amanda is happy too.
Our journey took us to the South Channel Light, a once-abandoned lighthouse that the Coast Guard was going to bulldoze into the sea until local group of bought it for a mere dollar with the promise that they would save it and restore it. I was lucky enough to be able to climb aboard the small island it is located on and even climb up to the top of the lighthouse. It was a beautiful view; but was was even more beautiful was to watch Tim and Amanda enjoy each other’s company and the simple things in life. On the way back, we stopped along Lakeshore Drive in Grosse Pointe, dropped anchor and shared some stories. It was here that I saw Amanda’s natural beauty as she relaxed watching the sun. By the time the sun set, we were almost back to the dock. Always the photographer, I wanted one last photo to cap the night. Once on the dock, I found a light. By the time I walked back to shoot, Tim was already embracing Amanda. My job was complete.
*Special thanks to Captain Mike for the boat ride and mean ukulele skills.