Business is a funny thing; every day, wedding, and couple is different. Just when you think you have it figured out, business throws you a curveball. The curveball came in the overwhelming enthusiasm and swift decision-making Sarah had when scheduling her engagement photos. Surrounded by family and their support, Steve surprised Sarah and proposed to her on Thanksgiving. One week later, Sarah and I were talking photography and a week after that, we were shooting their engagement photos! As we chatted about their wedding venue (The Henry Ford) and what type of photos/backdrop/feeling they are drawn to (classy and elegant), I showed her a few wedding photos I took outside of the DIA. Boom, done. Ten minutes later, we had the locations, outfits, time, and whole shoot planned. I love it. I don’t think I have ever had a wedding or engagement planned so quickly. Sarah opted to have a winter engagement in Detroit.
Michigan is known for its temperamental weather and last weekend was no different. Monday it was 50 degrees and by Saturday it was in the teens. Despite the cold and needing to bundle up, it was a perfect afternoon. We started our shoot at the Detroit Institute of Arts before heading down to Campus Martius and photographing in front of the beautiful Christmas tree. Their engagement shoot in Detroit was short and swift, beautiful and emotional. You can’t ask for much more than that.
From a photography standpoint, one of the reasons why I enjoyed the shoot so much was because I got to incorporate one of my favorite pieces of equipment – the Profoto B2 with a 2′ octobox – with a new piece of equipment, a Nikon 45mm PC tilt-shift lens. The Christmas tree in Campus Martius was the perfect opportunity to play with the lens. I wanted the tree, which was close to the Steve and Sarah, to be out of focus and darker, while the couple was in focus and lit by the Profoto. With a bend of the lens, it worked out just as I had hoped. It was the perfect lens to photograph a unique winter engagement in Detroit.
Sarah and Steve had a winter engagement in Detroit, stopping at all of the major Detroit attractions: Detroit Institute of Arts, Campus Martius, and more. It was a cold and beautiful winter engagement in Detroit.