Back in January, we made a trek down to Detroit to have a “casual” portrait session with couple Brian and Jenn. Little did Jenn know, this would be the day she got engaged! We witnessed and photographed a beautiful proposal, then we walked around Detroit taking their engagement pictures. Proposal photography is definitely some of our favorite images. So beautiful! Check out some of their favorites below!
Earlier this month we had the incredible privilege of providing college graduation photography for Alan, who is graduating from Cornell University! We photographed Alan’s senior pictures in 2012, which you can see here!
He stopped by our studio and brought some of his Cornell apparel and cap and gown with him, and we were able to help celebrate this awesome achievement with him. Congratulations Alan!
To all of you engaged ladies out there: congratulations! I’m sure you’re quickly finding out that wedding planning is quite daunting, whether you have a wedding planner or not. If you’re like me and keep up on all the latest wedding trends, you may be wondering what your wedding this year should look like. Far fewer women have a plan for their dream wedding than we think they do. You may see a floral arrangement you love or a pair of earrings that you find especially bridal, but overall, very few women actually have a full wedding vision when they get engaged. To help you ladies (or fellas) decide what direction you want to take your wedding, here are some 2017 spring wedding trends for your spring wedding and beyond!
Pearls, lace, soft pink, heirloom materials… these are the things we love about a vintage inspired wedding. Vintage picture frames and antique platters and grandma’s hair pin! There’s something about old-world charm and simplicity that brings your guests back in time.
As a wedding photographer in Detroit Michigan, we’re big fans of high drama. So many of our previous wedding clients have certainly done this right. From opulent florals to dramatic uplighting, chandeliers, centerpieces, ice sculptures, fireworks, and sequined linens, a high drama wedding is sure to leave your guests in awe. If you want to give your friends and family an experience they’ll never forget, then a high drama wedding is for you.
This is like the vintage theme, but with a healthy dose of luxury. As wedding photographers in Detroit Michigan, we see plenty of 20’s glam in our plethora of old theaters and clubhouses, such as the Fillmore, Detroit Athletic Club, Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit Opera House, and Colony Club. These venues combine classic art deco and renaissance architecture with modern luxury, giving your wedding the same feel as a party at Gatsby’s mansion.
Spring season means flower season. If you’re planning a spring wedding, that means pretty much every flower is in season, so the possibilities for your florals are endless. That’s a good thing – because a floral theme is a great way to go! We see so many white and soft pink florals – which are beautiful! – but lately, bold florals have been making a comeback. Orange, pink, coral, yellow, purple, red… don’t be afraid to be bold! This brings so much visual interest to your wedding, and what better theme for a spring wedding than flowers?
Here are some resources for wedding trends and some inspiration photos!
Senior pictures are meant to reflect YOU. Each and every senior we photograph has a different personality, hobbies, interests, and passions. The more of these that you incorporate into your senior session, the more unique your photos will be, and the more you’ll love your photos! You might be wondering what options are available for senior pictures, and we’re here to help you personalize your session. One of the options for senior pictures is choosing how to express your personality in your photos. We can include sports, your car, your instrument, or your pet. We can take them in a rural nature setting, or an urban cityscape. We can even create a completely out-of-the-box, one-of-a-kind green screen image! Take a look at some examples below. These high school seniors wanted to make their photos all about THEM, and they helped us create some amazing images.
Another option for your senior pictures is an indoor versus an outdoor session. We almost ALWAYS do an outdoor photo session for our high school seniors, but we’ve taken some beautiful and fashionable high school senior photos in our studio. These are usually edgy and use dramatic lighting for an editorial look. Usually, if you’d like some indoor studio photos taken, we do one outfit in the studio and another 1 or 2 outfits outdoors with natural light. You can see some examples below of in-studio photos, as well as more natural, outdoor photos.
Here are the in-studio pictures:
Here are the outdoor photos:
The last option we’d like to talk about is natural light versus flash/artificial light. We tend to mix this up, depending on the type of photos and the setting. As you can see above, many of the photos that revolve around sports and hobbies use artificial light for a very striking, dramatic look. We also like to give our clients a couple of flash-lit portraits for a distinctive look. If you lean towards a certain style, tell your photographer! Below, you can see some examples of both kinds of photography.
Here are images lit with flash:
Here are images lit with natural light:
We hope you enjoyed seeing what options are available for senior pictures. One of our favorite things about senior portraits is that they are always so unique. Every student has a different vision for what they’d like, and this is what makes these images so special! Check out our seniors page to see full senior galleries and to see more examples of different styles of photography.
We’re proud Orion residents, and we love to take our family to different upcoming Lake Orion events and fun things happening around town. The weather is starting to warm up, and that means fairs, festivals, art shows, and more! We thought we’d give you a heads up to what Orion is planning for this spring and summer so that you can get your family out and in the sunshine! Upcoming Lake Orion events are fun for date nights, family nights, and even if you have a day free and are looking for something fun to fill your time! Take a look at what we’re excited about, and view the Lake Orion website to see more information.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Cruisin’ for the Trails
Where? Clubhouse BFD – 2265 Crooks Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309
When? Saturday, May 6, 2017
What? This is a charity bike ride along the Paint Creek Trail, from Lake Orion to Rochester. Of course, you can just ride as far as you’d like! Registration is $20 to pre-register or $30 day of. All riders park and meet at Clubhouse BFD and ride on from there! And you can bring your kids! As long as you’re able to transport them the whole way. There will also be a live band, drink specials, a charity raffle AND giveaways! This will be a fun event for all you bike riders. Click here for more information on this event and to register.
Lake Orion Flower & Art Fair
Where? Downtown Lake Orion
When? Friday, May 12th, 11am-8pm, Saturday, May 13th, 11am-6pm.
What? As a local artist, we love this festival. Not only is it the perfect way to kick off the warm weather, but it’s also a great way to see and support local art! Stroll the downtown and purchase flowers, food, nature-inspired artwork, and get the perfect Mother’s Day present while you’re at it. There will also be an auction on Saturday, and of course, an after party at Lockhart’s BBQ on Saturday from 6pm-11pm.
Memorial Day Parade
Where? Downtown Lake Orion
When? May 29th
What? Just what it sounds like! Enjoy a fun day for the whole family by attending the Memorial Day Parade, then grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many awesome restaurants downtown!
Summer Concert & Movie Series
Where? The gazebo at Children’s Park, off South Broadway.
When? July and August of 2017. Visit the Lake Orion website for specific dates.
What? Free and fun concerts and movies! Visitors are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs.
Check back with us regularly to see the upcoming Lake Orion events that we’re excited about!
And while you’re at it, you can check out our website so that you can get that summer photo session booked!