Ryan + Kristen

Ryan + Kristen

Detroit Engagement Photos
May 14, 2015
Detroit engagement photography around the city provided by Kellie Saunders, a top Detroit wedding and engagement photographer. Kristen and Ryan are leaving Detroit soon. Now don't worry, it's not a sad move, it's a very good thing. Kristen is beginning her life as a Doctor in Houston and Ryan snagged a great engineering job there as well. When they hired me as their wedding photographer, they stressed how important it is to them to capture their love for each other along with their love for their city. They live right dab smack downtown and before they started packing up their lives for Houston, they spent an afternoon with me in the city that they love. We had a few hiccups and when I say a few - I mean a ton. You see, Detroit wedding and engagement photography isn't always easy. This spring and summer the entire city is pretty much under construction. Woodward is torn up for the rail project and orange barrels are everywhere else in the city. The beautiful grass that I so love in front of the old train station has been cut down to nothing and the Town Pump vinery on the front of the building is covered with scaffolding. To top it off, at the time of their session Belle Isle was being set up for the Grand Prix so there were grandstands and barrels everywhere! What started out as a one hour session turned into a four hour tour of the city. I have to tell you though, I had the absolute BEST time with these two! When I think of a couple who can roll with the punches I am thinking of Kristen and Ryan. It didn't matter how many orange barrels we ran into or how many locations were baracaded off - they just smiled and said - oh well - let's just have fun! And you know what - that's what we did. We ended up still hitting the main spots - but we just took a different view photographically speaking. I still shot awhere I normally do - but because of the obstacles I was forced to really think about the light and think about the connection between Kristen and Ryan. Because of that I think we were able to get a bit more artistic than I usually have time for. The construction slowed us down in a good way! Join me in congratulating Kristen and Ryan on their engagement and wishing them safe travels to Houston. I am so excited for their wedding next year!
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Lisa + Brian

Lisa + Brian

Detroit Waterview Loft Wedding Pictures | Michigan Wedding Photographer
Jul 19, 2014
Metro Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the elegant Waterview Loft at the Port of Detroit provided by Kellie Saunders and her team of creative Detroit, MI wedding photographers. OHHHHHH KAYYYY - can I just say WOWSERS!!!! I'm not sure that's even a word, but I'm going with it anyway. What an absolutely beautiful, gorgeous and unique day for Lisa and Brian, as they celebrated their wedding with the best wedding photography team in Michigan! Every detail, from the made in Michigan wedding gownd to the reception grand entrance by yacht felt uniquely designed for this amazing couple. I'm just going to tell you how the day went from moment one. We started off our day with Lisa at the couple’s home in Grosse Pointe Woods, where everyone was happily involved with the getting ready process…and I mean everyone! Even the couple’s sweet rescue pooch was there to help Lisa prepare for the day! He was a loveable little fellow and had I not been working the wedding, I would have just stayed and cuddled with Wembley and his doggie tuxedo all day long! But alas work called, so we had to move on. Lisa's gown was stunning, original and also made in Michigan! After Lisa dressed, she received a gift from Brian which was a gold bracelet that had special meaning to the couple. There wasn't a dry eye in the room. It was a lovely moment and we were humbled to be a part of it. From their home we headed to St. Paul Catholic Church where the couple exchanged their vows. Afterwards, we grabbed some lovely portraits at the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit before the couple boarded the 50’ Beneteau sailing yacht that took them to their Port of Detroit Waterview Loft reception! Did I say they had a yacht grand entrance? This entrance will never happen again for any other couple because it's nearly impossible to get the city of Detroit to agree to docking a private vessel at this prestigious location. It's only meant for commercial and goverment watercraft. Lisa and Brian pulled major strings to get this done - but it was well worth it and wow - did we capture some amazing images for them.  Join me in congratulating these two on a beautiful union!  I adore Lisa and Brian. They are just good, kind hearted people. Join me in wishing them a lifetime of much laughter and happiness as they sail into their future together!  Here’s a few of some of my favorite moments from their uniquely amazing day!
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Marya + Mike

Marya + Mike

Old St. Mary's and International Banquet Center Wedding Pictures | Greektown Detroit, Michigan
Jul 5, 2014
Detroit Michigan wedding photography at the stylish International Banquet Center inside the Atheneum Hotel located in Greektown was provided by Kellie Saunders and her team. If you want to see a couple of stunning Detroit rooftop wedding pictures along with a beautiful Old St. Mary's ceremony in Greektown, then this is the post for you. When I first met with Marya at my studio she brought her dad Peter along. I have to admit I was a little nervous. I’m never one to back down from a challenge but Peter works in film – like real films – movies and commercials and stuff like that. Being a professional in the creative field, he knows his stuff and he knows photography – that’s for sure. I thought to myself, “Well, if Marya hires me I better bring my A game on her wedding day.” Now to all of my other brides, I always bring my A game of course – but with a film producer for a dad I knew I had a very special assignment. He’s one of us – an artist. Marya is his little girl. I needed to do this right because one day someone will be photographing my little girl on her wedding day and I want that person to put just as much love into their job as I did for Marya and her husband Mike. Our day started out at the Atheneum Suites hotel for Marya and Mike's preparation for their big day. Marya and Mike had side by side suites so it made my job a lot easier. I hadn't met Mike before the wedding day so I spent a little time getting to know him. I discovered that he is a firefighter and everyone knows how I love first responders. My husband is a police officer so I have a special place in my heart for them. Mike's firefighting background would soon come in handy because later that evening we had a few walls to scale to get on top of the roof at the Atheneum for some special rooftop photos. We left for Old St. Mary's where Marya and Mike had a full catholic mass with a very special priest who was their family priest. After the ceremony we headed to the Detroit Institute of Arts where my team took Marya and Mike's wedding portraits. We had a blast and Mary and Mike were the perfect subjects. After that we headed back to the Atheneum where inside is the International Banquet Center. The staff at the International Banquet Center is simply fantastic and the food amazing. I work at many amazing venues but this is one of my most favorite. The banquet manager asked if we wanted to go on the roof and well - who am I to say no? It wasn't as simple as walking onto the roof. We had to scale a few walls and poor Mike, he had to help my big butt over a wall or two as well (but that's where his firefighter background came in handy - lol). In the end it was the perfect decision and wow - I was in love with the images we created. Marya and Mike gave me a gift whether they realize it or not. Just being chosen to photograph their wedding was a privilege and honor. They presented me the gift of the most beautiful wedding, lovely warm and friendly personalities, beautiful inviting friends and families, a historic venue, and BONUS to me – they wanted to scale a rooftop to get a few photos. It’s true that even after all of my years photographing weddings I still get excited to work every single wedding I photograph. Every one. This was no exception. To Marya and Mike – I wish you a lifetime of happiness and love. Thank you for giving me this honor.
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Payton + Janiris

Payton + Janiris

Birmingham Engagement Pictures
Jun 21, 2018
Engagement Pictures in Birmingham with Payton and Janiris were taken by Kellie Saunders, a Birmingham, Michigan wedding photographer. Okay I can't tell a lie here, in all the years I've been in business, I've probably never laughed so much during an engagement session as I did with Payton and Janiris. I admit that I sometimes bust out in song while working with couples (yes I sing to my people), but for some reason I just couldn't stop singing on the day I photographed Payton and Janiris. They were so welcoming, down to earth and lively that I couldn't help myself. When I started singing Payton actually cheered me on! Honestly, as silly as it sounds, it was just good old fashioned fun and it helped create authentic laughter and energy between the two of them and soften the photography process. We photographed at some of my favorite spots in Birmingham. If you are looking for some Metro Detroit engagement picture location ideas Birmingham is a great option. There are plenty of beautiful local parks that are quiet with soft light and gentle foot traffic. In addition to that the downtown area is really fun and lends a hand to some great opportunities for a different look. I really enjoyed getting to know Patyon and Janiris during their engagement session and I can't wait for their August wedding at the Madison Building in Detroit. It is going to be simply amazing with two lovely people, inside and out!!!
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Ann Arbor Peony Garden

Ann Arbor Peony Garden

Lauren + Adam | Arb Engagement Pictures
Jun 20, 2018
Engagement Pictures at Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden in Ann Arbor with Lauren and Adam were taken by Kellie Saunders, a Birmingham, Michigan wedding photographer. Peonies only bloom for a short time and there is no better place to celebrate their beauty than Ann Arbor's Nichol's Arboretum Peony Garden. There are many different varieties of this special flower at the gardens and they are lovingly cared for by expert master gardeners. People come from all over to see the blooms and their lovely splendor. Photography is welcome, but to catch these sessions, it's not for the faint of heart. You have to battle weather changes and be very flexible. These delicate flowers bloom for such a short time and because the success of a peony session is really weather dependent (in my opinion that is), I've found more often than not, that we have to move dates quite often when planning. Luckily Adam and Lauren were fantastic, fun, flexible and up for the challenge! We ended up hitting the garden on one of the very last days before the flowers lost their blooms but we still made it work and wow - what an amazing session we had. I had so much fun working with Lauren and Adam and getting to know them. I don't think we stopped laughing the entire time, as you can see from some of the images below. I am so excited for their upcoming wedding!!! Here are a few of my favorites from their engagement session at the Arb. Want a session like this one? Because of the short window of the delicate blooms, I can only book one or two sessions like this each year. These are only available to current wedding clients on a first come basis and book about one to two years in advance.
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