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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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DETROIT ENGAGEMENT PICTURES

DETROIT ENGAGEMENT PICTURES

SIMONA + ALEX'S DETROIT ENGAGEMENT SESSION
Mar 8, 2019
Detroit Engagement Pictures with Simona and Alex were taken by Kellie Saunders, a leading Southeast Michigan and Detroit wedding photographer. Detroit engagment photo locations included the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and the Detroit Riverfront. Simona and Alex were nothing short of fantastic to work with. I enjoyed every minute of their fun and romantic filled engagement session in Detroit. Their romantic chemistry was off the charts as you can see in the photos. But don't let their sense of romance and connection to each other fool you, this couple always made time to smile, laugh and have some rowdy fun too! I thought they had almost the perfect balance together and I couldn't help but smile the whole time I was working with them. We started at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) which is one of my favorite places to work. It offers a timeless, classic and clean look for an engagement session, and Simona and Alex wanted to rock out some formal wear so this was the perfect spot to do so. After we shot a bit at the DIA we headed over to a place in Downtown Detroit that I love which is shown below. The architecture is brilliant and Simona and Alex wanted to capture some of Detroit's essence in their photos. After that we ended our session on the riverfront which had the most perfect sunset waiting for us! I don't think it gets much better than this day! I will be sharing Simona and Alex's wedding photos soon, so stay tuned to see how gorgeous their wedding day was.
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DOWNTOWN DETROIT ENGAGEMENT PICTURES

DOWNTOWN DETROIT ENGAGEMENT PICTURES

GENNA + JUSTIN
Mar 7, 2019
Downtown Detroit Engagement Pictures with Genna and Justin were taken by Kellie Saunders, a leading Southeast Michigan and Detroit wedding photographer. Some of the locations included the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Wayne State Campus and the Detroit Riverfront. I had a great time working with Genna and Justin to celebrate their engagement. Sometimes I meet people for the first time at the session, and this was the case with these two. We started out at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) where we used some of the outside features to shoot with. We worked our way around the building and had such a great time laughing and getting to know each other. Genna wanted to have some uniquely Detroit images, so we headed over to Wayne State campus where they have a blue viduct that is actually used as an art piece on Cass Avenue. I believe people actually call it the Cass Avenue Viaduct. I am pleased to say no one was hurt during the taking of their engagement photos at the Cass Avenue Viaduct, although I did dodge a few cars. Our fun didn't end there. Justin said he wanted to get a shot of the best view of the city, so that's just what we did next. We headed over to the Detroit Riverfront where we climbed a small hill to get a great shot of the Ren Cen and city in the background as the sun set. It was the perfect ending to the perfect engagement session. What a fun time we had! I'll be sharing their Planterra wedding photos soon, so keep a look for my post. Congratulations Justin and Genna! You both rock and I'm so happy you picked me to work with you! I am the lucky one!
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WINTER ENGAGEMENT PICTURES IN MICHIGAN

WINTER ENGAGEMENT PICTURES IN MICHIGAN

ERINN + CAMERON | BIRMINGHAM MI ENGAGEMENT SESSION
Jan 1, 2019
Winter Engagement Pictures in Birmingham, Michigan with Cameron and Erinn were taken by Kellie Saunders, one of Michigan's favorite wedding photographers. Locations used for these winter engagment pictures in Michigan were Quarton Lake and Shain Park in Birmingham.  Today is March 11. As much as I wish winter was over, I know we still have a few weeks left of it. So I wanted to warm my day a bit by sharing one of my all time favorite couples winter engagement session. Erinn and Cameron are loving, lively and fun. What a great time we had battling the weather and celebrating their engagement. They visited my studio in Birmingham and we just spend a little time in a local park and downtown, and I was able to witness a few moments that were definitely worth capturing. I rarely shoot engagement sessions in the winter because it's difficult to find a day that actually cooperates weather wise. It's either really super cold, or windy or the hail or freezing rain cometh down. Lucky for all of us the day of Erinn and Cameron's engagement session the weather was smiling down on us. Yes, it was cold, I cannot tell a lie, but we found some sparkling snow and made our own little oasis of fun! My favorite part of their session was when we hit the downtown area at Shain park. We were able to use the trees to frame them perfectly and I just adore the images! Please join me in saying congratulations Erinn and Cameron!
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Jennifer and Nate

Jennifer and Nate

Engagement Pictures at Quarton Lake
Dec 29, 2018
Engagement Pictures in Birmingham with Jennifer and Nate were taken by Kellie Saunders, a Birmingham, Michigan wedding photographer. I really loved working with Jennifer and Nate to help them capture some loving and fun moments to celebrate their engagement. They came in from out of town, so we shot in midday sun. I love this gallery as it's a perfect example that shooting at high noon isn't something to be feared. As long as photographers understand the direction of light we can shoot in full sun and still get stunning results. I had an absolute blast working with them and as you can see from the images we captured below, I think they had fun too! Jennifer and Nate were married at Lazy J Ranch in Milford later that summer and I'll post their wedding images soon. Check out these gorgeous engagement pictures taken at Quarton Lake in Birmingham, MI below.
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