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Alicia and Nick

Alicia and Nick

Birmingham MI Engagement Pictures
Dec 29, 2018
Birmingham, MI engagement photos at Quarton Lake provided by Kellie Saunders, a top Detroit wedding and engagement photographer. I'm a bit behind with blogging these days as it's just busy, busy, busy here at the studio with bookings and meeting new couples in the colder winter months. One of the first things we do is set up our engagement session and I love showing how beautiful the parks are in my area. Alicia and Nick met me in Birmingham at my usual spot and we had so much fun celebrating their engagement with pictures! Alicia is a natural beauty, both inside and out Nick, well he's pretty handsome too. What I loved hearing about during our session was their story and how they met at work and fell in love. These two laughed and shared a great afternoon with me. Their chemistry was off the charts fun! It might be cold outside today, but here's an engagement session from warmer days to help lift you from those winter blues!
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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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Paul and Eliana

Paul and Eliana

Birmingham Engagement Pictures
Apr 11, 2018
Engagement Pictures in Birmingham with Paul and Eliana were taken by Kellie Saunders, a Birmingham, Michigan wedding photographer. I really loved working with Paul and Eliana to help them create some smashing photographs to celebrate their engagement. Paul and Eliana are both artists, so it made my job that much more important to capture their personalities in an authentic and fun way. Paul is a musician with his band Saint Ridley and is currently doing quite well in the real estate world from what I hear. Eliana works just as hard raising their children and is also an artist herself, but she prefers paper and color as a way to express her creativity. These are two souls meant who were simply supposed to be together. We met on a sweet and lovely day for our session in Birmingham at Quarton Lake and what a great time we had. Paul and Eliana - you both rock and I wish you and your family all the best!!! Check out these gorgeous engagement pictures taken at Quarton Lake in Birmingham, MI below.
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Ann Arbor Peony Garden

Ann Arbor Peony Garden

Nichols Arboretum Peony Engagement Photos
Apr 11, 2018
Engagement Pictures at Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden in Ann Arbor with Adam and Emily were taken by Kellie Saunders, a Birmingham, Michigan wedding photographer. Ann Arbor's Nichol's Arboretum Peony Garden is one of my favorite locations in southeast Michigan for engagement photos. While I photograph weddings in Ann Arbor all the time, I actually don't make it out to Ann Arbor for engagement photographs except once or twice a year. It's not that I don't love Ann Arbor, but logistically it's just a long drive from my studio in Birmingham and I can't do it daily. So I have to schedule engagement sessions for special times of the year in Ann Arbor. One of those special times is when the peonies bloom at the Arb. Nichols Arboretum during peony blooming makes for the most beautiful engagement photos. It is simply magical. I have no words for how beautiful it is during this time. Peonies have a very short bloom so you have to act quickly and be very flexible because to create the type of photos you probably want requires beautiful light and perfect weather. So, my advice is to be patient and flexible. After all this is Michigan. We never know what we are going to get. If you would like to have one of these sessions with me, please inquire soon to get on the list.
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