The week of Shondra and Keith’s engagement session, I photographed 2 engagement sessions on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, 3 days apart. But you know what’s so cool? They’re not the same at all (see for yourself here) and I like to think it’s because when you give yourself permission to have fun, be (and yes, maybe even feel) a little silly during your session, the only thing that will come out of it is you being you and the two of you being the true way you are with one another. That can’t be replicated.
When we were planning out the details of their engagement session, Shondra told me they were awkward and had no idea how to pose in front of cameras. If you ask me, they’re not awkward at all! It’s just about having fun, letting loose and the key (imma say it again for the people in the back) – giving yourself permission to just run with it. And that’s exactly what they did and it was so fun! And I hate saying that because rarely do I think an engagement session wasn’t fun, but theirs was seriously so fun!
Shondra and Keith wore two outfits, one more formal, which I had them start in at the James Scott Memorial Fountain and the Belle Isle Casino. Then, they changed into a casual, everyday outfit and we wandered around the island in some grassy, waterfront areas before walking the Belle Isle Bridge and then finishing with popping champagne at Sunset Point. (Sidenote: Any couple that will brave traffic to walk in the middle of the road are my kind of people).
Shondra was there to make fun of Keith and both of them kept each other laughing. They danced, we laughed, talked about art (they got engaged at the Detroit Institute of Arts in front of the Diego Rivera industry paintings…again, my kind of people), it was all fun and you can keep scrolling to see how their romantic fall Belle Isle engagement session turned out.
Shondra and Keith’s romantic fall Belle Isle engagement session was one for the books and I can’t wait for their wedding next year! Engagement sessions are a great way to get to know your photographer and get comfortable being in front of the camera before the wedding. They’re also fun and I like to keep things playful, so that’s fun. (And who doesn’t need more fun in their life?) Anyways, you can read my top 5 reasons you definitely should have an engagement session and for me on wedding planning for the most successful photography, from the engagement session to after the wedding, be sure to get yourself a copy of my wedding guide! Just click the button below!