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Detroit. It’s a city full of potential and I had the best time photographing Lauren and Joe’s wedding there this weekend. At the Westin Book Cadillac and the Colony Club, both in the heart of the city, I photographed their elegant Detroit wedding day. It was full of style and romance, and the kind of magic only a city can hold. I need to come here more often.

My reasons are somewhat selfish, since Detroit weddings mean that I have a chance to come home… and this trip marked the first time in almost a year. When weddings dictate your schedule it’s very helpful to just work in the location you want to visit. Therefore, when you book me as your Detroit wedding photographer in 2015 I will waive all travel fees. Let’s make this happen. Of course, visiting Michigan is not just about family. It’s a location I know well and am so comfortable working in. Even though I’ve traded my surroundings for a natural life in western New York, the city draws me back and thankfully it is just a short drive away. When you look at Detroit for the possibilities it is an amazing place, and I love coming back to see the changes and find those who are investing in the city and helping to turn it around.

Look for more previews of Lauren + Joe’s day here and leave a comment to let me know what location you are getting married in and would like to bring me to!

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  • September 29, 2014 - 6:02 pm

    Liz - Yay Detroit! love the photo :)

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Olivia and Greg are an easy going, roll with the punches kind of couple – at least they were when I led them down a steep cliff to take photos here. There were moments we thought we might not make it, but now that we have emerged with a few scrapes, wet feet and a broken flip flop we live to tell the story. It does make a great story, but the whole point was to make great pictures and today I have some favorites to share with you. Take a look at this hidden gem close to Geneseo and the adventure we had.

My favorite part of this post and these images are that the first few were shot on film – on my Contax 645. I have been shooting throughout this year on the camera and a few others to learn my way around the medium once again and how I want to use it for my business. More on that later, but I love the way these images turned out and honestly like them more than the digital shots I took. Let me know what you think, and leave Olivia and Greg some love since they deserve it for all the effort to get there.

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It’s easy to underestimate the power of a portrait. Something that documents a person in a way that shows more than just their physical appearance… it gives you insight into their personality, ideals and life. I don’t claim to be an expert on this subject… but I continue to try and refine my craft each day. I had photographed Kristie’s family in the past, she recently needed some updated portraits for her website. As a women’s health and family therapist in Rochester, New York, the ability to connect with people through her online presence is vital. In the glowing evening light we captured these images.

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The things I found most useful in capturing these portrait are : conversation, the 85mm 1.2 lens and a reflector. It’s impossible to capture different sides of people if you don’t walk them through the processes. Everyone needs some help getting comfortable in front of the camera, and opening up and that’s where I start. It’s also the only constant in my work, as I like to shoot with different lenses and tools to capture images. I had a request to do a “in my bag” post a few months ago and I have yet to do so but I promise it’s in the works! I look forward to sharing more about how I do what I do and feel free to leave a comment to request a post or ask questions!

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I often surprise people when I tell them just how far I’ve traveled to photograph a wedding. New England certainly isn’t the farthest destination, but this year it was one of my bigger trips. Living south of Rochester, New York I am conveniently both close and far away from a lot of places. I guess close is relative, and I am just one of those people who likes to travel. I am honored to have each and every couple I work with trust me to document their wedding day, and especially so when they ask me to join them in a location with travel. I suppose it speaks to all those couples before them who have shared kind words and images online so that they could find me and get to know me enough to start this journey together.

Molly and Chris were married this past weekend in a place close to their hearts – Marion, Massachusetts – which is where Molly spent many summers with her family. It is home of the Kittansett Club, a gorgeous golf course and venue on the sea at the start of the cape. My connection to Molly and Chris was through Pittsburgh, and the people and weddings I have shot in that great city. Like all my Pittsburgh couples they are undeniably wonderful and fun – I’m not kidding! I can not wait until the day their friends get in touch with me and I have the chance to photograph another fabulous wedding and see them again.

After 12 hrs of photographing on Saturday I spent Sunday recovering and got up at 5am to fly to Detroit today. I’m in town for Lauren and Joe’s wedding and I simply can not wait to photograph every amazing part of the day. It has been a busy month, as I knew September would be, but I’m taking it one day at a time. Thanks to all of you who have been encouraging and to my amazing clients for being extra understanding as I try to have some balance during this busy season.

If you want to see more from Molly + Chris’s day stay tuned here for updates + thanks for stopping by!

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Of the perfectly planned details at Katie + Billy’s day, the watercolor ombre might be my favorite. It appeared most notably in the place cards that were carefully set in to pieces of driftwood collected from the beach Billy proposed at. It also was in some of the pillows that created outdoor seating areas on the lawn of the Frog Pond B+B, the site of the wedding reception. It’s no surprise that each detail was thought through, Katie being a talented interior designer and Pratt alum.

In my opinion the details help tell the story of a wedding day. So, in addition to documenting the moments that unfold and all the emotions that are present, I look for the little things. This is not important to every photographer and it’s not important to every bride. It has become a defining factor of posts here not because it’s the only thing I photograph, but because the story I tell on this blog is usually one that centers around the couple: what did they include in the day, how did they feel and what was it like to be there? I try to choose photos that you would connect with, as a reader, whether you know the couple or not.

If you are interested in working together I invite you to get in touch and I’d love to share a full wedding gallery with you. I can’t wait to share a full post about Katie + Billy’s day, but you’ll have to be patient to see that. In addition to working on submitting it to be featured, I have decided to space out some of the wedding posts so that they get the time and attention they deserve. So stay tuned + and if you have any thoughts to share about photographing details or seeing them documented as a part of a wedding day leave a comment below!

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