As a person who doesn’t love the cold, engagement shoots scheduled in January can send a shiver down my spine — literally and figuratively — but this January the weather surprised us in typical Michigan fashion and gave us a stunningly beautiful, sunny, and “warm” January day for Kelsey and Aaron’s engagement session.
They opted to select their home as the location for their shoot, and I was so glad they did! A beautifully renovated farmhouse with some amazing property to explore gave us just the right amount of options. Gorgeous afternoon light streaming into the living room was a great place to start with some snuggles and laughs on the couch to get things started.
Over the holidays I had collected a few new toys to play with at shoots, including a bar prism and a circular prism. Aaron’s mother had hand-made a beautiful stained glass window that was featured in a window on their stairway, so we played with the prisms reflecting the beautiful colored glass there next.
Not wanting to waste the beautiful day outside, we headed out to the backyard to play with some blankets, beers, and the beautiful tall grass surrounding the yard. This was a session with a lot of laughs, in a way that only a couple who is totally in tune with each other can have. It was awesome to get to spend a couple hours with them, and get a small peek into the lives of two people who are about to commit to forever with each other. Having met at Opening Day, they are definitely a couple that knows how to have fun together, and that’s something that, in my humble opinion, is a key factor to a successful relationship (and an amazing engagement shoot)!
About an hour into the session we ran back inside for a quick clothing change. It was great to be able to be outside for any length of time without 4 layers on! Kelsey did an awesome job using our Engagement Session Style Guide to come up with two perfect outfits for her and Aaron that coordinated but didn’t “match” too much. My absolute favorite piece she chose was a gorgeous long maroon colored tulle skirt! Once they had put on their second outfits, we grabbed their dogs to join us for a few minutes at the front of the house.
I am a huge dog lover so was super excited to include their two bulldogs in the session! Ben was the newest addition to their family, having only come home to them about a month prior, and Owen had been a part of the family for many years already. As any puppy does, Ben stole the show for a little while because who can resist a cute puppy face…
To finish the session we headed back outside to explore more locations on the property as the sun was going down. I love a couple who is willing to get right down in the setting for the shot, who’s not afraid to get a little dirt on themselves to get the shot, and Kelsey and Aaron were totally game! The fields, woods, pond, and barn really accentuated the color palette they had chosen for their outfits — the maroon, navy, and gold being their wedding colors for their Fall 2018 wedding.
My favorite part of the session is right near the end, when the couple has gotten comfortable with us being there and being in front of the camera. It’s at this point you generally see the real personalities come out, and it’s more like hanging out with old friends (and I just happen to be holding a camera in my hands). This is the point we love to get to prior to our couple’s wedding days where they are relaxed and trusting, so we can share in the day with them and document those true emotions as they happen. We absolutely can’t wait for Kelsey and Aaron’s wedding in Clarkston this fall, it’s gonna be such a party!