Krysta + Vlad | Detroit Engagement Session

December 15, 2011 |  by  |  Engagement  |  Share

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks on the blog – the busier it is behind the scenes, the less often we post, I’m afraid. I have three engagement sessions to finish off the year with, and these sessions were truly so enjoyable – adventurous, FUN couples, great locations, and a lot of variety.  I’ll start off with Krysta and Vlad.  Their wedding isn’t until next year, and originally I was going to wait a bit to post their images, but I just can’t wait any longer.

When we have a few spare hours – which isn’t often – Andy and I like to hunt around and find new locations to shoot in.  Our favorite places almost inevitably end up sounding horrible on paper.  Well, it’s a neighborhood of old abandoned buildings, and everything is really run down, and you should probably wear sensible shoes and clothes that can get dirty.  Oh, and watch out for the broken glass.  Doesn’t it sound like everyone’s dream location?  Yeah I know.  But there’s really cool texture and color and – what’s that in the middle of the street?  Is that a homeless person sleeping?  WAIT, look at that ivy/decaying brick wall/bridge about to collapse! Let’s shoot there! Just step over him!

Let’s just keep it real here.  We live in the Midwest.  We don’t have beautiful ocean front vistas sprinkled palm trees.  Or sun-drenched wineries, or picturesque stone buildings from centuries ago.  But we do have a city spectacularly decaying and being re-built simultaneously and that can be interesting too.

It occurred to me one day a few months ago, while I was persistently photographing a bride & groom on a downtown street corner despite the presence of an equally persistent bum eager to derail the whole operation, that my threshold for locations other people may find horrible has apparently gotten too high.  Andy was elbowing me and urging me to finish and stop making everyone uncomfortable, but I needed that shot.  And it was worth it.  (And you know it too, Stephanie, even though I am sure at that moment you were hating me just a little bit!)

So this is all to say, that I REALLY appreciate it when we describe these less than perfect locations and our clients shrug and say “Why not?” instead of doing the appropriate thing, which is to shake their heads and quickly walk away.

Seriously.  Thank you.

Krysta not only was up for whatever crazy, tetanus-shot requiring place we chose, but she demanded grunge.  She and Vlad flew in from DC for their e-session and we set off exploring.  Here are some of our favorites.

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Krysta and Vlad were so funny and talkative during their session that it wasn’t until half-way through  that I realized Vlad must secretly be a male model.  We decided to pull them apart for a minute to do individual portraits and once alone, he can basically bore a hole into the camera with his gaze.  See Exhibit A below.

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This session was so fun, and we are looking forward to Krysta & Vlad’s wedding next year at the Inn at St. Johns.  icon smile Krysta + Vlad  |  Detroit Engagement Session

I would also like to say thanks to the people that stop by to read our blog.  In the past month, I’ve had several random run-ins with people who mention off-hand that they read the blog, and it’s always a bit of a pleasant shock.  And then it makes me feel about fifty times more guilty for how infrequently I post.  Andy and I both really appreciate everyone that keeps up with us.