There are a group of people that exist, that spent their childhood in one of the sketchiest, but most iconic bar in Michigan. All bound by one thing; their love and support for their local music scene. These are two of them, and here are their engagement photos.
I knew the moment I looked over Alexanna’s instagram, she was part of that group. Luckily, I am too and I knew just the spot to make these engagement photos something that was specifically for them. Yep, that’s right. It’s Mac’s Bar. When they both showed up in August Burns Red gear and Vans, I did an internal “yessss” as all the pieces fell together perfectly.
Alexanna and Tyler’s time hope photos from when they started dating to now show two people who have reached that spot in their relationship and lives where one is complete, but kind not, without the other. They’re awesome separate, but putting them together is like a plan finally falling together just right. At least that’s what it felt like from my spot behind the camera.
Stepping back into Mac’s for the first time inclose to 9 years was like hopping into a time warp. NOTHING had changed. I mean NOTHING. It still smelled like piss, sweat, cheap beer, hot lights, and everything good about my childhood. I’m so thankful these two agreed to my wacky plan and grateful for Skotty and the guys at the bar for letting me come in before open and take these.
Afterwards, we went to my most favorite nature center in Lansing, Fenner Nature Center. The overcast, drizzly sky did it’s thing and Alexanna and Tyler mad this session everything it had potential for.
PLEASE GET AT ME FOR YOUR WEDDING GUYS. I THINK I LOVE YOU.
I've had many moments on my photography journey I've re-evaluated where I was going with my work and this is one of them.
We have one more wedding on the docket for 2018 and I (for the most part) will be saying goodbye to the wedding photography industry and returning to my fine art portrait photo work.
Shooting photos again for singular images and not a set of images has been incredibly strange, but exciting for me. Watching something in my head become a sketch, then turning into a real photograph is something I've missed and I can't wait to return.
Behind every future image, I have an amazing partner helping me create the scenes I imagine. Chris has been nothing short of encouraging. When I have put the camera away and said "I'm done for good," he finds ways to bring me back to photography and I wouldn't be where I am today without him and everything he's done for me. A photographer is only as good as the person fanning and repositioning 50 miniature rubber ducks for them.
I'm working on an online portfolio to showcase my new work, so until then, you can have the first look here.
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