Nina and Jaymes's City Engagement Session- Chicago, IL- Film Photographer

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Nina and Jaymes's City Engagement Session- Chicago, IL- Film Photographer

Traveling has been such a fun and amazing perk of my career along with meeting so many amazing couples and people! Traveling to Chicago I didn't really know what to expect from the city but after being there I can say its one of my absolute favorites! This couple was so incredible amazing even inviting me into their home. When I arrived Nina and their adorable little pup greeted me along with the cutest welcome sign and beautifully decorated suit. I truly felt like I was at a hotel. Having the extra time with this couple has added only more to the relationship and I cannot wait to capture their big day next year! Thank you again guys for the hospitality and choosing me to capture these amazing moments in your life! 

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Tips for Stress-Free Family Formals

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Tips for Stress-Free Family Formals

Wedding after wedding I see brides and grooms try to smile through the frustration that can come from the infamous family portraits that happen after the ceremony. It almost always manages the most stressful part of the whole day! So here are a few tips and ideas to help make this part of your big day go as smoothly as possible:

  1. Make a list. Have a list for your photographer of the photos you'd like taken during this time. Specific names that a photographer or assistant can loudly call out will ensure that everyone is in the photo that is supposed to be. If your list just says "Smith Side", they don't know who all needs to be included. 
  2. Tell everyone ahead of time. By letting the individuals you'd like to be in photos know ahead of time that they need to stick around, you eliminate the need to have other family members running around looking for them. Also, consider having the officiant make an announcement after the ceremony to remind them to stay put.
  3. Keep it short. Try to limit the number of family portraits after the ceremony so that there is plenty of time for the photographer to capture you and your partner. In a few years, you'll be glad you had more time for the two of you than a photo with each individual aunt and uncle. Group as much family together as possible!
  4. Designate a point person.  Have one or two people who know both sides of your families well enough that they can help corral people in for photos. This will make it go so much faster!
  5. Plan for lighting. As with every aspect of your wedding day, keep in mind how well lit the area is that you plan to do photos. The altar is a very traditional place to do them after the ceremony, but most churches aren't lit well for photography. Consider scoping out the church and grounds before the big day to see if there is another location available.

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University of Michigan Engagement- Ann Arbor, MI- Film Photographer

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University of Michigan Engagement- Ann Arbor, MI- Film Photographer

The University of Michigan not only is a grand school, they offer wedding venues and has one of my favorite engagement session locations! Working with this couple and getting to know them was a pleasure, getting to photograph them was even better! This couples good taste and style shines almost as much as the love they have for one another. Having timeless and in love couples makes my job what it is and I am so Excited for this couples 2019 wedding at The Colony Club Detroit .  

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Nick and Sarah's Community House Wedding- Birmingham, MI- Film Phographer

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Nick and Sarah's Community House Wedding- Birmingham, MI- Film Phographer

From the beginning of meeting this couple I knew their day would be amazing. Getting to know my couples is key for me and this couple was no exception. Sarah feels more like a friend than client and I look forward to watching her life grow with the one she loves! Their wedding being at The Community House there were so many pretty elements. Sarah and Nick's day was truly filled with so much laughter and love, it was beautiful.  

 

Photographer: Shanell Photography 

Florist: M K Carroll Designs http://www.mkcarrolldesigns.com/

Linens: Top That Event http://topthatevent.com/tte/

Chairs House of Throne 

Hair: Mallory Blough, Bianchis Salon Royal Oak www.bianchis.com

Makeup: Bianchis Salon Royal Oak www.bianchis.com

Venue: The Community House www.communityhouse.com

Dresses: A’dora Belle Bridal Boutique www.getagown.com

Suits: Men’s Wearhouse www.menswearhouse.com

Stationary: Holly Berkley, Etsy AlwaysBBrave https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlwaysBBrave

Rings: Kay Jewelers www.kay.com

My Jewelry: Lace Boutique www.shoplacebridal.com

 

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A Stormy Love Story- Gross Pointe War Memorial Wedding- Detroit, MI

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A Stormy Love Story- Gross Pointe War Memorial Wedding- Detroit, MI

Rain or shine, make your day wonderful! The Detroit War Memorial is one of my favorite venues and the rain did not stop us from making this day beautiful and fun! 

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Photography: Shanell Photography

PlannerMitten Weddings

Florals: Violet RoseFloral

MUA: Andrea Walker

JewelryCoughlin Jewelers

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Wedding Dress: Arena Bridal

Grooms Apparel: Main Street Tuxedo

Invitations: Oh Eleven Creative

Cake: Brookie's Cookies & Cakes

VenueWar Memorial

Rentals: Event Source

Vintage Car: Motor City Vintage Rentals

Bar: Miss Mixology

Models: Cassandra Ferguson + Andre Archer

 

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McNay Art Museum Wedding- San Antonio, Tx- Film Photographer

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McNay Art Museum Wedding- San Antonio, Tx- Film Photographer

Florals, Design + Concept: Janna Brown Design (@jannabrowndesign)

Hair + Makeup: Natalia Issa (@nataliaissa)

Gowns: BHLDN, @bhldn

Shoes: Bella Belle + BHLDN

Venue: McNay Art Museum (@mcnayart)

Hairpiece: @naturae_design

Calligraphy: @spurlegulstudio

Linens: @latavolalinen

Silk Ribbon: @silkandwillow

Chairs: @arqueesatx

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