Megan & Mike – A winter engagement shoot {Michigan wedding photography}

Well. I don’t even know where to start. It’s been well over a year since I’ve posted anything new here! In that time, my life has changed most dramatically. As if having a most beautiful and delightful new presence in my life, my daughter Dahlia, wasn’t enough, I also moved to Michigan and my husband started medical school. Talk about having your entire life, grounding and identity tossed in the air, only to float aimlessly in pieces to the ground, waiting to be gathered up and put back together in a new configuration. It’s been quite the ride, to say the least. I had lunch recently with a new friend, the lovely Melanie Reyes, who told me that she used to follow my blog before I moved here. What?! I was, to say the least, completely shocked and flattered that I had A FAN! So often I would blog my work and wasn’t sure if I was reaching anyone. So when she told me this, I was inspired to get back to it. Thanks, Melanie!

To my surprise, business is looking pretty decent here in Michigan…much better than I had anticipated after basically starting over in a new city, state and market. I haven’t yet met my 2013 goal for booked weddings but I’m not far off and that makes me proud and excited and…nervous. Shooting here is quite different than in California. While my style won’t change, I’m finding I need to dig into my years-old toolbelt, to not only get me through my first season of mostly indoor shooting, but to help me to thrive in the challenge of it. To be honest, I’m a little scared, but I’m also excited to learn what’s been growing just under the surface all these years.

I shot this engagement shoot a few weeks ago with the lovely Megan & Mike. They came in from Chicago to shoot their engagement session on the grounds of the Henry Ford Estate and at the country club where they’ll be married in September. It was my first winter shoot – woohoo! I crazy-loved shooting in the snow – I was inspired to no end. Unfortunately, it was hella cold that day (and we were on the lake, to boot) so we had to cut the outdoor time a bit short. My dear clients braved the blowing winds and biting temperatures and it doesn’t even look like they were freezing their butts off!

If you’re reading this, please leave a comment and let me know you’re there. It’ll inspire me to reach back and blog some of my favorite, amazing weddings of the past year…or two.

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A winter engagement shoot in Michigan at the Henry Ford Estate by First Comes Love Photo










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9 Responses to “Megan & Mike – A winter engagement shoot {Michigan wedding photography}”

  1. Ari says:

    Fantastic Pics!!!!

  2. Beth Heller says:

    I love these pictures..the posed and the spontaneous ones…can really get a feeling of the individuals and them together..lovely
    Also loved the playful setting !

  3. Jean Spencer says:

    Great jobs and keep up the work! I love shooting winter events, especially in snow. It’s a great excuse to get your couple to snuggle up and makes for some great shots.

  4. elyse says:

    absolutely beautiful. as always, you have a keen ability to share emotion openly in your work. keep blogging!

  5. holly says:

    the personality and emotions you capture are just stunning!

  6. Alison Bank says:

    Thanks guys! I really appreciate your kind words.
    And Holly, just a few months away!

  7. Angela says:

    Such gorgeous photos, Alison! This looks like a fun shoot! I love the contrast of stillness and movement, and the tenderness of these two lovely people against the chill of winter. Very beautiful.

  8. Alison Bank says:

    Thanks Angela! Your engagement shoot is on my blog list too!

  9. Melanie says:

    What beautiful portraits!

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