It’s difficult to find a Lansing wedding photographer who doesn’t frequent two locations in particular: Michigan State University and Eagle Eye Golf Courses. I know I have captured more events around these areas than I could count (which is really awesome, now that I think about it). Many people might say that, in doing the same thing in the same location time and again, one would grow stagnant and bored with the process. I agree, it’s very easy to fall into that place. I try to turn the tables a bit whenever I am faced with something familiar. It’s easy to do what you’re used to… to have your “go to” locations and poses in your back pocket and sleepwalk your way through. But it’s just not any fun. And I REALLY like my work to be fun- I’m sorta weird that way. The great thing about MSU and Hawk Hollow is that these locations are BIG. Expansive. There are hidden areas all over the place. And this is where I thrive… a familiar location that seems on the surface to be the usual, but with an extra dose of imagination, can be completely new and different.
Anja and Mitch planned their wedding far in advance and we had loads of time to get acquainted. They really, really love Michigan State’s campus. I do, too- it’s achingly beautiful and timeless in a way that seems as though it were a set built in Hollywood specifically for a wedding backdrop. They wanted to do wedding photos there, as well as engagement pictures. I usually prefer to do those sessions in two different spots, to provide more variety. A little voice in the back of my head kept whispering, “those photos are going to look too similar if you aren’t careful.” I already had a plan for that- we chose two familiar areas and selected several buildings to shoot around that weren’t the norm. It worked. We ended up with a collection of photos that feel very MSU, while injecting some angles and viewpoints that were completely unique to them. Their first look moment was pure magic… Mitch was so moved by his stunning bride. I will let those images speak for me… they convey so much more than I ever could!
Their wedding day was flawless, for the most part, aside from a pesky storm system that threatened to steal the spotlight from their gorgeous ceremony in Eagle Eye’s garden. The skies were foreboding, but it didn’t stop anything. Anja walked the aisle next to her father with grace and poise… Mitch was clearly stunned. The ceremony wrapped with the two of them promising forever amid the happy support from so many loved ones. Without further delay, here are some favorites!
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