Archive for the ‘Engagements’ Category

Becky + Moy | Coldwater MI Engagement Photography

January 24, 2013 1 comment

Sweet, sweet sweet. I loved working with Moy and Becky to capture their love.   They are so much fun together!  Enjoy the images we captured at an Preston’s Antique Gaslight Village.



Categories: Engagements

Sarah and Eric: South Haven Engagement Photography

November 1, 2012 1 comment

This post is part of the “blog it up, already!” series… pulling up the sessions from this year that haven’t made it to the blog and featuring these wonderful people, since I’ve loved my time with them so much. Since you’ll be seeing Eric & Sarah’s wedding on the blog soon, I thought we’d better begin with the images from their icy engagement session in South Haven, MI.
This day confirmed to me that have the craziest/awesomest clients in. the. universe.  This day was soooo icy and snowy and I was sure I’d be getting a call from Sarah saying, “uh, let’s wait for a ‘pretty day’.” In fact, as my car spun 360 degrees on a back road during my trip to meet these lovebirds at the beach, I wondered to myself if this crazier than I thought! Once I arrived I quickly realized that it was all worth it. These two are amazing people with so much love and they were both up for ANYTHING! Within ten minutes of our shoot, I was scooting around on my butt on six inches of solid ice (I didn’t trust my feet for that!), snort-laughing and winning mad-crazy cool points (ha!) with my new found friends. They leaned easily against a railing with icicles in their back, curled together laughing as though they did sub-zero cuddle sessions every day. They even asked to go out to the end of the pier, which was a dream for me since the icicles on the South Haven pier are absolute masterpieces. To capture their sweet love was such a dream. I left this session on cloud nine… I knew that their wedding was going to be incredible. Not only was I a kid in a candy shop with their trust and appreciation for any ideas I might have, but their love for each other took my breath away! Thank you, Eric and Sarah, for such an amazing memory made together. I am so glad for the privilege!

Categories: Engagements

Downtown Detroit Engagement Session: Matt & Jen

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Jen and Matt were so much fun to work with.  They came with all kinds of ideas and were up to try anything; basically, they showed up to have a good time and I got to capture it on camera.  Yes!!  As huge Red Wings fans, of course one of our main stops was the Joe Louis Arena where I huffed and puffed up the steps and we got a magnificent view of the river, the bridge to Canada.  With the giant murals of legendary games and players and Jen and Matt schooled us on Red Wings history… and these two know their stuff!  We also ran around Hockeytown and the Fox Theatre, dodging a Taking Back Sunday show line and getting into all sorts of mischief.  Finishing our session in Greektown was an amazing change of scenery with soooo much to work with (although that base was already covered… helloooo… beautiful, in-love couple!)

Jen and Matt, we could not be more excited to have gotten to capture your love on camera.  Can’t wait for your wedding in September!




Jen!! Rawr!!!!  And those shoes… total amazingness.

Categories: Engagements

Ashley + Keith: Engaged!

September 28, 2012 2 comments

An hour and a half with these two confirmed it– I have the best looking, most creative, easiest-to-work-with and kindest clients on my hands.  I left overwhelmed…what did I do to deserve these two!?  I had been looking forward to this engagement session since our first meeting last January, where I left feeling like I had made two true new friends.  You have to see them together to get what I’m talking about–the way he grins at her, the admiration in her eyes for him… the way they seem at ease together and it’s as if they are quietly supporting one another simply by being near.  We met on a gorgeous July evening  they loved on each other effortlessly as I crawled through the shrubbery, clicking away and squealing…. “you guys so perfect!! This light is amazing! Ahh!!!”  You know, keeping things natural and romantic.  It was a blast.

Ashley and Keith, I simply can’t wait for your stunning wedding in April!! It will be here before we know it!






Ashley is sooooo beautiful.  It took me a really long time deciding photos because, well I wanted to keep all. of. them.  Every single angle makes her look good!  Sheesh girl!

These two photos, peaceful as they may seem, are a product of me creeping too far into the bank and sliiiiiiding down toward the river.  The first one is out of focus because I was also clawing frantically at wildflowers/poison ivy to keep me out of the water.  After gaining my footing (thanks, prairie brush), I realized I was in the perfect spot… loved this framing!

Categories: Engagements

Emily and Tyler: Richmond VA Engagement Photography

August 22, 2012 2 comments

“Beebeebeep… beebeebeep…” 5:30 am was here again along with the “most annoying possible” alarm tone on my cell phone.  I knew that in a half hour Emily would be waiting for me at our designated corner of the intramural field and we’d begin our groggy run to the gym to work out together.  I was the lucky one in our workout-buddy system; my buddy was there five minutes early with full resolve to give this workout her all.  She got the buddy who would gladly have talked her into skipping this madness and hitting Coldstone instead (if only it were open at 6am).

From the first time we met in a video art class our sophomore year at University of Richmond, I could tell that Emily had a real gentleness to her.  Not that she didn’t also have a strong and fierce side (playing Division 1 soccer throughout most of college!), but off the field she was such a steady, calm presence–your heart could really be at ease with her as a friend.  Throughout endless conversations about life and love and God and everything in between, I came to the realization that whoever gets Emily is going to be one LUCKY man.  She is a serious gem.  Fast forward about four years after graduation and our groggy morning workouts to a phone call I get with Emily… “I’m getting married!”  We planned a reunion/engagement session on our campus in Richmond and as I looked forward to re-connecting I wondered. . . could this guy be good enough for Emily?  Really?  I mean, she had gone on and on about how genuinely amazing he was, but still I couldn’t picture anyone good enough for her.  When I met up with the two of them in early June, I tried to hide my undertones of “you hurt my friend, I keel you;” after all, I did trust her judgement.  It didn’t take long after meeting Tyler till my radar came down and I really enjoyed watching them together–it was like they had always known each other.  Tyler is so strong and confident in his love for Emily!  He is a friend and protector to her and treats her with the respect and tenderness that she deserves to surround her for the rest of her life.  I loved watching them interact and realizing that, yes, Emily was right and I dare say I even think he deserves her 🙂

Congratulations, Emily and Tyler!  I am so thankful that you found each other and I can’t wait for your wedding in April!




Categories: Engagements, Weddings


January 25, 2012 5 comments

Photography is one of those professions that, if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards.  For one, there is so much change in the industry that it is easy to become outdated in very little time if you’re not pursuing the cutting edge.  Another huge reason to avoid stagnancy like the plague is that the creative energy that drives our business is not exactly something you buy in a bottle!  It is essential to cultivate that creativity in many purposeful ways in order to consistently give my very best creative work to my clients.  I have a little soapbox and it goes like this:  As photographers, we must meet together and share ideas and strategies freely with other photographers to inspire creativity, keep moving forward and loving what we do!  Otherwise we turn into stagnant, stinky, grumpy photographers who lack success and enjoyment of what we do.  Okay, soapbox over.

In April of 2011 I had a great opportunity to do just that at the Photograph-Share-Discover (PSD) Experience in Norfolk VA (my hometown!).  I know, I know–you’re probably like man, Diana, you took forever to blog this! but honestly, wedding season kicked into high gear as soon as I returned and somehow the images faded into the recesses of my Lightroom library.  Anyway, in April hundreds of photographers and industry leaders got together for a four-day event of shooting, idea-swapping, industry and craft education, product review and just general geeky pow-wowing with people who snort with excitement over things like bokeh, glossy album pages, and ring lights.  Crews of models were provided–everything from fuzzy hamsters to two-day-old babies to runway-modelesque brides and grooms and everything in between–and a slew of makeup and hair professionals.  Picture hundreds of geeky camera lovers like myself meeting 15 indoor studio setups and multiple outdoor sessions, then being taken by the hand by incredible industry-leading photographers to train and inspire collaboration and creativity.  Pet photography with baby porcupines! Pin-up girls with 2011 Dodge Vipers!  Wee babies in baskets!  Midnight boudoir sessions going on in the hotel room upstairs! Brides on a battleship! You get the idea… After an early-morning shooting session to get the creativity flowing, we sat at the feet of the best-of-the-best in the industry and had gab sessions on everything from blogging for your business to the importance of “playing” on the day of the wedding instead of freezing and “shooting safe.”  It was like drinking from firehose, yes, but it officially blew my mind and rocketed me off into an amazing spring, summer, fall, and even winter of giving my creative best to my clients.  Below are a few of the images.  Though there was plenty of variety, I geared my session choices toward the specific types of clients I cater to–wedding, graduating seniors, engagement, etc.  I hope you enjoy a little sneak preview of my weeklong investment to continue moving forward in the amazing and creative industry of photography!











Lovebirds I Love: A Year in Review

January 12, 2012 4 comments

I just experienced a pump-me-up thrill digging through the archives of this year and unearthing some of my favorite photos of what have become some of my favorite people.  You see, I get to know people pretty closely when I work with them.  In what other job can you meet strangers at a historic train station you’ve both never been to, and in about seven minutes ask them to lay on the ground together and cuddle?  Scoot around on your behind to get the best angle and then get all up in their grill (to get her eyelashes all beautifully defined, but they don’t know that yet)?  Hmm… no other job like that comes to mind.  I get to know these people really well, and consequently, love them really muchly.  Add to that coffee shop meetings, phone conversations, emails, finally sharing a wedding together where my purpose is to stick by their side all day and capture the emotional highs and lows of a wedding? Yeah, I feel pretty connected to these “clients” by the end of it all.  And so… what could be better than re-visiting all those sweet moments scampering around with them in [barns, aquariums, train stations, fields, hay lofts, forests, beaches, overpasses, underpasses], laughing together as I capture their love.  Can. you. see. why. I. LOVE. my. job!?

I thought it would be fun to create a Little Brag Book post because, actually, I am proud of these relationships, these images, these memories that I have been able to gift my new-found friends.  “At the end of your life your relationships are all you’ve got,” says one of my favorite songwriters, Sara Groves.  The ability to capture one of the most precious relationships in life is an aspect that first drew me to this career and keeps me digging it… I love preserving their laughter, their tenderness, their sweet glances, evidence of a lifetime commitment that runs deep.  Big sniff!  Three cheers, sloppy wet kisses, and a huge THANK YOU!  to my incredible clients, these new-found friends whose involvement in my life has encouraged, inspired, and changed who I am.  I love you all!

I hope you enjoy these sweet images!  And stay tuned for a wedding “year in review.”  I will probably need some tissues for that one.

Categories: Engagements, For Fun!
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