7 Tips for Planning an Engagement Session
Shanell Photography Blog
by Shanell Bark
6d ago
As a full-time photographer, some of the tasks that come along with the business can start to feel mundane and repetitive. Planning and executing engagement sessions are no exception. Because photography is so special to both creatives and clients, it’s important to keep the inspiration flowing. This isn’t just about taking photos – it’s about sharing each couple’s unique story. Here are 7 tips for planning an engagement session: 1. Start with a Vision Every photoshoot begins with a vision. The key is collaborating with couples to understand their unique style and personalities. Whether it’s g ..read more
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5 Tips for Choosing a Wedding Venue
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by Shanell Bark
6d ago
Choosing the perfect venue for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during the planning process. The venue sets the tone for your entire celebration and influences many other aspects of your big day. Here are 5 tips for choosing a wedding venue. 1. Define Your Vision Before you start touring venues, have a clear vision of what you want your wedding to look and feel like. Do you envision a classic grand ballroom, a bohemian forest escape, or a dreamy European-like garden setting such as Greencrest Manor? Your venue should align with your overall theme and aesthetic. 2 ..read more
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A Summer Wedding at Verterra Winery
Shanell Photography Blog
by Shanell Bark
1M ago
As seen Published in Nearlywed Magazine There is something especially enchanting about a late-summer wedding. The golden light, warm breeze, lush landscapes. It’s the ideal backdrop for such a romantic celebration. Add that to the timeless elegance of a beautiful winery, and you have the perfect setting. Sami and Drew’s September wedding at Verterra Winery in northern Michigan was exactly this. The Ridge at Verterra featured seventeen acres of polished vineyards, a trickling brook and views of the Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. Just around the corner was the reception terrace where a la ..read more
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Summer Wedding at Shinola Hotel
Shanell Photography Blog
by Shanell Bark
3M ago
Brit and Al opted for a beautiful summer wedding at the Shinola Hotel in downtown Detroit. Shinola’s Birdy Room, featuring class ceilings and an airy, sunroom-style design, was the perfect fit for their summer ceremony. Romantic and classy are the two words I would use to describe this gorgeous day. From the soft neutral palette of the bridesmaids’ dresses to the glitzy chandeliers and beautifully decorated tables in the reception, every detail was intentionally placed. The Love Story “It’s safe to say that meeting Albert was fate. Becoming his best friend was a choice and falling in love with ..read more
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Planterra Conservatory Engagement Party
Shanell Photography Blog
by Shanell Bark
4M ago
Sandra and Nico’s Planterra Conservatory engagement party featured a mix of old and new. During the celebration the families took part in cultural traditions near and dear to their heart, while the entertainment and other vendors provided a modern twist to the night. Though the two have been together for several years, this was the first time everyone they care about was in one place at the same time. What made you choose the Planterra Conservatory? “It felt like we weren’t in Michigan anymore once we entered, but outside under the lights and surrounded by nature. It was breathtaking when ..read more
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Meadow Brook Hall – Kirsten and Grant
Shanell Photography Blog
by Shanell Bark
4M ago
Grant and Kirsten tied the knot at Meadow Brook Hall, a 1920s Tudor-style mansion in Rochester, Michigan. Both being from neighboring towns in Indiana, the couple has known each other since 6th grade but started dating freshman year of college. With Grant playing hockey at Miami of Ohio and Kirsten at Indiana University, the beginning of their relationship was road-trips and weekend visits. After graduation, when Grant started his hockey career, Kirsten moved to a small beach town in Connecticut to be with him. Soon after they adopted their first long-haired German Shepherd puppy named Nellie ..read more
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Birmingham Country Club Wedding- Laura and Nolan
Shanell Photography Blog
by Shanell Bark
4M ago
The Love Story Laura and Nolan said, “I do” at the Birmingham Country Club in Detroit. The couple first met at Michigan State University, but their casual friendship grew more serious after graduation. By sheer coincidence, they were both beginning their careers in Chicago and decided to give love a chance in the summer of 2015. After moving in together in 2020 they adopted their sweet pup Penny. Their little family continued to explore every facet of life together, then Nolan asked Laura to marry him in the summer of 2021 with Penny by their side. After a whirlwind of wedding planning, they m ..read more
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St Clair Shores Engagement Session
Shanell Photography Blog
by Shanell Bark
4M ago
An engagement session is a beautiful way for couples to celebrate their love and upcoming nuptials. While the focus is on the love they share, it’s equally important to capture their unique personalities and the essence of their relationship. As a photographer, your role goes beyond just snapping pictures; it involves creating a comfortable and personalized experience that truly reflects the couple’s individuality. Here are some effective tips on how to incorporate individual personalities into an engagement session, ensuring that each photo tells their unique love story. Get to Know the Coupl ..read more
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Meadow Brook Engagement Session
Shanell Photography Blog
by Shanell Bark
4M ago
This couple was so fun to photograph and hang out with at their engagement session! They truly felt like old friends and I think we could of hung out for hours. They will be getting married this coming summer and I cannot wait to celebrate them! Capturing their day, at the beautiful Meadow Brook will be so fabulous! If you have not been to Meadow Brook, it is one of our prettiest venues in the Detroit area. Meadow Brook was built between 1926 and 1929 by Matilda Dodge Wilson and second husband Alfred Wilson. Matilda was the widow of auto pioneer John Dodge. This venue has such a rich history a ..read more
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An In-Home Pregnancy Announcement
Shanell Photography Blog
by Shanell Bark
4M ago
One of the most exciting moments in a parent’s life is the day they get to bring their new bundle of joy home. The nursery is perfectly set up with beautiful decorations. Diapers are freshly unpacked. Every little knick-knack and picture frame meticulously placed. For at least a short while, it’s every parent’s favorite room in the house. There’s no better place than an in-home pregnancy announcement to bring it all full circle. Keep it simple. Encourage clients to declutter their space before the session. Clean, minimalistic backgrounds create a timeless look. Focus on the beauty of the growi ..read more
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