Last week I was in Michigan to photograph a wedding in the Detroit area with Travis and while I was there we met up with his brother Cody and future sister-in-law Erica for their Royal Oak engagement photos. Next spring Travis will be part of their big day, but on the opposite side of the camera as the best man. I on the other hand will be photographing the wedding. I always encourage couples to shoot engagement photos with me so that they can become comfortable in front of the camera and know what to expect when I photograph their wedding so it made sense for me to join Travis to capture some portraits to celebrate their engagement.

Cody is a PGA pro at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak, Michigan outside of Detroit so after helping Erica nail down a few outfit choices we drove across town to the course to start the session. The course features huge treelined fairways which provided a great backdrop for some images. We chased light around the course in a pair of golf carts and avoided the rain before heading to downtown Royal Oak after a quick outfit change.

I didn’t know what to expect for the second half of the session because I didn’t know the area but thankfully we came across severall colorful scenes that we were able to take advantage of. After I shot a few things that caught my eye I lent a hand to Travis by holding a light and even finding a trashcan for Cody and Erica to stand on to create the perfect composition for one of his photos. Travis posted a few more of our photos on his blog.

We all had a great time during the session and an even better time enjoying a few beers to celebrate after we got done. I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding in 2018.

Cody and Erica share a moment on the second hole at Red Run Golf Club during their engagement session in Michigan
Erica and Cody walk together at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak, Michigan during their summertime engagment session
Cody and Erica share a laugh during their engagement photos in Royal Oak, Michigan
Cody and Erica pose during their summer engagement photos in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan
Erica and Cody embrace in front of a tangerine colored wall during their summertime engagement photos in Royal Oak, Michigan
Cody gives Erica a kiss during their photo session in Royal Oak, Michigan
Cody embraces Erica during their colorful summertime Michigan engagement session in downtown Royal Oak
Cody and Erica are silohouetted in front of a green brick wall in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan during their summer engagement photo session