Dexter Engagement Session | Chris & Lola

October 28, 2020

When Michigan started to allow photographers to work again I had posted a BOGO deal for portrait sessions. Someone could purchase a session for their family and gift one to an essential worker they knew for supporting the rest of us. Lola reached out to me explaining that she was a nurse and her fiancé was a Detroit firefighter. Their wedding was coming up in the fall, but they did not have engagement photos yet. As a thank you for all that they do, I offered to do their Dexter engagement session free of charge. Together we brainstormed the perfect location and got their dates on the calendar.

Outdoorsy Couple

Chris and Lola love the outdoors and they wanted to make sure that their Dexter engagement session showed that. Between the walking paths, trails, and river I knew for sure that we would come up with something special. The day of the session Chris and Lola brought a bunch of different clothing options. It’s so much fun for me to get to pick out what my couples wear for a couple reasons. First, it ensures that the outfits are going to look best with the location we chose and not clash. Secondly, I can guide my couples towards clothes that will photograph the best. Sometimes there’s certain patterns and colors that just do not come across well in photos, and if I can save them the disappointment ahead of time then I am glad to do that.

Dexter Engagement Session

The Dexter engagement session started on land near the trails and forest area. While walking around, we found a graffiti “Rebels” underneath the overpass. It was perfect for Chris and Lola as they have been given a lot of grief for going ahead with their wedding this fall. Then we walked back to the cars and they changed clothes. Chris had brought his firefighter gear and Lola had the great idea of incorporating her stethoscope in the images. I borrowed their rings to place with details of their wedding day. I just love how these images came out!

Couple sits among tall grass for their Dexter engagement session
Couple sits back to back for their Dexter engagement session
Couple hugs for Dexter engagement session
Lola cuddles up to Chris
Chris kisses Lola's forehead in front of stream
Couple cheek-to-cheek
Chris and Lola share a loving glance at each other
The couple cuddles up next to a creek leading to the Huron River in Dexter
Couple walks side by side for their Dexter engagement session
Chris twirls Lola on a path in the forest
Lola twirls into Chris' arms
Chris and Lola kiss on the path
Engaged Michigan couple cuddles on park bench
One of my favorite Michigan engagement photos from their Dexter engagement session
Couple overlooks Huron River in Dexter
Rebels spray painted under overpass
Nurse and Firefighter engagement session
Couple looking opposite ways
Michigan wedding details Detroit firefighter and nurse
Detroit firefighter engagement session
Firefighter and nurse kiss behind fire helmet during their Dexter engagement session
Wedding rings on Detroit firefighter jacket
Couple pulls each other close
Dexter engagement couple kisses during a princess moment

Mermaid Love

During one of our planning conversations I asked Lola how they felt about getting in the water. She excitedly exclaimed, “Heck yes!” All the butterflies in my stomach happened at once. For a while I had been hoping to find a couple that would be adventurous and play in the water. The Huron River took your breath away at first, but compared to the heat of the day, it felt refreshing. Soon the two of them were splashing and really getting into in. The whole set of images were so much fun to create, despite being nervous about getting my camera wet. During one image, I posed the couple and Lola was really pumped as she called the pose “Mermaid Love.”

Lola splashing Chris in the Huron River
Couple stands together in the river
Another princess moment in the river
Things get steamy in the water
Couple kisses in the river during their Dexter engagement session
Lola straddles Chris in the river
Wide angle of the Huron River and the Michigan engaged couple
For more engaged couples, check out the links below:

Clint & Meggie
Larry & Ward


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You did a great job at capturing their authentic fun they have with each other! You can tell they felt comfortable and that’s because of you!

What a sweet couple! I love how vibrant these greens are

How fun! I love all of the different settings!

Wow! What a fun engagement session this was!!! I love how you brought their personalities to life and incorporated so much of THEM into the shoot! So well done!

What a FUN couple!! I love how you incorporated their professions into the session, they are both heroes during this tough time! I love how much joy and love they share with each other. SO good.

Hah! What a fun engagement session! I love the humour this couple brings

How candid and spontaneous! Love the whole series <3

These are really sweet! LOve that you incorporated the firefighter angle. great job!