East Lansing, Michigan Fall Portrait Photographer

It's that time of year again! Fall means Christmas card and gift giving season are gearing up, so if fall colors, scarves, apple orchards, and boots are your thing and you need holiday cards and gifts, the time is now to reach out and schedule. Availability (especially weekends!) is limited!

This year I'll be offering fall portraits in both Michigan and Rhode Island! Email caitlinmaloneyphotography@gmail.com for more information or to book.

Below are images from a recent extended family session in East Lansing, MI!

Eberly + Taylor's Great Oaks Country Club Wedding in Rochester, MI

Eberly + Taylor planned the most stress free wedding day! They did a first look and the majority of their portraits prior to the ceremony, and then had an hour gap in between the ceremony and reception which gave everyone a bit of time to relax before finishing the portraits during cocktail hour. Nothing felt rushed and Eberly + Taylor seemed so relaxed! For those couples seeking a stress free wedding day, doing a first look can really help relieve some of those time constraints that make everything feel so rushed. And, even though they did a first look and saw each other prior to the ceremony, both Taylor and Eberly were teary eyed and emotional during Eberly's walk down the aisle at the church. First looks don't seem to make that moment any less emotional or less special (at least from a photographer's perspective when capturing these moments!).

Eberly and Taylor were married at the Great Oaks Country Club in Rochester, MI. Eberly's hair and makeup was done by Mie Salon in Rochester, and the floral and event design were by Floral Designs by Lori.

Congratulations, you two! Have an amazing time on your honeymoon in Hawaii!!

Ashley + Keith's Belle Mer Island House Wedding in Newport, RI

Ashley + Keith were married on the most beautiful fall day at the Belle Mer Island House in Newport, Rhode Island. The weather was a gorgeous 71 degrees, sunny, and humidity free....a stark contrast to their engagement shoot, held exactly one year to the day prior, and foggy and chilly! I loved everything about this wedding. It was so relaxed! Ashley and Keith decided to do a first look and all of their photos prior to the wedding so that they could enjoy cocktail hour with their guests, many who had traveled from out of state to come to the wedding. Their ceremony took place at sunset, with sailboats on the water in the distance. I mean, does it really get better than that?

I also loved the details, from Ashley's dress from SAKS, her hair and makeup by Jennie Kay Beauty, the classic cream and greens floral arrangements by Greenlion Design, and music by DJ Luke Renchan. The nautical navy and white napkins, driftwood place cards, and mermaid bottle opener favors were the perfect accents to a Newport nautical wedding.

Congratulations, you two!!

Annie + Austin's Lovett Hall Wedding at Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI

Annie + Austin's wedding was a dream! They got ready at the Dearborn Inn, had their ceremony at a church in downtown Detroit, and had their reception at Lovett Hall at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI. Annie purchased her dream gown at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, and chose a dress inspired by Kate Middleton's.

The historic brick buildings at the Henry Ford and Lovett Hall reminded me of downtown Boston and Providence and made me feel as if I were shooting on the East Coast again. The lighting was absolutely perfect, and Annie and Austin couldn't have been gifted with a more gorgeous day.

Congrats you two!

Annie + Austin's East Lansing Engagement Photos

Since Annie and Austin both attended MSU and even got engaged on Michigan State's campus, it was only fitting for them to have their engagement photos taken there. We started at the arboretum and then made our way over to Beaumont Tower. I love how these turned out, and can't wait until their wedding at Lovett Hall in Dearborn next month!

Meghan + Andy's Wedding at St. Hugo and Birmingham Country Club

Meghan and Andy were married on the most beautiful June day! I was mid-seventies, no humidity, with beautiful blue skies and a light breeze. They held their wedding ceremony at the Stone Chapel at St Hugo in Bloomfield Hills and had their reception at the Birmingham Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan. They actually met at the BCC, so how great is it that they could hold their wedding at the place that they met?! Here are a few of my favorites from their wedding day. Congratulations again, you two!

{A big thank you to my second shooter Brian, who captured a few of the images included in this wedding day story}.

Allison + Mark's MSU Kellogg Center Wedding in East Lansing

Allison and Mark were married on the most gorgeous June day! Continuing my good luck with weddings this season, it was sunny and warm even though there had been a threat of a thunderstorm earlier in the week.  I started off the day photographing Allison getting ready at her and Mark's newly purchased in East Lansing (congrats again, guys!), while Sydney started off with the guys at the Kellogg Center. We met on MSU's campus in the Beal Gardens for the first look and wedding party and bride + groom portraits. Then, we headed over to the Kellogg Center for their beautiful garden patio ceremony and inside for the reception. 

Here are a few of my favorites from the day! Congratulations, Allison and Mark!

Casey + Karl's Castle Hill Inn Wedding

The weather for my spring weddings has been AMAZING. Every single wedding thus far this spring has been sunny and above average temps for spring. Casey and Karl's wedding was especially warm....more like summer at 80 degrees (in May!!). As I fly back and forth between Michigan and Rhode Island to shoot weddings, the good weather seems to follow me in that anywhere I'm working, the weather is gorgeous.

Casey and Karl were married at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI. It's breathtaking, on a cliff overlooking the ocean and the Pell bridge. Casey's hair and makeup were by the fabulous Allison Barbera and team, who makes the makeup look so incredibly natural, and Casey's hair held the entire evening. The beautiful flowers on the arbor, centerpieces on the tables and bouquets were by Sayles Livingston. Exquisite Events was also on site for event design. Lastly, the band Silver Arrow provided the music for both the ceremony and the reception, and it was fantastic. The lead vocalist was incredible! Also, big thank you to my assistant Sara who captured some of the groomsmen and food/detail shots!

All in all, it was a perfect day. Casey and Karl, thank you for having me as your photographer, and have an amazing time in Bora Bora!! Congratulations!

Mallory + Mike's Dearborn Inn Wedding

Mallory + Mike were married on the most beautiful May day...70 and sunny and just perfect. Their wedding was at the historical Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, MI, and I loved everything about it: the grounds, the brick, the black and white tiled floor, the huge arched windows, the chandeliers....I mean really, it was a photographer's dream! Every time I turned a corner, there was yet another amazing spot to take photos. Thankfully, Mallory + Mike's schedule allowed us ample time to walk the grounds and take amazing photographs that I hope they cherish for the rest of their lives. Here are some of my favorites from the day....Congratulations, Mallory + Mike!!

A big thank you to Heather for capturing the groomsmen photos!

 

 

 

Kaylee's Michigan Senior Pictures

It's May, which means it's almost summer, which means the senior portrait inquiries have started to roll in! Most seniors choose between summer and fall to have their sessions. This summer senior portrait session of Kaylee's is one of my all time favorite summer sessions. The green trees, water, her cute dresses/summer outfits and her sun highlighted hair and tan skin really made this session perfect. I included sooooo many photos in this blog post, because I really couldn't pick any favorites! If you are considering a summer senior portrait session, take a look at Kaylee's photos for an idea of what to expect, as well as some location ideas. As you can see from Kaylee's pictures, you can't really go wrong with parks and lakes :) .

Interested in scheduling a session with me? Email me at caitlinmaloneyphotography@gmail.com for more information on how to book. Session dates are very limited in the summer and go quickly, so don't wait until the last minute to inquire!

Zoe's Lansing MI Senior Pictures

Having lived in East Lansing ten years ago for ten years while completing my undergrad at MSU, I thought I knew Lansing pretty well. In fact, I had no idea there was a park as beautiful as Frances Park, and had no idea how beautiful the Capitol building and surrounding areas could be for photos. I'm so glad Zoe was up for doing her photos downtown and at Frances Park. We shot on a Sunday evening and it was quiet, so we had the area to ourselves. As you can tell from the first photo, Zoe is a dancer, so we also took photos for her college application to the dance program at the University of Michigan (and she was accepted!!!). Congrats on graduating Zoe, and thank you for letting me take your senior portraits!!

Keara's East Lansing Michigan Senior Portraits

I can't believe this day finally came! In college, I was Keara's babysitter, and met her when she was two years old! Three years ago, she asked me to do her senior pictures, and it seemed so far away. I can't believe she is graduating this year!

We started the shoot on the beautiful campus of MSU in East Lansing at the horticulture gardens. It was SO pretty! From there, we traveled to Williamston so that Keara could have photos with her new horse, Joey. Joey was *almost* as beautiful as Keara :) . Keara opted to have hair and makeup done by a stylist at Kenneth Brandt Salon in Mason, MI. The stylist stayed throughout the shoot for a hair change and touchups...it was so nice to have her right there to assist!

Congratulations on graduating, Keara, and I can't wait to see what amazing things you accomplish in college!

Hannah + Jon's Spring Engagement Photos in East Lansing

Ahhh....spring is finally here! I LOVE spring, and funny enough, it seems to be a season that is overlooked by couples planning their engagement session. So many opt for summer or fall, but spring is so gorgeous with all of the tulips, flowering magnolias, and cherry blossoms! The only hard part is guessing when they are going to bloom and wondering how long they will stay in bloom! Warmer than usual winters and late snows can totally make it unpredictable. However, for Hannah and Jon's shoot, everything was timed PERFECTLY.  And honestly, I don't think spring gets any prettier than it does on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. There are gardens all over campus and the grounds are meticulously maintained....it's the perfect setting for a spring engagement session in Mid-Michigan! Here are a few favorites from my spring engagement session with Hannah + Jon!

Newborn Henlee {Lansing MI Newborn Photographer}

Newborn Henlee was as tiny as could be...even if those cheeks make you think otherwise! She was so sweet and slept nearly the entire time. Her mama and daddy love her so much, and embraced my lifestyle shooting instead of the popular baby in the basket style. I am so happy with how the images turned out, and think these will make beautiful framed heirloom prints that will be loved and displayed for a lifetime. Welcome to the world, Henlee!

Chanel + Michael's University of Michigan and Nickels Arcade Engagement Photos

Who would have thought that all three of my January and February shoots would have been in the 50s in winter in MICHIGAN?? These two flew in from Seattle to have their engagement photos taken at Michael's alma mater (the University of MIchigan), and were pretty surprised to find Ann Arbor warmer than Seattle! Anyhow, we weren't complaining! We started in the Law Quad, and then worked our way over to the Nickels Arcade and then wrapped up at another pretty spot on campus. Even in winter, the U of M campus is gorgeous! I'm super excited to work with Chanel and Michael again later this summer when I photograph their wedding at the Westin!

Victoria's Senior Portraits {East Lansing Senior Pictures}

Class of 2018, it's that time of year again! We are now booking senior portraits! Do you go to East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, Owosso, Holt, St John's, Grand Ledge, Mason, Jackson, Howell, Charlotte, Williamston, or Dewitt? Get in touch to schedule your senior portraits!

Mallory + Mike's Downtown Plymouth, MI Engagement Photos

Mallory and Mike chose to have their engagement photos taken in downtown Plymouth, MI. I had never been before, and it was ADORABLE! Like as in I started looking at housing in the car after the shoot :) . I'm SO happy Mallory and Mike introduced me to Plymouth, and am thrilled with how the photos came out. They were so natural and fun to be around, and I can't wait for their wedding at the Dearborn Inn later this year!