Mallory + Jon's Fall East Lansing Engagement Session at MSU

Aren’t Mallory and Jon the cutest?? We had an absolutely gorgeous (but a tad chilly!) fall day for their engagement photos on the north campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. People are often scared to wait and do their photos the first two weekends of November, but I swear, those two weekends always have the best fall color!! Thankfully, Mallory and Jon waited, and the fall color was GORGEOUS!! I can’t wait for their June wedding!

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!

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'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!

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!

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!

Keri + Morgan's Engagement Photos

Dogs at photo shoots might be the cutest thing ever....look at that tongue!!

Keri + Morgan were such started raining about 15 minutes into their shoot, and they kept going, just happy to be together and enjoying the shoot.

We started off at a boardwalk, and then ended up at the harbor...even, though it was raining, it was beautiful!

Caitlin Maloney is a wedding and engagement photographer serving Lansing, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Charlevoix, Traverse CIty, Northern Michigan, Leelanau, Saugatuck, Holland in Michigan, as well as Bristol, Newport, Jamestown, Providence, and Narragansett in Rhode Island.

Ashley + Keith's Jamestown RI Engagement Photos

Ashley wanted dramatic for their engagement photos, and the weather Gods obliged, rolling in thick fog the afternoon of their shoot in beautiful Jamestown, Rhode Island. We almost cancelled, fearing the fog would actually be too thick and conceal the water, but Ashley gave the green light, and we went for it and I am SO glad that we did! The results are moody and dramatic- just as Ashley wanted, and being that she and Keith had come in from NYC and weren't able to reschedule, I am thrilled that she pushed me to shoot in weather I would normally cancel for. They got photos that they love, and I was challenged- which is what I love about working in photography- rarely do you have a "normal" day at the "office" when shooting. Can't wait for their wedding in Newport this summer!

Caitlin Maloney is a wedding and portrait photographer serving both Rhode Island and Michigan, including Newport, Jamestown, Narragansett, Providence, Watch Hill, Bristol, and Detroit, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Northern Michigan, and Grand Rapids.

Oksana + Corey's MSU Engagement Photos

The MSU campus in the fall is so gorgeous. Well, to be honest, it's really gorgeous at all times of year, but especially in the fall! Since Oksana is a Spartan alum, she agreed that campus would be the perfect spot for their engagement photos. We met in East Lansing on a cloudy day with sprinkles of rain in the forecast just a few days before their wedding with no option for a reschedule. Thankfully, the rain held off, and didn't start sprinkling until I was in my car after the shoot. The clouds gave us perfect filtered light (clouds are always better than sun for photos, which most people don't know!)  and resulted in some gorgeous engagement photos. Here are a few of my favorites:

Meghan + Andy's Downtown Detroit Engagement Photos

I've been waiting to shoot my first Detroit engagement session for quite some time now, so I was super excited when Meghan and Andy chose downtown Detroit as their location! I'd heard so much about it, and seen so many awesome photos, I was excited to experience it for myself. Detroit far exceeded my expectations, and I immediately fell in love with the urban vibe of the photos we were able to capture. A big thanks to Meghan and Andy for showing me around the city!

Caitlin Maloney is a wedding and portrait photographer serving both Rhode Island and Michigan, including Detroit, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Newport, Providence, Jamestown, Narragansett, and the surrounding areas of Chicago, Northern Michigan, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Boston. 

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Alyssa + Phil's Downtown Ann Arbor and Nichols Arboretum Engagement Photos

I've been spending a lot of time in Ann Arbor recently photographing engagement shoots for my 2017 Michigan brides. You really can't go wrong shooting in Ann Arbor, especially in fall. 

Alyssa and Phil were one of the first Michigan couples to book me after I announced my move back. Alyssa and I instantly connected because she had just recently moved back from the Boston area, too, and we had actually even attended the same graduate school- Northeastern! I loved working with these two, and can't wait to shoot their Detroit area wedding next year!

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Caitlin Maloney Photography is a Michigan wedding photographer, serving Ann Arbor, Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids, Northern Michigan, Chicago, Greater Lansing and beyond.

Eberly + Taylor's University of Michigan Engagement Photos

When I moved, I'd heard how gorgeous the Law Quad at University of Michigan was, and how popular it was for photos. I am so glad that Eberly and Taylor agreed to let me take their engagement photos there- it did not disappoint! It was beautiful! I'm super excited to work with Taylor and Eberly (who totally has a movie star name, am I right??) next year for their Detroit area wedding!

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Caitlin Maloney Photography is a Michigan wedding photographer, serving Ann Arbor, Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids, Northern Michigan, Chicago, Greater Lansing and beyond.

Lake Michigan Engagement Photos in South Haven, Michigan

I can't believe it, but this was my first time doing a shoot at Lake Michigan! Since I've been living out on the East Coast since 2007, I hadn't been to Lake Michigan since college. I completely forgot how beautiful it is...and how underrated. The water was so clean and clear and so blue and the sand was so white! It was gorgeous...I can't wait to get back. 

I normally shoot an hour before sunset, but since Kristine and Matt were driving in from Chicago for the shoot, and since thunderstorms were being predicted in late afternoon, we decided to play it safe and do it midday. Plus, there was supposed to be cloud cover...ummm, not so much. We worked with the sun and it was hot, but Kristine and Matt were troopers. It was so much fun exploring South Haven. It was Kristine and Matt's first time visiting as we chose a location halfway between where they live in Chicago and where I live in mid-Michigan. And even though we had to deal with bright sun and hot temps, Kristine and Matt still rocked the photo session. Take a look at my favorites below, and if you are a Michigan bride or groom looking for a wedding photographer, check out my pricing page for a current promotion for all new 2017 wedding bookings in Michigan!


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MSU Engagement Photos in East Lansing, Michigan

Courtney and Arthur chose to have their engagement photos done on the campus of Michigan State University, one of the largest and most beautiful campuses in the country. Courtney is an alum, and after graduation, met her husband while working for USAID in Africa! Since East Lansing holds so many great memories for Courtney, the couple chose to have both their wedding and engagement photos in Lansing. Here are a few of my favorites: 

Carly + Jacob's Ann Arbor Engagement Photos

Carly and Jacob are my first Ann Arbor clients! Carly and Jacob proved to be a perfect fit: they wanted an engagement shoot in Ann Arbor, and are having their wedding in Jamestown, Rhode Island this summer! How perfect is that! Because I grew up in Michigan, I visit a few times a year, and it coincided perfectly with the timing of their engagement shoot.

Here are a few of my favorites from their session this past fall in Ann Arbor. 

Katie and Mike's Newport Engagement Photos

Katie and Mike chose to have their engagement session in Newport, where their wedding will be held next summer.  We almost had to cancel, as it was raining off and on all day. Since they were driving down from Boston, I wanted to be cautious, but they said let's go for it, and I'm so glad they did! We had beautiful light, and the pictures turned out amazing! 

It was also a great night because it was the first time I got to meet Katie and Mike in person! Like so many couples these days, they booked me over the phone. I was happy to see that they were just as laid back and sweet as they were on the phone :) . I'm thrilled to be shooting their Belle Mer wedding next July!