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This Detroit engagement session raises the bar for Michigan wedding photographer Alexander Martin.

At the Novi Bridal Expo, amidst Tawanda and her sister's quest for the perfect wedding photographer for Tawanda's upcoming Detroit wedding, destiny brought us together. Tawanda discovered us, and as soon as we engaged in conversation, I knew we were an ideal match. Her unwavering trust in my creativity instilled in me the confidence to break free from conventional boundaries.

Excitedly, we began brainstorming and crafting a plan. Our first destination was the magnificent Fisher Building, nestled in downtown Detroit. To our surprise, Dimitrius, a special unit officer from the Detroit police force, joined us in his official uniform. It was awe-inspiring to learn that he had rushed straight from an intense crime scene to meet us. Despite the turmoil he had just experienced, his composure was unshakable. Witnessing the dedication and resilience of police officers was truly humbling, and I felt honored that he deemed our photo shoot significant enough to be a part of it.

The Fisher Building is a prominent landmark and historic skyscraper located in Detroit, Michigan. It is situated at 3011 West Grand Boulevard in the city's New Center area. The building was named after the Fisher brothers—Frederick, William, Charles, and Lawrence—who were prominent figures in the American automotive industry during the early 20th century.

The Fisher Building was designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn and completed in 1928. It stands at 30 stories tall, with an additional two basement levels. The architectural style of the building is a blend of Art Deco and Gothic influences, featuring intricate detailing, decorative sculptures, and a distinctive roofline.

At the time of its completion, the Fisher Building was one of the largest office buildings in the world. It served as the headquarters for the Fisher Brothers' various business ventures, including Fisher Body, which supplied automobile bodies to General Motors.

The interior of the Fisher Building is equally impressive, with marble and bronze accents, ornate ceilings, and beautiful murals. It houses a mix of office spaces, retail shops, and restaurants.

Round Two -

Embarking on our thrilling second session, we kicked things off at none other than the fabulous Detroit Art Institute, nestled near downtown Detroit. Ah, the city of Detroit, a treasure trove of remarkable locations and iconic landmarks. It's always a delightful challenge to pick just one, but since we had multiple destinations in mind, this spot seemed like the perfect starting point.

The Detroit Art Institute, with its awe-inspiring collection and captivating ambiance, set the stage for a truly memorable photo adventure. As we entered its hallowed halls, we couldn't help but feel a sense of excitement and anticipation. Little did we know that this was only the beginning of our extraordinary journey capturing timeless moments in this vibrant city.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is a renowned art museum located in Detroit, Michigan. It is situated in Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center, at 5200 Woodward Avenue. The DIA is known for its extensive and diverse collection, spanning from ancient to contemporary art, and it attracts visitors from around the world.

The architecture of the Detroit Institute of Arts is notable for its Beaux-Arts style, which was popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum building itself was designed by Paul Philippe Cret, a French-born American architect, and completed in 1927. Cret collaborated with Zantzinger, Borie and Medary, a Philadelphia-based architectural firm, on the project.

The exterior of the DIA is characterized by a grand and symmetrical design. It features a facade made of white marble with intricate carvings and decorative elements. The central portion of the building is flanked by two wings, forming a U-shaped structure around a large courtyard. The courtyard itself serves as an outdoor space for visitors to relax and enjoy the museum's surroundings.

After leaving the art museum, we ventured into Eastern Market and downtown Detroit, exploring our favorite local hangouts. The vibrant atmosphere of Eastern Market with its bustling farmer's market and captivating street art delighted our senses. In downtown Detroit, we discovered charming shops, lively cafes, and the city's infectious energy. Our cameras captured the essence of these neighborhoods, preserving the memories of our exciting journey through the heart of Detroit.

Round three -

Tawanda's idea to recreate the Mr. & Mrs. Smith movie poster resonated with me, and her passion for creativity was infectious. To bring her vision to life, I organized our third session at the beautiful Pamela McCormick Studios in Plymouth, Michigan. With its stunning ambiance and well-equipped facilities, the studio provided the perfect setting to capture their own movie poster magic.

Detroit Michigan wedding photographer Alexander Martin

Concluding our time at the studio, we ventured to the Livonia Cigar Bar, a beloved local hotspot in Livonia, Michigan, to capture captivating and moody portraits in a familiar setting. As a photographer who delights in working with particles and experimenting with creative lighting, I couldn't resist the allure of this warm and dimly lit environment. It presented a thrilling challenge, igniting a mix of excitement and anticipation within me.

Stepping into the Livonia Cigar Bar, the air thick with the rich aroma of tobacco and the soft glow of warm lighting, we immersed ourselves in the ambiance. The intimate and cozy atmosphere provided the perfect backdrop for our portraits, offering a unique blend of sophistication and relaxed charm. With each click of the camera, we embraced the challenge of capturing the essence of this atmospheric locale, playing with shadows, textures, and the interplay of light and darkness.

Bringing our third and final session to a thrilling close, Tawanda and Dimitrius decided to infuse their passion for motorcycles and their motorcycle clubs into the shoot. With their bikes loaded on the trailer, we embarked on a quest to find the perfect location to capture a breathtaking sunset alongside these two-wheeled marvels. Our journey led us to the charming Hines Park, a hidden gem nestled off the road in Westland, Michigan.

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