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Lindsey & Austin: Lavender Field Engagement Session | Michigan Photographer

Lindsey resting her head on Austin's shoulder while she holds his arm and he looks down at her during their engagement session at a lavender farm I was so excited when Lindsey and Austin reached out to me to be their Michigan Photographer for their engagement session at The Secret Garden at Brys Estate. They are the third couple from a line of family and friends who’ve all reached out to me over a few years to do their wedding photography! I was super excited to get to know Lindsey and Austin more because their whole family is amazing. So, there was no doubt that they would be just as sweet! And of course, I was right! The whole family has been some of my favorite clients to work with!

Their Love Story

Lindsey and Austin met in a videography class in High School at seventeen. They started dating, became high school sweethearts and the rest is history! Lindsey reached out to me after seeing some of the videography I had done for Austin’s sister, Rachel, when she got married to her husband, John.

Austin proposed in such a sweet way! Austin started out getting Lindsey a massage from a local spa. Then he took her out to eat in Lansing, Michigan (which Lindsey says was some of the best food she’s ever experienced!) followed by a trip to the capital to see the Christmas Tree. He told her it was “just to look” at the tree. She had no idea he was proposing! It was a perfect evening for both of them!

Collage of Lindsey holding Austin's arm as they look at each other and Lindsey and Austin with their foreheads pressed together.

The Perfect Location with the Perfect Dress

There was one thing that Lindsey wanted for her engagement session, and that was Lavender. She had found a gorgeous blue dress that she wanted to highlight, and a lavender field was the perfect way to do it! So, I set that up for her by giving her a list of all the local lavender farms, and she settled on The Secret Garden.

We started in the middle of the lavender fields for a sweepy shots of them. Then, Lindsey had an idea. She wanted shots of her and Austin laying down in the lavender, and that photo turned out really pretty! Lindsey’s dress made her eyes really pop among all that lavender. I really love that shot of them in the field!

Then we did shots in the middle of the field, where there’s a really sweet gazebo. People propose at this location all the time! We took photos of them walking toward, and around the gazebo and got some gorgeous shots! It was a very sunny day with no clouds so the lighting was perfect!

Natural Pros

They were both super sweet. They wanted their photos to show how much they love each other, but they were kind of nervous about needing some help posing and being awkward in front of the camera. But every time I asked them to look at each other while posing, they’d crack up in smiles and giggles. Not only was it so cute, but they were naturals in front of the camera! You could tell they just loved being together. And that came through in the pictures!

My Go-To Michigan Photographer Location

Next up was a separate location. On our way back from The Secret Garden, we hit up a local vista point. It’s a very high point where you can pull off the road and see both bays. As a Michigan photographer, it’s one of my favorite locations to take clients because the vista point faces due west, so when the sun sets you get absolutely beautiful views! The sun hadn’t quite set yet, but the sky was so clear and blue that it was the perfect backdrop!

I had been so caught up in their engagement session and was having such a fun time, I had accidentally left my camera bags back at The Secret Garden. So, after we had talked a bit and said our goodbyes, I had to go back to the lavender fields to grab my equipment! I was so caught up in being their engagement session that I had just forgotten about it.

Their wedding is next year, October 14th, at The Pine Tree Barn in Flushing, Michigan. I’m so excited for them and can’t wait to shoot their ceremony!

Lindsey and Austin, it was such a pleasure to get to work with you! Thank you for choosing me to be your engagement (and wedding) photographer!

Collage of Lindsey and Austin holding each other in a lavender field and a detail photo of Austin's hands around Lindsey's waist. Lindsey and Austin standing in the middle of a lavender field with their foreheads pressed together during their engagement session. Lindsey and Austin smiling at each other during their engagement session. Collage of Lindsey and Austin with the foreheads pressed together and them kissing during their engagement session. Lindsey sitting in Austin's lap as they both sit in the middle of a lavender field. Collage of Lindsey and Austin sitting in a lavender field smiling and laughing at each other during their engagement session. Collage of Lindsey and Austin sitting in a lavender field smiling and laughing at each other. Lindsey and Austin looking off in the distance as they sit together in a lavender field during their engagement session with Mandie Forbes Photography. Lindsey and Austin looking off in the distance as they sit together in a lavender field during their engagement session with Mandie Forbes Photography. Lindsey and Austin walking hand in hand away from the camera through a lavender field. Collage of Lindsey and Austin kissing over a row of lavender and Austin hugging Lindsey from behind during their engagement session. Lindsey and Austin walking hand in hand through a lavender field during their engagement session with Mandie Forbes Photography. Collage of Austin hugging Lindsey from behind and him picking her up as they smile at each other. Collage of Austin picking Lindsey up while she tucks hair behind her ear and them with their back to the camera kissing. Collage of a detail photo of Lindsey's hand brushing the lavender with her engagement ring and Lindsey walking along the rows of lavender brushing her hand through the buds. Collage of Lindsey and Austin smiling at each other and Lindsey hugging Austin from behind during their engagement session. Lindsey and Austin hugging and kissing off in the distance in the middle of a lavender field. Detail photo of Lindsey's oval engagement ring sitting on a piece of lavender. Austin hugging Lindsey from behind in the middle of a lavender field during their engagement session with Mandie Forbes Photography. Collage of Austin hugging Lindsey from behind and then kissing in a lavender field during their engagement session. Austin dipping Lindsey and kissing her during their engagement session. Lindsey and Austin holding hands while they smile at each other in a lavender field. Collage of Lindsey and Austin laughing and smiling at each other during their engagement session with Mandie Forbes Photography. Collage of Austin kissing Lindsey on the temple while she laughs. Collage of Austin kissing Lindsey on the temple while she looks down at her shoulder and a detail photo of her engagement ring on his arm during their session with Mandie Forbes Photography. Austin spinning Lindsey around while she plays with the skirt of her dress in a lavender field during their engagement session. Collage of Austin spinning Lindsey during their engagement session and a detail photo of her holding his arm. Austin and Lindsey kissing under a gazebo at the lavender field during their engagement session with Mandie Forbes Photography. Collage of Austin hugging Lindsey from behind and a detail photo of Lindsey pushing back her hair. Lindsey and Austin sitting in a lavender field smiling at each other during their engagement session with Mandie Forbes Photography. Collage of Lindsey and Austin smiling as they sit on the porch steps during their engagement session. Lindsey and Austin sitting in chairs smiling at each other on a porch during their engagement session. Austin holding Lindsey's hand and leading her through a field during their engagement session with Mandie Forbes Photography. Collage of Lindsey smiling at Austin and them looking out across the lavender field during their engagement session. Lindsey and Austin holding hands as they run across a field during their engagement session.

Mandie Forbes of Mandie Forbes Photography is a Michigan Photographer specializing in weddings, portraits and videography. She’s been featured in Tacari Weddings, Wedding Day Magazine, WeddingWire and The Knot. If you’re looking for a Michigan photographer who loves capturing your love on the other side of the camera, contact me!

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