Ann Arbor Michigan

Jordan + Claire // The Arb, Ann Arbor Engagement Session

With Jordan + Claire's wedding weekend coming up, I thought it would be fun to feature some of their engagement session photos up on the blog today. I met Claire early last year, when I photographed her brother and sister-in-laws Detroit wedding. She was a bridesmaid in their wedding, and we instantly connected. I can't tell you how thrilled I was when she contacted me a few months later, newly engaged, and ready to start planning her own wedding! 

I met up with Jordan + Claire on a summer morning, at Nichols Arboretum, the location of their first date. Being that this spot was sentimental to them both, I thought it would be the perfect location for their session. All the while it was fun reminiscing about their first date, and they shared stories of their adventure in The Arb. Afterwards we strolled through some their favorite spots in Ann Arbor, around U of M's campus, which is also sentimental, to Claire and her family especially. I'm so looking forward to their wedding day, and capturing even more of Claire's infectious laugh and smile, that Jordan brings out in her in such a perfect way. They are the sweetest couple, and I know their wedding day will be just as amazing. Stay tuned to my facebook page to catch their sneak preview following the wedding. Enjoy! :)

 

Lindsey + Ron // An Ann Arbor, Michigan Fall Engagement Session

It's happening. The weather has cooled down considerably and fall is in the air! Even though it's not officially fall yet, Mother Nature has her own set of plans, and the colors are changing faster than ever! Every year around this time, I get nostalgic. Out of no where I start to remember all of the fall sessions I had the year prior, and start to anticipate the sessions coming in. I met with Lindsey + Ron on a beautiful, fall day in Ann Arbor last year. Everything about that day was perfect. The weather, the temperature, the colors were all on point. There's something truly magical about this time of year here in Michigan. Engagement sessions are great, because it allows me to really get to know my couples, and vice versa. After being together for many years, they're both right where they want to be, and have hit this huge milestone in their lives. Be sure to scroll through for a glimpse at Lindsey's humor about it. ;)

Since this weekend is their wedding weekend, and honestly, who would have thought we would have this much fall color already, I thought it only fitting to showcase their engagement session. Stay tuned to my facebook page Lia Giannotti Photography, to check out their wedding sneak preview coming soon! Happy early fall everyone! <3

Getting married? Now booking weddings 2017 + beyond! www.liagiannottiphotography.com

Ben + Melissa // A Snowy, Springtime Ann Arbor, MI Wedding, April 2, 2016

Ben + Melissa kicked off my 2016 wedding season with a showstopping day! I can't even put into words how incredible their day was. They got married on April 2nd, in Ann Arbor, which just so happened to fall on the annual Hash Bash event. This ultimately lead to some really great stories that I know not only they, but I'll be telling for years to come. 

I'll be honest, I'm a little sad to get these photos delivered and stored neatly away on my hard drives. I have had a smile on my face editing these images, as big as the one I had when I was taking them. Ben + Melissa exude happiness, and pure JOY. One look at these photos will show you exactly what I mean. If there was ever a smile so contagious, it would be Melissa's. This day for her and Ben was years in the making, and the happiness, love and joy that was shared between them and their families was like nothing I've ever experienced. I honestly felt like a member of the family by the end of the night. It was just that powerful, and a day I will not soon, nor ever forget. <3

So, as I mentioned, this day was full of surprises and fun stories. A beautiful spring day turned into winter, as we left the church to be surprised with a blizzardy snowfall. We headed out into the city for photos, and even had a celebrity siting of the Violin Monster, who graciously posed for a photo op. ;) We then headed to Literati Bookstore, where Melissa, who's Masters is in Children's Literature, has a soft spot for this beautiful little shop. They typed love letters to each other, found their favorite book in the Children's section, and beautiful memories were made.

Melissa + Ben, I can't put into words how much I loved your day. I know your joy, happiness and love that's evident in your smiles will last you a lifetime. Thank you for having me along. xoxo

 

Ceremony: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Ann Arbor

Venue: Weber's Inn, Ann Arbor

Florist: Chelsea Flower Shop, Ann Arbor

Dress: Bridal Couture, Plymouth

Tux: Vera Wang, Men's Warehouse

DJ: Mammoth Entertainment

A big thank you to Literati Bookstore for the hospitality! 

A whole lot of Pretty Faces! Best of 2015 highlights // Lia Giannotti Photography Portraits

Hi again! As some of you saw, yesterday I launched my Best of 2015 highlights wedding and engagements reel. If you missed it, you can find it here! I want to also acknowledge my other passion besides photographing couples in love. That is the portrait side of photographing babies, children and families.

I started photographing portraits long before I started with weddings. I get asked very often, "which do you like photographing more? Children or weddings?" And I always respond the same way... "I love them both equally, but in different ways. They both fulfill me differently." Many people think they're two completely different genres, and I should choose one or the other.  I couldn't disagree more, because photographing one helps me to photograph the other. For example, photographing children for as long as I have, has taught me the art of anticipation, which is so important when photographing weddings. It's also taught me patience, which, well, comes in handy no matter what. ;) I honestly just have a place in my heart for both, and I don't plan on that changing, or giving up one for the other. Photographing a variety babies, children, families, weddings...it keeps it all fun, and keeps me from getting bored. I can honestly say, I love when I have to pick up my camera for a shoot. I love to get my baby fix, and love, love, love, watching these babies and children grow even more, and watching their personalities develop. And it truly comes full circle, when my wedding clients begin their family, and I can watch their babies grow. It just builds such a connection.  It's the best!

 Being behind the camera has always been my happy place, but being able to be a part of people's stories, and documenting these moments takes it to a whole new level. To all of my amazing "clients", (we all know we're friends now), thank you from the bottom of this photographers heart, for trusting me with capturing your families big moments and memories. It truly means so much, that of all the people you could trust to do this, you've chosen me to do so. Wishing everyone an amazing 2016, full of  love, happiness, wonderful memories, and more smiles for all!  <3

Now, sit back, and enjoy... and p.s. there's a lot of images here, because well, I just couldn't narrow it down any further. Images are displayed in no particular order, so scroll through, and find yourself. :)

A whole lot of LOVE! Best of 2015 highlights // Lia Giannotti Photography Weddings & Engagements

So, here it is. I pondered whether I was going to put together a highlight reel this year, but I just had to. Because this year was just THAT good! I finish every year as my best year yet, and this year continues in much the same way. I've spent a few hours going through all of my wedding and portrait session galleries, and am left feeling so fulfilled. Looking through these images brings me completely back. No only do I relive the day I took them, but I'm smiling all over again at the amazing people in them. I can go on and on about how much I love this "job" of mine, but it's because of every person in these images who trust me to capture these moments for them, that I am able to continue to pursue my passion. Being behind the camera has always been my happy place, but being able to be a part of people's stories, and documenting these moments takes it to a whole new level. To all of my amazing "clients", (we all know we're friends now), thank you from the bottom of this photographers heart, for trusting me with capturing your love. It makes me smile, it makes me giddy, and well, it just makes me happy! Wishing everyone an amazing 2016, full of more love, more happiness, and more smiles for all!  <3

Now, sit back, and enjoy... and p.s. there's a lot of images here, because well, I just couldn't narrow it down any further. Images are displayed in no particular order, so scroll through, and find yourself. :)