Woodsy Connection Session in Michigan

Chyane and Jeremy met up with me in Ortonville, Michigan, to go hiking in the deep woods for this adventurous Connection Session. They brought along Sally, their Great Dane, who was so happy to accompany us!

It was a cool late summer morning in Ortonville, which is located in SE Michigan. Nature is easy to find out here, if you want to get away from it all and explore the outdoors.

We started at the trailhead and worked our way back into the deepest part of the woods. It reminded me of a dark fairy tale.

The setting inspired me to take some photos with the lanterns I had brought along. And it seemed natural to create some GIFs as well.

Including your dog in your session

Normally I recommend couples only include their dogs for the first 10-15 minutes during a Connection Session. That way we can include them, but the rest of the session is free from distractions.

You can have someone take them away, or (if the conditions are ok) leave them in the car.

Although dogs are awesome, they do make it difficult to stay focused on each other.

The time it takes

Every couple is different and has a unique energy between them. Most of the time it takes quite a bit for the nerves to dissipate and couples to start really enjoy the process. That’s why Connection Session are around 2 hours.

By the end of the session, everyone was completely relaxed and able to really enjoy each other.

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Lume Photography is a documentary elopement and wedding photographer based in Michigan, traveling worldwide. Behind the camera you’ll find me (Andrea)- a girl who loves animals, the wilderness, and love stories. I believe in magic, soulmates, and the hidden forces of energy that connect everything and everyone in the universe. My passion is documenting the moments, emotions, and connection between two souls in love, in wild places.

My home base is located in SE Michigan, and my second home is Northern Michigan. I’m frequently visiting Traverse City, Marquette & the Upper Peninsula. I’ve traveled all over, including Arizona, Colorado, Costa Rica, Scotland, and beyond to photograph wild elopements and small destination weddings.

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Andrea these are SO GOOD! I love the gifs, and of course all the photos with their pup!!

Oh my goodness all the moooodiness and the pupper!! How beautiful! I love the idea of a Connection Session too :)

Thank you!!!

WOah this session is so beautiful and moody! I love how epic their dog looks in the woods!!

Wow! Those lanterns are freaking MAGICAL! And i love when couples bring their dogs. So much fun!

These are stunning! I love everything about them- the tones, the posing, and especially the pupper. Excellent job

Bringing in the lanterns is such a cool idea!

How awesome are these?! I’ve never heard of a connection session before but you all sure seem to be on the same page!

More often than not, when I look at your images they take me to a place far away from Michigan. It’s really cool to see my home state from this perspective.

I love the woodsy vibe! So cute!

Stunning pictures, love the moody vibe in the forest!