Rebecca & Alan | Ann Arbor Engagement Photography

I didn't know a photo shoot can have so many of my favorite things. Books, coffee, an adorable dog, and awesome company. We had so much fun hanging out with Rebecca and Alan. They are super adorable together and obviously love each other so much. They were both so natural in front of the camera and they picked such a unique location for a photoshoot. Literati Bookstore is an Ann Arbor favorite. We got to explore the store and also visit the famous type writer. Of course grabbed some coffee while we were there and got some awesome shots outside on the quote wall. The quote wall is made up of adorable quotes customers have written on the type writer. We had to get one next to the quote, "I know who I'm going to marry". 

When you couldn't think of anything to make this shoot more awwwww worthy we have Toby who is equally photogenic. We went to The Arb with Toby and he had a a great time smelling things and eating many salmon treats. Rebecca, Alan, and Toby were so great to work with and we can't wait to be with them again during their wedding!  

Abby and Chris | Metro Detroit Wedding Photography

What a lovely wedding! It was a special one for us as we are also friends with Abby and Chris in real life. The ceremony took place at Korean Presbyterian church of Metro Detroit in Southfield Michigan. This was the church that Chris grew up in and it was his childhood Youth Pastor that married them. It was so meaningful and special to see this ceremony. It was also so entertaining to see the closeness each of them had with their parents. There was laughter, jokes, and a little bit of teasing too :) 

After the ceremony, it was time for photos. We were pretty excited to incorporate a pool table into the bridal photos and were lucky to be inside on a chilly day. Later, we headed to the reception and had a great evening. Abby and Chris played the shoe game which was so fun! Then everyone jammed out to Gangnam Style during the dance party. When the night was drawing to a close, it was time to leave and what a beautiful exit with sparklers! Overall, we were so blessed to see such a heartfelt and intimate wedding. We are so happy for Abby and Chris and their new life together. Congrats you two! 

An Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer's Journey to Find the Perfect Pair of Shoes

What is impossible for man is possible with a forgiving return policy. 

As I sit sweating from being inside with my winter coat, trying on what seems to be my 50th pair of shoes, I'm beginning to lose hope. It's never going to happen is it? I will never find the right pair of shoes! Is the shoe industry this cruel that they can't make comfortable, formal shoes for woman? 


Well it was a journey but I finally found the pair! But before I share which pair of shoes were perfect, I want to share some wisdom that I wish I knew beforehand. 

Don't buy online. 

So it is pretty appealing to buy online. It is convenient, fast, and you never have to change out of your pjs to go shopping. But don't do it! You just don't know how it will fit your foot. Each shoe is made so differently, you won't know how comfortable it will feel for you even though 100 different reviews say it is, "so comfortable". I went that route the first few times, and come to find out none of them worked and I knew immeditaly when I tried them on. 

If it doesn't feel good in the store, it won't feel good at home.

This tip is from a friend who I went shoe shopping with. If it doesn't feel amazing in the store then it won't be worth it. If there is even a tiny issue it won't work out. Some of these tiny issues may sound like, "Well it rubs a bit in the back but I'm sure it will be fine" or "It is a bit small but I'm sure they will stretch" or "I'll just put some extra cushiony socks". No! These small issues will be amplified once you leave the store and wear them for 8 hours.  

Pay for comfort and practicality, not how cute they are. 

I'm as fashion conscience as the next person, but to be honest no one cares about how adorable your shoes are during while you are shooting a wedding but you will care how your feet feel when you still have 5 hours left of the day.  Of course how you dress effects your branding as a photographer so don't wear anything too crazy. But if you are looking at a pair of shoes and they are so comfortable but are pretty basic and nothing special, it may still be worth it to buy them. I lucked out with my pair shoes. They are comfortable and I've received a few compliments on them. At the end of the day, comfort trumps appearance. I would rather be comfortable and focused on my clients than uncomfortable and distracted. 

The Big Reveal... Check out my shoes! 

These are it, and let me tell you they are pretty great. I found that the loafer style fits my feet way better then flats. Ballet flats to me never offer me enough support and don't seem to latch onto my foot well. My foot fits perfectly in them and look great on my feet. They don't rub at all at the heel. They breathe well when I wear no show sock and they are neutral.  I'm so happy with them. They are the brand Fit Flop and they are called F-Pop Skate Slip-on. They were around $60 at DSW when I used some coupons. If you would like to check them out you can click here.

My journey is finally done. I'm so glad I returned a bunch of other shoes and chose this pair in the end. But at the end of the day, each person is different. Most wedding photographers swear by flats and I'm just not a fan. Check out a few, take them home, and walk around in your house for an hour. This way, if you discover they are not for you, you can return them because they won't be dirty. Don't settle for something less than perfect. Also if you have some suggestions you would like to give for other comfy brands, comment below!

Happy Shopping!