Sunflowers at Sunrise: A Wedding Photo Session

I wanted this wedding photo session to be unposed, but wasn’t sure how to do this as I got in my car under the dark sky before the session. I’ve grown into a photographer that thrives on documenting motion and moments when no one is paying attention – with little or no direction from me. I wasn’t sure what to do with Andy and Kate once we got to the sunflower field at sunrise on this August morning. You see, there is sentimental history for the couple here, but not in a wedding dress & tux sort of way. How do I combine the two?

This property in Michigan belongs to Kate’s Grandfather and is a piece of family tradition. Andy & Kate participate with the rest of the Kate’s family, spring after spring, throwing the sunflower & zinnia seeds into the dirt to create a beautiful field of color by summer’s end. One day, with the help of Kate’s dad, Andy proposed to Kate in the sunflower patch. I was overjoyed when the couple hired me to be their engagement and wedding photographer and did this session later as a way to give back to them – plus, HELLO, it is a sunflower field!

In a typical couple’s session with me, we would plan it around an activity to keep them busy and no attention on the camera. This makes for honest, real moment documenting. Being in a field and in wedding attire, I did only what I knew how: I kept them moving and documented the details. There are a few portrait-type photos in here, but overall I didn’t sway away from who I am as a shooter just because I was in unfamiliar territory. The “Proposal Patch” sign was used for their save the date photo and it was fun to incorporate it here.


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About the photographer: Marie Masse is the Founder of Fearless and Framed & is a documentary family and wedding photographer in Michigan. You can view Andy and Kate’s Wedding HERE.  

Author: MarieMasse
I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.

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