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  • Welcome to Adam Sparkes Photography

    This is a website that is as raucous as it is romantic. It's an eclectic collection of amazing personas that come together every year to make my job as a wedding photographer so amazing. Scrolling though these posts always leaves me humbled and smiling to myself, happy to recall my clients' laughter as they experienced their big day. I hope that visiting here gives you a little bit of the same. I'd love it even more if it inspired you to let me help tell your story. Maybe we'll even make a few inside jokes of our own? Enjoy.


Stefano & Jamie :: Engaged // Stony Creek Metropark Engagement Photography

So… fall blogging is upon me. This means shorter posts, less rambling, and more pretty picture in the name of keeping up with the workflow. Stefano and Jamie don’t really need my help

Jared & Kim :: Married // Elizabeth Park Wedding Photography

I’ve spent most of my life always knowing what an amazing friend Kim was to my sister, Erica. It wasn’t until about a year ago when I met Jared, that I began to realize that

Nick & Nicole :: Married // Detroit, MI Wedding Photography

Nick and Nicole are a tremendous couple. They seem to be entirely the ying for their partner’s yang. Which is commendable, particularly if you’re into vague references that allude to

Aaron & Lauren :: Married // Detroit, MI Wedding Photographer

This was one of those quintessential Detroit weddings. The giant old church in First Congregational Church of Detroit, the bad luck in the high rollers’ room at MGM, and the amazing party at

Shabier & Sam // Married & Immortalized // Flint Institute of Art Wedding Photography

For me to properly express how much fun it was to work with Shabier and Sam, and how much I love these two, I feel that it would be best for me to  borrow the description of the Disney

Eli, Ashley and Addy :: Detroit, MI Family Photography

I met up with Eli and Ashley this month to get some photos of them and their one-year-old, Addy. It was a gorgeous night for strolling around Detroit’s River Walk, and Addy couldn’t agree

Tayler & Kyle :: Engaged // Armada, MI Engagement Photographer

Orchards and Ice Cream before noon … yes! This morning session in Armada with Kyle and Tayler has me ready for fall. I know, know … We didn’t exactly get the best summer that

Ernie & Jessica :: Married // Cafe Cortina Wedding Photography

There is really something to be said about having a small wedding. It feels like a gathering friends, but one with a something just little more profound at the core. Cafe Cortina served as the back

Nick & Nicole // Royal Oak, MI Engagement Photographer

Nick and Nicole are getting married really soon. Like this month kind of soon. We took this evening stroll around Royal Oak to get caught up on wedding details, have a few laughs and work on

Matt, Alana, & Maddy :: One-Year-Old Portraits // Farmington, MI Family Photography

This little one means a lot to me. Maddy is the first-born daughter of one of my oldest friends. Nothing gives me more pause than being able to reflect on the ever-changing states of life by seeing

Matt & Michelle :: Married // Bloomfield, MI Wedding Photography

Matt and Michelle had me smiling and laughing, and generally feeling like I wasn’t at work all day long. This is a good thing. Joy on you wedding day is probably best thing you can do for

Chris & Ashely :: Married // Plymouth, MI Wedding Photography

Chris and Ashley have a vitality about them that is entirely unique. I’m sure it has something to do with Ashley’ “redness” (to barrow a term from her dad), or maybe

Ryan & Alyssa :: Married // Oakhurst Golf Club Wedding Photographer

I have such a history with this family. Somewhere between cousins’ weddings and raiding Alyssa’s grandfather’s vegetable garden, I got picked to be the official photographer for

Tim & Angel :: Married // The Amazing Wedding of “The Doctors Bowman”

Nothing says “I love you” like bribing your photographer $100K to capture your groom’s tears in a picture. Despite my strong desire to make Angel sell her house to afford the

Brandon & Lisa :: Married // Wyandotte, MI Wedding Photographer

I had an extraordinary time photographing Brandon and Lisa’s wedding at Silver Shores in Wyandotte, MI. It was a touching family affair that was as cool, relaxed and fun as it looks. No doubt,

Candice & Mike :: Roll With Me, Baby! // Troy Skate World Shenanigans

Rollerskating is a lot tougher than you remember. Just ask Mike and Candice. We laughed, we stumbled, we listened to The Cure, and then we laughed some more. Words cannot do any justice to how much

Dave & Michelle :: Married // Holland, MI Wedding Photographer

This wedding was very special to me. I’m not going to lie to you guys. This was probably one of the most memorable weekends of the year for me. I drove to Holland, and ended up standing in the

Jesse & Raquel :: Married // Howell, MI Wedding Photography

So, the Howell Opera House has really grown on me as a venue. It’s classic, rustic, cute and cozy all in one. It was really a natural fit for Jesse and Raquel’s wedding. These two

Ernie & Jessica :: A Walk in the Park // Elizabeth Park Engagement Photography

Stomping around Elizabeth park with a dude named Ernie. Sounds like the beginning of a Mark Twain story, eh? Close enough for me. Jessica and Ernie and just as natural couple as you’d ever

Amy & Ian :: Married // Colony Club, Detroit

Nothing says “Detroit wedding” like tying the knot at the corner of Park and East Montcalm. At least, to me. I love the Colony Club. There is something charming and familiar for me about

Joel & Hope :: Married // Pontiac, MI Wedding Photographer (Crofoot)

A preposterously heart-pounding party in downtown Pontiac. Say that five times fast! While I know that my alliteration won’t do this wedding any justice, I will now be selling poems for $50

Markian & Anna :: Married // Detroit Wedding Photographer

As rustic as it was elegant, as spontaneous as it was expertly planned, and as eccentric as it was romantic, Maki and Anna’s wedding was a day-long trek through Detroit and Hamtramck

Dane & Kristina :: Engaged // Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Engagement Photography

This shoot sure looks like a lot of fun, doesn’t it? Well, duh! It was fun. Lots. It’s easy to laugh when you start off your day discussing how Dane just really wants to get naked and

Ahmed & Kristi :: Married // Detroit, Royal Oak and Pontiac, MI Wedding Photographer

So my day began with 9am beers, billiards and shaved heads at Trim in Clawson. Ahmed and the guys slathered in shaving cream and paced around the floors of everyone’s favorite barber shop.

Carrie & Mike :: Married // Inn at St. John’s Wedding Photographer

Mike and Carrie are such low maintenance clients that Mike’s level of chill had him napping when I arrived on this fine Friday afternoon. Not to worry, I promptly had him thrashed by a group

Joey & Tara : A Mexican Adventure // Riviera Maya Destination Wedding Photographer

On my flight from Detroit to Cancun, I sat next to a lady who hadn’t flown in over 20 years. She grabbed my arm during take off, and squeezed … pretty darn hard, too. It turned out she

Maki & Anna :: Engaged // Ann Arbor, MI Engagement Photographer

This was my first trip to Ann Arbor for the year. The sun was shining, the flowers were blooming (a little, anyway?), and my clients were dancing. Literally. Maki and Anna are getting married this

Ahmed & Kristi :: Engaged // Detroit, MI Photography

It really means a lot to me to be photographing Ahmed and Kristi. They are great folks and family friends, that I just adore. Ahmed is about as generous and pleasant a guy to be around as you could

Geoff & Christa :: Married // Detroit and Macomb Wedding Photography

Geoff and Christa caught the first wedding of 2014 that didn’t involve frozen rain, snow or salt trucks. You might consider them charmed? I did … at first. It was later on, when I got a

Victor & Kaitlin :: Married // Grosse Pointe and Detroit, MI Wedding Photography

These guys are my buddies. True-blue. I had so much fun at this wedding, that I can hardly call it a day’s work. In what has become a prototypical meeting with Vic and Kaitlin, I was beside

Brittany & Tremaine :: Married // Detroit and Farmington, MI Wedding Photography

What can I say about Brittany and Tremaine that doesn’t involve the groom trying to pick out shoes for women, or being a the world’s most charming camera hog? Well, I could tell you that

Jose & Theresa :: Married // Plymouth, MI Wedding Photographer

This was a fun one, folks. Firstly, I have to say congrats to two really great people. Theresa and Joe are just a lot of fun to be around, both in conversation and as subjects. Secondly, I have to

Kelvin & Ashley :: The Slow Ride Around Town // Detroit, Michigan Engagement Photography

How would you describe a pleasant day at the office? When your boss is on vacation, and you have the coffee pot to yourself? I can relate to that. I have days where my headphones are in and Neil

Joe & Theresa :: Before the Big Day // Detroit, MI Engagement Photography

I’ll be posting Jose and Theresa’s wedding really soon. Before I can do that, I needed you guys to take a look at the chilly Downtown Detroit meet-up we had just before their nuptials.

Bob & Caitlin :: Engaged // A Chilly Royal Oak Day Photgraphed

Bob and Caitlin are such a good time. I say things like this a lot, but I laughed so hard during this shoot that my ears hurt. I hurt my own ears. Yeah. So, I say this things because I work with

Barns, Tents & Boat Houses, Oh My! :: Getting Married Outdoors or Off-Beat in Michigan?

If you’re considering having your Michigan wedding outdoors, well … you’re awesome. It’s a great state — the Magnificent Mitten I call it — and there is no better