You may be surprised, but even though I am a photographer, I hate being in photos. I hate being posed. I am super self-conscious about every bit of the process when I am in front of the camera. When I’ve had a session with my husband or family, the images I like most are when I’m doing something and forgetting that a camera is there.
Because of this you will see I don’t love documenting stiff, overly posed sessions. Part of what draws me to wedding photography is specifically that it’s so much more about documenting and having storytelling style. Yes, there are posed family sessions, but days are jammed packed, and you can’t sit still for long.
Your wedding isn’t just about a perfect dress, a tear-jerking toast, or a perfectly planned event with every detail from your Pinterest board. A wedding is about celebrating an amazing chapter in your story as two individuals who have chosen to create a story together. It’s a about telling your story and how you share your day with your family and friends who helped you to become you. It’s about creating a foundation based on joy, love, and respect.
Even though weddings are only part of what I photograph, I only take six weddings each year so I can provide each of my couples with the highest quality of work through our entire relationship during wedding planning. I want to make sure I am the right fit for my clients. The images I take become family heirlooms.
I like working with small, intimate weddings (of 150 guests or less) and chill brides and grooms who just want to experience their big day with all of those they love and who were along for the ride with their journey.
I know that from my experience, weddings are family reunions of sorts (it’s honest to God the only times my eight siblings were ever in one spot…
I think we had four of those moments between 1986 and 2007), so if you want some large posed, crazy family photos, I’m game, but I’m also going to encourage you to be in the moment and limit the amount of time spent on those group shots. Be in the day. Enjoy your spouse. Forget about the details. And if you have little kids at your wedding, I probably won’t be able to resist capturing a few of them and how they are soaking in such a big event through their tiny eyes.
While I’ve been a professional photographer since May 2016, 2020 was my first year documenting wedding as a lead photographer. I’ve documented many weddings as a second shooter, and I plan to continue to do that each year to keep learning so I can keep improving in my craft.
I mostly second shoot with Laura from Laura’s Focus Photography, but I have also worked with D’Corzo Photography, C. Tundo Photography, and Amanda Wose Photography. I am so thankful for them since they gave me the opportunities to learn schedule and see different weddings and photographer styles. While the couples in some of my galleries are their clients, the images in my portfolio are all my work with my gear when I was working at weddings with these other photographers, and they are all my edits. If you want to trust me with your big day, I can promise you I’m a perfectionist, and I’ll stay out of your timeline except to give advice on lighting for your portraits.
Collections for eight hours start at $2,500. All collections include consultation prior to engagement session, engagement session, online gallery of edited images, print release of entire gallery, and two photographers for your big day.
If you want a documentary wedding experience with storytelling style, let’s chat! To get the ball started, fill out my survey here so I can learn more about you, and then I can give you more specific pricing; also, feel free to e-mail me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view my wedding portfolio. Click here to view my full wedding galleries. Click here to view my wedding blogs!
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