I love weddings! I guess this should go without saying, but the reason why I’ve chosen to I photograph weddings is because I love them. There’s nothing like the look on a groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time or a bride’s mother tearing up during father-daughter dance. Top it all off with cake and a dance party…really, what is not to love?
I HATE having my picture taken, and I understand that a lot of the time, my clients do too. It can be awkward and uncomfortable, and you have no idea what to do with your hands. Believe me, I know how you feel. I will do everything I can to make you comfortable, and I’ll tell you exactly what to do so that your portraits look fabulous. Give me about 15 minutes, and you’ll realize you’re actually having fun.
I’m here to help make your wedding day (and the days leading up to it) amazing. I want your entire experience with me to be as pleasant and easy as it possibly can. Once you hire your photographer, you shouldn’t have to think about wedding photography at all. I stay in touch with you, help you work out a timeline, plan the family photos, send you a shot request list, and coordinate with your planner. If there is anything I can do to help you – on, before, or even after the wedding day – I’m happy to do it.
I always reply to your emails and calls as soon as I possibly can.
I am all about capturing moments and making photographs that are honest and authentic, but I also I know how to make you look good in a picture. No one likes looking at photos of themselves and seeing a double chin, shadowy eyes or hands that appear larger-than-life, and you won’t see any those things in your proofing gallery.
I really believe that everyone is beautiful, inside and out. Most people just don’t realize it. One of the wonderful things about photography is that is lets you see yourself the way that others see you, which is usually pretty amazing. I love it when clients look at my pictures and see just how beautiful they really are.
Weddings are stressful, and I am a calming presence. The last thing you need is a vendor freaking out because your makeup took too long to finish or the limo showed up late. These things happen. WE do everything possible during the planning phase to ensure that things go smoothly. Then, when the wedding arrives, let it all go. It’s your day, and you should enjoy it. I am there to help you stay calm and have fun.
I can’t stand to see an uncomfortable or unhappy bride. This is the mom in me; I can’t help it. I will give you my sweater if you’re cold, run interference with guest and vendors for you, whatever helps to make your wedding day happy and stress-free.
I am not someone who needs to be the center of attention, and I do my best to fade into the background on your wedding day. I like to minimize my interference with the flow of the day and let things unfold naturally. In fact, unless I’m directing portraits, I’m happy to have you forget I’m even there. In the event that your dress is crooked, your hair gets messy or you stumble into some really hideous light, I can magically reappear to alert you then fade happily back into the background.
I will do anything for a photo: wade through mud, stand in the rain with a plastic bag wrapped around my camera, brave knee-high grass in a tick-infested meadow, climb on ladders, chairs, trees, etc. The only thing I won’t do is be obnoxious, making a spectacle of myself and get in the way of your family and guests.
I will never, ever say “no” to you on your wedding day. It’s your day, and I am here to do whatever you want to do. If you think it would be a good idea to put on a clown suit and snap a picture of yourself juggling goldfish while you sing with the band, please go right ahead. LET’S DO IT!! I promise, though, I’ll make sure you have plenty of other photos that you won’t regret when you see your gallery.
I am an organizational genius and will OWN your timeline. We’ll nail that down well before the wedding, and I will have it on my person throughout the entire day. I will calmly let you know when you need to move it and adjust accordingly…one less thing for you to worry about.
I’m neat and tidy, and I like my pictures the same way. I hate clutter in my home and in my images. If I can’t minimize it, I will find a way shoot around it, so it doesn’t detract from your photos.
I can absolutely handle your wedding party. I often hear concerns that the wedding might be a little rowdy. Let me say this: Before becoming a photographer, I was a middle school teacher. I managed 100+ 12-year-olds 180 days a year and taught them how to write compound sentences and analyze poetry. Your wedding party has nothing on that.
I have the best second shooters! My “second” photographers are fully-vetted for both their photographic skill as well as their general awesomeness to be around. They can handle anything, and people clients always love them!
I work with professional grade Canon equipment, and I’ve got back-ups to my back-ups. I rarely have anything break or malfunction, but if it should happen, believe me, we’re covered.
The most important thing to me is that you have a truly amazing wedding day and that love your photos. I would be utterly devastated if you didn’t. It’s your day, and I consider myself lucky to be a part of it.