I know personally how important photos are. Having lost my father three years ago, preparing for the funeral brought me to a sad realization; I have no recent photos of me with my dad. As a photographer, this hit home for me and it hit HARD. From that day forward I vowed to work tirelessly for my couples collecting as many genuine, authentic moments as I possibly could so they would never have to feel the realization that I feel now when looking back in time.
So today I want to say to you: I understand. I understand the importance of your memories. I understand that capturing your memories is not about a shot list, what makes my portfolio look good or a pay check. I understand that the photos I take today will someday be the only thing you have left to remember yourselves, your loved ones and a time when you were young, in love and life was good. You can trust me and I promise to cherish and treat all your memories as if they are my own.
From start to finish, I want to make sure I am best serving you and taking photos that you will care about. So, below I listed some core values of my business. If you appreciate these, resonate with these or really feel connected to one or more of these values, then let's chat.
I want to photograph your story for the right reasons, for the things that matter. From the second we meet, I am here to be fully present with you, to listen and really hear you when you tell me what is important to you and your partner. No matter where you come from, the color of your skin, the gender of the one you love or the body type you have, I am here to provide a safe space for you to open up and genuine conversation that is free of any judgment or discrimination. I am here to learn and tell your story exactly the way it is. Nothing more, nothing less.
I strive to capture you as you are right now in this very moment. I want to give you photos with heart and feeling. I am not just showing up to your wedding to do my job and leave. I could do that yes, but how meaningful are all those photos really if not created in a way that later makes you feel something? My goal is that you are able to look back at your photos and remember exactly how you felt in that moment. I want your photos to make your heart hurt so good! Because that's what love is really all about.
I prefer to take photographs that are outside the normal realm of “Okay, now look here and smile.” On your wedding day or during your session, I will not pause to adjust your arm, turn your body slightly to the left or stop to fluff your dress every 2 seconds. I just don't like to do this. Instead, I come into every session or wedding day with zero expectations and I urge you to do the same. I want you to be fully present and soaking in every single tiny moment of the day. By doing this, your moments will unfold naturally. Just go with the flow, be whoever it is you are and feel however it is you feel. I will take care of the rest.
You and your partner have a unique individual love and hiring on a photographer that understands it is so important. In order for me to get to know who you are and how you love, I need to be someone that you can let into your inner circle and feel comfortable opening up to. Why? Because when we have a strong connection, I create my best work for you. When I feel valued, trusted and part of the family, I create photos that are not only beautiful, but intimate, genuine and that look as though a close friend or family member took them. If you are willing to open up 100% with me, I promise, you will receive the very same from me in return.
I am genuinely interested in booking couples that connect strongly with my work and because of this, support my artistic vision. You aren’t just another thing on my to-do list, so please don’t make me just another thing on yours. No matter what your wedding day looks like, I will be there in full support to focus on the things that matter most. But, I can’t do it without you! Shared value in my creative process is the only way I can create fresh, exciting and meaningful images that are unique to you.
While wedding flowers, dress colors and the perfect playlist are important, photos are the only thing that carry on after your day is over. My best advice to you is to invest where it matters. I have chatted with so many friends and family members who went the cheap route when hiring a photographer, and while there is nothing wrong with that, most all regretted it. If you are shopping around looking for the cheapest deal, I will be honest and tell you that I am not it. I give my heart and soul to every single one of my couples. Therefore, I am drawn to couples who believe in the value of real and honest memories.
My love languages are physical touch and quality time, so I require lots of cuddles! I dance a lot in my kitchen. Alone, in front of people and for no reason at all. I value honesty and communication above all else, therefore, I have a soft spot for people who speak their mind (and who aren't shy to curse).
This is the part where you tell me all the good stuff about the two of you and I reply back with way too many exclamation points!