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Once you've gotten a feel for my work, take some time to read a little about my approach to photography, values regarding documenting, and make sure you can handle my dad jokes. If you think we're like-minded and could make beautiful things together, read on.
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Our time together
Leading up to your wedding day, I’ll be there with you to guide, encourage, talk down, bring wine, you name it. I’m happy (and prefer), to help with planning the day-of timeline. Having a timeline doesn’t mean that we need a minute by minute accounting for how the day will unfold, it’s simply an outline for everyone to know what’s coming next and how to get there. It will give you a reason to let go and relax, to be in moments that you deserve to be in on this day. If you’re working with a coordinator, whether you’re eloping or having a micro wedding, I’m more than happy to weigh in on any timing questions or concerns while letting them work their organizational magic.
If we're planning your elopement, I am here to help you find a location that feels right and meaningful for you and your partner. We'll map out how the day should play out, talk about what activities you want to weave into the day(s) to mark the occasion and celebrate in the most authentic way. I will also help you look into special usage permits if you're planning an outdoor ceremony.
The wedding day
I arrive well before my agreed upon start time to get a lay of the land and scout little nooks for first looks, family photos, portraits, etc. I will virtually scout prior to the wedding day to get an idea of what lighting conditions will look like at various points in the day. For elopements, my research of the area is quite a bit more extensive.
My approach is laid back, hands off, yet immersive. When I arrive on your wedding day, I like to step back and observe while also getting comfortable and making friends with your people. I see the best moments unfold and get the best photos when everyone is being themselves. It's always going to be about emotion for me, so I try to document in a way that nurtures and encourages any emotion present to truly be felt. Candid moments are perfect to capture for this very reason, between you and your partner and moments with your friends and family. I let moments play out organically to let you experience them authentically (while I have my camera pressed up against me face).
I will never make you try to repeat or reenact a moment just so I can ‘get the shot.’ Experience has taught me to anticipate moments, understand how light works and how to best use it. The most I’ll ask is suggest that we open blinds or move to another part of the room to make the most of our environment.
There is so much anticipation leading up to your wedding day, and nerves follow all that buildup. Your day should play out in a way that makes sense for you and your person, I will advocate for your desires, always. Given that it is probably the first time you've had to think about anything like this, I wouldn’t feel right about not sharing what photographing weddings for over 15+ has taught me — consider a first look. You still feel all the sweetness and gravity of the walking down the aisle moment. It will be no less special. If anything, it gives you more time to process, to take it all in, but you get to do it together, before all eyes are on you. You get to really be present during your vow exchange.
Seeing your person before you exchange vows is the best way to quell any stress you may be feeling. Are they your safe place? Yes. Do they know how to calm you and excite you all in one breath? Definitely yes. Take advantage of that. Hang out with the most important person in your life on the most important day of your life. You’re going to have nerves and a bunch of people staring at you both, watching for reaction as one of your walks down the aisle. You have that one brief moment in front of everyone to take it all in, to feel it all. Why not allow yourself the space and time to be together for a few moments, to let the purpose of this day sink in with the person you're there for?
Stay centered. A first look gives you this little secret to be in on together. No matter how you decide to map this part of your day out, keep what’s important at the heart of the day: each other. There is no wrong way to arrange your wedding day. Let it reflect you and your love, be true to who you are as a couple.
Gail and Joel, who were planning their intimate wedding (about 30 guests), said one of the most profound things -- they said they realized that if they didn't carve out a few moments for themselves before their guests arrived, Joel's first look would be everyone else's first look too. They had such beautiful moments together.
It doesn't have to be a cheesy production. It doesn't have to play out in any way you've ever seen before. You can start the day together and get ready in the same space (couples who choose to do this have such sweet moments together). Don't think about logistics and how it will help the day run more smoothly if you have a first look. Prioritize your values, and whatever you choose, do it your own way for your own reasons.
Calling them ‘portraits’ makes it sounds so stiff. They’re not I promise! For photos of family/wedding crew, I put my bossy pants on and give very clear, decisive direction (I'm still super sweet though).
For portraits of you and your partner, I will guide and direct, but it should feel natural and easy. I totally get that being in front of a camera is not super easy or comfortable, and I know you’ll tell me that you guys are awkward, but you’re not. You’ve just had awkward photos taken. After getting to know both of you leading up to your wedding, I'll give you little things to do while we take those more 'formal' photos so that they feel like YOU and not some posed and rigid version of you.
Just like the rest of your wedding, the purpose of portraits is not to take cheesy photos for above the mantel, it is also not a photoshoot and won’t be treated as one. It is to document this one day where you're beginning your new life together. It is a reflection of who you are as a couple and the people you love, so the photos that come along with you long after your wedding day will be a piece of everything that you felt, honestly.
I like to blend movement and action, editorial looks, and some kind of Wes Anderson curated symmetry. Emotion being at the core. I've never worked with models, so everyone you see here is real. It is a glimmer of who they actually are. I do not go into portraits with a list of poses that we must check off. We will be creative together, collaborative, I will listen and observe the dynamics between you and your love and take my artistic queues from who you are together. Your photos will be unique to you two.
The portions of the day where you get to celebrate and be surrounded in love by the people you keep closest to you in your life, that is such a highlight to witness. And there are endless ways to celebrate the love you and your partner have for each other. Whether you're grooving on the dance floor, having a sit down dinner, camping under the stars. I'm here for it.
Though I have to warn you, if there’s dancing, I’m going to be out on the dance floor busting some supremely terrible moves. Sorry. (Not sorry!)
I will send you a preview with some highlights within one week of your wedding! If you have any special requests (photos for thank you cards, family photos, etc), please let me know and I’ll be happy to include them. My typical turnaround time for weddings and elopements that take place during peak season (May-November), is 8-12 weeks. Each image deserves all my love and attention. The likelihood of staying well within this timeframe is high, however, I will never rush my process along and potentially sacrifice any level of quality to meet a deadline. Be assured that if you you're getting antsy, they will be worth the wait! I do not use a third party service to edit my images in any capacity, this is to ensure that each photo is exactly what I had envisioned and remains a cohesive part of the creative storytelling process.
After all is said and done, let’s stay in touch and have more beers together. We will have experienced some really big moments together, you may not get rid of me easily. I’ve developed close friendships with so many of my clients and am incredibly grateful that such beautiful people come into my life. I'd love to keep that going. ♡
I can’t wait to meet you!!