The wedding photography style and what it means to me! I have always been a long admirer of my parent’s wedding pictures – to see them young, carefree (& kid free!) was always something surreal. The visual step into their past helped me envision what that day must have been like and who they were in those moments. For some couples today, the wedding is the extravagant event of a lifetime and for others this day is a more intimate affair but in any scenario those details and moments should not be forgotten. I gravitate towards a very candid and documentary approach but always lend a hand where needed to perfect your images and story. I want to capture what is happening naturally and believe THAT is the wedding story that will be most treasured by you. This does not mean family and friends will miss out on the posed portraits with you two – those are a must – but I aim to provide a product that is authentic, moving, spirited, emotional and above all a little surprising when you receive it. There is still nothing like seeing your mother/father’s expression as you exchange vows (crocodile tears and all!) or the excitement from your guests as the dance floor is in full swing (yes, we get out on the dance floor with you!).
Travel/Destination Weddings Before I loved to photograph weddings, I LOVED to travel and it’s been a joy to combine the two in recent years. I’ve visited Paris, British Columbia, Ontario, Nepal, Curacao and traveled around the gorgeous United States in a sweet little vintage camper in search of new landscapes and fun adventures. I currently reside in Richmond, Virginia but my passport is ALWAYS up to date!
What’s in my camera bag? For starters you’ll find a sea of Nikon! I shoot with multiple professional grade D700 bodies and various lenses for any composition. I love having the variety of the 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 70-200mm and macro 60mm to capture the different events throughout your wedding day in the best way possible. In addition, there’s memory cards, batteries, flashes and portable lighting equipment as needed!
The Engagement Session This session is included in all coverage options, it is just SO important! This 1 hour on location gives us both a great opportunity to work together ahead of the wedding day and lets me see how shy/outgoing/silly/comfortable you guys are in front of the camera. This is often a perfect chance to try out your hair and makeup with your stylist and let the session jump start a good old fashioned date night – I mean you’re already dressed up right!! I love for these portraits to be in a meaningful location or embody details or shared interests that are sentimental to you (i.e. the proposal sight, first date location, camping or sports if you share a love for those, etc). We’ll work together on brainstorming the perfect place and elements to showcase your personalities and story together!
A First Look – What are the benefits? I LOVE First Looks and while they aren’t for everyone, they do have some perks. While the traditional First Look happens when you (your fiancé) walk down the aisle, the modern day alternative is to have a few moments alone together pre ceremony. This is still a fun/exciting moment and often one with a bit more control and privacy. While it may last just a few minutes or you choose to make this an opportunity for more relaxed and artistic portraits together along with your bridal party, it does not take away from the moment you walk down the aisle. The excitement of that moment while surrounded by family and friends can’t be replaced! Feel free to put your own spin on a First Look – if the two of you opt for tradition, this few minutes alone can also take place between the Bride/Father, Groom/Mother or any variation. Feel free to get creative!
Are you licensed and insured? Absolutely, professionalism is a top priority and you’re in great hands! This can also be a requirement by some reception venues and I’m happy to provide it upon request.
I still need a florist, baker, etc. Who should I contact? That’s an easy one – it takes a village to bring your wedding day vision to life and we are lucky to be surrounded by the best in the industry for doing just that! Let me know what you still need and I can certainly help out on referrals!
How do we Save the Date!?? Great, I’m glad you asked! A signed wedding contract and 50% deposit saves the date but first things first – let’s get a date on the calendar to meet! I like to hear more about your coverage needs, wedding details and a consultation or skype conversation is the perfect chance to see if we’re a great fit for each other!