“If you want truly authentic moments captured, I really believe you need someone who is authentic to capture them, and she is.” -Jessica, 2018
It’s tough out there folks. I know. You are sifting through so many piles of photographs and websites to find what speaks to you and it can be exhausting…so I’m going to try to make this a little bit easier for you. I’m going to tell you right from the beginning that I am not about the super cheesy, the forced romance, the overly trendy filtered photographs. I’m not up for making you blend in.
Your wedding day is going to be different than everyone else’s wedding day, so I believe that your photographs should be different.
Shocking, I know.
So what am I about you ask? Unscripted, messy, quiet, loud, spontaneous moments of your day that make it stand out as yours. A healthy dose of sarcasm, a clever composition, and a bag full of cameras I absolutely adore. The moments you are a part of, and the moments you miss. I’m about the super candid, full of spirit photographs that show real life, your real life, and not someone else’s idealized version of your day. And if right now you feel like I am speaking to your soul, then the pile of things below you will want to know, and yesssss, you are going to want to read it all…
Okay. Let’s just get this out of the way…there are way too many ideas and expectations floating around out there about how a wedding should be photographed and what moments are the most important (who decided all of this anyways?!). But I am not interested in the industry’s priorities, I am interested in yours. After spending time getting to know you two; hearing about your life, your family, friends and what your wedding day vision is, I approach your day intuitively. That way I am able to be present as it evolves naturally with all of its quirks and unplanned greatness, staying aware of what is important to you and what organically evolves.
Basically, I want your photographs to be realllly good. I shoot with an emphasis on balance, composition, and color, and am inspired by the aesthetics of film. In fact, I bring an polaroid camera to every wedding so that you get a pile of some down to earth gritty polaroids from your wedding day (you can see some here). I do this because I looooove film and love having multiple mediums to work with. Film is magic. You deserve some magic.
When it comes to photographing your wedding, I have a pretty hands-off approach aka I try to stay out of the way. This is because one of my main goals is to capture the individual spirit of your day, which would be difficult to do if I was interrupting it the whole time. To balance this, I ask an obnoxious amount of questions before we get to your day so that I have a really good understanding of you two and your priorities. I step back and let you have a great time and you can trust that I won’t miss what’s most important.
I’m not a huge fan of stiff poses, stuffed schedules or shot lists. I believe these things prevent your day from having its own quirks and natural flow. However, I do love all of the in-between stuff and will definitely be embracing the moments as they come. There will be times (mainly family, wedding party photos and our time with just you two) that I’ll be more in ‘composing’ mode. I’ll be drawn to a specific spot or frame, but even then, what is most important, is that everyone in that frame is being themselves. The best moment is the one where everyone lets their guard down and can forget about the camera for a second.
One of the best parts of photographing weddings is that it is a roller coaster of a day; you’ll be bored, impatient, waiting, running late and nervous but you’ll also be soo pumped, ecstatic, relieved, and feeling full of lots and lots of amazing energy. Couples experience such saturated emotion on their wedding day and all of it happens while shifting through a variety of atmospheres; some quiet and just plain messy. I love it all. And I especially love to seize the chaos; pouring rain, crying kids, piled dishes, drunk friends, sarcastic grandparents, I mean, it is obviously really fantastic when everything goes as planned, but I will happily take it all.
Putting together a wedding is hard work. And unfortunately, the wedding industry doesn’t make it very easy for couples who really want a day that feels like them down to the core. Please believe me when I say… you can do your wedding however you want; cut the cake, don’t cut the cake, wear a dress, don’t wear a dress, have 2 guests, have 300 guests, somersault down the aisle! Whatever it is, I want to be a part of supporting your vision.
This is a big one for me. I wholeheartedly believe in making sure that you have time on your wedding day with your absolute favorite people. And no, I don’t just mean family photos and wedding party photos and all those photos… but an actual moment to take a deep breath and just say “Hey, I really love you all”. It took me a bit of time to figure out how to help couples with this and make sure they have this meaningful moment on their wedding day and I am so happy with what was created in the process. You can take a peak of these moments on my post Toast Time.