Remnants of a tired sun stretch over the room you grew up in as your mother closes in around you for one last hug and fluff of your dress.
Your dad stands to say a few words but most compose himself to not let anyone know that he's so sad to let his only child go to be taken care of by someone else but also so compassionate and filled with joy that they will be. It takes him a few moments, but he lets the tear run down his cheek and the words flow with grace, excitement and understanding.
Your future spouse clasps their hands over their heart as they see you for the first time, having to close their eyes because they can't contain what they see before them.
Your bridesmaid who stays along the perimeter of the room, not wanting to involve herself but instead witnessing your preparations of the day and soaking rather than interfering.
The couple who has seen you both through hard times and good jumping with joy the moment after your pronouncement.
Your mom and her sister sharing a piece of cake in the corner. quiet to them amidst loud music.
Your wedding brings people together and pulls out feelings subdued and lingered. Those who know you best come together to celebrate you both, to dance and laugh and exhale their blessings...
I CAN CAPTURE THAT.
HOW AND WHY I SHOOT ARE RELATIVE. IT'S ALL ABOUT WHO YOU ARE AND THE MOMENTS YOU ARE BOTH PRESENT FOR ... IF YOU TRUST ME AND ALLOW YOURSELVES TO BE VULNERABLE, I CAN ABSOLUTELY CAPTURE THAT.
Portrait sessions start at $850
ELOPEMENT COVERAGE STARTS AT $1750
Wedding coverage starts at $4500
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HOW DID YOU BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER?
I was studying my prerequisites in college to prepare for nursing school applications when I tossed in a few "art of digital photography" classes to soften the blow of full fledged chemistry and anatomy. I had purchased my first digital camera a couple of years before and then inherited my great aunt's film cameras. Her photos would plaster our walls at home and fall out of boxes so I grew up with a very photo journalistic gallery. Perhaps it inspired. I fell into weddings shortly after as my friends began to fall in love and get married. I dipped my toes in landscapes, animal, stylized shoots, etc. and found that two people in love on their happiest day is my niche. I haven't thought about going back to prepare for nursing school in 5 years.
WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH?
I like walking into a room knowing that the anticipation, union and celebration will be completely different from the one the week before. People are different. They love differently, they act differently, they dance differently. I enjoy being as hands off as I can to document something that's entirely it's own. I will never have you re-enact anything. I like rawness and quirky moments and moms crying and dads seeing their brothers for the first time in years. most of all, I want you to feel comfortable to express love to one another in your own way, whether you're quiet or full of hugs or just want to be sarcastic with one another. I want you to look back on your photos seeing your true selves versus a new rendition of the tree-hugging pose.
WILL YOU KEEP OUR PHOTOS OFFLINE?
I'm assuming you're curious about my work and that coming to my portfolio, you've been able to see a wide range of images that have tickled your fancy. It's amazing to showcase work as an artist, because it draws others into those moments and pushes the audience or client to want those images for themselves. If I show a shoot in the forest, couples inquire about forest photos, if I show a backyard wedding, couples inquire about backyard weddings. That's how I book... by showing those images, hearts will flutter, and then more couples ask me to shoot their wedding. the fortunate and important side is that i make ends meet financially and art gets showcased. It's how I market and continue my business. Some couples want all images to stay offline or be approved by a case by case basis and I get it, those moments are special and personal. However, by not being able to showcase that work, I am standing right in front of loss of revenue and looking it dead in the eyes. Therefore, I charge a $5,000 loss of revenue and exclusivity fee for couples who choose to keep their images private and offline, to make up for at least one potential wedding that I won't be able to book because those images are now in a vault. Thank you for understanding.
HOW MANY PHOTOS CAN WE EXPECT?
A lot. For a full day's coverage, you can expect a minimum of 300 fully edited images.
WHO DO YOU ENJOY SHOOTING?
Couples who are deep in love and want a wedding that not only reflects them, but are putting as much time and energy into their relationship as well. Photography is all about capturing who the couple are at one point of time in their life. I want to be there through the whole day, from you being zipped into your dress, to sharing a whiskey with your guys, to the two of you embracing after so much built up anticipation, to the quiet moment you pull away from the party to look over your guests, to unearthing a move that hasn't seen the light of day in 15 years on the dance floor. I love couples who embrace their wedding because of the people there celebrating them, versus all of the table spreads and flowers. The photos of you hugging your parents and laughing with your best friend will be the ones to look back on. I love when couples are just as excited about the photos as I am, and want to be documented as their friends and family see them.
WHAT IS A 'FIRST LOOK'?
The opportunity for the couple to see each other, hug, have a quiet moment and rest seems to quickly be the new aspect of the day that provides emotion, great photos and fluidity in the schedule. I like to pick a quiet place after the couple gets ready for them to meet and embrace before the party begins. Most of the time, this is the only part of the day that the couple will spend alone. By having a first look, couples get to knock off their list of formal photos before the ceremony so that they can enjoy their cocktail hour and run into the arms of friends and family who came a long ways to celebrate with them. In my experience, first looks are far more emotional than the traditional route of waiting until the ceremony - there's less pressure with 150 pairs of eyes and I enjoy allowing the couple to have a few minutes alone. The schedule is far more easy to adapt to, the couple gets a peaceful time, enjoys the drinks and appetizers they paid for and receives a wider range of quality and quantity of creative photos.
HOW MANY WEDDINGS HAVE YOU PHOTOGRAPHED?
Well over 200 and counting.
DO YOU TRAVEL?
You bet. I've been to Europe, South pacific, Caribbean, Asia, Canada, Mexico, Central America and all over the United States for photography. I enjoy traveling as much as I enjoy shooting.
WHAT DO WE GOTTA DO TO GET YOU TO PHOTOGRAPH OUR NUPTIALS?
I'm all about making a good connection. If we connect as humans and also connect through the art (as in, you really like good photos and really want good photos) then we're probably going to be peas and carrots. If it's a 'yes!' then I'll send out a contract. Signing of that contract and a 25% retainer seals the date. I treat bookings first come first serve with a submission of a signed contract and retainer. I do book out as far as a year and a half.
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