Why do you see yourself as being Modern, Vintage, Classic, or Eclectic?
I make a conscious effort to create photographs that straddle the line between modern and classic. Weddings are about more than just the bride and groom – they hold meaning for everyone involved, from toddler to grandparents, and I want to deliver timeless art that both the bride, her mother, and her grandmother can hang on their walls. We are modern but not trendy, and classic but not outdated. I want my clients photographs to be fresh and beautiful today and on their 50th anniversary.
What is your favorite wedding detail you've ever seen or created?
I photographed a couple who dated for about two weeks in middle school. The bride had saved a letter written on notebook paper by the groom in the 6th grade, asking her to please “go with him” to the school dance. They framed the latter and displayed it at their wedding, even though the groom had very clearly written “DO NOT SHOW TO ANYONE” at the top!
What is your favorite store or brand?
Ann Taylor with a bit of Anthropologie thrown in for good measure.
What advice do you have for a newly engaged bride?
Laugh. Wedding planning can be stressful (I remember!), but don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself and keep it all in perspective.
What is your favorite thing about weddings?
Raw emotion – happiness, nostalgia, excitement, nervousness – they’re all real and weddings are one of the only times when it is socially acceptable to visibly experience all of them.
What qualities do you possess that enable you to work well with brides and grooms?
I had a big ol’ Southern wedding myself, and I remember all of the ups and downs of the planning and the day itself! I can take center stage and make my bride and groom laugh when they need me to take control, but I also know when to become invisible and let a situation develop organically. I think my clients appreciate that I adjust my actions based on the situation, which changes minute-by-minute during a wedding.
What steps do you take to ensure that your clients will have amazing wedding days when working with you?
I always remember that I am working FOR my clients, and their experience with me is as important as the photographs I will deliver to them. The most important thing is that my bride and groom have a wonderful wedding day, and this often means that my team and I do more than take pictures – we have tied grooms’ ties, wrapped bouquets with ribbon, repaired broken nails – you name it and we’ve done it.