Why do you see yourself as being Modern, Vintage, Classic, or Eclectic?
I would describe my work as being a mixture of Modern and Classic. I know those two things sounds like opposites to most but I like to bring a modern feel to a classic image. Like all photographers, I want my photos to stand the test of time, for them to hang on walls or sit in books on coffee tables and shelves for future generations to see. Laughter is my absolute favorite thing to capture in my photography style. I want those future generations to not only see a beautiful portrait of a bride and groom at the alter, but more than anything what I want them to see is the joy, to feel the happiness and hope behind the image, to catch a glimpse of who their mothers and fathers, grandparents, great grandparents, who they once were.
What is your favorite wedding detail you've ever seen or created?
Hmmm I would say that so far in my five years of photographing weddings it would be a circus themed wedding...When I got married, the idea of integrating your own style into your wedding and being creative hadn't quite started to be popular and Pinterest wasn't anywhere to be found. When I walked into this wedding and saw the tent, the white and red stripes, the little personal elements I was blown away by what a wedding day can hold and the details I get to capture.
What is your favorite store or brand?
I actually have a very difficult time shopping for clothes that aren't Lululemon! But in all honesty, I LOVE to grocery shop. It's a bit embarrassing but I love it when a date night equates to going to the grocery store. I'm one of those people you'll see with headphones in and a cup of coffee just slowly making my way through the aisles. Fresh Market or Whole Foods is one of my absolute favorites. Oh, and farmers markets...don't even get me started!
What advice do you have for a newly engaged couple?
Take a moment. Your wedding planning process can quickly turn into a whirlwind of to do lists, parties, shopping, decision making, cake tastings...it's easy to lose track of what brought the two of you together. Plan date nights every month or so where wedding talk is off limits and just spend time together laughing and remembering and dreaming of the future.
What is your favorite thing about weddings?
The father daughter dance. There are so many moments between the bride and groom that I love, but I'm a daddy's girl - my father is one of my favorite people in the entire world - seeing those sweet sweet moments between a dad and his daughter, catching a glimpse of the groom as he watches his bride lean into her father through tears and laughter...
What qualities do you possess that enable you to work well with brides and grooms?
I love to observe people. Growing up, I was fairly introverted so I would watch a lot of what was going on around me rather than getting involved. I quickly picked up a love of writing - I loved to sit and watch people and imagine their story. I'm always looking for the story, wanting to know the how and why behind people. Even within my photography business, I utilize my love of writing and I like to think that years of imagining stories have allowed me a unique view into two people in love, excited to spend the rest of their life together.
What steps do you take to ensure that your clients will have amazing wedding days when working with you?
No matter how many weddings I photograph, I still get a bit giddy to see an email from a new client. I hope I never lose the enthusiasm to learn their story, to hear their passion and plans for their wedding day. For them, it's all new, it's all filled with joy and I want to help maintain that excitement. Throughout my client's time with me I love to surprise them with little things to make them feel special. I want every email, phone call, or snailmail from me to make their journey unforgettable. And more than anything, I want their wedding images to always bring back the absolute best of emotions.