I like weddings because they are revered around the world. Even the super-modern ones have old world charm - guests travel, they dress up, champagne is served - these gatherings are not to be missed.

My photographs will outlive everyone I know and this idea fuels me to pay attention to the extra in our ordinary. I want you to have the best time at your wedding and I will give you photos to prove it. Couples hire me to share my point of view and I'm delighted to show you what I see. My approach to wedding photography goes beyond aesthetics. I like to dig deep, find hidden layers and reflect back what it felt like. 

I have worked with couples from all over the world and have photographed many styles of wedding. Formal, fancy, traditional, unique - and everything in between ...from intimate cottage elopements to lavish affairs in grand ballrooms; tiny wedding ceremonies on the beach and casual backyard bbq weddings; a second line in New Orleans and a vineyard wedding in Tuscany; Iranian knife dances, Indian mehndi parties, Filipino rope ceremonies and Italian antipasti; from the hora to matching wedding sneakers to exchanging vows at the base of a mountain - I adore the possibilities...

Life is short and we only get so many parties. If you want to make some art with me, please don't be shy and let me know. 

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I photograph 20 weddings per year and treat every event as its own entity; an entire project carefully curated from start to finish. To stay organized, I divide my process into three parts: before, during and after. Below is a summary of how I treat each part. The full version is reserved for my couples only :)  

Part I | Before 

I am giddy and excited to hear from every single inquiry - I always appreciate your consideration. Sometimes couples will book quickly to reserve their wedding date but other times we'll book a meeting (either in person or on Skype) and have a casual date with no agenda other than getting to know each other. If you decide to book, we'll sign a contract, pay a retainer and move forward with the fun stuff. Leading up to the wedding, we'll keep in touch on email, through questionnaires and hopefully we'll get to share a meal together. In the months leading up to your wedding, I encourage you to lean on my experience and ask questions - I'm always happy to help. 


During your wedding, I am always looking for beautiful light, genuine moments, and unexpected ways I can photograph the scene. From prep through reception, these cues guide me. Certain parts of the day  are better suited to a hands-off approach meaning I won't interfere and will quietly photograph what happens around me. Some may prefer this until they catch me hiding behind a plant and wonder if they've made a mistake with the photographer!? Rest assured, I have your best intentions in mind and when I'm climbing furniture or turning off all the lights, its out of love. 

Other parts of the day require creative guidance. When needed, I am comfortable stepping-in and making that happen. Direction is usually necessary for family/group formal pictures as well as wedding party (if applicable) photos.

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 I also give a lot of direction during couple portraits. That absolutely does not mean your photos will be stale, over-posed nor awkward and unless you're going for the ironic look, they'll look quite the opposite. I have tricks to specifically help you NOT look like that - and I plan to use them. 

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Part III | After

You're married! Congratulations! After a day or two I will send you some sneak peeks. A small number, maybe five. Somehow these are supposed to satisfy your burning desire to see the rest for the next 8-10 weeks. Kat you must be joking - 8-10 weeks!? Whyyy so looong!!!!!?????? 

Because processing takes time and because I've just spent a full day studying at your faces and I love you but need to put you away for a bit.

In all seriousness, 8-10 weeks from your wedding date is the approximate wait time. Could be a few days more or a few less. When the wait is over, you'll receive a polished and shiny gallery of fully processed, high resolution digital files. These are JPEGs and they're lovely. A few months later you'll receive a USB and surprise gift; I hope you love it. 

*Please note. USBs are mailed out in 2 batches throughout the year. Once in August and again in December. If your wedding is in February, your USB will arrive in August. Good news though - the files on the USB are exactly the same as the files in the gallery so you’ll already have them. 

Once your USB is delivered, our contract has ended and our wedding-work together is complete. Hopefully you'll call me for pregnancies and family reunions and all your joyous occasions in life because I love documenting those and once I've seen you trying to not pee on your wedding dress, we're connected; forever.

At the very least, lets keep in touch on Instagram or reach out on email to say hi every once in a while. I want to know what you're up to! I LOVE hearing from my past couples. And if you want to join me for a swim or a coffee, as long as its not on a Saturday, you know how to find me.