Some thoughts on weddings & wedding photography
I like weddings because each one is so personal yet the concept is totally global. All over the world weddings are a big deal and always mark the start of something new. Guests travel, they dress up, special food, special clothes, special music; it’s a hoopla that comes in many forms but it’s never one to be missed.
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 it back in a considerate, thoughtful and unique way.
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.
I have worked with couples from all over the world and have photographed many styles of weddings. 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...
What its like to work with me
I photograph 20 weddings every year and treat each one as an entirely new project; carefully curated from beginning to end. To remain organized, I divide my process into three parts. Below is a summary of each. The full versions are reserved for my couples only :)
I am happy and excited to hear from every new inquiry. Sometimes couples will confirm quickly and reserve their date over email but other times we'll plan a Skype or coffee date and have a casual chat to get to know each other. If you decide to book, we'll sign a contract, pay a retainer and move forward with planning the details. Leading up to the wedding, we'll keep in touch on email, through questionnaires and hopefully we'll get to share a meal together as we plan.
During your wedding, I’m hunting for beautiful light, human expression, 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, silent approach. Other scenarios require creative guidance and when needed, I am right there to step-in and make things happen. Direction is usually necessary for couple portraits and group photos but its mixed with your participation and chemistry. I will tell you the best places to stand and remind you not to slouch but you have to show me the love that you feel. If this sounds scary or you’re not sure how to do that, let me help you. I will show you all the tricks!
You're married! After a day or two I will send you some sneak peeks. A small number, maybe ten. 6-8 weeks later I will deliver a polished and curated gallery of fully processed, high resolution digital files. These are JPEGs and they're lovely. From here you might order albums and prints; custom art to add to your home.
A few months later you'll receive a USB and surprise gift; I think you’ll love it. Once your USB is delivered, our contract will end and our work together will be complete. Hopefully you'll call me for pregnancies, reunions and all your big life occasions because I love helping people remember the good times.
After it’s all over, let’s keep in touch on Instagram or texts 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.