Your wedding day is about experiencing all the moments. It's not about feeling like you have to do any part of the traditional day you don't want to do, but doing what makes your heart happy. You'll be captured candidly meaning no stiff posing or awkward times where you don't know what you're supposed to be doing. Will we take portraits? Why yes, because that is the only time of your wedding that is carved out where you two can just enjoy each other. I'll be there to guide you. Place you in a spot that will create a great image, then let you interact with eachother. No "hold it and smile" type of moments, but organic and candid moments where you sway in eachothers arms. I let you be you, and give a little help when I know a slight movement will make the image even better (you know, that whole looking fabulous part?!)
And it's not just when you are in front of the camera. I love sharing and helping clients, so while you check off your todo list, and you get to a spot you have questions about, even if it isn't specifically photography related, I'm down to help. I'm always available via email text or phone... but let's be real, who talks on the phone anymore?
Your wedding day is not only the first day of this chapter together; it is it’s own story altogether.
You start out as a regular couple, then you prep and put on your wedding clothes to signify to everyone the step you are taking in life, all the way through ceremony and your reception. The day should unfold naturally, and not stuffed within a hour increments just so you have the photos you want before your photographer leaves.
I’m there from the moment your dress goes on, until the party is hopping on the dance floor. I leave after all the photo worthy events have happened and about 30 minutes into dancing. You don't need me to the very very end unless you want those drunken blackmail photo, or you are having a grand send off.
When we are capturing your day, my approach is to help you enjoy your day, live the moments and know that they will be there for you to look back whenever you want them. Capturing your laugh, the soft touch on the cheek, and that momentary breath in between the moments. Everything from beautiful portraits, to single tears and rowdy dancing. The entire story is captured to be told in a beautiful heirloom album that you and your eventual children will cherish.
While you know that your wedding day is going to be a crazy ride, you want to enjoy all of it. Of all your vendors, I am who you spend the most time with you on your wedding day. On top of being a photographer, I have 10 years of capturing weddings and anticipating what is going to happen next to help you stay on schedule, know when to hurry, and when you have a moment or two to sip some champagne.
I work great with your planner helping keep the day moving. It is truly a team effort to make sure you enjoy yourself the most you possibly can. I help you plan your photography schedule so that there is buffer time, so you can relax, breathe and enjoy this day of all days. I carve out time where you and your fiance can spend focusing on each other, while also creating some amazing portraits to remember those moments in each others embrace.
I will put you at ease in front of the camera, help keep you on track, and made sure you have a great time. Low stress and high fun. Who doesn't want that?
You'll see people highlighting that they are "natural light photographers" which is great and all if you live in SoCal, but Seattle isn't SoCal. There are times when the light is great, and times when it's grey and dull. That isn't going to stop me from creating some beautiful images for you.
My training in commercial photography, and my years working in fashion and catalog studios on top of 10 years of weddings has trained me to not only be able to create beautiful light when the circumstances don’t give it to us, but to do it quickly and unobtrusively. Creating dynamic images while you twirl in the twilight.
Another value of working in the fashion industry is years of studying how models move their bodies in relationship to the camera. I know how to pose you to highlight your favorite feature, diminish your least favorite and present you at your best. All making you look comfortable, natural and engaged. Posing you while you don't look or feel posed, that's my specialty.
You, as my clients are my main concern, but I respect that your wedding day is a big day for others in your family too. Your mom may have certain photos she’d love to have, as well as your cousin who’s family never gets dressed up. If people want quick portraits during the cocktail hour or reception, I’m happy to create beautiful memories for them as well. This is one of the reasons I bring a second photographer, so we can not only capture the organic moments happening through the day, but the details and the requested photos as well.
And, as the image above shows…. if a young guest needs a little encouragement to smile for the massive family photo that mom and grandma are dying to have… I’m happy to let them help if they need. (Offering to let this little man take a photo after I got mine turned his attitude right around!)