The Experience

You deserve to indulge in the beauty of your wedding day for the rest of your life and have the opportunity to share those special moments with family and friends. 

The goal of this section is to inform you as to what you can expect from me, your photographer, and give you a step-by-step glimpse of what my process of photographing your special day will look like from beginning to end.  

Artistry & Adventure

My goal is to capture genuine moments of joy, love, and intimacy. I create beautiful works of art inspired by light, composition, and environment.

My artistic medium of choice is a combination of classic photographic film (medium format and 35mm) and digital photography. I choose to use class photographic film to create the bright, vibrant and “light & airy" look that everyone loves. 

Film has the ability to absorb light no matter how bright the scene is. It naturally fills in shadows to create a soft and romantic, timeless look. Film also causes photographers to slow down and be intentional with the images we are creating. This style of photography is great for romantic couple portraits, intimate bride and groom photos, wedding party photographs and other special moments throughout the day. After processing, the film I use gets provided to you as a JPG file for you to keep and use as you see fit.

Digital photography is great when we need to be quick, shooting fast with auto-focus and high-frame rates, or when the environment is dimly lit such as a wedding reception. 

Each photographic medium has its own advantages and disadvantages. I choose the best medium for each situation that I'm presented with throughout the day, often times switching back and forth between film and digital. Regardless of the situation, I have the ability to photograph in any lighting situation that I encounter on a wedding day without hesitation.

So you've decided to hire me to be your wedding photographer. Thank you so much! I'm happy to serve you with my time and my talents. I greatly appreciate your support for my life and my art. 

At this point, we have some waiting to do as your wedding day is still some time away. I encourage you to follow me on Instagram. Get to know me: all of my quirkiness, see my sock collection, tag along with me as I fly my airplane over Charleston, journey with me to the places photography takes me, get to know the causes I support that are helping people all over the world, and be inspired by the relationship advice and encouragement I love to post about.  

I want to follow you and get to know you as well. I want to see the things you like, the places you go, the fun activities you and your fiancé do together. I want to see the selfies you post and poses you like. The more we know about each other, the better success we will have together on your wedding day. 

I also encourage you to invite me out for dinner or drinks. Let's build a relationship! 

The waiting

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Another great way for you to get to know me and to begin getting comfortable in front of the camera is by doing an engagement session together with me. I promise it won't be as awkward as you might think. You'll actually have a wonderful time and you'll have beautiful images to share or display in your home afterwards. So many people tell me how nervous they were leading up to it but but how fun it actually was. 

We can do anything you like for the session. I recommend things that are unique to your relationship. Some past engagement sessions have included couples going out in their boat, hiking on mountain tops and glaciers in Alaska, having quiet picnics in the park, drinking coffee and reading books in their favorite coffee shop, riding bikes in the park and walking on the beach at sunset. I also have a lot of people want the Charleston experience too, such as the cobblestone streets and rainbow row.

Do you already have a idea for your engagement session or would you like to discuss it with me and come up with something unique and special for you?

Engagement

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At last, your wedding day is here! My photography coverage typically begins during the bridal preparations. I like to start by styling your details into "flat lay" designs, like you see on the left. These are great for showcasing those important accessories you thoughtfully chose to be part of your wedding. I love to include the wedding invitation suite, wedding rings, all of the bride and groom's accessories, all of the boutonnieres, vow books and any other memorable items you have. Tip: be sure to let your florist know that I'll need a small bucket of extra flowers to use for these and timing wise, it takes me about 2 - 2 1/2 hours to photograph everything. 

From there, I'll capture candids of your friends laughing and having fun while everyone is getting ready. I love to have the bridesmaids all share a favorite memory they've had with you, which produces lots of natural moments. I also like to have the groomsmen try to give marriage advice, which is just hilarious because they don't have any clue what to say, especially the single ones. Lastly, I like to have someone important in your life, such as a mother or grandmother, help you put on your wedding dress privately as the bridesmaids wait with anticipation outside. Then once you're ready, do a bridesmaid's first look reveal, which is one of my favorite moments too, as their expressions are priceless. 

THE Day Of

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Now that the bride and groom are ready, it's time to either do a first look reveal with your groom or you can wait until you're walking down the aisle to see each other if you wish. Some people think that doing a first look before the ceremony is less special. I believe this moment can be just as powerful as when walking down the aisle, like you see by this incredible moment of Anna & David during their first look (image right). David was ecstatic and he even cried when we saw Anna for the first time during the first look. He also cried during the ceremony too.  

The benefit of seeing each other before the ceremony is that we will have much more time for creative couple portraits, wedding party formals, and family portraits before the ceremony. It also allows you to have more time to enjoy cocktail hour. If we don't do a first look beforehand, instead of the first look, we can transition into capturing wedding party portraits, separately with each group and also any family that is there. Once we have those completed, it's time to freshen up and prepare to for the actual ceremony.


The benefit of seeing each other before the ceremony is that we will have much more time for creative couple portraits, wedding party formals, and family portraits before the ceremony. It also allows you to have more time to enjoy cocktail hour. If we don't do a first look beforehand, instead of the first look, we can transition into capturing wedding party portraits, separately with each group and also any family that is there. Once we have those completed, it's time to freshen up and prepare to for the actual ceremony.

Throughout the remainder of the ceremony, I move around to get various angles (left, right, center, close, far). In addition to focusing on the main event, I am always watching for crowd reactions that are momentous in telling the overall story of the day: guests laughing, bridesmaids crying, parents holding hands (one of my personal favorites), and so forth. I like to get a combination of wide scenes and also zoom for those special moments. Another one of my favorite images is to capture the overall scene during the ceremony from a wide perspective showing the ceremony site but also the environment in which the ceremony is taking place.

"I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss your bride!"

The moment you've been waiting for! You're married!!! Now rejoice with a cheer of celebration and run down the aisle as a new married couple!

It's time to celebrate with your friends and family and gather everyone together for pictures as a new family. I always get pictures with you and your parents, siblings, grandparents, and everyone together as a whole. Additionally, I love creating portraits of parents and grandparents by themselves, these pictures are priceless. If possible, I try to create individual portraits of them too. I believe these portraits are incredibly important and they will be cherished for a lifetime.

Once all the family photos are done you can head over to enjoy the remainder of cocktail hour with your friends. A little later, I'll pull you away for a few more romantic sunset portraits with the warm sunlight shining in. Sunset is my favorite time of day! 

At some point during the day it's important for me to photograph all of the reception details and decorations that you worked so hard to prepare. I like to do this as early in the day as possible in order for me to have plenty of time for creativity. The more time I have, the better images I'll be able to create for you. That goes with everything throughout the day, not just the decorations.

I've taken multiple workshops teaching me how to photograph weddings from famous photographers like Charla Storey and Rebecca Yale. I have actually become good friends with these girls too. They are masters of wedding photography and I am so thankful to have their support and guidance along my journey of being the best photographer I can be. Using everything I've learned, I do my best to capture as much of the wedding as possibly. All of these images combine together to tell the complete story of your day. 


Now that the reception has begun, I love to step back for a moment to capture scenes like these (image right) that convey the overall mood and feel of the reception. I then come back in close for all of the intimate moments with your new spouse and all of your friends. One of my favorite images I've created is the one of the groom holding the bride during the toasts. I am a hopeless romantic and dearly love intimate moments like this. Fun fact about me: one of my favorite movies is The Notebook, I am a wedding photographer so I guess that fits pretty well...plus, how much better is it knowing that the movie was filmed in Charleston! 

Another one of those priceless moments is the father-daughter dance. At the last wedding I photographed, the father of the bride danced with the bride, then handed her off to her grandfather, then to her brother, and then back to himself. He's crying, she's crying, her mom's crying, it was a powerful moment. I love that I was able to capture this special moment for them all to remember. 

Additionally, I always try to get lots of group candids of your friends and family during cocktail hour and reception. Throughout the entire day, it's your friends and family members that matter the most. I want to capture them for you and document your wedding day in the best way possible. Go enjoy your wedding and be sure to take a moment to breathe it all in. 

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Now you're enjoying married life, soaking up that honeymoon stage and waiting for your wedding pictures to come back. My editing workflow is a very intensive process and not something that gets belittled or skipped over quickly. I happily admit that I am a  perfectionist when it comes to photo editing. I believe it is a strong benefit when it comes to producing a high quality product. However, it does come at the cost of being very slow. I never want to put anything out there that doesn't meet my high expectations. My typical turnaround time for all the final images is around three months from the wedding date. Which still isn't that long to wait if you're planning on being married for 30+ years! 

I have a four step editing process. First, I look through every image, full screen to choose whether it gets kept or deleted. We call this the "culling" process, which means choosing the good from the bad. I do this for all of the images we capture on the wedding day. Secondly, I go through all of the "chosen" photos to edit and adjust all of the colors, the brightness, and the cropping and straightening of crocked horizons. I do this individually on every single image. Thirdly, I look through all of the final images looking for things that need to be "photoshopped" such as double chins or flyaway hairs or facial blemishes, Lastly, I divide all the images into small groups and categories called things like details, preparations, ceremony, family pictures, reception, etc. With all of the editing, I try to get them looking as natural as possible with a bright, vibrant, "light & airy," timeless look.

The Editing

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When all of your images are ready (do a happy dance!), they will be uploaded to an online gallery, which can be used for viewing and ordering prints online that are personally printed by me (more on that later). You can share this email with your friends and family too. In addition to the online gallery, you will also receive a link to a Dropbox folder that contains all of the high-resolution images for you to download straight to your computer or add to your own Dropbox account. I hold to the belief that the pictures from your wedding day are yours to keep. You are free to order prints from another company, create your own wedding album, or share them online however you wish. If you booked wedding collection number two, you will also receive a handmade keepsake box containing set of 250 proof prints (which are thin semi-gloss "standard" prints with no watermarks). 

Final delivery

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The pinnacle of me being a fine art photographer is held in the final products that are produced. This is why I offer only custom handmade products of the highest quality available. Anyone can order online from Shutterfly or Costco, but I want to give you something that was not mass produced but rather handcrafted just for you and that has been approved by my exceptionally high standards. 

The wedding albums I have made available to you I have personally chosen because I was in awe of the quality and wowed by the experience I received when I first opened its cover revealing the unprecedented craftsmanship and beautiful pages that highlight the timeless images inside. With these albums, I do the layout and design of the interior pages. Once we come up with a layout that you love, your album will be made by hand by Dekora Album in Canada. They create the most marvelous heirloom wedding albums and I am proud to offer them to you. 

In addition to handmade wedding albums, you also have the option of my custom fine art giclée prints. This is a process of printing with a specialized, twelve color, pigment based archival ink printer and archival acid-free paper, which in our case is a 100% cotton rag matte finish photo paper. I am the one personally printing these prints myself, in-house. My prints are thicker than a typical glossy print and offer a soft look that is harmonious with the overall aesthetic of my images. Additionally, all of my giclée prints have a white border surrounding them to bring separation between the image and the viewing environment. 

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Thank you for reading about my photographic process. I always strive to produce the best work I can. I know you'll love what I create for you as well. Contact me if you're interested in securing your wedding date with me or if you have more questions I can help you with. I would love to offer my photographic services to you. 

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