the short version
When I'm not making photos I spend a LOT of time drinking coffee with my friends / talking about spiritual progress. Listening to podcasts and reading about spiritual progress. Decompressing from information/emotion/growth overload with the worst, most mind numbing shows I can find on Netflix [insert gif of Michael Scott].
P.S. I'm engaged, too! WOO
the long version
HERE'S A LITTLE HISTORY OF HOW I UNEXPECTEDLY FELL IN LOVE WITH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
I started photographing live music when I was 13. My father was in a band so I grew up going to bars to see him play. My dream was always to be a touring music photographer. Something about figuring out how to take beautiful photos in the WORST lighting conditions has always been so exciting to me. And I did, in fact, become a touring music photographer.
After graduating from college I was lucky enough to do two years of music photography on the road with bands like Modern Baseball, PUP and more. I got to shoot in hundreds of venues I would have otherwise maybe never seen and became very good at making ANYTHING work (often making a photo with one hand and my other hand holding up a crowd surfer while also getting kicked in the head...a wonderful time). It turns out that being in a different state (or country) every day is actually totally not for me, which is fine, great. So, a couple of years ago when I realized my "dream" wasn't actually my dream and decided to move forward (not just because PUP put out a record that year called The Dream is Over).
Several years ago I started shooting weddings as an intern for another wedding photographer and LOVED it but never committed to it because at that point I still had this vision of me being away from home, living on taco bell (my favorite restaurant) for 8 months out of the year. I continued to shoot weddings as much as I could when I wasn't on tour and then finally realized that this is what I really want to be doing. I'm SO grateful for the experience I got from touring. I got to see so much and learn so much about myself and photography. I'm incredibly grateful that I get to photograph weddings full time now. I really, really love this. I LOVE LOVE. I finally understand what people mean when they say "beyond your wildest dreams."
Now for some manifesting
DREAM VENUES // Material Culture, Maas Building, Power Plant Productions
DREAM PLACES // Iceland forever
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?
I try as much as possible to keep things natural, simple and authentic. I would describe my photography as a mix of photojournalism and editorial. I mainly focus on lighting and backgrounds-placing you in the most photographic space to let you do your thing. It is not my goal to take any specific photos or copy anything else. It's my goal to document the two of you celebrating your love just the way you do.
I know how my partner & I embrace one another, and the idea of some photographer telling us how to stand in a hundred ways for an hour on our wedding day makes me cringe a little bit. I'm happy to help with posing as needed for couples who are a little more nervous in the beginning.
I always always recommend a couple session so that you can see what works best for YOU. Couple sessions also help a TON with wedding day photo jitters. Pinky promise.
what does the booking process look like?
Go ahead and say hello via my contact form at the bottom of this page. We can set up a time to meet in person or FaceTime to make sure that we are a good fit. We will be spending a LOT of time together on your wedding day so it's always good to get to know each other first. You will need a 25% deposit to retain me for your wedding date.
what are your rates?
On average, couples spend around $4300 + sales tax where applicable on their wedding photography. For all options and a full price sheet please say hello!
Couple and Family Sessions begin at $400 and includes an hour and a half session, a password protected online print gallery, a digital download of high resolution images, and printing rights to your photos.
do you do photography outside of weddings?
YES!!! I do couple sessions (even if you aren't getting married) and family sessions. I also do a lot of other events. I am currently working on adding family sessions to my website (stay tuned). Family & Couple sessions are $400 for an hour and a half.
Do you have insurance?
We have insurance and back-up equipment! I'm happy to work with your venues specific needs.
WHAT I BELIEVE
We are all constantly growing and learning.
A recent transition I am proud of, I now only give/use/sell products by local makers and eco-friendly and ethical companies.
At the end of 2018, I am giving 10% of profits to three organizations I care deeply about:
Mazzoni Center. Their mission is to provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBTQ-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals they serve. RAINN. The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s public school children deserve an opportunity to become a part of a strong, productive, and sustainable future for our city.
Thank you for being a part of it.
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