All About Me!
Photography has always been a big part of my life. I took my first landscapes on disk film when I was five years old on a family trip to Colorado and fell in love with being able to capture those sights and memories onto something tangible.
In high school, I was the one who always had a camera, and thousands of 4×6 snapshots of everything that ever happened. I worked at a national portrait chain doing children’s portraits for a few years until I started at a large local photography studio in 2002 and began photographing weddings. I did this while earning my B.F.A. in Graphic Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, but after I graduated in 2004 I just couldn’t enjoy myself in the corporate design environment and went full time into photography.
Since then I have photographed almost 400 weddings – indoor, outdoor, big, small, budget, luxury, local, destination, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Protestant, Quaker, Jewish, Hindu, Filipino, mixed-religions and ethnicities, non-denominational, and recently, same sex weddings! I love them all, and seek to document the emotions and the families that make each one unique.
This truly is what I love to do, and I am thankful every day that I get to do it.
Why should you hire me?
In a market overly saturated with new photographers, it’s becoming more apparent every day that I have to stand out from the crowd. So, what makes me different, and why should you hire me?
For my experience, efficiency, and energy.
Experience – You want someone who is prepared to get great images no matter what happens on your wedding day, right? Weather, family drama, transportation issues, and just plain running late are common wedding occurrences. After nearly 400 weddings, I can professionally handle whatever is thrown at me, and still produce quality images. Do I have crazy stories? You bet I do. But I have not yet had an unhappy client. I am straight-forward with everything and am pretty easy to work with (if I don’t say so myself!), and keeping a good relationship with my clients is my number one priority, and the reason that the majority of my business comes from referrals.
Efficiency – During the family formals, I work quickly and systematically to get all the breakdowns. I already have a list of your family members and who you want in the photos from our discussions before the wedding, so all you and your bride/groom need to do is relax and enjoy the day. It’s my job to herd the cats. I want you and your guests to enjoy the wedding, and I will work hard to get you guys back to the celebration so I can document the fun, the family, the emotions, and the dance moves.
Energy – I have the ability to get young kids to look like they enjoyed the photo taking process… and let’s be honest, that is not always the case! That goes for the adults too. I’ll crack jokes and make a fool of myself to get authentic smiles. I can not stand those uptight photographers who count to three before every press of the shutter and suck the life out of the party. At any given wedding I find myself talking superheroes with the groom, calming down a frantic mother of the bride, keeping divorced parents away from each other during the family session, and joking with a bunch of drunken groomsman without being offended. I keep a calm and upbeat demeanor and am down for (almost) anything. If it rains or snows, you can bet that I’ll be asking you to go outside for that awesome shot!
One thing that has stuck with me came from a meeting with a potential client last year – “Six of my friends got married this year, and not one of them liked their wedding photos.” Don’t let that be you. Whether you hire me or not, do your research, meet the photographers, see the images and albums, and make a decision on who fits your style. Happy Planning! 🙂
In Janurary 2015, Brandsmasher.com named me one of the Top 100 Wedding Photographers in the US!
Check out the article here.