what’s the secret?
Well first off, I’ve never been very good at secrets. My friends and family know that for a fact so that’s why I still haven’t been invited to a “surprise” birthday party after the incident of 2002 (I was 6! Give me a break!) But I will give you the secret to how I shoot and why these photos look as pure as they are.
show me yours and i’ll show you mine
I put my whole heart into everything I do. It’s a blessing and a curse I’ve had since I was a kid. As for photography, it’s given me the most beautiful images. As for Black Friday shopping, the woman crying over the lost doorbuster in aisle 5 is also me.
There’s something beautiful in crinkly-nose giggles and teary-eyed whispers. I want those just as much as you do so take my hand and I’ll help you both get there. So before we jump into this, think about the biggest obstacle you and your partner has faced. When you read this, email me when you can and we can go from there.
the clumsy fly on the wall
There is absolutely NOTHING about me that is quiet or stealthy. I know my strengths and I know my weaknesses but if I don’t turn those weaknesses into strengths, am I really improving?
Use my clumsiness as comedic relief. I’m so open about being a total goof ball because I’m hoping you’ll be one too. Don’t feel too shy to toss a good joke around, or even my way! I grew up with 4 brothers, I know how to throw it back.
Honesty is the best policy so this girl is happy to say I’m not perfect- I just trip over nothing and spill liquids on myself like it’s my day job.
I am not a wedding vendor
I am your talking wedding bouquet holder, your wedding planner, personal attendant, dress fluffer, tissue carrier, hype woman, wing woman (to those who are not getting married that day), joke master, tear jerker, mom’s voice of reason, awkward moment buffer, and the list goes on and on.
Not too long ago, I stopped calling brides and grooms “clients” and myself as “a vendor”. The moment we start sharing stories and dream up big beautiful ideas, we become friends. I pride myself in investing in my friends by learning about the most intimate parts about themselves.
Traditional, my ass.
I stopped taking my usual “boatload of traditional photos” when I realized nothing about our lives should ever “have” to be traditional.
First things first, when you arrive to your engagement session or wedding portraits, we’re going to take ONE traditional pose and that is:
“The Newspaper Pose”
This little bad boy is the one you’d find in Sunday morning papers, Mom + Dad’s fridge, and so on. After that, it’s wild wind blow hair, giggly make out sessions, and butt grabs from there.
Can you shoot the same way you love?
These photos reflect you, babe. Before we jump into this, ask yourself, are you and your partner more serious or more silly? Or both?
The key to the perfect image is vocalizing this to me and I’ll vocalize some fun ideas right back at you. People don’t typically take engagement photos every day so this is our chance to go all out. So squeeze each other a little harder, make those kisses a bit more steamy, and for my favorite: tell the other they’re doing a great job while you’re at it.
correct me if i’m wrong, but relationships is all about the ______ and that’s what I’m here for.
cut the shit. relationships aren’t picture perfect and so well mannered your rich great-aunt would approve. where’s the spice and everything not so nice?
we’re here to fall in love right? So don’t forget to love all the ugly parts as well as the beautiful ones, too.