On the homepage of my website, front and center, you see it there –
Honest Wedding Photography for Dope Couples
This comes from my promise. My promise to deliver natural, honest and unique images that capture the real you and the feelings of your day.
And while that may seem like an easy concept to understand, I want to take a closer look at one part of this promise. The word “honest.”
What does taking an honest photo actually mean? And how does it benefit you, the dope couple?
Your wedding day may feel like a fairy tale, but your pictures shouldn’t scream fantasy.
Weddings are a production of sorts, but they’re so much more than that. WAY more than that, in fact. And the intention behind my photos is to capture the “beyond.” Yes, I’ll photograph the ceremony set up, the tablescapes, and the décor. But more importantly, I’ll photograph the love, the people, and all of the most important things to you.
And everything captured will look natural, real-to-life, unfiltered.
I’m not going to Photoshop your face to death. Your photos aren’t going to be a highlight reel.
You might think you “ugly” cry, but guess what? Those are real emotions, it’s a real moment, and that’s the real you. Not the ugly part, of course!
Honest photography is the awkward dancing, the funny faces. It’s the beauty of reality. And it’s those candid moments you didn’t catch. The ones that touch your heart and soul every time you look at your photos.
Perfectly posed and planned photos have their place. And they can certainly become memories. But they rarely become the kind of memories that tug at your heart or make you laugh in the middle of the night.
Honest photos are the ones where random emotions and energy are expressed. It’s a look or a candid moment. I see it happening and instantly know a memory is being made.
That’s when I snap the photo. And the goal is to freeze that moment in time and organically preserve it for you so that you can remember that fleeting second forever.
I always go into your wedding day with an open mind and that same goal – to capture innovative and honest photos that showcase the authentic moments of your day. The fleeting moments you probably won’t even realize.
Whether during an engagement session or on your wedding day, having a camera present can feel awkward. You’re expected to act normal, but you might feel insecure. You’re not a model, after all. And you barely know me. How can you “just be you” in front of a dude that’s practically a stranger?
First, none of my couples are professional models, and most people feel insecure in front of the camera – at first. But I take the pressure off by talking about random stuff and getting to know you two better (engagement sessions are a great time for this!).
Second, you and I may not be BFFs, but you and your fiancé have known each other long enough that you know how to be natural together. You don’t need me to guide you on how to hold each other during an engagement session. I can if you really want me to, but I think you’ll find that the photos will come out much more authentically if you just ease into being yourselves.
Third, you’ll be having so much fun on your wedding day that you likely won’t even notice I’m there. It’s my job to fade into the background, anyhow. But even when you do catch a glimpse of the camera, let it be a reminder to relax into the moment even more.
The photos of the family, the milestone moments, and the wedding-day details (flowers, stationery, decorations, etc.) are all important and mean something to you. And I will definitely document every single one of them.
But before I walk into your venue on wedding day, I want to make sure I have a clear understanding of what’s most important to you. Only then will I be able to approach your day with purpose and intention. Only then will I be able to take honest photographs.
Think about what aspects of your day you want to capture most. Is it the first look? How about a father-daughter first look? The getting ready moments and the dance party?
I want to deliver a collection that you can truly cherish forever. I want you to be able to look at your photos on your 30th wedding anniversary and still smile, laugh, cry, and feel as if it happened yesterday.
There are tons of photographers taking beautiful wedding photos. And no doubt, those photos will make you smile. But an honest wedding photo will evoke emotion. An honest image is full of meaning and beauty.
Your wedding photos are one of the very few tangible things you’ll have left from the day. And with me as your photographer, you’re guaranteed to have a collection that’s 100% authentic and full of real-life emotion. Want honest photos of your wedding? Say hello!