When it comes to your wedding, what matters most to you matters most to me. And if you’re like 99.9% of the couples I’ve photographed, getting back to your party means a lot.
You didn’t spend a year or more planning a celebration that feels more like a photoshoot. Portraits are important, but you’re much more excited about seeing all of the candid photos. And those images come from organic moments – not hours spent taking family formals.
It’s your wedding, your party, and you deserve to enjoy it fully. It’s part of my job to help you do that.
Here’s how I promise to get you all the photos you want (and need) and back to the celebration.
Let’s get to it!
Weddings are already enough of a production. I don’t want to make them more of one by taking a huge chunk of the day taking photos. And one part of the day where time can get away from us family portraits. That’s why it’s one of the only times I will micromanage.
When I sit down and start timeline prepping with a couple, I make it very clear that I need their group/family shot lists ASAP. It’s the only shot list I request, so I know what’s going on and what to prepare.
I’m not the kind of photographer who will be like, “Okay, who’s next?” Or “Now let’s do the bride’s side.” No, that leads to confusion and chaos, so I ask for specific names of guests and get very organized so that this part of the day will be as painless and quick as possible.
Before the wedding day happens, we’ll nail down the family photo list and the timeline. We’ll talk about family dynamics, so I know who maybe shouldn’t stand next to each other. We’ll make sure everything is planned to a tee so that family photo time is quick and efficient. Because remember, I know you’d much rather be mingling with your guests over cocktails than posing with them for hours on end.
Some couples are on the fence about the first look. And I understand. On the one hand, they make for some pretty incredible photos and allow you a rare moment together before the wedding truly begins. But on the other hand, some people like to follow tradition and save the surprise for the ceremony.
There’s no right or wrong way, and I’m all about you doing you. But from a photographer’s perspective, I think first looks have a lot going for them. One is that they save time because they allow us to knock out the majority of the photos before the ceremony.
Without a first look, the day can feel a bit more like a time crunch. The ceremony ends…you rush to get through portraits…maybe you get to mingle at cocktail hour? You get through introductions, then it’s reception time.
With a first look, you extend your wedding day by almost – get this – three hours or more! Not only do you get to spend some precious time with your partner before wedding day officially begins, but that extra time allows us to casually move into portraits and have more fun with group shots. And later on, we’ll only have to take a handful of larger group photos and maybe some sunset portraits depending on the time of year.
If we don’t do a first look, that’s okay too. I’ll make sure we knock out the photos as quickly as possible while keeping the same attention to quality and ensuring no one gets stressed.
I photograph your wedding with purpose and intention. Yes, I want to give you a collection of amazing photos, but I also want you to have an amazing experience. I want you to actually enjoy your day. So I go into it in an unobtrusive and unassuming way. I remain a calm and reassuring presence. And I strive to not take you out of the moment.
Because we’ve all been to weddings where the couple was just not there for a large chunk of the cocktail hour or reception because they were off taking photos. I don’t want that for you or for your guests. And I’m guessing you don’t want that either. This is your day, and you actually want to be a part of it!
So let me help you do just that. I’ll make sure we take those needed portraits, then get you back to the party where you belong. And of course, I’ll be there too, capturing all the dope moments that will become incredible memories.