When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things was listening to my mom tell our family’s stories, while we flipped through the “family heritage” photo album. Even as a little kid, I saw the invaluable nature of those photographs. I used to look at the wedding photos and baby photos of my ancestors, imagining what it would be like to know them at that time, their whole future ahead of them. The significant moments they chose to preserve on film became the images that told the story of our family, and everything that led up to me, in this moment, today. That’s why photography is so important. That’s why I love it so much; because it really matters, in the grand scheme of things. The photos you take now, of this moment in time, are the ones you will be showing your future generations some day.
Every photographer has a unique aesthetic and approach to taking pictures. I prefer the fly-on-the-wall, candid approach, also known as photojournalism. A genuine moment is only genuine if it’s uninterrupted. My goal is to photograph your wedding or family in a way that captures their real, natural energy. As soon as that moment is interrupted by a flash, or a photographer jumping in and posing people, the moment is altered and looses a little bit of magic. I only intervene when absolutely necessary. At weddings, I am barely noticed, careful to make sure I don’t distract from the significance of your day. With babies and children, I work on their schedule and never force a pose that isn’t working. This ensures that the kids stay comfortable and happy, and allows me to capture them at their best.
In terms of editing, you’ll notice that I prefer bright colors, strong contrast, and warm tones. I love images that POP and are full of life and vibrancy. Whenever possible, I use soft, natural light to capture the ambiance of the setting to give my photos context. My goal is always to achieve heirloom quality portraits that are worthy of being passed down the generations. My calendar fills up quickly with weddings and portrait sessions, so I recommend scheduling in advance if possible.