Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
My ideal wedding to shoot is a rustic setting, with DIY touches, a special story behind the food and drink, a bride who walks down the aisle wearing her mother’s jewelry, a groom who goes for a quick swim before the vows, a couple who keeps it completely down to earth and remembers that their day is all about the marriage, not about the extravagance of the wedding. I really feel that APW encourages this type of couple and it is my ideal market.
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
I shoot the details and I believe the details make the wedding. I look for couples who have a unique vision–I am much more interested in working with a couple who has special touches and intimate details than a couple who has all the money in the world to buy a vision. When I photograph weddings, I try as much as possible to blend in; my style is photojournalistic in nature–capturing the candid and unplanned shots is definitely my strength. When I process my photographs in post-production, I work hard to ensure that the couple sees all the special moments they might have missed in the flurry of the afternoon. Couples describe my style as creative, laid-back and intimate.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
Running (I run about 10 1/2 marathons every year), long distance swimming (I live a block from Lake Michigan and swim 1-2 miles every morning May through September), hot yoga, reading novels, rehabbing a 1900 farmhouse in Leelanau County with my adorable husband. Otherwise simply spending time with my friends, drinking California wines and cooking fabulous dinners whilst playing Loaded Questions is a pretty accurate representation of a Saturday night.
What’s your favorite book?
If I could write a dissertation on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, I would likely die a happy girl.
I have read Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides at least 15 times and have 5 Pat Conroy themed t-shirts that my best friend and I made together.
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving taught me about how to maintain a cosmic friendship.
Finally, East of Eden by John Steinbeck is the ultimate family drama and I could spend an entire weekend drinking in his prose.
(My full-time job is as an English teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, so this question makes me flutter with excitement. In case it wasn’t obvious from my responses.)
What’s your favorite movie?
The Big Chill. Hands down. No further discussion. I absolutely love this movie. The first time I saw it, I was 15 years old, sporting a terrible perm and stayed home from school to watch it (I was an odd child). I had about zero idea what was going on in it, but nevertheless there was something about the story of these friends struggling to reestablish their friendships and move forward with their lives that resonated with me and my perm. I have seen it probably 300 times since. I might go home and watch it tonight.
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Sugarland’s Little Miss.
Explain your travel policy:
I’m currently not charging any travel fees for Continental United States!