Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
APW couples are, as far as I’m concerned, the ONLY couples. Does that sound exclusive? It’s meant to–seriously, I have worked with a load of APW couples….over 30 of them in just 1 year, and I can say without a doubt in my mind, that APW has helped me build the business I have today. More than that, though, APW couples have helped me LOVE the work that I do.
My experience with APW couples varies from those fresh out of college, who are planning on a tiny budget and are both in graduate school for social justice and had a donut cake because that’s the coolest thing ever and wouldn’t break the bank (this is a true story and I swear up and down that taking this wedding was one of the best decisions of my life); to the couple who are PhD’s in education reform and inviting friends from all over the globe to celebrate in their wedding on a hilltop in Northern Michigan (this is also a true story); to the couple who met in their mid-40s and realized that THIS is what they’ve been waiting for their entire lives and got hitched next to my Airstream trailer (also true story, also a client, now someone I text 4-5 times a day).
Simply, APW couples always end up being my friends and I always believe in having as many friends as possible, and I believe when you get to work with your friends, it’s even more fantastic. Especially thoughtful, creative, unique, inspired, educated and kind friends, which are, inevitably, APW couples. Full circle thing, see?
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
I believe in collecting, not capturing your wedding. Basically what that means is that I am going to hang out and shoot it all—the good, the weird, the hilarious, the strangely beautiful and the emotional. This collection of images, first and foremost, is about you as a couple and your love. It’s real, honest, true and authentic. I sure as heck am not going to stage anything or “recreate” a missed moment. I offer wedding photography that let’s you be you, all of it, authentically and truly–your ugly cry, your snorting laughter and finger pointing dance moves.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
Renovating a farmhouse built in 1902, obsessively reading Pat Conroy novels, discussing and researching public education reform, running half marathons, binge watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and operating 5 Twitter accounts for various West Wing characters.
What’s your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the best novel ever written in the history of the world. Hands down. No questions asked. Absolutely. It’s also a crime novel, not a love story.
What’s your favorite movie?
The Big Chill. The first time I saw it, I was 15 years old, sporting a terrible perm and faked sick to stay 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. “Are we the first ones up?” HA!
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Public dancing gives me hives. Literally. Hives. When I choose to privately dance, I often rock out to Bob Seger’s Hollywood Nights.
Explain your travel policy:
Michigan and Chicagoland for package 1; All continental US for Package 2