Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.
I specialize in creating authentic photographs for LGBTQ+ couples and allies who feel frustrated with traditional wedding-related expectations, and who care more about having a fun wedding than they care about having a perfect wedding. My approach is collaborative, personalized, and centered around helping you feel comfortable in front of the camera so that you can truly be yourself.
Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
APW stands out as a beacon of real in a wedding industry that tells couples they need to be rich, white, skinny, young, or straight (or all of those) in order to have the perfect wedding. If you're part of an APW couple, that tells me that you are rejecting the hype dished out by the wedding industry and planning a wedding that is inclusive, unique, and authentic. If you're part of an APW couple, that tells me that you're brave enough to look at the long history of weddings and include only the traditions and ceremonies that feel right to you. If you're part of an APW couple, that tells me that you care about how your wedding day feels, not simply how it looks. I want to work with you if you want a wedding day that is all about love, having fun, and celebrating the magic that happens when two lives come together.
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
I create wedding photographs to help you remember how the whole experience felt, not only what it looked like. My experience-centered approach is based on my strong belief that the most important part of your wedding day is the time spent with family and friends, not the objects or flowers or centerpieces or shoes. I invest time in getting to know you, through in-person meetings and a Get to Know You Portrait Session, so that I understand what your relationship is like, who your families are, what your vision is for your day, and what kinds of pictures you hope to have. My approach is as a storyteller; I spend my time catching the hugs, laughter, and tears as they happen. I offer suggestions but I don’t dictate the photos we make. I see everything that is happening and document it beautifully, while helping you stay focused on experiencing your wedding day. I tell couples to "Just be yourself," and that I'll do the rest.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
I have 5-year old twins so my current hobbies include watching "Frozen," playing dress-up, and cleaning glitter off the dining room table. I also love to cook, run, watch movies, and sing - with and without the kids!
What’s your favorite movie?
I can't tell you the last movie I saw that wasn't a kid-related movie (see above re: "Frozen"). But when I do watch movies, I like strong female leads who are either kicking ass or making me laugh. Like anything with Melissa McCarthy, Scarlett Johansson, or Kerry Washington.