Low-Key Love® | Intimate Wedding & Event Photography Claim

Low-Key Love® | Intimate Wedding & Event Photography Claim

5.00 / 5
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Dena was professional, personable and a natural part of our entire day. The photography never felt intrusive. When problems arose during the reception, she helped keep us calm and on track. I am so happy to have such wonderful moments captured so beautifully for us to enjoy the rest of our lives.

Rachel V. (2015 Bride)

TRAVEL POLICY

Travel up to 1 hour outside of Pittsburgh, PA is included. I'm willing and love to travel, so custom travel packages are built per couple/event and vary depending on event specifics and logistics.

Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.

I specialize in intimate wedding and event photography and enjoy working with couples who wish to cut through the continual noise and wedding planning clutter and shift their focus to what truly matters: You, your love, and your commitment to one another.

Why do you want to work with APW Couples?

I’ve grown tired of the masses telling couples what they’re “supposed” to invest in for their wedding day. It breaks my heart when I talk to couples who almost feel ashamed at wanting to go in alternative directions because there’s such a seemingly large body of people and information telling them that it’s not the “right” way. I want to be a part of your encouraging support system, for your wants, needs, and creativity when it comes to your special day. While pretty, over-the-top wedding details, are, well…pretty, and make for nice photographs…you, the love of your life, and the sacredness of your commitment to one another and the joy that it brings, make for GREAT photographs. That’s what I love to capture. I enjoy focusing on smaller-scale, more intimate and “low-key” weddings, in hopes of connecting with like-minded people. One of my most recent couples didn’t even have a wedding cake. (It was awesome, and I’m pretty sure no one even noticed because they were too busy having a great time). As a photographer, it’s great to see how couples infuse their own unique and meaningful ideas into their special day.

Describe your artistic approach to weddings?

Clients can expect to receive images primarily photojournalistic in nature, where mostly natural light is used when possible. I try to stay behind the scenes, as this enables me to capture the most natural moments, when people are immersed in their experiences and are expressing their truest emotions. All images are lightly edited with modest colors and tones, so as to stick to as true as possible to the moment that your memory recollects.

What are your non-work-related hobbies?

Being outdoors, cooking (sans-recipes), crafting, scrapbooking, essential oils, preventing my basset hound pup from tearing up the house, and pretending that I don’t have a Netflix problem.

What’s your favorite book?

I can’t lie, every time I go to read, I fall asleep. That’s why audio books are my favorite! The most recent book I just finished listening to was The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. I definitely recommend it!

What’s your favorite movie?

I’m not sure why, but it is and always has been The Shawshank Redemption. (Well, that and a few killer scenes from The Scent of a Woman). 

If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?

Oh my goodness, this changes all the time since dance parties are a weekly, if not daily, occurrence (it’s a good thing my office is in my home), but my most recent one was to a live performance, upbeat version of Celia Cruz’ Guantanamera.

  • Sarah Hamilton

    Rating: 5 / 5
    Pros

    We love how Dena made us feel comfortable through the entire experience. Even though we were planning our wedding from out of town, she took the time to meet with us when we were in town and was flexible with communicating with us by email and phone. Dena also helped to ease our minds the day of our wedding. Her relaxed nature put us at ease and it showed in our photographs! After receiving our pictures, we were so happy to relive the day and we couldn't believe that there was only one photographer for the day! Dena captured every moment!

  • Monica G

    Rating: 5 / 5
    Pros

    Dena was wonderful to work with - very friendly and professional. She was very easy to work with throughout the process and did a great job capturing the essence of our day. The photos turned out beautifully!

  • Evstolia Fahling

    Pros

    It was clear from our initial meeting that Dena would be the perfect photographer for her wedding. Her previous work speaks for itself. We loved how creative and natural our photos came out. Some of our favorites are the ones we didn’t even know she was taking! The whole experience from beginning to end has been really great. She surpassed expectations and really made us feel like more than just a client.

    Cons

    She was right at our budeget so we didn’t have much wiggle room to take advantage of more of the services/extras she offered. If we could have splurged more it would have been on those extras.

  • Katie

    Rating: 5 / 5
    Pros

    Words can not describe the gratitude that my husband and I have for Dena & Low-Key Love. From our initial meeting to the wedding Dena was there to listen and help us with anything we needed, sometimes it didn't even pertain to photography! She always made herself available to us and was very transparent the entire time. My husband and I planned the entire wedding ourselves so to say that Dena relieved pressure off of us is an understatement. I would highly recommend Dena and Low-Key Love to any newly engaged couple, you won't be disappointed! Thank you Dena!

  • Emily Wacker

    Rating: 5 / 5
    Pros

    I would highly recommend Low Key Love for wedding photography. Not only is Dena professional and sweet to work with but her artistic vision produces stunning photographs! Each moment of our wedding was captured with us hardly noticing she was there. She did a great job guiding us through our posed photos and was patient while we tried to corral our various family members together for group shots. Dena's candid photo work is outstanding! I LOVE the photos she took during the speeches, the reactions on everyones faces are priceless. We now have wonderful momentos from our wedding that we can cherish for the rest of our lives! Dena also loves to surprise her clients with gifts! From the lunch she treated us to at our first meeting through the pre-wedding guides and the post wedding ornaments she clearly has fun with her work and enjoys spoiling her clients. Thank you Dena, we love you

    Cons

    The cons were all on me. Planning a wedding was a wild experience and we planned ours pretty quickly. I wish I had booked hair and makeup earlier in the day and had a longer party so we could take more photos and not feel like we missed any of the reception.

  • Kristen

    Rating: 5 / 5
    Pros

    There is not enough space or words that we can use to express how lucky we were to work with Dena. From the moment we met her to discuss her photographing her wedding, we knew that she was someone we wanted to work with. Not only is Dena brilliant at what she does but she is professional, kind, and thoughtful. She made the entire process fun and special. Dena checked in on us frequently before the wedding and has continued to do so after the wedding, with little touches such as sending us a sweet package before the wedding with fun goodies and most recently a holiday gift. She goes out of her way to do things like this that we would never expect but are so thoughtful and appreciated! Her website and the tools on it are very user friendly and helpful as is the gallery. Our outdoor ceremony was on an incredibly hot and humid day (92 degrees!) and I don't think Dena ever stopped moving. Dena was there for 12...yes 12 hours and both she and her assistant were so much fun to work with. I have never liked being in photos but Dena made us feel incredibly comfortable and captured our personalities. All of the photos are incredible and we truly wouldn't change a thing. Please, do yourself a favor and book Dena Galie/Low-Key Love... you will not regret it!

  • Amanda Dufresne

    Rating: 5 / 5
    Pros

    My husband and I could not have been happier to have Dena as our photographer! She was amazing to work with and made the entire process so easy. Our photos turned out absolutely beautiful! I would 110% recommend Dena to anyone looking for a photographer for their wedding.

  • Jessica

    Rating: 5 / 5
    Pros

    I can't stress enough how awesome it was to work with Dena-Low Key Love for our engagement and wedding photography! Dena provides amazing photos at an affordable price. She helps to make everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera. She's discrete but somehow manages to catch every moment! Organized, professional, detailed, punctual and without a doubt goes above and beyond to make everything perfect - highly recommend!

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