How did you get into photography?
I have always had an interest in photography/videography, starting with my first polaroid camera when I was 8 years old. My mind has always been that of a creative; and I quickly gravitated toward the arts. As my love of photography grew, so did my love of music, and I started to turn my focus to that as a teenager, and ended up moving to Nashville to pursue a music degree at Belmont University. While my love of music grew, so did my opportunities for photography, and I began offering my services to fellow musicians, shooting their concerts, promotional material, etc.. After college, I began growing my skills as a photographer, and eventually found myself gravitating towards wedding/engagement photography when I got engaged myself. I was inspired by all of the stunning photos my fiancé and I cam across when searching for our own vendors, and took a leap into the wedding industry shortly thereafter. Over the last year and a half, I have worked increasingly in this industry, and I’m having an awesome time!
What do you love about photography?
The old saying is tired but true; a picture really is worth (at least) a thousand words! The thing I love most about photography is showing the images to the client, and seeing the memories of the day rush over them. It has become obvious to me that much of the wedding day becomes a blur for the couple, given the stress and hectic schedule, compiled with the meeting of all the guests, the gifts, the traditions, etc.. When they finally get to see the photos, its like they get to see the day for the first time in stunning clarity. I love being able to be the one who captures the moments that may have gone missed otherwise. I love seeing the bride’s reaction to her father’s face during the ceremony. I love seeing the groom seeing how astounded he looked when he first laid eyes on his bride. The whole day is an amalgamation of emotions, some of which the participants were;t even aware they possessed.
What would you say is your photographic style?
I typically shoot with a journalistic approach. My photos aim to tell the story of the day, not to just document the happenings. A great photographer once told me that you shouldn’t just try to make a record of who was at the wedding through your photographs; the goal is to make the viewer feel what happened that day. So the albums my couples receive will tell the story from start to finish, and will hopefully read like a book of the preparation, the laughter, the love, and sometimes the frenzy of what the day was like to experience. I strive to proved the couple with a way to relive the precious moments they savored, and some they may have missed!
Do you shoot digital or film?
Tell us why brides should choose you to capture their wedding day.
Brides should choose me to shoot their wedding if they are looking for someone they can have fun with, get to know, and feel comfortable around for the majority of their wedding day. Of course the quality of the images is important, but the best way to get those amazing images is to feel totally comfortable with the person taking them. I do everything in my power to not only capture the couple at their best, but to also make them have fun while doing that. I joke around with them, push them out of their comfort zone in a relaxed manner, and in return get amazing images. Also, given my newer standing in the wedding community, my rates are extremely competitive for the time being, and therefor the couple can get images that they would have paid significantly more for, and use the extra money to put towards something else in the budget!