It’s the photos of a tearful hug with Grandma who has since passed, it’s the photo of the flower girl dancing on your feet who’s now graduating high school, it’s the photo of you and your maid of honour who are now both Moms and barely find time to get together over a glass of wine between kids sports and work, and it’s the photo of your best man the minute he decided to moon the bridesmaids from the limo as they drove by.
It’s those memories that get frozen in time and preserved. It’s the knowledge that I get to pick what stays, what moments get immortalized, that’s made me become so much more intentional with which weddings I take any how many I take. I want to be FULLY present. I don’t want to be a vendor.
I want to know all the important nuances, and relationships and stresses and inside jokes, so I know what to look for to cater your photos to you. I’m so deeply happy my business has turned into this. The people I’ve met, the stories I get to hear and be a part of.
They say life passes by progressively quicker as you age and it’s true. I have been photographing weddings for over 10 years, and I worked my ass off to learn everything I could about photography. A few years back I photographed way too many weddings, and learned a lesson I couldn’t find online. That year weddings almost became something I photograph and move on without much thought. I hated it.
My perspective of this career has slowly shifted as I’ve moved through it. In the beginning, I wanted allll the details and Pinterest decor and styled shoots and artistic angles and while I do still love those so much, they aren’t what’s important.
Marry your best friend, someone who makes you laugh, who you can be vulnerable with and you’ll withstand any storm. Give them space to grow and learn within your marriage and don’t hold them within the confines of who they were when you first started dating, especially if you married young. I got married at 23 so we both needed the space to grow up within our marriage. Voice your needs and make sure your partner voices theirs. Communication is the key to happiness. Always believe people are doing the best they can, we don’t know their story; build others up no matter how hard.
Together we created two mini versions of ourselves, who already make us laugh harder, feel deeper, swell with pride and curse more than anything else ever has before.
I’m sentimental. VERY sentimental. I can actually get sentimental about anything….Lego, the mountains, rain, even toilet paper rolls. It’s a gift. Being festive is a lifestyle choice, commit. I get tagged in every single Fall/pumpkin meme the minute the end of August nears and at Christmas it looks like Santa vomited in my living room and I fricken love it. Risk being seen. I’ve spent so much of my life “hiding” or considering what other people thought of me and adjusting myself accordingly. It made me MISERABLE and it was such a waste of good valuable energy. Lean all the way into who you are! Oh and greet everyone with a hug. Always. Full embrace, don’t half ass it.
I believe in hosting imperfect dinner parties, don’t wait until the house is clean or the perfect recipe pops up. Invite the people over, they really don’t care what kind of plates you use anyways. Feel all the feelings, happiness or heartache, feel them all the way. Be still. Society calls us to be busy, busy, busy with no time for rest. Bullshit. You miss SO many moments that way.
Everyone has their quirks. I have MANY. I bake chocolate chip cookies and eat the first dozen and tell everyone the recipe makes less than it actually does. Lifting weights makes me feel like a badass and I really love it. I reread books because I miss the characters and how the stories made me feel. I am very pretentious when it comes to coffee and I LOVE New Zealand white wines. I am always up for a Marvel movie marathon (but let's skip Hulk) and we can't be friends if you leave the theatre before the credits stop rolling.
I fake being tired to get out of driving on road trips, and believe road trip snacks should look like my 10 year old was given $100 to spend at a gas station. I am actually afraid of the dark, murderers and cougars come out and every episode of Criminal Minds becomes a very real possibility.
Everyone is team cat or team dog; I am team plants and I currently own 25 indoor plants. Don’t ask me how they are doing unless you want a full break down of each one, including their names haha. I roll down the window every time we drive by someone having a bonfire, I think it’s the greatest smell ever.
I am an outgoing introvert, I love being alone but I also love good, deep intellectual conversations; we all think and perceive the world so differently and I LOVE it.
I get super awkward with small talk and feel like the worlds largest dork. I want Brene Brown, Glennon Doyle and Dan Levy to be my best friends and believe that because Dan is Canadian I actually stand a chance. I'm an imperfect person with big feelings and I love love LOVE hearing your quirks too.
Pretty damn awesome.
I tell you so much about me because I want to know so much about you. I want to be a friend, not a vendor. I don't just want to show up and photograph what I think is beautiful, I want to know everything about you guys so I can photograph what you think is beautiful and meaningful. Personalize the images so they're as unique as the two of you.