How did you get started photographing weddings?
I actually started out with only shooting abstract/arsty stuff with a little point and shoot. When my daughter was born, of course me being a new mom, I started to take pictures with her as my model. I began to realize photography was more than putting a subject into a picture. It was hard work, thinking outside the box, tapping in to your creative mind, and the mathmatics of making the perfect combination with your shutter, ISO, and aperture.
Photography took hold of me once my daughter turn 2 years old. At that point I was photographing everything from, seniors, engagements, weddings, maternity, newborn, families, births, birthday parties...etc etc. Finally I took the plunge and devoted myself to only work with couples during their time of being engaged and their wedding day. Even after their wedding I end up working with them again with anniversary sessions or family sessions.
What do you love most about photographing weddings?
Honestly, just being with my couples. I make sure that the couples I meet are the right fit, first and foremost. However, for the most part, I can get along with any personality. While my couples are planning their wedding I stick by their side and help them in anyway I can. I'm just the kind of person to try and always help people. During this time I develop a true relationship with my brides and grooms. So, with all of that being said, just getting to hang with my couple on the day of the wedding and documenting their wedding as it unfolds is what I love most.
What should a bride & groom ask a photographer before booking?
There are so many questions you can Google on "What to ask your photographer?" but try thinking of asking the photographer some more personal questions. Like what shows do they like, what do they do for fun when they are working, whats the best place they've traveled to....etc. Asking these questions are going to help you see your photographers personality which, again, you can decide if you guys are a perfect fit by having things in common.
Do you have a wedding style?
Someone said it best when they were describing my work and I have latched on to it. I feel it's true in so many ways. My work is all about capturing the human spirit and all of its essence. I want my newly weds to have something to take home where they can embody those feelings all over again by looking at their pictures. My goal is to make sure I capture them as a whole and bring out their personalities in the pictures. Be able to have complete strangers look at the image and think "Man, they look like they would be so much fun to hang out with".
What do you need from the bride&groom before their wedding?
Family lists and times that are set in stone for the day. I like to make timelines with my brides so both of them will know where I am and what I'm shooting throughout the wedding day. This also helps them see how long (from my experience) certain events can take.
Do you shoot solo or have a second shooter/assistant?
I shoot my weddings with just me for 98% of the time. This is another reason I make a timeline. This way the couple can see that everything is going taken care of with just one person. I do have brides that would prefer to have another shooter there, and thats when I call in my badass friends to help a girl out.
What time do you arrive on the wedding day?
Always 30 mins early. Regardless if I have shot at their venue/location I want to scout the area out and start racking my brain for ideas on pictures. Plus, I also like to have more time with detail shots haha.
How far in advance should a bride & groom book a photographer?
I know some couples think they have plenty of time at 6 - 8 months before their wedding. They need to understand there are other couples that are going to book the exact same day. Even if they think their wedding is during off season, photographers can still end up being booked during that time. Normally, off season is the time (well at least for me) that they will take a vacation. To be blunt, book your venue then your photographer a year in advance.
Whats your favorite part of the wedding day?
I love photographing my couples but I do love me some details. Especially when a bride has devoted extra time into her details.
What packages do you offer?
I offer 3 different packages but I tell my couples my packages are considered as starting points. They can customize one to better fit their day.
Can we order albums and other products?
Heck yes! I make it a fun process to order an album and see it before its printed. I actually love being able to see what pictures people end up picking for their album
What happens if you get sick on my wedding day?
Ahhh the famous question. I have photographed many weddings where I have been sick, had a migraine, and dealt with sinus issues. Unless there there is a zombie apocalypse, actually even then I would show up to try and get a zombie to be a photo bomber haha. Seriously though, I will always be counted for on my couples wedding day. If for some weird reason I can't make it, I have such an awesome group of amazing and talented photographers (whose styles are so similar to mine) that I know, in a pinch, they would me help out.
Do you travel?
YES!! I am not bound down to just NC. I love to get out of dodge and explore, see new sights, and experience new things. My goal in the next couple of years is to book more weddings out of state and out of the country. I even have a bucket list of places I am dying to visit