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Open your heart and share it all with me

You’re going to invest a big portion of your wedding budget in your wedding photographs. So, how do you make sure they are everything you want them to be? How do you have your perfect-for-you wedding photos? With more than 10 years of experience, photographing well over 200 weddings and elopements, I’ve learned a few things that will make your wedding photography dreams come true.

open your heart and share it all with me

Your wedding day is going to be emotional for so many reasons. It is a day that you may have been thinking about and anticipating ever since you first realized you wanted to share your whole life with your partner. It will be one of the rare occasions when all your family and friends will be together in one place. And, it is likely that some very important people will be missing from your day. A lot of planning and love goes into your wedding day. It kicks off a new chapter in your love story. There is a lot of expectation. And, the idea of standing up in front of your family and friends can be overwhelming if you’re not the spotlight kind of person!

And all of these realities will trigger a range of emotions, from excitement and joy to some nervousness and anticipation! Do not hide it.

emotions are good

Photographers love emotion. I LOVE emotions—please do not hide your real self from me. I especially love it when guys don’t hold back and let me see how much love, pride, and affection he has for their partner. This is what photographers are hired to photograph in addition to creating portraits and documenting the events of the ceremony, the speeches, and the dancing. Please don’t hold back.  

I cannot tell you how often I have recognized a beautiful and tender moment unfolding and will prime myself to document this when all of a sudden, someone will shut it down because they believe they need to be composed, smiling, happy, “picture perfect” all the time. Or feel like they need to shut it down specifically for the camera.

Your photographs are supposed to remind you how you felt, not just how everything looked so that you can remember the full story of the day your marriage began. And these feelings are the photographs that I especially love to deliver to my couples.

please don't hold back

So, I am here to tell you, let those tears free!! Don’t hold anything back.

Allow yourself to feel every emotion and forget about the camera. This goes for belly laughs and full smiles that show all the teeth (and all the chins!). The beauty and perfection of every photo from your wedding day will be in the authentic emotion that your photographer documents.

Please do not hide. Please do not shut your joy down!

And if you’re still looking for a wedding photographer I’d love to hear from you! Visit my website and use the contact form to get in touch.

You’ve been much much more than a photographer; you’ve been a guide, a source of support, an expert, and a friend.


You are so talented and we are so lucky that we were able to work with you. Thank you for making the experience so special for us.

Your advice, tips and guidance along the way have meant a lot and were so appreciated especially as we navigated uncharted territories (professional photos lol). We always knew we were in the best hands with you.



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