I am a Buffalo-based photographer, specializing in weddings, engagements, and documentary-style Birth Stories and Real Life family sessions. I've been photographing people, moments and the world around me ever since I was old enough to operate a film camera, and spent eight years working in the advertising industry as a Designer/Art Director before making the jump to pursue my passion of photography on a full-time basis in 2013. To date, I have photographed 100+ weddings, countless portrait sessions, and even several big commercial projects. Every step of the way I've grown even more in love with photography and am continually focused on providing my clients with the very best service and images for their specific photography needs.
I am also proud to say that I am a current member of Buffalo Indie Weddings – a group of phenomenal vendors who run small, locally owned business and specialize in providing clients a unique, one-of-a-kind experience.
on creating images:
I am passionate about creating and providing genuine documentary-style images to my clients, focusing on people, human interactions, real moments and details that help to tell a unique story. When creating portraits, I'll provide lightly-guided poses for you with a more organic approach, resulting in images that are simple, clean, natural, and timeless. At the same time, I am fueled by experimentation. When the time is right, I love to try new techniques to give you images that are unique and unexpected.
I strongly believe in photographing you interacting with your loved ones or being a part of your wedding day, versus spending half of the afternoon on a photoshoot with your bridal party. Though we will need some time for the family portraits and bridal party portraits, too, it just won't be such a long period of time that everyone is exhausted at the end of it.
It's so important to be prepared for our time together (whether it's a session or wedding day), but also have room for spontaneity should things not go as planned. Either way, trust that I've got you covered to tell your unique story the way it unfolds!
For the wedding days... I can't imagine missing a single moment of your celebration. Especially at the very end when everyone is letting loose and having a good time celebrating your love. So if photos of your reception are important to you, I'm your gal. I'm the rare find of a photographer that actually loves – and hates to leave! – your celebration!
On life outside of photography:
Aside from being a photographer, I am:
a recent bride myself, married to the most caring man I've ever met // a proud pet-mom to an adopted pit mix who I love more than anything // addicted to fresh brewed coffee and hazelnut lattes // a city girl at heart with a love of mountains, majestic clouds, and wide open spaces // an amateur gardener of vegetables & herbs // addicted to crime TV shows and movies // in love with meeting new people and exploring new places // fueled by good in-person conversations (with close friends or strangers!) // appreciative of the simple things in life // extremely grateful for everything and everyone that has come into my life; without them I wouldn't be the person I am today...
But of course, I don't do it all alone!
While I do photograph most weddings solo, anytime 2 photographers are requested or needed, I have amazing photographers on hand to work with me! In the past, I've worked with a select handful of second photographers who all had a similar photography style and personality – so our images and working style meshed perfectly. But forever, I've longed to have one consistent second photographer by my side.
Beginning in 2016, I'm happy to announce that one of my very special second photographers from the past few years, Brittany, will be joining me for most (if not all) of the weddings booked for 2 photographers. We work perfect together, she's a total sweetheart, and she's proven to be a stellar photographer and associate the past few years. Aside from her passion for photography, she also works full-time as a Graphic Designer for a local advertising agency, recently got engaged herself (eek!), and has the best fashion sense of anyone I know. Most of all, she is incredibly motivated, hard-working, and creative!
We make a great team, and I am so honored to have her by my side for those days when having 2 photographers is a must!
What's happening lately (via instagram)
Photos of me by: Shawna Stanley (top), wedding day image by Nickel City Studios (middle)
Photo of Brittany by: me (just before her now-fiancé surprised her with a proposal!)