Preparation is key

It's so important to be prepared for our time together, but also leave room for spontaneity or inevitable curveballs in the plans. Ahead of your wedding day, birth, or photo session, we will have an in-depth conversation to talk about timeline and location details, and also discuss things that are most important for you to have lasting visual memories of. When the day comes for us to work side-by-side, you can trust I will create images that tell your unique story the way it unfolds. After all the up-front work is complete, you can just sit back and…

Photos by Dawn M Gibson Photography

Enjoy Being Present in the moment

Being a present, participating person in your own life experiences is of the utmost importance to me during our time together. I hope that you’ll be having so much fun connecting with your loved ones that you’ll completely forget I’m there with a camera in hand. Laugh, cry, and let your experience wash over you in the most profound way. I promise you, the images afterward are going to give you all the feels you felt in that exact moment the image was created.

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. At the same time, I do also strongly believe there is always…

Buffalo Documentary Family Photographer | Achatz Family
Birth Story Photos by Dawn M Gibson Photography

A TIme for Portraits

When portraits are needed – whether on a wedding day or during a photo session – I'll provide lightly-guided poses for you with a more organic approach, resulting in images that are simple, clean, natural, and timeless. My goal is to provide images that will be cherished by loved ones and inevitably be passed on to future generations. At the same time, I am a creative fueled by experimentation. So if/when the time is right, I love to try new techniques to give you images that are unique and unexpected.

Kate + Alex's wedding day


When our time together is complete, I will go through all the images created and select the best of the best to edit and provide you. I believe in the integrity of your full story, and want your first experience seeing images from your wedding, birth, or portrait session to be in a story format. With this in mind, I will either blog the day’s highlights, or if you prefer to keep your images private, I will send you the full gallery once all the images are complete.

Images are always provided as an electronic download from an online gallery (unless otherwise noted in your session booking), but it’s best to bring your treasured images to life by having them printed. I would LOVE to help you make image selections and design a well-crafted keepsake that you can cherish and pass on, whether that’s a full album or a set of beautiful, professionally-printed photographs.

If you have found your way to Dawn I would consider it a blessing and would look no further. She will tell you she is privileged to help document your special day. I would argue that I am privileged to hang some of her amazing art on my wall that just happens to feature all of the loved ones in my life.
— Alexandra (Engagement, wedding, birth, maternity, and family client)

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