Even if you've hired a photographer before, I think it's so important to know whether or not we are a good fit for one another!
I might be a little different than other photographers.
Take some time to read through my approach and what to expect to see if we’re the right fit for each other. I would much rather you go with another photographer in order for you to get the best possible experience, because the experience you have with your photographer strongly reflects how you feel about your photos later on--and it's SO important to me to make sure that our time together is everything you dream of and more!
My style is heavily focused on real moments & the emotion of your experience. I'm not going to make you do anything that feels cheesy, forced, or weird. Nothing staged, nothing set up, no awkward half-smiles. It’s the real good stuff. We create together. I'll guide you through some ideas for poses and capture beautiful moments, but it’s way, way more than that to me. If you’re just wanting a photographer to show up and get the typical, posed, smiling “perfect looking” shots, we might not be the best fit.
Connection & Trust
You and I are both choosing a path that’s different from a 500 person wedding where you barely see me in the midst of the chaos. We’re both choosing an intimate, untraditional experience that puts the focus back on what’s actually important: your story. It’s so important that we have a good connection, because the last thing I want is to show up and feel like a stranger intruding on your special day! I get so invested in my couples because I care so so much and want to be more than just a photographer to you. I want to focus on creating together instead of just getting photos done. When you and I feel super comfortable with one another, we both win: you feel and look at ease in your photos, and I’m able to do my thing to the best of my ability. Trust me, getting photos taken doesn’t have to suck or be awkward in any way, and most of my couples can't believe how much fun we have!
Breaking the Mold
If you haven’t heard my own wedding story, the short version is that my husband and I felt super uncomfortable thinking about planning a day that didn’t feel like us, and so we did something radically different from what all of our friends were doing. It changed everything for me, and I’m so passionate about helping other couples have the same feeling and memories about their own amazing adventures. Whatever your dream is, whatever your vision is, whatever you want documented—it’s worth being captured in a way that will bring back all the feels for generations to come. I want you to be able to look back at these photos for decades and feel the love you feel for each other right now. I want them to be meaningful to you. I want them to speak your truth. Because that’s what this is REALLY all about.
Invest in your memories
I want photography to be something more than checking off a box on your wedding planning to-do list. Even though every detail of your big day is important, and probably feels like a HUGE decision in the planning process, the reality is that photography is the only thing that truly lasts after your wedding day. I can speak from experience. I got married in 2016, and I absolutely treasure my photos. I’m immediately transported back to the butterflies and nervousness when I was getting ready; the crunch of the forest floor under my cowboy boots as I walked down the aisle, how strong my husband’s hand felt when we were saying our vows, the pure, raw, emotion and joy that I continuously felt throughout that day, and so many other moments. Those photos manage to recreate every sound, sight, etc. and will be something that is passed down through generations. I’m passionate about capturing the memories of couples who believe in the value of meaningful, authentic photographs that will last a lifetime.
An Undefined Style
In this day and age, it’s super easy to buy a top of the line camera and a pack of someone else’s edits to slap on the photos you take and call it a day. This is the opposite of my ethos. I’m proud of my skill as a photographer, and I’m also proud that I don’t stick to one specific style because every couple’s story is so different. I make sure that the way I’m interacting, shooting, and editing is reflective of who my couples are and how things actually felt. It’s more important to me to tell your story with authenticity than having a consistent instagram feed. The artistic choices I make aren’t ultimately about me, because these are your memories, not mine. I focus on quality so we can create something together you’ll value forever.
I take on a limited number of weddings and elopements every year, and that boils down to only a few sessions per month. I do this because I know myself, my process, and my values. I don’t think it’s fair to YOU if I’m overbooking myself because you ultimately won’t be getting my best work if I’m physically, mentally, and creatively exhausted. A lot of times, couples don’t just book me for one day (engagement shoots, wedding weekends, day-after coverage, anniversary sessions down the road, etc.). To keep my calendar open for these couples and to keep my turnaround time quick, I limit my schedule so that every couple I book gets the best of me.
Here for you
You probably haven’t been a bride or groom before, so you have a lot to figure out. This is something I’m so passionate about in my business—I structure everything to help you plan. Once you book, I send you a detailed questionnaire. Most of my couples say how grateful they are for it because otherwise, they might have forgotten or missed something. I send you a detailed location list that’s perfectly tailored to your vision and accessibility needs. I connect you with my trusted vendors to cover every need. I guide you through the necessary permits and leave no trace information to preserve this incredible place for future generations. Anything that I think can help you create memories with your friends and family, plan, prepare, and more—I’ll make sure and share with you. I’m happy to help in any big or little ways that I can to make sure that this is a stress free experience for you! You have unlimited consultations during your planning period, and I'm here to talk through ideas, find way to make things work, or anything else you can think of!
My faith moves me to give 10% of all my income to a good cause. I rotate between charities, like the Wyoming Food Bank. Hungry kids have a special place in my heart!