How did you get into photography? Are you self-taught or formally trained?
Photography has always been part of my job, in some form or fashion. But, I really got into photography when I started my fashion and lifestyle blog, The Tailored Olive. I spent hours every day practicing, trying new techniques, and photographing everything and anyone who’d let me. Through my blog, I photographed campaigns for J.CREW, Banana Republic and Neutrogena, just to name a few. I love working with people and eventually started photographing families, couples and now focus primarily on weddings!
Describe your style in one sentence.
I take a documentary-style approach and try to capture all the special moments as they unfold. This gives a very natural and authentic look to my photos and allows my couples to relive their wedding day as it happened. I also like to have fun with my couples and encourage them to be their goofy/silly selves.
What’s been your favorite experience as a wedding photographer?
Wow! How to pick just one?! I have been so fortunate to have worked with so many amazing brides and grooms. Honestly, they’ve all been amazing! And they each bring their own uniqueness, so their personalities truly shine throughout their wedding day. I had one couple who incorporated so many thoughtful gestures to honor one another and their wedding guests. One bride wrote a funny parody that she sang to her husband during the reception. She also coordinated a sneaky first look, where the groom’s best man dressed up in wedding dress—it was so funny, the groom was practically in tears laughing. I had another couple who had an intimate ceremony and really wanted a hot air balloon at their wedding. They enjoyed a ride and allowed their guests to enjoy one as well. It was thoughtful and unique.
What do you love most about photographing weddings? Why do you photograph weddings in particular?
I’m such a romantic! I married my best friend and high school sweetheart, and I’m just so honored to be a part of such a significant day for couples. Many have selected to write their own vows, and I always get teary-eyed witnessing all the love and sweet words they exchange during the ceremony. It allows me to reminisce on my own wedding day. And the best part is that I get to photograph many weddings alongside my husband!
Where is the most interesting or unique place you’ve photographed a wedding? Was there anything especially challenging about it?
I love photographing outdoor weddings and anyplace with a view! There’s something so peaceful about being outdoors at a beautiful venue. Some of my favorite outdoor wedding venues have been On Sunny Slope Farm, The Mill at Fine Creek and the beach. I also loved photographing at Hope Church Lodge even though it’s an indoor venue because it gets a lot of natural light and the architecture is so pretty.
Do you have a favorite, must-capture moment for every wedding?
I love when couples choose to do a first look because it’s a great time for them to have an intimate moment together before being front and center. It’s also another great time for photos! Another favorite is when moms see their daughters for the first time and all the first dances.
As a photographer, what has been your biggest wedding day challenge?
Photographing a July wedding on a sunny afternoon. When shooting a wedding during high noon it’s so important to make sure everyone is positioned just right, so you avoid lots of harsh shadows and blinding everyone by the sun.
What piece of advice would you give brides and grooms to ensure that they get wedding photos they love forever? (This can include tips about preparation, choosing a photographer, or anything else.)
Work with your photographer in developing your timeline. This will help to ensure you’re picking the right time of day for photos (based on the season) and have plenty of time to get all the photos you’d like. I love when my couples ask me this!
What are your favorite wedding trends to photograph right now?
I love when brides wear flower crowns and when the bridesmaids wear different dresses. I’ve noticed a fun trend with using food trucks instead of having a seated dinner. This is great for intimate weddings and offers another great opportunity for photos.
How do you think an app like Joy can help make weddings better?
I love that Joy incorporates all aspects of the planning process and is easy for couples, wedding guests and vendors to use. Having everything in one place is another plus!
If you weren’t a wedding photographer, what would you be doing?
I would probably be photographing editorial fashion for brands or fashion magazines. Recently, I photographed several dresses for Annalise Bridal and I’m so happy with how the photos turned out!