How did you get into photography?
My grandmother was an art teacher so I learned how to shoot film when I was very young. I then went on to film school in North Carolina where I learned about cinematography and making films.
Describe your style in one sentence.
Authentic, adventurous and fun.
What’s been your favorite experience as a wedding photographer?
Probably becoming good friends with some of my couples. I dog sit one of my couple’s puppy a few times a year and we hang out all the time. Making those lasting connections is probably the best perk of the job!
What do you love most about photographing weddings?
I love photographing weddings because they’re typically just a lot of fun. Most people are there to enjoy themselves and live it up. So getting to be around that energy a lot is a blast.
Where is the most interesting or unique place you’ve photographed a wedding?
Probably a Jewish/Indian wedding in Antigua Guatemala. That was a show stopper! The bride’s aunt passed away the night of the wedding, so it made the whole wedding weekend a challenge. I’m glad she was able to make it to the wedding and witness her niece getting married.
Do you have a favorite, must-capture moment for every wedding?
My must-capture moment is the reactions of the family during the ceremony. I love capturing the smiles, tears, and laughs of friends and relatives.
As a photographer, what has been your biggest wedding day challenge?
My biggest challenge with a wedding is honestly just when the timeline is really tight and you don’t have as much time as you would like to photograph certain parts of the wedding day.
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 on a timeline, be open with communication, and find someone you really enjoy spending time with since your photographer will be with you the entire wedding day.
What are your favorite wedding trends to photograph right now?
I’m not a huge fan of trends but I’ll never get tired of the boho look. Dogs at weddings is also a winner in my book.
How do you think an app like Joy can help make weddings better?
I think any app that makes wedding planning easier is a huge benefit to couples. Wedding planning is hard enough on its own.
If you weren’t a wedding photographer, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t a wedding photographer I’d be a photojournalist. I can’t imagine not being a photographer.
At Joy we believe that even though a wedding lasts a day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you?
I think it’s important to focus on the long game. It’s easy to get frustrated or upset over small things but it’s important to remain joyful and enjoy the good things in life.