I am a proud #crazydoglady - they are my world. I could eat Mexican food 7 days a week... no joke. I love "reality" TV and I'm pretty sure I'd die without Bravo. I love pearls + big chunky jewelry, Starbucks, traveling, fresh cut flowers, coastal living, letterpress, and (of course) margaritas.
I absolutely LOVE coastal + plantation weddings. Spanish Moss, marinas, water, downtown Charleston architecture, and lots of bright colors are my jam! I've been shooting weddings in Charleston and all along the East Coast since 2011. My work has been featured in Charleston Weddings Magazine, The Knot, Southern Bride, Destination I Do, and on many fabulous blogs including Style Me Pretty, Southern Weddings, Wedding Chicks, The Wedding Row + Grey Likes Weddings, to name a few.
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The surprising story behind where (and how) I started out in the industry, fell in love with it, and never want to leave...
Most people describe my photography style as clean + classic. I use a photojournalistic approach while maintaining an eye for detail + an emphasis on creating editorial-esque images. In simplistic terms, I strive to tell the story of your day naturally while making you + everything around you look as amazing as possible. My goal is to remain as unobtrusive as possible and to let things unfold organically in front of my lens throughout the day, while also paying attention to the details and creating images that you'll cherish forever. When it comes to posing, I coach my clients from behind the camera in order to create natural and relaxed images. I've been known to move furniture, de-clutter backgrounds, and ask clients to relocate to an area where the light is oh-so-good, but that’s all in an effort to create breathtaking images of you on your wedding day that look completely natural!
Complete wedding day coverage typically begins 90 minutes before the bride has to get into her gown. During this time, I'll be photographing your fabulous bridal details (dress, shoes, jewelry, bouquet, invitations, etc) and the tail end of hair + makeup - and then you'll get into your dress and the day "officially" begins!! We'll be there with you throughout the day until your formal exit from the reception, if one is planned. This type of coverage allows us the flexibility to build in plenty of time throughout the day for photos, ensuring that your story is being told completely. Complete wedding day coverage typically ranges anywhere from 9 to 11 hours, but is customized to each wedding.
I require a retainer equal to 50% of the package total upon signing the contract. Your date will not be booked until I receive both the signed contract + the retainer. When you book me, I am blocking your date off on my calendar and I do not take on any other clients that day. The retainer is non-refundable and the balance is due within 30 days of the wedding date. I do offer payment plans on a case-by-case basis if needed.
A second photographer is always included in your collection. I am extremely lucky to have a strong group of full-time photographers that second shoot for me on a regular basis. Every photographer has a very unique shooting style and I have found quite a few fantastic professionals who work well with my style and whose images serve as a great compliment to my own. It is for this reason that I exclusively select and reserve the second photographer.
I strongly recommend setting aside at least an hour for portraits in daylight, whether that be before or after the ceremony. Included in portraits are photographs of the bride + groom and bridal party. For family formals, I will need an additional 15-30 minutes of time, depending on the number of groupings requested.
First Looks help GREATLY with achieving beautiful, laid back portraits of everyone on your wedding day and allows us to take advantage of the best possible light throughout the day. We can talk about the photography timeline in more detail as you begin planning. I'm here to help ensure we are maximizing our time together and doing everything possible to create beautiful images of your wedding day.
In the extremely rare case that I am physically unable to photograph your wedding, rest assured that I have an emergency plan in place. I have a ton of friends in the industry and I am confident that I could turn to my network of professional wedding photographers to find a great replacement. Please know that your wedding day is VERY important to me. There are very few situations that could ever pull me away from this very special day and I will be there for you on this special day as long as I am physically able!
Online marketing (website, blogging, Facebook, editorial publication) is crucial to ensuring my business continues to grow. Because of this, my collections are priced to allow for the use of my images online. If you would like your images not to be blogged, posted on Facebook, or submitted for publication, there is an additional fee of $1000 to allocate towards additional marketing. Once the images are delivered, they will be kept off of my blog, will not be submitted for publication, and will not be posted on Facebook. Please note that I will only take on a very limited number of weddings with these restrictions.
Absolutely! I regularly submit engagement sessions, bridal portrait sessions + weddings for publication via Two Bright Lights. My brides spend so much time planning spectacular weddings and I believe that they - and their fabulous team of vendors - deserve as much credit + press as possible. However, please note that not all weddings are a good fit for publication and I cannot guarantee that your wedding will be published. Editors want to see unique details + fresh ideas - so if being published is important to you, please chat with your wedding planner to ensure you have a great design plan that involves personal + unique details. If you use Pinterest, use it for inspiration only... and use it sparingly. Editors are not interested in overly detailed weddings that look like Pinterest threw up all over the place. They want to see new twists on great ideas + details that are a true reflection of the couple. They want new, unique, fresh ideas. I kindly ask that clients refrain from submitting the images themselves - or at least check with me before submitting anything - in the event that I have submitted your session or wedding to an exclusive publication. If there are any questions or issues regarding publication, please feel free to contact me.