The reason I specialize in weddings is simply this: it's all about the love. Now, it may sound a bit corny, but that's the truth of the matter. I'm a sucker for an awesome theme, a beautiful venue, an amazing flower arrangement, an extravagant dress. I'm as much of a fan of the pomp, circumstance and celebration as the next girl, and I love when a wedding is unique and shows the bride and groom's personalities.
But lets get real here — the main thing about a wedding is the love, plain and simple. It's about relationship, community, family, life.
And I am all about that.
My business is about photojournalism and beauty. I'm one of those who believe that the most beautiful photos happen when people forget that the camera's out and just act like their bizarre and goofy selves. I love those subtle, secret moments between a couple on their wedding day. Or between a mother and daughter, a bride and her best friend, a groom and his tattoo artist. I want you to be able to look at your photos years down the line and be transported back to the happy occasion.
"Wow! Wow! Wow! And I guess I can keep writing this word over and over and still wouldn't be close in explaining as to how I feel seeing the wedding photographs. The photos just took me back in time, and I relished all those moments again."
How I cater to Offbeat Brides
I'm flexible. Tell me what you want, and I'll try to make it happen. I'll add and subtract from packages, re-write contracts, add second or third photographers, wear a costume. Heck, I'll dress in drag and do the hula if that's what you're into.
I've been there — growing up I bounced around a lot of cultures and subcultures. I've been the nerd, the hippie, the goth, the Renaissance guild member and the quirky oddball. To some it doesn't seem like those go together — but hey, maybe I'm just a bit offbeat. Also, I got married in 2010, and while my wedding was, for all intents and purposes, pretty traditional (not counting, perhaps, the fact that we registered at REI and had an outdoor wedding in November) I think that being able to relate to the stresses and frustrations of planning a wedding makes me easier to work with.
Examples of my work
What defines an offbeat bride? Maybe it's that she can't be defined.
- I've photographed a backyard, 7am Hindi wedding — complete with the walking-around-the-fire-seven-times and the necklace tying ceremony.
- an awesome German-beer-garden Halloween masquerade wedding
- a super simple, no extra fluff wedding at the Fat Lady in Oakland
- a redwood grove ceremony followed by a live band and awesome choreographed dance at the Sweetwater Music Hall
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