I grew up with a deep hunger for story, like a fire that wouldn’t be put out. I didn't pick up a camera until I was seventeen and until then I had never sat in an art class or heard of the rule of thirds. Naturally the first pieces of art I made in university were pretty awful. It was these earlier years of thirsting for story that kept pushing me to keep working, to keep making, even when the work was bad. Somehow I knew there was something bigger ahead.
Photographing your wedding makes me so excited. When I started getting into wedding photography, it was like I was seeing in color for the first time. The freedom I found in creating art in wedding photography is what I love about it. I decided no matter how hard it was or how much I had to work to do, I had to tell stories for a living. I craved it - that story which is so elusive but so beautifully full. It’s the way we have to know what comes next, what moves us, what brings us to tears or sudden bursts of joy.
The word "story" and being a "storyteller" has become a really popular way to describe photographing weddings, and yet it's still the best way I know how to describe my work. For me, there's a deep intentionality behind using this word - it's wrapped up in the way I see light, seeing the moments that pass quickly, documenting the relationships between you and your closest people in a single frame. Even more importantly, my entire approach from start to finish is about you. Your experience is everything and photos are second to that. I see the beauty of stepping into your world, meeting the people that you love and photographing you being your most vulnerable self with them. Documenting your vows to your loved one and creating images that become timeless to you and your family for decades to come is why I do this crazy thing called being a wedding photographer.
Today, weddings like yours around the globe combine my love of travel with family, culture and story. In the past few years my destination wedding photographer work has taken me across the United States, to Taiwan, British Columbia, London, Wales and Iceland, to name a few. I'm at home in Nashville, TN but no wedding is too close or too far for me to be a part of.
Because my work is so connection-based, my relationships with my clients are incredibly important to me. If you’re in Nashville, I’d love to meet you in person and be your Nashville wedding photographer. If you’re not here, let’s Skype! We can drink some coffee or wine and you can tell me things like what you two do on Saturdays together, whether you prefer lattes or cappuccinos, and where on your bucket list you want to travel. I can tell you that I live in a tiny urban farmhouse with my sweet musician husband and our husky pup.
Your story becomes a legacy. Your children will look at your wedding photographs and see you as you were the day that you married each other, who you were, what you've always been about. This is the start of a beautiful and powerful thing. Your story and mine intersect in this beautiful collision of your wedding, art, travel and chasing this elusive thing called story.
Can't wait to meet you.
Video by my friend Trenton Alan Productions! He's the best.