I never expected to be a wedding photographer. When I started with photography at the age of 21, I loved the creativity and the artistic expression of it. When a friend asked if I could photograph his daughter's wedding, I reluctantly agreed. I knew nothing about how to photograph weddings, and I felt like I was selling my artistic soul to make a few dollars. I had no idea what I was awaiting me and how that random Sunday afternoon would forever alter my life. I walked into a place where two people were about to say their vows. There was tension...there was emotion...there was love. The air was thick with it. In an instant, I was swept up into the magic of it all. I had never met before that day, but I was connected with them. I laughed with them. I cried with them. In a moment, I was caught up into their story. I didn't know them, but I knew love...and its power overcame me.
So a bit about me? I absolutely love weddings. I love the fun and the family and the chaos and the beauty. I love it all. I probably use the word "love" way too much, but that's just how I feel. It's a really big deal to me to give my couples every ounce of energy and dedication that I have. I am the kind of photographer that will cheer with the guests during the kiss. I get up in peoples' faces on the dance floor and yell along with them. I tear up during the father and daughter dance every freaking time (especially now that we have a daughter). I make fun of the groomsmen during photos, because we all know they probably deserve it. I hug the Mom's at the end of the day. I encourage my couple's to slow down and soak up their day. I am present and invested in every moment I am there. If you are looking for someone to be a fly on the wall who is just there to take some photos, I am not your guy. If you just want some basic photos so you can mark that off of your to-do list, I am not your guy. But, if you want something different...if you want something a little bit daring...if you want a person that will care about your day and your family and your friends almost as much as you do, then I just might be your guy. I would be honored to hear your story and see if I might be the one to document this chapter of your love story.

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