With a keen understanding of light, expression, and composition, I will artfully craft compelling photographs that portray your love story in a vivid, cinematic style – powerful images that transport you back to that day and make you feel the same joyful exhilaration all over again each time you see them.
These images have the power to take you back and help you experience the events and emotions of your wedding over and over again, long after the day has passed. Therfore it's crucial to pick a photographer whose work you love, one whose style reflects the way you would like to see and relive your wedding day for years to come. Below is a selection of some of my favorite wedding images, to give you an idea of my perspective of what wedding photography can be. I would love the opportunity to capture your wedding through this lens and then share that vision with you.
I’ve been shooting weddings since 2009 and have spent countless hours over the years learning how to make beautiful photographs of all types of people. I’ve worked to master the arts of posing and lighting so that I can make you look your best in every photo, and transform what looks like an ordinary scene into a striking image that you never would have envisioned.
I like to create beautifully dramatic images. I like to craft photos that have visual impact, atmosphere, and mood. But I also love to capture a your genuine smile, or to make images of you with your friends having a great time, laughing and acting a little ridiculous. I delight in capturing simple, emotional moments between you and your loved ones that tell a story and have the power to bring back all the feelings that you experienced at that instant in time.
Interested in having me photograph your wedding? The first step is to get in touch! I'm located in Grand Rapids and available for weddings throughout Michigan, with collections starting at $2800. Contact me for more detailed information. I look forward to hearing from you!
All of my wedding collections include high resolution digital files, as well as separate set of files conveniently sized for web use, so you can make prints, post images to social media, etc. I also provide an online gallery for a convenient way to share all your wedding photos with friends and family, with prints being available for order directly from the gallery.
However, while it’s great to have the digital files, there’s nothing like having tangible printed artwork that you can touch and experience directly. That’s why all of my wedding collections include some type of book to elegantly showcase your wedding photos. Most couples chose a collection that includes a custom designed wedding album. These exquisite books tell the story of your wedding day from start to finish in an elegant, beautiful way that will stand the test of time – this is truly your first family heirloom. They are laid out in two-page “spreads” where each spread is made of a single photographic print mounted to a rigid substrate that lays flat as you flip through the pages. Each spread is designed to tell a clear story that makes up part of the full narrative of your day, with candid moments being interspersed throughout with visually captivating “wow” images. Have a look:
In addition, some of your photos will be so gorgeous that they just beg to be displayed as an art piece on the wall in your home so that you'll be able to see and enjoy them every day. For those images, I offer a variety of options from canvas gallery wraps to beautifully vibrant framed metal prints, and any wall art that you get will be retouched as needed to ensure that it looks absolutely perfect at the larger sizes that show more detail. All collections include a print credit to help you get started with decorating your home.
Absolutely! All of the couples in my portfolio are regular people who aren't used to being photographed; they are not professional models who know exactly what to do in order to look great in a photo. That's why I have spent years mastering the art of lighting and directing people to make them look beautiful, confident, and natural in their images.
When it comes to portraits, you won't have to worry about how to stand or what to do with your hands because I'll guide you through the process and use my knowledge of posing and lighting to create photos that bring out your best features and make you look amazing. Similarly, during the parts of the day when I'm taking candid photos, I will carefully choose my angles and light in order to capture beautiful moments in an equally beautiful, flattering way.
The number of hours needed to produce the best collection of awesome wedding photos varies for each wedding. Collections start at 8 hours of coverage and go up from there, and extra hours can be added to any collection as needed.
Proper planning is crucial to make sure that you get all the gorgeous images that you deserve. When we meet, I'll use my experience with how things work on real wedding days to help you plan out a timeline that ensures your wedding day flows smoothly with plenty of time to create the photos that you're hiring me to produce. We'll come up with a plan that allows us to get a great variety of photos from each part of the day, similar to what you saw on my portfolio page. I want you to receive the best that I have to offer, and to enjoy your day without feeling stressed and rushed.
For many couples, doing a first look and seeing each other before the ceremony makes a lot of sense. It means that after the ceremony, everyone can go straight to the reception without having to wait around for a long time for the portraits to be done. It's usually easier to do family portraits before the ceremony as the other guests have not yet arrived so there are less distractions and people are easier to gather together for the photos. Brides and grooms who are not crazy about being the center of attention often prefer to see each other privately before the ceremony to alleviate some of the pressure and nervousness that they might otherwise feel seeing each other for the first time in front of everyone. A lot of couples just want to relax and get to the party once the ceremony has concluded. All of these are great reasons to see each other before the ceremony and do a first look.
However, I fully respect the decision to wait and not see each other until the ceremony if that is your choice. We can work around it in terms of scheduling time for photos, and from a photography perspective the light will actually be better later in the day after the ceremony. The main thing to remember is that creating great photos takes time, and the less of it we have to work with the fewer awesome images we'll be able to come away with. If you don't want to see each other before the ceremony, but you're willing to schedule enough time for portraits between the ceremony and the reception, then there's really no downside in terms of photos; on the other hand, if the reception starts one hour after the ceremony ends, is at a different location, and we have to do family formals, wedding party photos, and bride and groom portraits all in that time... well, there's a limit to what is possible given those constraints. Even so, there are other options such as stepping out from the reception for 15 minutes to get some photos at sunset, doing some beautiful night time portraits later in the evening, etc. I will advise you on how to schedule things for the best results but it's ultimately your day and I will make the best photos possible for you with the time that you give me.
Collections start at 8 hours of wedding day coverage, printable digital files, and a hardcover photo book of your favorite images for $2800. Most couples choose a collection that includes a custom designed album that tells the full story of the day, and a second photographer is also a popular option. Hourly coverage is available for shorter weddings and elopements. A retainer of $1000 is required to book with me and reserve the date, with the remaining balance being split into two later payments. Get in touch with me via the contact form and I'll be glad to send you my full price list.
Yes! I am based in Grand Rapids but I photograph weddings all over the state of Michigan and I'm available for farther locations as well. Travel fees may apply for weddings more than two hours from Grand Rapids.
If you're thinking about having me photograph your wedding, the first thing to do is send me a message through my contact form on the next page to find out if I'm available. If I'm open for your date, we can set up a quick phone conversation so you can tell me a little more about the vision you have for your wedding and ask me any questions you might have. Then we'll schedule an in-person consultation where you see sample products and we can go over your plans for the day and draw up a rough timeline for photography coverage so you know how many hours you'll need. Then we can review the contract together. Once the contract is signed and the retainer is paid, you've officially booked me for your wedding!