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My Philosophy and Values in Wedding Photography

bride and groom mountain top wedding photography

I'm not the photographer for everyone. Different people have unique styles in both shooting and editing. AND humans value and prioritize different things. That's good. Some people might think photography is an overly-saturated market, but the world is a big place, and there are always people wanting photos. Different photographers fit with different clients - shooting styles, editing styles, and even philosophies and values in photography are all things to consider if you want to find a photographer who's a good fit for you!

Here are some of my main values and my philosophy in wedding photography:

Laid-back, Fun, and Meaningful Photos

One of my biggest goals in my photography is to create space for people to interact and connect with their loved ones in a fun and meaningful way. And then I'll be there to capture what unfolds - the reactions, the emotions, the moments. I want you to enjoy your time with me. I don't want it to feel like an all-day photoshoot, and I want you to walk away from our time together cherishing each other even more!

laid back fun meaningful bride and groom wedding photos
laid back fun meaningful couples photography photos

Moments Before Photos

Your photos are about your moments, not the other way around. Sometimes people get so caught up in having the perfect wedding photos they saw on social media (not you guys 😉) that they'll do things JUST for the photos. I did a wedding a while ago where the planner told me that photographers she works with have the couple run through the send off line multiple times to make sure they get good photos. I was kind of shook.haha But it opened my eyes to something I really value in photography. I want to be there to capture the moments as they unfold rather than staging a bunch of moments all throughout the day.

a moment during engagement photos of a couple on the beach
mom during a wedding ceremony cherishing the moment and shedding a tear

Intentionality in the Details

I'm really not all about the big traditional weddings where people are running around stressed trying to make everything perfect. I want to be a relaxing, go-with-the-flow presence on your wedding day, and I love when couples make their first day of marriage reflective of who they are. I had a couple last year that stayed at their reception a little while and then left with their bridal party and friends and went to Waffle House. They had their first dance in the parking lot and bought breakfast for everyone (at like 9 PM). It was awesome.haha

bride and groom with their bridal party at Waffle House after the wedding
bride and groom dance in parking lot after wedding

I also shot Kaitlin and Jaaz's mountain wedding, and their ceremony specifically was filled with intentionality:

  • Kaitlin's dad said a few words at the front of the room immediately after walking his daughter down the aisle. I'd never seen that done before. It was perfect.

  • The bride and groom, their wedding party, the families, and every guest joined their voices together to sing songs of worship and praise to God.

  • During the message to the couple, Kaitlin and Jaaz, along with their wedding party, SAT DOWN. No rules say that you have to stand. And because every detail was planned, the bride + groom sat on a beautifully unique woven bench.

  • They didn't have a "unity" candle or ceremony. You don't have to!

bride and groom at their intentional wedding ceremony

So there are a few of my main values when it comes to photography and how I approach wedding days. Photographers do so much more than just take photos. If you want a really awesome experience, try to find someone you line up with in style and values.

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