What is your philosophy for your business?
I want to create a brand that is bright, fun that lets the clients know I’m able to create an experience for them. I want them to feel like we’re great friends and they can trust me to capture their most intimate and vulnerable moments by providing this sort of environment.
How did your business get started?
I’ve always loved photography, my degree is in cinema and digital production, so I’ve learned many scopes and aspects of film. I initially started off in landscape photography and then one day decided to brave my shyness and photograph people. I have to say that photographing people has been one of my most favorite subjects.
Why are you in the wedding industry?
I love photographing people and their experiences, and the next step of that road was to offer myself to the idea of photographing a wedding. There’s nothing I feel more important and sacred than marriage so it’s a great privilege to get to photograph something that can’t be recreated and that is definitely one of the most memorable moments of someone’s lives. My love for photographing experiences led me to choosing to photograph weddings. I especially am fond of small intimate weddings. There just something about a small wedding that really solidifies the unity between two beings and really just uses them as the centerpiece of the day.
How long have you and your business been in the area?
I have lived in Wilmington, North Carolina for almost 11 years but I have been a photographer in the area for about six years now.
What areas do you serve? Are you willing to travel?
I am definitely willing to travel. I have my passport ready and am always willing to jump on a plane for work. I recently got to travel to Florence, Italy for a destination wedding and it was such an honor to be chosen to go abroad with the bride and groom. It definitely made me feel grateful for pushing through the obstacles of the photography industry. It was one of those uh-huh moments, you just kind of realize how wonderful God is if you believe in yourself.
How many weddings per week does your business typically accommodate?
I try to do just one wedding per week. Weddings are extremely detail-oriented and I want to make sure I am refreshed and focused on that wedding of that particular week. It’s important for the bride and groom to know that I am at their disposal, especially that week as things may change.
What sets you apart from other vendors?
I think what sets any vendor apart is what they offer and the experience the clients have with them. I would say you’re essentially paying for me to do a job but you’re also paying for the experience that I give you. So what sets me apart is my personality and how I execute the process of what I am photographing at that specific time. Hopefully my being silly and making you laugh will leave a lasting impression that differentiates me from someone else. Even though I am a shy person, my main goal is to make you feel comfortable and if that means me being silly or having to do things to get you to let your guard down, I’m 100% ready to do so.
Is there a particular wedding that your business has participated in that has moved or inspired you?
The wedding in Florence, Italy at the Four Seasons was something that was all sorts of magical. I had never been overseas or traveled alone nonetheless. It was my first wedding I did solo (I usually have my husband accompanying me to be my assistant) and I was the sole “everything.” The bride, groom and I had a plan and we worked with timeline that fit both parties and allowed me to photograph every minute of their day effectively. It wasn’t all rainbows though. My patience, endurance, and self worth, as well as my faith in myself were definitely tested. But because I knew how important the wedding was and how much I wanted to succeed, I got through it and no one knew different. It showed me that I could handle a lot of situations and that I could produce a product that my clients would be proud of. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and I am extremely grateful for that opportunity and trust that was given to me.
Is there a particular instance in which your business’s participation has prevented disaster or made the event particularly magical?
Rain is always a word that brides cringe at. I photographed a wedding in the fall where it was raining all day. Needless to say, traveling to our destination was not a fun trip and once I got to our destination, Washington, NC, the rain still was coming down. Our bride wasn’t really happy but I assured her that we would definitely do outdoor images on another day if she wanted. Thankfully because we kept communication throughout the day and decided if the rain just stopped a little, we would get umbrellas and go outside. Well it just so happened that during the reception the rain cleared and we ran outside for images. It was one of the best lighting situations I’ve ever had for wedding photos and the mood after our rainstorm made for such beautiful pictures. Luckily, we got a little wedding day miracle from Mother Nature.
Do you have any advice for couples in the midst of planning?
Don’t stress and be organized. Remember the true meaning of the wedding day. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the frills of the day but just remember that it’s about the fact that you get to marry your best friend. Don’t lose sight of that. I think if you keep that in your head, the complication of choosing venues, color pallets, and vendors will all fall into place.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
When you’re stressed, feeling alone and depressed about whatever is going in life, hold on to the hope of success and better days because your best day ever may be right around the corner.
If someone is interested in hiring you, what is the best way to contact you?
Email me through my website! I love getting to know my clients so get ready for some lengthy conversations!
Is there anything you’d like to tell me about your business that I haven’t asked?
I know there are a tremendous amount of photographers in our area and it’s incredibly daunting for a bride and groom to choose a photographer, but what I want my brand to say is that if you want to have fun, are carefree, and want images that will take you back to that day, I am your girl! We’ll laugh, we’ll cry and everything in between!