|Thank you for stopping here at my website, and I hope it will help you decide if we should meet. I can never predict where my next call will come from, but somehow we find each other, and I am so grateful that we do. |
How did I get so lucky? People pay me to do what I love. Not only that, they come back year after year for more. I can't explain how grateful I feel to do this work, show you just how beautiful you and your life really are, and know that I am creating gifts that will become a part of your family and your history for generations.
The short story is that I take photos of real life that make you look like you belong in the pages of a magazine. I want to show you your natural, beautiful self without looking overly posed or fake. Think "Kennedy Family Albums" . I strive to catch these natural moments that really remind you of a time and place in your own life, not of a photographer who made you pose for a photo and say 'cheese'.
If you want the long story, keep reading.
I studied architecture in school because my dad is an architect, and like him, I wanted to create something that would last longer than me. Turns out I don't draw very well, but I still wanted to create something that people would preserve and enjoy after I was gone. This is why I became a photographer. I can't think of a more precious heirloom to pass from one generation to the next than a beautiful collection of photos or a book that really captures the spirit and energy of a person, of a family, or of newlyweds. In fact, I often say I am taking pictures for your children and grandchildren even more than I am taking them for you. I want them to see and share what you already have etched in your memory.
My clients might tell you I have a gift for photography, but I think my clients ARE the gift. They are the reason I am still here, and still in love with this art form twenty years after I photographed my first wedding. Sure, I'm handy with a camera. It is an extension of my eyes and my hands, and I have put in my 10,000 hours to master the buttons. But more than taking pictures, I feel them. I see little moments, I feel them, and my little black box allows me to capture that feeling or a moment that sparks a larger memory and reflect it back to you. I'm hoping to get you to say, "That is exactly her personality!" or "That is the best picture I have ever seen of myself!” Making you speechless or tearful also works for me. I want to come over to your house in a few years, and see my photos all over the place, because they make you happy every day. This is what makes me happy.
My clients allow me to enter the really private spaces and moments of their lives because they feel comfortable with me, and the feeling is mutual. No one in my world is a number. Instead, everyone has my cell number. I shoot fewer than ten weddings a year, several dozen portraits, and a lot of other fun and random things like private art projects and interiors. When you feel comfortable, I can do my magic. Except I don't do magic. What I really do is collaborate with you. I roll on the floor with small children and I dance around a floor with the bride and groom (notice I said 'around', not ON). I play so that you can play. We laugh. We try new things. We have a good time, and I never put my cameras down. I'm known to be tireless.
My vast and varied experience around the world has taught me to think fast, solve problems quickly, travel light, and work seamlessly in all kinds of cultural and religious environments. I see, I shoot, and I disappear again before I become that annoying fly you want to swat! Fast, friendly, and never annoying. I want you to ask me back next year. Better yet, I want your kids to say "Mom, when is that fun photographer coming again?"
I think taking pictures at a wedding is an intimate process, and over the years, I have learned how important it is to really get to know my clients before I take a single picture. Great photography is a collaboration between the subject and the photographer. Almost anyone can take a nice photo of Kate Moss, but you can tell there is something special about the relationship between Kate Moss and Mario Testino. The photos he makes of her are so beautifully genuine and full of personality. I live for those special relationships. I want to be your photographer for life, because that feels completely natural for both of us.
Don’t hire me if you wouldn't want to have dinner with me. I am excellent company, with loads of fun stories from all around the world, and I want to hear your stories too. I am very well traveled, multi lingual, and know which fork to use. I can’t work any other way. This is all very personal business for me. This is my secret. I want you to know me, and I want to know you. Together we can make something beautiful.
I currently live 20 minutes from the world's busiest airport, and I do not shoot in my hometown of Atlanta. I do not overbook myself because I have two amazing men in my life who need me too (one is just 13). I travel for every assignment, and I am typically in NYC 1-2 times per month, and more in the summer when we visit our Sag Harbor home. I really enjoy all of the wonderful places my clients have sent me, and because I do travel so much I can also be a handy resource for those of you looking to travel to exotic places. I know it seems a little crazy to fly a photographer from another city when there are so many great photographers in the world, but you can't always expect your perfect match to live next door. Best of all, my travel expenses are often lower than the sales tax I used to charge when I was NY based.
While my work has been widely published in wedding planners and periodicals around the world, I do not share anything without your permission or direction. I have a wonderful list of clients whose privacy I protect and whose loyalty I cherish. Expect your relationship with me to be a long one.
And if you actually read this far, you should definitely call me: 917-846-1980. I owe you a drink!