MY APPROACH

When I was growing up I loved shooting with disposable cameras any chance I got! I’ve always enjoyed taking photos for others and myself. I was fortunate to be a part of an amazing program in high school, Jefferson County School of Visual Art, where I fell in love with the film and darkroom process. I went on to receive my BFA in Art (with a concentration in Photography) at the University of Montevallo and in 2007 I photographed my first wedding.

Over the years candid photos have resonated with me the most. For this reason I enjoy taking a documentary approach to shooting. I photograph moments as they happen and I especially love images that are reflective of the specific dynamics of your day and relationships.

This is one of my all-time favorite photos I’ve taken. Mary honored her late father by having her wedding on his birthday. Her brother walked her down the aisle to her groom, Daniel. Mary’s sister and mother are pictured here, along with Daniel’s family. This photo is one of my favorites because of everything this moment represented.

This is a photo of bride, Hannah, and her soon-to-be mother-in-law. Hannah had just opened a present from her groom, Jacob, and she was showing his mom the gift. At the same time, they both looked at each other and simultaneously exclaimed “He’s so sweet!” and they laughed and cried and you could just FEEL their joy.

Weddings and shoots are often filled with lots of joyful moments. Of course I love happy moments, and I also love photos that show different types of emotion, connections between people, expressions of love and comfort, photos that make you feel like you’re reliving the moment.

One of the biggest gifts I’ve received in my life is the opportunity to witness and document the joy, closeness, tears, excitement, and so much more between people. There are often years (sometimes a lifetime) of history behind what makes these interactions so meaningful and complex. Though I may not always know the full story behind these moments I know it’s important to capture them.