These days, nearly every wedding photographer offers engagement photos. These ubiquitous pre-wedding couple’s portraits are great for so many reasons: they provide imagery for your save-the-dates and wedding website, give your a trial run with your photographer, and help you remember what it felt like right after you got engaged. Despite all these benefits, one […]

Most weddings involve shoes. Julie and Francis’ wedding was not most weddings. For starters, it was especially significant to me. (It’s always about me, right?) Julie and I have been friends since high school, so watching her promise to love Francis for all eternity made me cry even more than it normally does. But even if I […]

The ‘first look’ has become a staple of wedding albums in the last few years. Ask yourself these questions to decide whether you should plan one, too.

A couple of weeks ago, I connected with a talented local photographer named Laura (of Laura Marie Photography, admire here). She has a dog; I have a dog. She takes photos; I take photos. She likes to be outside; I like to be outside. Boom. We were friends. Here’s the thing about being friends with […]

Frame it and hang it on the wall Give it as a last-minute gift Use it as a bookmark to make yourself smile Stick it up on the fridge Thumbtack it up at your desk Write a note on the back and snail-mail it to your best friend Put it under your pillow so you […]

When you hear someone mention a senior portrait, what do you imagine? Do you see the Pinterest version, a blonde, perfectly made-up teen looking over her shoulder dreamily while strolling along abandoned railroad tracks? Or perhaps you picture a tiny image, lost among rows of other stiff-looking smiles on page 172 of your high school […]

Portraits are all about authenticity, and about letting your inner self shine. So it’s natural to wonder whether styling by picking out special outfits and having professional hair and makeup applied might go against that. Luckily, we don’t have to give up any of those wonderful things to craft a shoot that’s as authentic as […]

There’s this scene in It’s Always Sunny where Charlie (for the uninitiated: goofy, unpredictable, running joke that he probably can’t read) has accidentally kidnapped a man and stuffed him into the trunk of his car (long story). And the way he announces this to his friends is by barreling through the front door of their bar […]

When was the last time you had your portrait taken? For a lot of people, it was grade school on picture day: a cookie-cutter experience that involved a lot of sweating and waiting in line. (At least you got a free plastic comb out of the deal.) Or maybe it was a family portrait at […]

Do you ever meet someone and just instantly want to be friends with them? That’s how I felt about Emily and Zac. They are a fun-loving pair with the cutest son, who features prominently in their photos because I’m in love with his adorable little face. If their wedding is any indication, I think they’re in […]