“Sarena, I can’t begin to describe how phenomenal you were. Your calm energy was exactly what I needed on my wedding day. You were so efficient and lovely. I can’t believe you even acted as a seamstress! You read my mind and catered to my needs before I could even vocalize them. I can’t thank you enough. How you were able to send me a sneak peek of pictures only hours after the wedding I’ll never know. The photographs are everything I’d hoped they’d be. The lighting, the angles, the locations are all fantastic. You are amazing and I cannot wait to write fabulous reviews about you on every single website. Brian and I have already discussed how we are excited to start a family and have you be our photographer for every occasion. I don’t think we will ever be able to put into words just how thankful we are for you and the work you did. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for photos. With all the appreciation in the world, Heidi and Brian”
My role on your wedding day is to be the person to tell your story, as you see it in your mind, and to capture all the moments that remind you of how beautiful the day went.
My shooting style consists of two approaches.
The first being photojournalistic. Capturing unexpected moments. A quiet glance. A secret kiss. A boisterous laugh. It’s finding those details and intimate moments to tell your story candidly and quietly. I am constantly with camera in hand, capturing every little detail, even the ones that typically go amiss.
The other is to be more editorial. To direct, compose, and create unique shots. These photos are the “framed above the fireplace” images from a wedding. Photos that are romantically soft while remaining candid in expression, but defined to have a high impact.
Each wedding and session is unique and catered to each individual client though as I indulge in your day just as you intended it to be.
Portrait sessions are similar to a wedding as they are both photojournalistic and editorial. However, they differ as they are play based. My sessions start with us walking around, getting to know each other, and me connecting particularly with your children. I will begin snapping images, but mostly to secure my camera settings and get you guys comfortable in front of the camera. After we warm up, we will begin the session. It will be relaxed, laid back, and truly an expression of who you are as a family. My clients leave the session feeling as if we spent a day in the park instead of running around tirelessly trying to capture the perfect image. I give actions instead of poses, to allow for a lot of movement and free flowing so that no one gets tired sitting in one pose. It is my job to make sure that I grab the photo you want, and clients can feel relaxed and at ease knowing they do not have to grab the attention of their little ones, that it is my job to create an environment where they feel safe and comfortable. We will run, laugh, and snuggle a lot during our sessions.
All family and portrait sessions are booked in the evening within two hours of sunset as the natural soft light in the background is a huge part of the style of my photography. There is nothing like a small child running through a field of flowers or grass and the soft light of the setting sun glowing in the background kissing each leaf and blade of grass.
I understand hiring a photographer can be intimidating at times. We ask ourselves if the photos turned out okay and sometimes a unruly toddler can stress us out even more! Even when parents are the most concerned though I still will capture beautiful images, because it is in between the mild tantrums and running off that I capture your family beautifully. I hope to be your photographer and thank you for trusting me to capture your family.