Wow! It’s been three years since I first started sharing my work and life on this blog. In honor of firsts, in celebration of new adventures, and for the love of jumping in before you know how cold the water is, I thought I’d go ahead and share some images from the first wedding I ever photographed.
Before this wedding, I’d only shot academic events, and portrait sessions. I liked the idea of photographing beautiful things, and documenting special moments between people, but I had never worked as a second shooter, or associate photographer at a wedding, and had no experience at all shooting weddings. In fact, I hadn’t even attended very many as a guest!
This beautiful couple, Twinkle and Utkarsh, looked at my very limited portfolio and made the decision to take a chance. I didn’t know them; they weren’t friends of mine who trusted me and were doing me a favor. They were just a lovely couple who found my (old) website, liked my work, and decided to hire me to document their day.
I could not be more thankful that they did! I learned so much from this wedding. Looking at these photos, I see a lot of things I would do differently now, stylistically, and technically, but what really surprises me is how much I still love the photos. Despite the many ways in which my work has evolved, my reasons for shooting weddings, and my artistic vision are still the same at the core — honest story-telling and capturing life’s most beautiful moments — and I can’t tell you how comforting that is. It makes me feel like I’m still in the right place.
So, happy birthday, blog! You are such a gem.
Sarah and Will had their big day in Mexico, and made it official by tying the knot in Chicago this July. It was super moving to see them read their vows in such an intimate setting (personal, self-written wedding vows are the best). I also had a ton of fun chasing the two of them around Millennium Park; being rule-breakers, and getting in trouble from security was so worth it!
I’ve never been one to put my wishes out to the universe but, I realize that friends/clients — you wonderful people who are the foundation of my business — need to truly know me to fully support, and get the most from me.
Therefore, I want to tell you all the places that I would like to take my wedding photography business!
Before I start, I feel the need to say that although I have gone to plenty of cool locations for weddings, I don’t view weddings as my passport to the world.
In fact, I’ve already been to many of the places on my wedding wish list, and I’ve been deeply inspired by them, and that’s why I want to shoot your wedding at any of these fantastic locations — because I believe inspiration, and vision are key to good photography, and I want to share mine with you.
Now for the lists!
Places that I have shot weddings:
Lake Geneva, WI
Places where I would like to shoot weddings (this list is by no means conclusive):
- Ontario — At a vineyard, in your backyard, in the woods, wherever!
- Anywhere on Georgian Bay (childhood memories!)
- Canmore and Banff, Alberta/anywhere in the rockies
- Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Tofino
- Squamish and Whistler
- Nova Scotia
- Anywhere you want to get married! Canada is a beautiful country, and let’s be honest, I will not pass up an opportunity to come back to the motherland.
- Chicago, of course
- More in Vermont, NH, and Maine! Especially mountainside, or oceanside.
- Anywhere with mountains
- On a beach
- Painted Desert (Arizona), or any desert for that matter!
- Savannah, Georgia
- New Orleans
- Costa Rica
- Cuba (bonus points for a shoot in Old Havana)
- Wherever you are getting married!
- Ireland — All I could think of when I was in Ireland was how great it would be to shoot a wedding there. So fresh. So many shades of green!
- Portugal — extra love if it’s in a tiny town where pastries and coffee are a local priority
Thank you for checking out my long list. If you, or anyone you know is planning a wedding at my any of my wish list locations, I would absolutely love to hear from you! And, of course, keep in mind that special rates and custom collections are available for all destination weddings. :D
It is so awesome to see this styled shoot from last summer finally published on Artfully Wed! I’m ecstatic and flattered to have them feature my work on their site.