My job means getting to meet and connect with some of the coolest people on the damned planet. It's so big for me to be able to meet up with a couple and say YASSS, YOU GET IT and do a happy dance on the way back to my car. I really love Offbeat Bride couples because they're the kind of people who aren't afraid to be themselves, and they certainly are not going to follow a trend just because it’s a trend. They are the type of couple who celebrates getting married in a way that’s meaningful to them – no pretenses, no “I have to do this because so-and-so did this.” They make their own choices and honor who they really are and what they want in their lives and in their wedding, and they have fun doing it. As a photographer, I really respect that, because that’s exactly how I work, too.
I’m the kind of photographer who invites couples to come play in the spotlight so that I can showcase all the cool and amazing things they bring to the world and to each other in their relationship. I appreciate the fact that my clients are more than the sum of their parts, and their wedding is going to be, too. It’s going to be an expression of all that they are and, even more importantly, all that they are together. They might be introverts or extroverts, tattooed or buttoned-up, lions or unicorns, or all of the above. No matter what kind of magical creatures they are, I am here to frame them in a way that rings true and shows all that’s unique and wondrous about them.
How I cater to offbeat weddings
I love my couples – and Offbeat Wed readers specifically – best because they’re so comfortable with who they are, unapologetically and honestly. This is a point I’ve come to in my life, recently, both personally and as a business woman, so I understand and yearn to connect with that in others. I like people who have opinions, who take stands for what matters most to them, and easily let go of them things that don’t. The people who are secretly crybabies, or never stop smiling, or flap their hands when they get excited, or love quietly in small ways. The beautiful and awesome weirdos that this world is made up of, because I’m one of those, too.
"She is excellent at making you feel at ease, knowing, of course, that the best pictures happen when you're feeling your best. She got so many photos that we absolutely treasure, and I'm happy to say that we now consider her a friend. I'm sure all of her clients feel that way." -Stacy Brannen-Smith. See more here.
Examples of my work