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I recently shot a wedding for which the Maid of Honor was the one reaching out to prospective photographers on behalf of the Bride. During my initial phone call with her I began asking her questions about the Bride + Groom. A few questions in, she said “I think she’d really like you. Why don’t I have her call you later today and you two can talk in more detail?”

The Bride and I chatted later than evening and the next day they decided to book with Poppie Studios. Hooray! They were a super laid back couple, loved riding motorcycles together and were DIYing a majority of the decor for their reception – which looked fantastic. I was so impressed when I arrived the day of their wedding and saw how simple yet gorgeous the entire event looked and felt.

I had a blast at this wedding. The couple was extremely photogenic, even though they both claimed not to be. The Bride, Maid of Honor and I all commented on how it seemed we had been friends for a long time because we instantly had a connection. In fact, friends and family thought I must have been a friend by the way we got along so well.

The point? That’s why I chat with you beforehand, and ask some personal questions. Because I want to know you, and you me. That way, even if we don’t have the opportunity to meet in person before the shoot, at least we’ll feel like we know who we’re meeting.

The Maid of Honor later confessed to me that I was the only photographer to ask to get to know the Bride + Groom, their story, their personalities to such an extent like I did. Which seems crazy to me! What kind of photographer wouldn’t want to get to know their client? How can I provide such a custom-personalized service like lifestyle photography if I don’t even really know who it is in front of the camera?

Moral of the story? Make sure your photographer is interested in getting to know you. And get to know them too.

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A definition of “Art Photography” can be elusive, but “when photographers refer to it, they have in mind the photographs seen in magazines such as American Photo, Popular Photography, and Print, and in salons and exhibitions. Art (or artful) photography is salable.”*

fine art photography

Fine art photography is created using the vision of the artist, the photographer. It differs from photojournalism, which is more documentary and captures events as they happen. Fine art photography may represent actual-events but are often not captured as the event-unfolds, but staged at a different time.


Commercial photography, while it can be considered fine art, differs because its main purpose is to advertise products or services.

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Let’s just admire for a minute how stunning this intimate backyard wedding is. Orange, grapefruit and lemon trees full of fruit. Italian blue and white tile surrounding a fountain. Beautifully done hand-made decorations. And of course, the gorgeous couple! Josh and Nikki were so much fun to be around, and super-photogenic, even though they both claimed they didn’t know what to do in front of the camera. I think it’s pretty apparent they are naturals!

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The swoon-worthy scenery looks stunning on film – and so do the Mr. and Mrs! I had a great time capturing their wedding day. They took me in as one of their own, we got along so well it was like we’d known each other forever. Having that level of comfort really made for some stunning photos. Thanks Josh and Nikki for letting me photograph your beautiful, intimate wedding. Congratulations!

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11.3.15 long beach

This time last year we visiting Long Beach, California! During the day Tim attended the conference and I got to catch up on some rest and relaxation by the pool. It’s an absolutely gorgeous city! We went for a run along the boardwalk Saturday morning. Had absolutely delicious food at the super popular Schooner or Later, which sits right on the marina. One evening we walked over to 555 East American Steakhouse, which surpassed Tim’s expectations with their ginormous steaks.

Palm trees, ferris wheels, fresh seafood… what’s not to love? If you ever get the chance, I definitely recommend spending a long weekend in Long Beach.

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What I Bring to a Photo Session

I’m willing to bet that if you’ve been to a public park recently then you’ve probably witnessed a photo session in progress. What photographer’s bring with them can vary widely. You may see something as simple as the photographer and their camera – maybe with a flash on top all the way up to full-on lighting-equipment on tripods, reflectors being held by assistants and three or four cameras with various lenses dangling around the photographer’s neck and/or waist.

When you and I have a photo shoot together, this is typically what you’ll see me toting around:

  • one 35mm camera
  • small crossbody bag for film

And that’s it. I go light and easy. I don’t know about you but much more than that and I’m sweating the entire time – no thanks. Now I do have a camera bag that I bring along full of “just in case” items, like another 35mm camera, two extra lenses, two flashes and extra film, but I don’t lug that around during the entire shoot.

Simple and beautiful. That’s my philosophy. And I think you’ll see how that philosophy comes through in my work: lifestyle photos of you being you. Nothing staged, overly complicated or over-edited.

Because that’s life… simple and beautiful.

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