As a wedding photographer and a photojournalist, I create vibrant, playful, engaging imagery that evokes the emotion of your wedding day. Based in Birmingham with a second home base in New Orleans, I especially love photographing weddings that have a little flair, be that in the form of a backyard reception, a second line or a crazy dance party. No matter how you choose to celebrate, the truth is I will probably cry at your wedding.
My art form is capturing people’s emotions. When photographing you, I try to feel what you are feeling and translate that into moving imagery. The magic of weddings moves me. As a photographer I am interested in creating beautiful images, particularly images involving people. I consider myself a highly empathetic person, so while beautiful pictures are part of the deal, I am most interested in learning about you through your emotions, actions and reactions, capturing those real moments that happen during and in between the planned portions of the day.
I see everything as motion and emotion. I am always looking for ways to illustrate who my subjects are at their core. That means paying close attention to the details: how and why people do what they do, how the energy in the air translates into a gesture, the way two people fall into each other.
Being with a couple on their wedding day is a privilege. There aren’t many situations with more gravitas than being present at such an intimate time, to witness couples’ vulnerability and excitement. Making those glances, gestures and emotions permanent for my couples and their family and friends to revisit and re-experience is incredibly powerful to me.
After your wedding day, my hope is that you smile, laugh and maybe even cry happy tears whenever you look at your wedding photos. I want you to relive your day and feel those moments again.
I am happily available to photograph weddings, portraits and other events worldwide.
Send me a note: let’s make magic. I’d love to hear from you.
In Case You Were Wondering...
Do you carry backup gear?
Absolutely and always.
Do you back up your files?
OMG YES. I am an obsessive backer-upper. When I leave your wedding, I’ll have two duplicate sets of cards that stay in different places until I have all your files securely backed up on multiple drives in separate locations.
Who holds the copyright to the images from our wedding?
I do. That’s fine though: you’ll have written permission to reprint all your images and to share them on social media.
What can we do with our files after we receive them?
Make prints! Order a book! Make postcards and send them to everyone you know! Seriously, photographs are so much fun when you’re holding them and sharing them. Prints and books are both super easy to order from the online proofing gallery that is included with all my packages. I offer these sexy, oversized magazine-style books, as well as beautiful, handcrafted hard-backed books. It’s easy for you to order basic books on your own (I recommend checking out Artifact Uprising), so I do my best to offer books that are works of art in their own right that you won’t find on your own.
How did you get interested in photography?
I took a couple film photography classes in high school, and there I gained an understanding and appreciation of the still image. When I started college I knew I wanted a career that would allow me to do two things: travel and tell stories. That led me to a degree in photojournalism, and I pretty quickly decided that I didn’t want to be a newspaper photographer for life. More in-depth, long-term stories piqued my interest more than the quick coverage expected of most newspaper PJs. Plus, at that point in 2009, the print media industry was descending into what seemed like a death spiral. So I took some time to freelance and get my bearings, then ended up getting a master’s degree in American studies with a focus on perceptions of urban agriculture in post-industrial cities like Detroit. (Those two years were one of the most valuable, fun experiences of my life.) Then it came time to set forth… and I moved to New Orleans.
How long have you been a full time photographer?
I’ve been making a living exclusively off my cameras since 2012, when I moved to New Orleans with next to no money to see if I could make it happen. And slowly but surely, I did. Through hustling and a lucky combination of freelancing for newspapers and working for other photographers, plus growing my own business, I explored the intense, invigorating cultural landscape that is New Orleans. Then in 2015, “mama called” and I moved home to Birmingham to be closer to family and to be a part of the burgeoning growth of the Magic City I grew up in the ‘burbs of. Now I smell barbecue every morning when I wake up (thanks to Dreamland) and spend lots of time sitting on my front porch with my dog Bud and my cat Mrs. Norris.
What are you doing when you’re not photographing?
You’ll likely find me drinking coffee, water or beer (depending on the time of day) with my cat and dog either on the couch or on the porch. Otherwise, I’m probably cooking my Snow’s Bend CSA veggies, walking/driving around exploring, hanging at the Cahaba River, hiking, lounging at the Atomic, reading, knitting, yoga-ing, drinking beer with my parents at Avondale, or taking a trip with my sister or my boyfriend.
Headshot photo: Andi Rice