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Hi! I'm Andrea.
I live in Birmingham, Alabama, with my dog, Bud, and cat, Mrs. Norris. My sometimes-home is in New Orleans. As a wedding photographer and photojournalist, I create vibrant, engaging imagery for lovebirds and small business owners alike. I consider my art form to be capturing emotion, and I love learning about people through their actions, reactions, and gestures. I studied the craft of photojournalism as an undergrad at The University of Alabama, where I also honed the skill of deeply and thoroughly questioning the status quo in the American studies master’s
program. For the past three years, I have smelled barbecue every morning when I wake up (thanks to Dreamland) and spend lots of time sitting on my front porch people watching.
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