Inquiring minds wants to know…
How long have you been shooting weddings?
I shot my first wedding when I was 14. It’s a funny story—remind me to tell you. All through high school, college, and my early career I continued to shoot weddings while exploring other kinds of photography. In 2008 I came full circle and began to shoot weddings full time.
How far in advance do you book weddings?
I usually have two waves: couples planning 12–16 months in advance, and couples planning 6–8 months in advance. If you like my work, please inquire as soon as you have a date; I currently only accept 12 weddings a year.
We like what we see—what’s next?
If you’re in the Boston area, I invite you to visit my office on lively Cabot St in Beverly, MA (30min train ride and 45min or so drive north of Boston). I’ll suggest some beaches to stroll and restaurants to check out while you’re here! If that’s not convenient, we can begin by meeting over Skype. Either way, please message me and we’ll set up a time to talk.
Our venue requires all of our vendors to be insured for liability. Are you?
Do you shoot gay weddings?
I’m gay married—high five! Most years I book about 50/50 hetero/LGBT weddings.
Do you shoot formal family and bridal party photos?
Although I’m known for my feeling-of-the-moment documentary style, I’m a believer in family formals—you’ve gathered all these people together, so let’s capture them all together! My technical expertise ensures these photos are well lit and well composed, while my friendly manner invites everyone to be relaxed and smile naturally. In fact, many of my candid-loving-clients are surprised by how much they love their formal photos.
There are not many photos of details on your website—will you photograph all the pretty and personalized things we’re creating?
Yes, I love capturing all the details that make up your wedding day. I don’t feature many here because my portfolio focuses more on candid emotion and human connection. Get in touch if you’d like to see galleries of entire weddings. You can also see some detail shots in my Facebook albums.
Do you work with an assistant or multiple photographers?
I always work with a lighting assistant so that any dark barn or rainy day can yield luminous memories. My assistant is also on hand for moral support (for me and you!) with a kit of safety pins, hair clips, and ibuprofen, among other life-saving items!
I recommend a second photographer for events with more than 150 guests or 3+ locations. I can tell you more about my unobtrusive philosophy when we meet.
Do you charge a travel fee?
I don’t charge travel within the Greater Boston area.
When I shoot weddings more than two hours from Boston I like to stay over the night before so I’m ready for my A-game when the morning of the wedding arrives. If my assistant and I are staying over for your wedding a $350 travel fee will be necessary.
Do you have a favorite kind of wedding?
My favorite weddings are heartfelt, community-centered events with an inspired setting, and they end with a killer dessert or crazy dance party—sometimes both! I can’t speak to any specifics because I have seen everything from seaside ballrooms to summer camps play host to such events where a local cherry pie or decadent tiered cake is cut.
I love people who are entirely, unapologetically true to themselves. To me, that’s the definition of Beauty, and it inspires me to create my best work.
Can we read testimonials from previous couples?
Please, be my guest! My couples tell it best:
Perhaps you’ll notice “creative,” “fun,” and “emotional” are the most common words couples use to describe their wedding photos (followed by gorgeous and romantic)!
Why should we hire you?
You should hire me if I’m a good fit for you and your wedding.
Couples seek me out because of my reputation for making anyone (especially you camera-shy folks) feel natural in front of my camera. They list photography as one of their top three wedding priorities. My brides and grooms are planning to have lots of fun on their wedding day and they want photos in which they look like themselves—the absolute best version of themselves, beaming under the loving gaze of one another and their community. They want their images to be creative, one of a kind, and simply beautiful.
I’ll be honest: I don’t buy the idea that your wedding has to be the best day of your life. But, it is likely the only time that everyone you and your partner love will be in one place. Don’t miss the chance to get a moving documentary of your relationship and community.
As always, it’s best to hear it from the source:
“They are not just pictures of a wedding. They really capture the feeling of the day. They are happy, joyful pictures that show how Mark and I feel about each other. Going through them, I laughed out loud, I smiled, I sighed, I shed tears . . . They are amazing.
“You were so wonderful and caring and easy to work with! Most of the time, I didn’t even notice you were there—which resulted in some funny dancing pictures! My family and I are trying to think of another event we can have soon so that you can be the photographer!” —Emily H., 2012 bride