Tell us little about yourself?
I have been shooting photography for over 20 years now, getting my first film camera at age 13. I spent my twenties working in fine art portraiture as well as art curating art shows and fundraising. In my early 30s I landed a job working for an elopement company in NYC full time, I fell in love with this genera of photography. In the last 3 years I have branched off and have been working for myself, and focused on cultivating my brand and my personal style. I consider myself an alternative wedding and elopement photographer, a free thinker and a lover of nature. In addition to photography I am a mother, wife and graduate student at NYU for mental health counseling. I love thrifting and talking of sustainability and regenerative farming. My family and I recently relocated to the Poconos. I still shoot in NYC as well.
How would you describe your style of wedding Photography, and what are your specialties?
My work is documentary styled fine art photography. In addition to digital I also shoot 35 mm film and have a real admiration for original vintage inspired work. I am fascinated by NYC colors and back drops and the NYC graffiti and mural scene. MY work is colorful and different than typical mainstream wedding photography. I aim to use all natural light as much as humanely possible and have a background in fine art portraiture and street style photography. I believe in going with the flow and energy of a day, our time together should really feel authentic and genuine. I want couples to look back at their photos and feel connected to them.
We See you mainly shoot intimate weddings and elopements do you also photograph larger weddings?
Yes I do ! So while my main passion is smaller intimate work, meaning under 50 guests, I also love shooting larger events when the vibe is right. I shoot around 10-20 select larger weddings each year.
Who are your second photographers?
Second photographers are people I have worked directly with or vetted extensively that I trust can deliver on par quality to my own for your wedding day. They will have the same quality equipment as me. Also, it’s good to note that as the primary photographer I will be editing all images so the image style remains fluid throughout. With that being said I often don’t use them, and with guest counts under 100 am perfectly comfortable shooting alone.
What if you get ill have an emergency and have to cancel?
In the event that I have become too ill to perform, or something catastrophic occurs I will provide you with a backup photographer. I am a part of a pretty large NYC and Northern PA photography group that allows me access to photographers in the event of an emergency. I will also remain a part of the team and will be editing and sending out your final gallery.
What do we need to book the day?
I require a %20 non-refundable booking fee to hold your day. This is non refundable based on the fact that by holding your date I lose other work opportunities. This also insures I can still run my business in the event of catastrophe.
Do you have Insurance?
I sure do, I carry standard coverage for both liability and venue CIO options. Please just inquire if it’s needed.
How do we pay?
I currently use Zelle as my primary online mode of payment. Its great for down payments and not having to worry about bringing checks or cash around with you on your wedding day. I also have CashApp PayPal and accept cash as well.
Can we see a full wedding gallery before booking?
Yes! please just inquire with me.
What is included in the hours we book with you?
The hours we have booked with each other start at the time we have designated to begin, they also include the ceremony and any traveling from one location to the next we may do together.
What if were late?
While I understand how crazy hectic wedding days can be especially, The time we have booked is the time we have booked. With that being said I am always willing, if I am able, to add on more time the day of. But sometimes I do have other shoots booked and can’t always accommodate those requests last minute. For larger wedding’s more than 6 hours I do not book other weddings those days and start times a bit more flexible.
Can you help us find a wedding officiant?
Yes! definitely I work with an amazing team of officiants here in NYC & PA and I am happy to connect you with them.
Can we meet with you in person before booking?
Unfortunately, No. I do not meet with clients before booking, but I do offer complimentary calls where we can get aquatinted and you can interview me, and of course see me.
What format do we receive our photos in?
All images are sent in high resolution JPEG format, meaning you can print as large as 11×14 and higher. They are sent through an online gallery Pic-Time that you can download directly from, order prints, and share with friends and family.
Can we have raw Files?
While I understand there is an allure to having the unedited versions of the images, I do not currently offer that. By choosing to work with me you are also trusting me and my professionalism as a photographer and editor. All images I release to clients are tended to with the utmost care and detail and are fully edited in my unique style. The final images you receive are ready to print.
How long will the wedding or elopement gallery be online?
Up to one year.
What if we lose our files after the gallery has expired? do you have backups?
Yes! I have backs ups of all of my weddings and shoots, it’s my job as a professional photographer to always maintain these libraries for myself and for clients as well. Should you need additional links after 1 year they come with a service fee, just inquire with me.
What does editing mean?
Editing is color correction of all images, adding contrast, curves, and white balance correction, cropping images and straightening them, as well as culling and curating galleries by removing closed eyes, duplicates or unflattering angles. All finalized edited galleries are ready to print. Great Article here.
Do you provide retouching?
My packages include editing described above. Retouching is a special add on. I work with an amazing photo-retoucher who can literally do whatever you need done, from air brushing faces to reshaping bodies, and removing people from the background of an image. Just inquire for that additional service fee.
Can we have images in black and white?
Yes! for a small service fee I can generate a duplicate gallery of images in all black and white. Just let me know. However, I usually include a few black and white duplicates in all of my galleries.
What if I want my photos kept private?
My standard contract allows me to use your photos on my website as well as submitting for publication in magazines. However, if you personally request I do not use the photos at all, this is no problem, I will add this to the contract. This means I will not share it on the web or in any advertising.
Do you do same sex and LBGTQ weddings?
Yes! most definitely! I Above all else I am a free thinker and accepting of all walks of life. Check out Brekke and Rose’s Wedding Gallery here.
Can we hire video through you?
Yes! I am currently working with an awesome NYC & PA based video team and I am happy to connect you once we have booked
What are the best times of day for elopement and engagement photography?
I love shooting in the mornings its just a bit quieter and also right before sunset as well for optimal lighting. Midday (meaning 12 noon) isn’t ideal as the sun is right above our heads and the shadows can be unflattering. So, ideal times are 8am-10am and then 2pm till sunset.
What camera gear do you use?
I am currently using the 5D mark IV and have a Second Canon Mirrorless full frame body as well, I mainly use fixed lenses I have the 50 1.2 and 24 1.4 L series canon lenses. I also shoot 35mm analog film and have a few awesome vintages cameras.
What is 35mm Film and why is it special?
35mm film is the original photographic medium, both the still image and moving image was shot on. With the rise in digital we forgot about this historical format. Its too bad we did, because on so many levels the image quality is superior to digital. The grain and texture of film gives the images this truly real and unique quality. Its one of a kind. Its a truly special add on and something I include in all of my packages. Please see a film gallery here shot on expired fuji film.
What if it rains, snows etc?
Honestly, I love rainy shoots! My gear is rain and weather proof, and with some open mindedness on your end we can still get amazing images! rain snow or hail.
Do you travel ?
Currently I serve NYC, Parts of upstate NY, New Jersey, North Eastern PA, and Philly,
How much does a physical wedding album cost?
Physical wedding albums Start at $150-$400.