Olympia Wedding Photographer
What's in a name?
The heartwood of a tree is the strongest part- its stabilizing center. This metaphor reminds us of the importance of love, and that it must be nourished, cherished, and reflected on frequently. I can help with the last one- the memories.
What kind of camera gear do you use?
I use a Sony A7riii mirrorless camera system. Its' large sensor, silent shooting capabilities for ceremony, and reliable autofocus make it a top choice for wedding professionals. But don't take it from me, read this article from the most trusted, non-sponsored review source for digital photography on the internet.
What qualifies you to photograph my special day?
At age fifteen, I built my first of three darkrooms, and have not put my camera down since. Just for sleeping, and even then I use it as a pillow. Ok, I'm kidding. Anyway, after attending college on a photography scholarship, I continued my journey by taking pictures (commercially) of everything from food to perfume to high school seniors to whales in Alaska. Whales are amazing, but authentic people are still my favorite.
I switched to digital media several years ago but will be forever wed to the magic of film. Luckily, I am an expert with photo editing software and can reproduce an antique aesthetic to showcase your special day or event if that suits your fancy.
My years of experience working with large groups (captaining and leading voyages aboard boats) have seasoned me to ride the wave in occasionally stressful (let's be honest!) people moments. I enjoy working with any size bunch-from boisterous crowds to intimate elopements. I'm comfortable taking the reins for designing shots, however, to me the most important part is to document the narrative of your day as it unfolds naturally.
Tell me more about how you work.
I work primarily as a documentary style wedding photographer and focus more on capturing the story and essence of the day than say, choreographing the action. I think this is the best way to capture the authenticity of a wedding, though I will work through a photographic shot list of special people and also encourage you to spend some time in an informal shoot with your spouse at some point.
I work as the leader of a team of extremely skilled friends and co-creators from all over the Puget Sound. Depending on your needs (photo booth/video etc...) and the package you choose, I will generally have one to two other camera technicians with me.
I shoot all photographs in RAW format and then edit them using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. When the photos are finished being edited, you will receive them in an online portal that you can easily print from or share with friends over social media.
If you chose a package with me that includes an archival album, you get to choose which photos are printed therein, and it is delivered to your doorstep within two weeks of your selections being made.
Do you love black-and-white?
Funny you should ask- I really, really do. In fact all packages include a complementary black-and-white package.
I want to work with you, what happens next?
Next you send me a message throught the contact form on the next page, and we grab coffee, or tea, or beer, or wine, and you tell me a little bit more about your wedding. We decide on the right package for you and voila! The magic begins.