Based in Philadelphia with roots in New England (and a love for the desert in California), I specialize in branding and lifestyle photography (think photojournalism meets editorial). It's such an honor to work with people to set the scene, create a moment, and capture some good ol' fashioned visual magic. With a background in art (dork alert: I was voted Class Artist senior year of high school) and psychology, I also have my master's in communication management from Temple University. Although I worked in nonprofits for several years after college my camera never left my side...
From my Pentax K1000 film camera that I had as a high school student to being in the dark room to scanning prints in a computer lab late at night in college, storytelling was my constant. You're here because photography is important to you. Stories give you both a sense of adventure and a sense of belonging. I love a candid photo and capturing the unexpected, and I love setting an intention for every photo session no matter what it is. I hope you do, too...
And, yes, it's not always easy to be in front of the camera -- I totally get it -- but when we work together, your confidence and comfort will be top priority. With more than five years of professional experience in wedding, branding, and lifestyle photography, my experience will help your images be unique and authentic to you... Send me a note, and we'll get started.
image credit: lauren fair photography
WHY SHOULD I HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?
Being intentional with imagery and understanding how to create successful images takes years of practice, countless dollars spent on technical equipment and education, and thousands of hours of working with clients to achieve the best photos possible. Hiring a photographer means you are hiring this experience, the client service before and after your photo session (not to mention digital storage for RAW images), as well as insurance, professional equipment, and more. Hiring a high-level professional whose primary goal is to get you the images you want and need is so valuable.
HOW MANY PHOTOS DO I GET?
For weddings, vow renewals, elopements, and anniversaries, I typically deliver 50 to 75 edited photos per hour. The amount is varied due to the following: travel, outfit changes, amount of guidance on posing needed, additional styling, promptness and preparedness of client and vendors, etc. For branding photo sessions, the amount varies based on the level of styling that is needed, art direction that has to be given during the session, and client, location, and vendor preparedness. Clients can expect 25 to 75 images per hour.
DO I GET FULL COPYRIGHT?
Clients receive the right to use images with credit, which is easy to do for social media and websites. To keep pricing accessible for small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, a win-win solution is a flat hourly rate lower than the standard commercial photography hourly rate with credited images. To purchase full and complete copyright of an image for print marketing purposes to use without credit, I'm happy to create a special proposal for clients based on the standard pricing release.
HOW DO YOU EDIT THE PHOTOS?
All photos are captured in full RAW format to be edited as high resolution jpegs using a 2x3 or 4x5 crop. I use Adobe Lightroom instead of Photoshop to edit photos with my own preset, and I will use a modified film-based preset depending on each situation. Heavy modifications to a client's appearance and clothing are not offered at this time.
WHAT'S THE PROCESS LIKE FOR AN ANNIVERSARY SESSION OR WEDDING?
If you are interested in booking for an intimate vow renewal or ceremony or anniversary session in Philadelphia, NYC or Baltimore, we will set up a 20 minute call to chat about your session. Next, we determine the photoshoot location, length of time, and general outline to get a date on the calendar reserved. For weddings, after I receive all the info (date, length of services needed, type of event, and so on), I send a unique proposal to make sure you are getting exactly the coverage you want me to capture so I'm there for the most important parts of your day. After signing the contract and paying a retainer, we then have fun planning your session.
WHAT'S THE PROCESS LIKE FOR A BRANDING SESSION?
If you are interested in a branding photo session, we will set up a 20 minute call to see if we are a good fit -- clients who love intention and brand stories are halfway there to a successful photo session! Next, we determine the photoshoot location, length of time, and general outline to get a date on the calendar reserved. Then we have our consult to work the brand story that will be photographed and determine details of the session. Payment prior to the photos session will be needed. Images are delivered within 3 to 4 weeks.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT COPYRIGHT...
Anyone who creates any work of art -- be it an image or a poem -- retains the full copyright of their creative and unique work thanks to the Copyright Act of 1976. Clients pay for the creative services of photographers and then can be granted usage rights to images. What usage rights means is clients can use images with stipulations granted by the original creator. For me, it means using images with credit is allowed. Clients cannot transfer usage rights to another person or entity. Using images without credit is not allowed unless special permission or usage rights without credit has been given / paid for. In order to keep my pricing accessible, I allow usage rights with credit -- if full copyright is needed, pricing changes to reflect that. In short, always credit and always ask if something is not clear -- I'm here to help!
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
With a master's of science in communication management, several years working for a university, wealth management company, hospital, and nonprofits, and five years of experience with professional photography, I bring all of this experience and education with me to help clients -- and to be more than "just a photographer." If you love to be positive, organized, and responsive, then I definitely want to chat with you to learn how I can help you.
Personal photos exploring the colors and scenery of my Philadelphia local neighborhoods -- Olde Richmond and Fishtown -- on film during fall golden hour (2019).
Our escape-the-northeast-winter 2019 trip to Florida visiting Coconut Grove and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami before driving across Alligator Alley to Sarasota.