I am a natural light photographer, by choice a child of the day. I shoot between sunrise and sunset, always looking for the way the light transforms the ordinary. I love the freshness of the early morning light, the romance of the golden hours in early evening. I love the way the sun plays hide-and-seek in the trees, sparkles magic over water, sings love songs over my couples. I love how light retells the stories of the dark, how it speaks truth into day.
I don’t just love light. I am in looooove with it. I don’t just gush about “and of course with that light, I had to shoot that” – I swoon over it. I compulsively grab the camera. I squeal when I get it just right. I write poetry about it. If I can’t get enough light in my camera, I add it in post-processing, because I’m absolutely addicted.
This would be the reason that I try not to take weddings that give me only two hours of daylight on a six-hour shoot.
Don’t get me wrong – I have flashes. I can rent lighting equipment. But it’s not the same. Without the sun, without the daylight, I feel as if the romance is hidden – and my work is all about the reveal. Good shots with flash just don’t compare to the real thing.
So I am building my photography identity around natural light. I didn’t know I could do this before I ran into Jasmine Star, Jose Villa, Stephanie Williams… And I am so far beyond excited about it, I can’t even begin to tell you. (I might try here, because I’m me, but hey. :-P) I can take only 12 weddings per year, one per four-week period. I want to love those weddings. I am realizing that I can choose the weddings that are going to let me want to sing and laugh and be totally alive and totally present.
So if you want me to fall in love with you and your wedding, just let there be light, and I’ll be all over that thang! (Quite literally, actually. I have been told that I climb the walls at weddings…)