Let's chat, shall we?

that's what she said

I'm stoked you're here and that you want to get to know me a bit. While most photographers have stories of being camera-obsessed since childhood, I can't relate - my mind was more interested in hot wheels and skipping rocks. Fast forward to today, I can't imagine my life without photography in it.

This medium of documentation allows me to express an artistic side that I was once convinced never existed. That revelation has propelled me to be the photographer I am today. Nothing makes me happier than the growth you experience from the nervous beginning of a shoot to the confident end of our time together. Words of affirmation are my jam.

Some favorite memories

Beautiful brook trout I got soaked to catch in Michigan's UP

Exploring Seattle with the besties who dropped everything to join me on short notice

Me crying after my best friends bought me my dream camera for my highschool graduation

First major hike: summiting Whiteface & Esther Mountains with dad & bros. Didn't train...oops

Hammocking at sunset in the FLX with two dear friends after exploring waterfalls all day

Standing on ice in front of Taughannock Falls, the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi

Graduating with my MS in conservation biology in 2022!

Canoeing for the last sunrise at environmental school in NW Michigan

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Hobbies, etc.

While I'm knee deep in photographing couples in love, I have my MSc in conservation biology with an emphasis in urban ecosystem restoration. Outside of my academic and business obligations, I choose to spend my time hiking, fishing, reading, hammocking, camping, or watching compilations of clips from the Office, but my all-time favorite stuff is anything that my friends and I are doing together. My relationships are my rock and Jesus has blessed me with irreplaceable people.

My Philosophy

Weddings are truly a journey and I want to be the Samwise Gamgee to your Frodo Baggins - supporting you in every way that I can to make your adventure a wild success that gives you goosebumps when you tell others about it. That means I'm here to grab you a cocktail, carry your bouquet, manage your dress, put on boutonnieres, and so much more. From the epic to the intimate, I've got you covered wherever you might be. You deserve it.

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The Location Bucket List

Lake Como, Italy
Alaska
Glacier National Park
Scottish Highlands

Where to Next?

2022
Dallas, TX
Manhattan, NYC
Northern Michigan
London, England
Switzerland
Long Island, NY
2023
Isle of Skye, Scotland

What My Couples are Saying

"Garrett impressed us right from the start. We sat down and he showed us his precious work and he was just so friendly. We booked him not too long later! His communication from there was beyond fantastic. With all the changes during the pandemic, he worked with us so well on everything (postponing, locations, etc.). We got a second shooter through him and I highly recommend! He got all of our photos to us before our one month of our wedding and even provided super quick sneak peeks. I wanted a few pictures in time for Christmas and he made those happen! He provided a wonderfully crazy amount of pictures and we’re so grateful! He was so professional and fun the day of. Garrett was truly one of my dream vendors and now a great friend!"

Lisa & Mark

"I'd been following Garrett's Instagram for years before I got engaged, so when my husband and I started planning our wedding I knew Garrett was our guy. He has a way of capturing the most genuine, emotional moments and I just can't get enough! People usually feel at least a little bit awkward in front of a camera but he does such a good job with making you feel comfortable and confident. It can be hard to find the balance between professional and friendly, but Garrett apparently got straight A's in balancing school too. He also got the gallery to us less than a month after the wedding, even though he was in the midst of grad school finals! The entire gallery was stunning. We got it just a few days ago and I've already looked at the 700+ the pictures a dozen times. I am endlessly impressed with Garrett not only as a photographer, but as a person too. I can't recommend him enough."

Zach & Cassandra

"I run a wedding venue and I've had a few couples use Garrett and I really loved how professional he was and his work was absolutely phenomenal! When I finally got engaged, Garrett was at the top of my list and I was so happy when he was available on our date! Unfortunately, our wedding planning took a turn for the worst when the pandemic hit and Garrett was so patient and understanding when I changed things on him at least 2384784564 times. Fast forward to our wedding day and every guest was so impressed with him and how he was everywhere snapping candids and portraits. My husband and I definitely are not the most photogenic, but Garrett made us so comfortable and relaxed! The pictures turned out absolutely incredible! He sent us a couple sneak peek pictures at 12am right after our wedding! Then we received the entire gallery within FIVE days!!!! I don't know how he did it, but he's clearly a magician! So if you're looking for the greatest photographer, who will make you laugh and capture everything you're looking for, all while being extremely professional and in your corner the whole time (even during a pandemic), Garrett is your guy!"

Nate & Christina

"Garrett did my wedding photos and I am thrilled with the outcome! From the very beginning, he communicated well with us which really kept us at ease. On your wedding day, he makes you feel like a million bucks, keeps you laughing, and doesn’t miss any details.. from center pieces, to portraits, to family photos.. everything came out beautiful 😍 Highly highly recommended!"

Alyssa & Bailey

"Garrett hands down was the best photographer we could have ever imagined having for our wedding! He made us feel comfortable from the very beginning, he is so personable and extremely nice and was willing to help with anything you may need and he responds to you almost immediately for any questions you have. We have only seen just a few of our photos but omg he captured exactly what we wanted, the love between us and the feelings of joy and happiness we felt on our wedding day shine through those pictures! Everyone at our wedding continues to tell us how amazing he was and how he never stopped working! He is very professional, dedicated and soo talented!!!! We are so happy we chose Garrett we will ABSOLUTELY be using him again for future photos!!!! Thank you a million times Garrett!!!"

Toni & Kassey

"I couldn’t have asked for a better experience! He did such a great job making us comfortable, giving direction, and having a bit of fun with it. I really enjoyed taking pictures with him. Clark and I are beyond happy with the quality and how fast he got them back to us! We cannot thank you enough Garrett!!"

Clark & Amber

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