I approach all romantic documentation with a heart of humility. I recognize that allowing a stranger like me into raw life moments can be nerve-wracking and I respect your boundaries fully - it's the very least I can do. All I ask is that you come as you are with a willingness to step out of your comfort zone a little bit. It's true what they say, sometimes we gotta risk it for the biscuit.
Photographing contemporary romance involves a relationship of reciprocity. Basically, I keep everything super casual to facilitate an environment where you feel free to do your thing and thereby trust me to capture it all. Only in that space of kinship am I best able to use my eye as a photographer and observer to capture meaningful interactions that feel natural and truly like you.
Honesty is one of my core values as a human and business owner. You deserve a working relationship where everything is upfront and honest every step of the way. Everything from packages to planning decisions, I show up for you like an open book and I hope you will too.
I'm sure you've seen photographers preaching that they won't pose you...Well, between you and me, that's a load of hooey. Communication is an essential component of creating beautiful photographs. However, instead of micromanaging each of your hair strands, I zero in on how you two interact together and mindfully coach you through actions that allow you the freedom of demonstrating your unique connection. That's where the magic happens. Side note: we will still be getting the classics - promise. ;)
Every photographer is different and has different priorities; however, unless I need to step in and manage some aspect of the day (say, family photos, for instance), the last thing I want is to be a large presence on your day. It is your day after all. This means that I don't bring big bags of equipment and huge light stands that double as tripping hazards. All of my gear fits in my backpack so I can remain respectful of your moments and simultaneously ready to adapt to whatever comes our way.
I used to be obsessed with having the sharpest images with little to no grain, but things have changed since then. Today, I find that I'm most moved by imagery that reflects what your day felt like. That means I mostly photograph using the light available to me instead of blasting the space with unnatural flash photos. I love a good flash moment don't get me wrong, but I am much happier to create a photograph with some grain or motion blur that mirrors your memory of the moment than create a technically perfect photo at the expense of the feels.
When you hire me, you're also getting a personal guide to all things weddings. I've been around the block a few hundred times (quite literally) at this point and could do this with my eyes closed. Thankfully, I don't because I'd probably trip up some stairs and be embarrassed for the rest of the day. But my point is that I'm here for you. I want to use all the knowledge and experience at my disposal to give you the best dang wedding experience imaginable, from start to finish. I'll be in your corner and I won't ask you two to do anything I wouldn't do myself - even if that means taking a dip in the lake!
Below are the core components of what you can expect when hiring me to document you. My photographic approach isn't everyone's cup of tea, and that's ok. You deserve an experience that is everything you thought it would be and more because your impression of the final product is heavily dependent upon how you and your photographer work together.
The best days I've photographed are rarely the most expensive - they're the ones where the experience I provide aligns with your expectations and priorities, and I want you to come away from this feeling ecstatic about every detail.
I'll respond within 48 hours!
Let's hop on a quick consultation call to chat and see if we'd be a good fit before you put any skin in the game.
Once you confirm a package selection, I'll send you a contract to sign and a retainer to pay. Retainers are non-refundable and $500.00 for all wedding and elopement packages. A few payment installments will be spaced evenly between your wedding date and when you book so you stay on track.
Now that you're booked, it's planning and communication time. In addition to the large digital wedding guide you receive, I am here to help you make the most effective decisions possible.
Your wedding day is here and it's time to capture amazing moments together!
Now, I get to work in my editing cave and curate your final gallery into a selection of images that tell the story of your day from beginning to end.
The wait is over. You're finally getting to re-live the best day ever and I can't wait to hear what you think!
"One word - WOW. Garrett is an absolute wizard behind his camera and knows how to work the magic! We were lucky enough to have Garrett for our wedding in 2021, and we couldn’t be more happy with how amazing the photos turned out. We planned our whole wedding from overseas and Garrett was very responsive, professional, and made the whole process feel like a breeze. Garrett is the best kind of photographer you want on your special day. He really makes you feel comfortable and is just a friendly face. 1000/10 would recommend Garrett!!!"