I'm Not A Wedding Photographer

...I'm just a photographer, but I do shoot a number of weddings each year.  If you’re on this page, it means someone probably referred you to me, and that’s just how I like it.

I don’t advertise or promote my wedding work, I simply rely on word-of-mouth and it’s perfect.


My wedding philosophy is simple-  it’s about capturing the candid, in-between moments that tell the real story.  To me, your wedding day is not about shot lists.

They're about one thing: you and your people.  Sure, I'm gonna document the details and the venue and the food and take pretty shots of your rings, but I'm also going to sneak around like a ninja and capture the moments that you never knew were happening. 

I'm going to document the real, the beautiful and the authentic.



Here are some pretty photographs for your viewing pleasure

...but to be honest they don't mean much without a little context.  Keep scrolling for full galleries and my wedding blog.





Here's the thing about prints


These photos will outlive you.  A couple of years ago I found an old shoebox of photos from my grandparent's home.  I can't tell you the emotion I felt when looking through them.  I was sad that I didn't know these people, my people, in their prime.  These photos showed me a side of them that I never knew existed.  They were young(!) and so in love.  I never met my grandfather (who I'm named after), but I felt like I knew him.  This is the power of photography.  Your photos are just as meaningful to future generations, maybe even more so.  


Print your freaking photos.  All of these that you see above were scanned from 2x3" prints that had been sititng in a shoebox for decades.  They will last for generations, but not on a hard drive. 









Want to see a Full wedding gallery?

Cool, I want you to see one too...or however many you want.  It's the best way to understand what you're actually getting from me.  It's important to me that you understand my style and how I see things. 

Email me and I'll show you all of my full galleries, not just the best of stuff.




My Wedding Package

Full coverage on your wedding day

I don't count hours…I‘m there until the party ends (which is when some of the best pictures happen)!

Full usage rights on all your photos

They’re yours! While I technically hold the copyright, I give you Full Usage Rights, meaning you can still do whatever you want with them. You can make unlimited prints, give them to whomever you want, and throw them up on a billboard if you so wish.

Private online wedding gallery

The fastest and most beautiful way to deliver your images. You can download them all with one click, or individually. With the click of a button you can order pro lab prints mailed directly to your house. (You can also give the password to whoever whoever you want, so grandma never has to come to you [or me] for prints.) 

Coverage begins at $3,900

 A La Carte


Second professional shooter - $800

Always recommended.  While I am more than comfortable documenting the day by myself, if you have a large wedding or just want me to be with both the bride and the groom at the same time, then this is a great option.  I only shoot with other full time wedding professionals, so rest assured you're in good hands!  


Rehearsal dinner coverage - $600

Up to four hours coverage of all the guests, details, and funny speeches.


Coffee table book - $400

One hundred plus pages of your story, presented in a beautiful 13x11" hard cover book.  I take pride in designing these.  Big, beautiful books that you can flip through for generations to come.  (Each additional book $150)


Destination wedding? - $600

Awesome, I love to travel!  For this additional flat fee I'll go anywhere in the lower 48 states.  This total includes all travel and lodging.  If I go over it's on me, not you.  

International wedding?  Add $1,200 and I'm there!





Let's Meet Up!

If you've made it this far then chances are you like what you see, but let's face it...there are a lot of good photographers out there.  I want to make sure we connect and hit it off.  This is important.  If you're in New Orleans, let's meet up for a coffee or beer.  If you're not in town, let's schedule a call or skype sesh. 

Email me!


Some recent weddings on the blog...


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