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February 3, 2020

Life as a Wedding Photographer: Behind the Scenes

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Behind-the-scenes photos from 2018 & 2019

Ever wonder what it really looks like behind-the-scenes as a wedding photographer? Today I’m sharing a few moments from the last couple of years!

I’ll be honest, back when I was in college I had no idea I would end up as a full-time wedding photographer in Northern Virginia. Learning how to shoot in manual, properly expose a photo, keep an eye out for composition and tell a story all at once was simply part of my journalism degree. Little did I know, I would eventually quit my corporate job to grow my business. I quickly discovered weddings were the perfect blend for me: part photojournalism, part creative work, and always a lot of fun!

Here’s a little look behind the scenes! First up: detail photos. We always set aside intentional time at the beginning of the day to photograph your invitation, ring, shoes, vow books and other meaningful items. Not only do these make for beautiful photos, they also allow me to capture the full story.

I bring my style kit with me, including ribbons, style surfaces, ring boxes and more so we can . Bonus: ask your florist to bring some extra greenery or blooms to tie everything together.


Gotta get those sweet ceremony moments!! (And when you walk down the aisle after being pronounced as husband and wife – always a favorite photo)!


Spending time with my couples during their portraits is always a highlight of the day for me. Standing on my tip-toes or step-stool, making you laugh and getting excited when the light looks just right is pretty standard for most weddings!

I will also be right there in case the wind blows a little too hard, and your veil tries to escape.


Also, word of warning to fellow photographers: if you stop by the National Portrait Gallery in DC for wedding photos, and you bring a backpack to carry your gear, they WILL make you wear it on the front of your person. Like a Babybjörn. No shame! It was totally worth it to take photos in this gorgeous space!! (I passed the backpack to my second shooter for the photo below, in case you were wondering. Thanks, Ashley!)


Turns out, I point and wave my arms around … A LOT! It tends to be the quickest way to get everyone to move around, so I don’t mind looking ridiculous for a bit.



You’ll also see me on my little step-stool throughout the day … or a random chair … or furniture. Whatever it takes to get the best shot!

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And of course, I have to get those reception details!


So thankful to call this crazy life my job. Thanks to all of my couples for being the BEST and allowing me into their lives! I have so much love for all of you.


Bonus: here are a few engagement session iPhone BTS looks too! It was really chilly for Louis and Kelsea’s Tribeca engagement session in NYC, but well worth it. They are troopers for handling the cold so well! You can view their New York City engagement session here.

New York City engagement photographer


One of my new favorite places!! If anyone wants portrait or wedding photos in Lake Tahoe, bring me with so I can capture all the magic!

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This is what I ended up taking! You can view their whole Lake Tahoe engagement session here.

Lake Tahoe engagement photographer


Thanks so much to my second shooters for capturing these images over the past two years!

Ashley Kanton Photography

Megan Rei Photography

Sarah Botta Photography

KPC & Co. Photography

Bethany Grace Photography

Ica Images

Photography by Marirosa

Emily Ann Photography

Demi Mabry Photography


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