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Nobody Puts The Groom In The Basement

June 1, 2015


If you’ve seen Dirty Dancing then you’ll remember the quote from Patrick Swayze – “Nobody puts baby in the corner“.  Well, I just want to say, Nobody puts the groom in the basement. I am beginning to see a common theme on wedding days where the groom gets ready in either the basement or a room that is not well lit. Now I know the bride is the top dog but man, the groom is top priority too!!  As a photographer, (having an eye for what looks good) we need to step up BEFORE the wedding day and make sure the groom gets a well lit, nice room to get ready in. I’m thinking of adding this to my questionnaire I use before as a friendly reminder 🙂 . Honestly, I always feel horrible every time I see a groom shoved in a closet-like room.  I am like, “Uh, wait…is..this…uh… where the groom…is getting READY?“. Have no fear- there are ways to make this look good! Sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got and adapt. Once your groom is half way dressed pull him into a well lit hallway with some nice window light to get that gorgeous glow.  If you are going to ask him to step into a hallway there MUST be a window, and simple background. Make sure that the bride is NOT around, and that he is mostly dressed! I can assure you – your pictures will turn out much nicer than they would be when taken in the dungeon.

Groom Getting Ready On Wedding Day

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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


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Nobody Puts The Groom In The Basement

Nobody Puts The Groom In The Basement

Nobody Puts The Groom In The Basement

Nobody Puts The Groom In The Basement

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