my approach

The photographs I take can't be separated from the experience I give you.

I’m not here to just do the bare minimum and crank out some pretty pictures. If you need a vendor to do a job for a day, I’m not going to be your girl. 

Malibu Beach Adventure Engagement by Little Boat Photography
Lone Pine California Adventure Engagement and Wedding Photography Eastern Sierra

My goal is to cultivate a friendship from the second you shoot me an email that’s so real that by the time your wedding rolls around, I’m shooting for an old friend. 

I will be personally invested, not wanting the party to end, not counting the minutes for a “work day” to be over.

I will be personally invested, not wanting the party to end, not counting the minutes for a “work day” to be over.

It's a little bit selfish (I like loving my clients, sue me), and it’s a lot of knowing that’s what you deserve.

I shoot for how it feels.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m not chasing perfection. The rawness of emotion wins every time in my book. I’m pro flyaways in the wind, pro breaking tradition, pro ugly crying, pro bouquets made of flowers you picked that day. Honest emotion over perfection. Every. Dang. Time.

Calamigos Ranch Wedding Ceremony
black white beach rough

I will guide

but I will never micro-manage.

Having a session with me is a lot like going on a date…except you have a small brown third wheel with you.

We’ll spend time getting to know each other, shooting in between conversation, and letting you forget I’m there so I can document the real stuff.

Value

It’s more than your standard wedding pics. This is what you’re really getting: 

planning

I’m a resource and a friend.

I will put together your dream elopement from scratch–– I even have ready-made itineraries for you to choose from. I will help you find amazing wedding vendors. I will make timeline, lighting, and even styling recommendations if you want them.

I’ve been to more than a few love parties, and I know what makes the best photos and the best experiences. I will spend days scouting the most beautiful backcountry hike for your engagement, remind you to drink water, squeeze your hand when I know you need it, and say a little prayer over you if that’s your thing.

style

Secret’s out…I’m a perfectionist deep down.

As much as I talk down perfectionism, I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my shooting and editing style. I’m not here to make everyone the same skin tone or every landscape the same color. A wedding in golden Malibu shouldn’t look the same as an elopement a snowy Lake Tahoe or desert red Zion.

And I’m definitely not here to give every wedding the same feel. Every love is different. Quiet, intimate, loud, adventurous–– all are beautiful and deserve to be captured uniquely.

fun

Otherwise known as a great frickin’ time.

Every vendor that you’ve entrusted to contribute to your wedding day should be elevating the joy level, never detracting from it. I’ve seen it too often where vendors show up to what they view as just another work day, do what’s required to get paid, and drag their feet across the finish line.

It can be an overall damper on the celebration vibe, so I’m dedicated to celebrating *with* you. The photos a photographer gives are inseparable to the attitude they bring; and I’m bringing all joy. And then subsequent invitations to go camping, come over for Catan, or get KBBQ.

I’ll create in a way that’s unique to who you are as a couple,
pouring a lot of love in long before and far after the wedding day.

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