This year has started off quickly, with a few weddings already booked and a lot of incoming inquires. I am really looking forward to the 2019 season!
Since 2001 my primary source of income has been photographing weddings. I started off charging 2,900 in 2001. It was really not enough to live off of, but it was so much fun. I loved it so much, that I was okay living from hand to mouth. One year I booked 18 weddings (between May and October) some on back to back days. It was late December in 2012 and I had just finished shooting a wedding at a hotel. It was perfectly nice, and a adorable couple. But I started realizing that I was burnt out. I missed out on so many friends gatherings that summer, family reunions, college reunions, and I missed summer completely. Suddenly it was weeks before Christmas and I had just finished my last wedding of the season. I had heard the same wedding dance songs, seen the same white bouquet. I just started feeling "this isn't me". It wasn't why I started photographing weddings, and it wasn't really what I loved about weddings. I had recently gotten all kinds of wedding awards and it was nice, because it validated what I was doing but I was getting all these brides who wanted the same thing. And I just didn't want to do it anymore. It didn't seem like what I had loved so much about photographing weddings in the first place. Which brings me to to the last several years. They have been wonderful!
Last year I took on a limited amount of really special weddings, ones that truly meant something to me; I connected with the couples' and I just fell in love with their story. I stoped worrying about the amount of weddings I shot, and focused on the weddings that seemed interesting, meaningful and beautiful. It totally changed me. And it totally changed my work. I am limiting myself to just 10 weddings this summer. And YES, I still have spots available June-August!
I love natural light. I love down to earth outdoor weddings, its why and how I started photographing weddings in the first place. I will also be limiting my weddings to specific venues. At home weddings, outdoors, or at venues that are light-filled. Some of these include The Lace Factory, The Inn at Mystic, South Farms,Connecticut Vineyards & The Winvian. It doesn't mean the entire wedding must be outside (although that is pretty much my favorite-who doesn't love a campfire?) I am also adding in some traveling dates to my weddings. So if you are getting married in LA or in Colorado, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, I would LOVE to photograph your wedding!
And lastly, and kinda why I started this post, COST. I hate talking about money but It's how I make a living, and I gotta feed my dogs! In order to give you the boutique wedding photography that you deserve I need to charge a bit more. One, the cost of living is going up, and I haven't raised my prices in FOREVER! In the last several years it is expected to include a USB drive, a private online gallery, and in order to provide all the nice extra's (like these photo boxes with prints) which are included in all my wedding packages, I must raise the price. Starting February 1, the starting cost for my wedding packages will be 4,200. For more information, or if you are interested in booking for THIS SUMMER feel free to contact me and we can see if I have your date opened!