Hey there! Thanks for visiting the The Bigger Picture Photography!
So, you want to have photojournalistic/documentary (candid) images, but also want them to be unique and artistic? I believe my background in photojournalism and fine art will bring something different to your photographs. I take the art of wedding and portrait photography to the next level by capturing true in-the-moment emotions, documenting the artistic beauty around you, and providing a lasting view for the small moments that are so significant.
It is important to me that you enjoy your big day, without feeling that photography took it over. I promise, you will enjoy it. That is another plus to choosing a photographer with a documentary style.
Another factor that I excel at is taking stress away from YOU. With wedding planning, your to-do list probably seems daunting and overwhelming. Photography is a huge part of the planning process. From the initial consult, I'll give some tips. Most clients say "I never thought of that!"... I will help you with your timeline and make this process easier for YOU.
The photographer is with you all day. Make sure your personalities jive and that it will be a fun experience! It is my job to make you feel at ease and concentrate on what's important ("the bigger picture"- your love for each other and your story). I have even held up the gown while one of my brides peed. Yep. You will feel that comfortable with me. I definitely bond with my clients. Ha!
How did I get into wedding photography? Over a decade ago, friends asked me to photograph their wedding. I said that I wasn't a wedding photographer. At the time, I was working as a photojournalist and an artist. They asked me to shoot their wedding like I would cover one of my stories. They were interested in a documentary style, but loved the fine art aspect and my compositions. Around that time, I was the Maid of Honor for my sister, helping with her to-do list, and other friends were getting married. So, so many horror stories! I remember repeatedly responding, "You're kidding me?! This is what's out there?" I knew that I could rock this industry, improve, and revolutionize it, but also make life easier for brides and grooms in the process. So, I did it and I fell in love with documenting love! The stories, the emotion, the families, just love, love, love... It is a beautiful thing. Love is IT in this world. It is the only reason. The only WHY in our lives. I am very grateful that I get to document it.
I also love capturing more adventures as the couple moves into having a family of their own. It is the best feeling-- to follow my "clients" throughout the years! My "Day in the Life" sessions are essential to documenting the REAL beauty of family. I like to call it "the beauty in the chaos". These are the things you will miss. "Kids grow like weeds." It is an investment for the kiddos as well as for you. If you'd like to read why this style is spreading like wildfire, please check this out:
I have a Bachelor of Fine Art/Photography from Eastern Michigan University. My documentary approach comes from not only my education, but also from working as a photojournalist for years. My work has been published in several newspapers and magazines and my fine art pieces have sold in exhibitions throughout the country.
I am based in Michigan, working in the greater Grand Rapids area and the Detroit area. I am also willing to travel for destination weddings. Weddings in Maui, HI are discounted!