In a world where anyone can be a photographer, I got a degree in it. While attending Bard College, a school well-known for fine and performing arts, I learned the art and fundamentals of photography. And it was during this time I developed an affinity for portraits & landscapes.
I never thought that one day I could apply that to weddings until a close friend asked me to photograph
hers on a ferry boat.
So many weddings later, I crave the storytelling opportunities and artistic challenges only weddings provide.
So, I'll skip ahead to the fun stuff.
I could start from the very beginning and tell you the story of how I picked up a camera for the first time when I was a teenager and how it changed my life.
But you've probably heard similar stories from other photographers.
MY ORIGIN STORY
My artistic style ss a documentarian leads me to capture moments as they naturally unfold. Candid moments like these - that capture the genuine happiness of you, your family, and your friends - are like unicorns. They're unique, evocative, and personal. And my goal is to capture as many of them as possible.
Candid moments will reflect the vibe of your day. But a stunning portrait is what you'll ultimately display in your home. And because this is likely your first time taking couples portraits, you'll need some direction on what to do. My trick is providing general guidance, so even your posed portraits look natural instead of staged.
"We were looking for a photographer whose style could capture both the drama and lightness of our special day. He truly delivered."
Share your vision of your wedding day so I can connect the dots on how I’ll best fit into it. Apart from being your photographer, I hope to be a source of relief amongst the stress. Which is why I'm calm but encouraging - so you can relax and stay present, soaking up all of the awesomeness around you.
Like you, your guests should also feel comfortable having me around and getting their pictures taken. So, I intentionally interact with them throughout the day. This way, they’re genuinely engaging with me when they’re out on the dance floor. Which makes for some pretty memorable photos.
While other photographers focus mainly on you, I focus on you AND your surroundings - be it nature, your people, or your super cool venue. By channeling my greatest superpower, perception, I factor in all of the elements of your day (weather, light, time, ambiance) to create images that capture the authentic mood of your celebration.
I want to know what y'all want from this experience. But if we're being completely honest, I also want to satisfy my creative itch. So, let's find the balance between the two by coming up with a game plan to tactfully achieve both. Then, let's review the plan together so you feel 100% confident you'll get the stellar photos you (and I) envision.
"Our big day was a little cloudy, but Andy managed to use all available light to capture the mood of the event. He also captured a comprehensive vision of my wedding with close-ups, landscapes, and portraits of my family and friends."
"From our first coffee shop meeting to discuss what we were looking for to our wedding day to getting our final photos - it was all a great experience!"
Tell me what you're passionate about.
I work as a school nurse along with being a professional photographer. So, should the ring bearer need his scraped knee cleaned up from going rogue or granny needs help into the car, I can help them AND capture your wedding.
Photography has led me to some amazing places like Greece, San Francisco, Japan, and New York. I look forward to where it will lead me next. Perhaps it's your wedding that will take me there.
I am obsessed with good music. From vinyl and mixtapes to digital playlists, I love collecting and curating music. I'm currently rocking out to Run the Jewels, James Blake and Orville Peck. And you?
I first fell for my wife, Jennie, back in high school. We had an epic wedding weekend on Lake Vermillion 14 years later. And we've since created an amazing family thanks to our son, Fletcher.
The man behind the lens
"You want your photographer to make you feel as natural and calm as possible on your wedding day. Make sure you choose someone who is willing to get to know you and your needs for that day. Andy is that person."