Packages & experiences crafted with intention.
When you choose a photographer and what works for you, you are not just picking someone to absentmindedly hold a camera for a few hours. You are investing in a creative individual who cares just as much about the preservation of your dearest memories as you do. From the carefully maintained gear, countless memory cards and external hard drives (and fireproof safes to hold them in), to the hours spent planning, pinning, talking, dreaming, prepping, editing, and always learning... You are choosing and investing in a photographer who also invests in YOU and the craft of curating everlasting memories with you.
As a teacher, I used to stress the importance of words and their weight with my students, and I find myself doing that right now on this page. So let's have the conversation about "investment" versus "pricing."
I use the term investment when speaking to couples because photography (whether you are the photographer or the client) is just that-- an investment.
Having your picture taken does not have to be an unpleasant experience. (You might find that you actually enjoy it!) You don't have to be a model or know how to pose. You don't have to pretend to be perfect, or anything that doesn't feel authentic to who you are as a couple or as an individual. You are in the presence of a friend when you are with me and you are free to be unapologetically you.
Let your hair down, let out a laugh or a swear word (or two), and live a little! (I'll bring the liquid courage if you still feel you might need it!)
If you are anything like me, before my husband and I got married, I had no idea how many options there were for couples like us on their wedding day. The terms microwedding, intimate wedding, and elopement seemed to all sound like the same thing and foreign all at the same time. Traditional weddings were beautiful, but we were clueless at the amount of planning that went into it, or what vendors and things we needed to make our day happen! We didn't know what we wanted to do, but we knew we wanted to be together and that was all that mattered.
(For those of you wondering, we eloped! Two introverts who met at a big fat Greek wedding, did not go for the large wedding themselves, and it was perfect. Well, almost... but that's a story for another day!)
If you are anything like I was, feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what each event consists of or what would work best for you and your partner... this next section is just for you!
Elopements used to have a reputation of being something that is done in private and in haste, and while the privacy and intimacy are two key factors in choosing a day like this, it does not have to be rushed.
I know Rascal Flatts said "why wait," but that doesn't mean you should have to compromise on a full day to celebrate your love, because it will just be the two of you. It is your wedding day! Think of the possibilities: breakfast and coffee in a historical B&B, getting ready, first looks, the hike, drive, or walk together to your picture-perfect outdoor venue (Virginia's natural beauty has got you covered!), a celebratory drink at a local brewery, or a night alone at a unique airbnb. Elopements are all about focusing on you, your partner, your commitment to each other, and all of the small details in-between!
If your day couldn't be complete without your closest friends and immediate family (usually around 20 or fewer people), then a microwedding may be just what you and your partner need.
Find your ideal venue (a scenic overlook along the parkway, a cabin, greenhouse, a family owned farm...) and I will meet you there!
Similar to the elopement packages, coverage varies depending on your individual needs and what moments you want captured. However, a typical day usually includes getting ready, the first look, the ceremony, family portraits, and a golden hour couples portrait session after the ceremony in your wedding attire.
You're a sucker for all things traditional and treasured and you want everyone there to see it all come together. Let's do this!
Typically a full wedding day consists of getting ready and detail shots, wedding party photos, the ceremony, family portraits, a golden hour portrait session as a married couple, reception candids, and your loved ones sending you off with wishes for a beautiful and happy marriage.
This is a rough outline of what to expect, but I love the unexpected and am always up for anything that will make your day unique to you. Feel free to ask any questions and brainstorm new ideas with me!
You love making the most of the time you have with the people you love the most.
You're a little goofy and have a good heart. (Must also like beer, 90's R&B, and agree that pineapple belongs on pizza.)
You are down to get a little dirty *wink wink* and brave the outdoors. (No, but seriously we will be outside and you will probably get a little dirty!)
You are someone who believes in "trusting the process" and learning something new every day.
"Our session with Elizabeth was nothing but amazing. Prior to our session she was so attentive to my ideas and had lots of insight to offer. During our session she made us feel so comfortable! She truly wants to get to know you and develop a relationship with you and that's what I enjoyed most about our session."