MARY + ADAM // Wynwood Wedding at MAPS Backlot
21/02/2019
MARY + ADAM // Wynwood Wedding at MAPS Backlot

    Click play for the slideshow // Scroll for the highlights    I've always said, you can tell a lot about a couple by the way they choose to celebrate their love. What they care about, what they enjoy, what family and friends mean, and what a good time looks like to them. Needless to say, I learned a lot about Mary and Adam through this epic celebration! They have an amazing group of loved ones who made their wedding an awesome experience to be a part of from start to finish. That's a testament to the kind of people they are. Welcoming, generous and just plain fun!Not only was their wedding held at my all time favorite venue to photograph, MAPS Backlot in Wynwood, but everyone there just looked amazing... Which definitely made my job easy! One rather beautiful personal touch... They chose to tie the knot in a combined catholic and jewish ceremony (the first one I've seen) which honored both of their respective backgrounds in perfectly blended fashion. I can't thank them enough for having me along for the ride. And thanks to the following vendors who made this an epic one!Planner: Solea EventsCatering: Essence CaterersVenue: MAPS BacklotRentals: Unearthed Rentals       

THE INGLES FAMILY // Salt Lake City, UT
13/11/2018
MARY + ADAM // Wynwood Wedding at MAPS Backlot

    Click play for the slideshow // Scroll for the highlights     I love what I do. Especially when I get to do it for friends who are living a great story. And the Ingles family is certainly living a great story.Interestingly, we have more than a few things in common... Australians living in the US, chasing passions and loving every minute of it... but also parents of twins. There are some pretty unique challenges that come with these circumstances; distance from family and friends, hectic schedules, the quest for balance between immersing yourself in your passion and personal goals and immersing yourself in your family life whole heartedly. Add to this, the daily battle of raising rambunctious twin toddlers, and all the glorious chaos that comes with it.  Understanding these little struggles from a similar perspective also means I can relate and recognize the beauty in the struggle.Within every young family, there's a secret life of hilarious idiosyncrasies that others would surely find strange. Goofy games and jokes, nonsensical language and habits, and the endless stories that you'll never quite understand unless you were there. During my time with these guys, it was my mission to get inside their dynamic, understand and expose all the little quirks that make them unique. From a parent's ...

AMY + NICK // Slow Coast Lodge, Northern California
13/11/2018
MARY + ADAM // Wynwood Wedding at MAPS Backlot

    Play for slideshow // Scroll for highlights      It's late... and I'm tired. But I love this story so much, I need you to see it. However, I don't think I have enough energy to write eloquently about what this particular wedding meant to me. For now, I'll just say that Amy and Nick's story encapsulates everything I love about this craft and the connections and experience that have come from it. They're just beautiful souls who I feel so fortunate to have met and photographed. I recently emailed them their slideshow, here's what Nick had to say in response:"Dude. DUDE.Holy crap you're good at this! This is truly amazing.  Amy and I did as instructed, opened a bottle of vino (still drinking leftover wedding wine!) and dived in, watched it a couple of times and got swept away to the whole event and the feels of it all! So many familiar perspectives, and so many new ones. Totally love seeing our peeps enjoying themselves from a different perspective too.  And dude - thank you for being such a big part of this whole thing. You helped us a ton along the way and on the day. I'd never really considered a strong connection with someone in your position really possible - and that you are now part of the gang is testament to how you think about your work entirely differently: far from just a dude ...

KATELYN + CARLOS // Elopement in Florence, Italy
31/10/2018
MARY + ADAM // Wynwood Wedding at MAPS Backlot

    Play for slideshow // Scroll for highlights    Katelyn and Carlos met over 8 years ago in New York's JFK airport. Although they were boarding different planes, they were in fact bound for the same destination (in more ways than one). They were both heading to Italy to study abroad in Florence through Syracuse University. Once there, they spent their free days taking in the sights and tastes of this incredible place. Needless to say, along the way they fell in love with the city, and with each other.It's stories like this that reinforce my belief that some relationships are truly fated.One this trip, we revisited their story which took us all over florence. It was almost like tour through their relationship, where I could see how effortlessly their chemistry was formed all those years ago, and how strong it remains today. One rather important stop was made at the Boboli Gardens, where we found a quiet nook away from the tourists and Katelyn and Carlos solidified their bond with some of the most beautiful words I've ever heard uttered by a Bride and Groom. Then, naturally, we found some rather tasty gelato and watched the sunset from the Arno River. Perfect!One side note I want to mention... I had a lot of help on this adventure from my side kick (and new secret weapon for crafting more intimate and personal stories), ...

A WEDDING IN EVERY STATE
07/08/2018
MARY + ADAM // Wynwood Wedding at MAPS Backlot

I need to see all of this country... or at least, as much of it as I can. And since wedding photography has long been my vehicle for exploration and expression, I've decided to set myself a task.  To photograph a wedding in every state!  To say photographing weddings is my passion, wouldn't be entirely accurate. It's more like an addiction... or an obsession. There's just no other life event more curiously beautiful or visually exciting to me. I'm not talking about the flowers, the cake or Uncle Bob's rocking dance moves. I'm more interested in the ritual itself... the vulnerability and bravery of two people putting their love on show. Not to mention, the emotional reactions this love drunk behavior provokes. To me, capturing these unique stories is like bottling lightning... and it's an honor and responsibility that I don't take for granted. I also love to travel. In fact, I already travel for most of the weddings on my calendar. So this isn't new for me... I'm just not the type of person that can repeatedly point my camera at the same scenes week in and week out. It's not that there isn't enough beauty and inspiration close by, it's just that the allure of some place else is always beckoning for me. Perhaps it's because this country is actually my adopted home. I'm originally from South Australia. A place I love and miss deeply. This ...

JEMMA + DAN // Waverly Estate Wedding
22/06/2018
MARY + ADAM // Wynwood Wedding at MAPS Backlot

    Play for slideshow // Scroll for highlights    I'm not going to explain this one in too much wordy detail. I think the images will do just fine. But here are some thoughts that swirled around my head while I was putting the finished touches on this once in a lifetime day at the Waverly Estate.Some wedding day stories just have an extra layer of emotion that no one expects. It's a feeling that hangs thick in the air, and you can see it on the faces around you if you watch for longer enough. It's an excitement, an urgency... but it's also an acknowledgement and a realization of the shortness of our existence. There are few life experiences that take us on an emotional roller coaster like a wedding can.These events are huge reminders of what's important!After this wedding, I made a list of things I want to do more often, and I think everyone should do more oftenStand in a field, close your eyes and just listenWhen it's windy, go to the beach and watch the wavesHug your parents, hug your friends, hug everybodyEat cannolis Jump in a cold pool at night timeDance with your grandparentsAND Wear ugg boots as often as possible       

TAMMY + FRASER // Engagement in Havana, Cuba
29/05/2018
MARY + ADAM // Wynwood Wedding at MAPS Backlot

Though it's so close to our home in Florida, Cuba is a place I never thought I'd get to visit for the purpose of telling a story through photography. It just seemed like too big of a task or too awesome of a dream to actually happen. So when Tammy and Fraser contacted me about doing their engagement photos in Havana, I didn't get my hopes up too high. A lot had to fall into place, particularly with fairly short notice and an already hectic travel schedule. BUT, after meeting these guys and connecting with their story, I knew I had to be a part of this journey.What their relationship represents to me, is exactly what I love about this craft and the concept of joining lives and families through marriage. In essence, Tammy and Fraser couldn't be from more different backgrounds... culturally, politically or in any other way. Fraser is an Aussie (like me). We grow up believing that ours is the "lucky country", a place where anything is possible. I don't have to explain how drastically different this is from the Cuba that Tammy grew up in. However conflicted you are about the current state of affairs in Cuba, or it's political history, from my observations and interactions with Tammy and her family, Cuba can only be described in one word... beautiful. Somehow, Tammy and Fraser found one another in Miami, and they have an amazing life together. Soon they'll make it ...

KRISTEN + LLOYD // Winter Park, Florida
17/02/2018
MARY + ADAM // Wynwood Wedding at MAPS Backlot

    Play for slideshow // Scroll for highlights     Kristen and Lloyd are beyond cool. They dress cool. They talk cool. They have a cool record collection... They just seem to ooze coolness in a way that makes you want to know them. Their friends will back me up here. BUT they're also genuine, down to earth and just bloody lovely humans. So photographing their wedding in the beautiful Harry P Leu Gardens was a pretty great way to spend a winter's day in Orlando. I don't know why, but I often end up photographing couples from different parts of the world who meet in unlikely circumstances. Lloyd is a strapping British music industry guy whose work unexpectedly based him in Florida (a place he once described as a creative desert), and it took meeting Kristen for him to realize, there are things to love about Florida after all. This is similar to my own story (not the music industry part -- I'm not that cool), but certainly the part about winding up in Florida, falling in love, and eventually moving here permanently. I could totally relate, and I always have a heightened sensitivity to the emotions experienced by the couples and their families in this situation. Needless to say, these are often my favorite stories to tell, and seeing people come together from great distances, somehow makes the world feel smaller and less ...

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