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Classic fairy tales

A wedding becomes a fairy tale when you dream of dressing like a princess and hiring someone to photograph you doing it. That's not to trivialize it. That's something to celebrate. How many days do you get to have like this? How many hours have you spent thinking about it? Reality will be there when you go back to work. This is where fairy tales begin.

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"Our pictures are the best ever! We received many compliments from family and friends on how incredible the quality of the photos were.... Thanks Joel for leaving us with fantastic memories!"



"Absolutely amazed by the quality of your work!"

Stephanie & Jeff


"The quality of his work is unique and exceptional.... He takes time to make sure everything is just right while shooting the images, and the end result is beyond what we were expecting."


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Differences to love

Them: Wedding Fame Disorder, focus on publishing and getting recognition, looking important.
Me: I want you and your family to love your pictures.

Them: Drab & drained, pastel & bleached, gritty & grainy, vintage & filmy.
Me: The grace of vintage glam, elegance of classic luxury, passion of romance and joy of love.

Them: "We're real. We'll capture every moment perfectly."
Me: Let yourself be unreal for one day. Imperfection is beauty (to quote Marilyn Monroe).


There's no need for unnatural toning of colors and skin, or post-processing gimmicks or filters, when the in-camera lighting, artistic concept and expression will communicate more about your fairy tale. Your pictures will be so much purer and more true to your look. Post-production is spent almost entirely on what really deserves the attention -- the story.


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My clients have said "We want a photographer with artistic vision who's easy to work with," "We don't know what to do in pictures," and "You're the only one who listened to us." You've come to the right place. You're already in my pictures.


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It's not about direction or candid photojournalism, or natural light vs. flash. Posing and direction, candids, details, natural light, flash, spontaneous and conceptual shots -- no technique, tool or inspiration is spared in creating the most beautiful experience possible for you.


Everyone able to throw a wedding should be able to enjoy it photographed as a fairy tale. You don't need a big wedding budget to work with me, and it doesn't matter whether you're wedding is small or big, simple or fancy. I level the playing field for anyone wanting gorgeous photography, whether it's at the courthouse or the ballroom.


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