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your day

 It’s my goal as a wedding photography to capture all the messy, mushy little things. The little moments that you don’t want to forget. Your dad kissing you on the forehead before he walks you down the isle, the expression on your faces as you read your vows, your eighty something year old grandmother getting down on the dance floor. The laughter, the tears, the terrible dance moves. All of it and everything in-between. I believe in capturing the moments as they unfold, rather than posing you. I want to capture the perfectly imperfect. So that one day you can look back at everything and smile.

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What is my process as a wedding photographer? What will your experience as my client be like?

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Catherine Callas, bride

"Helen exceeded our wildest dreams! She was totally on board with our crazy adventure photoshoot idea in Yosemite. She did an extraordinary amount of pre-shoot diligence, came up with lots of beautiful potential locations for us and helped us with everything from attire to poses. Helen's sense of humor, relatable personality, and professionalism shine through, putting us at ease and making for a wonderful day. "

Michelle Spicer, bride

"Helen did an incredible job. From keeping the atmosphere light and easy with her great sense of humor to helping pick the perfect locations and poses, she was incredibly professional and fun to work with the entire time. and best of all, the pictures turned out amazing. She graciously gave us a preview of pictures almost immediately. I highly recommend choosing Helen."

Abby Bouvher, bride

"Helen was absolutely wonderful to work with! In all honesty, she was initially our plan B (our original photographer had a scheduling conflict), but we loved her so much that we ended up being so glad our first photographer had to cancel on us. She is so full of life that you can't help but feel comfortable around her. Her pre-shoot questionnaire asked insightful questions that helped her capture the perfect moments (e.g. she'd ask "what about that day are you most looking forward to" instead of "what do you want pictures of"), and she took in stride all of the little mishaps that happened throughout the day. We absolutely adore our final pictures, and could not recommend her enough."

Ainsley, bride

"None of the photos are staged and we could just be ourselves. Helen knows how to capture the moments where a couple is at ease and comfortable. At times you forget that someone is taking your photo. I don't consider myself to be photogenic, but all of our engagment photos look amazing and its all thanks to Helen ."

Mariah, bride

"Helen is so wonderful! Her infectious smile puts you at ease when you're taking photos. Especially if you don't know what you are doing like me. She is patient and gave me good advice but also took my ideas into consideration for what I wanted in my engagment photos. Can't recommend her enough! You will leave your session with a smile on your face because of her personality and professional work. "

Rachel, bride

"We have not yet gotten all of the photos from our engagement shoot two days ago, but Helen has already sent us nearly 20 preview shots, and they are unreal! Each image she sent us is expertly composed and the lighting is nothing short of gorgeous. AND the shoot itself was an absolute blast! During the shoot, Helen made us feel totally at ease (a nontrivial feat for those who tend to be awkward in front of the camera)—she was bubbly, goofy, and most importantly, totally willing to experiment and just have a good time. The photos perfectly capture our joy"

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So excited we are to this stage. Planning your wedding can be both fun and overwhelming, I know, but I am here to help you create your dream day. Let's chat about how we can make your day perfect and we'll make a plan together that will help everything run smoothly while still capturing those small precious moments that you never want to forget. I am happy to answer any questions that you might have.

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