Every love story is unique to those in it - and I want to tell that story. I don't want to use recycled poses or copy a Pinterest board. I want to guide you and your loved ones into authentic shots and capture the real joy and admiration you have for each other.
I also know that your pets are a huge part of your life! I am really excited about giving you the opportunity to include them in your special day, headache free!
And I know that your wedding is so much more than just making sure to stay on schedule. I want to help make sure every photo experience is one you'll treasure. That is why our sessions are not just about getting a great shot, they're about having fun, enjoying your soon-to-be-spouse, and capturing your natural beauty!
So lets get to know each other! Before anything is ever signed, I want to share a cuppa joe with you and hear your love story. I want to know what makes you head-over-heels for each other and why you plan on staying that way for the rest of your lives! Great photos come when people are comfortable and understood, and I aim to do just that.
I love being able to show people just how fabulous they are through authentic photography. I work with real people, not models or "plastics," so I know everyone has flaws and insecurities. But don't worry, I also know the best tricks and tips to help you look as beautiful as your future spouse already knows you are!
I totally would have included my two tom cats in my wedding if they didn't mind plane rides and if my loving mother would have thought that was cool. The real reason we couldn't was just because it was a logistical nightmare. Cats are not known for loving new things and we would have had to have someone cat-sit after they were done with their official wedding duties. I didn't want to ruin someones chance to enjoy the wedding, so we ended up scratching the idea.
That is where Veils and Tails comes in. I want to make it easy to include your childhood best-four-legged-friend, or your kept-me-company-while-I-was-single cat(s). Weddings have enough stress attached - so let me figure out how to get Fido dolled up and ready for your big day while you enjoy it!
I have been in love with pets and photography ever since I can remember. Combining the two just seemed to make so much sense.
I had been doing wedding and pet photography as two separate businesses until attending a branding workshop called Sparked. When I explained my issue with running two businesses and working a full-time job, the branding expert simply asked..."Why don't you do weddings for people who want their pets in them?"
Mind Blown. It was such an obvious thing but I just hadn't put it together! So I am super excited for this journey and so honored to be a part of your ceremony. Getting married was one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I am so thankful to get to see that joy on others!
I met Crystal on a Facebook group for creatives sometime in late 2016.
We got coffee and quickly realized we had a lot in common. We started shooting weddings together in early 2017 and something just clicked. She is easy to befriend, genuine of heart, and one of the hardest workers I know!
A big reason I keep her around is how we shoot weddings together. We always make it an aim to grab your guests and do some quick couples photos rather than hope they look fabulous while they eat! It spurs our creativity and lets us show as many people as we can that they look amazing!
I believe that to take photos that speak to your individual love and unique story, we must get to know each other in a real and genuine way.
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If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
- James Herriot
Genuine images come from really spending genuine time with you and your fiance. That is why my wedding photography includes several before-the-big-day shoots. I often customize wedding packages, but I do require at least one pre-wedding shoot. This helps us get to know each other and guide you through some posing tips and tricks.
I also understand that having photos taken isn't always the most fun thing people want to do. Everyone has flaws or insecurities and sometimes gets anxious or nervous about portraits. That is why our sessions are about relaxing, having fun, and just being you. I want to turn your engagement session into a date night and your bridals into a day of fun with your gal pals. I want you to enjoy the process of photography as much as the results!
I schedule engagement sessions on Friday or Saturday nights so that once you get all dolled up, you and your lovie can hit the town on a dressy date night. I can even call around and make reservations for you! You will also get a pre-engagement style guide to help you coordinate outfits and accessories.
Bottom line: Engagement sessions are an intimate, yet fun time between you and your soul mate, where a romantic date night awaits!
You have spent months, or years even, dreaming about your perfect dress - and you finally found it! Why not wear it for an another day?
Your bridal session is a unique time for you and your mom, sisters, or other girlfriends, to test out wedding-day hair and make-up and put on that fabulous gown! Let's have some champagne while you and your closest companions have a day to reflect, share stories, and spend time together before everything changes! Oh, and let's take some fabulous photos too!
Since your pet is so special to you, I want to take some time and capture their personality! Whether they are going to be a part of your big day or not, they are a big part of your life and I would love to get to meet them!
Pet portraits start off with an optional grooming session from a traveling groomer. Once they are all primped and polished, we will take some in-home shots with their favourite toys or on the couch that they have claimed as theirs even though they are not supposed to sleep there! Then, its off to the great outdoors to capture their vibrant personality!
One of the major reasons I love photography is that is can show people just how beautiful they really are. This is exactly why I do budoir sessions as well - to show you that you look stunning and your soon-to-be-husband is a lucky guy!
Budoir Parties are more than just a photography session. We rent a hotel room downtown, bring some hair and make-up artists, and you bring your closest girl friends! That way, we all get to have some fun and it takes the pressure off you. When all the photos are done, you ladies get to enjoy a night on the town all dolled up and the hotel suite is yours for the evening!