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I really freakin’ love shooting weddings.† Which is funny, because when I first started shooting, I was terrified – TERRIFIED – of shooting them.† They’re so big, they’re so important, and there’s so much going on all the time.† And now?† That’s exactly why I love them .† ūüôā

It’s really important to me that I mesh well with my couples.† I want them to get my jokes, I want to get theirs.† I want to want the same things they do: awesome, natural-looking captures of their wedding day.

One of the things I love most about shooting weddings is that there’s so much completely raw emotion, and all kinds of it.† Throughout the day, I’ll see a complete range of feelings from everyone: the couple, the family, the bridal party, the guests.† The best is catching someone when they think no one else sees them cry, or smile, or what-have-you.† I’m in it for the raw emotion of the moment. {I’m also in it to win it, but that’s another story.}† For the details running throughout the day that either weren’t fully noticed or will be forgotten soon in all the madness of the day.

I think that it’s important that you know some things about me. I really like “that’s what she said” jokes. I pride myself in my sarcasm and my speed with a comeback. But don’t get me wrong, I’m kind, fiercely loyal, and love most people instantly. My style, both in photography and in life, is a little vintage, a little minimalistic, a little nerdy, and a lot of awesome.

I love the 1950’s, 1970’s, and Victorian & Regency eras. Jane Austen and Charles Dickens are two of my favorites {cheesy, but true}, and my favorite type of book is a retold fairy tale or a good historical fiction. I wanted to be a writer for a long time, and actually majored in English for my Bachelor’s. I’ve also written the next great American novel. In my mind. And I fully and completely believe that being an English major gives me permission to make up words on accident, like “complimentative.”

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I started out as an English major in college, and have always been obsessed with the details of a thing.† I look for meaning in absolutely everything, a byproduct of one too many literature deconstructions.† I believe in the raw emotion of a moment.† I believe in clean pictures, free from over-processing.† I do not believe in ďfixingĒ a picture in post. †Iím into avoiding trends unless they mean something to me, the same as I feel about planning a wedding: avoid tradition for the sake of tradition, especially if itís meaningless to you and yours.

I believe that love is beautiful, and that counts for all kinds.† I believe in families and the way they work, how unique each one is, and how beautiful.† I believe in genuine smiles, from everyone.† Itís against my religion to say ďcheese.Ē† I like to think of my style as organic; weíll see how it goes naturally, and work from there.† Making connections is important: from me to you, from you to your fiance, from the subject to the viewer.

Pictures should evoke responses, feelings, memories, speechlessness.† I do my best to pull inspiration from everywhere and everyone: Iím a nerd and a geek.† I love literature, comics, movies, music, plays and musicals, Baz Lurhman, Audrey Hepburn, the Victorian age, the Regency, Dickens, Austen, fairy tales, folklore, psychology, design, do-it-yourself.

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | LeahAndMark.com | +Raven ShutleyAside from photography, I read, write, bake, ride bikes with Nick {my boyfriend}, sing, act. I love makeover shows {houses and people}, pastries, & DIY. Most of my guilty pleasures involve silly TV shows, like ďFlavor of LoveĒ or ďSay Yes to the Dress.Ē

Iím a closet fangirl for more things than Iíd like to admit. In fact, even though I canít stand the Twilight saga, I find myself on Team Jacob, anyway. Iíve been a fan of werewolves since before Stephanie Meyer was born. Well, maybe not that long. My heroes are P!nk and Emma Thompson, though not necessarily in that order.

I grew up in a witty, sarcastic, and humorous family.† We still laugh together more than anything else.† I think that having silly guilty pleasures is healthy, and shouldnít actually make you feel guilty.† I think thereís nothing wrong with reading a childrenís book.† I overuse exclamation marks!† Iíve been shooting for about 6 years professionally, but even when I was younger, I remember seeing a picture in my head, wanting to create it, and being frustrated because I didnít know how.† Iím constantly in a state of self-improvement.† Constantly figuring out how I can improve, learn, help, teach.† I love talking.† I judge our interactions on hugs.† If I feel like I can hug you at the end of our first meeting, I feel itís been a success.† Otherwise, I know I have to try harder next time, or go our separate ways.† I believe itís important to get along really well with your clients.† Most of mine I consider dear friends, whom Iíd love to hang out with more often.

I really believe that everything happens for a reason. I’m a really big crybaby. And I may not know you, but I love you already.

Iím working with Leah and Mark and Iíd love to work with you.

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