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betsy

lucky penny photography is what happens when I slow down and look.

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Before I was born, my dad bought a Minolta SRT-101 camera. And it was so dreamy that when my sister grew up a bit, she took it.  So he bought another one — and I took that.  Soon enough we were shooting weddings and portraits with those cameras. We went completely digital for a while, but I found that I need the meditation of manual film photography to really bring me joy. I find myself turning back to those Minoltas (I have both of them now) and a clunky medium format Yaschica that consistently turns out photos that melt my heart. I love instant photos and experimenting with different processes.

What you see here is what you get.  If this sort of work is not what you want, I probably won’t be a good fit.

My name is Betsy. I’m a wife and a mom. I’m a dreamer and a watcher. I’m a photographer who prefers film and natural light.

I want to capture who you are right now. I love to see you in your home — across the kitchen table from each other with a steaming cup of coffee, or smooshed together on the couch, or jumping on your bed. I can photograph you in your car, at your favorite hiking trail, or swimming at the beach. The best photos are the ones where your beauty and your most genuine self intersect. I choose to shoot with daylight — the most beautiful light there is.

 

About weddings: 

These are a few of my favorite things:

Getting Ready — There has probably never been a day where you will spend more time on your appearance. I love to be there when your stylist is transforming your hair or sticking on your false lashes. I want to see you with your girls, laughing over mimosas as someone tries to steam the wrinkles out of a bridesmaid dress. And to capture him with his guys, skateboarding away their nervous energy and passing around a flask of something nice. Of course I would never ever miss the moment when you are zipped or buttoned into your dress, or when your mom gives you the bracelet she wore at her wedding.

Details — the lace of your dress, the groom’s crazy socks, the table decor, your grandma’s handkerchief pinned around your bouquet. The rings, of course! Let me know about what special touches and trinkets are important to you and expect me to capture their essence.

Love — You and him. The tears in your mom’s eyes. The way your dad looks at you before he walks you down the aisle. Your crazy cousins who can’t wait to dance with you. When his grandpa gives you a long hug before leaving for the night. This day is all about relationship and bringing your families together, and I want to document that.

Some things to consider:

I want to capture who you really are. I’m not saying we can’t do a few poses that you found on pinterest, but as someone who can look back at my own wedding photos, the only ones that matter are the ones that are really US. The ones where I am making that same face that I have since I was a toddler, or where we are laughing, or where he is looking at me the way that usually only I get to see. My goal is to bring out the best in your relationship, whether I am shooting your engagement or your wedding. That means slowing your brain down and letting go of some of your meticulous planning and soaking in the emotions that come with knowing that you have found The One (and that you are his One, too).

Please think long and hard about how many family group photos you are really going to care about. Don’t just look up someone else’s list of group shots and use it; it is a waste of time on your wedding day. If you ever bother to print them, they’ll probably sit in a shoe box in your closet (or whoever’s closet you give them to). That is the honest truth. And the hardest part is sticking to your guns when the day comes and your parents want you to take all the same group photos they did thirty years ago.

Consider having a technology-free ceremony. There are times when I look through ceremony photos and get tears of joy in my eyes. There are other times when I get tears of frustration, because uncle Jerry couldn’t trust me to get a good photo and is, subsequently, standing in the aisle with his iPhone for the whole ceremony. Or if I’m shooting from in front of the guests, I look back and see that nobody is in the moment — they are all so busy taking photos that they aren’t enjoying the beauty of the here and now that you worked so hard and waited so long for. I honestly believe that you would be doing everyone a favor, not least of all, yourself. I could Photoshop uncle Jerry out, but there is no way I can make my computer know what your dress looked like behind where uncle Jerry was standing.

Tell me about what you want to capture.