Caroline + Patrick // Engagement session in Williamsburg.

I met Caroline and Patrick a few months ago at the Lovesick expo. In a sea of people we clicked immediately and I was over the moon when they decided to hire me to document their wedding. They are two of the most intelligent, warm people I've had the pleasure of meeting. We spent a rainy, grey few hours walking around Williamsburg for their engagement session but mostly we hung out and had cocktails. 

Abbey + Hank // Private Estate Wedding in Lancaster, PA

Abbey and Hank are two of the kindest, most genuine people I know. I had been looking forward to their wedding all year because I knew it was going to down-to-earth and real just like they are. It was far from your typical wedding. No first dance, no cake cutting, and no bouquet toss. What they did have was an incredible outpouring of love and support from their families and friends. It was powerful and beautiful and perfect. We were so honored to share the day with you. 

Kind Words.

The other day I was sitting at my desk checking e-mail. My wife was in the other room and when she came back she looked at me and said "are you crying?" and admittedly I was all teared up. It was because I had just read an email from Laura reviewing me and my work. A few months ago I had shot she and Mike's wedding at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for my good friend Ash Imagery.  Laura not only described my work and what I try to do in my work perfectly but I feel like she understood me as a person as well. I could go on and on about how much this review meant to me but you're better off reading it in Laura's words.

I knew entering the wedding-planning process
that I was going to be particularly critical selecting a photographer,
since I was being constantly reminded (or scolded, I couldn't tell
which sometimes) that because my wedding day was, hands down, the most
important day of my life, I was going to feel pretty fucking stupid if
the pictures didn't turn out well. I mean, what would I tell my
grandkids?! How else would I be remembered?!!?! Talk about your
high-stakes.

Of all the vendors that we needed to select for our August 2015 wedding,
selecting the wedding photographer was easily one of the more
stress-inducing ones. In my research, we wanted a photographer who was
going to take creative, well-composed shots outside of the typical
photonarrative that you might see on most wedding photographer
portfolios (for instance, I had NO interest in doing the glamour bridal
shots). We wanted someone who wasn't going to butcher our photos in
post-production with an overabundance of photoshopping or otherwise
gussy up the images. Perhaps most importantly, we wanted someone who
would be comfortable rolling with the punches, since my husband and I
are a bit eclectic, nerdy and don't naturally take to having our
photograph taken.

            We were paired with George Weiss working as an associate
photographer for Ash Imagery in the fall of 2014, first met him for our
engagement photos in the venue we were having our wedding. Truly, from
the moment we met him, we were so relieved. We did indoor and outdoor
shots on a relatively chilly (and crowded) day. As far as working
compatibility, George has a warm, laid-back and approachable demeanor
that made us feel open to talk to him and without hesitation tell
him what we were comfortable doing and when we felt like something
wasn't working.  While we were admittedly nervous, we were also able
to relax quite quickly and we came out of the experience with beautiful
shots for our Save the Dates.  Upon leaving our first shoot, we were so
happy with the experience and knew that one of the things that we
DIDN'T need to worry about was whether or not our photographs would
come out well.

            As for our wedding day, George certainly delivered. George
arrived at the suite where the bridal party and some family members were
getting ready in the early afternoon. I had barely begun getting my
makeup and hair done, and I recall George coming over to me let me know
of his arrival and immediately started taking shots.

I was very nervous to have my picture taken.  I don't fancy myself
particularly good looking, and I can't help but be hyper-aware of the
presence of a camera. SO, key to me to start relaxing is by looking at
the camera and making a hideous, hideous face. There I was, nearly
makeup-less and making an absurdly ugly face.  When I've done this as
an attendant for friends weddings, they usually wait for the moment to
pass, then lift the camera and shoot. What I will always remember and
appreciate about George and his contribution to our wedding day is him
not only lifting his camera and shooting, but putting the camera back
down for a moment and smiling a big smile, letting me know in so many
ways that I was completely free to be myself for the camera.

            I share this anecdote because it really captures what makes
George so special as a photographer. We found in our search for a
photographer that the sum of pictures seemed to reflect a greater
interest in self-promotion or showcasing and a glossy, seamless, and
homogenous or "perfect" set of pictures rather than providing a
truer set of events. This is how George stood out for us.  He's not
taking pictures for himself, to put up on a website later, showcase
them, or to add to his portfolio. He's taking these pictures for you
to have a beautifully honest collection of events, and to me, this is
one of the key things that makes George so distinctive and talented as a
wedding photographer.    George so beautifully captured the nuanced
eccentricities that make me and my husband us, and, much to our
surprise, found them rather endearing. For instance, I dragged a little
stuffed puppy – a longtime joke between me and my husband – to our
"first look", I was delighted to find that when I got our pictures
back that not only did he include shots that had our little stuffed
puppy in them, but he took the time to include him in other shots I
didn't even know about until we got our final cuts back. I just want
to emphasize how I just loved and so greatly appreciated that George did
not selectively cut out these seemingly small but endlessly important
eccentricities because it might not fit into the industry standards,
more common wedding narratives, or because quite frankly some people
just find it weird.  He works with you, not for you or for himself.
He captured the "real" us; the couple that makes screwball faces
at each other, takes their shoes off and plays with Legos, and eats soft
pretzels mid-shot without pause.

I have endless anecdotes regarding George's work, but the bottom line
is that he was exactly what we were looking for.  He is warm, humble,
and friendly - you will never make you think for one second that you are
"just another wedding client".   I would not hesitate for one moment
to give you my highest recommendation to have him as your wedding
photographer. GO DO IT.


Morgan + Dan // Married in Newtown, PA

They were calling for rain. Not just a chance of rain or scattered storms but heavy rains all day. I was nervous about it, they were nervous about it and everyone was periodically looking out the window to see what was happening. It held off for a while but while Morgan was getting ready it started coming down and we were all really worried about the ceremony. Morgan got her dress on and got ready to head outside and the rain stopped. Just like that. So we took advantage of the short window we saw and got started with the ceremony. At this point I was just thanking my lucky stars that we were able to have it outside and was making other plans for doing portraits and bridal party photos. So the ceremony ends and the rain is still holding off. I think we got a solid fifteen minutes to take photos of Morgan and Dan and the bridal party. We made the best of it and took advantage of the window we had. Right as we were finishing up it started up again and poured just about all night long. 

I'm just thankful that Morgan and Dan got to have the wedding they planned for with their ceremony outside surrounded by their loved ones. They deserved it - their connection is palpable. Clearly someone was looking out for them. 


Jade + JJ // An Intimate Backyard Wedding in Lancaster, PA

I can't say enough wonderful things about Jade and JJ's wedding and the experience I had documenting it. First off, I love the idea of having a wedding at your home. Not only is it intimate on your wedding day, but from that point on just living there is a beautiful reminder of the events that took place. From beginning to end I felt like I was a guest and not just their photographer. The love emanating from their family and friends was palpable and at times it was hard for me to not get emotional. If you were there and you saw me I would appreciate if you didn't tell anyone about the tears welling up in my eyes during Jade and JJ's first dance and during the parent dances. I have to say one of the highlights for me was getting to go for my first chauffeured canoe ride - gear and all on the river that runs behind their house while they had a quiet moment to relax and reflect after the ceremony. Later that evening, their friends surprised them by putting a ton of lanterns out on the river while they went out for a few more quiet moments. Take a look and I think you'll feel it too.

Dana + Jan // Amalfi Coast Elopement

It's really hard for me to come up with the words to describe this experience. Since the moment I met Dana and Jan five years ago they've been two of the closest people in the world to me. They've been there through some of the hardest and best moments in my life and I for them. We all have incredibly busy lives (just like everyone else) but Jan is one of those people that always makes time for a phone call or text just to say what's up and see what's going on (even though we're a couple states away from each-other). I'm proud to call him one of my best friends, something closer to being my brother.

An elopement in Italy was something that came up a few times over the years but when Jan called me and told me it was happening and gave me some dates I freaked out a little bit. It was just three months away and I thought either I wouldn't be free or my wife / partner in crime/partner in life/photography would have something booked. It was fate because it was one of the only weekends this season that we both had off.

So the day finally comes and we all fly into Rome and have a crazy little road-trip-adventure down to Praiano on the Amalfi Coast. Jan's brother who is currently in the Peace Corps in Peru met us there with his lovely girlfriend Shannon. It was the first time the Watson brothers had seen each-other in about a year and it was Jan's first time meeting Shannon. Dana's best friend Steph met us there with her boyfriend Justin as well. There we were, the eight of us staying in this gorgeous house in what was quite literally was paradise. 

We spent a few days hanging out, catching up, eating and drinking lots and lots of wine. We hung out on the beach, took a boat to Capri, explored and genuinely enjoyed spending time together. At some point we all came back to earth and decided that it was time for a wedding. Jan, Andrew and Justin scouted a few different locations and decided on what you'll see below - A gorgeous little rocky moonscape below an ancient-looking tower with signs reading proprietà privata everywhere (good thing none of us can read Italian). As you'll see in the photos it was a hike - paths and staircases winding down through old crumbling walls and overgrown, yet gorgeous foliage. Did I mention stairs? Apparently Dana and Jan love stairs. So we start walking down to the spot and the sun has already set but the remaining light has a gorgeous clean, soft quality to it. As we're walking I'm freaking out because we're losing light so fast and by the time we get down there it's getting really, really dark and I'm nervous - pushing the film just about as far as possible and hoping for the best. Thankfully, it all worked out perfectly, they got married - it was an incredibly emotional and tearful moment surrounded by the people closest to them. I'm just proud to be able to call myself one of those people.

Thank you so much Dana and Jan for the greatest experience of our lives. Mae and I love you so much. 

Mal + Rob // Private Estate Wedding in York Springs, PA

Mal and Rob are incredibly fun, sweet and creative people. I knew their wedding would be a doozy but when I got to the estate that day (which happens to be Mal's aunt's property) I couldn't believe how much they did to make the property look gorgeous and to reflect themselves and their style. I could go on all day about how amazing everything was but I think the photos do a better job of that.