In highschool I was voted "Most Likely to Never Marry". I guess that I have never liked being told what to do so I decided to do them one better and not only get married, but devote my life to photographing weddings.
I didn't plan it that way. In fact, I didn't hire a photographer for my own wedding back in 2004. At the time I did not think that it was a big deal. My husband and I had a short engagement and a backyard wedding with just a handful of guests. My mom had a camera.
I do not have a single image from my wedding that I would be proud to hang on my wall.
I have been married more than a decade, and it was only after the fact that I realized how important it is to preserve our memories.
Now I live in Virginia and I have found my niche photographing upscale rustic weddings in Virginia at barns and wineries in the Shenandoah mountains and the Piedmont. Virginia has some of the best wedding venues for rustic weddings an I love that each wedding lets me explore a new place.
My favorite part of photographing rustic weddings in Virginia is the connection that I get to build with my wedding couples and the opportunity to capture that connection for them.
Trying to describe what it is that I do as a wedding photographer that makes me different from all of the other wedding photographers out there can be tough.
We all take pictures. We all capture precious memories.
What makes me different - what I really do for my clients is...
I create space. For joy. For being open and vulnerable and beautifully in love.
During the process of photographing your engagement and wedding I create space for you and your fiance to embrace your connection. I can create amazing images for you, but being able to create stunning images isn’t the exception in this community of extremely talented photographers – it’s the rule.
What sets me apart is I genuinely believe that I am gifted with the ability to put couples at ease and bring out your most beautiful, authentic selves.
To be totally honest, there is nothing natural about being followed around by a person toting a camera. Zip. Nada. Zilch.
It can be weird and awkward, especially if you are not one of those in-your-face extroverts. There are people who are emotive; then there are people who feel deeply, but more intimately. Instead of projecting, these people collect. They draw people and things in and hold them close. They do not scream it from the rooftops, but rather bask in a quiet warm glow.
I understand those people because I am one of those people.
During our time together I give you permission and support to be open and vulnerable. I want you both to feel safe to shine your joy, and shimmer in each other’s light.
While we are photographing, the only thing that I want you to be focused on is your partner.
When getting ready, I stage all of your details so that the finished photos are effortlessly beautiful. I carefully monitor the schedule so that we arrive at the right place at the perfect moment. When we are photographing your portraits, I gently guide you into poses and situations where you can interact with each other naturally while capturing your best angles and expressions.
The finished product is a portfolio of images that captures your wedding in a way that feels natural, effortless, and beautiful.
I am available for rustic weddings in Virginia or destination weddings worldwide (I love to travel!)
You can find me at www.weddings.mollietobiasphotography.com.