As a photographer I am deeply committed to capturing the essence of joyous memories that emerge from a mindful dance between my clients, light and the natural world around us. I strive to bring out the true nature of ones self.
I infuse a tenderly and peaceful perspective in composing a story with my client by
drawing inspiration from 18th century nostalgic and the romantic poetry of my personal work " The Secret Language of Flowers" as well as my daily Buddhist practice.
Whew! Now that all of that seriousness is over with...
I love photography, I always have. Whether I need to work quickly by shooting digitally or when time allows using my collection of antique cameras, my curiosity and desire for a connection with my subjects never wanes.
My digital work focuses on capturing natural, joyous and spontaneous moments with an editorial bent. I try to bring playfullness and sense of humor to each photo shoot.
Antique cameras and film create a timeless look with a dream like feel that are an individual, unique expression. This specialty is for those who are willing to invest the time to create a quiet, intimate moment that is special to each individual.
My wedding rate at $3,500 for an eight hour day. If you are having an intimate gathering that won't require that much coverage or just want images of the ceremony and a few portraits please contact me and I'll be happy to give you a custom quote.
Digital images are provided on a USB drive and will arrive approximately 15 days after your event. Three 8x10 archival photographs are hand printed by me and are included in the above rate. After your selection is made your prints will arrive in approximately 30 days.
A 2 hour engagement session is offered for $250. with each wedding booking. A 50% deposit is needed at the time of the engagement session or to secure a wedding date.
Images can be uploaded to an on line sharing site- please inquire. If you require a second photographer- please inquire. For photographic albums please see information below.
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Hand bound/ Locally made photo albums by Val Wells.
The sumptuous fabrics and vivid patterns of Val Wells’ hand bound albums offer exciting options for documenting your wedding or special event.
Val uses acid-free papers and archival quality paints and fabrics to ensure that these keepsakes will enduringly preserve memories of special moments. The albums, binders, guest books, and clamshell boxes can be customized from a wide range of colors to reflect your aesthetic palette. Handmade in the Hudson Valley since 1985, this beautiful work features unique marbled papers, silken fabrics, and quality construction.
Approximately 6 weeks lead time for a custom album is needed. Sizes range from 6x7 to 13x13. Archival photographs are either hand printed by Kelly Merchant and then bound into a custom album or photos can be secured with photo corners. Please inquire for prices.
Hand bound custom photo albums
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.
Every wedding day is different and deserves to be treated as such.
That is why I am happy to offer custom quotes for each couple.