I’m Colby (he/him), your local neighborhood dog parent/beer lover/former mascot/barbershop singer/wedding and elopement photographer. My love language is shouting compliments at you. I love people and hate crowds. I prefer long hikes in the mountains to ones on the beach, but both are better than sitting at home. I really, really, really don’t like having my photo taken.
More than 10 years ago, I started trying to capture the people I love in their element - with their people. My work is joyful, meaningful, and full of energy. My favorite photos feel like they’re alive and moving. They stir something in my chest. They make me feel the sun on my skin.
It means a lot that you’re here with me. If you’re picking up what I’m putting down, then here’s your sign to hit that little button down below and make a connection IRL. It’d be my honor to serve you.
These aren’t just pictures of you: they’re pictures of the way you connect with your partner (or your family, or the world around you). This connection is the subtle little spark that I specialize in.
When it comes time for us to make magic together, I’m expecting you to bring your full authentic self, no holds barred. Every love story is different, and every single one deserves a good hype man.
I want to see the life in your eyes, and it just doesn’t happen when you’re standing still. My work is UNPOSED - meaning, I’m going to give you a task, game, or prompt that is designed to create a genuine little moment between you and your partner. When you’re moving, interacting, and playing, that’s when the real joy, affection, and spontaneity comes through. (Yes, this will be way more fun than you’re expecting.)
Life is an adventure for me and my couples. It’s exciting, uncertain, a little scary, takes effort, and is always worth it. Your wedding day will be an adventure too, and like any good adventure guide, it’s my job to help you be prepared for anything.
When we develop a day-of timeline together, we’ll start by identifying what you value and how you want to spend your wedding day. It’s my job to advocate for you to maximize that quality time while making sure we have enough time set aside for all your hallmark moments.
Honestly, and I don’t mean this to be cheesy, it’s YOU. It’s the joy I get to witness when you’re being goofy with your person. It’s the doubtful look you give your partner when I tell you to jump on their back. It’s the raw, real, honest feelings that come out on a wedding day that deserve to be preserved. It’s the tear that drops down your dad’s face when he sees you all dressed up and ready to get married. It’s knowing that when your wedding day is just a memory, you’ll have timeless prints to show your grandkids (or maybe your neighbor’s grandkids?).
Wedding photography is a LOT more than just pushing buttons on an important day, which is why it’s my favorite type. We’ll start building our relationship early (like, maybe in 5 minutes once you fill out that inquiry form?) because it’s important that I know who you are in order to know how to best tell your story like it’s The Notebook. As your wedding photographer, I’ll double-duty as your personal hype man, Macgyver when a button pops off, Johnny-on-the-Spot when you need a water bottle or a coffee or a shot of tequila, and jobsite supervisor when we need to transform a back room of a church.
After a few years of photojournalism and portraiture in Obama's first term, I stumbled into the wedding world with the help of a couple mentors -- and I was HOOKED on day one. Nothing could compete with the raw joy and connection on the other side of my lens. And while it's fun to tell just any story, I find particular joy in the people side of wedding days: grabbing a tissue for your mother-in-law, making friends with your ring bearer, herding the extended family in and out for a quick photo, and setting my camera down at the end of the night to do the wobble with you. After it's all over, making sure you have those prints for your walls and album to pass down to the next generation is icing on the cake.
A portion of the proceeds from every wedding I photograph is automatically donated to OneIowa, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ Iowans. OneIowa was instrumental in the State of Iowa passing marriage equality laws in 2009 (preceding federal policy in 2015), and LGBTQ couples still face lots of discrimination from wedding vendors today.
It's my way of holding a little extra space for my loved ones in an industry that still has a way of making them feel unwelcome.
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