I’m Paige. I consider myself an artist, more so than a ‘wedding photographer,’ because I like to create and really make connections with people.
My photography style is one that reflects the personalities of who I am photographing. I am more of a storyteller than someone who ‘makes up’ dreamy images. I use a variety of posed imagery, lifestyle imagery (unposed), fine art based images, and quirky moments and candids that tell the story of my clients.
My workflow is one that is not heavily edited, but I do like to play around with more fine art based photography. This means that I will not alter your body when I edit your images. I love how you look, and I think you should too. I do edit out the occasional zit when I find it necessary, but I won’t alter a body to reflect a body that does not exist. I think our world needs to slow down and find acceptance in people, and altering body types is a way to go against that mindset, as well as make the unattainable body ‘ideal’ even more unattainable… and to be honest I want my clients to look at their images knowing they are beautiful in every way, and they exist.
Who Am I?
I am a laid back photographer, but high strung person. Meaning, I am very organized in my personal life and workflow, but very laid back on wedding days and during engagement sessions. The more chill I am, the more relaxed you’ll be, thus the more you will enjoy your time.
I photograph a ton for fine art work: seen here. I exhibit a lot of work in galleries and fight for equality among all human beings. I am passionate about social justice. I am passionate about loving all human beings. I also am a huge advocate in changing the wedding industry to be more inclusive with race, genders, sexualities as well as body types, too. I want all sizes, races, and people to be represented in magazines and online.
I pride myself on being able to work with any type of person. My job at the end of the day is to document. So, I’m not afraid of working with any one different than me, religious or not, black or white, conservative or liberal. My first and foremost concern is making art.
I have been published in over 300 wedding blogs and have been in several printed wedding magazines.
Here are a few examples:
Wedding Lovely (You can learn more about me through this link)
Whimsically Wed (Laura + Hil)
POPSUGAR (Phil + Madalyn)
Aisle Memories (Liz + Zach)
The Bump (Header image is mine!)
Embrace Beauty Magazine (print and online)
WeddingDay Magazine (print and online) (Issue 1/ 2018) (Issue 2/ 2018)(Issue 3/ 2017) (Issue 3/ 2018) (Issue 4/ 2018) (Styled Shoot) [I am in all of the 2019 copies as well]
Modern Weddings (Heather + Nate) (Samantha + Jeffrey)
Woman Getting Married (.com) (Jaimee and Vishal)
Gay Weddings & Marriage Magazine (Fall Print Edition 2015/2016) (Full 2 page spread in 2019 in Print)
Every Bride (Nicholle + Teddy)
LGBT Weddings (Mackenzie + Katie)
The Glittery Bride (Nicholle + Teddy)
The Inspired Bride
The Frosted Petticoat (Blog and Print)
Revue (The Autumnatic Band Image)
Beauty & Lifestyle Magazine
Women Getting Married (Nick + Morgan)
Brides & Weddings Magazine (Glenna + Chuck) (Autumn + Brett) (Lauren + Jacob) (Phil + Madalyn)
BOHO Brides and Weddings (Lauren + Jacob)
Bridal Beauty Magazine
The Wedding Clique (Chelsie + Tom) (Abbie + Greg) (Alex + Kevin) (Liz + Colin) (Jessica + Danny)
Education and Experience
I have been photographing since I was 16.
I interned with a studio photographer for 2 years from 16-18.
Went to Lake Michigan Community College from 18-20 – where I studied Film photography, and received my associates in Art.
I studied at Grand Valley State University from 20-23, and graduated with a Bachelors degree in both Advertising and Photography, and received an Associates in Business.
In fall of 2015 I went back to school at Kendall College Art and Design and started my Double Masters, one being in Fine Art Photography (MFA), and the other being in Visual and Critical Studies (MA).
I graduated with a double masters in May of 2018, and now teach at GVSU, MSU and sometimes Kendall College of Art and Design.
I really like to expand my skills and utilize my education. So I love to teach both outside of the classroom and in the classroom. I mentor several photographers and currently am teaching at Grand Valley State and Michigan State University. Obviously I photograph weddings and other smaller shoots, but I also photograph for a variety breweries and local businesses.