Why should I hire a professional wedding photographer?

Why should I hire a professional wedding photographer?

In a day and age when iPhone camera performance is only improving and most households have access to some sort of digital camera, you may be wondering if you should hire a professional at all for your wedding day. I’m here to tell you that, unless you’re financially unable to, yes…yes, you really should. Here’s why.

Mara & Tanner's Wedding

Mara & Tanner's Wedding

Yesterday was a wedding unlike any I’ve ever seen. It was all things intimate, personal, and low-key for Mara & Tanner. They’ve dated for a bit over four years and it shows in the way they interact with each other. They’re each other’s human.

Liv & Braden's Babymoon

Liv & Braden's Babymoon

Meet Liv. She’s a tattooed mother bird, a yoga instructor, and a sweet friend of mine. I met her last year during my time spent at Utah State and was somewhat obsessed with the beauty/authenticity she emanated whilst navigating motherhood, higher education, and her practice. I still am, if you can’t tell.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park

Just like any other girl who has a Pinterest account, Banff National Park has been a dream destination of mine for years. In true Maya fashion, I spontaneously bought tickets for arguably the most random time of year to visit - November. Not snowy enough for winter activities, but not warm enough for summer activities. Accompanying me, as always, was my boyfriend Jeffrey. This was my - FIRST TIME - outside the country. CANADA. Such a long ways from home. A real culture shock. ;)

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

It’s always been a bucket list item of mine to shoot a wedding in a national park. Lo, and behold, Schuyler and Glenn booked me several months ago for a wedding in Zion National Park. Obiously Jeff and I weren’t going to let this opportunity fly by without making an event of it.

The wedding itself was a bit more like an elopement with a small audience - short and sweet. Schuyler and Glenn were as laid back as a couple gets. Schuyler was willing to hitch up her dress and wade in the river until the hem of it was covered with sand. I can’t think of many things more beautiful than a barefoot bride in a sandy-hemmed wedding dress. Don’t you agree?