I have been providing professional wedding photography for over 20 years. I work hard at being a friendly addition to your wedding day. How else can I get such great smiles?
I enjoy exploring and taking full advantage of the setting and personalities involved. I really like playing with the light and capturing that special backlighting, sparkle, and wow color, or dramatic black and white.
My years of experience in action and adventure photography help me to catch that split second that counts. I strive for a strong sense of place as well as illustrating all the emotional and beautiful details of your big day.
As a nature photographer I feel that my attunement to nature helps me realize the full potential of natural subjects and backgrounds to add to the beauty of your images.
I am always open and excited about your ideas and I want you to share your tastes and dreams with me.
A Little About Me
I especially enjoy the photographic challenge, pressures and creativity demanded at weddings. I have been a professional photographer since 1982 and I have had over 3,500 photos published in a wide range of magazines and publications such as Audubon, National Geographic Traveller, Outside, Maryland and Virginia Magazines, Town and Country and Paddler, as well as many commercial brochures and catalogs.
I have been working in Photoshop since version 2.0. I understand what color balance and what steps are required to deliver to you properly adjusted high resolution images.
Wedding Photography Areas
My local areas for wedding photography (where no add'l travel fees apply) are Deep Creek Lake, and Cumberland, Maryland, Nemacolin Woodlands, and Seven Springs, PA, as well as Canaan Valley, Morgantown, and Clarksburg, Bridgeport West Virginia. I am available to travel anywhere in my region (Mid-Atlantic-Washington DC) or even nationwide for a destination wedding (add'l travel and lodging fees apply).
Basic Wedding Photography Scenario
I arrive prior to the ceremony to take photos of the bride
and groom separately preparing for the ceremony. This usually
includes pictures of the bride getting ready with her
mother, bridesmaids, and family. Prior to the ceremony if the timing allows, I also take pictures of the groom
and his groomsmen.I also am available for rehearsal dinner, and wedding brunches.
photos are taken (if it is ok with the minister), and
I use my creative talents to take some interesting images that capture the exchange of vows.
the ceremony I usually take the formal groupings as well as portraits of the bride and groom. I try to do this work efficiently and to make it fun. Nothing is worse than having your guests wait hours for the photography to be completed. These shots are usually taken outdoors at a photogenic site near or at the location. Church photos are also taken if required.
addition, I take exceptional pictures at the reception such as: cake
cutting, toasts, garter, bouquet, first
dance etc as well as, candids
of friends and families casually posed in small groups, partying and dancing. If you know a picture you want during the wedding just tell me and I'll happily take it. I am working for you so take advantage of me.
Please write down your photo list prior to
the wedding if you have specific groupings you are interested
in capturing. Exact scenarios and the days timing are best discussed at a pre-meeting, with final plans submitted via email leading up to the big day. We have a lot of experience so we try and help in any way we can.
We want to understand your personal taste so please let us know what you like. Many of my clients say, "Crede, just give us your best work'.
Couples are welcome to visit my studio in Friendsville, just call to set up a meeting. I also can sometimes make arrangements to meet you at various wedding facilities. If travel over 40 miles is required for a pre-meeting there is a $100 travel fee that is charged. Refunded/deducted if you book with VQS at that meeting.
Engagement Photos | Click Here For Slideshow
In most cases I take them outside near my studio in Friendsville at one of many beautiful natural areas. Mountain views, waterfalls, forest, you name it. 2-2.5 hour engagement photo sessions are approx $300-500. I am available to travel to additional locations in the western Maryland Region such as the C&O Canel, Greenridge State Forest, etc. for add'l travel fees.
A word on Deep Creek Lake Weddings
The majority of my wedding photography is done in Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake Area. This is a fantastic wedding venue due to its close proximity and central location to a huge portion of the U.S. population. Our area is also a resort and recreation paradise with tons of outstanding activities for your guests to participate in while they are attending your wedding. There are also several wedding facilities in the area from chic elegant barns, to lake front resorts.
Ridgeview Valley Barn
Deep Creek Lake