I am a mother to three wonderful, thoughtful, and kind children: Ruth, Maria, and Michael. And after all these years, I love my husband more than I did even on our wedding day.
And just as my family fulfills my heart, so does my career.
I’ve been a full-time fine art wedding and portrait artist for nine years now. My greatest joy is revealing to my clients the beauty in their lives. Capturing forever their authentic selves and relationships. Literally freezing time and placing it in my dear clients’ hands for them to cherish always. It is thrilling every single time.
And because I know what I do is so important to my clients, I am devoted to serving them well. To craft the most exquisitely designed experience for them and provide the most lovingly made albums and breath-taking wall galleries. To pamper them. To be kind. To make them feel special because they are.
This is who I am.
Gwen’s photography is truly “life as art”! She has a very creative outlook. I particularly enjoyed her fun and loving personality, it made capturing images that much easier, yet they still came out carefree and beautiful! - Beata & Jim
Gwen captures the most beautiful engagement and wedding photos! Her photos are more than just photos, they capture beautiful moments of our special day. She is very creative, personable, and really cares about her clients. I would highly recommend her, and we will certainly use her again for photos in the future. - Lindsay & TJ
Most down to earth, easiest person to work with. Gwen truly takes the time to get to know the couple!! - Jamie & Brooks
ART IS IN ALL OF OUR LIVES, DEARS. BUT NOT JUST IN THE MUSEUMS WE WANDER THROUGH OR THE MUSIC THAT MOVES US. ART IS ELSEWHERE AS WELL. YOUR LIFE ITSELF IS ART.
Art, to me, is the revelation of something true about life. It is something essential that we all have in common as human beings. I believe with all my heart that each one of us has in our lives these essential truths. They’re the commonality we all share.
We all know Love. Kindness. Empathy. And so many other truths.
It’s my purpose to reveal those beautiful moments of truth to my clients through my images. To show them that art and beauty resides in each of their lives. That their life is remarkable! But it’s more than a business model. It’s my calling in life. I believe it is how I can make my tiny slice of the world a better place.
Essentially, the way I approach my work can be summed up in a favorite poem of mine by Keats:
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,— that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
It means that all life is beautiful. Even a bride’s tears messing with her mascara. Or a groomsman whose nerves got in the way of his remembering socks. It might not be pretty, but it is true. And therefore, it is beautiful.
I’ve never been interested in creating “perfect” images where everyone is smiling at the camera. I yearn to capture reality. I seek to capture who you are, not just what you look like. I’m driven to capture authentic images in all their beauty, humor, and occasional nuttiness.
And the best way for me to capture my lovely clients' authentic selves is for us to be comfortable with each other. And comfort happens with an abundance of opportunities to connect and show kindness and caring. So everything in my business is done by me. Shooting the engagement session and wedding. Emails. Designing albums and thank you cards. Meetings with clients.
Because the more we talk, spend time together, or share some snacks in the studio during a meeting, the more relaxed we’ll be with each other. And the more able you’ll be to reveal your true self in front of my camera.
By doing all this, I can also be ensured that everything has my artistic vision. For example, I’m shooting to tell your story. To me, it doesn’t make sense to have a stranger edit the images or layout your album. Emails, meetings, shootings, designing: it’s a labor of love. Truly. And it’s how I feel I can best serve my clients.
Furthermore, how I’ve shaped my business is so very personally fulfilling because it is an extension of how I strive to live my life. With kindness, commitment, wonder, joyfulness, and authenticity. Business and life seamlessly work together for me.
I so hope to capture your art-full life with my heart! The camera is just my tool. These images will reflect how I see your world. A life full of beauty, fun, and joy. They are my gift to you.
If you see life as lovely, whimsical, and yes, even happily absurd as well, I would love to chat with you! And even better, host you here at the studio with delicious treats served on my grandmother’s china.
Make yourself a beautiful day!
You might not know...
I grew up in a super small Indiana town that wasn’t really a town. No government, post office, or incorporation. But we did have a 7-11 and Dairy Queen.
I read every single plaque in an art museum.
I’m fascinated by genealogy. My father’s paternal line can be traced back to Francis Girdler born in Cornwall in 1636. He arrived in Marblehead, Massachusetts sometime prior to 1671. I have a book that maps out literally thousands of his descendants. No person’s life is insignificant. Every single soul impacts the world.
If I had unlimited money and time, I would travel the world learning about EVERYTHING. History, culture, art, literature, people. My idea of Heaven is that finally I’ll have the answers to Life and all the knowledge of the universe.
I twirled a rifle in my senior year of high school in the marching band. My good friend broke her nose doing the dreaded helicopter toss.
My husband describes my emails and writings as “insufferable.” I write like I talk and feel. Lots of asides and emoticons. I figured out long ago that I was completely unable to fake sophistication. I am myself. I appreciate others who feel the same. I’m too old to pretend.
I LOVE watching people! I think being a photographer gives me license to do this.
My husband is truly the best thing that ever happened to me.
I was a high school English teacher before I had children. I made my students write in silence for the first five minutes of class about a quote that would reflect the lesson of the day.
I am a storyteller of ridiculous, made up stories on the fly. It used to make my children laugh. Now that they’re older, they just roll their eyes.
My children are my heart. They have also aged me exponentially lol ....
I was my town’s “Junior Miss.” My mom said I should enter. I won, but not because of beauty or grace. My academic grades and comfort talking to the judges pushed me over the edge. It was basically a victory for the Nerds of the World.
My heart is permanently attached to my sleeve. I cry easily. Movies, theater, music, even art hanging in a museum can set me off.
I never met a flower I didn’t like. Except orchids. Too modern.
I love antique stores. I see so many stories in these worn possessions of unknown people.
Growing up in a white-bread Indiana town, I’m FASCINATED by differences in culture, place, architecture, people. Everything. I could walk the NYC streets for days with my camera.
Books on my nightstand now: Catch 22, The Sense of an Ending, Hillbilly Elegy, How to Raise an Adult, Option B, Elegance in a Age of Crisis (beautiful history of fashion during the 1930s), Vivan Maier: A Photographer Found, Picture Perfect Posing, and J.D. Salinger’s Seymour, an Introduction. I think I might need a bigger nightstand.