With a focus on what matters most about a wedding day – “moments” and family, Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers are the “Big City Photographers for the Hometown Bride.” What’s the best way to ensure that you love your wedding photos? Find a photographer that you connect with. Someone that shares some personalities traits, has similar likes, and that just “gets you”. If there is one Pittsburgh photographer who really “knows” their clients, it’s these gals. Besides connecting well with their clients, Leeann and her team believe that family is the most important thing and they strive to capture the essence of yours and how it plays out on your wedding day. Think family numero uno? Consider yourself cosmopolitan but down-to-earth? Want vivid, chic images that evoke the same emotions you experienced on your wedding day years afterward? Want someone who knows and appreciates the dichotomy of a true Pittsburgh girl? Then this is the photographer for you!
Tell me a little bit about your company!
We are the Big City Photographers for the Hometown Bride. We love our brides and their families! Our brides are cosmopolitan, vibrant, and oh-so-down-to-earth. True Pittsburgh girls.
I, Leeann, started the business in 2009 and brought on my partner (in crime) photographer, Melissa, in 2013. Together we serve our brides like their best friends in the wedding industry, and we are simply in love with the family stories that are told on wedding days. We adore father-daughter dances (as moms of two little girls ourselves) and we want to know all about our brides' and grooms' most important people who are with them on their wedding days. We truly believe that weddings are the beginning of a “new” family, and it's a celebration beyond one day.
What makes your work unique? Why should brides and grooms hire you?
We have a strong focus on family, covering more than just the bride and groom on the wedding day. We look for the story of the day, whether that be the good, bad, crazy, or exciting. We truly believe that a wedding is above and beyond anything that you can comprehend on the day-of, and so we are there to capture the moments that will be even more dear to your hearts as the years pass.
Our photos themselves are crisp, timeless, colorful, and real. We always work to create beautiful, natural movement, and our goal is for the guys to say “Hey! That was easy!”
What is your ideal client like?
Our ideal client is a Pittsburgh girl who loves to spend evenings at either the best restaurants in the city, by a fire in their parents' home, or vacationing with their best girlfriends. Our clients are never stuffy, but they know good stuff when they see it. They're the kind of girls who will greet us by name and who love to create a bond above and beyond the client-vendor relationship. They're good at shopping, eating, and laughing. They aren't afraid of a freaking awesome bonfire and they also know their Sephora products.
What do you envision for the future of your business?
I've been thinking about this a LOT lately! I see SO many amazing things for my business. We have the opportunity to create a DIFFERENCE in the lives of local photographers and brides and that can't be ignored. I want to work with more female photographers to create a work/family balance that not only nurtures their creative soul and serves our brides beautifully, but also allows them to be with their small children in these most hilarious, critical, precious years of their lives.
How would you describe your photography style?
Cosmopolitan. Vibrant. Family-focused.
What techniques do you use to help clients feel comfortable with you and in front of the camera?
I do stupid stuff. That usually does the trick. I can't tell you how many people I've had lick each other's faces. If that doesn't sit well with you, then you're probably not my bride 😉
What emotions do you think your images evoke?
Our images are created with the future in mind. We only hope that years from now our images make you laugh, smile, cry, and feel even more than how you felt about them the weeks after your wedding.
What is your approach to editing? What is the typical turn-around time for images?
Our galleries are typically delivered to our clients digitally between 3 – 4 weeks after the wedding day. After that, almost all of our clients receive wedding albums under six months after their wedding (all dependent on edits and client response time).
Our images are timeless, crisp, wonderfully lit, and colorful. All of our galleries are also delivered in black and white.
What other items do you offer?
We offer classic, made-in-the-USA wedding albums and online galleries of images. All photographic products are available upon request.
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