The trick to getting authentically YOU wedding photos? This stellar NY/NJ-based photographer #Sponsors: Photographers#new jersey#new york#new york city#wedding photographer Posted Feb 15 2019 Catherine Clark bijouxandbits This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. I love it when a photographer makes me feel like I'm worthy of photographing no matter what I look like, if I'm awkward as hell, or if I deviate from the norms that dictate what we think is "right" or "pretty," or "traditional." That's why the ethos of one of our most rad partners, New York and New Jersey-based Adena at Studio A Images, resonates so much with us. Obviously we do our best to make sure all of our vendors are top notch AND totally inclusive, but sometimes they just fit so comfortably into our mindset that I've just go to introduce you. Studio A Images is also featured in our Offbeat Vendors guide! You may have already seen her work featured on Offbeat Bride here and here. Every time I see a Studio A Images wedding, I know it's going to have tons of fun shots with belly laughs and tears. It's time to meet Adena and see exactly why she'll document your wedding like a rockstar, not in spite of your offbeatness, but because of it. Tell me more! Here's a bit from Adena about her priorities in inclusivity and representation… I’ve always been an inclusive photographer and the most common compliment I get from my couples is how real my couples are on my website — they can see themselves in my work. My couples really range in age, sexual orientation, race, religion, abilities, body size, etc. It makes me feel good to know that clients know that I'm welcoming of these diversities, especially if they feel that other photographers have more pigeon-holed portfolios. Praise hands for that last part. We totally know that wedding media and traditional vendors often will only show what they think people want to see, when we know that couples want to see themselves represented. They want to know that their wedding photographer has experience making other types of people look and feel amazing. And Studio A Images delivers on that. In fact, go check out Adena's portfolio for proof! Here's a bit more from Adena on how she's able to connect with her clients to get an authentic and journalistic view of the day that will bring those tears every time you look at the photos… I like connecting with my clients and getting to know them. For me, I find that helps see how they are as a couple and can then bring out their personalities in photos and not pose them in ways that aren’t comfortable or that don’t look like something they wouldn’t do. I have some couples who don’t love PDA — and that’s fine. You can be romantic with your partner without kissing in public. Someone who just booked me said they saw a lot of portfolios where each wedding looked exactly the same. The photographers had ways they wanted to shoot weddings and that’s how they all looked — the same poses, the same glazed looks, and a distinct lack of their own personalities. That’s not me and not how I shoot. I try to make sure each wedding is documented exactly how it unfolds so that when the couple looks at their photos after the wedding they can relive the actual memories of the day, not some forced memories of how someone thought a wedding should look like. I want all my couples to have great moments and candids captured. And also an amazing portrait of the two of them, personalities and all. Adena also has a real love for weddings and love stories, which makes a huge difference in the final product you receive. You definitely want to find someone who is interested in what makes you unique so that they're looking to capture those details. Let's hear from Adena on her goals… I truly enjoy my couples and getting to see so many different perspectives in how people decide to make their unions something of permanence. I equally love my small weddings and elopements as I do the 200+ guest weddings. I love seeing how people incorporate different religions and cultures to make unique ceremonies that hold meaning to the couple and their families. I equally love when couples include traditions that are meaningful. Moments between parent and child. Toasts that make someone want to cover their face in one moment and then laugh out loud the next. Finding awesome light for portraits and the creative challenges when it rains. Watching couples making each other laugh. It’s human interaction on the best level. I'm in, can you make me a deal? Oh hell yes we can! Get a load of this discount that Studio A Images is offering to readers… Offbeat reader promotion: Snag $450 off of your wedding package if you book by March 31, 2019 and tell them you found them on Offbeat Bride! If you're in the New York or New Jersey areas, definitely reach out and say hello to Adena at Studio A Images. She'll deliver the goods with lots of experience, tons of enthusiasm for YOU, and the ability to make art out of your love story. Oh, and namedrop us for that sweet discount, too! Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Sci-fi meets romance at this Chicago artist loft wedding NEXT Get ready to be blown away by this queer AF musical theater wedding Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. 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