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My mission as a wedding photographer is to help happy couples celebrate life's biggest joys with high quality photos and a dang good time. I believe the experience is just as important as the photos and that you deserve beautiful, lasting memories.

Hey!! I'm Gabriella.

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a newly engaged couple kisses on a bench in rittenhouse square

Natural Emotions in Your Photos

Getting Natural Emotions in Photos

I despise inauthenticity. Is that even a word? I’m not sure. But you know what I mean! When I work with my couples, I give them a mix of poses and cues to make sure I’m capturing natural emotions. Because there’s a big difference between smiling for the photo and smiling in the photo.

If I had to guess, I would say you & your partner aren’t natural models. That you don’t normally get professional photos taken together. And, even further, that the majority of your photos together are selfies (professional photographer here, guilty as charged!!). The emotion and the love is there, but it takes a little extra work on my end to allow it to come out in front of the camera! This is why I give my couples a mix of static poses and posing cues.


Poses are sometimes more comfortable for the couple because they’re being told exactly what to do. It eliminates any thinking or doubt. They are also great for more intimate moments. However, I always try to add a little extra twist to turn the attention away from me and my camera.

As an example, I might tell y’all to stand facing each other toe-to-toe (you’ll hear that a lot during a session with me!) and put your foreheads together. Instead of just stopping there, I’ll give y’all something to think about or I’ll give one of you a task. And that task can range from caressing their love’s chin to making the funniest face they can possibly think of in three seconds! Natural emotions, check!!


Cues are great because it not only allows for some motion to be included in the photos, but it lets the couple FORGET that I’m even there at all!!! And THAT, my friends, is when you get some ~solid~ couples photos.

For example, one of my favorite cues is telling one person to “trust me” while I talk to the other privately. I instructed them to walk up to their s/o from behind and surprise them with a massive bear hug, sway back and forth, make them laugh, kiss their cheek … whatever is needed to make the love of their life burst into a genuine smile.


Don’t just take my word for it! Here are some of the things my couples said about how they felt in front of my camera:

Sarah and Matt

“Her ability to capture breathtaking images blows me away – I still can’t wrap my head around how she can take two people who are camera-awkward and create a natural, effortless, beautiful, storytelling photograph.”

Megan and Jim

“She seamlessly guided us through our engagement session and made my fiancé and I feel comfortable in front of the lens … I cannot emphasize enough how comfortable Gabriella made us feel which allowed her to capture beautiful candid moments as well.”

Lesa and Max

“She guided us through the planning process, helped us pose for certain pictures (and we needed a lot of help!), secretly recorded the reading of our vows on her phone (a recording I now cherish and was able to share the day that was just the two of us with friends and family), and captured us naturally…laughing on a hike.”

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- Melissa d.

“Gabriella was absolutely amazing!!! Words cannot even describe how perfect she was, but I’ll try my best. Right from the beginning, I knew she was the one. She was so caring, calming, organized, and just a genuinely happy person. She made me feel even more excited for my wedding. She was so helpful throughout the entire process right down to the big day. AND THE PICTURES - OH MY GOD. They are absolutely breathtaking and she definitely tells the story of your day in the most perfect way. She captures every precious moment while having a smile on her face the whole time she’s with you. I can’t say enough amazing things about her. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to have the BEST photographer for any occasion. We had such an amazing experience with Gabriella and we can’t thank her enough!”

"Captures every moment"

- Dawn g.

“Gabriella is a very great planner, very organized and an absolute delight to work with. Her planning and organization helped me prepare for the big day without any fear that I left any important photo out. Her planning skills ensured I didn't miss any details. She is such a delight to work with she was even happy to help me with my little surprise I had for my husband, it went off without a hitch. She captured all the photos we could imagine....all the fun, sweet, sincere moments throughout the day. She even provided the photos to us in a timely manner. I HIGHLY recommend her; she's highly energetic, personable, easy to work with, a planner, organized, and she captured lots of beautiful pictures. She exceeded all of my expectations. She was such a great photographer.”

"Exceeded all my expectations"

- Melissa N.

Making my dream wedding come true!
Gabriella was hired by my (now) husband, as a surprise photographer for our proposal. She was phenomenal and we hired her for our wedding as well! Her energy and vision for our wedding photos captured every moment and emotion. She was amazing in every way. Her attention to detail and knowing what was important to me on my big day was awesome - she went the extra mile. I would 10/10 recommend her to any one wanting to capture beautiful moments in life - for their engagement, wedding, and more.

"She went the extra mile."

- Megan W.

Hiring Gabriella was one of the best decisions that we made during our wedding planning. From our very first conversation, Gabriella was warm & bubbly. She radiates positive energy that I knew that we needed for our big day. Gabriella has a vigorous work ethic and eye for detail. Her ability to transform any setting is pure magic. We enjoyed working with her throughout the planning process and are absolutely thrilled with our engagement and wedding photos (which she had edited and back to us in less than one month!).

"One of the best decisions"

- Lisette & Tyrus b.

What can we say about Gabriella Marie Photography. There are so many words to describe the amazing job Gabriella did on our special wedding day. Gabriella will not only shoot your wedding, she can help you design what your wedding will be. She is there every step of the way. She has amazing attention to detail. Before the big day, Gabriella has a plan that will ensure that your day will be spectacular. She is always available via text, call, direct message, FaceTime or Zoom. Gabriella is the absolute best photographer ever. The best quality that she has is that she is more than a photographer, she is a true friend. She cares about her clients and makes us feel like a trust-worthy friend is there to help. For example, she sent my wife and I a pre-wedding care package. This gift proved to be so valuable for us while dealing with wedding stress. This gift was the most thoughtful thing my wife and I ever received. A simple thank you is just only the tip of the iceberg with regarding Gabriella Marie Photography. Everyone please check out our new friend Gabriella. Trust us, she is worth every penny and more.

"Worth every penny and more"