I provide natural, colorful photography for couples who value connection and adventure... couples who know that every day is a gift they want to cherish with their best friend by their side.
My goal as your photographer is to capture the essence of y'all as a couple — from the romantic dip kisses at sunset to the stolen glances when no one's looking and everything in-between.
- Lesa m.
It is not too often that you can hear a photograph, but upon review of Gabriella’s photos of our adventure elopement, I can hear the laughter through the images…and there was a lot of laughter that day. Not only that, but I can feel the love in the photos she captured. While the end product was more than I could have ever imagined (absolutely gorgeous), the entire process of working with Gabriella was seamless. Her kindness and eagerness to work with us was apparent from our very first virtual meeting with her. We came to this meeting with a very vague vision for our elopement. We knew we wanted to hike on a trail which is considered “technical and strenuous” in the middle of February, but we did not know if any photographer would be up for this adventure or if it was even a feasible plan. Gabriella’s excitement for the adventure elopement was contagious and I left the meeting feeling eager and hopeful that our vision was a realistic one. She was fully “in”! I felt like I was working with a friend. Gabriella was responsive, friendly, informative, flexible, non-judgmental, and helpful. 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. I cannot recommend Gabriella enough. I urge you to book a meeting with her even if you are uncertain about your plans. I promise her kindness and passion for her work will be evident from your very first conversation.
- Megan m.
Gabriella is an incredible photographer! She seamlessly guided us through our engagement session and made my fiancé and I feel comfortable in front of the lens. Gabriella was so thoughtful, organized, and kind AND she truly brought my vision to life! She was also extremely accommodating of our hectic schedule. I cannot emphasize enough how comfortable Gabriella made us feel which allowed her to capture beautiful candid moments as well. She also sent us both the sneak peak and full gallery in a timely manner. We will forever treasure these photos and I could not be happier with our decision to choose Gabriella to photograph our engagement!
- Mariya g.
Where to even begin, Gabriella did a phenomenal job making us feel comfortable and is so incredibly positive and charismatic! She not only is talented but made sure we got the best service possible. She worked very hard to get out product to us in a timely manner. She exceeded our expectations as a photographer and we are beyond excited to work with her again at our wedding. From start to finish she had great communication and had a great vision for us! I highly recommend her and you will not be disappointed if you chose her for whatever your needs may be.
- katrina E.
Outstanding! Gabriella was professional, punctual, patient, kind, and so much more. I only have sneak peek images right now, but she captured the romance of our day. When she left, I felt like I was saying goodbye to a new family member. During the build up of the wedding, her responsivenes, and reassuring attitude gave me confidence we had selected the perfect photographer for our day. Gabriella's peaceful demeanor brought such calm to our evening. She simply did what she was there to do, while smiling and giving direction as needed. I'm so grateful to her and I look forward to our post pandemic wedding party where we can do it again.
Gabriella was awesome!! So personable and friendly! She took the time to help my fiancé pick the best proposal spot and the pictures came out amazing ! She sent us some pictures the same day and had a quick turn around time for the rest of the gallery. I would highly recommend her!! Can’t wait to work with her again!
- ryan y.
Gabriella was great to work with. She was responsive and enthusiastic throughout the entire process. Not only did she capture amazing photos, but also helped plan my surprise proposal. She was flexible and accommodating the entire way. She provided several photos the same day as the shoot and was very timely in editing and sending over our entire gallery. I would highly recommend Gabriella to anyone looking for a photographer.
My mom was concerned about me. I just commented on what a pretty combination the date was on the newspaper that morning. I just made my signature blueberry oatmeal and I was scanning the newspaper before heading off to school. My mom looked at me, confused. “What do you mean by the date being ‘pretty’?”, she asked. “The colors work well together,” I responded. Duh. Apparently, that’s not normal. After lots of Google research and, later on in high school, confirmation from my AP Psychology teacher, I determined I have a form of synesthesia. Basically, the “color” wire and the “symbol” wire are criss-crossed in my brain (which they’re not supposed to do). The result? I see letters & numbers in color. The best way I can describe it is as follows: When you see the number “4”, your brain processes the shape of the number and assigns meaning to it. While that’s happening, you see the number in your mind’s eye. THAT is where I see it in color. Not in front of me — I know that the font I’m using to type right now is black — but when my mind processes that number, I see pink in my mind’s eye.
Long story short, color is very important to me and impacts me differently than it does others. I’ve always been drawn to art, and I think my affinity for colors is one of the main reasons why I love photography so much. I got my first camera in fourth grade (yes, I still have it!) and I loved taking pictures of my backyard. I was in awe of the colors filling the world around me, and summertime was full of it. My mom raised me to get down & dirty in the great outdoors, and boy, did she do it right! I couldn’t get enough of being outside, feeling the warmth of the sun caress my skin as I captured nature’s beauty on my little blue camera.
I didn’t exactly thrive in elementary school, which is why I had so much alone time to take those pictures. My family moved when I was in second grade, and I remained the “new girl” at my Catholic grade school during all four years I spent there. After moving to public school in seventh grade, I began to break out of my shy, quiet Catholic schoolgirl shell and tap into my true extraverted self. I was given a fresh start, and I took full advantage! I made friends quickly and easily and I steadily embarked on my path toward success, achieving every goal I set my sights on (I’m a 4w3 for all you Enneagram nerds like myself). My life was forever changed.
By the time senior year of high school rolled around, I had forgotten about my Kodak camera from my summers of solitude years ago. My mind was consumed with goal-setting and achieving — running became my life, top 1% of my class was a shiny possibility (that I did not reach lol), and I had the responsibility of leading students as Wilson High School’s elected student government president. Choosing a college was the next goal on my list. I wanted to go south (sunshine, duh!) and have the big school, good football team, academic-but-not-overwhelmingly-so college experience that I dreamed of. The University of Georgia provided all of that AND a partial academic scholarship (I was and still am a proud nerd) AND allowed me to walk on to the Division I cross country and track team, so down to Georgia I went. I didn’t know a soul, and I couldn’t have been more excited.
It was actually my freshman year boyfriend that re-introduced me to my love of photography. Because of him, I created recap videos for my freshman and sophomore years of college, including my two biggest adventures: a road trip out west and a study abroad trip in Ireland. We’ve since broken up, but I am ever so grateful for our relationship and his short-lived obsession with cameras ;)
I went into college as an intended journalism major because the only subject I truly enjoyed in high school was writing and I didn’t exactly want to major in English. When I learned that I could combine photography and storytelling into one profession — photojournalism — I never looked back (okay, maybe I changed my major 11 times, BUT the goal was always the same!!!).
My love for visual story telling grew with an unquenchable desire to create and to make a difference in my community. I was a full-blown extravert at this point; I’ll walk up to just about anyone and start a conversation! I learned so much in my 3.5 years at UGA and created some absolutely incredible friendships that will for sure last a lifetime.
Then, the pandemic hit.
I was a photo editing intern for CNN Digital in Atlanta when the world came crashing down. My internship started a few weeks after my December 2019 graduation and I was learning SO MUCH about news value, journalistic integrity and photo editing. And just like that, on March 12, 2020, I received an email an hour before my shift ended that it would, in fact, be my last shift at the CNN World Headquarters.
Just like literally everyone else at that time, I had no idea what to expect. I called my parents and decided to temporarily move home to Pennsylvania to ride out this thing called quarantine until scientists got a handle on how we should be living our lives under the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a quiet but beautiful two months at home — I wrote about it here, in a photo essay about my relationship with my brother.
In early May, I drove back down to Georgia to continue working. It was one of the first states to open up after the pandemic-induced shutdown, and both of my jobs started back up again. I worked at Fleet Feet Athens and as a freelance photojournalist for the local paper, the Athens Banner-Herald.
My time freelancing for the paper would soon be consumed by protest coverage as the nation reeled from the death of George Floyd at the hands of police and the racial inequality found in various aspects of our country. It’s difficult, covering these protests — as a journalist, you take the third-party observer role. You are not liked by the protestors or the law enforcement they are protesting against. You witness firsthand the pain and the hurt of the injustices people are protesting against; you also witness the relentless name-calling and harassment of the law enforcement ensuring safety and blocking traffic for these very protests to take place. You get tear-gassed and narrowly escape less-lethal munition. You are taken care of by volunteer medic protesters and by kind law enforcement officers. And yet, you take no side. You witness. You document. You attempt to tell the many, many stories playing out before you.
Spring and summer 2020 changed me, and I know I am not alone in that.
I moved to Philadelphia in early August after my lease ended in Georgia. I had originally planned on moving to Atlanta to pursue freelance photojournalism and wedding photography, utilizing the connections I had made in college and at CNN, but the pandemic made everything uncertain. Would everything shut down again? Would I be able to work enough to live on my own far away from my family? Would I be unable to see my family for long periods of time?
Philly became the clear choice for the craziness of 2020. I immediately began pursuing both photojournalism and wedding photography, and man, did I grind!! I put hours upon hours into starting my business and doing it right, and I honestly couldn’t have done it without two rockstar wedding photographers I follow and look up to on social media, Evie Rupp and Lindsay Roman. My business exploded almost right away as I helped meet the needs of newlyweds all around me. And I was THRIVING.
And that brings us to today! Spring in southeastern Pennsylvania brings about soft breezes, yellow forsythia bushes and (most importantly) cinnamon bun Wawa coffee. Honestly, one of the best parts about moving back to Pennsylvania was being reunited with Wawa. 100%. Lol.
I joined the Philadelphia Runner Track Club to make some friends and to focus on training for my physical health and mental sanity, and it’s been truly wonderful so far! Even in this pandemic-ridden world, I’ve been able to make some new friends in this new city. I will forever miss Athens, Georgia, but Philadelphia is slowly but surely stealing my heart.
Being close to family once again is such a blessing, and the entrepreneur life is AWESOME. Life is good, life is busy and life is full of hope & possibility. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for your interest in my personal story :) There is SO much more to come!! Y’all, the world is our oyster — we just gotta go out and make sh*t happen. Let’s go!
here, in a photo essay
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