Being a business that focuses on making intentional, eco-ethical, sustainable choices is a process. I’m not always going to get it right, so I don’t expect you to either. Here’s what I’m doing right now to try to make my photography services a little friendlier to the Earth.
Sustainable and eco-conscious weddings are for everyone
First things first, anybody can work some environmentally friendly aspects into their wedding day. You don’t have to be a zero-waste pocket-composting freegan to care about the world you live in, it’s not an all-or-nothing kind of thing.
It also doesn’t have to be expensive! There are so many ways to bring intention to your day (going plastic-free, shopping local or vintage, donating your leftover food or flowers) and you can get $100 off the cost of your wedding for doing any one of them. If you really want to make your wedding more environmentally friendly, but aren’t sure how, get in touch! I’m happy to help.
Leave no trace
I do a lot of sessions outdoors. Intimate wedding ceremonies and celebrations, wildlings sessions with kids, engagement portraits behind waterfalls. I make sure that when I’m traipsing through the wilderness in search of great photographs, that I’m also adhering to leave no trace principles.
LNT is about awareness, whether you’re on a heavily trafficked trail or out in the backcountry. It asks you to consider what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment, and on the experiences of the people who will come there after you. I’m a guest out in the woods, so I pay attention to where I step, pack out my garbage (give a hoot, etc.), and generally leave things the way I found them.
I source my products, the props I buy for sessions, and my gifts locally as much as I can. It helps the environment by cutting down on shipping things across the country (or the globe), and it helps my community by putting cash back into the hands of the people who live there.
I’m also happy to help couples to do the same – I know some great local shops for everything from flowers, to jewelry, to super niche gifts. There’s a Pittsburgh shop for everything.
Environmentally friendly print products
I love prints. Small ones, framed ones, prints in albums, I think you should have tangible photos. So I do what I can to find products that limit the impact they’re making on the Earth. I shop with vendors who offer handmade products and have ethical business practices wherever I can.
The albums I offer are all handmade, and feature hand-loomed fabrics, soy based dyes, and sustainable handmade papers. Wooden boxes and frames are often handmade, and use reclaimed wood.
I’m also doing my best to reduce, reuse, and recycle when it comes to my packaging. I reuse boxes and fillers that have been shipped to us and opt for recycled products when I’m buying anything new.
Your wedding helps the National Park Foundation
For each wedding booked, a donation will be made to the National Park Foundation (it’s kind of the least I can do for shooting 90% of my sessions in state parks).
Her photography style is exactly what I was looking for. Candid, natural, yet beautiful and classic. An absolute delight to work with! I can't recommend her enough.
Caroline captured every moment of our wedding perfectly. So much fun to relive it all through her photos.