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About Studio XIII:

It's all about connection and community

Studio XIII (thirteen) was born out of the idea that my photography studio would be bigger than myself. I wanted to create a collective that would support my LGBTQ community by honoring and sharing their love stories with the world.

I started shooting weddings before marriage equality was the law of the land. I found myself noticing how heteronormative the wedding industry was, and that LGBTQ weddings seemed to be something that a lot of industry professionals carefully tiptoed through. I saw the need for a space where LBGTQ weddings were not just an added part of the narrative, but took up the entire space. Because we need more queer spaces, do we not?! 

As a queer business owner, I want to be a photography studio that not only celebrates the love stories of my community, but also supports and encourages other LGBTQ business owners. Being an active part of the LGBTQ community is so important to me, and helps me connect closely with the couples and families that I photograph. I'm an activist and always want to use my art and my privilege to work harder for those who need it. I know and understand the struggles we have overcome as a community, the work we still have to do, and how important fighting for our rights and demanding to be seen and valued is. This is why I want to tell your story.

That's why I'm striving to create images that make you *feel*

So here's the deal. I don't just want to be your wedding photographer. Or come in and photograph your family once a year. I want to be a part of your community. I want to feel like family. I want to know everything about your love story so that I can tell it with integrity and honesty. I want to hug your mama on your wedding day and dance with your wild auntie on the dance floor. I want to blend in so seamlessly that I'll feel like an old friend (just one with a couple of cameras strapped to them). I'm gonna use my cancerean empath feel-all-the-feels skills to anticipate moments and coax out real expressions. Because I want you to remember these tiny, beautiful moments...forever.  When you look at your photos I want you to not just remember what that moment looked like, but be able to feel it-- the laughter, the tears, the smiles, the hugs, the quiet moments and everything in between. 

What do you want to remember? What do you want to feel?

COMPANY VALUES:

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We stand by this 100%.