I believe that capturing love stories for my couples and their future generations is the first step in creating the legacy of a fulfilling marriage. Every couple deserves to have their love story told through beautiful images and classic heirloom albums that last a lifetime. My wish for you is that, years from now, your children and grandchildren will look at your wedding album, fall in love with your story, and feel like they were there on one of the days that mattered most in your lives.
I offer a personalized approach to creating images that are focused on three things: details, portraits, and moments. I tell the story of a wedding day through the beautiful and unique details you spend hours selecting, romantic portraits for the walls of your home and your first family heirloom, and authentic captures of the moments that matter most to you. Whether those moments happen while you're getting ready with your maid of honor, through stolen glances at your ceremony, or during that memorable dance party you're planning, I thrive on capturing it all beautifully and naturally so that you can re-live your day over and over again.
When I’m not documenting beautiful love stories, I find my purpose through being a wife to Jay and mother to Olivia. We live in Howell, in the house that I grew up in, and every day we love to take a pause from our busy lives, chat about life, and wonder at Livie’s latest milestones!
Photo Credit: Jac & Jules
I lost my mother to cancer when I was 25 years old and one of her biggest regrets was not having her wedding professionally photographed and an heirloom album of that precious memory to pass down. When I developed an interest in portrait photography, my mom was the first person I photographed, and Idalia Photography became a tribute to her memory. Idalia was her middle name and serves as a constant reminder of why I do what I do.
I don’t take anything for granted. Ever since losing my mother I have learned to be grateful for everything I have. There are endless things I am thankful for on a daily basis and I feel so fortunate to be where I am in this season of life. Whether it's getting to spend quality time with my family or getting to meet a new couple so I can continue to do what I love, I am so thankful for the path life has led me on.
I love to travel! I used to be a high school teacher and spent much of the time off I had during my teaching career to discovering new destinations. I’ve been to thirty-nine countries and have lived abroad on three different occasions. I fell in love with my husband while traveling 1,800 miles during a 5 day road trip and decided he was the one during a 6 week backpacking trip.
A few things I love about photographing weddings is getting to know my couples, witnessing the joy they feel on their wedding day, and having a part in helping them create their legacy. One of the greatest gifts you'll pass on to your children and grandchildren some day is your wedding album and helping you create such a special heirloom is one of the greatest joys of what I do.
I purchased my first professional camera to document my month long stay in Florence and fell in love with both photography and Italy.
I met my husband and we went on our first two trips together: a road trip through the Southwest and a backpacking trip through Central America and Mexico. It was on these trips that we fell in love and knew we had found a life partner.
I got engaged! I loved being engaged and fully enjoyed our long engagement of 23 months.
I shot my first wedding and fell in love with wedding photography. I shot a total of four weddings that year and launched my blog.
I got married! For our honeymoon, we went on an 8 week trip through 12 countries in the Western Balkans. And we still loved each other afterwards!
I went from shooting 15 weddings the year before to having the honor of capturing 33 weddings in one year! This is the year when our business really took off.
After teaching high school for 14 years, I left my teaching job and became a full-time photographer. I haven't looked back!
I officially started coaching other photographers and creative entrepreneurs and launched my first workshop, too!
We officially launched our associate program to be able to serve more couples who fall in love with our photography style.
Jay and I welcomed a sweet baby girl into our family. Olivia Claire was born in February and we are so in love with her!
I have a wonderful team behind me who helps me serve our clients and give them an unforgettable experience. Get to know them below!
He loves Trivia and is a former Jeopardy! Champ. We used his winnings to pay for our dream wedding in Italy. Jay’s role is as photo editor, ensuring that all of our images are edited in our signature style.
Susan’s two daughters and tight-knit family bring an incredible amount of joy to her life. Susan works a lot with me behind-the-scenes to ensure our clients have a seamless experience. I am so lucky to have her on my team!
Jocelyn started shooting with me in 2017 and has been a wonderful addition to my team as an associate photographer! Just like the rest of us, she has a warm personality and cares deeply about our clients.
Jocelyn lives in South Jersey and enjoys spending time with her husband, adorable son, and furbaby named Jedi, a precious goldendoodle
Marianne has been a photographer since the year 2000 and started shooting with me in 2016. To date, she has shot over 300 weddings!
Marianne is joyful and a pleasure to be around. She's a wife and mother to two children - a little boy and adorable baby girl. Marianne lives at the shore and always enjoys a good sunset with her family.
Amber is a warm and kind-hearted photographer who loves to seek out the intimate moments of your special day. She makes a point to bring her best work to the table at every moment, whether that’s your first look, your family’s smiles, or your unique traditions.
When Amber isn’t playing paparazzi to the bride of the day, you can find her snapping pics of her baked goods and tasty meals.
Right from the start, we knew that selecting Alex as our photographer was the best decision we made in our wedding planning process. Her responses were always very prompt, and she was exceptionally organized and detail-oriented.
MAGGIE & JUSTIN