hi, i'm alex

Hi, I’m Alex, lead photographer and owner of Idalia Photography. I’ve been photographing weddings for over eight years but I didn’t grow up with a camera in my hands. In fact, I majored in French Literature with a minor in Spanish Literature and planned to become a translator and interpreter. Instead, my life’s path led me to becoming a high school teacher and I taught Spanish and French for fourteen years. I loved the classroom but photography became my passion, and, in 2016, I followed my heart and left teaching to pursue my passion for discovering beautiful love stories, documenting genuine moments, and capturing timeless images along the way.

my philosophy

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 grandchildren will look at your wedding images, fall in love with your story, and feel like they were there on one of the days that mattered most in your lives.

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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 we love daily quiet moments on the front stoop to take a pause from our busy day, chat about life, and wonder at Livie’s latest milestones. I also love to document our life with our little girl. The photos below are by Andrea Simmons Photography from our first family vacation with baby!

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.

I love to travel. 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.

My favorite part of photographing weddings is really getting to know my couples and discovering their love story. I love finding out how they met, how they fell in love, and how they got engaged. I get genuinely excited when they share all the details with me and can’t wait to document the next chapter in their story.

2002

I purchased my first professional camera to document my month long stay in Florence and fell in love with both photography and Italy.

2007

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.

2010

I got engaged! I loved being engaged and fully enjoyed our long engagement of 23 months.

2011

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.

2012

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!

2014

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. 

2016

After teaching high school for 14 years, I left my teaching job and became a full-time photographer. I haven't looked back!

2017

I officially started coaching other photographers and creative entrepreneurs and launched my first workshop, too!

2018

We officially launched our associate program to be able to serve more couples who fall in love with our photography style.

2019

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! 

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timeline

the idalia

the team

I have a wonderful team behind me who helps me serve our clients and give them an unforgettable experience. Get to know them below!

01.

Husband, father, educator, photo editor, photographer

jay

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.

02.

Wife, mother, office ASSISTANT, and photo booth attendant

susan

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 and, when you book a photo booth with us, she’s in charge of creating a fun experience for you and your guests. I am so lucky to have her on my team!

03.

Wife, mother, associate photographeR

jocelyn

Jocelyn lives in South Jersey and enjoys spending time with her husband, adorable nine year old son, and furbaby named Jedi, a precious goldendoodle.

04.

Wife, mother, associate photographer

marianne

Marianne lives at the shore and always enjoys a good sunset with her husband, two year old son, and baby girl. 

05.

Wife, associate photographeR

sarah

Sarah lives at the shore but is originally from Brazil. She loves cats and dogs, enjoys a good hike, and speaks three languages. 

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