Mary was a last-minute discovery whose Instagram page I was fortunate to stumble upon a few weeks before our tea ceremony. I was looking for a photographer who could capture candid, raw emotion in photos; work in small, crowded spaces; and adjust well to different types of lighting. We were holding the tea ceremony in November in two houses crammed with over 40 people, so we knew space was limited and natural light would be a challenge. Mary ticked all the boxes.
I had only spoken to her once on the phone before she came to shoot our tea ceremony but it felt like talking to an old friend. Not only that, but she’s a positive, ball of energy that both our families loved. We couldn’t help but smile when we were around her (this made taking portraits a breeze!).
When she sent us our complete, edited gallery just few days after our tea ceremony, we were utterly stunned. First of all, by the quick turnaround, and secondly, by the photos she delivered. It was hard for us to believe that a single photographer was able to move around undetected in the tight spaces where we held our ceremony and capture the variety of shots that she did within two hours.
We received her gallery link while we were at my in-laws’ house so we were able to flip through it that evening with family that was still in town from the wedding. It was such a special moment and the reactions were priceless. Mary is extraordinary and we’re so lucky to have booked her!