The number of times I field emails from couples telling me how nervous they are for pictures because one of them is just so awkward are too many to count. Almost every couple I work with at least one of them is apologizing for the fact that they don’t know what to do or will be awkward, and within minutes, I am showing them just how NOT awkward they are! Jackie was def one of those people. But a few minutes into her and fiancee Kit’s engagement session in South Philly, she exclaimed, “Hey! This is more fun than I thought it would be!” And this photographer’s heart rushed with joy! Having couples who are up for anything and trust you AND think it was actually fun? A dream ya’ll!
I know first hand the nerves of having your picture taken and how especially as an LGBTQ couple it can feel overwhelming to be totally yourself and not worry about someone judging you. Its why I spend so much of my sessions talking to my couples from behind the camera. I want you to be yourself, whoever that is, and feel like being photographed by me is a safe, fun, and affirming experience. And I love when that comes across to my clients too! I loved what Kit wrote on her facebook page after they got their gallery - “Considering how much I hate PDA and having my picture taken, the fact that I don't hate my face in every one of these tells me we picked the right wedding photographer. Thanks Amanda Swiger!”
I am so excited to get to work with these two again next summer at one of my dream venues, Power Plant Productions, right in Old City. I just know their day is going to be the perfect celebration of their love for each other and the big gay party they are dreaming of! Enjoy my favorites ya’ll!