MY STORY

Nearly twelve years ago, I met the person that would help shape my life and future career: my husband. (For this story, you should know that at the time, and through part of our marriage, he still identified as female.) Our best friendship formed instantaneously and soon found myself falling in love. But I had never dated someone of the same-sex before. So whilst all of the new feelings were happening inside, I never spoke of them, and continued on spending nearly every waking moment with my favorite person. 

Less than two months from the time of our meeting, my mom said to us one evening, "What are you two going to do when one of you gets a boyfriend?" This turned into a long, awkward conversation of us both dancing around the subject, which ended with, "Do you want to give this a go and see what happens? If it doesn't work out, we'll promise to stay best friends." Unbeknownst to me, he was in love, too.

Five and a half years later to the day, we married. A major career shift happened soon after. You see, planning a queer wedding in a state without marriage equality was a struggle. We had to out ourselves to every vendor, asking, "Are you open to working with a queer couple?" Of course we were joyful, but there was an unnecessary element of anxiety and stress that surrounded our planning. And as a photographer, I knew I needed to make a difference. I wanted to provide a space for all LGBTQ+ people to feel safe, seen, and accepted — wholeheartedly. Being photographed is vulnerable, and sharing your love should be a comfortable experience. And so, in the fall of 2013, I made the decision to focus on serving the LGBTQ+ community, and it has been the best decision I've ever made — second only to marrying my husband.

Since then, I've gone on to photograph countless LGBTQ+ couples and individuals, celebrating love and proudly serving those so dear to my heart. Because I am dedicated to affecting change for equality and compassion within the wedding industry, I've begun writing and speaking on LGBTQ+ inclusivity for wedding professionals. While I cannot serve every LGBTQ+ relationship, I can empower vendors to better serve this colorful community. 

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Nearly twelve years ago, I met the person that would help shape my life and future career: my husband. (For this story, you should know that at the time, and through part of our marriage, he still identified as female.) Our best friendship formed instantaneously and soon found myself falling in love. But I had never dated someone of the same-sex before. So whilst all of the new feelings were happening inside, I never spoke of them, and continued on spending nearly every waking with my favorite person. 

Less than two months from the time of our meeting, my mom said to us one evening, "What are you two going to do when one of you gets a boyfriend?" This turned into a long, awkward conversation of us both dancing around the subject, which ended with, "Do you want to give this a go and see what happens? If it doesn't work out, we'll promise to stay best friends." Unbeknownst to me, he was in love, too.

Five and a half years later to the day, we married. A major career shift happened soon after. You see, planning a queer wedding in a state without marriage equality was a struggle. We had to out ourselves to every vendor, asking, "Are you open to working with queer couple?" Of course we were joyful, but there was an unnecessary element of anxiety and stress that surrounded our planning. And as a photographer, I knew I needed to make a difference. I wanted to provide a space for all LGBTQ+ people to feel safe, seen, and accepted — wholeheartedly. Being photographed is vulnerable, and sharing your love should be a comfortable experience. And so, in the fall of 2013, I made the decision to focus on serving the LGBTQ+ community, and it has been the best decision I've ever made — second only to marrying my husband.

Since then, I've gone on to photograph countless LGBTQ+ couples and individuals, celebrating love and proudly serving those so dear to my heart. Because I am dedicated to affecting change for equality and compassion within the wedding industry, I've begun writing and speaking on LGBTQ+ inclusivity for wedding professionals. While I cannot serve every LGBTQ+ relationship, I can empower vendors to better serve this colorful community. 

Sarah + Jason

Cassandra is just a wonderful human of a person PLUS an amazing photographer! We couldn't be happier with our beautiful engagement and wedding photos. She listens, takes time to get to know you and understands what kind of photos really matter to you. I will recommend her to anyone and everyone. And supporting a photographer whose goal is to allow any and all couples love open and freely was important for us.

HAPPY COUPLES

Frank + Mike

Cassie was AMAZING! and so much fun to work with! From her enthusiasm, at our first meeting, to the day of our wedding, we knew Cassie would be the perfect photographer for us. She was as excited about our wedding as we were! We were a bit late, but she made great use of the time we had and got all the photos we needed. Cassie was caring and considerate, creative and spontaneous as we'd hoped she would be. We couldn't have asked for a better photographer!

HAPPY COUPLES

Dana + Suzanne

There are not enough words to describe our immensely happiness with what Cass did for us. She made us feel like the most important people when she was working with us. From the moment we first met with her! Cass made us feel like we were the most deserving couple to have all our dreams come true. Every person who has seen our photos and our wedding album have told us they think her pictures are some of the best they've ever seen. 

HAPPY COUPLES