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 beautiful 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 beautiful community. 

Paia + Lee

WE CANNOT RECOMMEND CASS ENOUGH! SHE WAS SO COMMUNICATIVE, KIND, AND FLEXIBLE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS AND ON OUR WEDDING DAY. WE FEEL SO LUCKY TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WORK WITH HER. WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF HAVING BOTH SUN AND POURING RAIN DURING OUR OUTDOOR WEDDING AND CASS ROLLED WITH THE PUNCHES AND WAS ABLE TO CAPTURE SOME TRULY INCREDIBLE MOMENTS. OUR FAMILY THOUGHT THAT SHE WAS THE BEE'S KNEES AS WELL. 

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Courtney + Wayne

IF I COULD GIVE CASS 10 STARS OUT OF 5, I WOULD. MY NOW-HUSBAND AND I KNEW WE LOVED HER FROM OUR FIRST MEETING - AND AFTER WORKING WITH HER ON OUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS, WE KNEW WE WERE IN FOR SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL FOR OUR WEDDING. CASS DID NOT DISAPPOINT. SHE WAS WONDERFUL. WE ALSO GOT OUR GIF BOOTH FROM HER - WHICH WAS THE PERFECT ADDITION TO OUR RECEPTION...IT WAS SO MUCH FUN, AND OUR GUESTS ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! I WOULD RECOMMEND CASS TO EVERYONE I KNOW - MY SISTER, MY BEST FRIEND, EVERYONE.

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Sarah + Rachel

CASS WAS THE MOST RECEPTIVE AND RESPONSIVE PERSON WE WORKED WITH WHEN PLANNING OUR WEDDING! SHE WAS ALWAYS KIND, UNDERSTANDING AND FRIENDLY. THE DAY OF THE WEDDING, SHE PROVIDED GUIDANCE AND CALM DURING THE NORMAL WEDDING DAY CHAOS. HER EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY SHINES THROUGH AS SHE MADE US FEEL SO COMFORTABLE. THIS MADE FOR GENUINE PHOTOS THAT WERE FILLED WITH LOVE AND EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS. WE WOULD RECOMMEND CASS TO ANY FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

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Maria + Genevieve

OUR EXPERIENCE WITH CASS AS OUR PHOTOGRAPHER WAS EVERYTHING WE COULD HAVE EVER DREAMED. WE WERE SOLD FROM THE MOMENT WE VIEWED HER WEBSITE BUT WITH EVERY INTERACTION WITH HER, OUR EXPERIENCE JUST GOT BETTER. SHE CREATED A COMFORTABLE SPACE FOR US TO ENJOY OUR DAY AND BE IN OUR LOVE BUT KNOW THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE THE BEST SHOTS TO CAPTURE THOSE MOMENTS. I WOULD NOT HESITATE TO RECOMMEND HER SERVICES TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE FOR WHATEVER THE OCCASION.

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