I’ve always wanted to be apart of projects that spark joy and bring people closer together. Being a lifestyle and elopement photographer allows me to combine my love of travel, art and romance. Even though it’s a creative job, it’s not always fun and photos. But I’d rather put my heart into this spontaneous artist’s life than waste away in a dimly lit cubicle. I work hard, I love my clients & I love the life I’m creating for myself. I want the pictures we create together to remind you to live your life to the fullest and love deeply.
Life is Meant to Be Lived
Never forget to make room for good times. Date nights, road trips, local events and cozy nights at home can give you the energy you need to face the world every day. Seeing moments like these remind us that we have an amazing life and no matter what random issues pop up, we have something wonderful to be grateful for.
Fun Facts About Me
- The 'Ger' is pronounced like Germany. Gernelle. My friends call me Elle, Nelle, and G (you can too!)
- My husband Brandon and I have been married since 2011. He's proof of God's love for me.
- I love thrift shopping and putting together outfits. If you aren't sure what to wear, I've got plenty of ideas!
- My favorite foods spicy ramen, lemon sorbet and vegan nachos. I'm transitioning to a plant based diet.
- I'm a big fan of Studio Ghibli, Pixar and Disney films. (Atlantis was highly underrated! Frozen sucked! Sorry not sorry.)
- I'm the youngest of five kids including a twin sister.
- I’m a Jackson State University Graphic Design graduate. HBCU pride!
Why I Stopped Shooting Big Weddings
Most couples spend about 30 minutes alone together on their wedding day. That’s it, half an hour. Then it’s back to jumping into limos, cutting the cake, making speeches, throwing the bouquet, posing for group shots and strolling through a receiving line before speeding off in a getaway car. By the end of the night, my clients were exhausted by the sheer rush of the day. After photographing 55 traditional weddings, I too was wiped out.
I decided to connect with the core of what my clients truly want me to capture: spontaneous, authentic and intimate exchanges shared by two people in love. These moments are few and far between at traditional weddings. But they flourish when a couple elopes or shares the day with a handful of loved ones. So I stopped photographing big weddings. Now I capture real moments between lovers. Date nights, road trips, romantic getaways and elopements. There's no pressure to perform. Not crowds to please. No rushed agenda. These are my favorite moments to photograph.