behind the lens

Through experience, I have learned that my true calling is to serve others and help them create and document all the beautiful moments this life has to offer. So that one day when they look at the canvas on their wall or pull out their wedding album and flip to the first page, they will suddenly get that butterflies in the stomach, heart tugging feeling that brings back a beautiful memory.

My name is Alex and I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer that was born + raised in the beautiful state of Maryland. I sometimes think of myself as a preppy hippie, I love gorgeous sunsets, and I’m absolutely obsessed with our French Bulldogs (Sebastian + Bouché) but it’s kind of impossible not to be. I have an amazing Husband, Joey, who is my rock, and believes in me more than I believe in myself. Together, we love that we grew up in the same small Maryland town, being by the ocean, sushi and Disney World (that’s where we got engaged!).

I think of myself as a preppy hippie (such a weird combo I know haha) … I have a thing for Charleston, Lilly Pulitzer, and floral anything, but I also love neutrals, simplicity, and living life to the fullest. Over time I have learned that this life is incredibly fragile and far too short, and that it truly is our duty in this world to do what makes our soul happy. Throughout my life I have learned to hold on to all of the beautiful (big + small) moments through my photography.

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My goal is to document timeless romance that will continue to influence a family for generations to come.

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Beautiful natural light locations at golden hour.

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Capturing real genuine moments of love.

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Extra special details that make your day uniquely you.

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Alex + Sean

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Alex photographed my wedding in September and she did not disappoint! She is seriously one of the most kind human beings and an amazing photographer! She was very responsive and accommodating through the entire process and made my life very simple as a bride. She was always very prepared and details were always a big emphasis for her, which I loved. We just received all of our wedding photos and I am so in love with them. She captured our day absolutely perfectly - I literally look at them multiple times every day! I could not have asked for anyone better to photograph the most amazing, memorable day of our lives!

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Lauren + Garrett

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When I found out that Alex was available to shoot my wedding, I was so over-the-top ecstatic, so happy and relieved. So first, I need to start off with how professional and responsive she is. She is so organized and makes sure that you have every single shot that you want for the day of your wedding, and she makes it so easy to do that. If you ever have any questions, she always gets right back to you. Second, she was so much more than just a photographer. She makes you feel so comfortable (even when most brides and grooms are a nervous wreck, as we were!). My husband and I have never felt so comfortable working with a photographer in our lives and she even made it fun (and that's definitely saying something as my husband actually HATES pictures!). And lastly, her pictures are literally AMAZING! The proof is right here in her FB page and her blog. Need I say more?!?!? She sees things through her camera lens that no one else sees. There's definitely an art to this, and she's got it down. Whenever I show anyone my wedding pictures, they cannot believe how perfect they are. She takes hundreds, maybe even thousands of pictures and every single one has so much detail. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer for their wedding or special occasion. I will definitely be using her in the future! Thank you Alex for doing what you do! We would not be able to relive the most special day of our lives without you!

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Katie + Craig

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I don't even know where to begin. Alex and her husband Joey are AMAZING. I was worried about picking the right wedding photographer, as soon as Alex and I got in touch I felt completely at ease. She's always available to answer any questions/concerns you may have. She's extremely responsive and professional. Alex is very organized and thinks of every detail. And the pictures....absolutely stunning. Alex is beyond talented..I mean do you see the pictures on her page/blog?! She truly has a gift for capturing all the moments and special details of the day. She captured the fun, the laughter, and most importantly the love of our wedding day, without pulling us away from the party. Our guests raved about how wonderful Alex and Joey were. They came in as photographers and left as honorary members of the Pfeifer/O'Brien family. Our pictures arrived quickly and are absolutely stunning. I am so grateful to have such wonderful heirlooms to pass on for generations. We were so lucky to have Alex as our photographer!

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