Hi, I'm Libby Neder.
I am meant to make photographs of people.
When you step in front of my camera, I am not walking you through a canned list of poses, instead I am looking for what makes you you. I will find and showcase your best qualities—like that laugh-smile that your real friends would recognize. I am trying to take that photo that you hold up as the best photo that has ever been taken of you. I want to show you through my lens what the people you love the most see every day. I do this by truly seeking to understand who you are and what makes you awesome, and then by helping you connect with your best self in front of the lens. My clients love how they look in my images.
I want you to love your wedding photos right away, and to love them even more in 20 years.
I have photographed hundreds of weddings, engagements, and portraits all over the US for the last 11 years. I believe in authenticity, inclusivity, and good taste above all else. Cheesy, inauthentic, awkwardly posed photos have no place in my world, and neither does the idea that there’s a perfect person or a “right” way to look. If you’re nervous in front of the camera, or you have never had a professional photo taken before, or you always have a hard time liking pictures of yourself, I am the photographer for you.
As the photographer, choosing what photographs to make and when is so much more than being in the right place at the right time. I have hundreds of choices to make every time I click the shutter. How I compose the shot--whether I choose to stand on a chair or crouch on the floor, whether I wait the extra second for you to walk into the window light or not, whether I zoom in from far away or I get very close to you with a wide-angle lens, whether I choose to use a wide-open aperture for an image that only has one part of the subject in focus--all of this effects the story told about you. When you choose a photographer, you need to like the way they make these choices. You will love your photos if you like the way your photographer sees the world.
I photograph weddings either as a solo lead photographer, or with my husband Will, who is a black and white expert. When Will and I work together, we tell your story via our two distinct photographic styles. We offer this unique two style approach and an over-and-above two-gallery delivery that blows the typical photography duo out of the water—both in terms of storytelling and image quality. Will and I are both independently trained photographers—combining our strengths on wedding days. He began shooting weddings in a documentary style on black and white film stock when he lived and studied in Los Angeles in the late nineties, while I got my start on early digital cameras in beautiful SouthWest Colorado in 2009—developing a style that values vivid, beautiful color, flattering portrayals of my subjects, and authentic expression above all else. Together with our almost 30 years of experience, we deliver what we believe are the highest quality wedding photos available. You can read more about how we work together to make magic in Will’s words here: http://libbynederweddings.com/about-will
I, Libby, see the world this way:
I think art is all connected. Classical paintings, inspiring music, choreography, pop art, and yes, wedding photos. We're all referencing something. We're all standing on the shoulders of what came before. I believe it's my job to build on the foundation of classical and timeless art. To always look for opportunities to be maturely creative, never straying too far into the fads and the cheesiness.
I believe that people almost never think they are as attractive as they really are. My mission in life is to show them through my photography.
I like colors. Lots of them. There, I said it.
I like Winter more than Summer...Unless it's early spring, then I am really excited by the prospect of warm weather. By mid-July, though, I'm over it. Bring back the snowclouds, wood fires, and dark beer.
I think photographs of people are the most important kind. I think a photograph can never be truly great unless the people in it are being their authentic selves.
When I photograph a wedding I don't simply document who was there and what they looked like. Wedding Photographers 15 years ago were largely hired for exactly those tasks, but today, with high quality digital cameras in everyone's pockets, we photographers must be and do so much more. I tell your story: beautifully and authentically, so you can always reconnect to the biggest day of your life.
My style is photojournalistic--I'm capturing the authentic moments as they happen. That smile plastered to your face for 45 seconds while you make eye contact with a cold, black, camera lens is not nearly as captivating as your real smile when you are laughing and looking at the person you love. Everything I do on your wedding day is meant to avoid cheesy posed moments and then seek out and capture your authentic feelings.
My photos are all beautifully edited--I retouch every image by hand. In my world, authenticity in photography doesn't have to come at the cost of unflattering angles and less than ideal composition.
My photos are your photos--every photoshoot, every package, includes the rights to reprint and share your full resolution photos how you'd like. Some photographers insist that you return to them every time you want to print an image and restrict your online uses to private galleries. There is no such drama with me. Ever.
If you think I might be the right photographer for you, we should talk ASAP. I book certain dates as much as 18 months in advance, and I only shoot a limited number of weddings per year. I would love to get coffee and learn more about you and your wedding.
I am based in Denver, CO and Houston, TX, and I am on the road throughout the country every month of the year. Please reach out about your photo session no matter where in the country you live. I will come to you at no extra charge.
To find out if I still have your date available, and to start talking, drop me a line here: CONTACT PAGE or give me a call on my cell at 970.403.5208