Hi, I'm Libby Neder.
When I got married in 2006, I wasn’t impressed with the way Wedding Photography worked. My wedding album is full of stiff, stale poses that didn’t feel like who me and my husband, Will, really are. I was directed to look like every other bride, like I was a generic part of the photographer’s formula. I was asked to fake or re-do certain moments of my wedding day just for the photo. I didn’t feel a personal connection with my photographer, and I can tell she didn’t feel one with me. Having my portraits taken that day felt uncomfortably similar to staring down the cold, black picture machine at the DMV.
I knew there was a better way, so I set out to create it. 13 years and hundreds of weddings later, I’m happy to be able to give my clients what I wished I’d had that day.
I am a self taught photographer. I also learned a ton from my husband, Will, who has been a photographer since he fell in love with Black and White film photography and documentary style shooting when he went to photo school in L.A. in the late nineties. When I realized after our 2006 wedding that I had an eye for photography, I read a stack of Will’s textbooks, and got a job working as an assistant for a local photo studio in the mountain town where we lived in Colorado.
Working for a small photography studio taught me a ton about how I did and did not want to run a business. The common way to do it back then was to charge a fee for taking the photos, and then to charge another fee to actually hand them over to the clients. This made sense in the film world, because there was only ever one set of negatives, and turning those images into prints was an expensive process resulting only in a physical product. Now that we all live in the digital world, we must have a new model. One that doesn’t feel like a bait-and-switch.
Everything I do in my business, Libby Neder Photography, comes out of the golden rule. “Treat people how you would like to be treated.” It just makes sense to me. When I was a bride, I wanted all of my digital photos so I could share them online with the family and friends who couldn’t make it to the wedding. I wanted my photographer to learn the best way to capture me and my personality. I wanted to feel comfortable and amazing in front of the camera, not awkward and stiff. I wanted my wedding photos to look like an epic piece of art, not like snapshots, or like everyone else’s wedding photos. I don’t like being rushed or put in a box, so I always provide unlimited time coverage for your wedding day—and, I check in with my clients about what they like and what kinds of photographs they feel like truly represent who they are.
My husband, Will, in addition to his own career, shoots with me at weddings where our clients desire two photographers. Because of his extensive background and interest in Black and White images and documentary style photography, he shoots, curates, and edits all of his own images in his own style. Most husband-and-wife photography teams deliver a single, homogenous gallery of images, but we love working this way because we can both do our best work—the work that inspires and propels us as individuals. We find that clients love seeing their day through our two perspectives, and love having more images and a deeper engagement with their story. You can read more from Will and see examples of his work at: http://libbynederweddings.com/about-will
Before discovering that I was meant to be a wedding photographer, I studied Music Composition, Political Science, and Sociology in college. As a kid I spent years in theatre working with my mother, who is a Stage Manager and Script Supervisor for local productions in my hometown of Tulsa, OK. I have also been a restaurant manager, recording studio technician, and bartender. I am also secretly a nerd, so if you’re super into recent social science discoveries, Harry Potter, the history of Mt. Everest, or a host of other topics, then you and I will have a much longer conversation ahead of us.
Will and I live, with our 12 year old daughter, Alessi, in Houston TX, and Denver, CO. We make frequent trips to the North Shore of Massachusetts, and Southern Costal Maine, in New England, where we’d like to eventually live. We have traveled to photograph weddings in every part of the US for the last 10+ years. We love to travel, so we never charge travel fees. We consider ourselves adventurers and are lucky to be able to show our daughter many of the cool places we visit. Will was born in Austin, TX, I was born in Tulsa, OK, and we had our daughter in Durango, CO. Between us we have visited all 50 states and 5 continents. Please don’t hesitate to reach out about your wedding no matter where it is. We might already be headed your way in the next few months and can meet up for an engagement photo session, or a cocktail—or both.
Please contact us about your wedding day. We would love the opportunity to tell your story in a way that is inspiring to you now and means even more in 20 years.