Studio tour: Love Me Do Photography

Name:  Amanda, Carina, and Nadine
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Company: Love Me Do Photography

What do you do? We’re wedding photographers! Our goal is to capture moments in a photojournalistic approach, but with a fine art sensibility.

What is your aesthetic? for the studio: vintage/handmade/eclectic for our photographs: light/natural/classic/fun

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?  We’ve had a few different spaces over the years and I think this one best fits our personalities. It’s bright, cheerful, and very unique.  We love to have clients in and make them feel at home, while they are surrounded by our images.  Right off you can see we work with a lot of crafty clients.  In fact a few of them have made us furniture items for the studio.  Our giant picnic table, concrete desk and bookshelf were all made by clients, as well as our paper mache buffalo head.  We also love vintage styled weddings, which match the other half of our studio.  Our pink couch, chairs, buffet table, and most of our frames were all thrift store and flea market finds.

Favorite part of your studio?  the giant windows! We get natural light through other studios and the hallway.  Since the building is an old school house from the 1800’s, it was designed to let in the most light possible.  We don’t turn lights at all in the summer.

Where do you go for inspiration? We’re all obsessed with Pinterest, but we love other design blogs like Design Sponge or Apartment Therapy for studio ideas.  We all look at wedding blogs, but I think we get more photography inspiration from life, films, or just the way light is hitting someone at a certain moment

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Our cameras! Until Canon comes out with a new one, it’s the 5d mark II

Is there anything you’d upgrade to?  There’s always more lenses to buy, we’d love to have all of the Canon L lenses, but then we’d need more camera bags, and then we’d need to hire more assistants to help carry all those bags.

Anything else we should know?Like I said before, the studio is in an old converted school house in Philadelphia.  The building is owned and operated by Crane Arts who has another studio/gallery building down the street.  There are all kinds of creative people in the building: a theatre company, textile designers, screen printers, and architects to name a few.  We have about 600 square feet of bright, cozy, space with very high vaulted ceilings.  We meet clients and do all of our editing work in the space.  We love to have other weddings vendors over to chat, drink tea, and order mexican food from the restaurant across the street.  Oh, and we get to occasionally bring our dogs by. Boris, Amanda’s bulldog can be seen in a couple of these photos.

[images from Love Me Do Photography]

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Real wedding: Jen + Hooper

I just love this wedding Amanda at Love Me Do Photography sent over…that cape and those tattoos totally sold me!

Our first wedding of this season was definitely a great one to start off with.  We were introduced to Jen and Hooper through co-worker friends of Amanda from the Philadelphia  Museum of Art.  Jen is a photographer ( and blogger (, and Hooper is a painter/drawer (  Since they were on a pretty tight budget, (and because we love their artwork!) we arranged to do a trade of services.  We photographed the wedding in exchange for a painting and photograph from each Jen and Hooper, which we both adore!

Their wedding took place on the Ladies Pavilion in Central Park in NYC on the edge of the pond, officiated by Kim Kirkley (  Kim offered to perform the cermony in exchange for a donation to the Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a twenty year-old group that provides transportation and EMT service for a much under-servered area of Brooklyn.  It was a grey, windy New York day, but the sky matched Jen’s dress wonderfully and the photos in Central Park are some of our favorites we’ve taken.  Music during the ceremony was performed by friends, Austin Hughes and Glendon Jones of M. Shanghai String Band that brought guests to tears.  A reception followed at Rue 57 (, hip French Bistro in Midtown, where their guests enjoyed a delicious dinner and celebrated the remainder of the evening with the newly wed couple.

Jen and Hooper designed their own invitations and save the date( which were then letterpress printed by a good friend, Maggie Portis ( as a wedding gift. Jen designed centerpieces, favors, and flowers herself.  Handmade masks, personalized bookmarks, and favors were made from clipart downloaded from and printed at Kinkos. The paper dolls favors, which were a joint effort between Hooper and Jen – he did the drawings and she designed the layout and packaging.  Jen actually ended up printing a lot of stuff on her inkjet printer at home.   Jen’s hand-tied bouquet of ranunculus, scabiosa, and lisianthus came from  Jen wore a silk chiffon evening gown was from Bergdorf Goodman, adorned with a custom capelet by Kate Towers,, and gloves by Carolina Amato.  Wedding rings were from  Hooper’s cufflinks were custom-made from typewriter keys by Joy’s Jewels.  The cake was made by Cake Alchemy (   And of course, photography by Carina Romano and Amanda Jaffe of Love Me Do Photography.

[images by Love Me Do Photography]

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