Thanks for stopping by! Here at Gandee Photography we offer high-end wedding photography services without the stuffy attitudes. You see, a marriage is more than a wedding and that is why getting to know you is our top priority. Our goal isn't to be just another vendor, but to show up on your wedding day as friends...as Ryan & Lacey.
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We believe in being your truest self. You know, that person you are at home when no one else is looking. The perfect composition, a beautiful sunset, the Icelandic waterfall...none of that can touch a photo of a genuine moment. That's what we strive for. REAL. We want to capture you in a way that total strangers can feel the love you have for each other. After all, that's what this is all about.
"Life is too short NOT to create something with every breath we draw"
We'd love to work with you, but before you make this very important decision we want to get to know you, and for you to know us. Let us treat you to a coffee, craft beer, or just meet for a chat. See, we aren't just wedding photographers. We are “marriage photographers”. You may be wondering what that means. Well, when your day arrives we don't want to be just another vendor there to work a wedding. We want to treat it as if we were invited guests, thrilled to be there to celebrate the love that brought you to marriage. We are fully invested in all of our clients, so let's hang out before, and long after, you say “I do”.
Now, seeing as this is an 'about us' section, after all, here is some background. We are a husband and wife team based in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Ryan hails from the Buckeye State and Lacey from the Sunshine State. We met in the arctic north, aka Connecticut, while working for ESPN. After becoming great friends we began dating in the spring of 2011. Following a surprise proposal in Sydney, Australia on Halloween of 2012 we were married in October 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. We moved to the Carolinas in July, 2014 and love it here!
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How much is peace of mind worth? Planning a wedding is a lot of work. It can also be a lot of stress. Your wedding day should be neither. You've put countless hours of thought and preparation into this day, a day that will come and go in a flash. When the moment arrives your focus should be entirely on the love you share with the person you are about to marry. The last thing you need is added stress that your day is not being beautifully captured. The first kiss, the smiling guests, the ring bearer crying in the aisle (because you know, he's 4), and all of the details you've worked so hard on deserve to be preserved. This is where we come in....
You spend your entire day with your photographer so enjoying their company is important. We do everything we can to make you laugh, smile, and feel totally at ease. An investment with us also means lasting images you'll be sharing for years to come (and we don’t mean on facebook). We really value print, which is why every package we offer comes with an album and print credit. Your wedding is a big deal, and deserves more than quickly passing through a social media feed. Long after the dress has been boxed, the gifts opened (and maybe returned), the freezer burned cake tossed out, one thing remains....the images. They are the only part of your day that will gain value over time.
"The purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved."
- Kurt Vonnegut
When it's all said and done we'll have you back out to our place for another drink and to see all of your wonderful images! We will relive the wonderful stories of your day, one photo at a time. This is one of our favorite things, and we promise you'll love it too!
By the time your wedding rolls around we want you to be so comfortable around us you don't even notice the big cameras in your face all day. Leading up to the day we will be sure to have the timeline nailed down and every detail hashed out so you don't have to worry one bit about it being beautifully captured.
We'd love to have you out to our home in Indian Land, SC. We understand this can be a drive from uptown, but it's worth it. We'll share a beer, or maybe a coffee, and plenty of laughs as we take you through everything we do and explain why photography has such immense value.
"Planning a wedding can be a tall order, especially if your day-to-day life is quite busy. I can't tell you how comforting it was to have Ryan and Lacey in our corner leading up to the big day. They work so splendidly as a team, bouncing ideas off each other and using their environment to create beautiful pieces of art. Many of their photos will live with us for the rest of our lives, wonderful symbols of our love and affection for each other. As customers, Chelsea and I have never felt more justified and pleased by a purchase in our entire lives. But then again, maybe we aren't customers at all. ;-) Ryan and Lacey are the absolute best kind of people: thoughtful, caring, and masters of their craft. Five stars is simply not enough! Reach out to them and you'll quickly find out why."
"We cannot say enough wonderful things about Ryan and Lacey; they are phenomenal and talented photographers and even better people. Ryan and Lacey work together seamlessly, communicating almost without words. They made us look forward to a marriage as giving and understanding as theirs. On the day of the wedding, they were professional and efficient, but honestly we regarded them more as our guests than one of our vendors. Photography was one of the most important aspects of our wedding and we couldn't be more pleased with the results. Literally every photo they delivered is stunning, because they captured the soul of our celebration. Every detail had a story and they listened with intent so they could fully share in our vision. They captured our hearts!"
"You will never find a better team than these two – they go to any length to get the shot and make sure you are comfortable the whole way along. These two have an innate sense for finding the perfect shot and where many people would spend decades perfecting this talent, they possess a natural skill and beauty to their work. Without a doubt, I recommend Gandee Photography for your next event. I asked Ryan and Lacey to travel 600 miles to photograph my wedding – not because I love them dearly as my friends, but because they are the best photographers I know! You can rest assured they will be professional, courteous and most importantly – FUN to work with!"
If you are simply price shopping for the best deal, we can't guarantee that we are for you. We pour ourselves into our work, providing the most amount of value possible to our clients. We want clients that appreciate photography and its value, and who we are as people. So let's meet for coffee or drinks on us. What do you have to lose?
Unfortunately we do not. We understand that wedding day photography is a large upfront expense, but sit down with us and let us show you why it should be your top priority.
"Well, I say that homosexuality is not just a form of sex, it is a form of love. And it deserves our respect for that reason."
Like many of the other questions we receive, this depends on the package chosen. We LOVE engagement sessions though, and always encourage clients to consider one. They are a great way to hang out and get to know each other better. Beyond that, it's a great way for you the client to get comfortable in front of the camera so come your big day, there are no reservations, just photos you will cherish forever.
Simply put, no. We are confident we can capture everything within the hours of the chosen package. Working as a team means we can split up and maximize our coverage. Extra hours can always be added later.
Depending on the package selected, the edited digital files (chosen at our discretion) will be included. Under NO circumstances however, do we give out the RAW files. (You wouldn't want the chef at a restaurant to bring the raw ingredients out to your table for you to do the work, would you?). Files aside, we value print above all so EVERY PACKAGE comes with an album and print credit.
We can't wait to speak with you! Once you reach out, expect a call within 24 hours. After that, we hope you will join us at our home for a few hours just hanging out, drinking a beer, and getting to know each other. Thanks for taking the time to check us out!