Photographing couples and their loved ones on a day that signifies a commitment to forever is a big deal, and I don’t take this honor lightly. From the moment you inquire to the day you receive your full gallery, I’m all in on you and your story. I’ll be here to help you get clear on your vision, find your dream vendors, advocate on your behalf, create a timeline that prioritizes presence and fun over performance and forced photos, and ultimately provide you with an experience that feels like a cozy, warm hug. 

Because yes, I’m a photographer. And yes, you’re going to leave with timeless photos that genuinely blow all of your expectations out of the water. But I’m here to be so much more than that, and I can’t wait to raise a toast to you and yours, forever and ever.

I’m one of those people who was destined to become a wedding photographer. And I say “destined,” not “dreamed of,” because while I love this job more than I can explain, it wasn’t a childhood dream brought to life. But it’s certainly an adult dream I get to live every day. Let me explain!

AMP is a combination of my need to be creative, borderline obsession with love, and regret from not hiring a photographer for my own wedding. I know what it’s like to miss out on moments and lack tangible evidence of my best day ever—and I never want someone else to make that same mistake.

Founder + Lead Photographer at AMP

yo! I’m alex mccrary.

A Few Things You Might Wanna Know..

I’m a … 

☀ Wife (to my high school sweetheart)
☀ Mother of 3 girls (my house is sprinkled with glitter and sass)
☀ Business owner (my husband + I run a local coffee shop!)
☀ Enneagram 2w3 (hello empathetic perfectionist) 
☀ Board game aficionado (I WILL beat you at Monopoly, just FYI)
☀ Lover of puns, fresh banana bread, and copious amounts of daily coffee

To document your day in a way that feels genuine, timeless, and totally you—highlighting all of the things that make your relationship special while nipping stress and overwhelm in the bud.

the amp mission

Have you ever posed for a photo and thought, “What the heck do I do with my hands?” Or worse, been given a pose that felt inauthentic, stuffy, or straight-up weird? Yeah, you’re not alone. That’s why we stick with prompts, so your photos feel real—not forced. Let us explain!

A pose sounds like → “Stand side by side and put your arms around each other”
A prompt sounds like → “Lean in close and whisper your worst dad jokes in their ear”

The pose tells you exactly what to do and leaves little room for movement or personality. Plus, you might still end up wondering what to do with those pesky hands!

The prompt puts you and your person in the driver’s seat—giving you guidance but inviting you to make it your own. Not only is this way more comfortable, but the photos end up showcasing your personalities and natural interactions (precisely how we get incredible candids). Because the photos you’ll love the most are the ones that feel the most like you, not the ones where you’re secretly cringing on the inside (we promise that won’t happen here).

How our approach differs from what you're used to

A big fan of everything candid—like a bride and her besties getting ready or the groomsmen breaking it down on the dance floor—Laurel has a knack for spotting special moments and making sure they’re all captured on camera. Her perfect Saturday night involves snuggling on the couch with friends while watching Schitt’s Creek, with a slice of homemade pizza in one hand and a mule in the other. 

A firm believer in taking time to be alone—just the two of you—on your wedding day, Chelsea has been known to whisk couples away for sunset photos without all the chaos. She’s a sucker for road trips, going on mountain adventures, and trying new restaurants. If she’s not out and about, she’s at home with her four cats and a crazy cute six-year-old named Forest.

Chelsea | associate photographer

Laurel | associate photographer

Meet the rest of team amp

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a few days before the wedding and start gathering all of the items you’ll want to use for detail photos—like ring boxes, perfume, ribbon, lace, something borrowed, etc. This way you know you won’t forget a thing.

in the days leading up to your wedding! Not only will this help you perfect your walk, but it’ll break the shoes in so they’re way comfier on the day of. Nothing is worse than a blister cramping your style.

Our top tips

For example, if you’re headed to taste-test cake, plan a whole day around it! Grab drinks before and dinner after. Or, head home for a movie night and snuggles on the couch. Wedding planning doesn’t have to be boring!

make a date out of planning

wear your shoes around the house

place a bag or basket by the door

from a team who has seen it all

Need something delicious to fuel your wedding planning?

½ cup (1 stick) salted butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk (I use almond)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
3 cups flour
3 bananas, mashed
1 cup chocolate chips (I use dark chocolate) (optional)

Cream butter. Add sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Add bananas. Mix well. Add chocolate chips at the end (optional).
Bake in 2 full-sized, well-greased bread pans. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F or until the middle is no longer gooey. Test for doneness by using a toothpick/fork. Once it comes out clean, sprinkle with sugar on top. Then, eat up.