Here at Fern & Fountain, we're not just delivering photography & videography. We're delivering emotion. We're giving you memories in a tangible form. We're giving you a path back to your intimate moments so you can relive them when you need to most. A good photo or video is intimate, and a stranger can't capture intimacy in their photos and films on demand.
We want to learn your sense of humor, your quirky interests, your family members, and what you've been through as a couple. We want to get to know you on an emotional level because once we do, we can set up a comfortable space for your chemistry to shine through the pressures and schedules and to-do lists of a wedding day.
So we want to get to know you, and we want you to get to know us.
We are Emily & Zach. Nice meet you! Emily is the lead photographer of the photo team here at Fern & Fountain, and Zach is the videographer for the wing of the business that does wedding films. We had quite different careers picked out when we met and got married - Zach was a worship leader and Emily was working at a counseling firm.
But when our son (Gabe) was born, it was no longer possible for Emily to continue working long and unpredictable hours at her job. Emily slowly started to monetize her long-standing photography hobby and shortly thereafter Zach started commandeering her camera to make short films for various companies.
Now 5 years later, Fern & Fountain has absolutely bloomed and we've worked with hundreds of couples across the globe.
My formal education was in marriage counseling, which is why I love being a wedding photographer: I'm making photos of the moments that matter to your marriage.
My photography focuses on your natural joy and the beautiful little notes of delight that narrate your day in an elegant, yet organic way.
I'm adventurous and quite silly, and I'm always ready to meet you at the top of a mountain or in the middle of a river- anywhere for a beautiful memory.
I adore museums and tropical plants, and whenever I can, I'll be in a saddle with the wind passing me by. I loved thrift stores before they were trendy, and sometimes I'll have six or seven cups of tea on a workday, or while obsessing in a book on either detectives or con artists.
My whole life, I've been chasing those moments that make you feel something extraordinary, something beyond your everyday experience.
For a long time, I used to create those moments through song as a professional musician. Now, I just love how video can create heart-stopping, goosebump-raising moments that you can hold on to and show your friends!
I make a lot of coffee in a variety of ways. I fill our living room with instruments and indie songs, and I cook dinner most evenings while sipping either an IPA or a scotch on the rocks.
We set up a moment of pause, a safe space for you to be husband and wife and stand still for a moment in the day you've been dreaming of. We can draw on the powerful connection and romance you have as a couple and translate that history and connection into an image so you can revisit the important moments in your life.
Our Wedding/Elopement back in 2017
We met in a library in 2015 and after Emily finally agreed to go on a rainy October date with Zach, we never stopped dating. Eventually Zach brought Emily on a photo-scavenger hunt that ended with a ring and several months later we had a tiny wedding on the Chesapeake river in a rose garden. These are some of our favorite photos from our wedding day. Our wedding photos impact us every day.
Snapshots of our little family
You probably noticed the little boy in many of our pictures! That's our son Gabriel (born Feb 2018). He's the love of our life and the wind in our sails. We're so grateful for this lifestyle that allows us to both be creators and support this beautiful little boy.
Gabe's skills include: eyebrow dimple smiles, eating ridiculous amounts of breakfast food, and turning everything in to a fort.
His giggles are life-giving and he's been taking mediocre photos since he was 13 months old.