My name is Amy K. Graves, and I’m so happy you found me. I’m an Heirloom Wedding Photographer based in Carson City, Nevada. I’ve combined my two loves of photography and genealogy, giving me a unique perspective as a curator of weddings. I believe in capturing a couple’s wedding day timelessly so that their love story can be passed down through generations. I believe that portraits are powerful artifacts that can be rediscovered again and again by children, grandchildren and beyond. Photographs tell the story of where we came from and where we began. They are part of our foundation, reminders of who we were.
When I was a girl, I used to visit my grandparents in Washington. Their lovely home was a sprawling 5,000 square feet that they and their three sons had built themselves in the woods near a lake. But the most beautiful thing about it was the family pictures that hung on every wall. Years and years of memories that had been preserved for my cousins and I to see. It was there that I found my love for family history. My grandpa would talk late into the night about his younger days in Central Oregon, and I ate up every word even more eagerly than I ate my grandmother’s delicious cooking. It wasn’t long before I started collecting all the old photographs of my ancestors that I could find and drawing family trees in my notebooks, where I quickly ran out of space and ended up switching to keeping an online tree which today holds documentation of over 2,000 relatives with bits and pieces of their stories.
My journey in photography began with four semesters of black and white film photography. I immersed myself in the world of the darkroom, where the dim red lights glowed just enough to let me see my photographs appear as the developing chemicals washed over them. From there I transitioned into digital photography, bringing all of the old school knowledge of the darkroom with me. I started taking photographs of family and friends, and friends of friends. And then I began photographing weddings in 2010. I knew immediately I had found something special.
Weddings are where my heart is. I enjoy the ebb and flow of the day, from the exhilaration of one moment to the calming lulls of another. The rush of getting to the church on time to the joyful tears running down the mother’s cheek during the “I do’s.” I love the small in-between moments, the times I get to come alongside the bride and help her breathe through the day, and the times I’m able to pull the bride and groom out of the chaos for a bit to have a quiet moment together during sunset photos. Weddings are so immersive, and I love getting to see the first day of the rest of a couple’s life. When I take photographs of a wedding day, I’m not just taking those photos for the bride and groom; I’m taking them for the generations that will follow them. Your wedding album is your first family heirloom. This is what speaks to my heart.
Thank you for reading my story. I’d love to help you tell yours.