Hi! I’m Gary Pope, your inclusive photographer for FOLK(X) of all sorts based out of Hartford, CT but you can find me shooting photos all over New England.
I’m a self-proclaimed-ex-D-list-board-game-Youtube-celebrity who is really just a closet geek at heart. When people first meet me they think I’m definitely an extrovert, but the way I describe it is that I’m DEFINITELY an introvert (nothing beats staying home to play board games and video games!) but I most certainly have a huge battery from my upbringing.
So you want to know about me being a D-list celebrity? Well in a very strange turn of events, my past of trying to become a Youtuber for board games got me into wedding photography! Because of Youtube, I picked up a camera for the first time and became OBSESSED. I learned everything you could possibly learn about photography and videography in a very short amount of time, in fact I learned so much I got my first big name gig with LL.Bean within my first year of photography. But back to Youtube, I became a big influencer in CT for board games (to date I still run the largest board game community in CT!). I traveled to conventions, participated in panels and even worked with the biggest board game Youtube channel on the planet! (Dice Tower)
Then I got my first wedding client…it was a really good friend of mine who I play board games with fairly often and they were so fantastic to work with! So that started my love of wedding photography ESPECIALLY with geeky introverts like myself!
My couples love the whimsical and want their wedding day captured like no other.
*And yes…this is a Harry Potter Wedding Shoot*
At Love Long and Prosper Photography I know that you want to walk away with memories that you will never forget . In order to do that, you need someone who can not only capture these memories but assist you in showing the real you in these memories.
The problem is that many folks find themselves too awkward in front of a camera which makes you feel like you cannot capture truly beautiful photos as yourself. That is a load of bull, my goal is to make every couple shine and to show themselves as extraordinary as they feel inside.
I understand that I may have to knock down some of your walls to make you feel comfortable which is why I incorporate funny games or genuinely touching moments in all of my poses and interactions