An overeducated wedding photojournalist and Atlanta native, Cindy is a recovering chocoholic, adventurous traveler and all around nerd. She loves to hike with her wife and photo partner, Sharon and their beagle/cattle dog Roux, the valedictorian of his puppy school class.
After graduating with honors from the Art Institute of Atlanta, Cindy took a job at a small newspaper in South Georgia, where she photographed hospital teas, horse trainers, pecan farmers, basketball coaches and beauty queens.
She interned with the Associated Press while finishing her bachelor’s, then worked as a staff photographer for two daily newspapers in Florida. An unexpected life turn took her to Vermont for one incredibly cold winter and on to Indiana, where she worked as a picture editor for a large daily, and completed a master’s and PhD.
After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, she returned to Atlanta to earn … you guessed it … yet another degree.
Her passion for storytelling with her camera, along with her interest in religious and cultural diversity led her into the field of wedding photojournalism. She has documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding she has photographed took place in Tulum, Mexico and was officiated by a Mayan shaman.
She cries during the father-daughter dance, laughs during the toasts and sneaks a piece of wedding cake when no one is looking. On occasion, she has been known to dance while photographing the reception.
When she’s not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, she works on personal photo projects, visits her Mom in a memory-care unit, and volunteers at a recovery center.
54 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography
63 Diamond Awards for Engagement Portraits
11 Awards from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists
True Love Captured Awards from Real Weddings - TLC
5 TOP Wedding Photographer Titles
The WPJA proudly recognizes Cindy Brown as a TOP International Wedding Photographer. Members holding the most contest points at the end of each year are ranked as TOP Wedding Photographers or, in some cases POY - Photographer of the Year.
5 Client Letters
The following letters are from the clients of Cindy Brown.
Married: 7 years ago
Sarah and Adam
Cindy: I can’t tell you how much we appreciate all the wonderful photos you took— somehow, they are all both absolutely stunning and truly capture the people, emotions, and experience of our wedding. None of the photos feel forced, and they all make me smile. I can’t tell you how much it means to see myself in these photos— looking natural, beautiful, and, above all, happy!
Married: 9 years ago
Maggie & Tim
Cindy, greetings from St. Kitts! Tim and I just watched the slideshow a couple times, and the pictures are FAN-TAS-TIC! Love love love them. Kudos to you and Sharon, and we can't wait to see more. Hope you guys are doing well. Maggie
Married: 10 years ago
Kate & Kyle
Cindy, Thank you SO MUCH. This is amazing and we couldn't be happier. We're so grateful for the way you captured our special day. With abundant gratitude, Kate and Kyle
Married: 10 years ago
Erica and Jason
The slideshow is marvelous. It is a rare photographer and her team who can make an awesome slideshow entirely out of candid shots! It's exactly what we wanted. I got tears in my eyes, Jason said he was immediately transported back to the day, and my mother, who is a firm believer in posed shots, sent me an email saying, "IT IS FANTASTIC!" Thank you so much. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Cindy - Jason and I are celebrating our anniversary today. I can’t believe it’s been 7 years since you and Sharon captured our wedding. We were looking at the photos and wanted to reach out and repeat our thanks—we were struck again by how utterly genuine the images are. You did an unbelievable job capturing real, honest moments. We feel lucky to have such a chronicle. -Erica and Jason
Married: 10 years ago
David and Anne
Cindy - The photos are amazing. What beautiful artwork with a princess and a frog! We love the way you have captured the energy of the moment. These pictures have much more meaning than just photographs! You are the best! Thanks - David
Wedding Elopement Multiple Picture Galleries (13)
Cindy Brown chronicles small weddings and elopements from beginning to end. In this sense, it is no different from any other wedding day. The emphasis is on documenting key moments, capturing spontaneous displays of emotion, and telling the real story behind the elopement day. Below are wedding elopement story awards for Cindy Brown.