Meet Vermont Wedding Photographer Elsie Goodman

When you dream about how your wedding day is captured do you think genuine moments, raw emotions and small details? If so, a documentary style Vermont wedding photographer like Elsie Goodman Photography may be just who you’re looking for!

Elsie seamlessly integrates herself into your special day, and like a quiet observer, beautifully captures moments you’ll cherish forever. From laughter-filled candid moments to profound emotional exchanges, Elsie is dedicated to chronicling your wedding journey just the way it unfolds. Continue reading to learn more about Elsie and her work.

How did you get into wedding photography?

I used to work in the wedding planning industry pre-covid. Once things hit and I lost my job, I wanted to give photography a try. It had always been a dream job of mine, but “destination wedding photographer” always sounded a little delusional. I’m happy I took the risk!

How would you describe your photography style?

Photos you can feel.  My photos center around storytelling and conveying a mood, atmosphere, or feeling, in addition to capturing aesthetically pleasing compositions.

What inspires your work? 

My own relationship, couples on the street, couples on the beach. I love watching the way people interact, and how in love you can feel two people are. I love looking at paintings, like art in the MET museum for example.

Any special tips for couples for choosing/working with a wedding photographer? 

You have to vibe with your photographer. (Truthfully the photographer holds the vibes in their hands!) You want someone you trust and who makes you feel good. I used to think I wasn’t in my work, it was all my couples. I am ALL over my photos, my couples feel my energy and visa versa. I create the best work for people I consider friends, and I hold that standard with my clients. 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 

I love first looks….first looks with your parents, first looks with your partner, first looks with your wedding party. Those genuine reactions are just the most special. 

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT? / Local spot to visit? Etc. 

I grew up traveling to Vermont quite often because of my Aunt. I love hiking Sterling Falls, going to Stowe Cider and listening to live music, hanging at Moss Glen Falls, bike riding the trails in Morristown. 

If you weren’t a wedding photographer what would you do? 

I think I’d still be a wedding planner, I loveeeee logistics and helping my clients create a day that is special to them while also remaining realistic about logistics and the day’s timeline.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 

I have a small dog named Arthur, he’s a chiweenie (half chihuahua, half dachshund) He travels with me often and has been to 18 states and Mexico. I guess that’s not technically about ME, but he is my heart and my ‘son’.

I am also a huge cook, my father is a chef and I got the entertaining bug from him. Dinner parties, cheese boards, you name it. I love cooking with and for my friends and loved ones!


Thanks Elsie for sharing your story with us! Learn more about Elsie and see more of her work by visiting her profile in the Vermont Weddings Vendor Guide.