Specializing in intimate weddings, receptions, small gatherings and special occasions.

In a world of 30+ wedding television shows, hundreds of wedding websites and thousands of awe-inspiring pins, it’s no wonder why the “best day of your life” ends up becoming one of the most expectation-driven, stressful events you’ve attended; in fact, you barely even got to see or enjoy. I enjoy working with those who wish to cut through the continual noise and wedding clutter and shift their focus to what truly matters: You + Your Love + Your Commitment To One Another.


Low-Key Love®’s services were built around the goal of providing a simple and painless wedding photography experience, free from excessive decision-making.

- Easy Online Gallery With Shopping Cart so that family and friends can order prints and products without hassling you
- Online/Digital Contract & Invoicing
- Payment Plans and Credit Card Payments Accepted
- Lovely, Pre-Designed, Professionally Made Books to help minimize decision making
- I come to you for client meetings and/or we can connect via FaceTime or Skype

About the Owner


Thank you for being here! When it comes to your wedding day, I truly believe that the most beauty can be found in every day things; your laugh lines, a child’s expression, two people embracing, the colors of nature, etc. I emphatically disbelieve in the theory that the higher and fuller the floral arrangement, the more perfect your wedding day will be. While pretty things, are, well…pretty, and make for nice photographs, you, the love of your life, and the sacredness of your commitment to one another and the joy that it brings, make for GREAT photographs…and I cannot wait to capture them for you.


You can expect to receive images primarily photojournalistic in nature, where mostly natural light is used when possible. Staying behind the scenes, in most cases, enables me to capture the pure rawness of each moment, when people are experiencing and expressing their truest emotions. I love capturing the beauty even in the subtlest of things. All images are lightly edited with modest colors and tones, so as to stick to as true as possible to the moment that your memory recollects.


#notfancy #tetriswhiz #doglover #isitreallygymdayagainalready? #weepingphotographer (yes, I will probably cry at your wedding) #iloveessentialoils #anddryshampoo

Follow me on my personal Instagram account @denagalie to keep tabs on what I get myself into (and if you want to get the occasional basset hound cuteness in your feed).


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February 2, 2020

The Low-Key Love® Wooden Album

  The custom designed Low-Key Love® Wooden Album measures 8”x8” and will fit up to 25 of your favorite photographs that highlight your special day….

March 16, 2018

How Many Hours of Photography Coverage Should I Consider?

I get it, there are a TON of things running through your mind right now as you’re planning this wedding….

January 15, 2018

Emily & Kyle | Bold and Vibrant Morning Glory Inn Wedding

It was all hands on deck for Emily and Kyle’s special day. The day was perfect in every way, but…

November 11, 2017

Amy & Nick | Elegant and Classy Grand Concourse Winter Wedding

If you had walked into the presidential suite at the Omni William Penn Hotel that afternoon, you would have never…

March 1, 2017

Real Wedding Featured on Burgh Brides

A few years ago I had the pleasure of photographing a truly wonderful couple who said their “I do’s” at…

December 13, 2016

5 Perks of a Small & Intimate Wedding

When it comes to your wedding guest list, less is more! While making those cuts can be difficult, the resulting…

September 29, 2016

Jodi & Greg | Backyard Wedding | Piqua, Ohio

One of the favorite weddings I’ve ever photographed was a backyard wedding in McCandless, PA. So when the bride’s mother…

August 24, 2016

Laura & Tom | West End Elliot Overlook & Aviary Wedding

Maybe it was all of the thoughtful details that went into making their overseas guests feel welcome…Or maybe it was the…

July 22, 2016

Styled Shoot | Intimate Robin Hill Park Mansion Wedding

A few months ago I was fortunate enough to snag a last minute ticket to attend the “Stylish Workshop” held…



The Low-Key Love® packages were created with ease in mind. They’re structured by hourly need, but also include all of the basic elements. You can certainly opt for additional products or upgrades, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions.




We take a lot of time ensuring that we create a session that is custom to you and your love story! Engagement sessions are $759 (including tax) and come with digital downloads of all edited images and well as reprint rights. Plus, you’ll receive an extra discount and some other goodies if you book a wedding package too!

Intimate Weddings & Events

$1809 & Up

Maximum flexibility designed for weddings and events both big and small, this service covers multiple aspects of your special day. Packages start at $1809 for 3 hours of coverage and include one photographer, digital downloads of all edited images, reprint rights, as well as some other fun extras. Not sure how many hours you might need? Click here to learn more!


$589 & Up

Designed for those needing coverage for a brief ceremony and a couples portrait session in one location only, there are 1 and 2-hour packages available starting at $589. Package includes digital downloads of all edited images and reprint rights. Does this sound like you? Send me a note, I’d love to chat about your special day!


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The Wedding Album

The Wedding Album is carefully designed over several hours so that all the hard work is done for you. The book is 8x8, has 20 spreads, and can hold between 40-100 photographs. Click here to learn more.

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The Parent Book

The Parent Books are a nice, thoughtful way to share the memories of your big day with your parents, and/or any family member or friend. They are smaller in size and a little friendlier cost-wise. Click here to learn more.

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4x6 Print Box w/ Prints

Are you a secret scrapbooker and/or enjoy holding prints in your hands? Me too! Each box can fit up to 100 prints. Allow me to select prints for faster turn around, or your can choose which photos to print.

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2nd Photographer

Given the timeline and logistics of the event, some prefer to have a 2nd shooter on hand for either the full day or for a few hours. Please let me know as soon as possible should you be interested in having a second photographer.

Packaging & Pricing FAQs

I completely understand that wedding days can get quite hectic and sometimes can get a little off schedule. Should you end up needing an extra hour or two of coverage the day of, a special hourly rate will be added to your total bill. Payment will need to be remitted before final photos are delivered. Please don't hesitate to contact me for more information.

Enough to make your head spin! Please visit the add-ons section above. Should there be a product that you’re interested in that you don’t see listed, please don’t hesitate to let me know and I can provide a price estimate. I have access to hundreds of professional print products that I can activate to your web gallery shopping cart.

If your event is within a 1 hour drive of Pittsburgh, PA you’re good! For events further out, it’s not a problem at all; however, a minimal travel fee will be calculated and customized specifically for your event to ensure that you get the best deal.

I find that most couples tend to reach out to me either 3-6 months before their wedding or 10+ months before their wedding. So, it's never too late to ask if you're curious about a date! Historically, April, May and September seem to be the most popular months for me, so if you're looking at any of those months, it's best to check sooner rather than later. If you decide that you want to work together, scroll to the bottom and submit a contact form and we’ll chat!

The Master Key Package

Weddings are a wonderful time for celebration, as well as reflection on all of the beautiful ways in which we are fortunate. Why not spread around those good vibes, no?

Whenever you book a package with Low-Key Love®, a percentage of the profits goes directly into a giving fund that is used throughout the year to participate in a variety of local non-profit efforts, right here at home!

Most Recent Donation:
Toys and gifts donations to FOCUS Pittsburgh's Christmas Angel Program and to Beverly’s Birthdays

Past Donations:
Worth Manifesto's encouragement bag campaign
Welcome kit items and assembly for Ronald McDonald House Charities
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh Summer Camp Program
Lipstick fundraiser benefitting the ladies at POWER
FOCUS Pittsburgh's Back-To-School Drive
Guardian Angel Medical Service Dogs

We felt so comfortable working with her. Our guests also really loved her and we have received many lovely comments on her presence at our wedding. Paige & Nick
Dena’s work is beautiful, and she captures every moment in the most quiet and delicate way. We can’t wait to work with her again on our next event.Tia K.
I really love how she captured all the small details and the things I didn't think I wanted. Now that I have them, I am so glad I do! Erica & David
Everything about the whole experience was PERFECT! Thank you for helping to catch all the great moments of our wedding weekend!Kyra & Todd
We absolutely loved working with Dena! She was easy to communicate with, especially since we were planning our wedding from across the country. We would recommend Low-Key Love® to anyone for their special day!Hanna & Dave
Dena is so talented! She knew exactly what to do and made us feel at ease. She captured our wedding beautifully and we are so happy with the results!Janice & Shawn
We are absolutely OBSESSED with our pictures. You captured so much of that day and all I want is to go back to it! You were able to get the fun and love and laughter on film and we will forever be grateful. Amy & Tony
Thank you for everything you did on our wedding day! You're awesome for working so well with all of us. We had such an amazing day!Kimberly & Chris
Dena is such a kind woman and so pleasant to work with! She made the memories of our wedding day priceless!Kaytie & Alex
Our photos are amazing! We love love love how you captured us in our original state; weird. The candids are some of my favorites. They aren’t planned, they are just us.Michelle & Michael
For More Testimonials, CLICK HERE

General FAQs

Listed below are some of the common questions that I receive when clients are looking to book a photographer. Please don't hesitate to contact me if there are other questions that you may have.

With a camera always in hand since middle school, I shot my first wedding back in 2009. Since then, I’ve shot numerous weddings and events from large weddings to small, intimate backyard weddings, showers, engagement parties, rehearsals, graduation and anniversary parties, baptisms and more. What started out as a hobby business became a full-time endeavor in early 2015, and Low-Key Love® was officially launched in 2016.

Yes. Rest assured that you are choosing a professional that values her business. I am happy to provide proof of insurance to any venue that requires it.

Most definitely! Your memories are extremely important to me and I take prepping for your big day very seriously. I always have with me at least 2 camera bodies, as well as a variety of lenses and extra batteries and memory cards.

Only yours! To provide the best possible customer service experience, I only take on so many weddings a year. On your wedding day, believe it or not, I become emotionally invested in you, your love story, and your celebration. It’s been said that “you don’t see a photograph, you feel it,” and limiting the amount of weddings per year allows me to immerse myself completely into capturing and preserving all of the special little moments of that day.

Of course! While blog posts are an easy and fun way to share your images with your family and friends, as well as a great way for me to showcase my work and photography style, I try to limit the number of photographs posted in the blog entries since weddings, no matter how big or small, after all, are intimate events. That being said, I am more than happy to show you a full gallery in person during our initial meeting, so please don’t hesitate to ask!

While a shot list for any formal family photos you want is most definitely helpful and welcomed, I try to avoid agreeing to extensive detailed shot lists and/or a collection of images from pinterest that you hope to recreate. While a pinterest board of photos you like would definitely help me to get a sense of the types of images you hope to have from your wedding day, time spent trying to recreate these images perfectly the day of usually results in less time spent capturing the day as it naturally unfolds, which is usually where all the magic happens.

Hopefully this won’t be the case, but I completely understand that circumstances arise unexpectedly and you may need to cancel. While the retainer is non-refundable, if you have a last-minute date change, I will do my best to accommodate the new wedding date at no additional charge.

Depending on how many hours of coverage you select, the total amount of images you may receive can be between 300-900. It depends on the timeline and happenings of the day, but usually it’s more.

Most definitely! I typically try to wait until it gets closer to your wedding date. That way, I know I can get a more accurate picture of what the weather, landscape characteristics, and lighting situations will be on your actual event date. I am happy to schedule this with the venue coordinator so that’s one less thing you have to worry about.

Probably! Over the years I’ve photographed at many beautiful houses of worship, wedding venues, home properties, and more! Listed below are just some of the many. But, rest assured, whether or not I have photographed at your venue before, I always scope out your locations ahead of time so that come wedding day, I’ll have a good sense of what we can except in terms of weather, lighting, foliage, road construction/traffic changes, and more!

Houses of Worship:
All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Brentwood Presbyterian Church, Church of the Covenant Presbyterian Church, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, First Unitarian Church, Heinz Chapel, Holy Child Roman Catholic Parish, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Old Saint Luke’s Church, Resurrection Catholic Church, Sage Chapel - Cornell University, Saint Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Bede Parish, St. Bernard Church, St. Catherine of Sweden, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Mary of the Mount, St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church

Alpine Club, Alpine Room at SNPJ, Avalon Golf & Country Club, Bella Sera , Botanic Gardens, Butler Mansion, Byzantine Catholic , Cafe Eighteen, Cafe Notte, Cool Springs Sports Complex, Ditkas, Fairmont Pittsburgh, Fairview Sunset Room, Four Seasons Banquet House , Frick Park, Gaetano's Banquet Center & Restaurant, Gateway Clipper Fleet, Georgetown Centre, Grand Concourse, Green Gables Restaurant & Huddleson Court, Historic Summit Inn, Hofbrau House, Hotel Monaco, Hyatt House - South Side, J. Verno Studios, Laurel Valley Golf Club, Lenape Heights Golf Club, Mansions on Fifth, McConnells Mills, Morning Glory Inn, Mt. Washington, National Aviary, Nino’s Restaurant, North Park, Omni William Penn, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pinehall at Eisler Farms, Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, Pittsburgh Children's Museum, Riverside Landing, Senti Restaurant & Wine Bar, Soergel Orchards, South Park, Southpointe Gold Club, Springwood Conference Center, St. John's Cathedral Center, St. Nick’s Cathedral Room, Succop Conservancy, Tara - A Country Inn, Ten Penny, The Foundry, The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake, The George Washington Hotel, The LeMont, The Oak Lodge, The Priory, West End Overlook, Willow Restaurant

All images are lightly edited with modest colors and tones, to stick to as true as possible to the moment that your memory recollects My main focus is photographing the way people love. Your wedding photos will be a testament to the fact that you are loved just the way you are. What someone sees when they look at your wedding photographs isn’t the size of your waist, it’s the size of your smile, and the natural glow on your face when you’re standing next to your new spouse.

Will I remove blemishes? Sure! But at heart, my goal is to create authentic images.

You sure will! While a majority of the photos you will receive will be in color, I typically include some black and white edits, depending on the shot. If you find that you would like to have a color photo from your gallery printed in black & white, there is an option for that if you order prints through the shopping cart attached to your online gallery.

Get In Touch

Contact Details

Like what you see? Interested in what you’ve been reading? Thank you for taking the time to get this far! I’d be happy to hear from you to see if we’d make a great team for this momentous occasion. Please don’t ever hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

Office Hours

Office hours are M-F 10-4. Please allow at least 1-2 business days for responses to email inquiries.

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