We're a husband & wife team for elopements & weddings, and artists who create romantic, emotional and, most importantly, timeless imagery inspired by the beauty of light. Our work with couples fosters a spirit of adventure, and is fixated on the essence of legacy. We're dedicated to telling your truth through our photography so that how your story is presented in our images doesn't fade with the fads and trends, but rather, stands through time as a gift to your future selves.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I (Eastlyn) had been dabbling in photography for years before I shot my first wedding for a friend in 2010. Although it was an incredibly new experience for me, I discovered more of what it was to do documentary style work. So I decided to pursue this thing, focusing solely on weddings. In my first two years in this field, I shot about 16 weddings, and learned so much about my style/art and what I loved (and didn't love) in this industry. Joshua then joined me on this journey after they were married in 2012.
In the beginning of 2016, we felt the need for growth and for inspiration. So I attended a workshop about finding the story in wedding photography. It completely revolutionized the way that we approach weddings. When I returned from that workshop, I shared with Joshua the direction I wanted to take our business, and together, we completely rebuilt it to be story-focused, extremely relational and personal with our couples. What felt like a business move, actually became the step that we needed to create a real impact on those we were working with...AND make not only beautiful pictures, but also something meaningful--photos that truly matter.
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
Spending the weekend with one of our couples (and all their friends) in a historic cottage in the countryside of Normandy, France.
The day of wedding, Beth and Marcus strayed from tradition and spent the morning together, writing letters to each other in the sun and then reading them in a relaxing, hot bath. Beth wore temporary watercolor tattoos on her feet, which we're staying bare, and adorned herself in a colorful embroidered dress.
The ceremony was held in the orchard between an apple tree and a plum tree, with handmade dream catchers as the backdrop. Poppy, one of the bridesmaids, sang an opera version of Can't Help Falling In Love, by Elvis, as Beth proceeded down the aisle. Beth describes the moment:
“…everything started to feel so real. My dad told me to stop shaking, and tears started spilling down my cheeks. Marcus was looking at me, he was crying too.”
The evening was spent sitting on rugs and enjoying a completely vegan feast prepared by Beth’s mom and aunt. In place of favors, the couple wrote letters for each of their guests, individually thanking them for everything they'd done for them throughout their lives. The garden was lit up only by twinkle fairy lights, candles and the Milky Way shining above.
We woke up here on Saturday, the morning of the wedding, opened the pained window, and peered into the garden as the sun rose. It felt like a fairy tale, like a dream. Beth, Marcus and their friends are all genuine and loving people, and spending time with them was a highlight of our career.
What equipment do you use?
Canon 5d Mark IV, Canon 35mm f/1.4 L, Canon 85mm, 24mm, 135mm
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?
Almost always, our favorite moments to witness at a wedding are “the toasts.” Immense joy, deep laughter, nostalgic tears, and eye-to-eye‘s love all happen within the span of few minutes—it’s beautiful.
“Let me keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still
and learning to be astonished.
(from "The Messenger")”
― Mary Oliver
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
As we help our couples build their wedding day timelines, we always encourage them to literally schedule breaks into the itinerary. On our own wedding day everything happened so fast that we hardly remember any of the details. We were nervous and a bit rushed. It would have been such a gift to just take a breather, sit and think about the day, and our love for each other—both individually and together. If your wedding day is a constant one thing right after another, especially if it’s built solely around the photography, it could easily replace your happiness and excitement with stress.
It may feel awkward to just have empty/blank space, so to help with this, we recommend scheduling time blocks with things like: sitting down with your wedding party to eat brunch/lunch (rather than just scarfing down food on the go); maybe writing letters to one another, or reading your vows in private, whether that’s to each other during a first look, or each individually alone. Even when we take our brides and grooms aside for their individual portraits, instead of directing the entire time, we have them sit by a window, look out, and reflect on their favorite memories of one another. As simple as it sounds, these “scheduled breaks” will help you remember the best parts of your wedding day, rather than the anxiety and exhaustion of a tight schedule; and if you're running behind during any part of the day, this will leave plenty of wiggle room for the unexpected.
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
Photography tends to have a reputation of being the least artistic form of art because of its process and realistic depiction of what's captured...and we somewhat agree with that. Although intuitively creative, not all photographers are artists. But art is a language that has always been close to our hearts, and through this journey, we’re learning to translate what it means to us. As photographers, there is a richness that far exceeds just creating pretty pictures. We believe that we have an incredible opportunity to take part in the imperative art form of visual storytelling. It takes sincerity and a mind that is present, because before we can tell a story honestly, we need to first become "storylisteners." Storylistening goes beyond asking your subjects the right questions and listening to their verbal narration. It also means being in tune to their inflections, actions and emotions—like the way they move their hands when they talk, what makes them smile & what makes them them teary-eyed. During weddings, when a person's family and closest friends are all together in one day, we can see how our subject relates to the characters in their epic—their mom, dad, sister, uncle Bill, and their grandma Sharon; by paying attention to expressions & mannerisms, we can see bonds of closeness, tension, and strains in relationship. When we first started photography, we were so concerned about being technically perfect in sharpness and clarity, believing that's what makes an image beautiful, that we didn't realize we were missing the point. We weren't being an authentic storytellers (or artists). We've learned that there is more truth and feeling in the motion and in the slightly out of focus because life isn't altogether, perfectly in focus or clear. It's messy, soulful and mysterious—and that's what makes it so beautifully precious. Lights glow so much more brightly in the darkness—So fellow storytellers, let our work be a light; beaming whispers of hope that the zillion imperfections are just as breathtaking as the fleeting flawless moment.