Courtney Lee PhotographyPRO+ Member
We are documentary wedding photographers and videographers based in the United States, and working worldwide.
Our stories start in different parts of the world, and our bond is rooted in our love of imagery, rhythm, light, and storytelling. With our own story of coming together, and our mutual passions, we capture various fractions of a second of a wedding day in hopes to carry its essence as a whole, lovingly, forever.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
After studying filmmaking at university, Samuele continued on to pursue video editing at ad agencies and production houses. Meanwhile, Courtney was exploring a new path, one she'd become familiar by way of working with a friend. After four years of being an assistant photographer, something told her this was the route to take further. She was unexpectedly drawn to the artistry, yet candidness of wedding photography. Once Samu joined this pursuit on top of his other work, they knew that video would have to follow.
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
Our best experiences at work are always when our couples are enjoying their day and express gratitude to us as it's all happening. Nothing is better than feeling that connection on a wedding day.
What equipment do you use?
For photography, we use a Canon 5D mrk IV and mrk III.
For videography, we use Sony A7s's.
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?
It's usually when the dance floor opens up! Courtney used to host dance parties in her basement with all of her friends when she was a kid, so there's something very nostalgic and touching to her about witnessing a similar experience for others. As well, this is the part of the day where all of the potential expectations are over- the point is simply to have fun.
Courtney: short stories by George Saunders (not much of a reader otherwise)
Samuele: Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
"Don't ever, for any reason, do anything for anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what. No matter where. Or who, or who you are with, or where you are going or... or where you've been... ever. For any reason, whatsoever."
— Michael Scott (Steve Carell)
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
Let yourselves have this celebration and time in your lives. Enjoy it, embrace it, and let go of what you can't control. It's true what they say, it's going to fly by, so have as much fun as you can!
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
Seek inspiration, not comparisons.