From excitement to anticipation to joy to pure, deep love, your wedding will be filled with a wide range of emotions. To really tell the truest story of your day, it's important that all of that is captured in the most honest way possible. In a way where what's in your heart is shown through your facial expressions and body language. Whitling Photography excels at this in a way I can't adequately describe. Their work is raw, truthful, and personal. Stephanie and Brett's ability to capture a moment in a way that reignites all of the emotions felt in said moment results in strikingly beautiful images. A quirky, creative mix of edge and drama with fun and silliness is their signature style, and if you're a couple who recognizes and appreciates that life is messy but still pretty great, then it'll be a match made in heaven. That's because Whitling focuses on truth and showcasing the perfectly imperfect beauty of their clients. Whether your wedding is a bohemian, free-spirited affair, artsy and modern in a museum, or a straight up classic hotel ballroom soiree, Whitling will capture it in an intimate, breathtaking way that you won't soon forget.
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Tell me a little bit about your business!
Brett opened up the business in 2009. I, Stephanie, joined him in late 2011, we were married in 2013, and that is that! We met through our photography, so we both had a background in it before we joined forces. We have narrowed down our focus onto weddings, but enjoy doing personal work and anything where interaction between people is happening.
We always shoot weddings together and we would love to travel. If your wedding is on our bucket list of places to shoot, you may be able to receive a special price! Elopements are something we would love to do more of too. There is nothing more intimate and personal to us, and more describable of our work.
What makes your work unique? Why should brides and grooms hire you?
Through becoming parents, we have really been shown what is important. Life is not always picture perfect. And that is actually what makes it so great. We strive to make our work reflect the way that you felt on your wedding day, or in any time of your life that you are documenting. Whether it is pretty, chaotic, or frustrating, we really want to capture that and make you able to relive it when those photos are brought out. If we are being honest, your photographs are not for you. They are for your children and grandchildren, and we think it is important that they remember you for who you really are/were, not just how pretty and perfect you looked in a picture. That will be our primary goal moving forward. Honesty. We want to focus on truth, not perfection.
Our style of work is a mixture of emotion and drama. We both have art backgrounds and try to be as creative as we can be with the time we are given. We really like to play with shadows and light, and we enjoy a bohemian, outdoor, wooded ceremony or elopement as much as a Strip District engagement session or old warehouse wedding. Sometimes, it is hard to market to those vastly different styles, but we believe that we can bring a lot to the table for many types of weddings. Just come ready to laugh and tell embarrassing stories about each other and have fun, and we will all have a great time.
People. People are so interesting. So unique. So emotional. Photography is the perfect medium for storytelling. Our job is basically that, telling a story. The fact that people trust us to be there for some of the most intimate parts of their lives is just incredible to us. We enjoy making connections, and are truly drawn to the individualities of people. We will continue to work to “write stories” in even more interesting ways than we already do.
What is your ideal client like?
The more real the better. Somebody who doesn't give us a shot list for their wedding day. Somebody who doesn't want the same images they see from other people's weddings.
Our ideal client is one that puts value in the fact that photography is something important, and that their everyday lives (lifestyle family sessions, personal portraits, wedding, etc) are not to be stylized. They are beautiful the way that they already are. We think so. They would value our creativity and put their trust in us so that we can make something new and perfect for them.
Personality wise, we like couples and families who let go, who are not afraid to be silly, or afraid to cry. That is what we are after. A little bit of character is always good too. Something that makes a person very unique. Some indescribable quality.
We love a free spirit. Somebody not afraid to have their hair blowing in the wind, or go barefoot, or get caught in the rain. Somebody who will take a long hike with us to get to a spot and in the meantime we get to know them a little better. Somebody who trusts our crazy obsession with putting people in the brightest light (we won't let you go blind) so we can make an epic photo. We don't want to take typical photographs. We want our clients to want the same thing.
Of course, we would love to go to crazy, epic mountains and far off places (so please take us there!) but our job is to work with the couples, not the landscape, so we put a big emphasis on that.
How would you describe your photography style?
Dramatic, natural, honest, emotional, with a little bit of edge and fun.
What techniques do you use to help clients feel comfortable with you and in front of the camera?
We are definitely not afraid to embarrass ourselves. Brett tells the same jokes all the time. I, for one, am sick of them and I am not afraid to let people know it. I am not very funny but I try. We have you play games and make sure that you don't feel like somebody is “watching” you the whole time. We want to make you forget that so you can open up.
We just act like ourselves when we meet with people. Why lie and be something that we are not? There is nothing good that can come of that. We want our clients to do the same, so we try to set an example. Just be our friends!!! Please!! Hehe 🙂
What emotions do you think your images evoke?
Pure joy and deep love. At least, that is what we want to move more towards. We want to get into people's souls and have their faces depict what their heart really feels for the other person. We want everyone who looks at their photos to know how much they love each other through their expression, closeness, and movements.
What is your approach to editing? What is the typical turn-around time for images?
We edit with a film style, and that fits nicely with our albums and prints. We are not afraid of a little grain or some blur. We go more for “artistic” than “technical”. For weddings, couples can expect to have their edited images within six weeks, and for portrait sessions, it is three weeks tops. It depends on the season. We don't take terribly long but we also want to make sure they get something that we think is spot on.
What other items do you offer?
Wooden albums, leather albums, vegan albums, fine art prints, and matte prints. We really can offer anything but we like to stick with basics.
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