Tell me a little bit about your business!
Brett opened Whitling Photography in 2009. 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.
What makes your work unique?
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. 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. Just come ready to laugh, tell embarrassing stories about each other, have fun, and we will all have a great time.
What is your ideal client like?
The more real, the better. Our ideal client is one that puts value in the fact that photography is something important, and that their everyday lives are not to be stylized. They are beautiful the way that they already are. We think so.
Personality wise, we like couples who let go, who are not afraid to be silly or cry. 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. We don’t want to take typical photographs. We want our clients to want the same thing.
What is your approach to photography?
Dramatic, natural, honest, emotional, with a little bit of edge and fun. Pure joy and deep love. 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.
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”.