There are a few things about us that you really should know.
First, the “us” is Scott and Samantha. We have been together for 23 years, all but the first three years of that as husband and wife. For us, marriage is at the very core of who we are and to be invited to photograph couples as they promise their lives to each other is a great honor and responsibility. Getting married is a BIG deal, probably bigger than you ever imagined.
Second, Sam and I are very different from each other. I love to make things and Sam loves to make friends. Photographs, books, gardens, boats or dinner, I’ll make that – I’m best at making photographs though. Sam isn’t like that. She doesn’t care about making things as much as she is driven to connect with people. If you meet her don’t be surprised if you start telling her things you don’t usually tell someone you just met. It happens a lot. I don’t understand it but think it is awesome anyway. Over the years Sam has taught me the importance of connecting honestly with everyone. I’ve taught her how to use a camera to transform what she sees into a photograph. Together we make a pretty awesome team.
Third, I have been photographing seriously for the last 25+ years. Most of that time it has been my primary career. The first year Sam and I were married we spent a lot of time driving around South Dakota while I worked on the book Picturing the Past. We still enjoy long drives together. We’ve been shooting weddings since 2011 and are always amazed at how much we love it.
Finally and most importantly, we love and follow Jesus. How the atheist photographer and his Jewish counselor wife became Christians is a pretty good story. You can get some of it from this video that our church made a few years ago. We can also swap stories if we ever meet.
What does this have to do with finding a wedding photographer? Quite a lot actually. We believe that in order to photograph and tell the story of your wedding in a way that is not only complete and coherent but also artful requires that we know a little about each other and have a relationship. To do that, we need to share our stories — we have a lot of them. What’s your story? Maybe we can work together.